πŸ™‹πŸ½Thank you Annie G! πŸ™‹πŸ½

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 people raving about Annie’s book, I’ll be honest, I was doubtful it could ‘cure’ me. With a solid twenty year drinking career and an upbringing where alcohol was the focus of every event, it was hard to see how a book could shift literally a lifetime’s learning and love of wine.

Enter Annie Grace.

I’ve deliberately taken a good six weeks to read this book. It’s now dog eared, covered in highlights and my chicken scratchings. I read and re-read sections. I want to ensure Annie’s concepts reeeeally sink in. Sure enough, they have started to resonate. It’s a profound, weird feeling… like I’ve been completely duped all my life about what alcohol really is.

A lifelong internal battle with booze.

Thanks to Annie, one of the most powerful realisations is that my subconscious mind and conscious mind were at war with each other before I started my sober journey. My conscious said ‘no wine I’m fine’ but my subconscious was saying ‘no wine YOU ARE NOT FINE, hurry up – get amongst it!’. This was the story of my life. Moderation would always fail because of this clash no matter how hard I tried. Now it’s dissolving away. Seriously! Now, as the weeks pass, so this internal battle dies down. I am slowly winning an internal war that’s existed all my life.

Where to from here?

I don’t want to get into any more detail of the book as I would not be doing it anywhere near the justice it deserves. So I’ll leave it here. All I’ll say is, if you have not read Annie’s book and you’re struggling with alcohol, I strongly encourage you to read it. And no, I haven’t been paid to say any of this!

Anyway, I know Annie will probably never read this little thank you. But I can sincerely say, hand on heart, if it wasn’t for your book Annie, I genuinely do not believe I would have gone this long without a wine.

Thank you Annie Grace.

Love and sober hugs from New Zealand πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’

23 thoughts on “πŸ™‹πŸ½Thank you Annie G! πŸ™‹πŸ½

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  3. Will def read this next. I’m also in NZ (Auckland) and stopped drinking on New Year’s Day 2017. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸ» Going strong still.

    HOME podcast is my fav recovery resource, and they talk about Annie Grace’s work.

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    • Hi Naomi,
      We have the same soberversary! How cool. Nice work getting this far.
      Thanks for the HOMe podcast tip, will give it a go on the way to work today.
      Happy Friday and thanks for connecting πŸ¦‹πŸ˜€πŸ’πŸŒΊ

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  4. You should definitely reach out to Annie with this review! There’s info in her book on how to do it. She’s going to post my blog about One Year, No Beer on her website. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. Also, if you bought it on Amazon, leave the review there as well. You never know who you might help by reposting these words. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for your wise words. Amazingly Annie did read it, just over Easter! She then posted a link to my blog on her FB and Twitter sites… my little blog went nuts!
      You’re absolutely right, if we can help inform someone else / pay it forward, then it’s all been worthwhile.
      Sober hugs from New Zealand πŸ’™πŸ¦‹πŸŒπŸŒ΄

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  5. It’s a great book, I know I’ll go back for a 2nd reading at the first hint of my mind starting to have its old debates with itself. It’s good that you’re sharing it for more people to discover and I’m glad it’s helped you so much πŸ™‚

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    • Sounds great, I’d love to hear how you find it. I’m still gobsmacked at how deluded I was and society as well. A bit like how society viewed cigarettes in the ’60s… a sexy, stress reliever that was the norm. It feels like that view of smoking has been translated into today’s view of alcohol. Not sure if that makes sense? ✨✨✨

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    • Yay I can’t wait to hear what you think! Please keep me posted? Best analogy i can think of is about tomatoes.
      A class of kids in the States were asked where tomatoes came from. Some answered ‘from a can’. This was genuinely true in their eyes – it was not their fault they’d never seen a tomato plant, tomato seeds, tomatoes ripening on the vine. So it wasn’t until these kids were given some seeds to grow their own tomatoes, they realised that tomatoes don’t come from a can at all.
      Weird analogy … point being that my belief about alcohol was like the tomato can. I had a closely held, distorted, subconscious belief because I’d never been shown otherwise. But not anymore.
      Talk soon, sober hugs. Appreciate your feedback as always xoxo

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