Today I offer you a transformation in thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. My December 2014 self in comparison to my September 2018 self. The words flowed as easily today as they did back then…but with a much different perspective on the energy I choose to bring into the world.
I have made seemingly small, insignificant choices over the last 1,400 days that has brought me to a new place…one that is sustainable and deeply rooted. A place that is more comfortable and equally (if not more) productive and fulfilling. A place that still takes pride in a job well done or a smile across someone’s face…but does not require me to sacrifice my mind, body, and soul to achieve it…In fact, I am more me than I have ever been before.
I share this with you as a source of hope…that maybe you are not as trapped as you think you are…maybe with some journaling sessions, meaningful conversations with loved ones or bosses and a possible therapy session…small adjustments can begin to be made over time. Sure some chaos may ensue, but the dust will settle and everyone will adjust around your new normal. You deserve a life that you don’t NEED to take a vacation from!
Alicja Carter, MHR, LADC, BHWC, has been working in the behavioral health and addiction treatment field for over ten years. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Wellness Coordinator/Coach for Gateway to Prevention and Recovery in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Alicja is passionate about pursuing a well life and collaborating with others for the purpose of stimulating positive change in her community.