ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it

The Big Book is a very useful tool; in fact, it's probably more useful than a new package of guitar strings would be for me…  (Yeah really, 'tis that useful.)  I would never encourage any person in recovery to live and breathe by the Big Book, just like I don’t really think a Christian person should encourage another Christian … Continue reading ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it

ENTRY: Oh, Lovely Energy

Life is good.  I am living it one day at a time, in a sober manner.  There are some very stressful situations, but hey, that’s life.  Stress is totally, 100% typical for everybody.  That's clear.  Also, none of us is perfect.  I am a perfectionist, but I have to always remember that I will never … Continue reading ENTRY: Oh, Lovely Energy

MEDIA: Muse du Jour

I was feeling inspired today.  You know, that's one thing I truly love about being sober.  It feels so good and fulfilling to experience real emotions again.  And it could be any emotion.  I remember having a somewhat curious bout of constant crying spells about a month into sobriety.  I know this has happened to … Continue reading MEDIA: Muse du Jour

ART: The Apprehensive Addict

I've been to many invigorating AA meetings.  And I get it; some meetings are most certainly not as fulfilling as others.  Also, it's plausible that some addicts or alcoholics might have had a negative experience related to attending a meeting, and it might be why he or she doesn't continue to go.  This is part … Continue reading ART: The Apprehensive Addict

FROM 1 ADDICT 2 ANOTHER: Amanda Talks Trust

[This entry features some strong content; please exercise the appropriate discretion.] "The other day in group, my counselor asked us what that one thing was that we'd actually valued the most before our addiction, and that we ended up not caring about anymore during our addiction. Mine was trust. Before my addiction, I really valued … Continue reading FROM 1 ADDICT 2 ANOTHER: Amanda Talks Trust

ENTRY: Praying for Energy

I’ve been writing new prayers daily the last couple days.  I try to practice humility, too, so I’m not one to pat myself on the back but I am grateful that God has guided me that way, regarding my inspiration and the time that I reserve for writing and/or my visual art.  It has been … Continue reading ENTRY: Praying for Energy

MEDIA: Fast Car cover

Even though I strongly feel that the original Tracy Chapman version is truly the best of 'em all, I tend to enjoy all of the released renditions.  It is because I love the tune that much.  I can't say that about many songs at all.  However, "Fast Car," well, it's something special. I have always … Continue reading MEDIA: Fast Car cover

ENTRY: Self-Control

I would say there is comfort mentally in knowing that self-control truly is my biggest struggle.  I also think it has been the biggest catalyst for all of my major life problems, such as addiction and apprehension.  I wrote a prayer speaking of just this… God, I need you I need you completely I beg … Continue reading ENTRY: Self-Control

ENTRY: No Time Wasted

When I look back on the years that I used, I always, always think of that chunk of time in my life as wasted.  I just figured it was lost; I shot it all away.  I didn’t progress or grow mentally or financially, and I only alienated myself further from my immediate family.  Many faithful … Continue reading ENTRY: No Time Wasted

ENTRY: New Take on Life via Poetry

Some things that I just love about Emily Dickinson’s poetry is that she tends to shine light on very common, simple words from the English language that we use practically every single day. I love her use of capital letters in random spots for random words just as well, since it draws a great deal … Continue reading ENTRY: New Take on Life via Poetry