182 days….and beyond? We’ll see. For now, this is what I’m focused on: 182 days, 6 months, of sobriety.

For some of you out there this may seem like nothing. For those of you who have a relationship with booze–for those of you who have considered foot juice your favorite friend–well, you know this can be a daunting task.

Here’s my goal with this diary. I want to keep track of what’s going on and I want to be relatively light-hearted (when possible) about the whole thing. A lot of “recovery literature” is either a scream from hell or pie-in-the-sky positivity. I’m looking for a middle ground between the two.

I’ve started and stopped multiple times since I was 21. There were long periods where I drank every day and didn’t take any breaks at all.

I’m not doing a year or “forever” because I know from experience I’m setting myself up for failure.

So for now, 182 days it is.