I’ve been in recovery for over eight years, and the first five of those were spent very intensely attending meetings, doing step work, and working to figure out why I couldn’t live life like other people did. A lot of the work I did and lessons I learned were centered around drugs and alcohol, and rightfully so, but I remember thinking that so many of the things I was learning would help ANYONE. I think that we as a society all have these issues from time to time, just some of us are predisposed to take it to another destructive… View Post

I’ll be the first to admit it — being self-employed is magical. My schedule is flexible, I don’t have to worry about superiors who I undoubtedly will have issues with at some point, and I’m free to take my creativity in whatever direction I desire. A lot of my time, however, is spent in front of my phone or my computer: answering emails, invoicing, planning content, writing content, etc. What is highlighted on Instagram are the times when I’m actually away from those things because no one wants to see 12454 stories of my computer monitor in various states of contenting (is… View Post

When I learned that I would have to give up drinking 8 years ago, I was none too happy about it. I obviously realized that giving up the illegal, dependency-causing drugs was for the best, but alcohol? WHY?? I threw a tantrum like a petulant child as my mind raced through every scenario until the end of time where I would need to be drunk, and likely far more so than my peers. First, I was going to be in a wedding ten days later. I MUST have alcohol there. Second, I’m sure I would have my own wedding some… View Post

As I scrolled through social media this weekend following the news of the third in a list of celebrity suicides, I found myself becoming more and more annoyed as the day went on. I was constantly being bombarded with a phone number that I never see except for one day following events like these, yet I, and many others, know how to Google it should it become a necessary option. I watched stories on Instagram about how it’s been a shitty week because two people died, but “at least the week will end on a happy note” here at my… View Post

Welp, here we are again. 🙂 I’ve made it another year in recovery — welcome to wrapping up year number eight! This is the fourth post I’ve written on the anniversary of the day I decided to choose a path that would change my life in ways I didn’t even realize. Each year I go back and read the previous ones (I’ve linked them at the bottom of this post) and wonder how I can write something different from the year before. This year I think it’s important to emphasize the importance of self. Before diving into that, I want… View Post