A year ago I quit smoking and have not looked back. There are days when I would crave a cigarette, and a couple drunken nights I’ve given in, but I have not picked the habit back up. I refuse to.

Let me tell you, I feel so much better. I can work harder and longer because I can breathe better. I smell better. I have more time to do things because I no longer need to stop and have a smoke. I no longer have the painful monthly menstrual cramps that drop me into a tear-filled fetal position every time it hits. And most of all, I’ve saved nearly FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS and was able to put it to the downpayment of a house.

It feels great and I am proof that it can be done. After 22 years of smoking, I just quit because I felt it was time. For those that think it’s not possible, believe me, it is. When someone asks me how I did it (cold turkey) I tell them, “The only thing you need to do is want to quit. And I mean, REALLY WANT TO. If you feel you can’t, then you don’t really want to. Don’t try until you’re absolutely sure it’s what you want.” When you do that, you can’t fail.