Quitting Tomorrow?

August 25, 2016 11:46 am


I will quit drinking tomorrow….

Tomorrow is going to be THE DAY!

Can anyone relate?  Every single day I would say:

 I will quit tomorrow!

Tomorrow never came…..

The obsession would set in and I would drink.


Just like Dory…  I would forget and get distracted by that shiny, pretty bottle and I would drink it.

I would forget the pain that alcohol inflicted on my life – both emotionally and physically.

I was stuck in a vicious cycle that I did not know how to get out of.

Today, instead of embracing my ability “Dory like” ability of forgetting the consequences,

I choose to embrace her motto of:  “Just Keep Swimming”.

I have broken that brutal cycle and turned my attention away from the shiny object and towards moving forward with my life, without alcohol.

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Rising From Ashes

August 5, 2016 6:56 pm


A place that I love is literally going up in smoke.

It is said to have been started by a campfire.

Currently it has burned more than 53,000 acres.

It has destroyed over 57 homes.  It has killed one man, injuring two others.

The fire still burns.  It is 35% contained.

I have hiked the Soberanes Canyon Trail hundreds of times.  Sometimes twice in one day.

I have hiked it in the pouring rain, heavy fog, and relentless heat.

This is a place where I find my God – in the Great Out Doors.  This is where I connect.

When I travel to California for work I arrange my flights so I can hike Soberanes the day I arrive and the day I leave.

This past trip, that did not happen…..

My flight into Monterey was greeted with smoke rising from the place I love.  My heart broke….

Despite all of the continued devastation, what gives me hope is the knowledge that after the fire new growth will come……

Like me, after complete ruin, a seed sprouted and I am stronger, more resilient than before.

Thank you to all that are working so hard, around the clock and those who support the workers behind the scenes.