I’ve always wanted to write, but never really got anywhere with it. I never had a direction or a focus for my writing. I asked myself, “Aside from family, what am I passionate about?” I never had a solid answer until now: God, recovery and politics. I like to push people’s buttons and dig up the dirt to get to the heart of the matter. I WILL piss people off because my favorite topics are those you just don’t talk about at the dinner table. And I’m not sorry about it. I’ve spent thirty years trying to be what you want me to be. It took drug addiction, two divorces, the loss of my children, a number of lost jobs, etc. to wake me up to the fact that all of this “trying to be” has caused me to lose my own identity. Ever since July 3, 2008, I’ve been working on rediscovering me… and I like what I’ve found.

Most of what you’ll find in this blog relates to my journey through sobriety – my efforts to discover the truth about myself and how that fits in with the larger scheme of life. I did begin my sober journey at the doors of AA and I still live by the principles learned there. I understand that there are other paths to sobriety, but this one has been proven to work… and it works for me whenever I work for it. This blog adheres to the principles of anonymity, as well as attraction, rather than promotion. I will make mention of personal information relevant to my topics, but will not disclose any identifying details. Not that I’m some kind of big deal, anyway – I’m just some girl in Texas trying to do this sober thing. Too, while I do talk about the Big Book, steps, principles, etc., this is simply to share my personal experiences (good and bad). If you ask my advice on getting sober, yeah, I’ll tell you to try AA, but that’s just because that’s what worked for me and I truly believe in it. It is not my purpose to recruit drunks. If my experience can help another suffering alcoholic, though, I’ll put it out there.

Thanks for stopping by to join me as we trudge this road of happy destiny.

22 responses to “About”

  1. jrj1701 says :

    Greetings, I tried to follow your blog and wordpress keeps telling me that I need to enter a valid address. I could just accept this or I can try to do something about it. Step one is to let you know and impatiently wait for your reply, ain’t figured out step two yet.

  2. godtisx says :

    All the best to you.. 🙂

  3. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says :

    I really am enjoying your blog and reading your Recovery Journey. I found you on “Freshly Pressed”…..I think you should reconsider Writing and publishing your recovery story as I did. Our “Testimony” as we know can be very powerful to help others reach out for help, and support them in their recoveries. Congrats on over 6yrs of Sobriety! I just passed my 7th year from Alcohol & Gambling Addiction. I wish you all the *Best*! I’m a New Fan 🙂 🙂

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Author Cat Lyon 🙂

    • littleman031103 says :

      Thank you. It is definitely an idea I’ve been dancing around for years. Once upon a time, I started writing my story, but I didn’t get very far. I am still often overwhelmed by my fear and insecurities regarding writing and the ability to be consistent with it. I have received a lot of good feedback following being “Freshly Pressed” and it has helped to bolster me a bit. Maybe I’m just waiting for that publisher in shining armor to ride in on his white horse and save me from my insecurities. Ha! Yeah, that sounds like some real alcoholic thinking right there! I do appreciate the support and don’t be surprised if one of these days you find my picture on a book jacket. I just may have to blog a bit more until I work up the nerve.

      ❤ Laurie

  4. nicoleh26 says :

    Hi there my name is nicole i think you have an amazing testimony. Im new to this blog thing I write but I feel a little defeated. Feeling as if what im saying is helping no one. When I want my story to help. You have any tips?

    • Laurie G.F. says :

      I have learned that on my own, I am completely powerless. I can’t even take care of myself, let alone help anyone else. If I go into anything with the intention of effecting change in anyone else’s life, I am doing it out of ego and I will fail. If I speak openly & honestly about my personal experience, strength and hope, then God can work through me to change lives.

      I am not in the advice business (I have to keep reminding myself) and I’m not radically successful at this blogging thing yet (probably because I keep forgetting that I’m not in the advice business & I don’t actually have all the right answers), but it has been my experience that when I speak humbly, honestly and openly about struggles I have faced, character defects that routinely trip me up, and just general “life on life’s terms” kind of stuff, others can relate to what I’m saying. The Big Book provides guidelines on how to talk to the newcomers and one of the most important points is “Do NOT preach to them!” When we are hurting, the last thing we want is someone to stand on high, looking down on us telling us what to do. What we should do instead, is to get down on their level and show them how we were once just like them. Once we have established trust with them, we can show them the steps we took to get out of the mire. Me, I tend to get a little preachy sometimes because I am very passionate about what I believe in. But it is when I stop trying to tell people what to do and stick to gaining trust and showing them what I did that I am finally able to get out of my own way and let God use me to help someone else.

      Stay true to your self and listen for God’s direction. You may never know who or how you will impact a life, but if you can get out of your own way and let God work through you, He will use you to change many lives. Best of luck with your writing. ❤

  5. nonsmokingladybug says :

    You don’t give me a choice..I have to follow 🙂

  6. nonsmokingladybug says :

    I nominated you for the “One lovely blog award” because I love your blog and enjoy reading it. I know that many bloggers don’t like awards and some of them even have an award-free zone. If that’s the case, then please forgive me and just ignore the nomination. You can find more about the award and nomination here http://nonsmokingladybug.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/2113/#more-2113

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