Ellie Thompson welcomes influencer Cat Sims and creator of adulting honestly website Not So Smug Now to the show to talk about her brand new book, The First Time You Smiled, a baby record journal with attitude. Ellie quizzes Cat on the common misconceptions about having kids, and Cat opens up about her addiction to alcohol, and her family’s role in fuelling her desire to stay sober.
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About Cat Sims, Not So Smug Now
Cat Sims is a content creator, podcaster and author who is still trying to figure the whole ‘adulting’ thing out. She’s made a living out of documenting her failures and successes as a 40-year-old woman, a mother and a wife across various social media platforms. Cat is willing to talk openly about anything – her addiction and subsequent sobriety journey, her mental health, her fears and failures – and she makes us all laugh as she does it.
Her mission in life is to make as many women as possible feel ‘seen’ and to make them realise that they are never, ever, ‘the only one.’ She’s honest AF, wonderfully self-deprecating and willing to say all the things the rest of us hide away and, in doing so, managed to make us all feel a little bit better about our perfectly messy lives.
Cat was 40 years old when she collapsed physically and mentally.
It was time, she realised to admit to herself and to those closest to her that she had a problem: she was an alcoholic and an addict and desperate to change. Of course, she didn’t look like either of these things. Cat was married, had two kids, and was a successful content creator and author. How could she be addicted to alcohol and drugs and still function?
Addicts don’t all look a certain way
This is the message that Cat is passionate about getting out there. Addicts don’t all look a certain way and smashing through those stereotypes and doing what she can to ditch the stigma around words such as ‘alcoholic’ and ‘addict’ is so important to her.
There are so many people out there asking themselves if they have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs. They are struggling but don’t feel like they can ask for help because they don’t believe they’re an alcoholic. Alcoholics are generally old men who live on park benches, right? Wrong. Cat knows there’s no checklist you have to tick to be considered an alcoholic. If you’re struggling to stop, if alcohol or drugs are causing you anxiety, then there is help out there and there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to asking for it.
You can buy Cat Sim’s new book The First Time You Smiled on Amazon.