Tag Archives: Recovery

Recovery Survival Guide: Weddings

  So you’ve been invited to a wedding. Awesome! Weddings are beautiful occasions to celebrate love, community and commitment. There’s usually free food, free alcohol, dancing, general merry making…what’s not to like, right?  Well, it depends.  If you’re recovering from an ... read more

Gamification

I tend to approach recovery (and just life in general) as a series of games.  Why? Well there are two main reasons: 1) Games are fun. 2) It takes a lot of the pressure off, seriousness out, and keeps challenges from feeling endless. Some of my favorite games are the “To-Do List Wipe-Out” ... read more

Afraid of the Dark?

In recovery, you can’t be afraid of the dark. That is where all of your biggest breakthroughs will be found. I’m not saying it’s always fun and it’s certainly not always easy, but if you let your eyes adjust to the darkness you’ll find the most beautiful parts of your spirit ... read more

Bad Reruns

Depression is like having a TV that is stuck on only one channel.  For many years, mine mostly played reruns of “Don’t get out of bed, it’s Hopeless,” and of course the old classic, “You’re fat, Ugly, and Stupid.”  It look a great deal of practice to learn to ... read more

Reflection

Making friends with my reflection is still a day by day process. We are trained to be critical so that we keep buying cosmetics. We are trained that loving yourself and how you look means you’re “full of yourself.” I took that to heart early on, and unlearning that doesn’t happen ... read more

Puppy Love

Whether you’re having a good day or bad, puppy kisses make everything better.  Animals are good for the soul. read more

A Singular View

I used to wish I could see the world differently.  That I could stop thinking so much, and feeling so intensely.  That I could be just like everyone else seemed to be: normal.  I realize now that normal doesn’t really exist.  Embrace your experience.  It’s the only one you have, and I believe ... read more

Into the Light

There will be days when darkness tries to overtake you, and the choice of happiness seems completely impossible.  That’s OK.  Losing a battle doesn’t mean losing the war. read more