Goodbye alcohol! πŸ”†

Had a few issues with my WordPress account lately so despite not being on here much, I’ve missed you guys ‘n gals! I draw so much inspiration and clever tips from you and enjoy testing them. Then, depending on how it goes, implementing thing more fully. So thank you!

Despite being smack bang in the middle of winter, all is well down here in New Zealand. We’re often faced with wild, wet, windy days (Wellington is famous for its gale force winds). It would be easy to get into a slippery ‘poor me’ slope. You know, like:

  • Whinging about the weather
  • Complaining about work stress (everyone loves to boast how ‘busy’ they are – booooring, your ‘busy-ness’ doesn’t impress us!!!)
  • Getting overwhelmed by the dark mornings and dark evenings
  • Feeling sorry for myself when I got hit with the flu – yes a flu, not a cold – for two weeks.
  • Turning to wine to ‘feel better’ and cope. Yeah right!

But what’s the point of feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in self pity? You’re not interested in hearing me whinge and complain! Instead, I’ve been actively continuing my yoga practice (except when I was crook of course), daily meditation, gratitude journaling, having some wonderful weekend brunches with friends and reading a tone of brilliant non-fiction books. Mostly on ancient civilisations and such like, fascinating stuff!

What’s all this got to do with alcohol, you ask? Nothing! That’s the point. I don’t even consider comming home to a glass of wine after work anymore. Looking to wine to address stress, celebrations or whatever isn’t a consideration at all. 

We went to a party last weekend and quite frankly, seeing people pissed, obnoxious, rude and completely out of character just grosses me out. I admit, I was that person too – this isn’t an ego trip. But I recognised it and decided it was a sad, lonely, wasteful life I was living. So I stopped drinking.

I trust all is well wth you and if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’re having a wonderful summer.

Love and virtual hugs,

NOWineImFINE xoxo πŸ¦‹πŸ”†πŸŒ·πŸŒ΄

PS Calm is a meditation app I use – each day they offer a huge mix of meditations, depending on what you’re looking to get out of it. Here’s one of my recent favs. 

21 thoughts on “Goodbye alcohol! πŸ”†

  1. Lovely to see you back in print again! I know how determined you are so I have no doubt you are steadfast in your journey. Sorry you have winter, we have it coming soon enough here in the UK, NOT looking forward to it I can tell you! have a wonderful weekend xx

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    • Thanks so much for popping by, it’s great to be back in touch again. You’re right, we all get our turns with the seasons, the dark days helps us appreciate and enjoy the light ones. Have a great weekend xoxo


  2. Sucks being sick . It’s summer here .. In minneasota … It’s not been a hot .. Mid temps in the 70-80’s . A lot of rain … 😁keep doing what your doing enjoying your new improved you … One day at a time . My friend … Take care…. 😊❀️
    Minneasota gal

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  3. Wonderful. It is very good to hear you are doing so well. πŸ™‚
    I’ve been to Wellington, years ago. And indeed, that wind! We thought it was a windy day, worked out that it was like that al year round. Pfiew!
    You write ‘what has this to do with alcohol?’ And you continue with ‘Nothing!’ but I personally think the way you are living now has everything to do with alcohol and reversing the spiritual mistake the addictive personality made somewhere along the lines. You are now living consciously (hope I spelled that right) and taking care of you. That is an exact reversal of what I believe addiction did/does to us / what we do to ourself when we think using substances is a good way to deal with life. So yes, to me this is a post on addiction/recovery too. And I am happy to read it. Happy to read you are doing so well. Self care ‘pays off’. That is an important message. πŸ™‚ Thank you.
    xx, Feeling

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    • Hello my friend, thanks so much for your lovely words.
      You’ve been to our little wellington, how cool!
      You are right, your term ‘reversing the spiritual mistake’ resonates deeply with me.
      It’s people like your good self who enable this to be possible – stronger together. I’d go so far as to say the WordPress sobersphere has been one of my key tools to being successful.
      Thank you for all that you do, it means so much xoxo

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  4. Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. I did miss you, wondered where you were. My daughter moved to Windy Wellington in September 2 years ago and was instantly at home there because it’s the same weather here. I looked at all the photos and thought how wonderful it looked and was so envious that she was there. I love that you live there too.
    I’m happy too that you’re doing so well. X

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    • Thank you so much it’s so nice to get your message. All is well down here in little nz.
      Gosh doesn’t time fly, inner it doesn’t feel like two years since your daughter was here!
      I trust you are well and the summer sunshine is glorious up in the northern hemisphere.
      Take care, talk soon my friend. ❀️


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