I'm two months and one week into my sobriety journey today! Every day gets a tiny bit easier. It surprises me at times because alcohol is so pervasive - it's in the grocery store, on television, movies, Facebook, tshirts, socks! I'm learning to take it at face value - as a prop and nothing more. … Continue reading Walkin’ on Sunshine
One of the key goals in my sobriety program is to build a life that doesn't have room for alcohol - one that I generally love enough that hard times don't take me down the rabbit hole to a bottle of wine. What does that look like for me? What would it look like for … Continue reading Thoughts on Building a Sober Life
"Happiness and suffering come from your own mind, not outside. Your own mind is the cause of happiness; your own mind is the cause of suffering. In order to obtain happiness and pacify suffering, you have to work within your own mind." ~Lama Zopa Rinpoche The photo above was taken about midway through what I'm … Continue reading Raging at Windmills
I started my sobriety journey approximately one month before the annual Women for Sobriety conference in Allentown, PA. At a mere 10 days sober, I took the leap and signed up! I leave bright and early tomorrow morning. As I've read and listened to other women-in-recovery, I've heard one after another confess to being introverted. … Continue reading Adventures in Introversion
In the Women for Sobriety program, Acceptance Statement #9 says... The past is gone forever. No longer will I be victimized by the past. I am a new person. This is a big one for me, possibly THE single most important thing for me to work on in my sobriety - letting go of my … Continue reading Breaking the Chains
Happy June! It's a rainy Sunday where I am and I have nothing pressing on my list, so I think I'm just going to rest today - journal, read, sip tea, zone out on Netflix. I've been thinking a lot lately about my spirituality. I grew up in a very fundamental religion, with lots of … Continue reading Spirituality – My Way!
Sometimes, the simplest words are the ones that stick in our minds the best. I've planted a lot of weeds over the years. It's time for that to change.
Say you're out with the girls, on vacation with drinking friends, at a dinner party or work function where alcohol is featured... what do you say when you're offered a drink? Most likely, the people you are with have seen you drink - many times - and will be puzzled (possibly to the point of … Continue reading Just Say No
Do you remember your sleeping dreams? Mine often take flight the moment I open my eyes, but I find the more work I do with my dreams, the more they stick. Several years ago, I bought a fantastic dream journal and spent the next couple of years diving into my dreams and learning to understand what … Continue reading The Dreamer Awakes
“My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” ~Michel de Montaigne Did you know the term "Worry WARTS" is a pneumonic in psychiatry that stands for... Worn-out Absentminded Restless Tense and Sleep disturbed In psychiatry, the whole thing adds up to Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Ironically, it also closely mirrors the things … Continue reading Worry WARTS