Jessica Simpson is celebrating four years of sobriety.
The former Dukes of Hazzard star shared a post on Instagram for the occasion a couple days ago, where she linked back in her Instagram stories to what she calls an “unrecognizable version of myself” in a photo taken on November 1st, 2017.
She says it was in this moment she knew it was time to “take back my light,” adding that a big part of that was quitting alcohol to keep her mind clear.
Simpson says it’s now been four years since she’s had a drink on the journey to find “personal power with soulful courage.”
You can read the entire post below, and it’s pretty interesting and insightful on her journey thus far:
“This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself. I had so much self discovery to unlock and explore. I knew in this very moment I would allow myself to take back my light, show victory over my internal battle of self respect, and brave this world with piercing clarity.
Personally, to do this I needed to stop drinking alcohol because it kept my mind and heart circling in the same direction and quite honestly I was exhausted. I wanted to feel the pain so I could carry it like a badge of honor.
I wanted to live as a leader does and break cycles to advance forward- never looking back with regret and remorse over any choice I have made and would make for the rest of my time here within this beautiful world. I can’t believe it has been 4yrs! It feels like maybe 2. I think that is a good thing. Ha.
There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic. The real work that needed to be done in my life was to actually accept failure, pain, brokenness, and self sabotage. The drinking wasn’t the issue. I was. I didn’t love myself. I didn’t respect my own power. Today I do.
I have made nice with the fears and I have accepted the parts of my life that are just sad. I own my personal power with soulful courage. I am wildly honest and comfortably open. I am free.”
She previously shared about getting sober and finding herself in her 2020 memoir, Open Book.
Just a few days prior to sharing that throwback on her Instagram stores, Simpson shared a stunning photo from a shoot that is a pretty stark contrast to six years ago and finds her looking radiant and healthy: