Teetotaler Photos & Videos

43 minutes ago

My boys are the most important thing in my life.. Unfortunately I don't live with them, and that kills me everyday like you wouldn't believe. But again, things happen and people change.. On this journey were on, we've got to take the bad times, accept them and learn from them. My decision to stop drinking was mainly for my mental health, as you already know it does and will make it worse.. FACT! But also it's to teach them as they grow older, alcohol isn't as normal as society is led to believe.. An we gain nothing from it, absolutely NOTHING, only negatives! I don't live in recovery, I see recovery as a dark journey and just living each day recovering from addiction, I recovered the day I stopped drinking and my mental health is the best it's ever been, I'd never put my mental health at risk again.. These boys need me at my best, an that's what they'll get 😁 ° ° #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #sobriety #soberliving #sober #teetotal #advocate #endthestigma #selfcare #selfhelp #alcoholfree #teetotaler #instagood #poison #addiction #addictionawareness #awareness

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2 hours ago

Hang on and power through...you CAN do hard things ✨

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2 hours ago

Maybe it’s the changing of the seasons...I just want to pound vitamins and chug water & get completely wasted on sunshine 🌱🌞🌷 . Have you noticed that I’m on @twitter?

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3 hours ago

When you become addicted to smoking, people blame the nicotine. When you become addicted to alcohol, they blame you. Because no one wants to blame the nation's favorite drug and no one wants to think that they're own drinking might be a problem. Which makes QUITTING so much harder, We need to give people HOPE, not shame. We can stop being ashamed and stop being anonymous. Stories make people feel less alone and give people hope ✨ My goal is to recover out loud. Share my story because people, including myself, are suffering in silence. Going alcohol free (AF) is not something that should be hidden, it should be celebrated! Just as much as we congratulate someone that's quit smoking. So the next time someone tells you they quit drinking, do me a favor and congratulate them. Because having the courage to go against the norm and refuse a drink takes TREMENDOUS courage, bravery and confidence. Also do me a favor and watch this 10 min Ted Talk by Clare Pooley on "Making Sober Less Shameful" 👉 #LinkInBio... Soooo good 💕 #ClarePooley #RecoverOutLoud #TheSoberDiaries at Chanhassen, Minnesota

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4 hours ago

I learned something new yesterday thanks to @onbecomingausefulhuman “Those events that once made me feel ashamed and disgraced now allow me to share with others how to become a useful member of the human race.” So here’s my doodle about things becoming useful!

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4 hours ago

Me: “Whatever you ask I’ve probably done worse” Sponsee: “I’m dealing drugs to newcomers, but they’re in a different fellowship and I’m still sober so that’s cool, right?” *true story*

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4 hours ago

Queer and trans folks are impacted by substance abuse and addiction at a higher rate than the straights but, there are very few resources that actually take our needs and experiences into account. We're almost always an afterthought. I want to change that and, to get it done, I'll need your help. Please. Sign up for my mailing list today (link in profile) I have a pretty big email going out tomorrow morning that I'd really love for you all to get! I love you all. Let's fucking do this.

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5 hours ago

“They say you feel warm when you drink, but I think my mom is warmer to me when she is sober! That’s my mom! The truth is that she isn’t mad about silly things anymore. She just isn’t mad with much of anything anymore, and that’s another reason why my sober mom is loving and awesome.” This is an excerpt from a blog post written in part by a twelve-year- old boy who was five years old when his mom got sober. If you are ready to give your child the gift of a sober mom, call Renewal Heath Group today at 888-216-5829

