If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Meet April Duncan | Recovery Blogger
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
I had to start my website. I needed it. I had something to say about alcohol and my relationship to it. I was broken inside and outside. Soberupbuttercup.com was a selfish thing at first, personal therapy. But, I was shocked by the amount of people who started reading it within just a few months. I am a helper by nature; I can’t help helping. So, now it is all about being there for the next person in need. If my website helps someone stand up out of a drunken stupor and say “no way” to rosé, I am happy to put in the hard work.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
I would love to have children! And, I will.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
You won’t regret being good to your body and mind. Don’t miss the lessons. Life is not perfect, but someday you’ll be so grateful for all of it.
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
I would change how media and marketing portrays alcohol to women. It is not a means by which to level the playing field with men. It is not a way to relax and de-stress. It is not medicine for heartbreak or nerves. It is not a healthy thing to ingest. It is not glamorous to drink your way through the cobbled streets of Europe. I could go on and on with the fallacies that I believed for a third of my life. Can you imagine all of the other things we would accomplish if we were not being sucked into the complacent cycle of drinking?
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
Spock. We’d go for a dog walk and chat. He’s complicated because he is both human and Vulcan which have profoundly different ways of expressing and dealing with emotion. At first he numbed his emotions, then he grew into them. I’d just say, “So, tell me how it’s done…”
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
I needed a great deal of support when I climbed into this sober life. I used every tool available and eventually developed enough strength to hold tight onto this beautiful way of living. AA, inpatient, outpatient, SMART recovery, psychiatry, counseling, therapy, yoga, meditation, books, blogs (www.susanneblumer.com, of course). I learned a lot of something along the way, and I wake up everyday with gratitude. Gratitude keeps me going.