Alcoholics Anonymous

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

79-March 20

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”—Mary Pickford

 

My name is Chellie C., and I’m an alcoholic. This is my story of what it was like, what happened and what it is like now. For many years, I drowned my problems in alcohol. Drinking was a habit, my coping mechanism of choice, which increased over time until it got out of control. It started with having a glass of wine when I got home from work. Then two. In classic alcoholic denial, I bought bigger glasses so I could still say I only had two glasses of wine.

One day, with my liquor cabinet practically bare, I went to the grocery store to stock up. I went up to the checkout counter with a bottle of cabernet, a bottle of Merlot, some Chardonnay, Chablis, vodka, gin, bourbon, tequila, Marguerita mix, Bloody Mary mix, some assorted liqueurs—altogether I think I had about twelve bottles in my shopping cart—and some chips.

The woman at the checkout stand started ringing up each bottle, smiled and said knowingly, “Having a party?” Not getting it, I said, “No.” I will never forget the look on that woman’s face. I remember with stark clarity the utter humiliation I felt as I realized that if I was buying twelve bottles of booze, I should be having a party!

That night, I had to face the fact that I was incapable of going a single day without drinking. I had a good friend who always went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on Wednesday nights. She sounded pretty excited when I called and asked if I could go to the meeting with her. Apparently, she’d been “saving a seat” for me. There I met a wonderful community of people who had faced their demons and were helping others along with themselves to live life clean and sober. I made a commitment to sobriety that night and I threw away every bottle of alcohol in my house.

Old habits die hard, but if you are determined, die they do. In the next months, I had to face every defect of my character and feel all the feelings that I had used alcohol to avoid. Sometimes after meetings, I would go to my car and collapse in sobs over the steering wheel. Kindly souls knocked on the window and asked if I was all right. But breakdowns will lead eventually to breakthrough, if you are committed. As they say in AA, “It works if you work it.” I grew into a new life and a new self. I deepened and matured. New awareness came to consciousness, and a deeper empathy for people. I cleared away the wreckage of the past and built a better life and a bigger bank account at the same time.

Is there a battle you are fighting? You don’t have to fight it alone. Help is available. You just have to reach out and find it.

Today’s Affirmation: “I have a wonderful community of friends who help me grow and prosper!”

 

Are You Living Your Passions?

by guest blogger, Janice Christopher, Certified Passion Test Facilitator and Radio Show Host (And I’m on her show at 4:00 pm PT today! Here’s the link to read about it and the link to listen live: http://http://rockstarradionetwork.com/shows/whatsidealforyou/articles/2686)

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to be successful, happy and living their life purpose; yet others seem to be stuck in a rut, going though life unhappy, unfulfilled and in a job they don’t like? That’s why I love sharing The Passion Test – it’s a systematic process for helping you discover your passions and true calling in life.

I’ll bet you’ve met some of them…both the happy and the unhappy ones. Where do you fit? Are you loving your life or getting by on the groundhog-day treadmill? Happy and Engaged much of the time, or rushing to check things off your “to do” list?

One thing I know for sure: When we live our passions, no matter how simple they may be, we attract better energy. Doors open, Synchronistic events happen that make the path smoother for us. We laugh, celebrate, and shake our heads while grinning in delight at the wonder of it all. I want that for you!

You can start figuring out your passions right this minute. It’s really quite simple. Take a sheet of paper, and a pen or two. (Choose materials that inspire you for best results!). At the top, write this sentence fragment: “When My Life is Ideal, I am…..” Great! Now, finish the sentence ~ fill in the blank. Think about all of the different areas of your life. What’s ideal for you in finances, in health, in relationships, in your career, in how you spend your time, environments. Make 10 sentences. Here are a few examples:

When My Life is Ideal I am…

Lean, fit, healthy and strong

Eating only organic foods

Financially free to do what I want, when I want to

Traveling the world first class and immersing myself in other cultures

Deeply connected with Nature

Enjoying a fabulous, juicy relationship with my sweetie

80% of Americans dislike their work. And those “Bad Vibes” spill over into finances, relationships and health. By discovering your passions and integrating them into your daily routine, life becomes more positive. Making better financial choices becomes easier, and bringing your positive light to the world becomes natural. You’ll love your life again, and you’ll be on the path to discovering you personal destiny, too.

I’m delighted to interview Chellie on my show, called “What’s Ideal for You” on the Rockstar Radio Network, and make the connection between living our passions and being a Financial Rockstar. I can’t help but think that Happy Finances and a Happy Life go hand in hand. Sprinkle in a little passion…and wa-la! A Happy You!

Janice Christopher had a 25 year career as a Certified Financial Planner with a major NY firm. Today, she’s living her passion of inspiring her radio listeners to ask “What really is ideal for me?” You can connect with her at www.whatsidealforyou.com. Her show is easy to find at www.rockstarradionetwork.com/shows/whatsidealforyou. Chellie will appear on Tuesday March 21st at 7 central, or you can download the podcast from iTunes after the show.