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5 hours ago

You are the only one who knows how you feel. You are allowed to disagree with your partner, doctor, therapist, sponsor, mentor, boss, co-workers, and friends. . Conditioning has taught us to take the word of someone with "authority" as the final word, the truth. . It may be their truth & not your truth. Your feelings are yours, they are valid & they don't go away when someone tells you to stop feeling. . The two years I spent in and out of treatment centers, hospitals, psych- wards, & psychiatrists offices I was challenged to learn how to ADVOCATE for myself no matter what the Ph.D.'s, white coats & people w/more "time" than me told me I should be feeling. . Advocating for yourself when you feel guilty, shameful, hopeless, powerless, overwhelmed, anxious & exhausted is not easy. . With good intentions, people told me things like: . "You don't know how you feel, you are sick" "We know what is best for you, we have treated thousands of people just like you." "If you don't take this the chances of your success are minimal." "Just go to a meeting,  it is the only way you will get well." "If you don't do it our way, we will not support you." . OUCH! With this subconscious conditioning, fear & anxiety I spent at least 18 months trying to shut up & stuff my feelings. . I felt unsafe to express my feelings, guilty for my trauma, wrong for having feelings that did not fit the diagnosis. I refused medicine to numb myself. I started to believe everyone was better off if I was not around. . When it didn't work, I leaned into my natural strength to advocate for myself.  It was not easy to disagree with the owner's of treatment centers, to request meetings with my clinical team, to refuse the medications that were prescribed to me, to get natural solutions like essential oils, homeopathy, probiotics, digestive enzymes & more approved by psychiatrists and I did. . Advocate for your feelings. You are worth it. ❤️ P.S.- Are you exhausted from 'relapses', anxiety & overwhelm?  There is another way to live sober.  Tap the link in my bio @thriveinrecoverywithamy to set up a complimentary call today.  You have permission to get well & live well on your terms. at Los Angeles, California

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5 hours ago

✨ Early recovery pro-tip: Pick a drink that looks like a ~*drink*~ so that you can order it at the bar and not have to tell anyone you’re not drinking. Jackie’s go-to in early sobriety was a club soda cranberry. In a rocks glass with a lime (so the well-intentioned bartender doesn’t give it to you in an unwieldy water glass). No awkward conversation necessary (not until you’re ready!) because everyone will assume you’re drinking a vodka cran. 🍸🤫 #soberliving #recoveryispossible #sobriety #soberlife #soberaf #sobrietypodcast #sobercurious #hangoverfree #zeroproofcocktails #zeroproofdrinks #teetotaler

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6 hours ago

#Repost @recovher ・・・ Hey. I’m waiting for the results on my mammogram screening, but I won’t hear until tomorrow at the earliest. My doctor is out of the office today. Do I want to drink? No, but I do want to escape my uncomfortable feelings sometimes. I ate a lot of dessert yesterday. 🤷🏼‍♀️🍰 Because cake. When I think of drinking, I just remind myself that it makes me feel much worse in a short amount of time, within a day. That’s not a very effective method of relief. Plus it would cause more problems. You can’t deal clearly with problems without a clear head. You can’t solve your life by being drunk or buzzed, believe me, I tried! 🙋🏼‍♀️😅 I’m grateful I have access to health care. I’m grateful for you. And I’m grateful to be a sober woman today!!! 💖💖💖 #recovery #recoverywarrior #mammogram #sober #sobriety #sobermama #sobermom #odaat #addictionrecovery #wedorecover #recovher #alcoholism #alcoholfree #freedomfromalcohol #soberwoman #womeninrecovery #teetotaler #sherecovers #soberaf #soberjourney #recoveryjourney #recoverywriter #recoveryblogger #soberwriter #soberblogger #recoveryquotes #soberquotes #inspirationalquotes #thiswildandpreciouslife 🌸💐🌼🌸🌷💕

