Endless Rivers

of Hope

On March 7th 2016, I began a new life.

I came to believe in God in early 2015, when I was literally drowning in alcohol. I spent a year or so learning about who He is, and about the twelve steps of recovery. After countless relapses, and two trips to the hospital, I ALSO came to understand the importance of surrender.

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

Thankfully, I accepted his challenge. I was going to write the story of how my life was transformed. This actually meant something HUGE to me at the time. In order to fulfill the mission, I actually had to change!

I HAD A PURPOSE!

I started with a blank piece of paper and had absolutely no idea how it would all turn out, but I set my sights on a glorious future. The possibilities were boundless. All I could imagine was that something magnificent was waiting for me out there, and that all I really had to do to find it… was believe. That tiny glimmer of hope was all it took.

A sprinkle of faith.


So… here I am today entering my fifth year of sobriety. I’m still moving forward and sharing my story.

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 and discovering silver linings, rainbows and hidden treasures in my posts. I also try to be funny. It’s a little offbeat sometimes, and may be hard to catch due to your inability to see my facial expressions and smile when I’m sharing… but it’s there.

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

Thank you for stopping by!
—Janet

39 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. Robert Partington says:

    Your blog is a hidden treasure!

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    1. Janet says:

      Oh thank you so much! I’m so glad you found me. 😊

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  2. Prior... says:

    So glad to
    Connect via blogosphere
    😊☀️

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    1. Janet says:

      Thank you! I am glad we did too. I look back at coincidences along my path and see how all the pieces start fitting together. It’s awesome. Sometimes I feel like I’m just throwing words into a tunnel and then something wonderful happens. How cool is that?! 😄

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      1. Prior... says:

        Very cool!
        😊☀️

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  3. AMEN, Janet! God is great, He is amazing. He brought you into this world for a purpose❤🙏 keep inspiring! Thank you for this lovely post😊

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    1. Janet says:

      Thank you so much!

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  4. Fleur McMorrow says:

    I am celebrating you–and celebrating with you! God is good, and faithful–when I was 59 HE opened my eyes and heart. I’m not a perfect saint but I look and listen better now, in the final chapter of my life, with HIM. May HE bless you so abundantly.

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    1. Janet says:

      Thank you so much! Your words came at a perfect moment too. ❤

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      1. Fleur McMorrow says:

        Oh Wow, that’s great to hear–mutual blessings shared ❤

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  5. roninjax says:

    That’s wonderful Janet. Greatest decision every. Press toward the mark! 🙂

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    1. Janet says:

      Thank you so much! 😄

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  6. I turned 27 in February and last year I became a peer support specialist and a WRAP facilitator. Keep sharing Janet, you’ll further empower yourself and inspire others!

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    1. Janet says:

      Wow! Well happy belated birthday and congrats. Thank you so much for the comment and encouragement!

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      1. Sobriety birthday, that is.

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      2. Janet says:

        Yes I figured that. 🙂

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  7. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Awesome testimony! Keep soldiering on for the Lord!

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    1. Janet says:

      Thank you so much!

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You’re welcome!

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  8. Congrats! The 3 year mark is coming up soon! Nice to meet you – I’m Rocky!

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    1. Janet says:

      Hi Rocky! Thank you… Nice to meet you as well.

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  9. It’s nice to see you growing with positivity and glad to know and read about Janet. Looking forward to read your blog and learn lot new things.

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  10. Mike Ross says:

    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. Janet says:

      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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  11. Anindya says:

    Nice to see the new you, Janet……and lovely feel of the new theme for your blog…….all the best…:)

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  12. Bruce says:

    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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    1. Janet says:

      Thank you Bruce! Wow. Praise God is right! So happy to hear she made it. ❤

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  13. Ipuna Black says:

    Nice to meet you. I’m an optimist too, and I believe we can overcome all through Him and hard work. ❤️​

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    1. Janet says:

      Nice to meet you too! And I do too 🙂

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  14. Elizabeth says:

    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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    1. Oh my goodness. Thank you so much. I’ve been teared up a bit last two days and especially at church today. Good cries. ❤❤❤

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  15. Keith Haney says:

    Your blog looks very interesting. I look forward to reading more.

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  16. your blog looks very nice

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