When NOBODY was talking, this woman was talking. I remember being about 6 months sober, living in another sober living home, trying to understand recovery & loss & loneliness & grief & all those things we want to know, but don't. I found @laura_mckowen. At the time I found her, she was still testing sobriety - making sense of it. But, she was talking - about her ex, about her feelings, about the 3rd door, about career & struggle & motherhood. I found her & she started to save me. Her words removed my shame. Her words led me into compassion & understanding.
She is one of two women who showed me the light from the very beginning and she passed on that torch & showed me what it was like to be honest & true - to tell the truth about things that are ugly & messy - to be open about my recovery.
She has been by my side, almost all of my journey. She's been one of my biggest fans and she roots for me, sincerely and genuinely.
Today, she is 40 years old and it's her birthday and she saved me. So much of me. Maybe not all of me, but a lot of me. So I want to take the time to thank her & to let her know what an impact she has had on my world & the world of thousands of other women (& men - I see you @pete.on.repeat)
Happy birthday Angel. Forever cheering you on. Thank you, bless you. I love you endlessly. You change the world.