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7 hours ago

The way you describe your life is the way it is manifesting.⁣ The way you describe your life is the way it is manifesting.⁣ The way you describe your life is the way it is manifesting.⁣ ⁣ Now, tell me again...⁣ 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜?⁣ ----------⁣ If you're frustrated, share about what IS working out for you. ⁣ If you're sad, speak about all the things that make you happy. ⁣ If you're getting your ass kicked right now, express your gratitude for the lesson you're learning.⁣ ⁣ I'm not telling you to go through life blindly and in denial. But I am telling you to be careful about the words you speak - they create your reality. Choosing to actively deny negativity and find the positive is so so SO much more fulfilling and helpful...⁣ ⁣ & I promise - either way - your reality ALWAYS catches up with your words...⁣ ⁣ so, really, I wanna know, how ARE things going for you👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻? 🤔🖤💫⁣ -------- #soulfulstrategy #beyondtheboardroom #teetotaler #sobermovement #sherecovers #powerofpositivity #honoryourself #powerwithin #ichooseme #spiritjunkie #cosmicconciousness #highvibeboss #lightwarrior #yogabliss #yogabalance #igniteyourfire #millionairemindset #createyourownreality #focusonthepositive #goalswithsoul #limitingbeliefs #makepositivitylouder #youareyouronlylimit #highvibelife #kundaliniawakening #shadowwork #lookwithin #everythingisenergy #gowithin

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7 hours ago

I interrupt your morning routine to bring you our incredibly snuggled pup, Jupiter 💫💖 at Atlanta, Georgia

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7 hours ago

Today I’m 111 days sober. Not one of those dates that seem to cross another benchmark or elevate to further heights in healing. However I think we have to remember that every single day counts. Not only in sobriety, but also in life. Last night I had a trigger that whispered sweet nothings in my ear and came to me with promises of reclaiming my drinking, but being “classy” about it. All it took was a song lyric. A song I’ve listened to a number of times. The words have never carried as much weight as they did last night when they appealed to that part of my brain that rationalizes my vices. As the melody played in the background of my drive, the line “Your kiss is double-barrel bourbon on rocks” suddenly stood out to me as though I’d never heard it. Suddenly I could imagine holding a lowball glass, two fingers of bourbon, ice. And I didn’t even really ever drink bourbon. Unless I was doing shots of it because it was the only thing in the house. For some reason it sounded classy. Sophisticated. Like drinking that way would eliminate my problem. Quietly sitting in the evening, glass in hand, sipping neatly and in a controlled manner. Refilling the glass, doing it again. And that’s where my logic stepped in. It would never be classy for me. That quaint glass of bourbon would turn into a shot glass of it chased with some cheap juice to pretend it was normal. I wouldn’t stop at one or two. I wouldn’t take the time to notice the fragrance, or appreciate the mouth feel. What would start classy would just turn into me being drunk. Chasing away the day and burying my head in the sand of inebriation. Comparing someone to liquor sounds very romantic and passionate. Carnal almost. And that was my relationship with it. But it was a passion of detriment. A toxic love. So that was how I moved through that moment. WIth that understanding. This moment was victory. This win was my sparkling grape juice on the rocks. . #sober #sobriety #soberliving #soberlife #soberaf #blogger #writing #triggers #sobermom #soberwomen #odaat #onedayatatime #teetotaler #teetotal #teetotaling #thoughts #alcoholfree #thislife #wickedsobah #recovery #recovering #recoveroutloud #soberissexy

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7 hours ago

Reposted from @cleanlivingcommunity - Accountability. Believe it or not, we do have control over much of the circumstances we find ourselves in. Our decisions directly impact our life. Even in situations that seem to be out of our control, we have the ability to make decisions that will alter our circumstances and our life. You can be the author of your life, write a positive story where YOU are in control and making the healthy decisions!• • • #TheCleanLivingCommunity #TheCLC #Clean #Recovery #recoveryisworthit #Addiction #Sobriety #CelebrateRecovery #LiveClean #sober #soberliving #cleanandsober #drugfree #teetotaler #soberliving #soberlife #cleanliving #odaat #justfortoday #sobermovement #soberfam #cleanmovement #soberissexy #soberaf #cleanaf #CBT #onlinetherapy #grouptherapy #individualtherapy

