Ultimate Blog Challenge!

January
January (Photo credit: Deadly Tedly)

The Introduction

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the The Daily Woman.. a blog dedicated to living sober and giving life all you got!  I signed up for the Ultimate Blog Challenge just in time for 2013… The month of January is dedicated to living life sober, getting help, working the steps and tons of other useful information and links.

My goal is to post each of the 31 days.  😀

A lot of us wrapped up in alcoholism and addiction have made resolutions (or goals) of sobriety for 2013.  Most of these will be broken if the right help is not sought.

Now, I am not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV, but I do know what has worked for me and hope to do some sort of twelfth step work through my blog. I have reached a point in my sobriety that what keeps me sober is doing the next right thing and putting my hand out to the next still sick and suffering alcoholic/addict.

Thanks for climbing on board and Happy New Year to you all.

Out With the Old – A Time to Reflect

Reflect
Reflect (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As 2012 comes to a close… I have looked through my Penzu journal, gone through old notebooks and basically stepped back and looked at the canvas of my life.  It hasn’t exactly been a spectacular year… but then it has been a spectacular year.  I fell down a cliff on a quad, I celebrated six years of sobriety in May, I started going to Al-Anon (which changed my life!) and I ended a six year, toxic relationship never dreaming that I’d enter into a new relationship with a man who I am pretty sure was made just for me.

I read somewhere that when we order up the life we want to exact specifications, we just might get it.  Well, I seem to be on my way.

The Old:

Procrastination – Insecurity – Self-loathing – Laziness – Self-doubt – feeling unworthy in most situations.  Ahhh.. those old ugly beliefs and bad thoughts that I wish I could beat with a hammer.  However, thoughts are not tangible so I have to beat them with positive thinking!

The New:

Get it done! I am beautiful! I can and will prevail! Successful author!  I have to fake it ’til I make it – and my advice to all of you is to do the same.  Faking it ’til we make it is like a mental affirmation of determination that only we know about.  It kinda goes along with that whole “The Secret” thing.  Trust me – it freaking works.

How about you? What is your out with the old, in with the new for the coming year?

A – Z Challenge ~ X is for Xylophone

xylophone-highway
xylophone-highway (Photo credit: Anthony Citrano)

xy·lo·phone

[zahy-luh-fohn]

a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, usually sounded by striking with small wooden hammers.  The history of the xylophone is vague, hailing from Africa and/or Asia.
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The xylophone is also one of the musical instruments used in a child’s early development.  Walk in any children’s toy store and in the baby section, you will see a variety of xylophones for children two and under.
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Xylophone – A great instrument, highly underrated, and totally cool!  When I was in fifth grade, I was selected to play the xylophone for the Christmas Concert.  I had a blast and realized then that music was something that I always wanted in my life.
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I seriously looked through the X part of the dictionary for a totally, off the wall uber cool word, but they were all like Xenophon and Xenon and all that garb and I didn’t want to talk about something I knew nothing about.  I then went down a list of emotions.  Maybe I could use a word with “X” in it.  Nope.  I thought that would be cheating, so here we are.
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I really don’t know much about Xylophones either.  They are, however, a musical instrument.  And that gets a smile going on my face.
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.Do you know any really cool “X” words?
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A – Z Challenge ~ W is for Willing

We Rock!
We Rock! (Photo credit: !anaughty!)

Willing – Adjective

1.disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.

2.cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker.

3.done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
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Ready, willing and able. To do what?  To do what it takes to make life rock!  What are
you willing to do that will change it up?
What are you willing to sacrifice to reach the ultimate goal?
What are you willing to risk to live the life you want?
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Life is about living!  Life is not about sitting comfortable in your living room or kitchen while excitement passes you by. If you want to live the life you dream, the live you crave and the live you want to love, you have to be willing to make sacrifices, go out on limbs and take chances.
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Freaking scary, huh?  I mean, what if you fail? Here’s a better question: What if you succeed? Holy crap!  It could happen.  You could succeed and then think: Wow. Imagine if I hadn’t been willing to give my dream a shot?
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Today you are going to take out a piece of paper and you are going to write down three things.
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1. What you want.
2. What you’ll risk to get that.
3. The worst that could happen.
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Go into detail and really think about your life’s mission.  What will you give up to get where you want to go? Write down a schedule, a list of things you might not need or parts of your day where you could eke out a little extra time.  You can share it here, with someone you care for or tuck it away for later.
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What are you willing to risk to live the life you love?
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A – Z Challenge ~ R is for Reinvent

sunny day
sunny day (Photo credit: jhoc)

How do we reinvent ourselves? We have to change things up. Reinventing means taking something old and making it different. We reinvent ourselves when we take a long hard look at what is going on in our life and figure out what is or is not working.
Maybe you have a bad attitude at work or maybe you wear the same damn type of clothes every single day or you read the same types of books all the time. CHANGE IT UP!

When we reinvent ourselves we are giving our self permission to step outside the box – that box of fuzzy blanket comfort – and recharge our batteries.

Maybe you had your eye on a new journal to write in that will bring forth ideas for that book you have been wanting to write or maybe there is a class that you have been wanting to take because you just know it will do you tons of ooey goodness.

I’ll tell you what.  All the nerve I possess I can thank my Gram for.  She never let me be a sissy and stay in the same humdrum routine when I was a little girl.  She taught me that if I want anything to change I have to change it.  I have to reinvent it.  I reinvent myself each day when I try something new or put a positive spin on a negative situation.

You can do it too!

The Day’s Ponder:  When was the last time you reinvented yourself?  Write down three ways you can reinvent yourself.