Following your path in life

Remember the post, “What Do You Do With A Blog? I listed 25 +/- sites and briefly shared how some bloggers are utilizing their blog for multiple purposes.

One blog I didn’t include was this one which I was saving for the New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW) series. I wanted to showcase his blog and also show him support at a time of celebration – a one year anniversary. Not of his blog, but of the path he is on.

His first post was written on October 4th, 2008 . The title is: “The Beginning” and in the first paragraph he writes,

For so long I was dormant, my mind – dormant. Everything that I was about could be summed up in a word. Every thought that went through my mind, too, could be summed up in a word. Everyday the schedule was the same, get up (one thing on my mind), go to work (one thing on my mind), come home and begin the wasting of time and mind. No new thoughts, no old thoughts, just one thought. Alcohol.

Later in the post he says,

If you are reading this and struggling see, I feel it is my calling to help you. The purpose of my life I now know. I’m here to help you and those like us. I also hope that others can read this and get a feel for what it is like to have this disease [alcoholism]…..

As his journey into sobriety continues, he documents his struggles.  In a post titled, Am I Ever Going To Get Out Of These Woods?,he shares,

As I close in on the one year mark (9 days away from 1 year of sobriety as I write this), I’m noticing some old, but very familiar things happening to me. I’m really not liking them at all. Some I consider just aggravations, some I see as being my little demons bouncing around from shoulder to shoulder. (Maybe that’s why my neck/back is hurting 🙂 )

With the raw honesty of his words, you know he’s helping others.

Also published on his blog is a page titled “Ask An Alcoholic”. It is created for

for those of you, any of you, who have questions pertaining to alcoholism, alcoholics life, living with an alcoholic (though, other than living with myself I may not have a good one for that). You don’t have to be an alcoholic to ask questions. I hope that this can be used to educate others on the disease. It’s not just drinking folks, it’s a way of life, as bad as that is.

Today, February 25, 2009, marks his one year anniversary of sobriety.

Please join me in re-welcoming Scott of The Ever-Changing Thought to the Blogging Without A Blog community.

Welcome again Scott. Congratulations on your accomplishment. I applaud you for all you’ve done.

Enjoy your reign.


P.S. Scott can also be found on Twitter @ SScarver

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  1. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Boy, you couldn’t have picked a better site as NBOTW – not on this day!!

    Hi Scott – Congratulations, my friend! On so many levels, congratulations! What you write about is honesty and truth “in the flesh”. Your words are refreshing – because they are simply the truth for you at that moment. Whatever that truth is. The path you’re on is a right path – and I am honored to walk it with you…

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  2. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I’m looking forward to checking out Scott’s blog. It’s great when folk manage to overcome a serious problem, then reach out to help others do the same. That’s one thing I love about blogging.

  3. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations Scott – your openness is sure to be helping others.

    And Barbara – you get such beautiful pictures – that path is gorgeous.

    Robin´s last blog post..The Fountain Of Youth Gets An Update!

  4. Hi Barbara and Congratulations to Scott on a wonderful blog and Anniversary! What an accomplishment! Scott epitomizes authenticity – how thoughtful of you to save your award for this special day. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Scott on Twitter and in his blog. Another great pick, Barbara.

    Betsy Wuebker´s last blog post..MORE PHOTOGRAPHY GIGS LIKE THIS ANYTIME

  5. LingNo Gravatar says:

    Warm re-welcome to you Scott. 🙂 I can only speak for myself, but I understand a little bit of your struggle, and I realize how difficult it is to even admit it to yourself. So it’s even more of an achievement that you can put your thoughts out in the open in a blog.

  6. We can always use a blogger willing to share his insight on such a disease as alcoholism. I had my fight with alcohol a few years ago. I crashed my car. It was a wake up call that I needed.

    Congrats Scott! I will be visiting your blog after I get home from work.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matters´s last blog post..Pajama Day

  7. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome to NBOTW and congratulations on your 1 year of sobriety! I know that was hard work but you did it! 🙂

    Linda´s last blog post..A Freebie For You!

  8. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I am so glad you saved Scott for the NBOTW so he didn’t get lost in the shuffle. He has very powerful words! I love his Ask an Alcholic section. I may have to see if I can incorporate something similar into my own blog.

    Scott, congratulations on your one year anniversary. I hope you celebrate many, many more and that each year gets a little easier.

    Debbie Yost´s last blog post..Special Exposure Wednesday – Dress Up

  9. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Barbara. This is a winning NBOTW in many ways!

    Hi Scott, & Congratulations! I was touched by the rawness of your words and saddened by the “old truth” that your world was defined by just one word. I’m am so happy for you to have come out a winner. I’m looking forward to reading your blog.

    Davina´s last blog post..The Morning Muse — Inspiring Hands

  10. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I like the rawness and realness. I’m a fan of keeping it real.

    Good stuff.

    Congrats Scott. The beauty of living your values is you live from the inside out and people will join you on the path.

