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!
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.
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?