Honesty is so important in whatever I do in life, whether it is quitting, teaching group, or raising my family. I believe it gives me confidence to get through the bad days as well as the peace I get from simply being....me! When I came here about two weeks ago, it was for the sole purpose of encouraging, supporting, and bugging my friend. She means a lot to me and I have read over and over again about the success rates of quitters who have a good support system. So here I am.
I didn't say that I had been here before. That is where I met Bee Jay and she has been a welcome addition to my family ever since. It's been years and I missed so many people here but life took me in an entirely different direction for awhile.
I finally found my strength, my center, and my courage to face all the things that I used to hide from. I'm better now than I used to be and I like myself much more than I did when I left here years ago.
But I'm not here to tell my smoking journey this time. I'm here to remind a friend that she has more strength, courage, and intelligence than she believes right now. Letting go of smoking is not giving up a part of yourself....it is gaining the best part that you never even realized was there.
I'm grateful for this site, for the people here, and for my friendship with a remarkable woman. Thanks for allowing me to be honest :)