    Perfect picture Barbara. It’s not the yellow brick road, but it sure has a good feel to it.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Avoid Mental Burnout

  11. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations, Scott. Way to go!! I’m so happy that you are using your experience, turning it to something positive to share with the world. Also, it’s great that you are authentic in your writings. Things are not always all good but you’ve built an increased awareness to recognize them when they are back. You are definitely in a much stronger position to handle the old aggravations and demons! Keep up your good work!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Play The Wishing Game?

  12. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Scott congratulations of 1 year of sobriety and your good words.
    I was actually here this morning but I had to send your site to a friend who a year ago, on a motorcycle went under a semi tractor trailer rig in the fog – and severed off his leg….

    Recovery has been 1 step forward and fall down backwards…he loves cruising the internet….his name is Scott also…I hope he will drop by.

    Thank you Barbara for another great choice.
    And congratulations Scott for NBOTW…it is quite an amazing experience.

    Patricia´s last blog post..Just Three Little Things

  13. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I for got to say, my friend is just 30 years old and was too drunk to notice what he had done!

  14. CarolineNo Gravatar says:

    I read his blog earlier today…amazing! Scott is a hero and will serve as a great role model to others. Thanks for featuring his blog!

    Caroline´s last blog post..My shaman walk

  15. Fascinating, and inspiring. Thank you for introducing Scott!

  16. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    Guys/Gals/Friends – I don’t know what to say. Honored is not a big enough word to use. I don’t think the word I am looking for has been made up yet. I’m so glad that all of you were there to witness that special day with me.

    I should respond to all of you here individually but, good grief I’m from TN and my vocabulary isn’t that large. But I do want each of you to read this individually…huh??..yeah..i know. I’ve a feeling that you have made the next 365 even easier than the last.

    Barbara – If I could cook, I would cook you up a mess of pinto beans and turnip greens, and a gallon of that suthern sweet iced tea. Just as my way of saying thank you. But, I can’t cook. So, how about just a big THANK YOU. Keep doing what you are doing.

    Again, Thank you all. It may be too early to send this, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. 🙂

    Because of HIM

    Scott´s last blog post..I REFUSE to FAIL!

  17. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations Scott! I applaud your accomplishment and your sharing your story with others. Way to go!

    Tracy´s last blog post..My brave and inspiring battle with contrahension

  18. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Powerful and moving. Congratulations and welcome to this wonderful community that Barbara has worked so hard to establish.


  19. Scott’s words are uplifting regardless of the what you are trying to accomplish. To be raw and honest helps others beyond measure.

    Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Let’s Collaborate!

  20. That sounds like one very powerful blog and he a very brave soul.

    Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Missing things

  21. (shhh..I am going to sneak this one in. Hey Jannie above)

    Barbara I know we have been nudging Scott along on Twitter and I am sure we will both continue to do so. Thank you for choosing Scott. He is very deserving of this.

    I have followed Scott for a while now. I was drawn to his openness that he has in sharing his life as an open book. He is a remarkable person with a heart of gold.

    Scott…you keep on believing and you will be just fine.

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  22. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Lance – This was perfect timing, wasn’t it? Let’s celebrate with Scott.

    Hi Catherine – Like you, I love we can help others with out blog. Scott’s doing a great service with his.

    Hi Robin – Thank you. The path is pretty, isn’t it?

    Hi Betsy – Thank you. That is a huge accomplishment for Scott, isn’t it?

    Hi Ling – Thank you for re-welcoming Scott.

    Hi Karl – Thank goodness you got your wake up call. You were lucky you didn’t get seriously hurt in the car crash.

    Hi Linda – Thank you for stopping by and supporting Scott.

    Hi Debbie – Thank you. I agree, his blog may have gotten lost in the shuffle.

    Hi Davina – Thank you. Yes, Scott is a winner, many times over.

    Hi J.D. – Thank you. I agree, the path in the picture has a good feel to it.

    Hi Evelyn – Thank you for showing your support for Scott.

    Hi Patricia – You’re welcome. Thank you for connecting the two Scotts.

    Hi Caroline – You’re welcome. He is a hero, isn’t he?

    Hi Vered – You’re welcome. Yes, Scott’s blog is fascinating and inspiring.

    Hi Scott – You’re very welcome. The meal you would cook, if you could cook, sounds absolutely delicious.

    Enjoy your reign. You deserve it and all of the kudos you’ve received.

    Hi Tracy – Thank you for showing your support to Scott.

    Hi George – Thank you for your kind words.

    Hi Stacey – Well put. “To be raw and honest helps others beyond measure.”

    Hi Jannie – Definitely. Scotts is a very power blog.

    Hi Tammy – I couldn’t have said it better. “He is a remarkable person with a heart of gold.”

  23. Barbara, thanks for sharing Scott’s story and blog. I will check his blog out later in the day.

    Scott, thanks for sharing your story of recovery. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I had ten years in Al-Anon and just went back in March of 2007 with a friend who was new to being divorced from an alcoholic and didn’t want to repeat her mistakes by attracting another alcoholic. She asked me to go to meetings with her. I am going to send her to your blog. In order to understand myself as an Adult Child of an Alcoholic, I went to open Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to discovery who I was.

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  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia – You’re welcome. And thank you for sharing your story, as well.