Lawrence (Jay) Long + {n}Everesting Recovery

the vision

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{n}Everesting Recovery is in its conceptual stages...

I believe we will form an organization whose vision it is to help those struggling with mental health and addiction of all types find a path together toward a fulfilling life.

I hope to achieve this by creating a supportive community that encourages healthy living with an emphasis on strenuous exercise (moving meditation), mindfulness practices, clean eating /nutritional habits, and quality time spent in nature. Service work including community outreach and environmental-related causes will factor strongly into our reason for being. While we serve others, we grow stronger in our own recovery and strengthen the community as a whole.

The initial idea for this organization was evoked upon discovering the Everesting Challenge:

“FIENDISHLY SIMPLE, YET BRUTALLY HARD. EVERESTING IS THE MOST DIFFICULT CLIMBING CHALLENGE IN THE WORLD.
“Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m (29,029’) – the equivalent height of Mt Everest. Complete the challenge on a bike, on foot, or on-line, and you’ll find your name in the Hall of Fame, alongside the best climbers in the world.”

As a life-long runner and one-time ultra-marathoner, something about the challenge immediately resonated with me. Also appealing was that training for it would provide a positive outlet to support my addiction recovery program. Having struggled with alcoholism and various other “isms” for decades, I know the value of having consistent, balanced training as a central part of my recovery regimen, and somehow despite its insane difficulty, I realized how much “Everesting” would help me grow on multiple levels: physical, mental, and spiritual.

Quickly into planning for the event, I realized how leveraging some form of this “big dream”, goal-oriented approach to growth in recovery could benefit others. Not that we need to “climb Everest.” Rather, if we simply find support within a community that promotes growth by pushing beyond our individual frontiers of comfort, we will soon begin breaking barriers and thus achieve “impossible goals.”

For some of us, that single, crucial goal may be just to stay sober—if only for today. In early recovery, “one day at a time” or “just for today” are common mantras, and for many, one day may seem an impossible eternity. Time-tested 12-step programs were founded to provide a spiritually-centered approach to freedom from addiction, a means by which we can awaken to a new sober and serene way of living. {n}Everesting embraces 12-step principles and traditions as well as other recovery systems. We build upon the foundation laid down before us and encourage our members to construct into their lives solid structures that will weather life’s storms, its many adversities.

Getting sober is only the beginning of the recovery journey. Staying sober and living one's best life requires constant attention and a strong community of like-minded, supportive individuals. And it requires a plan. We hope to be a pivotal resource in the recovery space, providing a diverse group of fellow “climbers” upon which to lean and be propelled forward by daily, and within this group, plans shall be made and expectations shall be smashed. One step at a time, one day at a time, one impossible goal at a time.

Why nEveresting?

Because our addictions never rest—the dormant addict inside us may not seem to be active, yet it never truly rests. Hence, our recovery should remain {n}Everesting, vigilant.

Presently, to support the aims of the group and to grow its community organically, proceeds from my professional tech work will be used to fund operations. In the future, I hope to be fully self-sustaining from our own contributions.

Professionally, Lawrence is a Web Developer, Tech Consultant + Project Manager

An information Technology professional whose guiding principle is to help organizations improve operations, business planning, marketing, and customer relations by delivering responsive, effective IT projects and services. Specializing in .NET application development—with nearly 10 years wireless industry enterprise-level software development experience, and 20 years Web development, business intelligence and data management expertise.

He offers on-site and remote project management, integration and application development services to local and national clients.

  • UI/UX Design & Development
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Information Architecture
  • Systems & Web Security
  • Project Management
  • Cost/benefit Analysis
  • Production Support
  • Technical Consulting

Reach out to see how Lawrence can help exceed your IT demands, achieving "impossible goals." Recovery-oriented or other service-based organizations preferred.

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