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I turned 33 on June 4th, I knew I wanted to make it a good year but didn’t really know what that meant for me. I actually went into it thinking I needed to be making more of an effort to go out to bars again and hang out with more people. I was going to make more friends I told myself. I was going to be happier. Going to become a different, more outgoing version of me, I said.

I had no intention of letting go of alcohol at this time, I drank a lot on my birthday, and a lot more the days following that. And I exhausted myself trying to plan “extroverted” things to do for my birthday that didn’t even make me happy. I was pretending to be someone else because I thought that’s who I wanted to become.

About a week after my birthday I was looking at myself in the mirror and couldn’t even recognize who I saw.

Not just physically, but I could see the pain in my soul.

It wasn’t me. I wasn’t proud. I felt stuck.

I felt trapped in a toxic cycle that I knew I wanted to break out of.

I reached out to my BODi sisters in a message group on IG, June 15th saying, “I was wondering if any of you would want to be my accountability partner with not drinking alcohol…Maybe not like forever ya know but I want to stop for a while and I need to be honest about it and ask for support if any of you are feeling the same, let me know”. I didn’t know who else to talk to and I’m so thankful to have created a space like that where I feel comfortable. They loved me and supported me.

I started sharing more in my BODi Community and I create a separate group message for those interested in not drinking with me, supporting others has always helped me... but a week after opening the new group I decided to write in there telling the girls I felt it was best for me to close it, not because I didn’t want to do this anymore, but I needed real help from an outside source. I knew I couldn’t make it real by trying to “lead” my girls... I needed someone leading me.

I searched sober apps and downloaded like 8 of them. I was mostly just looking for a tracker to help me count how many days I don’t drink and such. I deleted some, used a couple, one was called Reframe. I signed up for their 7 day free trial, didn’t really use it and then signed up for the 30 day trial on June 26th for $4.99. About a week later, on July 8th, I was looking at the app and saw they had an Alcohol-Free meeting starting in like 5 minutes so I hopped on. Kevin, @thesoberginger was hosting it, and I thought to myself... Hey, I remember this guy from a couple years ago when I broke up with booze. I am pretty sure I followed him at some point and then probably unfollowed him when I started drinking again.

I decided, July 8th will be my Day 1. I plugged myself into the community, posted publicly online about my struggles for accountability. I was joining an alcohol-free zoom meeting a few times a week, always with my camera off. Just listening, I used the chat feature and shared with my words sometimes which felt good. About 2 weeks of listening, I was inspired by a girl who was close to my age, to turn my camera on, raise my hand and share with my voice. It was so scary, I cried, I was sweaty and shaking, but I knew I needed to make this real. I shared some of the reasons I needed to do this and the support I got from the community was incredible. It was uncomfortable to share out loud but it felt good to open up, I ended up sharing 2 more times on meetings with my voice within my 30 day trail and decided that this was worth the investment for me, and signed up for the full year.

Reading other people’s posts on the Reframe forum helped me know I’m not alone. I love posting on the forum too, there was a time when I was triggered to drink and honestly said, “okay I’m going to post and if anyone see it like fast and encourages me not to drink, then I won’t”. I put my phone down, come back a couple minutes later, and I have a comment from people saying they won’t drink with me. Every time I have posted, someone has seen it and supported me. Honestly I’m blown away by the love from the community and it definitely makes me want to pour my love right back into it! I love checking the forum just to spread love to others because I know how much it helps me!

Another thing that has really been helping me is 1 on 1 coaching. I was hesitant to invest into myself in that way, but having Kevin as my coach, has been such a great support system and accountability for me. I definitely recommend the Reframe app if you are curious about changing your relationship with alcohol. They have a cutback track and alcohol-free track, you can switch between the two until you find what’s right for you.

The community and coaching has definitely made all the difference but what the app is teaching me is what is helping me never question the decision to live my life without booze. It’s based on neuroscience, there are daily tasks each day that you can do, and they really help you learn why your brain and alcohol does what it does.

One thing that I learned that switched my way of thinking was that when I drink alcohol it decreases my body's natural ability to produce dopamine and other feel-good substances.

