Who I Am

On March 7th 2019, I’ll be celebrating three years of sobriety. I came to believe in God in early 2015 and spent a year (or so) learning about who He is, and about the twelve steps in recovery. After several relapses and two trips to the hospital, I ALSO came to realize the importance of surrender!

My dear friend Gil encouraged me to share my journey. I believe his original comment was “why don’t you write about how people can change at any age.”

Little did we know at the time that his suggestion would be one that would get me through MANY challenges, and catapult me over COUNTLESS hurdles. I had a new purpose for my life, and I was on a mission:

I was going to write the story of how my life was transformed!

I have a slightly dramatic style (at times), at least when it comes to writing. I’m a serious optimist, so you’ll likely find me searching for, or discovering silver linings, rainbows and lost treasures in my posts. I also try to be funny. It’s a little offbeat sometimes, and might be hard to catch due to your inability to see my facial expressions and smile when I’m sharing… but it’s there. 🙂

I am not so sure that words can express how grateful and happy I am to be living this NEW life, but I will certainly do my best! 

The image that I’ve featured here is exciting to me. It’s a photograph of a reflection that I saw in the sidewalk—after it rained. It’s a gentle reminder that sometimes beautiful things are waiting for us on the other side of the storm.

That’s about all for now. The rest of my story is (or will be) written on the pages of the blog somewhere.

Peace & Love!
—Janet

My favorite “After it Rains” images can be found HERE.

19 Comments

  1. Congratulations Janet, I have about 15 years of sobriety but mentally am in the same place I was when I started drinking at 17. Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck said “We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us.” I guess I’m still running.

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    1. Funny you say that. Last night I was talking to someone and told him that I was 13 when I started drinking, so I’ve grown (mentally) now to be about 21. Little steps! Thank you and congrats on 15 years wow!

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  2. Hi Janet, thank you for the follow, I am following you now also. One of our daughters also became a Christian and has been sober now for over four years. We almost lost her so you can imagine how thrilled we were. It was pretty bad but praise God, He did what I thought was impossible. I’ve been working for the last two days but I will have some spare time early next week, so I am looking forward to getting to know you better by reading some of your posts. Blessings!

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  3. Just finished Unteach Me and have ‘poked’ around a bit. I need a ‘love’ button to press. God has blessed you with many talents and us for being the recipients of your servant’s heart. May the Lord continue to bless you in all that you do. ❤

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