Hell to Heaven in 18 Months!

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I am here to report I am alive and well.  I haven't written a post in almost a year and slowed down about the time I quit drinking in January 2014.

Life has seriously gotten in the way.  In January 2014, I quit drinking.  Yep I could probably consider myself an alcoholic.  Shortly after a severe depression ensued and then an "enlightenment" if you will.  This is typical of all former drinkers I do believe.  The enlightenment was a period where I enjoyed life like I have never enjoyed it before.

I also realized that my marriage was based on booze and parties and I was "done" with that type of life and had to move on to enjoy a life that I saw with my enlightenment period.

Shortly after, I met up to have a face to face meeting with a local inspector that I had never met but we had previous interactions on the phone.  We both fell in love immediately.  I fought it for quite some time as I felt I had to get my ducks in order.  You know - cleaning up all the chaos that goes hand in hand with a former addicts party life - keep my head above water with my brokerage and single lady bills - all that fun stuff.

Six months after that meeting to the date, in May, Paul got down on one knee & proposed to me and I said yes.

It took me almost 9 months to "clean up the chaos" but it is officially gone and I have moved forward.  Paul waited until I was ready, he let me grow and then he moved in.  I no longer live "in the future" or in an anxious state.  I enjoy my life that involves much peace, love, serenity and abundance.  

I seriously don't know how I had the strength to do all I did AND grow my brokerage AND my personal business but I did - healing one day at a time.

Hopefully I can get back to my regularly scheduled blogging as planned in about a month.  I am very blessed and am surrounded by people that I appreciate so much.  Thank you everyone who reached out to me in the extremely tumultuous times, it meant more to me than you will ever know!



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Comments (97)

Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Rene Burrows, I cannot tell you how happy I am to read this blog.  I'm thrilled you're clean and moving forward.  I had worried about your drinking, but what do you say to someone who is (or appears) to be as succesful as yourself?  Maybe I should have, but...

Nevertheless, here's to a bright future to you!

Sep 19, 2015 06:28 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

A very brave and powerful post. So proud of you for turning your life around.  Great job. Glad to see you back. 

Sep 19, 2015 02:39 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Renee' ... so glad to see you back on AR ... and glad to hear that your life has improved so drastically.  Much happiness ...


Sep 20, 2015 01:54 AM
Rhonda Burgess
Southern Living Realty Partners - Smyrna, TN
Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist

Congratulations!!! Sending blessings and good vibes your way. 

Sep 20, 2015 01:57 AM
Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Thank you for sharing this deeply personal but ever inspiring story of the positive changes in your life.  CONGRATS and many thanks for sharing!


Sep 20, 2015 08:03 AM
Christine Benicaso
Mainstream Real Estate Group - Campbell, CA

Way to go!!  Best Wishes to you!

Sep 20, 2015 04:19 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


So merciful, in that moment when the bottom has no bottom, that ones cry is heard and that revelation moment occurs. The origin of transformed life.

Knowing without doubt, claiming without hesitation, that you have been prepared FOR SUCH A MOMENT AS THIS, able to call upon your experience to offer the guiding hand of hope to those trapped in the abyss. And as you well know, those walking and talking among us, are the trapped to which I refer.

The wholehearted living you today experience embraces a secret you must model not only to those dear to you, but those who will seek shelter in the security of your vision.

The vulnerability you expressed is the confirmation you have reconciled in your life that which is bankrupt and that which possesses life.

Continue to share, as unction dictates, your inspiration in hope for you can never know whose life will be restored by words from one's heart.

I celebrate with you,  a more perfect union in a shared greater purpose means together you can accomplish what either can do alone. 

You were restored, for such a moment as this.....

Sep 21, 2015 04:27 AM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

That is AWESOME!  Everything, and everyone, for a reason...

Sep 21, 2015 05:36 AM
Barry Kessler
Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc. - Simi Valley, CA
Barry Kessler

You are one of the very lucky ones. Never stop growing and learning and building on your sobriety, one day at a time.

Sep 21, 2015 04:33 PM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

So glad to hear this Renee, and so very happy for you and Paul! It's all looking up from now on!

Sep 22, 2015 12:55 AM
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

Life is tough and so is our industry. Party city probably makes like even more difficult. I hope your story reaches out and helps others. all the best to you and Paul..

Sep 22, 2015 03:57 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

What a thing to share.....I'm touched and impressed. So happy for you and your Paul. Good for you!! Welcome home to the Rain. <3

Sep 22, 2015 11:30 AM
Laura Duggan
West Austin Properties - Austin, TX
West Austin Properties

Your post has no doubt inspired many. I know that it inspired me. I'm so glad you found many good things in your sobriety and that you shared your story with us. Authenticity is a valuable asset. So glad you are back!

Sep 23, 2015 02:48 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Wonderful experience. Wish you the best....

Sam Shueh


Sep 23, 2015 10:12 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Renee, I'm in awe of what you have accomplished. May your future be filled with all things good as you and Paul make new memories.

Sep 23, 2015 03:19 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Renee,  Congratulations and thanks for sharing in your post.  I hope the future is fantastic for you and Paul

Sep 24, 2015 02:46 PM
Eva Erdmann
Lion International Inc. - Holiday, FL
interior decorator

Hi Renee,

I'm so glad you are doing well !

Congratulations, wishing you and Paul all the best !


Oct 09, 2015 10:09 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Renee, this is the most courageous post I have ever seen here on AR, and I applaud you for your changes.  May God bless you without measure in your new life and I know this post is meant to help countless people because of your courage to share it with us.  Welcome back to AR and stay away from the shrimp!  ^_~

Oct 10, 2015 07:48 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I missed this when you wrote it . Hope all is well . And post something soon !

Aug 03, 2017 06:03 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

I also missed this but so happy for you and all the new adventures you are having in your new Michigan home.  Wishing you all the best always! :)

Feb 07, 2019 11:24 AM