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8 hours ago

This is one of my happy places. When I was young my grandparents lived nearby and my grandfather used to take me for walks up here. The view is of Didcot power station from Wittenham Clumps. Now that I have moved back near this part of the world I often pop over there. I always enjoy taking photos and these views are some of my favourites. They install nostalgia and calmness. I visit when I am sad and also when I am happy or if I just want time to reflect. Also some photos on here is from another hill that I can see the Clumps from. I've always found being on hills at dusk enormously inspiring and calming. Do enjoy and scroll 👉 for the rest of the pics. 😊🧡🙏

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9 hours ago

In one of our recent live group calls (which turned into an incredible discussion), one of our gorgeous #SexySobriety Members asked about my early days of sobriety. She wanted to know whether I ever wobbled at the start of my sobriety journey, and how I managed those wobbles. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The truth is, I wobbled a LOT! And I used every tool in my sober toolbox – every tool I teach in Sexy Sobriety – to get through those darkest moments.⠀ ⠀⠀ In particular, one of the most powerful things was devoting myself to learning and practising the art of self-care. I gave myself permission to feel my emotions (even when it was scary), to rest more, and to avoid people or places that triggered me (even if that meant backing out of events or declining invitations). ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I learned to say NO to anything and anyone that didn’t feel like a HELL YES. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I made daily self-care rituals (like time to journal or read my favourite books, walks in the sunshine, and bubble baths) non-negotiable, and I gifted myself these treats every single day while affirming: “I choose sobriety. I choose happiness”. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I also practiced self-kindness every day, often speaking to myself like I would to a small child who felt lost, scared, or alone. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ At its core, I learnt to be my own best friend, and to transfer my love of drinking to a love for myself. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Because love is always the answer, beautiful. Every. Single. Time. ❤️x⠀ ⠀ ⠀

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10 hours ago

So many moments of travel can be wonderful surprises. When I arranged this yoga session for the group, our teacher, Loly, told me about this space, but she said, “You just have to see it to understand.” . I knew it was outside, but I didn’t know how energetically awesome it would be. It’s called an earth ship, and this one happens to be in the middle of the Bonaire desert. 🌵🌵🦜 Probably pretty hard to find unless you’re a local, which is why we followed in our truck as Loly drove up to it. . As we practiced, at times, we watched the clouds overhead. Peacocks called out, and that, too, became part of our practice. A donkey made some noises also. . And all the while, we flowed through the poses. What’s beautiful about practicing with a group, as I’m sure you all know, is that our energies melt together and lift each other up. And because we are lucky to be spending this week together, we get to enjoy the after-yoga high together, and continue grooving on the surprises of this tiny island. We are the luckiest. ✨✨✨ . #sober #sobertravel #sobercommunity #recoverycommunity #womenwhotravel #recovery #yoga #yogatravel #yogatravels #meditation #togetherwerecover #sobriety #teetotaler #alcoholfree #alcoholfreelife #desert #getoutside #soberoutside #yogaoutside at Bonaire

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16 hours ago

Today was nothing like how I envisioned it when I played the tape through last night. Woke up with lines on my face. Took notes. Had some painful conversations. Drank some damn strong coffee. Faced some fears. Had some laughs. Hugged some old friends. Forgot to let go. Held two babies. Hesitated, paused, but still executed. Ripped a band aid off. Told the truth. Stared off into nothing. Leaned in and smelled perspective. Showed up despite the pull. Got quiet and remembered who the fuck I am. Did it regardless of the wind. Then did it because of the wind. Third time, for the wind. #dailyoffering #infiniteself #theregardlesscrow #burnedcontracts

