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My Unfurling

Emerging from the Grip of Anxiety, Self-Doubt, and Drinking

After years of questioning her relationship with alcohol, Lisa May Bennett decided to quit drinking. She never hit a dramatic rock bottom, but her main mood enhancer had lost its luster. She felt stuck, and she suspected that a more fulfilling life awaited her in sobriety. With booze out of the way, Lisa began what she dubbed her "unfurling." She was alive, hungry, and happy. And she was writing again.

In My Unfurling, Lisa examines how self-doubt and anxiety led her to drink. She explores her complicated relationship with her mother, the "casual bullying" that came with being a late bloomer, her intense friendships, and her search for validation through love and work.

My Unfurling traces Lisa's journey beyond insecurity, jealousy, and fear. It is the story of her grief over losing a friend to addiction and her struggle to gain control over her own mind. In this touching and funny memoir, an engaging, relatable voice shares how she broke free from a tangle of bad habits and her plan to keep reaching for the light.

Anyone who is wondering when or if they'll ever burst out and follow their dreams will find My Unfurling compelling and hopeful.

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Early praise for My Unfurling

"I found My Unfurling to be engaging from the first sentence." - SUE

"I laughed and cried. I also found passages that I would like to copy and keep with me to keep inspiring me to evolve and move forward in a positive way." - LAURA

"I love Lisa's writing style; it was like she was speaking to me." - SHARON

"I thought My Unfurling was really beautiful, and there were many moments within it that I found myself relating to Lisa's experiences." - MERRILL

"I loved My Unfurling! I read it in one sitting. There is an earnestness and raw honesty to Lisa's inquiry and writing." - ERIN

"I was totally hooked each time that I’d sit down to read My Unfurling. It was powerful to read such a vulnerable piece." - MARY

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Lisa May Bennett

Lisa May Bennett is a repeat late bloomer who writes about personal growth and trying new things on her blog, Bittersweet Nugget. She first decided she wanted to be a writer at eleven years old but struggled for years with self-doubt and anxiety. Now, she has published her first book at age fifty-six and hopes to serve as an example for others who wonder if it's too late to chase their dreams. (No, it's not.)

Lisa worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades, serving as the communications director at the National Organization for Women for thirteen years. She also worked in Nielsen ratings research in New York City, in marketing for an online education company, and performing community outreach for a fitness studio. She is currently a caretaker, freelancer, and habit-development enthusiast.

Lisa has lived up and down the East Coast of the United States and now resides on a lake in Maryland with her husband, her mom, two cats, and a dog. She enjoys paddleboarding, yoga, and dancing in the kitchen. She plans to cross the country in an RV with her husband one day.

Highlights from my blog

What Sobriety Means to a Former Gray Area Drinker

When I decided to stop drinking in May of 2017, I knew I would eventually write publicly about my journey. Even before I made the choice, I started jotting down my thoughts about alcohol—the hold it had on my life, the challenges of drinking moderately, and the reasons why quitting was starting to look like the obvious solution.

Social Media and Me: It's Complicated

Last week a friend announced on Facebook that they would be scaling back their level of engagement on the platform. Declarations of temporary breaks or permanent departures from social media have become increasingly common. I've done this myself several times over the past five years, typically returning with a fresh perspective on the benefits these networks offer and the pitfalls they present.