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)
Wendy Brown | UnTipsy Teacher
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
When I started my blog, things in my life were changing quickly. I began to write about my personal journey of getting sober, but because I had just retired, and was going deaf, it also became a way for me to express my feelings around those events as well. Although my story is not the same as other people’s story, I hope I can inspire them to have the faith, courage and perseverance to achieve what they desire.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
I don’t have the usual bucket list.
My bucket list consists of little things, like learning how to be less sensitive, to be more secure in who I am, and how much I am loved.
I just want to continue in my own personal growth, and be content with all that I have.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I would hold little Wendy close and hug her a lot. I would tell her she is so loved. I would tell her she is much stronger than she even knows. I would tell her to reach out, don’t wait to be invited.
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
There are so many things I wish for the world. I want people to be kinder. We seem to be so mean to each other.
I wish we could put down our phones and pay attention to each other. In this age of instant electronic communications, we have lost real life connections with each other. I am trying to personally greet more people, to ask people out for coffee or a walk. It makes such a difference in the quality of life.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
I want to meet Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen. I think I’d want to have a cup of coffee with her, and ask her how she stays so strong and true to herself. I might go shopping with her after that.
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?
The longer I am sober, the more happiness I experience. I want to inspire other people in recovery, not only to get sober, but more importantly to see the joy and happiness that comes being sober. My marriage is stronger, I am healthier, and my life is better. This is what I want to show people. I want to show them strength and hope, even while dealing with real life suffering and pain.