Better Than a Birthday: 20 Things 20 Years of Sobriety Taught Me

In this Medium post, I celebrate two decades of being sober. It is wild to think that my husband and kids have only known me as someone in recovery. I've been so fortunate to be sober through older adolescence and all adulthood. As this article hints at, things looked really different for me twenty years ago.

After eighth grade, I was chronically truant from school, and eventually stopped going altogether. In January 2001, I was working part-time at our small town pizza shop and feeling like there was little to live for. An intervention later, and I was given the choice to either go to a home for runaway and homeless youth in New Jersey, or (thanks to good health insurance) a drug and alcohol treatment center in South Florida. I kissed that cold winter goodbye, got on a plane, and my whole life changed.

I hope you enjoy this post. It lays out the 20 best living lessons I've picked up over the past 20 years.

24 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Preparing Kids for a Fast-Changing & Uncertain World

A few days ago, I connected with Michael Horn to talk about Making It and what the many accelerated and disruptive changes around us mean for kids and their possible futures. You can listen and watch

Why Our Kids Keep Sneaking Onto YouTube

I wrote this article for Scary Mommy to explain why kids struggle with self-control, especially when on tech. Spoiler: most of the time, they can't help it. I got the idea for the article while reflec

Readiness, Opportunity, and the Right to a Decent Life

I had such fun joining Tom Vander Ark on his "Getting Smart" podcast, which aired earlier this week. I'm a longtime fan of Tom and his team. And somewhat envious. They get paid to talk to interesting



Twitter: @stephanie_malia

Instagram: @wonder_and_wayfinding  

Join the Convo: #CurrencyBuilder; #FirstQuarterStrategies

  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon

© 2020

Reason(s) for reaching out: