If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Dana Bowman | Author & Founder of Momsie Blog
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
When I started Momsie, I had a mission to make moms laugh. I had numerous friends who constantly told me (padded my ego) that I should blog. “You’re so FUNNY!” they would gush, and I was all… “But everyone and their DOG has a blog.”
Well, now I’m the dog.
And Momsie was a great success. But, behind the scenes, I was recently sober, and not writing about this felt… fake. Like, it was a huge part of my life, and it had SAVED my life – how could I not write about it?
So, I came out. And have never looked back. My writing/speaking career has evolved into a “How to be a mom and actually not drink wine at the same time” sort of thing. I still post about parenting and marriage and life, but the sober thing is always there, always singing along and doing jazz hands in the background.
I’m a sober mom and I know there are a few of us out there. I’m here to make sure we can laugh, and cry, and then laugh again, because we must be there for each other.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
To write a book. And then, write another and another….
AND YES, HOLY HECK, I AM ON MY WAY! Praise God. 🙂
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Oh, this is a tough one. There is so much I would like to say to her. Like, “Why bangs, Dana? Why?? They always stick up and you know you don’t know how to style them.”
But also? I would get in and give her a hug and say, “You want love so badly. I understand. Don’t be so damn hard on yourself and stop LOOKING for it so hard. Sit for a bit. Wait. And please, STOP dating inappropriate men.”
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
I think we have become very used to being mean. It’s part of the “con” of social media (I know, there are many pros, because I make my living with the help of it). We judge and label and drop our soundbites and slams and then prance off into the interwebs and it’s pollution.
I am a Christian, white, a woman, and pretty conservative. I am fodder for being judged AND for judging. I just don’t. I make a choice. And I try, really really hard, to not even judge the ones that are spouting the most venom. There’s a reason they do – our culture has programmed them.
I realize this makes me sound super spiritual and nice and awesome. In all honesty? I do this like 88.765% of the time. The other percent I still get mad and judge and think people are idiots. Progress, not perfection.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
I want to go to Narnia.
Or Green Gables.
Oh my goodness this is SO HARD. I don’t really want to spend an evening with a character… I want to GO someplace. I guess this is because I am an introvert and people scare me. 🙂
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
Every night, before I fall asleep, I say “Thank you for this day.” I am thanking God, and I am thanking Him for another day sober. Life is so short. Life is such a gift. And it really is a wonderful world, for all the messing up we have done to it. I write and think and speak and tinker with words because I need to communicate that to others – what a wonder it is to be alive, truly alive, and sober. And free.
Thank you, Dana, for bringing light to the world and being an inspiration to so many!
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