Over the last eight weeks, I participated in something petrifying and extremely confronting. It pushed me far outside my comfort zone and challenged me on so many levels. It was the F45 Challenge. What the???? F45 is what some people describe as the hardest workout ever. I agree. In a nutshell, I describe it as … Continue reading Another little step towards the new, alcohol-free me: F45
For decades I wore contacts. Back in my drinking days, I would stagger to the bathroom and take them out. I'd often miss the contact lens container and wake up lens-less in the morning. Contacts were always an inconvenience ... even as a sober person! Since I quit drinking just over two years ago, I've … Continue reading Quitting drinking: Chasing an unattainable dream
While most people were nursing hangovers on New Year's Day, it marked two years off the booze for me. Since then, I feel like things are getting better and better. I no longer feel nervous, unsure of what drives me or makes me spring out of bed in the morning. Something rather extraordinary has happened … Continue reading Alcoholfree 2 years on: an unintended consequence
On Friday afternoon, I was at work. Someone made the comment 'gosh there are a lot of sirens out there'. Then someone said 'there has been shootings at a mosque down in Christchurch'. It wasn't until I got home that night and saw the news that my disbelief turned into tears. Into denial. Into helplessness. … Continue reading Christchurch: comming together as a nation
On 01/01/19 I woke with elation rather than a hangover - I had made it to two years without a drop of alcohol. To celebrate this milestone, I saved my drinking money and spent two weeks in Bali doing yoga and hiking. It was an incredible experience - head over to my twitter page if … Continue reading Second summer without alcohol – and it’s amazing!
Not sure what trained professionals would say about bribing yourself to overcome addictions. But I'm doing it and so far, it's working. 01/01/19 will mark two years since I decided to hang up my drinking hat. My 'reward to self' is a two week holiday in tropical Bali, Indonesia. And here I am! I arrived … Continue reading Two years sober – let’s mark it with a vacation!
Another year rolls by, but this lead up to Christmas is VERY different. This time two years ago, I was a highly functioning alcoholic. I was getting far too merry and into the pre-Christmas festivities. All across the city, people were having work drinks, Christmas work parties, farewell drinks etc etc etc... and I was … Continue reading Sober lead up to Christmas 🎉🎄
Hi friends! It's been a while. How's things? Are you keeping well? Have you started putting Christmas decorations out yet?!? Since we were last in touch, a lot had been going on. That's kind of why I have been a bit absent ... my social media has dropped considerably now that I'm learning new (alcohol … Continue reading 689 days once my last drink
Drinking was my hobby. It was my go-to solution when I was happy, sad, celebrating, stressed. Or at least I thought it was a solution. Boy, was I deluded! This delusion stemmed from a lifetime of drinking, living in a high functioning alcoholic society and an upbringing where alcohol supposedly fixed everything. I knew no … Continue reading Things that Almost Broke me when I Quit Drinking. Part 2 of 3: Who am I?
Inspired by your comments, feedback and ideas over the past 12 months, this is part 1 in a 3 part series. The purpose of this series is to confront the three things that almost broke me after I made the decision to quit drinking, 17 months ago. Here in part 1, I share my struggle … Continue reading Things that Almost Broke me when I Quit Drinking. Part 1 of 3: Setting Personal Boundaries.