As I flipped the calendar over yesterday, I realised it marks four months belong alcohol free. How time flies! When I shared this milestone with a friend, they asked how I lasted so long without drinking. Fair question, I was KNOWN as a drinker!! So I thought I'd share my ideas with you here, with … Continue reading How I’m keeping alcoholfree: 4 months already!
This morning I attended a beautiful ANZAC Dawn service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. I often cry when The Last Post sounds and the flag is half mast. And I ALWAYS cry when everyone sings Whaakaria Mai (How Great Thou Art) and Amazing Grace. To me, these songs represent those who have gone before and … Continue reading ❤️Lest we Forget ❤️
Sunday night and we just got home from a weekend away with friends. Lots of fun, laughs and yes, LOTS of alcohol. Friday: the drinking kicks off From before we arrived on Friday night, it had already begun. Friends who beat us to the hotel were already 'on it'. And fair enough - drinking is … Continue reading 🏞The ultimate sober challenge: weekend away with friends 🏞
In four weeks, we'll be on a plane bound for Las Vegas, Nevada. Six friends, seven nights, casinos, the Strip and limitless alcohol. From the airport lounges (with free alcohol) to the plane (with free alcohol) to the limo (with free alcohol) that's taking us to our accomodation when we touch down, the entire trip … Continue reading 🌇 My Sober Vegas Vacation! 🌇
Thankful for not getting boozed last night. Thankful for waking up energetic and with a clear head, marking day 103 on my sobriety tracker. Yay! 🦋 Thankful for my wildly windy hill walk after the cyclone this morning. The sea views were stunning and the colours were breathtaking. Thankful for warm hot cross buns with … Continue reading 🦋Day 103: Sober and thankful… it’s the small things 🦋
That's it. Done. Just finished the last page of This Naked Mind by Annie Grace. I'm now sitting here, stunned, thinking 'What WAS I thinking?!?!?' The not so helpful self help books Over the years, my bookcase had accumulated a raft of self help books. Most of them didn't do much. So when I heard … Continue reading 🙋🏽Thank you Annie G! 🙋🏽
This morning New Zealand woke up to flooding across parts of the country. Evaluations from homes, schools and businesses took place during the night and continue in some areas this morning. More rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours. Waking up to civil defence emergencies, while it can be scary, sadly, it is not … Continue reading 🔥The power of clear head during civil defence emergencies🔥
One aspect of my sobriety journey is meditation. I've played around the fringes but on reflection, never GOT IT. So today I took the plunge, heading off to a local modern Buddhist centre for a day long meditation retreat. I was petrified! But I should not have been... it was a profound, grounding experience that … Continue reading 🙏🏼Day 92: Dancing in the rain through meditation🙏🏼