The weather was “iffy” for our berry picking event but we decided to take the chance and luck was with us. Berry Hill Farm owners Jim and Nancy were there to greet us. They outfitted us with our “picking gear” – a cutoff gallon milk container and piece of cord used to tie the container around our waist.
Ten adults and ten children enjoyed the the fresh air, the sun peeping through the ever changing cloud formations — and of course the rows and rows of ripe raspberries. Another relaxing sober afternoon – a “berry” good time was had by all.
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Newcomer Tip 6: Getting Connected
This is a blog series that will be focusing on a tip every few days for newcomers. These tips are not a replacement for going to meetings and working the 12 steps. They are to be used in addition to meetings and steps. The first few months of sobriety are hard. These are some ways to help get you through it.
The last blog was about getting Higher Powered, how to connect with your higher power. Today we will discuss the benefits of being involved in the recovery community.
Join a *support group – whether you join a Christian based group, like Celebrate Recovery or 12 step groups like AA or NA, it’s essential to get a social support network. A recovery network can provide wonderful value, help and wisdom to your recovery efforts. On the Resource Page there is a list of women’s meetings and links to different groups in the Washtenaw County area.
Hello My Name Is…
My name is Cathy and I am an alcoholic in recovery. My sobriety date is October 6, 1996.
I sometimes hesitate to share my recovery story because I don’t think too many people are anxious to follow in my footsteps. I know I didn’t want to walk in these footsteps when God first presented the challenge to me.
God has plans for all of us that are bigger and crazier and more wonderful than we can even imagine.
You see, when I was about 5 years sober, I started to get the crazy idea that I should go to seminary and become a minister. I eventually gave in, got a Master’s Degree when I was 58 years old, and was ordained in the United Methodist Church.
The message I hope others hear from my story is that God has plans for all of us that are bigger and crazier and more wonderful than we can even imagine. Recovery makes so many things possible – things that could never happen when we are drinking.
I have grand-kids now who have never seen me drink; I was able to be present for my mother when she got sick and eventually died; friends and family can rely on me. These are all gifts of recovery – so many gifts for which I am grateful.
10 tips for Newcomers Tip #1: Make Recovery a Priority
This is a blog series that will be focusing on one tip every few days to help newcomers. These tips are not a replacement for going to meetings and working the 12 steps. They are to be used in addition to meetings and steps. The first few months of sobriety are hard. These are some ways to help get you through it.
If you aren’t a newcomer, share this blog with a newcomer. It may be helpful to them.
First lets get a few misconceptions out if the way…