My year in review has been filled with many exciting chapters. I am thrilled at the prospect of what’s to come. 

2016 has been the most exciting and rewarding experience thus far in my journey in recovery. I am amazed at the things that I have accomplished this year. I started the year off being sick straight through the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Years as a result of taking a medication. One of the side effects of that medication was the lowering of my immune system. So my year started off kind of crazy. But I got to spend my 50th birthday in The Dominican Republic with my then girlfriend. That was a awesome experience. We had a amazing time and will do it again soon. 

Not soon after our trip,  on Valentines Day to be exact. I had the privilege and honor of proposing to my now fiancé. She said YES. It was the happiest day of my life. I love her and we are very happy together. We have been planning our wedding ever since and as of today we have accomplished the planning, invites, mailing and payments of the wedding and honeymoon. God is Good. 

We also had been dreaming of buying a house and moving out of New York. We started looking at homes March and after changing our minds countless times, we purchased a home in June,  closed and moved into our new home in September.

I started my online business in November. The store which was born out of inspiration from this very blog. Tee Shirts, Hoodies and more to come with the From Struggle To Strength logo on them. I am excited and thankful for all the support and encouragement that I receive on a daily basis.  We also had our first Thanksgiving in our new home. Our family and friends came and we had an amazing holiday. I am truly thankful for family. 

I have had many ups and downs along the way this year. I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences. The good and the bad. I am living, learning and enjoying life to the fullest. I know that it is God’s grace that has saved me from myself and allows me to be present in life today as it is happening. Not how I would have it. My life today is so much better than it was just 3 short years ago. And
It is only the beginning. 

I am definitely not the same person I was when this year began. I can’t wait to see the person that I am destined to become. 

Have a spectacular day. 

Peace and Blessings 

Eric Ease 

7 thoughts on “MY YEAR END REVIEW 

  1. I pray these words help you as it has me. Struggle will birth a most needed desire to change. Life greatest lesson is learned through struggles. Look at what God has allowed you to birth. I’m so happy for the life you and your fiancée have embarked on. Many Blessings to You Both🙏🏽

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  2. Love it – I know that things will go from strength to strength my friend. I am so happy that you are finding serenity and have started to put your past behind you and looking forward to a happy future filled with love and happiness. You have brought me hope as I have said many times. Sometimes I made the mistake of comparing your journey to K and his lack of achievements in staying clean. But that was my shortcoming not his. He will hopefully find his rock bottom one day and make the decision to change. Addiction has changed my life, I am always grateful that because of it I have met people like you along the way. At this time I wish you and your loved ones a happy healthy life and look forward to reading your onward journey
    K X


    • Thank you Karen. I am grateful for the blessings and thankful as well for this journey. As you stated because of it, I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people such as yourself. Thank you for your friendship. I truly appreciate you. Have a marvelous day.

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  3. I’m so proud of you and so happy for you & your fiancee! You my dear friend have grown so much over the years since we became friends. Sending to lots of hugs. Keep on rockin’ your recovery. Clean & serene looks awesome on you. Thanks for your inspiration. I’m grateful to be on this recovery road with you. ❤

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    • Thank you Vicky. I am grateful for the opportunities and blessings that I have been given. I know that it’s through God’s grace and mercy that I am able to maintain and share my experiences, strength and hope. I am thankful that you are on this wonderful journey with me. Have a fantastic weekend.


    • Thank you Vicky. I am grateful to be able to share my story. I know that it is God’s grace and mercy that I am able to maintain and share my experiences. I am thankful that you are on this wonderful journey with me my friend. Have a fantastic weekend.


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