Scrapbook One Hundred Forty Four…



Dear Forrest,

I first heard of you while talking in passing to a work colleague about their personal interest.  While at first this was a way for me to network, the passion behind this story was admirable at the very least.  As time moved on, this person helped me through a difficult period of my life.

I come from a very dysfunctional background starting from birth.   The last 3 years has been shocking and tragic for me and my 7 year old son.  At the time William  introduced me to you, I was questioning me as a person and a mother.  My life has always been drama filled and chaotic and as 40 was fast approaching I felt I really needed to find my happiness for my own sanity.

See I come from a very long line of addiction.  I never got on the drug train but alcohol was my crutch.  William hasn’t had alcohol in 25 years so he quickly became a sounding board for me.  The last 6 months of 2014 I was drinking more than I ever had.  I was spiraling out of control in anger, regret, and pity.  Making the decision to change my behavior was at times painful and a reality I never had to deal with.  I masked realities for a long time.

I haven’t had a drink since December 22.  Since this time, I’ve learned to appreciate what is really important in life.  I’m learning to work to live, instead of living to work.  I understand there is no book on the perfect parent and societies label that we should be super heroes is an expectation no one can achieve.  I have learned that I am important, and no one should take my weaknesses to make me feel small or not significant.  I’m learning that I may not have received a royal flush in life but a pair of 2’s is just as good if you play it right.

George introduced me to The Thrill of Chase.  I got to know you, William and myself.  Your story has allowed me to open my mind to what the value of me is.  Through your story I have fallen in love with William – and he has since moved from Louisiana to Missouri so that we can be together as life partners – my husband.  Forrest I’m the happiest I have ever been in my life and I must thank you for your part in that.

Today, William  and I will leave Missouri and start our adventure.  Over two weeks we will explore Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and end in New Mexico.  While I think the hunt is an added bonus to keep us looking for the prize, the thrill of spending quality time and appreciating the beauty, history and what God has left for us is truly the value for me.  J

I know you get thousands of requests but it would be nice to meet you while we are in New Mexico.  This trip will be one of my legacies.

I’m expecting we will leave the New Mexico on August 14 or 15 to head back to Missouri.      We have no laid plans except where we want to hunt, and for the first four days in Wyoming and then Montana.  I must add we are tent camping this entire time!    My cell phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx or you can respond to this email if this is an option.

Thank you again Forrest.  I hope one day I can tell you this in person.



20 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Forty Four…

  1. Josie

    And God is good. 🙂 glad u overcame your addiction. 🙂 have a great adventure and tell Forrest I said Hi, and that I’m trying to make it to the End. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Touching. Cherish the time with your family and enjoy the West! One day at a time.

  3. Really good story to hear Josie. Wells…I don’t know what else to really say, except see what I did there? “Josey Wales” 😛

  4. Josie, your letter is very heart warming and I admire the effort and courage you have shown to turn your life around. Forrest Fenn has inspired many people and it is nice to read such lovely expressions of gratitude. Thanks Dal, Josie and Forrest for sharing it with us.

  5. @Josie: you have probably learned all about H.A.L.T. by now! Sure helps me, good luck all around and have some fun!

  6. Hey Josie, glad you found the chase and a new outlook on life. The chase has helped many to see life in a new way. Enjoy the journey and remember life is precious and should be lived one day at a time. Welcome aboard!

  7. hi jose we hope you have very safe wonderful trip may these day of joy extend to the end of the next century.

  8. December 10, 2011 was the last day for me. One thing I found very useful was a simple “days since” app on my phone that would always give me a reminder that I had made it this far, no need to turn back now. They do say that first step is the hardest, but I do find that keeping your momentum can be challenging too.

    Peace be with you

  9. Josie,
    It is amazing what one can do once they set their mind to it. 🙂
    You should be very proud. Overcoming addiction is an amazing accomplishment!
    Thank you for sharing.
    May all your travels be ones to remember! 🙂

  10. Josie, it is inspirational to read your story of overcoming challenges and finding your life partner through Forrest’s Chase. Keep up the adventure and prosper.

  11. Go Josie Go! Looks to be a lot of friends of Bill W on here. Josie, my husband and I met in a similar fashion and are both in the program. To me, he is like an angel. I’m not sure I would be sober had it not been for him. God is great and life is fun, sober! Most people you meet on this site seem to be great people and I really like them and I think you will too. Good luck to you and William in your search and congratulations. Forrest and Dal rock!!!

  12. Josie, can’t say that I’ve been addicted to anything but…the chase! My father was an alcoholic after he lost his job with NASA and he turned himself around.
    I admire anyone who can stand up to their demons and take their life back. It takes great fortitude and endurance to keep going.
    Each minute is a new one, each one gone is the past. Live in this minute and considerate it a triumph.
    Good luck on your journey and hunt.
    Watch each sunrise and sunset with your love.
    And…”always look down.” (FF).
    ♡¥Peace ¥♡

  13. Wow! Thank you all for the kind and inspirational words of encouragement. Our adventure has been amazing so far. Forrest is a true to detail story teller. We haven’t been disappointed. I will be sure to follow up with more detail of our trip. I just happen to get service in Red Lodge Montana.

    Thank you again. Josie

  14. Josie you can do anything you set your mind to 🙂 Forrest book has helped us all with the extra push we all needed it helped me over come the death of my parents and brother Stay strong and enjoy the chase 🙂 it’s a grand adventure 🙂

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