When life takes on new meaning, everything is possible.

Sober since January 19, 2013

Hi, I’m Brooke, and I’m really glad you’re here.

Let me share a little about me. Like most of you reading this, my story has two parts.

First, there’s the before.

Straight after graduation from Columbia University in Manhattan, I taught scuba diving on St. Croix, the biggest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Yes, there was a lot, a lot of rum. In between all the drinking, I fell in love with the ocean. Sixty feet beneath the surface, I found a peace that I didn’t experience again for years.

As much as I loved island life, my heart was yearning for a writing career, and so I moved back to New York City.

For several years, I worked in advertising, planning all the travel for the CEO and for photo shoots. My claim to fame from this period was finding a herd of sheep available for rent for a major department store ad campaign.

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From here, I landed a gig as the associate editor of a Sport Diver magazine (a publication about scuba diving—shocker!), part of Bonnier Corporation, which also included Islands as well as Field and Stream magazines. During this time, I dove into international trip planning, handling logistics for writers and photographers jetting to the Galapagos Islands, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and more.

After leaving the company, I became a freelance writer, planning my own trips throughout the Caribbean as well as Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia and a handful of other destinations. (Yes, I know how damn lucky I am.)

Wanna read how I got sober? Here’s the full story.

And now, the after.

When I was first getting sober, someone suggested I pen a list of what I most wanted in life. In the beginning, I wasn’t too sure what it would look like to dream bigger than what my everyday looked like. But I started with travel. As much as I had been around the globe already, I still harbored dreams of seeing more. And I knew the trips would mean so much more to me now that I was sober. I wanted to see Bali, Fiji and Antarctica. I wanted to swim with whale sharks, raft the Grand Canyon and kayak Alaska.

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It took time, but those trips all happened. The universe, God, my higher power—something bigger than me was certainly in my corner.

And then I started wondering what it would look like to lead adventure trips for sober people. I never imagined I would start a travel company, and yet, in the back of my mind, owning my own business was one big thing I always dreamed of. I’d envisioned a company like this back when I was in Indonesia (read that story here), and couldn’t be more thrilled that that dream is now reality.

In sobriety, one thing I really, really love are firsts

I love connecting sober people with trying something new for the first time sober or just trying something new, period—whether that’s kayaking in the ocean or drinking the water from a green coconut straight off a tree or seeing the green flash at sunset. In each of these moments, I get so much joy in seeing someone’s world get a bit fuller. Richer. For me, to see someone else connect a little bit more with the joy of sobriety makes me feel so alive—and completely happy, joyous and free.

A Peek at where I’ve been …

And the story continues …

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