I started using alcohol at age 15 and it felt like the perfect solution to my childhood trauma and dysfunctional home life. My values changed almost immediately, and I went from having LDS background to the other end of the spectrum. I got a DUI when I was 16 and many underage alcohol misdemeanors. I was kicked out of high school and was ashamed that I had a GED and not a high school diploma. I was pregnant at age 18 and was able to stop drinking but started again shortly after my daughter was born. I didn’t have any more legal consequences after that first DUI, mostly because of luck. My biggest consequence from drinking was that it stunted my growth as a human being.

My recovery from alcohol has really been about recovering from the reasons why I drank, which I can address now that I am not drinking. My threshold for being unhappy was fairly low, in comparison to others’ stories. This is not to undermine or deny what I went through. I had withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, shitty relationships, and no sense of self. When people in AA say, “If I drink, I will die,” I don’t entirely relate. If I drink, I may die eventually and my disease will continue to progress, but more likely, I will be miserable in my existence. I won’t achieve my purpose, be connected to a higher power, or have fulfilling relationships. I have learned that my addiction to alcohol is a symptom of trauma, and drinking was merely a coping skill.  Alcohol worked very well to numb my pain and it helped me disassociate. I didn’t even know I was disassociating until I started my recovery journey. It becomes more and more apparent that I didn’t know how to cope with my feelings or know how to be comfortable in my skin.

My personal work and successes have been on self-forgiveness and love, forgiving others, learning healthy boundaries, and being the best mother possible. I am in recovery from alcohol and co-dependency. I am learning how to feel my feelings, cope with life, and stand up for myself and my worth. I live in Idaho, and I am a single mom to 3 amazing, beautiful daughters. I am so proud of myself for breaking the intergenerational patterns in my family.

My curiosity about sobriety started about 3 years ago. I started listening to podcasts in the beginning of my recovery and found The SHAIR Podcast with Omar Pinto. I loved his voice and his energy. I have found his interviews to have a profound impact on my ability to see my addiction as an opportunity and not a dirty secret. I eventually became a member of his FB group and then joined the SRC where I have connected with so many amazing people in recovery. I feel the SRC group has kept me sober.

I can access meetings via Zoom which has been crucial to me since I am at home with my kids and haven’t found an AA group in my community where I feel connected. The connection with others in the group has saved me from loneliness and isolation. I have found a sponsor in one of these groups who was willing to complete the 12 steps with me which has been transformational!  I am almost 5 months in my recovery from alcohol and 95% of the time, I don’t even think about drinking. I am so grateful for the SRC, the SHAIR podcast, my sponsor, the step work, and online recovery.

What’s riskier…

Playing it safe, even if you’re not happy or fulfilled?

Or daring to leave your comfort zone to design the life you always wanted?

Vincent Pugliese was an incredibly respected and awarded photographer, covering sports events any fan would dream of. The problem was, the media company he worked for never wanted to pay him what he deserved. Vincent took the leap from his secure low-paying job into freelancing where he finally flourished, enabling him to help others achieve Total Life Freedom.

The reason Vincent had never aspired to be more was because he was controlled by his past. He always felt he wasn’t good enough or deserving of anything. The internal shift happened when Vincent realized that the world didn’t revolve around him, and that by living with a generous mindset, amazing opportunities come his way.

Listen to how Vincent Pugliese went from being addicted to selfishness to living a life of total freedom.

Vincent Pugliese

Vincent Pugliese is, first and foremost, a husband to his beautiful wife Elizabeth and the proud dad of their three boys, Andrew, Nolan and Dylan.

Vincent has been a professional photographer for more than twenty three years and an international award winning sports and documentary photographer. Vincent has photographed every major sporting event, including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NHL Finals, the Kentucky Derby and even Wrestlemania!

When he’s not with his family or shooting, Vincent also coaches freelancers on how live a life of financial, time and life freedom, specifically through the world of self-employment. Vincent teaches those looking for time and money freedom through mastermind groups, The Freelance Tribe membership community, and through one-on-one coaching.

Total Life Freedom

To change your life, you need to change the people that you spend time with. As Jim Rohn famously said, “We are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with.”

Are the people in your life challenging you to be better at business and money, more attentive with your family and more dedicated to your health? If they aren’t, it’s only going to get worse. You deserve to be in control of your life, the work you do, the master of your schedule and the freedom to build the life of your dreams!

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