Jessica Simpson celebrated a huge milestone on Monday, November 1: Four years of sobriety.
The singer, 41, took to Instagram to post a photo of herself from the day she made the decision to quit drinking. Along with the emotional snap, the Dukes of Hazzard star wrote a lengthy note about how she has learned to love and accept herself in order to fully recover.
"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," the "With You" songstress explained. "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."
The former reality star continued: "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," Simpson said. The retail mogul also went on to explain that the "stigma" around being an alcoholic caused the healing process to be much more difficult than it already is. "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," Simpson explained about her personal journey through recovery. "Today I do. I have made nice with the fears and I have accepted the parts of my life that are just sad."
Now that she is on the other side, the superstar now feels better than ever before. "I own my personal power with soulful courage. I am wildly honest and comfortably open," Simpson concluded the post. "I am free."