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Hi, I’m Martina!
I’m a wife and mom of 4 kids, on a mission to share my sobriety journey.
On the outside, my story doesn’t seem to add up. An athlete for most of my life as well as a Pilates Instructor, I looked to be the “ideal picture of health.” But I wasn’t. After years of drinking excessively from high school, throughout college, early adult life, marriage and having kids, I thought that my alcohol use would simply slow down.
It never did.
My tolerance only increased and despite trying many ways to curb my drinking (no beer, clear liquor during the week only, attempting to limit the amount I drank, etc.) I still found ways to get sloppy drunk. Every single night.
And the stress of having back to back to back (to back) pregnancies only made my drinking that much worse. My pregnancies only temporarily derailed my drinking (forced sobriety, if you will!) and as soon as I was able to jump back to drinking post breastfeeding, I did. Angry with myself and my repeated failures each time, I dreamed of finding sobriety. I wondered…what life would look like for me, my kids and my husband to not be a drunk, angry, unavailable human, mom or wife?
But I didn’t know how to, or where to begin, or if I even had the strength to achieve something that huge!
How could I get through my days of taking care of 4 little ones ages 4 and under (at the time) causing a ruckus around the house everyday without drinking myself silly to relax each night?
How could I enjoy any vacations, dinners, birthdays, anything without alcohol? I knew it was possible, I just needed help finding it.
In August of 2017, months after my 4th child was born, I began reading sobriety blogs to try to find my way through my drinking (which had really ramped up to a point I was scared of where my family and I were headed) and came across a book by Annie Grace called This Naked Mind. Within the first few chapters of the book, my perspective on alcohol had changed entirely, and by the time I finished it, I felt armed with the knowledge that I could go the rest of my life without a drink…and I found freedom in that!
Some of my journey might seem familiar to you all. A few years ago, when I first got sober, I began sharing about it on my previous blog. The topic of sobriety is so important to me, however, that it has always been my dream to have a blog dedicated to it, in hope that those who need encouragement and support can find it. This is how Freedom With Sobriety was born!
With currently almost 4 years of sobriety, I have dreamed of sharing my story to the world, in the hopes that if it helps even one person find sobriety, I have achieved my goal.
If you are reading this, I hope you too can find your freedom with sobriety!
Thanks for visiting,