I definitely don’t want that.

I already struggle with my happy hormones and I am not interested in putting anything into my body that is going to reduce my dopamine levels even more.

As I write this 1000 hours dry, 42 days, I am fucking proud of me. I’m excited about life again. I don’t feel stuck. I look forward to strengthening the connections I have with the people I love and I’m excited to continue making new friends while living this alcohol-free life!

The bar life is not where I thrive.

And I’m happy about that!

If you are curious what life is like without booze, I support you in your decision to change your life.

You have me in your corner, and I’m rooting for you!

You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to decide you deserve better.

Reach out if you want to talk!

I’ll be sharing more, so check back soon.


Am I an alcoholic?

Have you ever googled that before?

I know I have. Many times. I am going to try and share some of my story with you.

I don‘t remember it all, so if you know me, and have seen me at my worst, it might not be mentioned here but some fucked up pages are bookmarked in my memory and I feel made the most negative impact on my life.

I feel tingly inside and alittle sweaty starting this blog. I am not proud of every page of my story but I do feel called to share it and I know this will be a healing process for me to write it all out.

So here goes.

Both my parents struggle with alcohol, I’m going to try and not talk about them too much in this blog post but I can remember hearing dishes breaking in the kitchen from being thrown out of anger many times. The yelling, verbal abuse and honestly sometimes feeling kinda scared when my dad would get home from work.

Like, he lowered the whole vibration of the house.

I think that is all I will share about that. I definitely saw things and heard things as a young child that possibly traumatized me. Maybe I’ll go to therapy one day, I feel like I have always been alittle messed up in the head. But I didn’t have a horrible life, my parents had me super young and I am proud of them for doing the best they could at that time and not throwing me away in the dumpster when I was a baby.

My dad left my mom (us) when I was 16, my junior year. My mom drank a lot after that, which was hard for me to see,

my dad drank a lot I am sure too but I never saw him, which was also hard to navigate through.

I ended up going on homeschool to make up credits because I ditched class so much and then went back to highschool.

What happens next started the chain of mistakes in my life, all related to alcohol.

I was dating a boy, first boy I really loved.

I ended up blacking out for the first time while drinking at a party, I was 17 I think. My boyfriend then tells me the next day that he heard I cheated on him at this party that I blacked out at. I was shocked, devastated, confused, embarrassed.

How did I not remember anything? I remember not even knowing what to say.

Not that it would of made it better, but I didn’t like that other person at all and had no previous connection with him, it still makes absolutely no sense to me that I would cheat on someone I loved, with someone who meant nothing to me.

I really didn’t want to do that.

I got a lot of shit from people for it and lost some friends. My boyfriend actually didn’t end our relationship right away after that and we tried working through it. We got egged so many times while hanging out by people who thought he shouldn’t forgive me, he ended up breaking up with me at some point after that when I started cosmetology school.

I never trusted myself after that.

And have always been afraid of letting alcohol get the best of me and hurting someone like that again. But I didn’t stop drinking.

Very soon after that break up, I was drinking and driving and got pulled over.

I got a DUI and had to stay the night in jail on the concrete. I think I am 18 now. That was pretty shitty. I had my license suspended for a year.

One of my bestfriends and I decided to move to a different town for a new hair school after that, she helped a lot with driving my ass around and helped take me to my DUI classes which I am super grateful for.

We lived in a college town, and we could just walk downtown and pretty much be invited into any house that was partying and drink with them. After graduating cosmetology school, 20 years old, I stayed in that town and got a job at a salon. My bestfriend moved away and I moved into an apartment with 3 girls I didn’t know who were there for college. They were very nice, and we partied a lot more. I can not remember the number of times I woke up with a lost or shattered phone, “hating my life”. Walked home in the same clothes I partied in the night before. The “walk of shame”. But I don’t think I really questioned my drinking much at this time because I felt like everyone was doing it.