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18 hours ago

Have you ever been so present in a familiar moment that everything becomes still at the center, echoing reminiscence? Yet all previous occurrences from the same moments swirl around you? Like being in the eye of a storm of familiarity. Walking to your door after getting home, stopping to hear the sounds that surround your dwelling that you only really hear on those rare moments you’re reminded of them. Throwing your keys down on the counter in a quiet house, a gesture you make time and time again, but certain times it’s like the keys echo much louder than usual. That simple toss of those keys stops you for what seems like minutes of reflection but are really emphatic seconds of what is otherwise routine. Life is present with you in those moments, and everything that’s ever been and everything that could ever be are by your side and in front of you. You’re drowning in what you know, paralyzed by what you don’t. Embracing the part of all of this that makes your snippet in the bigger story what it is. Sometimes these are the moments vices are born of. These are times you reach a new level in your understanding of self. You truly feel your loneliness or you embrace being content with your own company. The routine can soothe your weary soul and the shelter of the eye of that storm is what keeps you from venturing into the raging winds. And maybe none of this makes sense. Maybe I haven’t properly described how it feels to be human at certain times of our life. The most random ones. The quietest. Or maybe you do and right now you feel understood. As though even if your normalcy isn’t the same as others, the similarities are there. The breaths you take matter and the space you fill is meant for you. Take from this what you what you will. Tomorrow belongs to you and today has been yours for the taking. You’ll do this again and again; writing your story and finishing chapters before you’ve even noticed you picked up the pen. . . #blogger #writer #sober #sobriety #musings #random #inspiration #teetotaler #tattooed #tattooedandsober #tattoos #recover #recovery #tellyourstory #noshame #life #soberaf #strongwomen #odaat #onedayatatime #moments #soberliving

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19 hours ago

I've only been in enrolled in @nutritionschool for a few weeks now (and classes haven't even technically started yet!), but luckily we get access to a few modules before our year long course begins. 💫 I'm already learning so much about how being out of balance in different aspects of life can cause lots of issues and not all health is based on nutrition. One thing I am strongly passionate about and will definitely be putting to practice when I graduate is the concept of sensual marriages after children. Oooooh this topic speaks straight to my soul. I can't wait to work with other mama's in the future and help you get that spark back. Stay tuned. ✨🔥✨ at Greenwood, Indiana

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20 hours ago

Relaxing day off working on some digital art today. This rain is killing my soul. It doesn’t stop. It just pours and pours and pours and I’m so fucking tired of it. I don’t feel like I’ve been very positive lately. It feels like I’ve been purging a lot of negative emotions and they just kind of spill out into my social media. I wish I cared. Learning a lot about being an empath right now. For some reason that’s really looked down on in society right now and I guess it makes sense. I’m tired of defending my sensitivity though. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #sober #soberlife #soberissexy #soberliving #soberaf #soberevolution #sobermovement #hersoberselfies #tattooedandsober #sobermom #teetotaler #alcoholfree #alcoholfreelife #sobernation #spontaneoussobriety #inkedmom #tattooedmom #tattooedandsober #soberwomen #momofmany #selflove #selfcare at Alabama

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20 hours ago

So very thankful for the #recoverygalsartexchange It gave me the pause I so desperately needed today. Not to mention all the joy that it has brought me since our theme was announced. So heres a sneak peek 🙈🙊

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20 hours ago

Follow👉 @addictionrecoverydiy Recovery is the pot of gold at the end of the story. When you realize how much power you have to overcome your demons who have tormented you for years. The feeling is amazing! If you are new into recovery know that it gets better one day at a time. at Vermont

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20 hours ago

When I first read this about 2 and a half years ago, a little light bulb went off. . How many of us have been the victim? Poor me, poor me, poor me... pour me another. . I felt that everything and everyone was out to get me. Everyone had their own motives and no one genuinely wants to help someone or be nice to them without wanting something in return. . I was mad at everyone and everything and by making them the villians, I justified my anger. . That took so much energy to be that defensive, wow!! So glad I had this self realization and can continue to work on it today! . BTW this is from A Course in Miracles 🙏🌙🖤

