“Almost 2 years ago I got sober. It was my first real try at sobriety and I didn’t really think I had what it took to stay sober. I also didn’t think I deserved it. I had caused so much destruction in not only my life, but in the lives of people who loved me. I had no self-worth, and I didn’t care if I lived or died.
But 2 years later... here I am. I live an incredible life today and I’ve learned to deal with the things that I used as an excuse to drink. Anyone who knew me 2 years ago can attest to the fact that I was a hot mess. Things still aren’t perfect today, but they’re a lot better than they used to be. Alcoholism and addiction are real, and they take too many young lives. Reach out, ask for help, and understand that you deserve a beautiful life too.”
We love to ask our members why they #choosestrength and here is what Bri had to say: “I choose strength as best as I can every day through everything I do. Choosing strength means choosing joy, choosing love, choosing courage, choosing forgiveness. I was not born strong, I was MADE strong and sculpted throughout life by different experiences that made me become my own hero, and find my own strength in who I am today. I always remind myself and others, that you find strength in the moments you think you can’t go on...but you choose to keep going anyway.”
“This past weekend I got to see so many of my favorite people I don’t see often. While catching up with everyone, I kept hearing the same thing—“your life seems like so much fun. You look so happy!” While I was overjoyed that my happiness has been contagious, I also realized that it may appear that way because I decide to mostly share joyful moments of my life on social media. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, but getting here was the biggest challenge. I lived a whole different life just one year ago—a different town, lost, lonely, scared, hopeless. I ended up in the hospital. Once I moved back home (which I never wanted to do) I had no job, and no idea what to do next. I felt like a failure. But... I realized that what I thought was going to be the death of me ended up being my saving grace. I used that time to find myself. I started dancing, traveling, writing, reading and reconnecting with loved ones, and especially Jesus. Taking the broken pieces of my life and putting them back together has been the hardest thing I could do. But MY plans fell apart so that God’s plans could come together. Don’t get fooled thinking everyone has it together. Regardless of your situation, you should strive to live a life you’re proud of and love. If you’re going through post-grad depression, check out #SOS article (link in bio). And if you’re reading this and would like to talk, I’m here.”
“Self confidence has always been something I’ve lacked and have dealt with for years. Because of the society I’m surrounded by, I constantly compare myself to others. I never felt good enough and I never see myself the way others do. I always think that if I was taller, skinnier, funnier, or smarter, I’d be happier. So I would push myself mentally and physically to try to become that, and unfortunately it didn’t result in the happiness I was looking for. It felt like the opposite because it would never be enough. I always worried about what others thought of me. Truth is, I’m not perfect and I have bad days. I’m extremely awkward, quirky, and clumsy. But that’s okay. What you see on social media is only one side of me. Recently I’ve been trying to love myself for who I am and understand that I am the way God made me, and THAT is enough. I want other people that feel the same way, to understand that YOU ARE ENOUGH! That you are perfectly YOU! It’s not always going to be easy, but you are loved, and you are one of a kind. You are beautiful just the way you are.”