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Friday I celebrated 8 years of continuous Sobriety! On March 25, 2008, I was blessed with the gift of desperation. I made the decision to get and stay clean & sober! By the Grace of God, I gained an awareness that I was at my bottom: broken, lost and empty. I became aware of my hopelessness and accepted that I needed help. I had to become honest and open-minded with myself and others and willing to do what it takes to become the person I was meant to be.

As I reflect on my life experiences, I am reminded of hardships and losses I have had to overcome. And then I shift in my thinking, using the skills I have learned from others and with that awareness I am able to change my perception. I focus on the moment, right now; it is all I truly know for sure. I think about the good rather focusing on the bad. I am filled with gratitude for all the lessons I have learned that have made me a stronger and better person today. I believe everything happens for a reason and it is important to seek the lesson so we can accept what is, change what we can and move forward in our lives. The lesson is most often a “Blessing In Disguise.”

I have l had to accept from a very early age that bad things do happen to good people. At the age of 13, I chose to never be silent again after realizing in sharing my own story it allowed others to open up and share their stories too. I hope my voice can make a difference and let others know that they are not alone and that they too can stand up and fight for their rights. Today, I choose to no longer be a victim of the unfortunate events that have happened in my life. I am accountable and responsible for the choices I have made. Today I can stand up for myself and regardless of what adversity I may have in front of me know that no matter what I don’t have to use or drink because of it.

I believe most all of us go through some some difficult adversities in life and I am so grateful to the people that have shared their experience, strength and hope to inspire, motivate, and encourage me to never give up. I am dedicated to sharing what has helped, inspired and encouraged me on my own recovery journey and I share daily with others what motivates me based on my own adversities and trials that I have had to overcome. In sharing, it lets others know that they are not alone. I am awake and choose and intend to never go back to sleep. I am doing my best to be a good human and I am constantly evolving to be better one. I want to be a good example for my children and others. I believe whole-heartedly “We” can do this together one day at time!

My mantra: “Choose well to live well”

Peace, Love and Blessings to you all and I thank you for walking with me on my journey in life!

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
― Kahlil Gibran

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