Turn the Page

31 Dec

dreamstimefree_18005194.jpg A new year brings with it the opportunity to turn to a blank page in a brand new book, full of possibilities for you to write your own story going forward.  Like many, I find myself introspective at the end of each year, looking back at the highs and lows, and peering forward optimistically at what might come.  I had grandiose ideas of writing a long piece exploring all of those things in greater detail, but, again, like many, I find myself out of steam as the year comes to a close.

So this piece will be brief. A simple thank you to those of you who have followed my blog this year.  Thank you for the kind words from people who have shared that my book or blog helped them get through a rough time, stay sober, or change their perspective on life for the better.

I’ll close out 2018 with 2409 days of sobriety under my belt.  Not something I take lightly.  There were many days when it looked like I might be starting back at day one again. But I pushed through.  And for that, I am grateful to those of you who stood by me, lent a helping hand or a shoulder, reminded me that I am strong and how hard I fought to get where I am today.  Most importantly, thank you for the reminder that I am not alone in this journey.

As for resolutions, I have thought of many.  But I’m leaving you with two quotes for the new year from people much smarter than I am:

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”– Abraham Lincoln

“Ring out the false, ring in the true.”- Alfred Lord Tennyson

 Happy New Year.

6 Responses to “Turn the Page”

  1. Bob Hisel December 31, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    Speaking of quotes, I recently heard in a meeting that, “To find yourself, lose yourself in service to others”. That is my resolve for 2019. Thanks for all you do in AA.

  2. patcoll356@aol.com December 31, 2018 at 5:25 pm #


    I love this! You are a beautiful writer and I must go back and read more. Blessings on you this brand new year.

    Much love and admiration, Pat

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Bob Conklin December 31, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    Happy New Year Ms. C!

  4. Michelle Woods January 1, 2019 at 8:07 pm #


    Sent from my iPhone


  5. BLush Momma January 4, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. This is day 3 for me, and it’s inspiring to see so many more digits in your sobriety.

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