Evan (Evie) Collins Website liveatindependence.com Position Regional Leasing Manager, Independence Place Apartments  Contact BIO The last few years of Evie Collins life have been a courageous journey of connecting to her spirit in order to find true happiness and fulfillment. Wrapped up in alcoholism and self-destructive cycles within relationships, Evie determined in order to live an enriching life, sobriety must be found. It was her first and by far, toughest, battle yet. In the early stages of her detox, she fought the continuous pull towards alcohol. She soon realized she must surrender to her true self to get through the mental and physical pain. Through her Creator, meditation, family/friends, and AA, Evie has been sober 17 months (June 17). Presently, Evie is enjoying balanced relationships and is 100 percent sober, which she attributes to her strong faith and the support of her parents and grandparents.  A simple quote passed along from Evie’s mother, written by Edwin Louis Cole, helped to lift her negative thoughts. The quote reads, "You do not drown by falling into the water, you drown by staying there."         EVIE’S COURAGE STATEMENT “My courage came from a strong desire to break my crippling cycles to reconnect to my true self, which is directly connected to the Eternal Light. My Spiritual journey happened about a year after I came back home to start over. I was living with my family and had a new job I loved when my favorite Uncle Michael died in a car accident. At that point, I had no choice but to start finding my true self. The person I was at the time would not get me out of these continuous disappointing cycles and help me though the toughest time of my life. My courageous journey began when I had to look at who I really was in order to find my true self. I found my true self did not need alcohol to cope with my life or make me happy. I discovered I could not love anyone until I loved myself. My greatest revelation was my Spirit was stronger than anything this life could throw at me and is directly connected to God.”