I feel like one of the best things I can do to help people is to be real. To show that the road to a better life isn’t easy but it’s worth it. To give hope that it takes work but that the work is possible. And again, totally worth it.
I have been sober for 1700 days. In the beginning, it was just me forcing myself to take a break from depending on alcohol to cope with stresses of life. I planned on cutting out alcohol for 21 days. I’d done it before and figured it wasn’t going to be anything different.
And yet, it was different. Sort of.
I’d like to say I wasn’t plagued with doubt and triggers and that my life turned around after that. It didn’t. My abuse patterns turned to Netflix and food. I was now addicted to the feelings I got from staying safe in my little cocoon of Friends reruns and BBQ chicken pizza with diet soda. Was this really any better than my abuse of alcohol? 100% it was, because alcohol was directly affecting other people in my life just as much as it was affecting me. I could have killed myself. I could have killed someone else. At least with these new habit patterns, I was just hurting myself. Right?
I was just hurting myself. Right?
Not really. Because I was still hiding and playing small. Not using my gifts to their fullest extent and helping as many people as I possibly could by sharing my journey and coaching others through theirs. Not showing my kids a life well-lived. Not appreciating this one chance at really going for it in this life.
You have something to offer
Like I did, you now have something big to offer the world. You are uniquely you. There is not now nor will there ever be any one person just like you with your history, challenges, passions, and purpose. The world needs you and your gifts and strengths. If there is something getting in the way of you living life out loud, I’d love to help you with that. Let’s talk. No judgement, no shame, no guilt. Because it is TIME for you to SHINE!
Always Here to Support You,