Recognizing Cary Kelley Wright as a SHE RECOVERS Gem
SHE RECOVERS® Foundation Volunteer Recognition
“Being a volunteer for SHE RECOVERS is a way to give back to a community that lifted me up in my early recovery and gave me a place to be seen and held. This community has been a lifeline to me and so many others. It is a sacred space where each of us can show up authentically and know that we will be held, loved, and encouraged. Why wouldn’t I want to give back to a community that has given me so much? – Cary Kelley Wright, SHE RECOVERS Volunteer
Recognizing Cary Kelley Wright as a SHE RECOVERS Gem
Cary Kelley Wright is a certified professional recovery coach, a certified life coach, and a certified SHE RECOVERS Coach, she is also one of our Global Gatherings volunteer hosts. Cary is in long term recovery from alcohol use disorder, co-dependence, perfectionism, and ultra-independence, among other things. She has been volunteering for the Foundation for three years and has been recently recognized as a SHE RECOVERS Gem.
SHE RECOVERS Gems are volunteers who have been acknowledged by their peers for their profound and life-altering contributions and service to our community.
We had the honor of interviewing Cary about her role as a SHE RECOVERS Volunteer.
What does being a SHE RECOVERS Foundation Volunteer mean to you?
Being a volunteer for SHE RECOVERS is a way to give back to a community that lifted me up in my early recovery and gave me a place to be seen and held. This community has been a lifeline to me and so many others. It is a sacred space where each of us can show up authentically and know that we will be held, loved, and encouraged. Why wouldn’t I want to give back to a community that has given me so much?
I want to support other women and non-binary individuals in or seeking recovery to find what I have found…a life I don’t want to escape from. I want to support this organization because it saves lives and creates opportunities for real healing to happen.
Why did you decide to become a SHE RECOVERS Foundation Volunteer?
I want to support other women and non-binary individuals in or seeking recovery to find what I have found, a life I don’t want to escape from. I want to support this organization because it saves lives and creates opportunities for real healing to happen.
What three words would your friends and fellow peers use to describe you?
Authentic, compassionate, and intuitive.
How do these aspects of who you are show up in your everyday life?
Being authentic is something I am learning to do. I spent so many years of my life running from or numbing every feeling that once I got sober, I had to really work to figure out who my authentic self was. I am grateful for that work. It guides my work with others in many ways.
Compassion and empathy are at the heart of healing. They are the cornerstone of growth and discovery. When we connect with others with vulnerability and are met with empathy and compassion we create opportunities for real healing.
Being intuitive is something that helps me in my own recovery and in my work with others. Listening with empathy and opening to my intuition really helps me to connect deeply with others.
These three things work very well together, and help me to be a better coach.
What is something you are most proud of?
I am very proud of the business that I have created out of my desire to help others in recovery to find their own path to freedom and healing. It is work that feeds my soul and I am grateful every day that I can make a living doing something that brings me so much joy.
What does radical self-care look like for you?
Meditation, time in nature, yoga, travel
What or who is inspiring you right now?
I am most inspired by the individuals that I see step into the recovery arena every day to show up for themselves and others. Some days that is easier than other days. The most important thing to me is that we always keep showing up. You don’t have to be perfect.
What SHE RECOVERS Intention & Guiding Principle resonates with you the most right now?
Connection is our sole (soul) purpose. We’re stronger together.
What is your favorite SHE RECOVERS resource?
What is one piece of advice you would give to another woman/non-binary individual who is seeking a community like SHE RECOVERS?
Our healing is rooted in our pain AND vulnerable connection is where we can share that pain and be held. This group will offer you connection like you have never experienced before.
What do you do outside of your volunteer role for work and/or play?
I am a recovery coach which is my passion in this life. I do enjoy play, which I do a lot with my four year old daughter, Tatum. We love to dance together, sing, play hide and screech, and walk in nature around the farm.
Tell us a little bit about your recovery journey. What tools and resources do you weave into your patchwork of recovery?
I am in recovery from alcohol use disorder, co-dependence, ultra-independence, perfectionism, control issues, body image issues, and most recently separation that is leading to divorce. My work as a coach really helps me to stay grounded in my recovery by giving me many opportunities to share my own path and to hold others as they journey. I have many tools that help me. The most important by far is my spiritual expression and my close relationship with Diving energy (God). There is comfort in knowing that there is something so much bigger than me that has already gone before me. Something that can see much farther than I. I nurture my faith and my recovery every day through meditation, yoga, walking, writing, and connecting with other souls on the recovery path. There is so much power in the connections we make as we share from our hearts with others.
Feeling Inspired by this She Recovers Gem Story?
We invite you to get involved with SHE RECOVERS and explore the many ways you can help inspire hope, redefine recovery, reduce stigma and empower women who are in or seeking recovery. You can become a SHE RECOVERS Partner, Friend of the Foundation, Volunteer, or Advocate.