Sia Jane Lloyd
I am a tea drinking writer & dreamer.
Words have always been my voice. A couple of years ago when I chose to take my writing seriously, the dream of writing full time finally came into fruition.
I primarily write poetry, but hope the future allows me to publish novels & even short stories.
For years I blogged about my experience, strength, & hope in recovery from an Eating Disorder & a mirage of other mental health struggles & addictions.
Eighteen months ago, the world became a very dark place again. I finally took it upon myself to attend AA meetings to enable me to fully recover from addictions.
From that day, I have never looked back.
In that time I have been working towards an MA in Creative Writing, which I graduate from next year. I am currently working with Underwater Mountain Publishing and 451 Press in the publication of a book of poetry out in 2016. I also began a collaborative project with the artist, illustrator & fashion student Gia D'Arcadia, as we started a journey of developing our own Zine & other collaborative arts projects.
My life has changed in ways I could never sufficiently articulate.
I am hoping this blog can share in some of that journey as I progress forward in sobriety.
I also hope I can provide a place, once again, which helps others in one way or another, even if that is just to connect & unite with those recovering.
AA is a huge part of my life. I work a daily program of recovery, which includes a spiritual practice of meditation. I do regular service at meetings & have met the most wonderful beautiful humans I could ever have dreamed of.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous promises recovery will give us the following:
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
These are all the things the gift of sobriety has given me & I am so excited for what is ahead.