Good afternoon, my name is Lauren and I'm a grateful, recovering, alcoholic and addict. Sorry it's been so long since I posted. I have a lot going on in my life and at work. I guess I'm just loving the sober life! :) But anyway. Personally I have a lot going on because someone close to me is struggling with addiction. It hurts to see them do this...not only to themselves, but their family. It's hard to be on the other side of the situation now, when I was on the flip side where people were trying to help ME, now I'm doing the saving. But it is not me, only God can do that. I am only an instrument. There are days I want to give up... let them give up...but I cannot. I am a fighter and I will not let them lose this battle. I know only they have control of this choice to quit, or stay in this hell of addiction, but I will fight with them and help them if they want to change. But one thing I will NOT do is enable. I will not help them if them are continue to go down this road of insanity. That is all I have for today. So please pray for me and this person and the families involved. Thank you!
Good morning! There are so many things I haven't wanted to try because I was nervous I wouldn't be good at it. Sometimes you just need to jump in and do it. With my sobriety, I was so comfortable in my misery I didn't want to change. But once I did, my life finally began! Also, I do photography, and I love it. But have always just done nature and landscapes, because they don't talk back and I don't have to pose them or make them laugh. It's just easier. Maybe it was the fear of failure. But I wouldn't know until I tried. So I did, and now I love it! I have done Quinceneras, Weddings, Newborn Pictures, Senior Pictures, and Family Pictures. Lesson learned. You don't know until you try. So believe in yourself! You can do it! Check out my site! www.laurenyoderphotography.com That's all I have for today! Have a great day!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. This verse describes me very much so nowadays. I have received grace upon grace. I feel so blessed to be where I am today. I have a wonderful family, very supportive of my recovery. I am very grateful, thankful, and blessed! No doubt I still have bad days, but nothing compared to how my life used to be. I am grateful for the little things today. I am grateful when I wake up, that I can go to work, that I can pick the kids up from school, that I get to make dinner for my family. I also love photography, so I love capturing moments that may not have been remembered without it. I also don't take things for granted in nature like I used to either, like the rain and such. Anyways, tell me what you are grateful for below in the comments! That's all for today! Have a great one!
Good morning! My name is Lauren and I'm a grateful, recovering, alcoholic/addict. God made me just the way I am, and no one else like me. He even made my twin brothers, who can be so alike...so different. No two people are the same. So why try to be like someone else. Be you! Quit comparing yourself to someone else. I know it's hard, we all wish for something different. We want curly hair if ours is straight. We want to be taller if we are short, but we are just the way we are supposed to be. I used to be really skinny and I wished I were bigger, well look at me now, I'm bigger. Now I wish I I were skinnier. I have learned to just be happy with who I am. Since I got sober I have struggled with my weight, I have tried diets, and working out, now I;m in constant pain so I can't work out. Maybe this is God saying, quit trying to be who you aren't. Just be happy with who you are today!!! Quit trying to be who you were 15 years ago, or whatever, be who you are today, and be happy with it. If you are overweight and want to lose some weight, that's fine, but still be happy with yourself today. If you are just getting sober and want to be sober for 5 years, just be happy with your sobriety today. That's all I have for today. Have a great day! God Bless!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I have to remind myself of this sometimes, but it is definitely true. My worst day clean and sober is always better than my best day drunk or high. I may have some really bad days, but I have to remind myself that going back out there is not going to make my problems so away. They will still be there when I'm sober. I just learned to deal with them, and take care of my problems for them go to away. It's not magic. I have to work at it, but it is sooo worth it! Anything worth having is worth working for. So if you are having a bad today, just remember it could be worse, and to keep your head up and face your problems head on. Sometimes they take time to figure out and deal with but it's better than them building up and growing into more issues. That's all I have for today. God bless! Have a great day!
