2018 A new beginning or is it?

2018 MMXVIII, the Year of the Dog, a common year (exactly 365 days), and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium is shaping up to be a great year.

1 January 2018 I will have 30 smoke free years under my belt and more importantly (at least to me) 17 months of sobriety. The first of each month – as does each day, offers a reminder of just how strong I am, and how far I’ve come. By the same token, I am mindful that through my own thoughts and actions or lack thereof, my sobriety can be given away by me in an instant.

A new year can offer a fresh start, a new perspective or sadly, thoughts of self doubt and failure. So if your 2018 involves some lifestyle changes, I would suggest setting yourself up for success and find yourself a community of likeminded supportive people that you can connect with either online or in person. The resources and places to find these communities are endless, one only has to type that which you seek into a search engine and voila! The point being there is no need, nor should you do it alone. It can be comforting to know that you can reach out at anytime and there will be someone on the other end to offer a smile, a wink, or a word or two of understanding and encouragement, or in some cases a well deserved kick in the butt. And more importantly, you are not alone in your journey. In my opinion it’s always best to have several tools in the tool box and a couple of options to offer you a different perspective. I think people feel more grounded when they have choices relating to their needs. A few of communities I visit or subscribe to on a regular basis and in no particular order are; thesoberschool.com; Sherecovers.co; Fmumble; and okayishness.wordpress.com. I enjoy what’s offered by these women and what they have to say. At times, I feel like I’ve been able to relate or offer my own opinion to a topic of discussion.

My plan for 2018 is to maintain my commitment to my sobriety, to continue to live my life with dignity and to my best on any given day, and to share a bit of my story on a much more consistent basis via this blog.

All the best for a great year no matter the path you choose, whether you set intentions or make resolutions I hope you all enjoy the freedom to make those choices. All the best for 2018.

In the words of Teddy Roosevelt “Believe you can and you’re half way there”.