Navigating life as a woman & mom in recovery, one day at a time.

Posts by ashley

Dear Self: Read This When You Want a Drink

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This is a letter to myself that I wrote in March 2016 (around 10 months sober), to keep and read when I needed it. I’ve read it more than a few times since then. Dear Self, If you’re reading this, I assume you are struggling to quiet the voice in your head that says you…

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Slow Down and Listen to the Voice of God

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Sometimes, God’s voice sounds like an elderly man at a coffee shop. Today, I had a meeting with a friend to talk about building a website for her business (one of my top 3 favorite topics). Toward the end of our chat, with our notepads out and pens jotting quick reminders to ourselves, an older gentleman in…

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4 Life Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

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3 years ago today, my world came crashing down. 3 years ago today, the blinders were ripped from my eyes. I still had a long way to go before I let God clear the scales off my eyes completely, but it started 3 years ago. When my entire world crashed down, I didn’t know what…

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Life After Divorce: Surviving Holiday Separation Anxiety

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Divorce is a level of hell that I wouldn’t wish on anybody. It’s one thing to separate from a person that you can no longer be with. It’s another thing entirely to be separated from your children for weeks at a time. The holiday custody schedules can be brutal, especially if you don’t have an amicable situation with…

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Serenity and Responsibility

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,…

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I’m Alive

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I’m learning what it means to be alive. Truly alive. Personal responsibility is something that I value tremendously in myself, as well as in every relationship in my life. I don’t connect very well with those who don’t hold themselves accountable for their behavior. So, it makes sense that I haven’t even connected with myself in the past, due…

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Turning Thirty Sober

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I wrote this post and made it private before I ever really shared this blog. Pulling it out of “hiding” today (Feb 2017). Just a few short thoughts on sobriety and hitting the big 3-0. I’ll be 30 years old in 10 days.This will be my first sober birthday in about a decade (excluding pregnancies), I think.…

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5 Months Sober: This Gets Boring Sometimes

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I can be thankful to be sober, I can enjoy being sober, and I can also be bored. It’s ok to be bored. At least, I hope it is, because I’m just going to embrace it and get over it. There’s no “right” that I have to be entertained, or be entertaining, at all times.…

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