No Complaining

No Complaining

by Jen Smith: I’ve been reading Joe Vitale’s new book ‘The Awakening Course’.  I’m always up for a new trick or two to help me be happy.  Happiness and feeling good has been a life long endeavor for me.  Drugs and alcohol used to be my only source of feeling good, ‘Better living through chemistry’ was my motto.  Selecting the right mix of drugs, the right amounts, in the right order was an art form I took very seriously, until...

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What is a recovery coach?

What is a recovery coach?

By: Jen Smith In the last few years I have been asked if I was interested in becoming a recovery coach on more than one occasion. Since my plate was full with a demanding job, family, and service commitments to my twelve step fellowship, I easily declined. This past year I have been mostly unemployed trying to find my place in the world when again one of my best buds nonchalantly said, “Why don’t you become a recovery coach.” Ok message...

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Will I Ever Learn to Play Nice in the Sandbox?

Will I Ever Learn to Play Nice in the Sandbox?

By Jen Smith: Every adventure in my life usually comes with a new set of people I’m expected to interact with in a healthy considerate way. Much easier said than done for this self-centered alcoholic. When I’m in charge and everyone is doing exactly what I think they should be doing everything is peachy keen but unfortunately I only rarely enjoy glimpses of such nirvana. Usually what reality dishes out is situations in which I’m not in...

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SICK Flap Copy

Behind the suburban mom… Behind the successful businesswoman… Is a dark past you would never suspect. Today, Jen Smith is a typical single mom in the ‘burbs, racing to pick her son from basketball practice, preparing for Cub Scouts and volunteering at the school’s ice cream social.  But fifteen years ago her life was a very different story. With the income earned from her small time pot growing business, Jen spent her twenties happily...

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Dialog Class

Dialog Class

Greetings all. Here is a sample of the results of my attendance at the Boston Grub Street Writers dialog class. Back at the house I was chopping up lines in my office on my huge metal desk. “How did you get this huge desk up that narrow tiny stairway?” Greg questioned. “I didn’t, it was here when I moved in along with this cool chest.” I banged on the large old pirate chest with my open hand. Greg rolled up a bill as he walked over to...

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Feeling Good in 2014

Feeling Good in 2014

by Jen Smith: Greetings to all and Happy New Year!  A very special heartfelt thanks to those of you who take the time to read my blog in support of my writing project.  It would all be meaningless without you.  As a quick update I would like to let you know that much editing has been done to SICK including a revised beginning and new ending.  Now the book is off to the editor for even more revisions.  The process and improvements are quite...

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