In honor of National Daughter’s Day yesterday, and with my daughter’s permission, I am sharing her words she so bravely voiced in her Instagram post from a couple of days ago. Like Ashley, I, too, am sharing her story in case anyone is struggling and could use some encouragement to ask for help.
The number 100 represents energy that’s self-determined, independent, and has infinite potential.
Today I celebrate 100 days of sobriety.
100 mornings and nights that I have chosen my health and happiness over a fleeting moment of “bliss.”
100 happy hours that I have chosen to fill with things that actually bring me joy, such as conversations with friends and family, meditation, prayer, and physical activity.
100 days since I asked God for help. 100 days of daily prayer asking God to bless my life with less of me and more of Him.
100 days He has kept me sober.
I am not writing this post for you to congratulate me. Living a sober life free of alcohol and drugs is my prize. Being 100% fully present and me every second of every day is the only pat on the back I need.
I am writing this post for those who may be struggling with any sort of addiction, anxiety, or depression. 101 days ago, I was unhappy, sick, tired, and scared. I knew something had to change if I were to live the life I had always imagined. I had known deep down for years that alcohol was the root of all my problems. But it had a hold on me that I could not shake. So, trust me when I say that it gets better. Life gets better.
It’s not easy. It’s freaking work, and it’s hard! But, it’s sooooooooooo worth it!
If you are struggling, just know that you are not alone. If you know someone that is struggling, just be there for them. There is a beautiful light at the end of the darkest tunnel. If you are in the darkness and seek the light, I am here for you. You are loved and worth so much more than you could ever imagine!
All you have to do is ask for help.
My daughter's renewed smile and laughter is a treasure for this Mama's heart! Here's to another 100 days...one day at a time!