Monday, April 25, 2016

Day 600

Dear Readers,
In Honor of Prince...There were purple flowers everywhere!
Today I have reached another milestone in my recovery, 600 days.

I feel emotional today.
It's been raining for many days, and the gloom is getting to all us here in Minneapolis.
It's also been emotional for the city, as one of our gifted musicians, Prince, died way too early, at the age of 57.
Hubs and I saw him perform three times.
He was electrifying.


I love this park!
I think the reason I love counting days, is I can truly appreciate the time and effort it takes to be sober. 
I said to a friend, "It hasn't always been easy."
He said, "Who said it was supposed to be?"
He was so right. 

Getting sober in a drinking world takes courage and faith. It takes courage to let go of an addiction, and it's not easy. It's hard work.
I had to face all of my fears and jump into the unknown with faith holding me up. 
Somehow hoping that all would be well.
It's a process and it takes perseverance. 
My hubs is SO cute!
It takes being honest. It takes stepping outside of myself and thinking of other people. 

To help me, I need the support of other people in recovery, as well as the support of my friends and family. I also need much self-compassion. 

And so far, at 600 days, it's so worth it.
I have more freedom, more peace of mind.
I am far more grateful for all I have been given.
I have a far happier house, with a far happier hubs, and a far happier me!

With a GIANT hug,
And so much love,
On Day 600,
Wendy


46 comments:

  1. Happy day 600!! Beautiful sentiments and photos, especially the last one of you and your husband.

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  2. Congratulations on 600 days. Sending you hugs.

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  3. Beautiful post Wendy, no doubt about it you transcend happiness! ☺️

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    1. Thank you, Diane! I hope you are having a good day!
      xo

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  4. As always, your blog, and your attitude, are both amazing. Congrats on your 600 days, lovely Wendy. Red xx

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    1. Hi Red!!
      I hope you and your family are well!
      Thank you!
      xo

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  5. Thanks for the encouragement I needed today. I need to go out and establish a sober life, and that might be hard sometimes. No more sitting around bored, just waiting for something to happen. Congratulations!

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    1. Dear FASM,
      I can bore myself so badly that I can't stand it!
      But it slowly sinking into my noggin that time is going SO fast!
      I better do a little something!
      xo

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  6. Beautifully said. Thanks for showing us that this is still a powerful journey 600 days along. Congratulations to you!!!

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  7. Congratulations! Your world and you are so much more beautiful sober. And, you're right, hubs is pretty darn cute, and he does look happy and proud to be with that woman in the picture.

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  8. Great milestone... Let's plan something spectacular for that big 1000 to make it grand!! (Get it...grand?! ;-)

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  9. Woo! Congratulations on day 600! You are right, it's a drinking world we live in, which makes every single one of those 600 days _even more_ of an achievement.
    I'm really working on being happy at the moment and you're always such an inspiration :-) thank you x

    Waking up

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    1. Hi Waking Up,
      I am learning I can be happy and sad at the same time.
      Thank you!
      xo

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  10. Lovely post and so sad to hear about Prince too. Congrats on 600 Wendy! xx

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    1. It's looking like drugs were involved, in his death, which is even sadder.
      He was in a lot of pain.
      Thank you, Lou!!!
      xo

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  11. Hi Wendy! Wonderful post. Congratulations on 600 days! I love what you say about counting here. I always so much enjoy reading your insights. Your hard won insight reaches all the way to western Canada! Love that pic of you and your husband, too. I'd say you're both pretty darn cute! Big hug to you! xo

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    1. I love Canada! You are our good neighbors to the North!
      Hubs is getting a big head! Lol
      xo
      Wendy

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  12. Congratulations, from another western CANADIAN!
    600 days is awesome. 600 days of living.
    Celebrate you!

    Anne

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne!
      As I said to Thirsty, I love Canada! I haven't been there for awhile, so hubs and I might have to plan a trip!
      xo

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  13. Congratulations on 600 days Wendy!! That is so awesome. you are such an inspiration. You are so right, it IS a drinking world. Which makes quitting so much harder. But it is so worth it. Sober is so much better. A x

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  14. Congratulations!!! 600 days! You are my idol!!! And yes, your hubby is cute...but so are you!!! xo

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    1. Hi Sober at 53,
      Your comment did work!
      And thank you!
      I don't know why, but 600 days got me very excited!
      xo

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  15. What a wonderful achievement! Congrats on 600 days, that is absolutely awesome. So happy for you. Inspirational stuff. xx

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    1. Dear SO,
      Thank you. My blog isn't so much practical, but if I can inspire someone to get sober, that would be awesome.
      And I can inspire myself!
      xo

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  16. Congratulations Wendy! It is a drinking world sadly. Although sometimes I still wish I could drink "normally" like "everyone else" I'm very pleased with how being sober has improved my life.

    Last weekend I officiated a wedding for some young friends. I loved being able to safely drive myself home after the reception, get a great night's sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to go the next day. I enjoyed some lovely chats with other guests, had no fear of embarrassment and remember the evening fondly.

    Wishing you an exciting and fulfilling sober life!

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Thank you for commenting!
      Driving safely and waking up without regrets is the BEST!
      xo

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  17. You are amazing. I miss Prince too :(

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  18. Beautiful blog, days, photos, prince, beautiful you x

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    1. Thank you, Peppermintandhoney!
      I like your photos, too!
      xo

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  19. 600!!! What a success! Huge congratulations

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    1. Hi Graham!
      I love the number 600! I got super excited and couldn't sleep knowing I got to day 600! LOL
      xo

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  20. Well done Wendy. I love the comment about it not being easy and the reply of who said it was supposed to be. I have said that about kids to friends. Parenthood is a bit like sobriety up and down, good and bad it's not easy but the overall result is very fulfilling. How lovely to see you and hubs looking so happy, you look like a lovely couple and I am glad you found eachother.

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    1. Hi GHG,
      My hubs and I are high school sweethearts!
      We will be married for 40 years this August!
      xo

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  21. What a truly beautiful post and an amazing milestone, Wendy. A HUGE congratulations to you!! Today is actually 605 for you I think, which is amazing. Your inspiration, support, and kindness is so valued. I think you are completely awesome. :) <3

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    1. Dear CWD,
      I am on day 605!
      Woo Hoo!
      Thank you!
      xo
      Wendy

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  22. Dear Wendy, Better late than never...Bravo you on 600 (plus) days! What a smile you have. Love to you xx.

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  23. Sorry to be so late in commenting.
    Love the hat! You look amazing.
    So pleased you are happy in your sobriety. It is wonderful isn't it.
    xx Claire

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