Ep. 84: Crafting A Sober Lifestyle: Insights From The Sober Curator, Alysse Bryson

I am so excited to introduce you to a very cool lady and a very cool resource. If you have ever thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was one place to find all things sober” look no further. Alysse Bryson is the creator of the online magazine The Sober Curator. She is also a woman in long-term recovery who recently celebrated 17 years of freedom from alcohol. Alysse shares her journey from the anonymous rooms of AA to ‘recovering out loud’ and becoming a spokesperson for all of us who are walking a similar path.

Alysse and I take a ‘trip down memory lane’ as she remembers what it was like to identify as sober in 2006. With limited social media, (remember My Space?) and the stereotypical view of an alcoholic, Alysse discovered that there was not ‘one version’ of recovery. She lived her alcohol-free life quietly but found that she was often a sought after resource for friends and family. Then, during the pandemic, she made a shift from protecting her own story to ‘recovering out loud’. She credits her time and experience in sobriety to allowing her to identify ‘when she could be helpful’ and why moving front and center was the next right move.

With her background in media and print, Alysse launched The Sober Curator in August of 2020. The Sober Curator is an online magazine that features a variety of contributing writers and a content library that includes: Lifestyle, Entertainment, Happy Every Hour, Travel and The Spiritual Gangster. There are ‘quit lit’ book reviews, tarot card readings and 100 + NA beer reviews! Each contributing writer (Sober Curator) is celebrated with a deep dive into sober resources from his or her hometown. Alysse also volunteers with several recovery centers in the Pacific Northwest and brings The Sober Curator to FB and Instagram.

If you are looking for all the ways to recover out loud and celebrate this lush and beautiful sober life, The Sober Curator is an incredible resource! I am so grateful for people like Alysse who use their time and talent to support all of us.

Alysse is a gal on the go and proud of her Pacific Northwest roots. She also oversees her start-up, The Sober Curator, an online lifestyle resource that curates and creates original content for the recovery community. This pandemic baby recently placed in the top 15 recovery blogs and the top 10 recovery magazines in the world. Alysse is a single mother to her adult son Jakob (26) and lives with her two Boston Terriers, Roxie & Bella.

Resources from today’s show:

The Sober Curator

My Sober Girlfriends’ Book Club

Zero Proof Experiences – Portland, Maine

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