• Anna

When One Door Closes...

I guess I never realized just how many people have heard of 217recovery and Broken to Beautiful. I have posted pictures of clothing with our label and my B2B too, and don’t get me wrong, I’ve been asked about where and how to get our shirts, hats, etc. However, I posted a coupe with my new shirt and a friend I’ve watched grow in his recovery I randomly ran into at the grocery store and my wife took a picture. Never did I think I’d receive the reactions, pm’s, and emails from those I know and more from strangers on where to get our apparel. As you may or may not know, we are a brand new nonprofit organization and new to most that comes with it. It blows my mind to think that Corey and I met in treatment at places where life due to both our severe alcoholism disorders had completely depleted everything but our beating hearts and broken down bodies. I used to think I ended up there to use my message and be a conduit to others solely at that isolated location and I fought with two of the most important people in my life in pursuit of shedding blood, sweat, and tears as I was limiting myself and stunting my own growth doing so. Today I realize it is so much more and didn’t even scratch the surface of the bigger picture, purpose, and pursuing the greatest version of self. A wife, best friend, and collaboration with 217recovery are far greater and superior than just where I was focusing all my time, love, and energy. And don’t get me wrong, it served a wonderful purpose for me to helps others; and I am more than confident I touched many lives in a loving and positive manner allowing them to open up and begin to heal. I myself was able to learn, grow, and share my story along with a practice stage for me to build my confidence and hone abilities speaking in front of others. I miss it, I do more some days than others, and the clients and opportunity to first hand be a part of the individual miracles I miss the most. Again, I know this is just the beginning and I have big plans, WE have big plans, and I am certain this is just the beginning. God willing.

1.) The beginning

2.) Continuous growth

3.) Watching those I love grow in self worth and love

4.) Corey, my friend, collaborator, motivator, and brother from another mother (thanks Sandy ❤️🙏🏻)

5.) Lessons, especially the hardest ones

6.) Sunshine

7.) Unconditional love

8.) Elise Corinne, my ❤️

9.) Jamie, my wife and you will be hearing more from her now on 217 🥰🥰

10.) My mother, my biggest supporter, the woman who gave me my life, my heart, and showed and continues to show me what unconditional love truly is

Change doesn’t happen over night, it’s not easy either, it’s hard work. I know it sure is worth it though, and even in those moments it feels like you don’t know what the hell you are doing I can assure you this. If it’s towards pursing what you are passionate about, helping others, and working towards bettering yourself; sure is worth it. Yours truly,


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