Just Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. You are the only person who can make any change in your life. You have to want to do it. Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same! Otherwise there will be no change. I had to reach my bottom and have nothing left for me to want to do anything about it. But I knew there was something that could save me. There was someone who had been with me walking with me this whole time, and I had to surrender to Him. He had pretty much kept me alive this whole time, kept me safe, kept my children safe. I had to completely surrender and give my life to Him and give each day to Him. I can't do this alone. I never have, but I definitely can't now. Today I need God more than ever. I have also started a new journey. I started my own business. I started to sell It Works! I love these products and believe in them. And if I want to change my life only I can. So I am going to work hard and make it work! If you want to check out my site please go to laurenyoder.myitworks.com and let me know if you have any questions! I am also looking for product models to get my wholesale pricing to test products and give me your honest opinion! Just try a product for 90 days, take a before and after picture and you get 40% off of the retail price! Message me for more information! Thanks everyone! Have a great day! God bless!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. This weekend I was talking to someone who talking me about things they weren't happy with, and I thought about how a lot of people want what they don't have. People with curly hair want straight hair, and those with straight hair would love curly locks. Sometimes those that are too thin would like to gain a few pounds, while those that are overweight would like to lose a few. It's a never ending battle. We always want what we don't have. Why can't we just be grateful for what we DO have. Someone with a small house wants one bigger. Someone with an old car wants a new one. But there is also someone with no house that would grateful with a small house. Or a person that would be grateful driving around that old beater. Be grateful you are where you are and with what you have. God has put you where in your life for a reason, it may be to grow, or someday help others with your situation. But remember it could always be worse. I am just so blessed to be alive and have people that love me and that I love surround me. Material things come and go. That's all I have for today. God Bless!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I took this picture. Taking photography is one thing I love to now now that I am clean and sober. It is one thing that I have time to do now that I am clean and sober. I love this word...Hope. When I was drinking and using, I had no hope. I was sad and depressed and hopeless. I cared about nothing and no one. I went through life day by day wishing for something to get better but I didn't change anything...so nothing changed. I was miserable. I don't miss those days. I don't regret those days though either. They made me who I am and got me to where I am today. Today I have hope. God has given me hope. Only He gives me the strength to go through each day. Only He gives me the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Only He gives me hope for a better tomorrow. Thank you God! That's all I have today.
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. This skit portrays my life. It started out pretty good. I was a good kid, going to church and doing the right thing. I had Christ in my life when I was younger. Then I decided I wanted to do what I wanted to do. Those weren't always the best decisions. People came and went. God was always there with me keeping me from danger and saving me from myself. I used to cut myself and was suicidal for a period too. I thought my life was pointless. God was still there. I finally found my way back to him. and He saved me from all I was going through. Helped me get away from was I was dong and get clean and sober. I bawled when I saw this video. With no words it described my life. Knowing I got myself to the bottom of the hole I had dug myself, God helped me out. I didn't do it myself. Thank you God!! That's all I have for today! Don't forget to check out my store and donate if you feel obligated. Thanks again!
Good morning! My name is Lauren my name is Lauren and I'm a grateful recovering, alcoholic/addict. Today I have a story for you. We had our potluck last Friday, where we raise money to donate to a local food bank. We grilled out hot dogs and hamburgers, and charged $5 a plate for the funds to go to our donation total. At the end of the day there were some leftovers, some hamburgers and a couple hot dogs. I asked around to see if anyone wanted any, and after anyone else that wanted some took some, I took the rest home. I was supposed to be meeting a friend in Peoria that I hadn’t seen in a few years by the Civic Center so I told her I would park across the street and meet her there. I did and I waited. While I waited, I saw an older man with a half filled garbage bag walking around. His face was dirt covered. It looked like he hadn’t taken a showed in a while, I watched him for a minute. Then I saw him peer into the garbage can. Then his whole head went in. He must be looking for food. My heart sank into my stomach. I had probably 9 hamburgers sitting to my right, while this man is searching through garbage cans for his dinner. I gathered some courage and opened my car door and walked around the corner to find him looking in another garbage can. At first my words didn’t want to come out, but then they did.
“Sir, you look hungry. We had a potluck at work today, and I have some extra food in my car. Would you like a hamburger?”
“Yes, ma’am, that would be great!” He said.
He turned to follow me to my car. I asked what his name was and he said Ray, even though the name on his coat said Matt. I told him my name was Lauren. He then proceeded to tell me he lived here on the streets. I told him I would be praying for him. We got to my car and I made him a double burger. I apologized for not having any ketchup or mustard but he said it was ok. Then I saw another man looking in the same garbage can. I saw me giving Ray a burger so I waved him over. He hurriedly walked over and I gave him a double too. He didn’t stay long though. But I told him God bless him and I would be praying for him. After the men left I got back in my car and just thought of God’s timing. That He let me take the food home, and had me get this parking spot, and gave me the courage to go talk to these men and offer them food. Thank you God! Proverbs 14:31 says, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy shows honor to God.”
if I would have been drinking and using, I would have never thought of anyone but myself. Today I care about other people. And God puts people in my path for me to have the opportunity to help. He give me courage to talk to them. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
I'm Lauren. Get inside the head of a recovering alcoholic/ addict.