Last month I received a message letting me know that someone I used to know had been addicted to heroin for awhile. I don’t get as many messages like this as I used to — phone calls about friends dying from overdoses or emails about how to help a loved one with a substance problem. Because I’m not as closely intertwined with addiction after being clean for almost eight years, it was a story I wasn’t entirely prepared for. I worried about her family, I worried about her job, and most importantly I worried about her. I wondered what she… View Post

Alright guys, I’ve got part two of my Chicago food guide for you and this one may be more exciting than the healthy eats one. ­čÖé There are so many delicious places to eat in this city and I know that I’ve left some things off this list, but these are my my favorites. Neil and I aren’t big on sit-down restaurants, so you won’t really find those on this list. I also need to eat more tacos since that’s a big thing here, yet I don’t have any on the list. So if you don’t see a genre on… View Post

I learned this lesson in early recovery, but it’s really applicable for people at any stage in life. This is my experience with it. When I first entered recovery, I had lost just about everything. If I hadn’t lost it, I progressively did while┬áin┬árecovery simply because the consequences hadn’t quite caught up with me yet. It was hard for me to see how I was going to pull myself out of the hole I had found myself in. I watched and listened to people who had been in my place and saw everything they had accomplished since getting clean, but… View Post

I’ve noticed throughout my time online that there has been a big movement towards natural living and natural products. While I’m not 100% there, I am looking to make some shifts towards a more natural lifestyle in this coming year. This post is sponsored by Fresh Thyme. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely shunning non-natural, non-organic products. You are not likely to catch me using natural deodorant or brushing my teeth with charcoal, but I do think that it’s beneficial to use natural products when and where they appropriately fit into my life. I’ve shifted to a more… View Post

With December almost halfway over already (!!), I’m making sure to sit down and work on planning out content and strategy for 2018. In order to do this, I wanted to reach out to you — the people who make this blog possible — to get your opinions. Change is always necessary in order to grow, and although it’s comfortable for me to sit and continue doing things the way I’ve always done them, it’s not going to lead to growth. Working in such a fast-paced and quick-changing industry means that you need to be able to acclimate to that… View Post