Jen’s Blog: Staying recovered

Jen Smith SICK Ukulele Debut

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jen Smith SICK Ukulele Debut

Greetings all: I’m always looking for that distraction.  What can I obsess on next that will entertain me and help me through another day clean and sober.  Well friends, today it’s the Ukulele.  This thing is so much fun!  Here’s my debut on YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h6Z_sSx8Dw Hope you enjoy!    

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The Devastation of Negative Self Talk

Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

The Devastation of Negative Self Talk

by Jen Smith I’m a big believer in positive thinking.  As many great modern spiritual teachers insist, our thoughts are very powerful and have a huge affect on the world around us including creating our future.  I know this and believe this and have gotten better at paying attention to my thoughts keeping them in line with the positive energy flow that I feel is all around us to tap into.  Despite all of this there is one area in my life where I tend to fail at positive thinking way more often than I would like to admit and that’s my...

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Miracles

Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Miracles

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Wow now that’s Spiritual

Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about spirituality lately, particularly what it is and what it isn’t.  I can look it up like anyone else and get random people who perhaps are spiritual like Ewert Cousins who say spirituality is a belief in an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality.  I like the immaterial part because for sure being materialistic is not spiritual.  Then there’s Philip Sheldrake who says spirituality is an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of her being; or the deepest values and meanings by...

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Keeping My Side of the Street Clean

Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Keeping My Side of the Street Clean

My family recently tried to get together in Florida.  It didn’t go so well.  My family is dysfunctional due to generational alcoholism.  My brother and sister-in-law from Boston made last minute plans to stay in Miami Beach and expected me, our mother, and my other brother and sister to work around their last minute plans and gather at Miami Beach.  Mine, my husband’s and my son’s plans to be in Florida for the week were made  months prior and we were just waiting for my sister-in-law in order to finalize our trip details.  She...

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Jaron’s in Jail: Thoughts from Behind Bars

Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Jaron’s in Jail: Thoughts from Behind Bars

Guest post by Jaron Hi my name is Jaron, I’m 25 and I live in jail.  I’m halfway home which means I’ve been in for a year and have another year to go.  My good friend and adopted mother Jen, (I kind of just claimed her as one of my Moms and I guess she’s cool with it) asked me to write a story for her blog.  I’m going to start this story by saying that I don’t know what a blog is but fuck it- here goes. So like I said I’m in jail doing two years and this isn’t my first rodeo.  One way or another all of my crimes are drug...

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SICK Reader Discussion Guide

Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SICK Reader Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide 1.  What does it mean to be co-dependent?  Why would Jen feel responsible for Greg’s behavior and actions?  For example, when Jen went skiing in Tahoe with Gunner, Greg picked her up after taking way too much Ecstasy and Jen felt responsible for Greg’s absurd behavior.  Consider the implications emotionally of feeling responsible for someone else’s insane behavior. 2.  Discuss the ways Greg distanced Jen from her family.  For example, having her mother help clean up the apartment she left, and calling Jen’s...

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Clouded Beer Goggle Misperceptions

Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Christmas season is passed and I’m grateful.  I didn’t drink and I didn’t do anything to make things with my family worse although I had a bit of a realization where my brother is concerned.  I’ve always sought out approval from my very successful (monetarily) big brother or at least any indication that he might actually care about me.  Both seem to be more unreachable every time I see him which is rare, twice a year at the most.  When we were younger our father died a month after I turned 14.  My two brothers and sister were...

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Addicted to Christmas

Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Addicted to Christmas

I need a meeting.  

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Dogs

Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dogs

                         

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