Celebrating Sobriety

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This week I celebrated seven years of sobriety from alcohol and cocaine. On 8/17/2008 something shifted in me and I decided I didn’t want to live that way anymore. And that was it – by the grace of God, sobriety became my new normal.

All I can say is that if you want something for yourself, go after it. Life is entirely too short to waste time doing things that don’t matter. YOU matter. Do something with your life that matters too.

We aren’t here to get by or just be average, fine or ok. We are here to make our time count and to make it meaningful. Trust yourself, be of service and accept things as they are, not as you wish they would be.

You are responsible for your own happiness so don’t half ass anything. Give it your best or nothing at all. When you do that and really show up for yourself and others, miracles happen.

Get out there with your bad self, make your life extraordinary and always keep it rad.

When you do your best, you learn to accept yourself. But you have to be aware and learn from your mistakes. Learning from your mistakes means you practice, look honestly at the results and keep practicing. This increases your awareness.
If you do your best always, over and over again, you will become a master of transformation. Practice makes the master.  – Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

As you know, I decided to take a pause for a little while as I navigated through some deep waters. I’ve been reconnecting and recommitting to myself in this pause. If you follow me on Instagram, you know it has consisted of kicking my feet up, lounging by the pool and ocean, watching sunsets, spending time meditating in prayer, hitting the spa, reading The Four Agreements again, eating good food, listening to lots of house music and completely unplugging just like I felt I needed to. 

This soberversary was a lot more emotional than any of my previous celebrations. Let’s just say lucky number 7 has definitely been one for the books! Trusting myself, the process and being more open to the flow of life are my intentions going into this next year.

Stay tuned to find out what’s been coming up for me, why I needed to unplug and how I’ve been processing through some recent challenges in life and sobriety. 

Thank you all for your continued support and for all of the sweet messages, texts, calls and love you’ve sent me. My heart is deeply touched and I’m filled with nothing but gratitude.

Celebrating sobriety this year brought with it so much more than just honoring a date. I’ll be back in full swing next week with juicy details and some really transparent insight.

Big love from The Standard Spa in Miami. Namaste.

You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices. – Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements