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Let Go. Be

Created by Jodi Lanning

Let Go. Be

I was 42, living in a friend's foreclosure house with my 3 dogs. In 2006, my partner left our long-term relationship and by 2008, I lost my Executive position (high-paying) due to my alcoholism. I thought I would rebound from all of this, but my drinking caused me to lose everything. By the time I asked for help, I was financially, spiritually, and emotionally bankrupt.

On November 12, 2014, it will be 5 years since I have stopped drinking. I have gained so much in my life since the day I asked for help. Today, i live with self respect and guilt-free days. I live my life with love. Getting sober was the best thing I ever did.

Six months into my recovery, I was driving to a friend's cottage in Northern Michigan. I was filled with much regret from my past mistakes, feeling sorry for myself on how broke I was, and worrying about tomorrow. My heart, mind and soul were filled with anxiety until I looked out my car window and saw that spring was arriving. The noise quieted in my head and I heard three little words:

Let go. Be.  

I knew at that moment that there were answers to my problems beyond the bottle. I had little control over people, places, things and situations -- all I had control over were my actions and attitudes. I can't control tomorrow, but I can empower myself to be in the moment....and change my way of thinking in each and every moment. I started Let Go.Be within a few months and have a passion today in inspiring others to empower themselves to better thinking.

I am not saying that life has been a bed of roses, because it hasn't. I read in a book that God never gives us more than we can handle, but life can. That was a profound statement, because it is my perception that can get in the way of seeing hard times as an opportunity for self growth.

I am sober today and even when bad things happen, the solution isn't in the bottle. The biggest thing I learned in my recovery journey is that I am not alone. One of the biggest reasons for Let Go.Be is to blog about my experiences and allow a place for people to share life experiences, strength and hope.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story.

Let Go.Be

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

Guest Book


1. Laura B.
Hi Jodi! Happy Anniversary! I hope you are doing well :)
2. Julie
Congratulations on five years!
3. Jodi Lanning
Dear Laura, Thank you for reading my story and for taking the time to reply. I truly believe that even though we are strangers....we are friends and together we can grow from one another. Your reply gave my heart a huge smile and I glad I did the same to yours. I am going through some rough patches in my life right now but I am pushing through them and growing each and every day, sometimes every moment. Five years ago, hard times was something I never wanted to face but today, I do. I don't like them but I accept them and I trust that I am right where I am supposed to be. Please have a let evening and weekend. Jodi
4. Laura B.
Hi Jodi, This is a very inspiring and empowering story! Thank you for sharing such a powerful insight -- being in the moment - this is certainly a philosophy that can and will benefit everyone! I am going to follow you on your blog and I hope to gain more great insights. Also, congratulations on your sobriety anniversary! L