Hi everyone. My name is Kirk. I'm starting this blog to have somewhat of a living journal as I do a 3 1/2 month trip around southeast Asia.I decided to do this trip as a reward for myself changing my life around. I'm a recovered alcohol and drug addict. In the course of my addiction it took me to dark places, and I was completely oblivious how lost I was until I was arrested traveling in a car filled with drugs. I hadn't been conscious when the car was pulled over in Yuma Arizona and was the only passenger who still had drugs on them. I was charged with everything they found in the car. It was by far one of the scariest moments in my life.As I laid in jail I thought I had screwed up my life. That the years I struggled to get my bachelor's degree working full time and going to school were all for nothing. I decided I needed to kill myself, but God had other plans. Now I'm not trying to shove any religious ideas down anyone's throats. This is just my story and how I believe things happened for me.While in my cell I found a christian book called Gaining Through Losing. It talked about how some of the greatest rewards in our life come from what seems like some of the hardest times. As I read that book I started feeling what I can only account to as God. I started feeling like there was still a purpose for my life and so I started praying.There are many amazing things that happened in the course to get me to where I am, but this site only allows me to type so much in my bio. Ultimately I received an amazing deal, completed my probation early and got my charge reduced to a misdemeanor, which I'm currently working on getting the equivalent of expunged. I've remained sober the entire time and am amazed at how truly beautiful life can be. This is meant to serve as a living journal. I appreciate you reading and being a part of my journey with me.