Hi, I’m Allie!
I created Sober Alley to share my personal sobriety journey while inspiring others to improve their relationships with alcohol and lead happier, healthier lives.
If you’ve been struggling with alcohol for any length of time, you’re definitely in the right place.
But even if you don’t have a problem with alcohol, you still might want to stick around.
You see, self-improvement, self-care and personal development are practices that are NOT unique to alcoholics… At least they shouldn’t be.
At the end of the day, we all go to sleep just the same — wanting to better ourselves and the world around us.
I work hard every day to become the best possible version of myself that I can be, and my #1 goal with this website is to inspire, encourage and help everyone who stops by to do the same — whether they drink too much or not.
It All Began With One Sip Of Vodka…
Ever since I took my first sip of vodka at age 17, I knew I was in for a wild, wild ride.
I had a horrible reaction where I wound up at my mother’s grave at the cemetery in the middle of the night — and woke up the next day with no recollection of the entire event.
In hindsight, I should have stopped then — but I didn’t. I couldn’t.
I continued drinking and had my share of embarrassing moments, blackouts, broken promises, and missed opportunities. But I was still very young with few responsibilities and nothing truly devastating ever happened.
The Roarin’ Twenties
Throughout my early and mid twenties, binge drinking still seemed pretty common.
Everyone around me drank a lot, dealt with hangovers and made tons of silly mistakes, too! It was a “normal” level of problematic drinking.
It wasn’t exactly fun to be in a perpetual state of drinking too much and recovering from it. I tried (and failed) to quit drinking more times than I can count on both fingers and toes.
But considering my free-spirited lifestyle and low level of responsibility — it still seemed socially acceptable and frankly — “worth it” — to keep drinking.
So I carried on… and on… and on.
Then Things Changed…
As I reached my late 20’s, finally graduated from college & grad school (I was a VERY late finisher), started my career, married, and had a baby, the consequences of drinking grew more intense.
Missing days of work, fighting with my husband, making impulsive spending decisions, being too sick to spend time with my son, backing out of social commitments — these results of drinking to excess were just not okay.
It was no longer worth it.
It wasn’t exactly “rock bottom” (I hate that term), yet it was enough to warrant getting serious about pulling myself together.
But it was hard. Things got worse before they got better.
The Beginning Of The End Of Alcohol…
I did try AA one day in my very early 30’s, but honestly, I hated everything about it.
It just wasn’t a good fit for my personality, interests and lifestyle.
So I decided if I was going to quit drinking at all — I’d have to do it on my own.
I’d have moderate success at times — even going two months sober on one occasion — but it always ended in total and utter disaster. I just couldn’t seem to get and stay sober, no matter what!
Eventually I settled on what I considered “moderation”, where I’d have weeks or months were I’d drink and weeks or months where liquor was off-limits.
This worked fairly well, I suppose.
Except during “on” periods I’d binge drink myself into oblivion, then during “off” periods I’d be counting down the days until my next “on” period.
It wasn’t a life of total ruin, but I wasn’t exactly thriving. I knew deep down inside I wanted better.
I just. Wanted. MORE.
On December 2, 2017, Everything Changed
On December 2, 2017, I had one glass of wine and realized I was just… tired.
I was tired of obsessing over my next drink.
Tired of the cycle of moderating only to eventually relapse in spectacular fashion. Tired of stupid arguments, bad decisions, and missed opportunities.
So, I told myself I would go completely dry for 100 days and see how I felt.
During that 100 days I made sweeping life changes and choices that would set me up for so much success that at the end of that trial period I chose to never drink again. And I’m still here — clean, sober and free!
Sobriety — while not always easy — has been one of the best things that could ever have happened to me.
I had no way of knowing that the life changes I made to improve my quality of life during those 100 days would set the stage for an amazing future full of beauty, harmony, health, wealth, happiness and freedom.
But I sure am glad they did!
Why Start A Blog?
With a little extra time on my hands since quitting drinking, I chose to focus on something fresh, new, creative and challenging. One of the hobbies I took up was blogging!
I’d been struggling with sobriety for SO long, and weight gain too, after all.
What better way to learn new skills, meet new people and get some public accountability for my weight loss and sobriety journeys than to start a blog?
So I did a little research, bought the Sober Alley domain (“Alley” is a play on my name, “Allie”), and Sober Alley was born!
Why Cover So Many Topics?
While Sober Alley began as a “how to quit drinking” blog in the earliest months of my recovery, by the time I hit one year sober I realized something very important:
After your last drink, the rest of your life begins!
If you want to quit drinking on your own and stay quit, you’ll have to do more than just quit.
You’ll have to manage your mental health, cultivate a positive mindset, focus on personal development, improve your relationships, and engage in top-notch self care.
If you neglect even one of these areas too tough, you will fall back into old patterns.
So today at Sober Alley you’ll find in-depth stories, articles, interviews and product recommendations aimed at helping you cover all your bases — so you can create your happiest, healthiest life imaginable — without the drink!
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You’ll gain access to my entire library of files upon joining and will be added to my sobriety mailing list to start!
Above is a small sample of what you’ll find inside!
More Interested In Weight Loss? Join Our 30 Day Fitness Challenge Facebook Group!
Beginning December 2018, we’ll challenge ourselves to a new 30-Day Fitness Challenge each month! The private group will be a place to check-in daily, receive motivation and support, share weight loss and diet tips, food and recipes and just be surrounded by uplifting, positive people who all want to do just a *little* bit more each day to reach their goals. Interested? Click the banner to join right away!
I look forward to connecting with you, so feel free to reach out at any time. I’m so excited to be your new sober friend!
Take care of yourself and those you love,