Mother. Wife. CFO of the Stephens House. Friend. Soldier. Instructor. Senior NCO. Mental Health Professional. Coach. Christian. Alcoholic. Blogger. Social Media Outreach Person (that’s a title, right?). These are just a few of the titles I carry. The list goes on and on. With these titles comes all sorts of pressure. There’s only 24 hours […]
Who gives up a 6 figure job? Who just walks away from a job that treats you like family, that’s located a block from home? Who walks out of comfort, and steps into the unknown, with kids to feed, and bills to pay? My husband. That’s who. To say he’s burnt out is an understatement. Not of the job itself…but of the lifestyle of working for someone else. One of the things that attracted me to my husband some 16 years ago was his liberated spirit.
Even though the Federal Government owned us for a few years on Active Duty in the Army, no one really owned him, and that’s what I loved about him. He was a rebel. A unique, wild, Texan boy that did what he wanted, and lived life on the edge. Fast forward into our marriage 16 years later, and it was a completely different tale.
Recovery is a courageous act. It’s a decision to step out of denial, and into the world of feels. That being said, it takes courage to 1) fess up that you messed up and 2) face the consequences. There is no changing the past, no predicting the future. All the person in recovery has is […]
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been in recovery for a while, and you’ve learned to apply the 12 Steps to other areas of your life so that you can fully recover from those struggles as well. I’ve spent the last 60+ days on a new journey, one that involves Nutrition and Exercise Recovery. If […]
First things first. If you’re looking for a cutesy little tutorial with beautiful stage lighting, a beautiful backdrop, or teeny boppers with orangutan lips you might move along now. You won’t find any of that here. I’m real, and I’m raw. I love me some Jesus but I cuss a little too. The point of […]
Seems to me everywhere I look I see that some form of Mom happy hour is happening. Wine is the new most popular drink of choice. The self-indulging of wine at the end of a rough day may be harmless to some. To those of us with alcohol use disorders, it is playing with fire.
It’s my birthday y’all. So far I’ve survived 13,149 days on this earth, the last 1,374 of them being alcohol free, and the last 6,357 days being free from club drugs and opiate addiction. Rock the fork on, right? Honestly, I woke up feeling a lot better turning 30 than I do turning 36. At […]
First, a little backstory and what works for me. So, if you’ve been following me on social media a while you probably noticed something new. You’ve probably noticed all my super annoying fitness posts. Sorry, not sorry. I’ve never been super athletic. When I joined the Army I had never done a push up, or […]
I took my first drink at the age of 12, and smoked cigarettes at the time too. It was 7 years after I had been sexually molested, and I was dealing with the trauma in all the wrong ways. My father wasn’t around due to his own mental illness and substance use problems. My mother […]
Today I’m celebrating my 15th Valentine’s Day with my forever Valentine, my husband. If that makes you want to gag, sorry, not sorry! We have fought really hard through tough times to have what we have now, and I’m really proud of our relationship. To give you a picture of the fight and resiliency our […]