Addiction is Just a Symptom

I spent a large portion of my life feeling like something was missing. It was like I was literally a walking puzzle with all but one piece. No matter what I did, I never felt complete. In the beginning, you think it must be that something specific is missing. Something tangible. If I just find [...]

10 Things I Learned During My First Year of Sobriety

The first year of sobriety is a physical, emotional, and spiritual roller coaster. When I got sober in 2010, I knew that I was in for a ride. There were plenty of ups and downs, laughs and tears - but man, there is just nothing like finally picking up your one-year medallion! Here are 10 [...]

Keeping the Faith – Are You Wonderstruck by God?

As my husband and I have begun the journey of adopting a child, I have taken it as an opportunity to grow my faith. Adoption is stressful, difficult, and nothing can be for certain. We both walk into it hopeful, but also scared of the uncertainty of it all. Because of that, I decided that [...]

How I Got Through the First 90 Days of Sobriety

December 7th, 2010 was the last time that any mood altering substance entered my body. Prior to that, I had been a slave to the disease of addiction since the age of 21. I took my first drink at the age of  13. I had no idea what the future held from that first drink [...]

What “Adulting” Really Means

I am a little behind on my writing. The last couple of weeks have kind of been a whirlwind, and I have not had a lot of time to do anything except be on the go. I have been thinking all day about what this post should be about. I thought about writing something relating [...]

The Freedom To Be Me

I am not the most unique nor the most boring person. I am not the most beautiful, but definitely not ugly either. I did not come from an impoverished family but did not come from riches. My life has not been something from a Hollywood movie, but I can assure you it has not been [...]

The Trouble With Fear

When I was beginning my journey in sobriety, a counselor had me make a list of all of my fears (us twelve-steppers know this as a part of the fourth step). These weren't tangible things like spiders or snakes, but rather the aspects of life that made you want to run the other way. For [...]