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Clare Matty
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Gratitude.... in action

I know I’ve written, if not banged on about gratitude, but something I’ve learnt this year is that I am all over writing lists of things I am grateful for.... in beautiful journals that’s cost me a fortune from Waterstones (other stationers are available) but I’ve started asking myself do I express gratitude.... really? As in do I say thank you to people for their kind words or actions, do I pay back when people have helped me out, or have they stayed locked in the pages of the journal or iPad!? So this year I’m going to be working on showing my gratitude, the lists will still be written, it’s an absolute mainstay of my steps and recovery, but I’m also going to be more vocal. Tell my friends

We survived it.....

Well done..... we in recovery are all miracles. Beautiful people, mad not bad always remember that. This time of year can be hard for so many of us, people who’ve lost loved ones, people alone, people in emotional pain.... but now we can look forward to 2018. Let’s set ourselves some goals. Don’t think about giving things up, embrace new things, new ideas. New Years resolutions, god the words make me cringe. We set ourselves unachievable goals. Quit this, quit that! Why not see it as taking on new things? When I quit the booze people asked me ‘is it hard to give up drinking?’ And yes it is but on the other hand, hangovers, depression, anxiety, morning remorse and shame, weight gain, bad ski

To Christmas's gone by....

I just wanted to write a short blog especially for my followers in recovery, this time of year can be hard, I don't know why we think so, I don't know about you but I drank all through the year, bad days, good days, happy days, sad days, weekends, holidays, birthdays.... etc... But the focus on alcohol as a way to show festive spirit is particularly hard I guess. So my word and work for the week is gratitude .... Remember all the good things you have, its also the season to be with loved ones, of giving and sharing try and think of all the ways alcohol ruined Christmas in the past, I know for me there were many. I have suffered lots of heartache over this period before in my life and this ca