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20 hours ago

Today I started out feeling like #supermom, and about halfway through the day I felt like I forgot my name. 🙈 It's been one of those days! ⠀⠀ That's real motherhood for ya, right? A rollercoast of emotions and moments. But pretty much every second in-between the chaos was joy and laughter. Find the silver linning my friends. ⠀⠀ Tonight I’m protecting my peace and there will be no gourmet meal. It’s fend for yourself night! I'm honoring my limits and myself. Cheers to a healthy and nutritious meal. And of course sprinkles because #Duh . . . . . . ⠀⠀ #holisticmama #tiredmom #recoveryisthenewblack #selflovesolider #ballmasonjar #soberaf #teetotaler #portlandia #sobermom #soberlife #onedayatatime #breatheinbreatheout #alcoholicsanonymous #pdxmoms #sobersisters #soberwomen #selfloveclub #projectsemicolon #twelvesteps #inkedmama #protectyourpeace #boundaries #momepreneur #thisismotherhood #anxietyattack #bestillandknow at Portland, Oregon

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22 hours ago

Get a load of what my goddaughter @twanielee sent me for today's celebration. ❤️🌸💐 #1yearsober

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22 hours ago

I wish I posted this earlier today, but better late than never! Just because social media blows up with people “surviving snow days” with alcohol doesn’t mean I need to. I had a salad and a glass of water and I’m so proud of myself! How are you surviving the snow day???

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23 hours ago

I used to lay on the couch and watch movies with my kids to recover from hangovers. Now I just do it for the cuddles. ❤️ Watching Incredibles 2 with my youngest baby. He’s not such a baby anymore, but I can pretend. . . . #momlife #boymom #soberliving #sober #soberaf #sobriety #sobermom #soberwomen #sobertogether #soberevolution #onedayatatime #odaat #recoveryjourney #recoveryisworthit #trusttheprocess #progressnotperfection #alcoholfree #forgiveness #serenity #gratitude #12steps #teetotaler #soberfun #godisgood

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24 hours ago

B Curious... “Would life be better without alcohol? This inquiry began as a conversation with my body before the words fully crystallized in my mind. On Sundays when my head hurt from the drinking. And not just my head, but the contents of my head. When my gut roiled, my tongue was furry with forgotten words, and even my hair felt hungover, greasy and crispy dry at the same time. Smelling of cigarettes and sour breath. Sometimes, on days like these, it felt like there was a hollow where my heart was supposed to be.” - Sober Curious .... quitting drinking was the best decision of my life. My heart is now open and full of light and love instead of Jack Daniels. Do I miss drinking? NEVER. . . . . #sober #sobercurious #teetotaler #dry #curious #inspired #onedayatatime #openheart #nothungover #pilates #ladderbarrel #balancedbody #notdrunk

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1 day ago

HEY SOBER FRIENDS! Go give @sober_doodles a follow for some visually pleasing motivation and humor. Good shit. 💙🌀

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1 day ago

this is my ‘been up since 4:30am with toddler, husbands on his 4th day of the flu, 3rd trimester with 3rd baby, I keep peeing myself, my body feels old AF, longest school vacation week ever, 2 old ladies asked if i needed help with my screaming children at Target, I want to cry a little’ face. . . While I’ve done a shit ton of work to witness, unpack and release my old victim-woah-is-me-mentality AND think complaining is for the 🐦s, this week feels like a poop sandwich, extra poopy with a side of poop. . . Any mamas out there want to crawl into a quiet room with me, filled with soft pillows + white noise? . . I’ll bring the chilled cucumbers for the eye bags + some St. Croix because mothering does not ❌ equal wine. Who’s in + what do you want to bring? . . . . schoolsout #motherhoodunplugged #momlife #thirdtrimester #familyof5 #momof3 #motherhoodrising #sacredpregnancy #pregnantbelly #sober #soberlife #sobriety #sobermama #wearetheluckiest #teetotaler

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1 day ago

Week one of my 40 day healthy reset is complete. Basing my #anourishinglifechallenge on the fundamentals of a whole foods plant based diet, gave me an opportunity to fill my body with much needed, hydration, fiber, nutrients and of course protein. Tomorrow I will check out new classes and focus on creating a practical movement program will work for me. at Chicago, Illinois

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1 day ago

This is what happens when you give me a beer at a party, I’ll save it for later enjoyment 🤠 #teetotaler

