Looking Back at Summer Joy 2019 – The Best of Excursions
What a difference a year makes. We went back to our articles from last year at this time, when summer was a little simpler to navigate. Interestingly, summer joy and our recovery advice stood the test of time. In 2020, we still seek happiness, connection to nature, and fostering feelings of awe. And in Michigan, with uncrowded hiking trails and waterways, it’s the perfect place for awe inspired summer experiences in recovery.
Summer Joy! The Best of Excursions …
Recovery Kayaking – The Uncomplicated Joy
Water, water everywhere … kayaking Michigan’s wet wonderland.
Sobriety, once you get the hang of it, makes life uncomplicated. Take kayaking for example. In my active addiction, a kayaking trip would have been an elaborate affair. I would leave the sunblock, water and bug spray behind, but stockpile wine in plastic water bottles. My balance was so bad, I would never have been [read more…]
Quit Brooding – Be Happy in Recovery!
Summer Joy? Bikes and starting a bad day over …
I’ve been feeling down lately. I won’t burden you with the details. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with feeling down. I practice coping skills to move through the rough parts: physical exercise, following a routine, and asking for help. I’m also fortunate to have a handful of folks who bestow help when I ask. Sometimes [read more …]
Fostering Feelings of Awe
Why we love Michiganders …
Michiganders have always been my favorite group of people for many reasons. I LOVE the way that Michiganders love their state. From Detroit, to Grand Rapids, to Traverse City, to the Upper Peninsula – you would be hard pressed to find a Michigander who did not endorse and thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of their [read more…]