It was normalized and it definitely became more of a habit (addiction) for me. I ended up moving back home for a bit and then moving down to Los Angeles by myself when I was 21, found another apartment on Craigslist and moved in with 3 strangers. A lot more drinking and partying happened. I got a job at a wine/beer and pizza place and the owner let me drink beer while I was working, (or maybe I just did it while he wasn’t there I can’t remember haha) but that wasn’t a very good job or chapter for me. I drove home blacked out from drinking hella beer more than once.

Everything about this next fucked up page is very blurry, but I am 21 still, almost 22 and living back in my home town. A “friend” asked to borrow my car to drive to Vegas for spring break, I said yes (stupid, I know),

I couldn’t go because I had to work. Someone she knew was flying there the next day or so, I can’t remember exactly but she said he would pay for me to go and meet them. So I get on a plane with this guy I don’t know. We get to Vegas, and I meet up with the other girls. We went to some parties, drove to a party in my car, come back and end up inviting random dudes into the hotel room, who end up taking my keys, and stealing my fucking car, which has my cellphone in the glovebox.

I find the guy who I flew there with and tell him about my car and he ends up being an asshole and basically saying that’s what I get for hanging out with the guys who stole my car and not him. The girl who borrowed my car flys home while my car was still stolen and doesn't help me at all.

I was alone, hungover and I think still drunk, without a fucking phone or car in Las Vegas and had no money.

At this point I think I still have a flight back home, because that random dude I decided to trust bought a round trip. So I start to figure out how to get to the airport, as I am wandering around alone, I run into a guy that we had met one of the pervious days at a party, I share with him what happened and he says he wants to help me...

I go up to this guys’s room and he offers me alcohol… I’m so annoyed and sad with life at this point and have no control, so I started drinking, too much, especially for a small girl who hasn’t eaten anything, and end up laying down on my stomach on one of the beds in the room. I’m pretty sure I’m like almost asleep at this point, things are fuzzy but I will remember this forever because all of a sudden I feel this very large man’s body lay on top of my back. I had a skirt on and I am sure you can imagine what happened next. I felt numb, and he felt heavy. Like I couldn’t move, it happened so fast, he finished in like 10 seconds and got off of me saying nothing and I just remember feeling … nothing. I felt like nothing. I should have ran away at this point, but he was the only person I knew who said they would help me get to the airport and I didn’t really know how to wrap my head around what had just happened.

He shouldn’t have done that. But was it my fault for being so drunk?

At some point I get to the airport, and walk up to the front to get my ticket to fly back home, and the lady tells me that my returning flight ticket was canceled by the person who bought it. Are you fucking kidding me?! That other guy didn‘t get in my pants so he canceled my flight. I wasn’t aware that he was expecting things from me, but I guess I should have assumed. I finally end up calling my mom from a payphone at the airport and her boyfriend, who is my step-dad now, helped buy me a ticket to get home. Thank you so much.

Okay deep breath,

that was a lot and it’s hard to share but it’s a big reason I feel broken and it’s something I’ve never let myself talk about because I felt disgusted with myself for letting a man take advantage of me while I was under the influence of a toxic substance.

I really didn’t want that to happen and I didn’t speak up for myself.

I want to try and release this memory from my brain.

I am done talking about that fucked up page, but just so you know, I did end up finding my car, flying back to Vegas and taking a bus to get it out of an impound lot.

Not too much longer after that, 22 years old, I started dating Tyler, who is my husband now and I love him so much. We have had a lot of good times but remember that’s not the focus of this blog post.

When we first moved down to Los Angeles together, we were out drinking at a bar somewhere, I blacked out and don’t remember walking home but I guess I was being my normal drunk Keely self, and Tyler ended up picking me up and throwing me over his shoulder to carry me home faster, he says lol. Next thing he knows an ambulance is pulling up and asking me if I am okay. I guess someone called on us because they were worried I was getting kidnapped or something. Tyler tried telling them that we live together but when they asked me if I wanted to get in, I guess I said yes. So they put me in the back of the ambulance and when Tyler asks where they are taking me they won’t tell him because they think he might have been kidnapping me. It’s funny. But so stupid.

