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So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After the thousands of hours I've spent in recovery meetings, I can say I'm certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It's just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober. Two, no matter how shitty I feel before walking into a meeting, I always feel a little better after it's over.

Our Fellow Warriors, True Friends, Limited Supporters and Incapables

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

Being completely understood by others needs to have nothing to do with who we are or our stories. We must honor ourselves, no matter what our loved ones' capabilities of understanding us are.

How Being Full of Yourself Isn't Selfish

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

When you hear someone say, "You're full of yourself," what comes to mind? Arrogant, uncaring about anyone else, wanting your own way, entitled, SELFI...

The Job Market Is Still Years Away From A Full Recovery

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business

Friday's jobs report was generally pretty good news. The jobless rate dropped to a six-year low of 5.6 percent. And the December hiring data capped of...

Making It Well With My Soul

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Justine Brooks Froelker

So many of us are struggling to not only do the work to survive this life but to embrace that these struggles, losses and hurts can, will and must become well with our soul. But, we cannot do this alone. I'd even argue to say that we cannot do this with only our faith either.

Is Recovery Just a Never Ending To-Do List?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Justine Brooks Froelker

As I let go of my 2014 and set my intentions (rather than resolutions) for 2015, I am reminded that part of my work always is my recovery. For me, it ...

Acceptance in Infertility: 9 Untruths in the 'Never Give Up' Message

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am beyond thankful that infertility education is continuing to be in the spotlight. However, I believe, some of the messages being delivered by some are contributing to the loss of ourselves to this painful, difficult, long and oftentimes heartbreaking journey of infertility.

How A Night Of Ballroom Dancing Bruised More Than Just My Ego

Cathy Sikorski | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Cathy Sikorski

Last weekend my husband and I went to two dinner dances. We love to dance. In fact, we took three different ballroom dancing classes this year. Since ballroom dancing is one of the top five things you can do to stave off dementia, we figured a thrown hip or knee was a better choice than Alzheimer's.

Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Survivors of infertility know how quickly your joyful high can be crushed by the breath-stealing loss of heartbreak.

The Semantics

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I chose the term childfree over childless for the subtitle because I am not less of anything. I am not missing anything. I am not less of a woman because I cannot be a mother in the traditional sense.

5 Reasons You Want a Sober Person at Your Holiday Party

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Just because I'm sober doesn't mean I don't want to come to your party. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but if we're friends, I'd at least like the invite so I can decide for myself.

The Childfree Mother

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought very hard to be a mother. I paid a lot of money and put my body (and my surrogate's body) through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. But, I am not a mother.

6 Tips For Recovery From Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Schizophrenics and those with severe mental illness are strong individuals, because they've had to face the worse, beat the odds, which were mightily stacked against them, and have come out on top in some cases.

Can We Embrace the Complexity of Mental Health?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

As a survivor of mental illness I have been paralyzed by the depths of depression. The kind that hurts your whole body. The kind that leaves you exhausted in every way imaginable. The kind that destroys friendships. The kind that hurts your schooling or work.

The Tale of Two Economies

Kevin Price | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Kevin Price

In 2008 the world was riveted by the economic collapse of Europe as countries plummeted into financial ruin due to deficits out of control. Particularly hard hit were countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus, and Spain.

Mourning What Should Have Been

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I think we must figure out how we can we give ourselves, and others, permission to mourn their should have beens. Can we give ourselves, and others, permission to feel it all -- the blessings, the lucky, the anger, the sadness, the guilt, and even, the shame?

Never Limit Where Running Can Take You

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

To be able to not only walk, but to run is a beautiful thing.

The Warm Embrace From the Club I'll Never Belong To

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.08.2015 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am practicing my patience, some days with gritted teeth and total white knuckles, but I am actively practicing it trying to relax in the hammock (I ...

The Dichotomy of Life

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

What I am figuring out is that this ever upward recovery I fight to live every day will always be filled with the dichotomy of life.

When We Become a Mother or Father

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I will never get full understanding from everyone, let alone validation. But, I will still speak my story. I will own all the parts of my story. And, I will continue to fight and break the shamed silence that surrounds infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and recovery.

Are You Reacting Rather Than Responding to Your Life?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For years I have talked with clients about choosing to not live their lives from a place of fear. Fear is often something we suffer through, push dow...

Why You Don't Have To Be An Addict To Benefit From Recovery

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living

"Addiction" has easily become one of the most stigmatized words in the English language. It invokes a sense of severity. It signifies a medical diagno...

Stop Running and Race Faster -- Wait, What?

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

She told me that triathlon training is tough and the racing season is grueling. No surprises there. But, what did surprise me is her emphasis on rest. Complete and total rest for a period of one month. No scheduled workouts, no expectations, and no pressure.

Defining Our Enoughs and Everythings

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Defining our everything and our enoughs in order to let go, embrace and move forward. I think we can apply these questions to many areas of our lives that we are struggling with.

Why You Absolutely, Positively Must Have Shameless Sex Post-Split

Julie Morey | Posted 01.31.2015 | Divorce
Julie Morey

During my sexual post-divorce journey, for the first time in my life, I discovered my own boundaries. I claimed what I wanted and disregarded what I didn't. I gave myself permission to make choices and not be attached to the outcome.