Today is my birthday. Or was birthday. It’s almost day 2 of a new year being a new age as a new journey around the sun begins. I had a good day. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but here I am. Starting this year off right.
I started my own business, so I’ll be busy growing and working that. I found that I love painting rocks so I’m going to make that a priority, too. Our son left to college in September and our daughter is graduating this year so this year will be about change and adjusting. I love writing and that is definitely going to be on the list of things to do also. It’s a gift I have to nurture because it’s helps my healing journey. I’m going to make this year about living simple and with gratitude.
I have so much to be thankful for. I have a good life. I have a loving husband, healthy kids, a roof over my head, clothes, clean water and food. We have our health. We have our sobriety and that is everything. We are living the life our ancestors wanted for us.
I came across this post from The Language of Letting Go and I thought I’d share it. It’s some food for thought going into a new year and a new journey (and it doesn’t just apply to family but everyone and every thing too):
“There are many paths to self-care with families. Some people choose to sever connections with family members for a period of time. Some people choose to stay connected with family members and learn different behaviors. Some disconnect for a time, then return slowly on a different basis.
There is no one or perfect way to deal with members of our family in recovery. It is up to each of us to choose a path that suits us and our needs at each point in time.
The idea that is new to us in recovery is that we can choose. We can set the boundaries we need to set with family members. We can choose a path that works for us, without guilt and obligation or undue influence from any source, including recovery professionals.
Our goal is to detach in love with family members. Our goal is to be able to take care of ourselves, love ourselves, and live healthy lives despite what family members do or don’t do. We decide what boundaries or decisions are necessary to do this.
It’s okay to say no to our families when that is what we want. It’s okay to say yes to our families if that feels right. It’s okay to call time-out and it’s okay to go back as a different person.”
I look forward to this new journey and the year ahead, free of the past with nothing but sunshine on the horizon. I will make it a good one that’s for sure. Let’s do this!