Hi, I’m so glad you dropped by, thank you! My name is Christy. Or you can call me RoS. I’ll answer to just about anything, especially if you bribe me with cookies.
I am a runner. I have run a few half-marathons, and I even ran a full marathon (26.2 miles) in November 2012. I started running with the Couch to 5k program, and as cheesy as it sounds, it really did change my life.
I am a music, book, quote and movie geek, but music is my passion. I love all music, yes, even rap and country. I pride myself on not being a music-snob though; you know the type.
I have a small zoo; I love all animals. Well, if they have legs. Fur helps too. I currently have a cat and a dog, three donkeys, and twelve cows. I’d have more animals, but I have a husband too.
I am a recovering alcoholic. I’m not big on labels, but truly, I cannot drink in moderation, nor have I ever been able. My last drink was on May 06, 2011.
There are many paths to a healthy recovery; no single method or program is better than another, as long as it works for you. Recovery meetings and lots of sugar helped me get sober; running, blogging, honesty and not drinking are some current tools that help me stay sober.
As far as posts, I tend to write about life, death and grief, getting and staying sober, silver linings, running, and mindfulness. Usually my posts are accompanied with a piece of music–like a soundtrack–in line with the post’s theme. While I often keep a sober-centric focus on this blog, I am stretching my writing boundaries and including more of my poetry and creative writing. So I guess I’d say I write about the process and evolution of living a sober life. No matter what happens or what I write about, this is what life looks like, and in my case, this is what a sober life looks like. At most, I may post twice a week.
And in March of this year, Jennie, Michelle and I started hosting a new series called “Life in 6 Songs” in which two readers share the soundtracks of their lives. The series runs on Monday mornings at 10 AM Central time.
Jennie and I also share a series of weekend quotes, music, and poetry posts called Words for the Weekend. It now has a home of its own at WordsfortheWeekend.com. We also offer a daily words subscription at WordsfortheYear.com. You are welcome to join us!
My blog name is inspired by the Jackson Browne song “Running on Empty.” Except I’m not empty, I’m just sober.
In closing, this quote from American Beauty pretty much sums up my views on life:
“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me
but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.
Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much,
my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…
and then I remember to relax,
and stop trying to hold on to it,
and then it flows through me like rain
and I can’t feel anything but gratitude
for every single moment
of my stupid little life…
You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure.
But don’t worry.
You will someday.”
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Last updated: April 3, 2014