I’m a lawyer and teacher from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, running, and more.


Hello, everyone!

I hope you all had a good weekend! I wanted to share with you the latest from Exploring Sobriety.

This week’s top post was Why I Can’t “Just Drink Less”. It’s always bothered me when people say that I should “just drink less.” Moderation might work for some people, but it certainly didn’t work for me. I know, because I spent 10 years trying (and failing) to “just drink less.” I’m happier now that I’ve just cut alcohol out of my life completely. You can read the full post here.

If you have extra time, you can catch up on all the latest posts at: https://medium.com/exploring-sobriety

As always, thank you for reading!

Have a great week,


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Getting sober was one of the single best decisions of my life. I quit drinking in 2016, and since then, I’ve become happier, improved my health, saved money, lost weight, and more. I could write an entire book on how many positive changes sobriety has brought.

However, the positive changes tell only part of the story. Although sobriety has been great, there have also been times when it was terrible. It’s no exaggeration to say that my first year sober was the hardest year of my life.

I recently read an essay by Kelly Tompkins called “Sobriety Won’t Fix Everything But It Will Help.” She pointed out that many articles about sobriety create the false impression that quitting drinking will completely turn someone’s life around. In reality, getting sober is just the first step on a very long journey to self-improvement. …

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If you have trouble keeping up with your running habit, you’re not alone.

I’ve always enjoyed running, but used to struggle to stay consistent with it. I’d run regularly for a month or two, then fall out of the habit and take a few months off. I’ve heard enough other runners admit to this to know it’s a fairly common problem.

The trouble with this start-and-stop approach to running is that I never really got any faster or more comfortable with it. …

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