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3 Actions To Help Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is a funny thing. Sometimes it looks like anger, overthinking, people pleasing, or codependency. Fear can be a good thing, though. Don’t drive 100 mph, you could die. Don’t pick up that snake, you could die. “Don’t say hi to that stranger, you could die,” isn’t quite the same, is it? No, that doesn’t…

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Why Not Just One Drink?

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It’s 5:42 am, and I’m writing this because I’m too tired to think and this seemed easier than trying to write my book. Honesty is the best policy, guys. I could go back to sleep, but I am determined to create a new habit. That new habit is writing every day, no matter what. I…

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When Comparison to Yourself is the Thief of Joy

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There’s a thought that always runs through my head, every day, all the time: “You can do this better.” Continuous improvement is important to me, and probably to you too. There’s a catch to the “you can do this better” thought, though. The catch is: “and you have to either do it better, or not…

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4 Stages of an Epic Martyr’s Meltdown

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There will be gifs in this post because gifs make me smile, and we could all use more smiles. When my kids don’t want to clean up or do something else I’ve asked them to do, they act helpless. They wait until the last minute, pick up dishes sloppily, load them badly, barely make the…

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Getting Sober: My First 30 Days

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When you forget what life was like “before”, things can get a little shaky. Thankfully I journal, and it helps me remember. I made the active decision to quit drinking 4-6 days after I’d had my last drink. Now, I’m going to share a few writings from my first 30 days. -Related post: How I Stayed…

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Sometimes It’s All We Can Do

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Sometimes it’s all we can do to get out of bed. To shower. Make the bed. Sometimes it’s all we can do to keep showing up. To return that call. Answer that text. Sometimes it’s all we can do to put one foot in front of the other. To check the mail. Bring cupcakes to…

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22 Months of Sobriety, One Day At a Time

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I’m 22 months sober today. Woot woot! *confetti* Top – taken within the past 30 days. Sober, silly, grateful. Bottom left – 2013. Bottom right – 2010. Blacked out in both. Miserable. I have thoughts. This won’t be very structured writing, I’m letting it flow freely and disjointedly. First thought is, do you have any…

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No More Fear: Ignore the Stigma, Share Your Story

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Before I quit drinking, I only knew one other person who actively chose sobriety over excessive drinking. One of my relatives had been to AA and sporadic recovery programs, but I never thought much about it myself. I didn’t know anybody who was happily sober, and assumed that people who claimed to be sober were…

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