We thought we would shake things up a little as the year ends by having Mountainside alumni take over the December newsletter. This issue was written for us, about us, and by us. I’m Amy L., class of summer 2016, takeover editor.
I am humbled and honored to be writing this. Jessica has always been very open and personal about her path in recovery in her letters to us. Her openness was my inspiration for this issue. I decided to share with you a very personal story of finding love and light in recovery. I hope by being as raw and real as possible, I can encourage at least one of you to go on an alumni trip…I’m kidding. I’m hoping to encourage at least one person feeling lost over the holidays to find their path. I also hope this newsletter encourages the powers that be at Mountainside to offer another Teotihuacan trip for alumni. Two books that have helped me tremendously in my recovery and have influenced my story, in addition to Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements and The Fifth Agreement, are his books The Five Levels of Attachment and The Mastery of Self.
This issue’s Alumni Spotlight was set up for me by Jessica and — a woman who happened to be at Mountainside when I was there almost 30 months ago — Caitlin. Cate is an amazing woman who naturally emits love and light. She is a free spirit with a soul that finds adventure. I’ve seen many women draw courage from Cate’s strength and confidence. I must admit I live vicariously through her. She is the Marsha to my Jan.
So, let’s get started. I’ll leave you with a quote I sang to myself repeatedly at Mountainside, a quote that became a part of me in Teotihuacan:
“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” – Grateful Dead, Scarlet Begonias