...I smoked my LAST CIGARETTE! How crazy is that? The funny thing is, I never really even planned to quit. I really did figure that it was going to be just another gimmick that I wasted my money on. All I can say is I'm so glad I at least tried it before I came to that conclusion. Since I quit smoking I have become so much stronger...I don't stink like an ashtray anymore...I can now laugh and laugh as much as I feel like it without going into a 15 minute long coughing/gasping for air fit...my doctor says that I have most likely saved myself from heart disease...I am so very proud of myself. This is probably the biggest accomplishment of my life. Thanks to ECF and the friends I have made here, I am proud to say, to shout - I AM A NON SMOKER!!This deserves at least a quadruple happy dance. That is all.....
Whiskey, I did not know you very well, but you have been a fixture of this forum for me since before I joined. You were well loved by all and you did some amazing things to make people feel special. I can't say I know what happened or why it happened. I really don't want to know. I only want to say that over this past year, you inspired me with your feistiness and your humor. I only wish I had gotten to know you better.
From now on, I will always associate my ECF anniversary with your departure from the forum. And that makes me sad.
Well, I missed blogging on my one year smoke free anniversary, but that's ok! All my friends at work remembered and we celebrated with some cake that they brought. Now today I'm onto my next milestone. One year as an ECF member! WOOT! Having been a part of this wonderful community for the past year has been an amazing experience. I have met some really great people here who have become my friends. I have learned so much and hopefully can help others by what I've learned.
The fact that so many people from so many different walks of life can come here and find support, comfort and friendship makes this a very special place. We all share one common bond - and having the opportunity to commiserate with each other makes us all stronger and more successful. How cool is that?
I am so proud to have been a part of this community for the past year, and I look forward to continuing to have fun here, laugh here, cry here, celebrate here and most importantly help people here for a very long time to come! Double happy dance!
AutumnWolf is a VETERAN!
Wow. One year. Next Friday will be one year since I quit smoking. And what a year! I have learned so much about vaping, I have met some of the most wonderful people ever - people that have truly become good friends. I have converted at least 4 people to vaping, helping them quit smoking too! Hopefully I have made a difference here - I've welcomed newbies and congratulated those with milestones and gave support when I was able. I've laughed here and cried here and shared stories here. I've had such a blast here!
It was also here on ECF that I discovered the what I think is THE BEST juice I have ever tasted. It was sometime around March of this year when I found this thread...
I was really intrigued by the description of one of the flavors on their website - it was called Absinthe Minded. I had been entirely dissatisfied with the juices out there for a long time. Most of the ones I tried were just yuck. None of them seemed to taste the way they were supposed to. Me being a black licorice lover from way back - I decided to take the plunge and order. And boy, am I glad I did! Honestly, this stuff is soooo gooood - for the very first time, I was actually compelled to write a review, something I had never done before. Here is a link...
I'm actually pretty proud of this review!! I ordered some other flavors and loved them as well! In fact, I have been vaping MOV juices exclusively since then and I have never looked back! These are the cleanest, truest flavors I have ever vaped. They are very carto-friendly, mixed by vapers who actually vape their own juice AND they are made right here in the USA. What more could you ask for? Well, I'll tell you - on top of having the best juices around, LeDean and Steve are the nicest, sweetest people you will ever want to meet. They are accommodating, they are FAST (we joke on the thread about them having shipping faeries), they do not hesitate to fix problems and best of all, they are vapers, just like us! Another thing they have done that has impressed me VERY much - they have voluntarily sent a sample of their juice for testing. Here is a link to the results:
They also involve us, the customers, in their testing process. They take our suggestions and use them for their new flavors. How cool is that? And, they host the best contests on ECF!
I have found my vaping nirvana with MOV (oh and by the way, TRY THE NIRVANA) I am and will be a loyal MOV customer for life.
ECF and MOV have vastly improved the quality of my life and the lives of so many others. Join me and check them out. You WON'T be sorry!
I feel compelled to write about something that happened today, I guess you could call it a brush with death, but I am going to call it a wake up call and you'll see why. I left for work today just as I normally do. Got in my car and backed down the driveway to the mailbox to get the mail - just as I normally do. The difference today was - I failed to put the car in park before I started to get out of it. And yes, the laws of gravity took over and the car started to roll backwards. Mind you, I am half in and half out of the car, holding on to the steering wheel for dear life. My door proceeds to knock the crap out of my mailbox and stupid me is trying to stop this - what 6000 lb? - machine with my foot on the pavement. Yes, I stumbled once, but I was lucky enough not to fall - I truly hate to think about what would have happened had I fallen. The only coherent thought in my head was - I'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS CAR - IF I DON'T, SOMTHING REALLY BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I just knew that the car would go one way and I would go the other - and the outcome would not be pleasant at all. I also knew that my car was going to crash right through the house across the street and end up in the living room.
Well, luckily, none of this happened - I threw myself free of the car (NOTE TO SELF: 47 YEAR OLD WOMEN SHOULD *NOT* JUMP FROM A MOVING VEHICLE), landed on the ground and prepared to hear bricks grinding and glass breaking. As it happens, I heard nothing - and when I turned around - a wood planter around the tree in my neighbor's front yard stopped my car. No damage, not even any tracks in their yard! I picked myself up off the ground - of course I was hyper ventilating and pretty shook up - but I was OK. Sore as hell and had a bit of trouble getting my legs to work the way they should, but I was OK.
I can kind of joke about it now, but I was very very scared at the time. And it was quite a while today at work before I stopped shaking. I needed to get this down though, because sometime today, I realized why this had happened. Or at least why I THINK it happened. The last few days I have been feeling really down. Well, ok, if I'm honest with myself - its been more than a few days. Anyway, I don't want to go into too much detail - suffice it to say I've not been very happy lately - about work, life and pretty much everything. This is not for a pity party - its just to illustrate my point - everything happens for a reason. What happened to me today was a kick in the butt - I'm pretty sure to remind me to be thankful for what I have and be happy just to be alive. Yes, we all have problems, worries, troubles, etc - and we can either let them consume us and get us down or we can put them in perspective and not forget that life is SO PRECIOUS. Its our choice - we are the masters of our own lives. Right now, I choose to live and be thankful! Life is worth it! And that's my little story my friends...
New Year's day - a time for new beginnings and a time to let the bad things go. I'm all for that! 2012 is the first new year that I am a NON-SMOKER. Its almost six months and that still sounds funny to me. I am forever grateful for finding ECf - when I first started researching e-cigs, it was all so confusing. I know that I would have spent more money or been scammed had I not found this site. I know this has been said many times, but the people here are so friendly and knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge and experience.
Every day I am amazed by the amount of success stories that I read here - so many smokers who smoked for so many years are quitting - for real! It is such a wonderful thing to see so many people saving their lives - and to be a part of that!
OK, looks like my first blog is pretty much a bunch of random rambling! Oh well, just wanted to put something down on the first day of the new year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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