Seven months sober

What a whirlwind seven months it’s been! 

Through all the ups and down, I wouldn’t change it for the world. My only regret is, why didn’t I do this years ago?!?!? I guess I was too stuck in my own ways. After all, everyone around around me drinks alcohol. Frequently drinking and / or boasting about big nights out has become normalised… socialising centers around alcohol in our Kiwi boozing culture. So I guess I was quite blinded by it. But that was my fault for being a follower and not questioning it, too.

To ‘reward’ myself for getting to seven months, I registered for a meditation retreat. It’s here in New Zealand and not until November. But I’m hugely excited at the prospect. I’ve never been on a meditation retreat before so somewhat apprehensive as well! And what’s more exciting is that it didn’t cost me anything because the booze money that I’ve been saving has paid for it! Yes! This retreat was paid for with money I’ve saved since my Sober Vegas Vacation (also fully funded by saving my drinking money). I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, thanks for all your amazing posts, suggestions and inspiration. You’ve been a massive part in helping keep me on focussed. Take care xoxo

52 thoughts on “Seven months sober

    • Hi Jess, I’m quite excited at the prospect at this meditation retreat! Have you been on one before? Not sure what to expect but I’m hoping to come home well rested and more aware of how to practice πŸ¦‹πŸ’™πŸ™πŸΌ


    • Thanks for your lovely message. When things get a bit hard, it’s messages of love and support like yours that help keep me positive and focussed.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend πŸ”†πŸŒ΄πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹


  1. What a fabulous treat for you! Don’t worry the culture in the U.S. is equally centered around alcohol not just in N.Z. I look forward to hearing about the retreat…peace, quiet and nature how lovely! Yoga too maybe? Take your binoculars for birdwatching – one of my favorite pastimes! Congratulations to you! You are something special!

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  2. Congratulations on 7 months! What an achievement. I’ve always wanted to do a meditation retreat. Feels so great to be living a life where we can make choices like that, that nurture our soul and tend to our real needs. So happy for you! πŸ™‚

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  3. Huge congratulations, you deserve that trip! It must be so hard considering you around surrounded by a drinking culture. You obviously have a wonderful determination and are a very strong person, and all that money you saved!!! Also I bet you have dropped pounds in weight ! keep going, you are amazing, be proud of yourself, you have earned a big round of applause xxx

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    • Deep Work was a fantastic read, thank you sooooo much for the recommendation. I’m applying some of the practices at work and it’s making a huge difference. I thought of you while reading the ‘get rid of social media that’s junk’ – the insights are spot on! Many thanks πŸ”†β€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸ™‹πŸ½

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      • Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! Ha ha, I wasn’t exaggerating when I said it changed my life! It’s one of those books that should be required reading for everyone. Up there with Rework, Essentialism, and Die Empty. Ha ha, if you ever need another book recommendation, let me know!

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      • Oh wow you have more recommendations?!?!? Yes yes I’m totally up for it!!! Those three you’ve just listed sounds like a great start, thank you sooooooo much. For me, reading beats TV hands down these days xoxo

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      • Oh my goodness, I could recommend books all day! Ha ha, I love reading and sharing things I’ve read! I have a list of recommended books on my blog (on the Things That Changed My Life page) or you can friend me on Goodreads (Jennilyn Gaitan) and I have several recommendations shelves (Fiction recommends, Kids recommends, Business recommends, etc recommends). Ha ha, reading beats TV hands down!

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      • Thank you so much for the tips, I have some homework to do this weekend! Can’t wait to check out your page. I’m not on Goodreads but you’ve given me a tonne of wonderful recommendations to get started with. Excitement!!! Happy Friday my friend and thanks again xoxo

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    • Fair enough! Will send you positive meditation vibes when I get there πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™‚
      Oh the clock, isn’t the money aspect amazing! A little scary how the dollars clock up … but isn’t it exciting to use it for alternative, positive things!

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    • Absolutely! It’s at this beautiful nature reserve out in the bush (or, I think you say forest? Or woods?). No internet, no traffic, just nature and bird life at our doorsteps πŸ’™πŸ™πŸΌπŸŒ΄πŸ¦‹πŸ¦Ž


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