I woke up the next morning in a hospital bed somewhere in L.A with IVs in my arm and no idea how I got there. We got like a 2,000$ ambulance bill in the mail for that.

I have blacked out a lot while being with Tyler. I remember him telling me a while back, before we had kids and got married, that I would sometimes just fall asleep while we were in the middle of having sex.

Because I was so drunk. What makes me the most sad about that though, is that I ended up telling him that if that happened again, and I passed out in the middle of sex, he can just keep going and that he didn‘t need to feel bad.

He said he has never done this, but I am sad that I had so little respect for myself to even say that.

Tyler and I have been together for over 10 years, we have gotten into many arguments while drinking but thankfully nothing super bad has happened between us to break us.

We have definitely gone through chapters/months/years of our relationship where we don’t drink that much, and chapters/months/years where we drink a lot.

We have been connected to BODi the last 10 years and that has definitely helped us work toward being the best version of ourselves.

I went alcohol-free in 2020, and did really well with it,

then got pregnant and decided to start drinking again after I gave birth to my son.

Fast forward to now, I just turned 33, I have 2 kids and I stay home and work my business online.

This past year or so the drinking habits in our home have not been the best. Tyler is working a lot, I’m home with 2 young kids all day, (ages 1 & 5). We were getting a bottle of whiskey to share when Tyler got off work, sometimes finish it and sometimes have some left, but if there was any left in the morning, it was so hard for me to not drink it during the day. When Tyler would get home from work, if it was gone. he would want to drink too so he would usually go get more and the cycle started all over again. Right when I woke up my brain would think about the left over alcohol we had and I wanted it. Tyler was hiding bottles from me. Which pissed me off sometimes. Other times I would tell him to take the bottle to work with him so I wouldn’t drink it.

The liquor store is right next to our house, it also became way to easy for me to run in and grab a few of the little single shots of alcohol, and I soon learned what one was the highest alcohol % so obviously I picked that. I was drinking before going to the park, the library, the store. Not getting big bottles did help me cut back and not black out, as much, but it definitely became a habit, an addiction.

My brain just always wanted it even if I told myself not to,

I would drive past that liquor store and end up saying fuck it.

I started driving a different way home and that helped.

I feel like I've tried it all, saying I am only going to drink beer and wine, only going to drink on the weekends, being mindful of my water/food, only going to buy single shots, started going to the gym at night time to get out of the house when I noticed I was drinking to often.

Cutting back or moderation might work for me for a little while, but then it doesn’t and I do stupid shit. .

A couple months ago, I woke up to learn that I had two blown out tires on my car.

From driving blacked out the day before and running over who knows what (husband thinks it was a curb). I started drinking in the morning, and didn‘t stop until I blacked out and I guess I put my kids in my car and drove to Taco Bell, our bank statement told me. I don’t even like eating Taco Bell.

I hate myself for doing that and putting my kids in danger.

I know it’s fucked up.

I knew, again, I needed to make a change and told myself not to drink for at least 21 days to try and break the habit… but I ended up drinking with my husband, we were wrestling around, joking and he was tickling me a lot, I kicked him in the chest trying to get him to stop and ended up breaking 3 bones in my foot! I've never broken a bone in my life lol After breaking my foot, I told myself to remove alcohol from my life completely,

I went 39 days without a drink and felt really good, besides not being able to walk on two feet.

Then I talked to my father, who verbally abused me, called me a fucking idiot, a fucking fucker, and told me over and over that I should be in jail for kicking Tyler, saying that he knows I was mad when I did it and that I am just like him. He hangs up on me after cussing me out.

I let his words trigger something inside me, and I used it as an excuse to drink, a lot, woke up the next day feeling like a sewer rat and continued drinking for 2 more days.

But I am finally letting them all go, my father, alcohol and my mistakes.

That’s where I am at today. Currently 21 days alcohol-free while writing this

and have no intention of taking a drink of alcohol again.

Getting addicted to alcohol wasn’t my fault, but doing something about it is my responsibility.

Thanks for reading some of my story.

I’d love to hear from you if you can relate.

Your support definitely helps.

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