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Unite to Face Addiction Michigan and a BUSY Spring

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan and a BUSY Spring

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan and a BUSY Spring

It feels weird to write this, but it’s been a busy spring and an extremely busy me. Weird, because for quite a few years I woke with nothing on my plate but an empty day. Mind you, for that period of time I had nothing to do but decide which island in the Exumas to visit. Or whether to start drinking in the morning or wait until after my walk… To the average person, those may sound like great options – a dream life of Bahamian sun, sailing and sipping.

 

A Life With Accountability…

A smart psychologist (who I scoffed at the time) once told me, “A life without accountability is a dangerous life. Everyone should answer to someone or something.” In other words, my “carefree” life on an island was also a purposeless life and the wellspring of my alcoholism. And one of the first things I did after I got sober, was to get a job that was also an advocacy. Hence the busy, accountable life.

 

It is also spring in Michigan. Something that should be experienced by everyone at least once in a lifetime. But only after experiencing a full Michigan winter like I did this year. Having lived in The Bahamas for eight years and Florida too, I was a bit snippy about the lastingness of cold weather in the mitten, but spring is a rebirth. A feeling one doesn’t get in more temperate climes. I wrote the article below for Sanford House and took the photos too!

 

 

9 Extraordinary Health Benefits of a Michigan Spring

It occurred to me this weekend, that spring has finally sprung. It sneaks up on you when you live in Michigan. Suddenly, there is a fresher feel to the air – birds are tweeting, warbling and chirping as you amble to your car in the morning. And miraculously, the barren trees are sprouting a riot [read more…]

 

What Cha Been Doing?

So, I’ve been operating sans staff at Sanford House (don’t ask). And busily interviewing to alleviate that problem. In fact, I am in the middle of writing an article for Odyssey Online about the “Dos and Don’ts of the Summer Intern Interview” from the interviewer’s perspective. How did the word “like” become a verbal tick in the English language? I am, as we speak, well on the way to the best marketing team ever

 

I am spending as much time out of doors hiking as I can. Spring and sobriety certainly make for longer days and more energy to fill them. I was slogging through sand at Saugatuck Dunes State Park twice this weekend.

 

 

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan (UFAM) Rally

My friend Scott Masi, who works at Brighton Recovery Center started a grassroots organization – UFAM – to unify the voices of the millions of Michigan citizens impacted by addiction.  UFAM also gives a voice to the many organizations working to change the way addiction is perceived and treated in our state. I am participating on the steering committee this year and (surprise) writing articles to promote the upcoming UFAM RALLY  May 18, 2017. Read all about it below.

 

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan – UFAM 2017 Rally

On June 2nd last year, a thousand plus recovery advocates gathered on the lawn of the state capital building in Lansing, Michigan.  It was the inaugural rally for, Unite to Face Addiction Michigan (UFAM). UFAM is a non-profit organization, established to alert lawmakers about the unique needs of the 23 million people in recovery in the United States. UFAM’s [read more…]

 

Busy, Busy, Busy…

It’s good to be busy, accountable and sober. Good to have weathered the Michigan winter and good (very good) to be alive and well…

 

 

Today I’m not drinking because I’m accountable.

How come you’re not drinking?

 

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Comments (4)

  1. Simon
    Apr 24, 2017

    How come you're not drinking?
    simonclery@hotmail.com
    Punctuating with like unlikens dynamic magnetism it’s a bit like less is more like is dislike like know what I mean like
    Then again could always name a pet like or male child as in Luke

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Apr 27, 2017

      Have I told you lately that I love you?
      XXXOOO
      M

  2. Rose-Marie Jaeger
    Apr 24, 2017

    I always look forward to your posts Marilyn. Inspiring. Well-written. Thanks. I am finding being accountable helps keep me out of trouble too. Currently working in seafood at my local grocery while I check out writing mentors and supply teaching at the local school board. Too much time on my hands and not much to do has not been good for me. Today I am not drinking because I am accountable too! Gotta be at work in an hour! Rose

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Apr 27, 2017

      Yes, yes and yes. On those horrible days when I want to fill myself up on something, having to get dressed and go to work is key to brushing back the bad. Congratulations and accountable is the new black so it’s fashionable too.

      XXXOOO
      M

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