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Six years ago, I quit drinking. I was so overwhelmed and overworked — desperately trying to stay above water as a working mom who felt like she was being held together by string and scotch tape.

We live at a time where overwhelmed mothers are applauded instead of supported. Six years ago, I realized no one was coming to save me. I had to learn how to swim or I was going to sink.

This newsletter is a real-time account of me swimming, sometimes sinking, and oftentimes doggy paddling — simply trying to stay above water. This newsletter is about addiction, but also so much more… just as addiction is about more than drinking or using. It’s about the good, bad and ugly of parenting in a “do-it-yourself” culture. It’s raw, honest truths I could never fully share on social media. It’s doing the work, getting it wrong, occasionally getting it right, and sharing all of it. You can go anywhere and learn how to swim. This newsletter’s about staying above water.

Free subscribers receive biweekly essays, but if you’d like to support my writing and hear more from me, please consider a paid subscription! Here are some paid perks:

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About Me

I am a writer, mom, and marketing professional. My work on parenting, the mental load of motherhood, mommy wine culture, and sobriety has been featured in the Washington Post, Good Morning America, the Today show, and Refinery 29, among others. When I’m not writing, parenting, or running, I’m hosting meetings and leading the book club for Sober Mom Squad!

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Celeste Yvonne, an award winning writer and bestselling author of It's Not About The Wine, gets candid about sober living, mental health, and parenting in a way you won't find anywhere else.


Author of Its Not About the Wine: The Loaded Truth Behind Mommy Wine Culture (Broadleaf 2023). Award-winning writer and founding host of the Sober Mom Squad and an advocate for mothers who struggle with addiction.