Today is the day. My 5th birthday, 5 continuous years of sobriety. I feel really happy, and really sad because I don’t have anyone to celebrate with. Story of my life. Anway, this past year has been really amazing. Sometimes I think that it is easy to overlook how good things are when you are in the middle of the work. The daily activities are so much and so overwhelming that I don’t notice the big picture. When I have an opportunity to reflect I realize how much was accomplished.
As some of you know, I am a certified life coach. I work with people mostly on goal coaching/goal achievement. When I start working with a new client, the first thing I have them do is make a list of their accomplishments in the past 12 months. So, on this day, I have been thinking about my own. How did I start the year, what was happening at the mid-year, and how did I end it? I had a rough start to last year, but it turned around. I completed two more semesters of college, I started my blog, I started doing a regular speaking engagement about recovery for a state program, I constructed a resume, I had a beautiful coffee filled summer, I was on the brink of loving someone, I got a B in biology, I got articles published on the internet, I started a retirement account, I paid off my car, I started a savings account, I decorated my apartment, I got a job with an amazing company full of amazing people that will be great mentors for me in the beginning of my career, I joined a new gym, I found a new AA meeting that I really enjoy, I made new friends, I gained new self-confidence, and I stayed sober!!! Wow! I was really busy!
The one thing I can say about this past year, the greatest lesson I have learned, is to never give up. Never stop moving, never lose faith or hope. When things aren’t going exactly the way I want them to, when I am uncomfortable or unhappy, the best thing to do is to keep moving. No matter what, I have to continue to move forward.
Every year of my sobriety is shocking to me. It has gone by really fast and every year I am amazed at the lessons I learn and the growth I experience. I am really, really, really, really, really grateful. Thank you for being a part of it. Happy 5 years to me!