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1 day ago

Protect your peace of mind, your comfort and your sobriety at all times ✨

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1 day ago

I feel like I could use a drink🍸, but it's early yet😣. That's one thing you have to be mindful of as a solo traveller: your alcohol intake. There's no DD when it's just you😄! The last thing you need is for someone to help you into what you think is a cab, but it's the van 🚐from 'Taken'😲! Yeah, that would suck🙃! #mindyourpsandqs #teetotaler #donotget #shitfaced while you are #solotraveling #dontevenget #buzzed #knowyourlimit and #stayunderit or #youwillbelost #taken #ihopeyouknow #liamneeson or a #lessracist #equivalent #naples #napoli #italy #italia #solotravel #sheisnotlost #fatgirlstraveling #blackgirlstravel

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1 day ago

Yesterday I had a weird experience. . I went to the hospital for a minor outpatient surgery. I’ll let it be known that I HATE needles and being poked and prodded in general, so I loathe most medical procedures. But over the years I’ve taught myself not to stress out too much over it, because it’s necessary for my health and it goes smoother if I just relax and blah blah blah. . And so comes the moment where the nurse had to get the IV in place. I go through my regular spiel - I’m a tough stick, they usually find a good vein here or here, etc. And this nurse (who was otherwise very nice!) defies my instruction and tries a vein on the top of my left hand. . Well, I’ll tell you, that vein DID NOT FUCKING WORK. And it was more than a quick pinch, which I’m used to. It was excruciating. This needle annihilated my poor little vein and it felt like tiny soccer players with metal cleats were stomping around in there. . I asked the nurse, “did it work?” Of course not. She couldn’t get the needle in place. All that pain for nothing. We have to start from scratch. And there went my composure. . My whole body started to tingle. I got so dizzy I thought my head would float away. As I laid back in the chair, an overwhelming emotion came over me. I started to cry. Hard. I couldn’t stop. I was hysterical. It wasn’t because of the pain, though. It was an emotion that I can’t fully describe, but it felt like helplessness, hopelessness, despair and a myriad of other shit that this foraging needle summoned to the surface. . When you stop self-medicating, all of those feelings have nowhere to go. Especially in the beginning, when your #1 priority is staying sober, you have to push certain things to the side to be dealt with once you’re steady on you feet. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way, though. Certain things demand attention. And they manifest when they can’t wait any longer. I believe that’s what happened to me yesterday. . So. Time to take action. I need to deal with these feelings of helplessness and overwhelm. It’s only a matter of time before they boil over again. I reached out to a therapist in town today. That’s step 1. Stay tuned.

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1 day ago

“There’s just one requirement for membership and it has to do with potions...”

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2 days ago

𝐌𝐘 𝐂𝐔𝐑𝐕𝐄𝐒 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐖𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐘 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐌𝐄𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐁𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐈𝐒 𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐅𝐔𝐋 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓.⠀ ▽⠀⠀⠀ In getting (and staying) sober, I am also learning to love myself for the first time. I admit that it hasn’t been easy. 😐 I’ve always struggled with body image. I have shed many tears over the “extra pounds” that I have and still carry. 💧 I have experienced many sleepless nights with self-conscious thoughts clouding my mind. ☁️ Sadly, many drinks have been a “fuck you” salute to my weight too. 🍻 ⠀ ▽⠀⠀⠀ Did (or do) you struggle with self-doubt and shameful thoughts about your body? How are you working to overcome those insecurities? Please advise. 💭 ⠀ ▽⠀⠀⠀ For me, I did seek professional support via therapy/counseling. I also have a great family (aka support system). 😛 Don’t forget though —IG can offer great support too. Now that I have ditched the vodka, I am beginning to see a tiny glimpse of victory and the rewarding aspects of sobriety are shining through. Learning to love again — starting with myself. ⠀ ▽⠀⠀⠀ ▽⠀⠀⠀ ▽⠀⠀⠀ #recovering #sober #livingsober #retiredlush #curves #sobertruth #aa #soberissexy #iamenough #codependency #sobernation #bodyimage #mentalhealth #selfdoubt #insecurities #changeyourthoughtschangeyourlife #perfectlyimperfect #teetotaler #cleanandserene #sobercommunity #recoverycommunity #recover #teamsober #sobergirlsrule #soberishot #selfconscious #anxiety #depression #loveyourself at United States

