Celeste is the popular writer and personality behind andwhatamom.com who writes about choosing sobriety and all things parenting.
In March of 2018 her “Dear Husband” post went viral to tens of millions of readers around the world. Later in 2018, Celeste openly spoke about her struggles with alcohol, and announced her commitment to becoming a sober mom for the sake of her health and her family. Her piece about a playdate that went sideways when another mom started serving mimosas, has reached over 6 million people.
You can find her work in US Weekly, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Refinery 29. Celeste lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two boys ages 3 and 5.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
“Mommy Wine Culture”
Alcohol is the only drug you have to explain NOT using
Alcohol marketing geared towards women & parents
How her friendships has changed since she quit drinking
How she has chose sobriety and has maintained it without AA
Removing decision fatigue with choosing sobriety
The internal & external stigma that can come with identifying as an alcoholic
To her alcoholism means not wanting to stop at just one drink
“I wish I didn’t let the stigma of the word ‘alcoholic’ keep me from quitting sooner”
Alcohol fatigue vs. hitting rock-bottom (you don’t have to hit a rock-bottom to be tired of alcohol and drinking culture)
The stigma of “not being fun” that comes with choosing not to drink
The mixed messages that come from events like “Vino & Vinyasa”
The parallels between eating disorders and alcoholism
Celeste opens up about her history and her 20+ year battle bulimia
“All I wanted to do was fit in, and I felt like I had to use an eating disorder to get there”