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Maggie from Virginia


I’m turning 40 on October 7th and it has been my goal since the beginning of this year to be the best version of myself by the time I hit 40, or close to it!


I was a middle-lane drinker.


I fell right into the Mommy Wine Culture. I deserved a glass of wine (or two or three) after a long day and to help me get through bedtime with my 3 kiddos.


I didn’t sleep well, I had low energy, I had brain fog, and I was impatient with my kids and my husband.


All because I lived my days for my wine at night.


I tried to moderate, telling myself to only drink on weekends, but that never stuck. Last year I removed alcohol after reading a few quit-lit books, but the motivation wore off after 6 weeks and I was quickly back to my old ways.

I am so incredibly grateful I found Over the Influence earlier this year. I heard Shaz on This Naked Mind podcast and instantly felt like she was my kind of lady!


I couldn’t stop listening to the OTI podcast and caught up on the first two years of episodes in the course of a few weeks.


Two weeks into my OTI binge session I decided to try removing alcohol again. This time it stuck and it’s all because I had Shaz, Ben, and the OTI community helping me stay motivated and making sobriety ridiculously fun.


I laugh out loud when I listen to them and the people they interview are so incredibly inspiring. I love being sober and while I don’t need OTI to stay sober anymore, I’m not getting rid of OTI anytime soon. They have changed my life for the better.

I can honestly say that I’m a much better version of myself and I’m excited to go into my 40s knowing who I truly am and feeling so confident and free from the burden of alcohol.


The benefits of sobriety have snowballed into every other aspect of my life; nutrition, sleep, connection, self-love, and discovery.


I now see life in 3D.

Cheers to the next 40 years, alcohol-free of course!


Thank you very much Maggie for sharing with us; you are doing amazingly! If you have a story you'd like to share as part of Sober October, don't hesitate to get in touch! Join our community for support, understanding, and a bunch of extra AF content.


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