My birthday gift

Today, 35 years ago I was born in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. I am blessed to be the son of two amazing parents and the brother of a true warrior. 

My journey through addiction and child sexual abuse is not one absent from love or support. I have grown up with an abundance of love and have been supported through times of both defeat and triumph. It is important to know that all of the battles I have faced in my life, but one, are a result of my own behavior and the choices I have made. This is not a site for excuses or blame. 

About 4 months ago I had a conversation with my best mate about endeavouring to gain sponsorship for my running through Instagram. I was hesitant to do this at first but after some encouragement I decided to give it a go and make my profile public. I experimented with different ideas and took on board the guidance from my mate, however I lacked the passion and drive to achieve a desirable outcome; I eventually lost interest and reverted back to my original posts. From all of that very little effort the only reward to come from my attempt was a meaningful hash tag (#soberstrides) that pretty much summed me up. I'm sober. I run. Well that's the straight to the point version, in actual fact it says I am conscious and free from addiction, moving forward with positive strides. 

The key word above is passion. When I joined Instagram I joined with the purpose of creating an account that was private, it allowed me to only let people in that were healthy for me but also a way to record my days sober; a simple equation and captured image that visually expressed where I was on my journey. My account had purpose and was filled with passion, providing me with everything I needed. Sober Strides was created and built on those same foundations and has become an extension of myself. As stated on my home page I am not extraordinary or brilliant, I am just someone who has decided to step up and hold myself accountable for making change. I don't have all the answers nor am I qualified in any way, shape or form but I am willing to make myself vulnerable and share my own journey through abuse, addiction, recovery and wherever the trail leads me from here.  

In order for me to achieve my intent with Sober Strides I need your help, I need warriors who are aligned with my vision to step up and support a tribe of like minded humans to take action. Through word and action we can inspire others to choose a better quality of life, through acts of courage and compassion we can become apart of something bigger than ourselves.  

Today 35 years ago I was born, however I feel this is just the beginning of my life. 

- Dedicated to my family and my best mate.