Meet YELLOW’s Co-Founder
• Name: Ian Mirmelstein
• Age: 45
• Hometown: Raised in Cleveland, OH
• Location: Suffern, NY just outside of NYC
• “Currently Not Drinking” Status: Sober-serious
I stopped drinking on August 18th, 2014. I was going through a tough time in my life, and it was brought to my attention that drinking wasn’t helping the situation. I really thought drinking was helping me cope with life but quickly realized it wasn’t. It was affecting my health, my relationships with just about everyone, and ultimately, I wasn’t being the person I wanted to be and I definitely wasn’t growing.
Over the past 6 years, my life has changed so much. I was able to repair relationships that were damaged. My sons are thriving, and we are closer than ever. My mental health is better than it’s ever been because I’ve been able to get help around childhood trauma and it’s showing results b/c I’m not numbing myself anymore. “You gotta feel it to heal it.” I’m co-parenting my kids in a peaceful and productive co-parenting relationship. I’ve found love and have built a beautiful relationship with my new partner and blended our families together. My family has a son and brother who show up for them. My career has blossomed. I saved a lot of money and got so much time back too. No more wasted days recovering from the night before. I sincerely can’t think of a single downside of not drinking!
I’m so grateful for all the friends I’ve made along the way who have helped show me the way to an alcohol-free life and for me, there’s no looking back!
I’ve realized there are so many different stories for those “Currently Not Drinking.” I classify myself as “Sober Serious” because I can’t drink safely but there is a wide spectrum out there of people who don’t drink for all kinds of reasons: health, lifestyle, career, curiosity, the list goes on and on.
YELLOW is an all-inclusive place for anyone who is “Currently Not Drinking” no matter what the “Why” is.
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Thanks to everyone for their support of YELLOW 🙏