This morning before work, most of the nation woke early to watch THE RACE. We've been holding out for THE RACE for years... 14 years to be precise! That was the last time we won the America's Cup. The last regatta, 2013, Team Oracle USA won (I won't get into the speculations around cheating 😆). … Continue reading Team New Zealand: winners of the 35th America’s Cup 🏆
On a Friday after work approximately six months ago (and for the ten years before that), you would have found me with a wine in my hand. Because: it's Friday or it's such-and-such's farewell or it's such-and-such's birthday or it's been a stressful week or I met a huge deadline or it's a girls night … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: reflections of days gone by
Last night I cleaned out a wardrobe in the spare room. It was wild, windy, dark and wintery outside. So why was I bothering? Because I wasn't drinking. Seriously! I have time on my hands, it's amazing! Back in the old days, I'd come home and have a wine after work because 'I deserved it/it … Continue reading Becoming alcoholfree: conquering the skeletons in the closet.
I haven't had a drink for almost six months now. And I love my new life. But one thing I don't love is going to parties. Sure, it's great to catch up with friends and families. And up until 10pm, the conversation is quite pleasant. But a non drinker amongst a sea of drinkers can … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: The dread of going to parties.
During the first few months of quitting drinking, a friend gave me some very sage advice. She suggested that if I really want to kick the drink, one thing I needed to do was to keep myself away from situations where I'd be vulnerable. That is, to set myself up for success, I should steer … Continue reading Overcoming loneliness in early sobriety
On Friday, a common question we ask each other is "What are your plans for the weekend?" Heading into this weekend, my answer was "As little as possible." I often get blank stares when I answer like this. I think it's because people expect me to responsd with a long, dramatic series of activities. Reciting long … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: taking time out for yourself is OK.