Thank You, 2017

As the year draws to an end, I wanted to send a brief thank you to everyone who has spent time reading my words, and offering your love and encouragement to me on The Hope Fiend website and social media. In the short time I’ve been working on this project, I’ve gained so much. You’ve all made this year so bright for me! Nine years ago, as I reached the end of my ropes in addiction, I could have never predicted I'd have a life like the one I do, a life that you as a reader and companion in recovery are a part of. Isolation was at the heart of my addiction—connection has been my saving grace. It’s been such a joy, and I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude for you all. All I can say is that my heart is full as I approach this new year.

This past year has been a big one for me. I started a new job, I married the love of my life, I grew as a writer, I started new projects (including this blog), and I’ve made many new and meaningful connections with people in recovery, and people not in recovery. I’ve also worked myself too thin, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve experienced existential crises, but I’ve grown and that’s what matters in the final analysis. If this past year is any indicator of what’s to come, I should probably put my seatbelt on.

In the coming year I look forward to sharing a bunch of new writing with you all. I also hope to launch a “visiting writers” section of the Hope Fiend website. If you would like to contribute a piece about what you have learned through living in recovery, feel free to reach out to me on social media or through the “contact” button on the websites homepage. The roll out of this new addition will depend on whether people are interested in contributing and how effectively I can compile some writing. I’ll keep you posted as things develop, but my hope is to share voices other than my own and cultivate a greater sense of community on the site. 

One of the greatest gifts this blog has given me has been the many connections I’ve developed with others who are writing their hearts out and recommitting to the process on a daily basis. It has been such a joy to read your work, to offer feedback, and to celebrate your successes with you. We all know writing can be lonely, and I continue to look to you for inspiration when I feel like throwing in the towel. It also means so much to be able to share the occasional success with people who understand the work that goes into getting words on the page. This said, I’m so excited to share a story and an essay that are forthcoming after the new year (more to come here). These little bright spots in my writing life would never have come if I didn’t have the support of fellow writers. Thank you.

For the holidays, I am heading home to New England to spend time with my family.  It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them, and I’ll be doing nothing but enjoying my time with them. You can absolutely expect some new writing from me just after the New Year. I’ll be on and off of social media, so please keep in touch and I will do the same. I'm so excited to move into this next year, which will bring both my 30th birthday and my 10th year of recovery, but I’m most excited to take this journey with you. I wish you all a glorious holiday season, and so much love to you all!

Jake