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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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.