Hello and Welcome. I am so grateful that you found your way here.
My name is Erica. I am a sober woman, a mother, a nature enthusiast, a wife, a human being, a yogi, and a woman in recovery from alcohol use disorder. When I first chose the path of recovery, it was not because I knew what was available to me on the other side of alcohol, or how unbelievable my new life would be. I actually got sober with very little enthusiasm. There were also very few fireworks at the end (plenty during my 20 years of drinking, but none at the end). I didn’t know my last drink would be my last while it was happening. I woke up the next day, sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was shaky and anxious (normal for me after a night of drinking), my self esteem was at an all time low (even though the outside world saw a woman who“had it all”), my relationships were fractured, I felt the opposite of authentic, I was so frustrated and confused, I felt like there was something different and wrong about me, and I was SO tired. It felt like I was always trying to catch up to something, I was always running in this chaotic state. So I decided to stop. To stop drinking alcohol. For good. It wasn’t the first time I stopped, but I knew it was the “real” time. I knew it in my bones. I had no idea what my new life would look like, but I knew I couldn’t keep living that one. What really surprised me was what happened over time. The way my mind changed, the way my inner world opened up, the way I started to value things that I had forgotten about, the way I got lighter and things got brighter, and life started to flow in this super organic and natural feeling way. On the other side of alcohol, I found the life that I had always been seeking. It was absolutely shocking to me that it had been waiting here for me this whole time. I felt deep gratitude and I lusted to live fully. I started to live curiously and to seek the magic in the every day. I started to get to know the real me, that I had lost behind the walls that I had spent all those years building. I started to feel true feelings again, both good and bad, now that I was no longer numb. Those feelings were so darn real and so strikingly beautiful, it was exactly the opposite of what days had felt like before. It was so real.
I found authenticity. I found joy. I found peace. I found the real me.
I also had a feeling in my bones, and in my heart, that I needed to be the person that the old me needed back when I was struggling and couldn’t find the exit door. I needed to be here for the women who feel stuck and don’t know what the solution looks like for them. I needed to tell them about the other side that I found when I put down the alcohol. I needed to help them find their way over here, when they were ready.
I became a Professional Recovery Coach. I became affiliated with a group called She Recovers, because their guiding principles align so closely with my personal beliefs (see them below). You can learn a bit about my training on the “Work With Me” tab. Most of my sessions are done online, so we can chat no matter where you are, and the first call is always complimentary (so we can see if we are a match with zero pressure, just a hello). I also write from time to time, and try to update my Instagram profile, if you like blogs and social media (I know they helped me a ton in my early days). Follow me quietly if that is what feels right, I sure hope it helps you to know you are not alone. And if you’re ready to chat one-on-one, please reach out. It would truly be an honour to speak with you.
With so much love and gratitude, I am here for you. You can do this.