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Today, as our nation celebrates freedom with fireworks, families, and festivities, I'm celebrating freedom in another form. Freedom from the grips of addiction, resentment, and unhealthy lifestyles. Last year at this time I was about a month into my second round of rehab and not really feeling the freedom part yet. I was able to participate in some of the activities in rehab but was really missing the family and still trying to mentally check into the self-tuning habits that helped me get where I am today.


This year I'm nearly 13 months into my recovery process and am fully present and feeling true freedom for the first time in my life. I've been able to actually volunteer at the National Cherry Festival here in Traverse City, Michigan which was an amazing time, I've been able to go ride all the rides with my daughter and 2 oldest sons, and tonight I'll actually probably truly enjoy watching the fireworks for the first time in a very long time.


This process of recovery has taught me to truly enjoy every minute like it might be your last. After all our next breath isn't promised to us, and by the time you finish reading this sentence your next breath will have already come and gone. Hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July and let freedom ring! For those that have or are currently struggling, I hope you too one day can experience the freedom I am feeling as well. We do recover!

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