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13 02, 2018

Hope, Healing and Happiness in Sobriety

February 13th, 2018|Families Recover, Joyful Recovery|0 Comments

It's hard to believe that a family so broken could begin to mend. The mending of old wounds takes time--lots of time. But there is hope. There is something about time and aging that softens our hearts and quiets down the ego. Or maybe it is a combination of time, aging and life in sobriety that allows forgiveness to settle in and compassion to flourish. Family wounds can be deep and hard. And, if we hold onto old stories and "victim" mentalities, there may never be an opportunity to repair and rebuild relationships. Awakening to love. This weekend was filled with so much hope, healing and happiness for me. It was a weekend of awakening to love--how fitting that we are on the cusp of Valentine's Day...nothing goes unnoticed in my conscious mind. This little family of mine is exemplifying love in so many forms that I am overcome with [...]

28 01, 2018

Finding Inspiration and Purpose in Sobriety

January 28th, 2018|Faith, Purpose|0 Comments

  Guest post by Stormie J. I have been in contact with several people who are struggling lately. The severity seems to range anywhere from “there must be more to life” to “I am done with life.” I have genuine compassion for this state of mind, body and spirit as one who wrestled with self-worth to the tune of purposefully endangering myself in my teens and also battling addiction into my early thirties. What is my purpose? My way up and out of it, although incremental, was quite miraculous and yet it does not fit nor necessarily work for others. One dear friend of mine has tried nearly “everything” and still her relief has been minimal and fleeting. Whether the cause is addiction, chemical imbalance, unrequited love, co-dependency, aging or something else, there seems to be no way around these common threads--loss of inspiration and purpose, lack of self-worth and [...]

22 01, 2018

Tapping Into Spirituality

January 22nd, 2018|Faith|0 Comments

  I don't come here often enough. I live so close, yet I rarely take advantage of the majesty offered to me just a stone's throw away. Within a one-minute drive or a ten minute walk, I am literally on the beach. Every time I endure the trek, I vow to do it more often or even daily. And, yet, the days roll by once again without me going back. I see it every day. My business is located across the street from the beach, but I don't manage to get there. It doesn't take long, you know. I could walk over during lunch or in between appointments. But it sometimes feels like a chore. And, today my dog, Stitch, was staring at me longingly...a look I know too well. His eyes are so expressive. Please mom, let's just take an hour and run in the sun, interact with other, [...]

15 01, 2018

The Day I Got Sober

January 15th, 2018|Early Sobriety, Faith, Finding Me, Recovery Stories|0 Comments

  I didn’t know it at the time. I didn’t know it at the time that my life had forever changed on this day, January 14, 2014. It wasn’t until five or six days later that I even realized that January 14 should be earmarked as a momentous day. I remember sitting in my back yard smoking a Capri menthol and realizing that I hadn’t had a drink in five or six days. (Yes, I used to smoke, and I smoked those sissy cigs…Capris. They felt a little more elegant than Marlboro Reds.) It was amazing that I hadn’t had a drink, but what was even more remarkable was that I wasn’t trying to “not” drink. I simply hadn’t had one and it hadn’t crossed my mind. It felt a bit different. I wasn’t “willing” myself to not have a drink. I wasn’t white knuckling it or struggling to stay [...]

11 01, 2018

Self Discovery and Discernment in Sobriety

January 11th, 2018|Early Sobriety, Finding Me|0 Comments

  I could hear it happening from the other room. He got out of bed...well, shall I say jumped out of bed and headed for the door. Typically, he's not this spry at 5 AM. He's used to me waking around 4:30, making a pot of coffee and trying hard not to disturb his sleep. I turn on a small lamp and begin to write. This thing we do--it's a daily ritual. As I begin to write, he snuggles closer, almost burrowing into the side of me. He can't get close enough, and I just love his warmth next to me. But today is different. After I sleepily crawl back into bed to pull out my pen and begin to connect with myself and my higher power, he jumped out of bed. I can hear him. I love listening to what he's doing. His moves have recognizeable sounds associated with [...]

