Today we are thrilled to have the one and only Kelly Fitzgerald, aka Sober Senorita on The SHAIR Podcast. She visits The SHAIR Recovery Community for an exclusive live Q&A session with our members.
The Sober Senorita talks about how her alcoholism started with the disease of always wanting more and how this prevented her from ever finding contentment or peace, until she found sobriety.
Kelly tells those struggling with alcoholism and addiction to never let go of the hope of different life. She also talks about the importance of recovering out loud to be an example that living sober is not only possible, but also amazing.
Kelly Fitzgerald, The Sober Senorita
My name is Kelly Fitzgerald Junco. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a small town called Royersford. From as far back as I can remember I’ve always had an addictive personality. I wanted to party and was given the “social butterfly” title before I even left high school. I attended college at Millersville University in central Pennsylvania and earned 2 undergraduate degrees while playing 4 seasons of NCAA Division II soccer, as well as establishing my drinking career. As binge drinking and blackouts became more normal for me, I was in deep denial about just how destructive my drinking patterns were.
After college graduation I moved to Cancun, Mexico where I continued my party lifestyle. On May 6, 2013 I took my last drink. I had enough. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I got sober in a spring breaker’s paradise. In Mexico I discovered my love of Mexican culture, the Spanish language, and writing. I started my blog in January of 2014. May of 2014, on my first year anniversary, I published my first official blog post about sobriety – the post heard round the world. The post that went viral, was picked up by the Huffington Post and republished in 5 different languages, maybe you’ve heard of it?! After having that post go viral, I knew the world wanted to hear more about a regular girl and her sobriety so I continued to write about my life and my sober adventures.
I lived in Mexico for 5 years and in June of 2014 my then-boyfriend, Fernando, and I picked up and moved to Cape Coral, Florida. In February 2017 I married Fer back in Cancun where we first met. We currently live and work in Cape Coral, enjoying beach life, CrossFit, traveling, and hanging out with our three bilingual cats Rita, Ramona, and Rodrigo.
Every good thing I have in my life today is the result of my continued sobriety. Every day I wake up and choose recovery and I want others to know that they can do this too. Sharing my story has not only changed my life, but it has impacted many others’.
My mission is to encourage everyone to live their truth, to break the stigma of addiction, to let others know help is available for substance use disorders, and that you do not have to suffer in silence. You are not alone. There are 23 million Americans living in recovery, I am only one. If I can do it, so can you.
I am a freelance writer and social media manager, and a Certified Life and Recovery Coach, and Head of Marketing for This Naked Mind. I’m currently working on a memoir and seeking representation.