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 [...]

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 [...]

A Change of Seasons

There is something incredibly comforting to me about the seasonal change from summer to fall. There are many of us who share this sentiment. It's our favorite time of the year. The temperature cools, the leaves change - even the smells change. And while there are also the cliche favorites like the pumpkin spiced latte [...]

When Life Tells You “NO”: The Beauty of Life’s Mosaic and the Bigger Plan

There have been so many times in my life that I have allowed myself to feel bitterness and resentment over not getting the things that I wanted or needed out of life. However, as time has passed, these difficulties have allowed me to see a bigger picture. I like to refer to this as the [...]