Sober lead up to Christmas πŸŽ‰πŸŽ„

Another year rolls by, but this lead up to Christmas is VERY different.

This time two years ago, I was a highly functioning alcoholic. I was getting far too merry and into the pre-Christmas festivities. All across the city, people were having work drinks, Christmas work parties, farewell drinks etc etc etc… and I was right amongst it.

The prospect of another boozy work lunch or after work drinks in the late summer sun excited me. Why? I don’t know. I guess I didn’t know how to have ‘fun’ or socialize any other way because that’s what I had done all my adult life. I look back now and shudder at what I did, who I was and how destructive I was to myself and those around me.

It’s easy to talk about the mess I was now. But back then, I was in total denial. I didn’t have a problem (or so I told myself) because the behavior was normalized by those around me.

Boy am I glad I woke up.

This time one year ago, I felt anxious and unsure about things. 2017 was my first sober lead up to Christmas and it was tough. I awkwardly declined the boozy invites but somehow I managed to get through it.

Fast forward to 2018 and the pre-Christmas festivities continue. The people who were my old drinking ‘buddies’ are still in the same places, still excessively consuming their poison of choice. And hey, it’s their choice, it’s their life. All I know is that I don’t want to be apart of that lifestyle anymore.

This year, I’m OK with not being part of the drinking and craziness in the lead up to Christmas. I have discovered a whole bunch of other things that are fun… much more rewarding and grounding than drinking ever was.

Whatever you are doing this week and next, rest assured that you aren’t alone.

Love and sober hugs,

NWIF xxx

10 thoughts on “Sober lead up to Christmas πŸŽ‰πŸŽ„

    • Merry Christmas Hannah 😊 I found that I had so many more hours in my day once I stopped wasting my life drinking. So I just got out there and tried a bunch of things… I discovered a love of gardening, daily meditation and spending authentic time with friends (not drunk time). I have deepened my yoga practice significantly and enjoy morning runs along the beach. Not sure if any of this helps? xoxo

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    • Lily, hi! So nice to get your message. Thank you so much. It’s been an amazing journey… last year was very hard but this year has been such a blast. The hard work was worth it. I trust you are keeping well? Looking forward to the Christmas break? All the best for a wonderful Christmas and a beautiful 2019 πŸ˜˜πŸŒΈπŸ’•βœ¨


    • Thank you for your kind words 😊✨ It’s been a whirlwind few years but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Baby steps. Wishing you a wonderful 2019 also, and thank you for popping by xoxo


  1. LOVE this post! It seems like a lot of people who are years into their sobriety post about how hard it still is & still craving drinks. Reading this is like a breath of fresh air- like the new normal can continue to be great & get even better as we learn & grow. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„

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    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, So happy to have connected with you. I agree with you, the new (alcoholfree) normal is becoming clearer and easier with time. Cravings are a thing of the past as I KNOW going back to alcohol would be an ugly mess.
      Welcome to the β€˜new us’!
      A very merry Christmas to you too πŸŽ„πŸ˜˜βœ¨

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