1,000 Days!

Dear Readers,

I reached 1,000 Days today!
I can hardly believe it!
I remember when other people reached 1,000 days, and I was in awe of them!
Now I am here, too!

Mr. UT surprised me with a delivery of long stem roses, and a sweet card, that had a special meaning.
When we were dating in high school, he would leave little things in my locker.
One time he left a big purple paper flower, with the note, “To the Flower of My Heart.”

I have lost and gained things these past 1,000 days and nights.

I have lost 1,000 days of heartaches, hangovers, and hiding bottles.
I have lost 1,000 nights of drunk driving and hot sweaty sleep.
But most of all, I have lost 1,000 days of self-loathing, guilt and shame.

I have gained 1,000 days of calmness, self-esteem, and kisses from hubs.
I have gained 1,000 days of helping other people in their recovery.
But most of all, I have gained 1,000 days of peace of mind and freedom.

How I got here really was a day at a time. A moment by moment decision that I didn’t want the drinking life anymore. It had stopped bringing me fun, and was bringing me far more pain. It wasn’t easy, and I so wanted to be able to keep drinking. 
But I just couldn’t.
Now I find I don’t want to drink anymore!

I debated about buying myself a treat to celebrate, but in the end, I decided I didn’t want anything. I am blessed with the love of Mr. UT. I am blessed with all the things I have lost and gained after 1,000 days. That is enough.

With 1,000 Hugs to all of You for Helping Me,
On Day 1,000,
Wendy 

50 thoughts on “1,000 Days!

  1. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!! What a phenomenal accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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  2. Huge congratulations, Wendy. What beautiful roses and card from MR UT. I'm so happy for you. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. Thank you for all your kind words. x

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  3. Congratulations, Wendy!!! I'm so happy for you. Thank you for your deep generosity and clarity and honesty in your writing here, and the support that you offer so so many people. We are blessed to have you. Have a fascinating next 1000 days, starting simply tomorrow.

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  4. Hi Feeling!Thank you so much!We finally got out for our bike ride. It was a blast. We rode down to our city lakes and back.I love biking. It's not as easy for us, as we live on top of a BIG hill!!xo

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  5. How thrilling!! Amazing…one foot after the other really does work, eh? Thank you, thank you for sharing your journey and giving such a lift to others! 1000 hangover free mornings!!?? Whats not to love!!!

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  6. congrats Wendy!! So happy and excited for you!! This made me smile. So many things to be grateful for sure, and I know you are in a good space because of how you respond to others and the love and light you shine onto others. Thank you for what you do and here's to the next 1000!

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  7. Whoah! Hills! We don't have those. Well, a few, in the South of the Netherlands. But for the rest is is flat as Kansas – which should be 'flat as Florida' if I may believe the internet. Wishing you a beautiful 'Pinksteren' as we call it, hope you receive a good message from the Holy Spirit.xx, Feeling

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  8. THIS is fantastic Wendy!!! 1000 days, wow, I am in AWE of YOU! You're definitely doing something right and it shows, 1000 days of no hangovers, no shame, no regret… all great stuff right there. Congrats and Happy Friday!! xo

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  9. Congratulations to you and Congratulations to all of us on your 1000 days, because we have benefited right alongside of you in your sobriety. You have gifted all of us with your compassion and your kindness. Thank you for getting sober, we needed you!

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  10. Wendy – that is amazing. I'm so pleased for you. It's been wonderful to travel with you on the sober path and i'm so grateful to have been able to hold your hand throughout.Enjoy and remember how amazing you are for choosing to live your life consciously. Its not always the easier path but it's REALMuch Love to you! Claire

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  11. 1000 days is awesome. And I loved reading what you had lost and gained. I can relate to all those things. Hiding the bottles, night sweats, and the guilt! I look forward to the say that I can post that I am at 1000 days. (80 so far) ��

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  12. Thank you, Chris!I look forward to each milestone I reach, whether it's days, sober firsts, months, or anything I thought I could never do sober, and then realize I can! It's a miracle each day I stay sober!You can do 1,000 days, too!xoWendy

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