Each week I am going to be posting an inspirational story from someone who has battled, and overcome adversity. You were all so moved by my story, so imagine what a VILLAGE of us sharing our truths can do!

Drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, hoarding, self-harm, co-dependency, abuse, violence, whatever it is you have survived, I want to hear about it and share with others who feel hopeless in similar situation.

To have your story considered, see submission guidelines below:

1) Tell me your story of overcoming adversity. I want to know: a) What was life like in during that time, what were the feelings and emotions associated with your situation. b) What event made you decide to change the situation for the better/ Why did you decide to change? c) How did you do it? Tell me about that experience. And d) what is your life like now? What amazing things have happened since?

2) Please keep it to around 2,000 words. I will be editing for grammar and punctuation, but please try your best to make the submission as neat as possible because I am not great at either of those myself.

3) Keep in mind the story will be online for anyone and everyone to read. If you do not feel comfortable putting your face and story out there, then please do not submit a story.

4) Attach a before picture (during the time of struggle), and a present day photo. (No children.)

5) Please use fake names if you are referring to others.

6) Somewhere in the email, please state: " I _______, give Tiffany permission to use my story and photos on her blog series "Recovering Beautifully", as well as her book."

7) I have no idea when and if your story will be chosen to be published, so please refrain from emailing me asking once you've submitted. I will email you if it is chosen, and then give you a heads up when it will be live on the site.

Submit your stories via email to recoveringbeautifully@yahoo.com (Stories only, any other mail sent to this email address will not be read. For all other please email jugglingthejenkins@gmail.com.



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      1. this is goin to be a great thing! My battle with addiction is always fighting with its self it like wen in good i m good but when i m bad an feeling depressed an anxiety kicks in bad an my pain is so bad I can barely breath all I think is what if what if I had that 1 pill to just take it away.

      2. Oh man! I have a amazing recovery story of my own and as of 1/28/18 I am 4 months CLEAN!? but I see I have missed the deadline. But that’s okay! This is a AMAZING IDEA!!! So proud of your 5 year sobriety sweetheart!!??? YOU ROCK SISTA! I know I’m a newbie to the “clean life” BUT THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST 4 months of my life in the past 10 YEARS!! To wake up worried about if I should wear a sweatshirt or not today? Rather then, “WHERE AM I GONNA SCORE SOME DOPE TODAY?!?” IS A HELL OF A FEELING!! ????

  1. I love this, and would love to submit my story..but not my picture. eek. Either way, I’m looking forward to reading it. Even though I’ve got 3 years, I still find it helpful to hear about other’s stories.

  2. This is the most awesome thing I’ve heard! I love this idea! And I love that the proceeds will be going to help addicts who want help! I would LOVE to share my story, but I wouldn’t even know where to begin or how to put it in words!

  3. What an amazing idea!! I love this! And I’m so pleased that it includes all addictions. I am so looking forward to reading this. Thank for being you! Girl you are amazing!!

  4. I am in the throes of my addiction (sugar / flour) and it ain’t pretty. I thought I’d hit bottom several times before but i guess i had farther to fall. Recovery from food addiction is a baffling and cunning to say the least. I look forward to reading these awesome stories of life on the “other side” and to a day (very soon) when i can say I’ve strung together a couple good “clean” days ?

  5. I hope my story will be eligible. I was addicted to my addict. I got clean through tons of hard work and heartache and that played a huge role in my son eventually getting and staying sober after a dozen years of substance abuse. Ours continues to be a remarkable story because the journey didn’t end there. He is now fighting cancer which is every bit as much of a bitch as addiction is.

  6. Yay! I am so excited! I read your book in three days and was all like, “well damn, what the hell am I gonna do now?!” Totally longing for more, and I don’t even like to read! Good luck on this next venture of yours! I can’t wait to see the finished product. ?

  7. Hi my name is Natalie. I am 13 years clean! I had a rough up bringing with sexual abuse and no father. When I was 13 I started trying things like cigarettes and smoking cigarettes. At 14 I got drunk for the first time and was raped that night. After that everything was a party. I started using marijuana, alcohol, shrooms, ecstasy, Xanax, cocaine and meth. I ran away from home several times when I was 15 years old. I was staying with some strangers I had met out side of motel 6 . They were grown men smoking meth with me and my best friend. They convinced us to go with them (they were truck drivers) and that we could go to Alabama with them and start a new life. I opened the motel door and I saw my mom. That was the only time she’d ever found me when I ran away. Thank God she did!! I don’t think I would have made it out alive from that situation. From that moment on I knew I had to change my ways. I got clean from meth right before I turned 16. I still smoked marijuana and took pills but then I started experiencing anxiety so I quit everything. I was planning to go back to school and a week before I was to enroll I found out I was pregnant. My baby girl changed my life!!! She’s my angel! I have been clean now from EVERYTHING for 13 years! Trust me, if I could to do it so can YOU! ?????? You are worth it!

  8. I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re pretty amazing! I hope you never quit telling your story because it let’s people know recovery is possible. I have so much whirling around in my head that I want to say but I just can’t think right now. I’m no one really… Well, I am someone but not anyone in particular, just an old lady… Well.. Not really old but well… Really I’m getting younger every day… Now that was a lie. Time stands still for me. When you’re ready maybe I’ll share my story a bit. It’s scary. Don’t want to over do. Keep up the awesomeness!

  9. I know this is directed toward recovering addicts, but if you would like the story from the perspective of a mother whose son was lost to the streets because of his addictions and went years not hearing from him, not knowing whether he was dead or alive, a mother who has PTSD and anxiety who lived those years of nightmare in panic every time the news reported a body was found in his last known location, and the proud mom whose son is now in recovery, whose happily married and is a wonderful father of two beautiful little girls, please let me know? Moms of addicts have stories of hope as well.

  10. This is so awesome of you! Of course you crack me up with your hilarious videos, but your story inspires me. I’m almost 4 years sober. It nearly killed me. Now I am a cosmetologist and crafter. I sell my handmade greeting cards in the salon, and use the proceeds to give a makeover to someone in the community who is recovering and looking to get back into the work force. I love that our stories are all unique and the ways we give back are just as varied. People like you are the real MVPs, people who use their platforms not to promote only themselves but elevate others as well. All the love and good vibes to you!

  11. This is an awesome way to help someone else in active addiction. Getting clean and sober has been a blessing for me and my family. Myself and husband have 2 years clean, we are so grateful for the second chance we were given.

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