One Practice That Has Kept Me Sober

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When I got sober in 2008, it was hard to rebuild my life at first. Killing bad habits and adjusting your life around the avoidance of them isn’t easy. It is a daily effort in making all the correct choices and no longer allowing the addictions to run your brain. Getting sober is hard work …

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Behind The Scenes Of A High Functioning Addict

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For the longest time in my active addiction and love affair with cocaine, I would always find a way to justify why I didn’t have a problem. I was suffering from a classic case of being a high functioning addict alcoholic. I was able to manage my life and my addictions in conjunction with each …

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8 Ways To Worry Less

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I’ve been catching myself worrying quite a bit lately. Worrying about details, choices, little things, big things. It’s crazy because once our minds get into worry mode we can find ourselves worrying about everything. It can sweep us up into a bad cycle if we are not careful. So, I sat with it. I caught …

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Never Give Up On Your Dreams

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I visited San Diego for the first time in 2005 and absolutely loved it. I remember driving around La Jolla looking at the houses for sale with an inquiring mind as to if I could live here, one day. At the time everything seemed so expensive, which made this dream become one of those off …

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Be Strong, You Never Know Who You Are Inspiring

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I took a yoga class last night and the teacher spoke about resilience. What an elegant word that I had not heard in quite some time, packed with a meaning that seemed to knock right on the doors of my heart in such a timely fashion. Resilience is the ability to bounce back or return …

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A Simple Reminder To Be Kind

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Our lives can get so busy and hectic that sometimes we forget to take time out to extend kindness or a helping hand to people around us. This past weekend I was given a gentle and simple reminder about why kindness is so important. As most of you know, I’ve been gearing up to head …

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2 Reasons Why Emotions Are Important

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Emotions are something a lot of people have a hard time with whether it’s moving through them or expressing them. I used to numb my feelings with alcohol and drugs. I didn’t have some horrible life I was trying to forget about by any means, which often fueled my rationality. Rather, my numbing was more …

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35 Truths I’ve Discovered In 35 Years

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I recently celebrated my 35th birthday. Naturally, birthdays are a great time for reflection of where we have been and where we desire to go next. It’s the perfect time to take inventory of the important lessons you’ve learned over the past year or maybe even throughout your life. I had a little pow-wow with …

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Every Ending Is A New Beginning

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They say Easter demonstrates how much can happen in just 3 days and I can’t help but take it as a beautiful sign that my birthday coincided with the celebration of resurrection this year. This is an amazing display of new beginnings that I was honored to feel so in harmony with. It’s a reminder …

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What Sobriety Taught Me About Procrastination

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Procrastination: one word with such a powerful meaning behind it. We all do it. I will admit I am often guilty of putting things off. I was in a therapy coaching session of my own a couple years ago sifting through pieces of my recovery story trying to uncover why I seem to procrastinate sometimes …

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20 Lessons I’ve Learned From 20,000 People

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Well, it must be my LUCKY day! I was struggling to write yesterday with everything swirling around in my head about moving and the next chapter of my life, which officially starts tomorrow as I move out of my beloved sanctuary (aka my condo). I’ve been so busy this past week with it all that …

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How Routines Can Make You More Productive

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We don’t realize how routinely driven we are until we take a look at our daily routines. My life has become fairly regimented for reasons that support my sobriety, but also because I’m an orderly type of person in general. I went through an exercise with one of my coaches that helped me see how …

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