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Meet Kelly Fitzgerald

Find out what superpower she’d like to have, what’s on her bucket list and what she would do if she won the lottery.

How old are you? 32

Where do you live? Cape Coral, Florida

Who are you, and what do you do? I’m a writer in long-term recovery currently writing my first book, taking recovery coach training and working for a CrossFit gym.

What is your relationship to addiction and recovery? Recovery is my No. 1 priority. Telling my story and writing about addiction and recovery is not only a hobby, but it has also become my career. I’m working toward breaking the stigma and encouraging others to reach out for help when they need it.

Where did you go to school, what did you study and when did you graduate? Millersville University of Pennsylvania. I got two bachelor’s degrees: one in communications with a minor in psychology and the other in government and political affairs. I graduated in December 2007.

What is on your bookshelf? Thousands of books: Blackout by Sarah Hepola, The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron, True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, Abandon Me by Melissa Febos, Rising Strong by Brené Brown, How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

What is a superpower you’d like to have? Teleportation so that I could spend the day in Cancun and be home for bedtime

What’s something most people don’t know about you? Pretty much all of my stories are out there. I’ve had six knee surgeries, my first one at age 16, and I continue to play soccer and do CrossFit. It’s a lesser known story but still known by some.

What is on your bucket list? Finish my memoir. Write more books. Be my own boss. Visit India and Greece. Have babies. Attend a Champions League Game. See Drake in concert. Win a writing contest. Go to the men’s World Cup (already been to the women’s!). Go to the CrossFit Games.

What is one thing you are glad to have done but wouldn’t do it again? Lived through active addiction. I wouldn’t be who I am today, but I would not want to endure that pain again!

What would you do if you won the lottery? Pay off my mortgage and bills. Travel the world. Buy some rad presents for my friends and family. Contribute to important causes such as Planned Parenthood and recovery awareness groups.

What item in your closet do you wear the most? Soccer shorts

What actor would play you in a movie? Oh, gosh, I don’t know, Marisa Tomei?

Who is your ultimate dinner date? Hillary Clinton

What brings you the greatest joy? Waking up sober every day and giving and receiving love

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? A few years back I received an amazing birthday gift from my friend Sarah. She put together a collage of quotes from my blogs, tulips (my favorite flower) and other imagery she thought represented the Sober Señorita. It’s beautiful and is hanging in my living room.

What are you proudest of? Being sober. Affecting lives with my writing.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life? Nothing is personal. Not everything is black and white. When people know people, they do better. You are the key to your own happiness.

What is your favorite quote? I have many, but I always go back to this one: “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.” — American Beauty

What is the best advice you’ve been given? Be the example. The best you can do is live the highest good you want for others.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger? That alcohol does not make your problems go away and that you don’t need to drink to feel good about yourself or fit in.

What does your future hold? Traveling, starting a family with my husband, writing a book, helping others get and stay sober, and I know for sure as long as I’m sober that happiness and contentment will follow.

Voices of Recovery captures the trials, tribulations and, most importantly, the joys of being in recovery. If you or someone you know is interested in being featured, please email kelseydallen@gmail.com.

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