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

Fear of the unknown is a big reason why a lot of people stay where they are. I get it — change is scary. I’m actually terrified of change and do not ease into it well at all. If I reflect, however, I realize that most of my growth personally and professionally has been from going through it. Change can come about inadvertently or on purpose. On purpose — saying yes — is a choice YOU make and often the one people have trouble with, especially if it means something hard. You can find tons of self-help posts on the… View Post

May is an important month for me. It’s the month I got clean in 2010, the month I was released from 9 months in jail in 2011, and the month when I was finally released from a 5 year probation that prohibited me from leaving the country (among other regulations) in 2016. Get ready for my annual posts on those as we continue through the month. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and after entering recovery from addiction, breaking cycles of disordered eating and exercise, and finally being clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety, it’s safe to say that… View Post

This topic is another one prompted by my request for posts you’d like to see on here. If health and nutrition are of interest to you, then you’ve no doubt been inundated by the 2125457 different diet trends and “advice” from people on Instagram and other social media avenues. It can be hard to know if you should be intermittently fasting, only eating a majority of fat, or any number of the conflicting messages that we see 24/7. I’ve obviously had my own struggle with these things and I finally reached a point where I realized that I needed to… View Post

I’ve been complimented at my ability to get everything out in the open and talk about things that others might want to keep to themselves. It’s not something I was always capable of doing and I’m not good at it in all mediums. For instance, I’ve always been able to better convey things through writing than speaking. I’m able to convey emotions better and can selectively choose the vocabulary I use to paint a scenario in your mind. I love writing about tough topics on here and I enjoy sharing my story and what I’ve learned through speaking engagements (which… View Post