Awakening from hibernation

So I’ve been a little busy lately ….

The sober home manager deal I mentioned during December didn’t work out. Well, I guess it wasn’t meant to because I just bought a place of my own! Met with my new accountant today, and I’ll be open for biz sometime during February.

You can’t help but notice the church next door as you approach the house. All God’s Children is one of the only “gay churches” in the community and I’m right next door.

The majority of the house’s exterior is comprised of brick and stucco.

The patio has some kickass tile work inside and outside of the door.

The foyer: the first door on the right leads to a small entryway with the exterior door just beyond.

Standing in the dining room, looking out towards the street. The room in the foreground is the living area, with the sunroom in the background, closest to the street.

The second floor has 4 bedrooms and a bath.

A view of one of the bedrooms from the hallway.

Can you tell I’m psyched? I can’t wait until the closing. Cross your fingers there are no hiccups in the process. Next up comes the fun part – furnishing and decorating it! Anyone have some spare Knoll or Eames pieces laying around?

I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in my life. This is the beginning of the next step in my recovery – helping others. I hope to be able to offer people a safe place to call home while they learn to live their lives in sobriety. There’s a bit of magic that takes place in every sober home, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever been witness to. I can’t wait to see it happen in this house.

More photos can be found in the gallery.

18 thoughts on “Awakening from hibernation

  1. Dan, it’s so cute! I hope everything goes well, and it becomes exactly the sort of place you want it to be 🙂 (I trust you’ll keep us updated frequently? Of course you will.. hehe)

  2. Dan, your writing is very helpful to me. Thanks. All the best with your new endeavor. Let me know what I can do.

  3. Dan – congratulations on the new home and new enterprise! Best of luck with the sober house – the journey continues … 🙂

  4. The house is AWESOME!!!! And right next door to MCC, to boot! If you need any help cleaning or moving furniture, I desperately need an excuse to spend a weekend in Minneapolis!

    Brad 🙂

    (Thanks for inspiring me in my own recovery!)

  5. Wow!! Very nice.
    I hope your idea works out the way you want. It will certainly work out the way your HP deems necessary.
    Don’t lose those pictures. They are handy for insurance purposes, should you need them.

  6. Dan, the place looks truly amazing. I wish you all the very best for your new venture, and this exciting new chapter in your recovery!


    Bodhi 🙂
    Sydney, Australia

  7. CONGRATS, Sparkles! The new house is BEAUTIFUL. Don’t fret about the sober house situation not working, either – I’ll wager that a year from now you’ll be glad things worked out the way they did. Happy New Year, Dan!

  8. Holy shit! Congratulations, big guy. I’m so insanely happy (read: jealous) of you. Promise you’ll post more pictures after it’s furnished. I’d love to see some before/after action.

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