Hi! I’m Christy. I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I went to USC (University of Southern California) for undergrad where I studied political science. I was in a sorority and that’s where my drinking really began. It was a way to connect with others, be social and what you were meant to do in order to have fun. During my junior year at USC, I went to the London School of Economics where I studied law and policy, and that’s when I fell in love with London.
After college I attended Pepperdine University for law school. I met my husband Chris on our very first day of law school and we both chose to study in London during our second year. In law school I drank to cope with the stress of school, but wine was also a big part of my love story with Chris. We spent our weekends traveling around Europe and enjoying a lot of wine.
After law school Chris and I got married and he got a job offer in London. I used my connections from my days at the London School of Economics to score a job as a Parliamentary researcher and I spent our first year in London working for two members of parliament.
We then got pregnant with our daughter, Ella. After having her I noticed that my drinking definitely ramped up. I was using wine at night as a reward for long tough days with a baby, and as a coping mechanism. At the time I didn’t see any problem with it because every mom I knew was doing the same thing. Social media was full of memes that told me that because my baby whines I deserved wine.
We had our son, Carter two years later and I suffered from post-natal depression. The drinking didn’t help, and I felt lonely, living in a foreign country with a husband that was working at a massive law firm and clocking 15-hour days at the office. Wine was continued to be my treat and reward at the end of the day.
When the children were young I started working for Pepperdine as an advisor to their law students on their semester abroad and I also started a successful blog called “An American Girl in Chelsea,” a chic guide to help American expat women navigate moving to and living in London. The website gained a loyal following. I was able to work with several big brands in the UK, attend high profile events including London Fashion Week, and was sent on several press trips throughout Europe to review hotels and restaurants.
As the children got a little older, I started my own social media consultancy and worked in a few start-ups to help with social media, PR, and business development. Sky News asked me to report on Harry and Meghan’s wedding as an American girl living in London and I reported live from Windsor Castle throughout the wedding weekend. I was also asked to commentate on the birth of their royal baby a year later. All this to say that my life looked really glamourous and fun on my social media.
In 2018 my mother passed away. My mom had been my best friend growing up. I know a lot of women say that about my mom, but this was really true. I spoke to her every single day as I grew up, until she started drinking when I was in my late 20s. Alcohol changed her. It made her angry, depressed and not the bright light I grew up with.
When she passed away I sunk into a deep hole and used alcohol to help me medicate the grief I was feeling. I was drinking more often and feeling worse and worse. I was grumpy, short with my children, and constantly getting in stupid fights I couldn’t even remember with my husband.
In March 2020, I had enough. I woke up after celebrating Carter’s 8th birthday with a bad hangover. It was the second-year anniversary of my mom’s death and the grief hit me like a truckload of bricks.
I stood over my bathroom sink, looked up in the mirror and shout-cried to Jesus. “I can’t do this anymore.” Weeks later the UK went into lockdown. I felt as if I was in some sort of self-imposed rehab, although grateful for the opportunity to hide away and figure out if I could feel better without drinking every day.
I started researching and reading anything I could get my hands on about drinking, sobriety and the sober curious movement. I spent lockdown deep in books, watching online webinars and listening to podcasts from different women and the reasons that they decided to give up alcohol. As the days went on, I started to feel better and better. I started to get deep restorative sleep. I was more present with my children. I started also began to feel deep joy again and peace.
At the end of 2020 I completed the interview process to join Annie Grace’s This Naked Mind Institute in order to become a certified coach. I felt like I had discovered this incredible gift- life after wine! And I wanted to share it with as many women as possible. “If I could just make even one woman feel better, and know there’s hope from this nightly wine merry-go-round, it would be worth it” I said in my certification interview.
I spent the year studying and then launched my coaching business, Love Life Sober with Christy in January of 2022. I celebrated two years alcohol free on March 9, 2022.
I work with women 1:1 and in small groups to help them dive deep into their relationship and beliefs about alcohol, and it is the most incredibly rewarding thing I have ever done.
When I stopped drinking wine every night my life completely changed. I have discovered my purpose in life and my passion to help other women with this struggle.
If I can do it, you can do it!