Sober 12+ Years, These Are the Astonishing Benefits I Experience Firsthand

Before I got sober and learned how to get better, my days added up to depressing, self-defeating thinking. I stumbled through my day, chained to my past, not even being able to think about how to get better. That is how overwhelmed I was from my abuser’s impact and that is why I drugged, drank, …

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Sober 12+ Years, This Is What I Have Learned About Why Making Peace With Our Emotions Will Make You Strong

When someone hurts our feelings, it is like being cut, punched, run over, or worse. The emotional injury is like a physical injury. And just like a physical injury, we need to take care of for it to heal. But what happens if no one teaches you to do that? Or if the people around …

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Sober 12+ Years, This Is What I Have Learned About Why I Relapsed Over and Over

I didn’t realize my thoughts were so negative. I mean, I felt down most of the time, but I didn’t realize my thoughts could be different because I knew no different. Having nothing to compare my thoughts to, I tried to live with them because then I didn’t know what to do to change them. …

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Sober 13+ Years, This Is What I Have Learned About Facing My Painful Thoughts And How That Healed Me

We all have painful thoughts from difficult situations and/or abuse we lived through. Some you might not believe happened to you. From cruel relatives who brought us up to snarky classmates, brutally strict teachers, difficult neighbors, hateful and demanding bosses, vindictive co-workers, former and current narcissistic partners or spouses; our memories include them. Many times …

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I Love Annoying My Writing Software

If you have studied writing, you probably know that too many frequently used adverbs repeatedly upset readers, teachers, and writing software. Not exactly in that order, truly. As a result, my writing software has the hiccups repeatedly. Honestly. Insert eye roll. Who thought this up? Literally, who did? I don’t know, so I casually and …

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The Two Times My Beautiful Pooter Kittie Thought I Tried to Kill Him

Years ago, I had a beautiful Black and White Tuxedo kitty I named Smudge. He was a shelter kitty and the sweetest I have ever known. He never gave me a second of worry. I, however, worried him twice. One time I startled my poor kitty to dickens, but really, he shouldn’t have followed me …

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Sober 13+ Years, This is How Gratitude, Self-Awareness, and Acceptance Saved My Life

*Possible Triggers* I learned in recovery to strive for balance in my life. I also found out how powerful gratitude is, so I blogged daily about what I was grateful for. I began that on 2-12-2013. I knew it was life changing, but I do not know what it felt like. The subtle changes occurred …

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Sober 13+ Years, This is What I Have Learned About Who My Friends Really Are

I could not figure out why I kept people around me I could not trust; people who did not care about me. People who had disasters in their lives and were addicts, or drinkers like me. I could see other people had loving, supportive friends, but my friends weren’t loving or supportive of what I …

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I am new to this subreddit, but I have been sober for 12+ years.

Originally posted to r/REDDITORSINRECOVERY on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Hi, Everyone, I am Landon, a 63 y/o woman, disabled and determined to find the way to earn my living doing what I love: blogging about my recovery, personal growth, and crafting. I also want to return to school. One of my biggest goals is to …

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