How I Quit My Job, Lost 40 lbs, Quit Drinking and Started a Business

By Ebin Barnett
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Hi! I'm a husband, father of two beautiful adopted baby girls and a 10-Year-Cubical-Reject. After a 15 year battle with alcohol, my life came crashing down and out of the ashes, Intention Inspired was born with my brother Matt. This is my re-awakening journey to sobriety and living an intention inspired lifestyle. I am hoping to help you do the same. Loving the Journey- Ebin
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Rochelle
Rochelle

Hey there! Many of the things you said ring true from my own journey. I know you don’t know me and I know my being proud of you doesn’t (or shouldn’t) mean jack, because you being proud of you is what matters. But for what it’s worth, I’m proud of you. Making a decision to be conscious in a world that encourages otherwise is not easy. Not only is it not easy, but for me, it was frightening, painful, and at times, overwhelming. It’s inspiring to see others take that leap, and know that this journey is not mine alone. I believe there are a great many people who have found themselves in the same, yet unique to them, circumstances. Dante’s Divine Comedy begins with; “Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward path had been lost.” I read once that his use of the word “our” in describing the journey is to imply it is humanity’s jouney, not limited to an individual. I believe that is poignant in that although we are responsible for the lives we create, many of our beliefs and priorities are adopted from what we are… Read more »

Eva Villarreal
Eva Villarreal

Congratulations Ebin! Putting yourself out there is a very brave thing to do! When I ‘exposed’ ALL my demons with all honesty to myself it was the most powerful and liberating thing I ever did in my life. Hell, facing yourself and all your deamons head on is the hardest thing any one of us has to do in this lifetime! But it’s so rewarding! No more judging yourself, no more fear of being judged, no more dishonesty and shadiness… just straight forward honesty, clarity and sincerity with yourself and with others. When I stopped hiding all those skeletons in the closet, confronted each and every one of them, worked with them to forgive and heal myself and set them free, it only left room to start over again and begin filling my life with what really matters! I confronted my own worst enemy, myself, and learned to love myself, made peace with myself and God. I’m not saying I rid myself of my demons for ever, I can’t, they will always be part of me. I simply stopped resisting and avoiding them, I learned to control them, love them and embrace them when needed, as if it weren’t for… Read more »

Laurie Prindle
Laurie Prindle

Wow! This is absolutely inspiring! Thank you for your honesty because I feel totally empowered by it!
I have recently come to the same decision that I ‘was’ a closet alcoholic! I think the best thing for me so far is getting to the point of admitting it! There is definitely something empowering about bringing things out into the open. Those hidden things that held me back loose their power when I do.
James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
I know the word ‘sins’ here refers to us missing the mark! I knew deep down inside me that every time I took a drink I lost my ability to be in control of my drinking. I was “missing the mark” of being all I could be. I’ve never had a proud moment when I was drinking. Actually the opposite is true!

cocranfill
cocranfill

Hey Ebin,

Congratulations! Your journey is inspiring, and it is just beginning. It’s great to see that you are beginning to recover yourself and live authentically. The path has many ups and downs, but it is worth it. I look forward to the 30 Days of Brave, which I have just joined.

Scott Prindle
Scott Prindle

Great story Ebin… the fact that you are brave enough to share it. As a former addict myself, I can relate. Former addict means that things not longer rule my life. Jesus Christ… who is my life is now ‘Ruler in Chief”! This does not mean perfection, but it means FREEDOM! So thanks for sharing.

Jessica Morrell
Jessica Morrell

Almost a year ago I was a drunk loser leeching off of whomever would let me. I would barely hang onto jobs here and there. 32 years old and living back at my parents house. Until I got a dui. I quit drinking and using anything that would alter my perception. I started working out and eating healthy. I discovered painting. I got a job and I’m working recovery. I’m at the point in my life where I’m standing on the edge of the quit my job cliff. It doesn’t make me happy and I believe it has served it’s purpose in my recovery. Reading your story has helped solidify in my mind moreso that I should take the leap and start working with my fiance and start creating our future. I know I will be more stressed out but I will be more fulfilled. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with the world. More people should share what a beautiful thing sobriety is and how amazing life can be when you truly live it.

Vanessa Sellers
Vanessa Sellers

Thank you so much for sharing your story
You have inspired me
Much love to you and your family

Nancy
Nancy

My life has been swirling with negative echoes while looking for an anchor. I am the anchor. Giving me a base of confidence and not the depths of pain by not living in the past. Being a survivor of emotional neglect and psychological abuse. I am tired of living behind a fake facade doing my best to divorce myself from my story that is not all bad. It is time to accept the sadness to propel me forward and move on regardless what others think. It is not a reason, to not, live my life fully. It is never too late to embrace my gifts and move forward. I have incredible strength, as my history proves, it is now time to eject the self doubt. While embracing the true gifts in my life that matter to me. I am bright, intelligent and have much too offer.

Denise Watson
Denise Watson

So inspired by your story Ebin, even though I don’t know you I’m proud of you! I have a son who has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for over 15 years and he is right now trying very hard and doing well, I have encouraged him to start the Brave Challange I know it would inspire him to be brave and keep moving forward with a healthy life! Thank you for sharing and by the way your two girls are sooooo adorable, enjoy them as they will be teenagers talking about going off to college before you know it. ☺️

Jo-Ann Sherlow
Jo-Ann Sherlow

Thank you. Thank you for being real. Thank you for starting. I am a little numb as to what to say, as your story really made me think. My take away is that Every decision you make is forever. I never thought of things like that. It has definitely gave me something to consider.

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