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10 days ago

One of the things I love about Coaching Teens and Young Adults is I get the honor of speaking into their lives. I get to speak life over them, tell them the truth about who God created them to be, and stir up the gifts within them. I get to do for them what nobody did for me. ⁣ Just a little glimpse ... I recently got the honor of looking a young woman in the eyes and speaking so much truth and life over her. I got to tell her so amazing she is. What a powerful moment it was! Why? Because most women are busy tearing each other down, putting themselves down, and comparing themselves to the impossible.⁣ ⁣ I also got to remind a young man about the gifts God gave him that he'd put on the shelf for a long time. He's so talented but life has gotten in the way of him using those gifts that bring him joy and bless others.⁣ ⁣ Addiction, life, and even other people speaking negatively to us has a way of making us forget who we are. God gave us each such amazing personalities, gifts, and talents. Sometimes we don't even see those positive things in ourselves because our self-talk is so awful.⁣ ⁣ So who do you need to look in the eye today and remind them who they are and the amazing gifts God gave them? Don't wait for the perfect time. It will never come. Instead, I challenge you to create a moment and make it happen before time gets away from you and it doesn't happen at all. I guarantee you that someone desperately needs to hear your positive thoughts about them today.⁣ ⁣ I'd love to hear what happens when you create a moment with someone in your life!👇⁣

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10 days ago

Will you accept THIS rose? Give me a dozen roses and that will solve just about everything.😂 BUT I'd MUCH rather have one bottle of Rose oil.💕⁣ ⁣ Rose oil is very special and luxurious. It's one of the most valuable essential oils. ⁣ ⁣ Fun Facts... 🥀Each bottle contains 22 POUNDS of rose petals. It takes about 5,000 POUNDS of rose petals to distill 1 pound of essential oil (about 2 cups). That's an entire warehouse full.⁣ ⁣ 🥀At our rose distillery in Turkey there’s a warehouse FILLED with rows and rows of screens used to put the petals on until they are distilled.⁣ ⁣ 🥀Women pick the petals at our farm there because they are more delicate than men. They pick the petals at dawn, so there's dew on them, keeping them fresh until they are distilled ⁣ Emotional Uses... 🌹Applied topically, it creates an inspiring atmosphere and elevated spiritual experiences ⁣ 🌹Its sweet, rich aroma encourages feelings of positive self-reflection⁣ ⁣ 🌹It can create an uplifted feeling when inhaled⁣ ⁣ 🌹Rose has been used throughout history for the well being of the body and mood-elevating support⁣ ⁣ 🌹Use when worrying about the past. It opens the heart and the mind.⁣

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18 days ago

We must be intentional about living a life of significance. What do people say about you when you're not around? What will they put on your headstone one day?

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27 days ago

On cold days like today I like to drink Thieves Tea to help me stay healthy, support my immune system ... and stay warm!🥶 It has a yummy sweet, spicy, and comforting flavor to it. You can add it to another favorite tea if you want. Simply combine: ➕Hot water ➕1 drop of Thieves Vitality ➕Local Honey to taste Thieves Vitality combines Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark, and Rosemary essential oils. All Vitality oils are non-GMO certified too! With thier Antioxidant properties, the oils in this blend work together synergistically to: 🔆Support your immune system🔆Cleanse your digestive system🔆 Provide you with overall wellness support Young Living has an entire line with Thieves blend. They're all amazing for winter wellness.💥I'm working on a series for my stories share more tips.💥 So be on the lookout for that! Is it cold where you are today? How are you staying warm?

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