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Julie Feb 18, 2017 (04:18 PM)  

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Success is possible BB and everyone's path to that is different.  You do need tools to get you there.  Decide on your goal and gather as many supports as you can. It really is better without alcohol although that may seem difficult to believe now.

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I am a new member as of today. The success stories are encouraging. Thank you.

Julie Jan 25, 2017 (02:22 PM)  

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Lynn123,


So great to hear from you and to know that things are going well for you.  I remember that we started about the same time.  Congratulations on your continued AF success!  Wishing you all the very best as you continue your journey.

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Hey Julie.  I haven't been here for a while but I see you are still going strong, congratulations!  You and I began our AF journey around the same time, you a little ahead of me, and I am remain AF also.  I'm glad things are still going good for you and wish you well!

Julie Jan 23, 2017 (10:41 AM)  

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Thanks wasted time for your supportive words!  Best of luck as you set out on your journey!

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Hi Julie,
I've been away for a while and I know this is late, but I wanted to extend my congratulations to you on your eighteen month milestone.  You are truly an inspiration to everyone who is just starting (or starting again) on an alcohol free journey!

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Thank you Julie! :)

What you wrote was beautiful. I love that you mentioned self-compassion emerged. This is so essential to anyone, especially those in recovery. I have a sense that it is easier for you to be more authentic as well. It makes sense that your mood is improving as well. Alcohol can act as a depressant and can really change our focus. It sounds like you are really focused on ongoing personal growth and self insight. Awesome work!
 
Happy New Year to you too. It sounds like 2017 will be a great year for you :) Enjoy!
 
 
 
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Julie Jan 11, 2017 (12:36 PM)  

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Hi Ashley,


Thank you!  You always have such insightful questions to get me thinking and your support has been a gift to me.  I feel incredibly grateful to have made it this far and to have a glimpse of life on the other side.  My life still has all the challenges and emotions that everyone encounters; but, the difference for me now is that I am present and I can trust myself to work things through.  Self compassion has emerged because I have worked on it but also because I am not constantly berating myself because of alcohol and its consequences.  I feel so much more settled and completely content at times.  I don't remember feeling that with alcohol.  I believe that if things continue as they have been, things will just get better.  I am stepping up and doing the things I need to do to take care of myself.  I recognize now that alcohol was not something that was good for me; but I don't beat myself up for having been where I was.  It filled a need for me before I was able to fill it in other ways.  Happy New Year to you Ashley and to all the others on this website!

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Hi Julie!
 
Awesome work. I was so happy to read about your success. Thank you for sharing it with us.  How does it feel to have made it this far? How is your life different now?
 
 

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Julie Dec 19, 2016 (07:25 PM)  

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Thanks for your kind words Flipflopmom.  I wish you a wonderful holiday season and continued strength in your sober journey!

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Congratulations, Julie!  What a great accomplishment.  You have inspired me, as well, and I'm grateful for your support and insight.  I hope you have a wonderful, sober holiday season!

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Congratulations Toxicsoul on completing the 100 day challenge and I hope that you too enjoy a wonderful holiday season.


Gus it is great to hear from you.  Congratulations on your year and a half of sobriety!  You have been my beacon ahead, encouraging and inspiring me when I needed it.  I am so grateful for your positive presence on this website.  Have a great holiday season ahead.

SPMW, thanks for your kind and encouraging words.  How are things going with you? 

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Congratulation Julie! You have been a real pillar of strength and inspiration for me, especially the times when I have really needed it over the last year and a half. (For anyone who doesn't know, we quit about the same time).  

 
I have had a similar experience to Julie. I was afraid of quitting, and I often wondered how I would manage, as I had drank for 27 years. I can truly and honestly say its the best thing that ever happened to me. My life is so much better since the drinking stopped.

I hope all my friends on this site have a great and sober holiday season. 
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Congrats Julie!


I am so very happy for you and your success. You are a true inspiration and thank you for your kind acknowledgement. I need to heed my own advise lol although I did finally manage to complete the 100 day challenge. I look at every sober day as a gift and I must say, I do like presents.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and continue to enjoy your new sober self.

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Julie Dec 12, 2016 (03:38 PM)  

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I have reached my 18 month milestone and I want to check in here and thank all my friends on this website who have been such a support to me. 

Not drinking this past while has been such a positive thing for my life.  It was tough at the beginning, yes, but it seems like normal now for me.  Although I may have the very odd yearning for a festive glass of wine, it is not a place I am willing to go back to and this is firmly set in my mind. 
As a beacon of hope for those who are considering giving up drinking, if I can do it so can you.  You need to find the supports that work for you and keep adding supports until it does work.  Try giving alcohol up for 100 days and see where it takes you.  There are lots of online supports so reach out.  
It is funny now when I think of how afraid I was of life without alcohol.  In truth, life is much better without alcohol and as it turns out, alcohol was responsible for much of what was wrong with my life back then.  My life is much happier and I can handle issues honestly and confidently now. 
So I am sending out a big thank you for all on this site who helped me along the way:  Gus, Toxic Soul, Foxman, Ashley, Dave and many others. 

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