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Maintaining Sanity in the Midst of the Pandemic

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, every aspect about my life appeared to be on track. I had just completed all of my certifications to be a professional dog trainer and groomer, and was scheduled to open up a Doggy Daycare Center alongside my business partner in May of 2020. I have always been a go-getter, and was so excited about starting this new chapter of my life as a young business owner, not to mention, eager to begin recouping the investment costs that went into making it all possible.   Suddenly, we are in a nationwide lock down. I have never been one to sit idle, and had no clue what I was going to do with all this new free...

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Memory Lane Part 1 of 2 - KEVIN V!

We sat down with Kevin Voeltz this week to catch up with him since he received our first state of gratitude grant over 6 months ago!  We cover all the hot topics such as puppies, living alone in recovery, support systems, and celebrating a year of continuous sobriety... and many more.  Congratulations Kevin we are soo proud of you! Keep it up!   

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Holiday Madness meets Serenity

Now that the 2020 holiday season is just about behind us all, the new year is right around the corner, and it’s a been a hell of a year. Some of us lost loved ones, some of jobs, financial security, and many of us haven’t figured out what the heck we are doing. But just as certain that the sun always sets at end of a long day, the sun will always rise to start a new one. I have learned through the course of this long, relentless year, that we really only have a day at a time.  Goals. Realistic, day to day, goals. That is what has brought me through this year. As well as, trusting the process....

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Stimulation Nation

Anxiety for me takes many forms. Over stimulation, under stimulation, feeling that I am doing too much, and sometimes the feeling that I am not doing enough. These are just a few that come to my mind at once. But, I am confident in believing that there are many, many more. It is important in this time of transition and insecurity to remain grounded on many different levels. At the end of the day, we all have our shit and are simply trying to make the correct decisions in this life one day at a time at every possible fork in the road.  Moving during a pandemic for me has meant a lot of returns. A lot of trial and...

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State of Gratitude's Second Grant Recipient is... Jarod Leddy!

 It is with great pleasure and honor that I announce our second grant recipient, Jarod Leddy!  Let's all give Mr. Leddy a nice round of applause! When I first saw his application come across my desk, my first response was pure joy. Why? Because I saw an applicant who embodied all the characteristics of someone who I believed would truly benefit from our support.  He is an individual who is not only committed and hardworking, but also very involved in the lives of those around him helping others find their way to recovery. Leddy not only chairs meetings but has also started a book club reading books which help give way to more difficult conversations surrounding recovery. He has already proven himself...

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