28 12, 2017

Rewiring My Mind and Spirit in Sobriety

December 28th, 2017|Early Sobriety, Finding Me|0 Comments

    There's this guy. I knew that would get your attention. Yes, there's this guy. Not just any guy. He's well-known among a circle of my friends. His name is Adrien. He's this handyman/painter kind of guy who works his way up and down our alley on both sides. He's been working on homes in our alley for close to 10 years. We have come to call it Adrian's alley. He has a waiting list. Everyone wants him. He can do just about anything when it comes to home repairs/maintenance and upkeep. The last time he did any work for me was about seven years ago. Besides some small projects, I really haven't done anything to my home since I bought it in 2001. This home has so many memories for me. It's a beach home and that means a lot to a small-town girl from the Arizona mountains. [...]

27 12, 2017

Faith Is For The Courageous

December 27th, 2017|Faith, Fear|0 Comments

    Get ready for it. Here it comes. Hold your seats! The "F" bomb You know the word. You know what word I'm talking about. The sneaky little bastard that creeps into our mind at all hours of the day only to disrupt and cause anxiety. FEAR If you want to know the truth, I believe fear may be worse than f*ck. I mean seriously, fear is some effed up stuff. Fear can paralyze people. Fear stops us dead in our tracks from following our hearts desire. Fear traps us in darkness. Fear accelerates like wildfire if we give it an ounce of oxygen. Fear debilitates. Fear isolates. Fear suffocates. Even though fear is completely senseless, it lives in the mind. It protects the ego. The ego that tells us to worry about what others think. Fear is resistance to being the best and most beautiful being we can [...]

15 12, 2017

Finding Freedom Through Faith

December 15th, 2017|Faith|0 Comments

  I have traveled more in the month of December than I can remember traveling in the last five years. It's been invigorating and fun to let loose and see the world a bit. In my final spiral of alcoholism, I was traveling nonstop with a toxic boyfriend. I literally lived out of a suitcase and always had my dog carrier on wheels to bring my pup, Blossom, with me. She sure put up with a lot from me during that dark and desolate downward demise of my physical and spiritual being. I am thrilled that my boyfriend at the time finally dumped me. It was a blessing. I wasn't going to leave him. I just couldn't. I was as addicted to the false love we had as I was to the drink. And so he dumped me. And I had a chance to get sober. It took a while, [...]

12 12, 2017

Gifting with Intention

December 12th, 2017|Finding Me, Holiday, Showing Up|0 Comments

  With Christmas around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about gift ideas. Gifting with intention keeps coming up for me. I want to give meaningful gifts to the people I love. Honestly, I haven’t much been into the holidays for the past several years. It really feels like a lot of work and effort. And it still does to a degree. The bah humbugs have besieged me for a few years. But my recent visit to New York City sparked a little holiday joy within me. There is something so magical about the big apple at Christmas time, and it really was just what I needed to reignite the spirit within me. As I am writing this savoring a hot cup of coffee with extra cream and my dog snuggled up next to me, I realize that the holidays had become too harried and frantic for me. In [...]

8 12, 2017

Believe

December 8th, 2017|Faith, Holiday, Joyful Recovery|0 Comments

  Believe It's the first weekend of December and I am just returning from a blessed trip to New York City. The city is magical in December. The Big Apple most definitely knows how to go big for the holiday season. While in the city my friend and I took in lots of experiences. We came to New York under the guise of attending a personal development seminar. And, really it was just a great excuse to escape the humdrum life of sunny Southern California, almost always 74 degrees and beautiful. The mere thought of New York City gets my blood flowing. It's exciting. It's gritty and alive. It's a myriad of cultures piled high into the towering buildings. It's rich with all the great things this land has to offer as well as humbled by the homelessness that haunted me at every turn. Christmas in the city is brilliant [...]

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