Hey foxes! I'm Lisa, the woman behind The Sober Hipster. A full sleeve wife to Lori, mom/stepmom to four beautiful children ranging in age from 17 to 26, and GLi (because I'm too hip to be called gran anything) to a wild spirited 4 yr. old boy.
Most people know me as a paralegal, activist and artist... or maybe the woman who came out at 40 or the woman that was once a youth director in a local church or youth specialist in a girls foster home. Or perhaps as the server turned bartender turned restaurant manager in a place called The Villages.
But few know me as the little girl pressured to be attracted to boys, sneaking wine coolers and keeping girl crushes closer than secrets. They don't fully know the woman who did her best for 17 years to make a marriage to a great guy work.... or the amount of time spent in treatment and living at a sober house with other recovering addicts where I spattered my painful truth and story on canvases of all kinds through art therapy.
The woman that left her career, moved to a new town, and found The Refuge (literally the name of the treatment center) in 2013 carried with her that same little girl full of confusion, deep wounds and a bottle of vodka left a woman brave, confident and empowered to face the future without depending on any substance to be loved or live loved. I'm ready for you to meet her. I'm ready to be transparent and let you know how I'm navigating through recovery and living as a member of the LGBTQ community in Orlando. Maybe even strengthen you when you feel like you can't be you. But most of all, I want to encourage you to not be ashamed of your story because it will inspire others.
You matter. Your story matters.