My Journey and Lessons Learned

Reflecting on Seven Years of Sobriety: My Journey and Lessons Learned

Today, I’m stepping into the light to share a milestone that’s deeply personal and profoundly transformative: my seven years of sobriety. Last year, I embarked on the tradition of annually reflecting on this journey through my podcast, and I’ve found it to be a powerful way to connect with you all, sharing the highs and lows, the lessons, and the growth that each year brings.

 

 

The Reaction of Others to My Sobriety

One of the most striking aspects of sobriety I’ve encountered is how it makes others uncomfortable—a discomfort that, I’ve realized, has more to do with them than with me. I’ve been left out and excluded simply because I don’t drink. But here’s the thing: I am so far removed from the desire to drink that it barely registers anymore. This journey has taught me that such reactions are not reflections of my choices but rather revelations of others’ insecurities or struggles

Growth and Letting Go

One of the most striking aspects of sobriety I’ve encountered is how it makes others uncomfortable—a discomfort that, I’ve realized, has more to do with them than with me. I’ve been left out and excluded simply because I don’t drink. But here’s the thing: I am so far removed from the desire to drink that it barely registers anymore. This journey has taught me that such reactions are not reflections of my choices but rather revelations of others’ insecurities or struggles

Choosing Myself and Practicing Self-Care

One of the most empowering aspects of sobriety is learning the power of saying “no.” It’s a testament to self-care, to prioritizing my well-being and my journey over fitting into the expectations of others. This choice to put myself first, to decline invitations or opportunities that don’t align with my path, has been liberating.

Embracing Faith Over Fear

Looking back on the decision to quit drinking, I see it as a leap of faith—a choice made in the darkest of times that illuminated my path forward. It was a decision to choose faith over fear, to step away from the brink of losing everything dear to me. This leap was not just about giving up a substance but about reclaiming my life and my future.

The Beauty in the Mess

The journey of sobriety, I’ve learned, is inherently messy. It’s a path filled with challenges, uncertainties, and the daunting task of rebuilding a life. Yet, there’s an undeniable beauty in this mess—the beauty of rediscovery, of building something new and meaningful from the ground up.

Trusting My Intuition and Embracing Truth

A crucial part of my journey has been learning to listen to my intuition and to trust the truth when I hear it. Sobriety has sharpened my ability to discern what’s right for me, to feel the resonance of truth in my choices and in the people I choose to surround myself with.

The Power of Gratitude

Finally, I’ve come to appreciate the simple, profound power of saying “thank you.” Accepting compliments and positive affirmations is a practice in receiving, in allowing oneself to be seen and appreciated. It’s a reminder of the importance of gratitude, of recognizing and celebrating the small victories along the way.

As I mark seven years of sobriety, I’m not just celebrating a personal achievement. I’m sharing a journey that’s about much more than abstaining from alcohol—it’s about growth, resilience, and the ongoing process of becoming the best version of myself. And as I look forward to what the next year holds, I’m filled with gratitude for the lessons learned, the challenges overcome, and the endless possibilities that lie ahead.

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