Who is the Sober Señorita?

 
SOBER on my wedding day

SOBER on my wedding day

2016 Recipient of the foundations recovery network heroes in recovery award

2016 Recipient of the foundations recovery network heroes in recovery award

 

My name is Kelly Fitzgerald. 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 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. We were just married in February 2017 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 two bilingual cats Rita and Ramona.

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.

A dream of mine is to become a certified recovery coach and publish a memoir.

I am a freelance writer, I maintain my blog and social media following, I am the co-founder of the Bloom Club where we help people get sober, and I am involved with political activism. I'm currently working on my memoir.

 
drinking/using in 2012  vs. 3 years sober

drinking/using in 2012  vs. 3 years sober

broken nose after a night of drinking vs. 6 months sober

broken nose after a night of drinking vs. 6 months sober

Marrying my best friend in cancun where i got sober - the ultimate gift of sobriety

Marrying my best friend in cancun where i got sober - the ultimate gift of sobriety