To the newcomer - you arethe most important personhere! For me, this journal isa dream come true. Ingrade school, I just
Iwould write a book someday. As a young adult, Ialways told myself that assoon as I was an expert atsomething, I'd write thatbook. After a while, I toldmyself, "There's already abook on everything, so whybother?" I was drinking mydreams down the toilet.Then something happened: I got sober and shared my lifelong dream with a friend inrecovery, Charlie H., who began asking me every time he saw me, "How's that bookcoming?" If he saw my husband, he'd ask and the message would get back to me.Thanks to all of the A.A.s of the world, especially those in St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL atthe Mustard Seed group, Puerto Vallarta Mexico and online at recoverychat.com andsobercircle.com. Thank you to Don Carroll, Geoffrey N., Joan T., John V., Kenny H.,Tony M., and Rick R. for taking the time to read proofs and provide feedback. Thank you to my wonderful sponsor, Eleanor B., who has become a friend but stilldoesn't hold back when it's time to tell me what I
to hear instead of what I want tohear. She encouraged me to write this book and chapter eight is based on a booksuggestion she had for me years ago!Thanks to my husband, Tony, and our son, Seth. We have a beautiful life together andI thank God for that every day. Tony is a patient and loving man, and I am truly blessedto have him in my life. He encourages me to follow my dream and supports me totally.Words cannot explain how I feel about Seth - I never realized how much love I hadinside of me until we had our child. Watching him grow up is a truly amazing andbeautiful journey that would not have been possible without recovery.Thanks Mom (R.I.P.) & Dad for not letting me get by with average work and for alwaysencouraging me to do and be my best. You have always supported me, even when youdidn't agree with my decisions. All you ever wanted for me was to be happy, and todayI truly am! Thanks to my brothers: Mark for steering me into AA, and Paul for encouraging me to be authentic.Finally,
thank you God
for illuminating my work, giving me the strength to stay sober,and for all of the abundant blessings in my life!