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My name is Jade and I’m a Medium Writer

Hi friends and dear readers. I’ve been writing on Medium since 2019 but more consistently in the past few months, so I felt it was a good time to introduce myself.

I’ve written my whole life. Mostly short non-fiction personal essays…


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People often reach out to me about their drinking and their personal relationship with alcohol. I’ve encouraged it. I’m outspoken about my sobriety and my alcoholism and I regularly post about it on my social media. I’ve said that if anyone needs help or is questioning their relationship to alcohol…

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I keep wanting to say that, “It’s been a tough year.” It still feels like we are in the year of COVID. The year of a global pandemic that shut down our businesses, social lives, and schools. In reality, it’s been almost two years, and we are still reeling from…

Vegas is a shrine to substance abuse, addiction, consumption and greed

I drove through Vegas as the sun was rising. There is nothing quite like a desert sunrise and the way the light reflected off of the gaudy glittering gold casinos was, I hate to say it, beautiful.

I had…

How to open the mail and other adult responsibilities

I still have trouble opening the mail, or answering the phone when it rings. Early in the program, my sponsor would have me pick up the phone and call three women a day. Call them on the phone. Like, how totally…

Living in the high desert during a global pandemic

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Did I manifest a global pandemic? I mean, I have manifested the exact right chair before, or the perfect dress from the thrift store. Normally, if I think about a thing often enough it appears. Whether good or bad. …

A story about letting go

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“Where do you go when you die while still living?” I had dramatically scribbled this into the Moleskine notebook my Mom dropped off at the nurse's station. I wrote about everything. What I ate, what Comstock was wearing, how I felt, the temperature outside (even…

A memoir, antics in the workplace and self-exploration

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Lemonade Stands and Lies

My first job was hustling for a Nintendo. My parents were on the lower-middle-class side and they were young. Younger than seems appropriate looking back on our history as my thirty-eight-year-old self. When I was six and in desperate, indescribable need of…

How society has deemed it acceptable to get sloshed

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I don’t drink alcohol anymore. I quit drinking almost four years ago. When I tell people I don’t drink I get one of two reactions. Either it’s a nonissue and the person hardly cares when I tell them I don’t drink…

What we can learn from help, thanks and wow

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“Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means that you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you…

Jade Porter

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