Jan 14

Stepping Into Greatness


Since New Years I’ve been trying to organize my goals for the year. I’ve been asking myself the questions from my last post in order to set myself up to achieve those goals while working towards my highest potential. It got me to thinking about how many times in the past I’ve set resolutions only …

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Jan 07

A New Approach For The New Year

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I was driving to the airport very early last week and the fog was so heavy I couldn’t see ten feet in front of me. There were cars slowing down. Others were putting on their flashers with caution. And some, like me, were charging through it. I couldn’t help but think about what a metaphor …

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Dec 22

Tips For Staying Sober During The Holidays

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Tis the season to be jolly…for most. For others, it’s also a season to be overly anxious and nervous about staying sober for many who are living a life in sobriety. This is my sixth year of sober holiday festivities and I thought it might be beneficial for some to have a few helpful tips …

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Dec 17

Accepting Our Assignments In Life

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We live in a society that is driven by the white picket fence, fairytale, happy-ever-after mentality that is painted in movies, books and across media. The reality of this is that it’s not always meant to be happily ever after. We meet people and enter into relationships for love or business and we immediately begin …

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Dec 10

12 Concepts For Accepting Chaos

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Chaos is defined as disorder, confusion and unpredictability. Throughout our lives, we will be met with patches of chaos and challenge that will shift our paths and cause us to re-evaluate, help us define who we are and ultimately play the lead in our evolution. There have been many times in my own life where …

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Dec 03

Accepting Grace

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When I think about grace it is hard to give it a blanket definition. The more I’ve learned about all the ways grace shows up in life, I’m also still learning how to accept grace in it’s many forms. It got me thinking about what grace is to me. I asked myself what it looks …

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Nov 26

How To Practice More Thanks Giving

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“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”  -W.J. Cameron I saw this quote the other day and it stopped me dead in my tracks. Every year we gear up to sit around a feast with our loved ones. We get excited about the food, having days off from work, relaxing, indulging in a food …

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Nov 19

10 Truths About Accepting Life

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I saw a quote the other day that spoke so loudly to me. It said: “You only see what your eyes want to see.” The reason this resonated with me is because in my journey of life and sobriety, I can remember so many times that I didn’t accept life as it was happening in …

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Nov 11

Accepting The Present Moment

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I’ve been talking a lot about sobriety and more particularly practices to foster success in recovery, but these practices of acceptance, surrender and awareness are also applicable for anyone who needs to work through a challenge or has a desire to bring about significant life change. Perhaps you aren’t sober or working to be, but …

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Oct 29

Accepting The Past

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One of the biggest hurdles for me entering into sobriety was accepting that I had a problem. It was so hard to face the music, swallow my pride and admit that my drinking and drugging was not normal. I had to accept that I couldn’t do moderation, I needed help and that I needed to …

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Oct 22

Sobriety Requires Surrender

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Sweet, sober surrender. It’s a constant process. It’s a consistent tug on the pride strings. It takes courage.  I give things up to God, my higher power, on the regular, and then I catch myself taking them right back. One of the hardest parts of sobriety is admitting, “I don’t got this.” Surrendering to the …

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Oct 15

Sobriety is a Lifestyle

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If you or anyone you know has struggled with alcoholism or addiction, my guess is that moderation, or lack thereof, is the basis for those struggles. For me, I couldn’t just have a couple drinks and call it a night. It was always balls to the wall, nights that turned into sunrise, the whole bottle …

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