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 … Continue reading Sober lead up to Christmas 🎉🎄
Hi friends! It's been a while. How's things? Are you keeping well? Have you started putting Christmas decorations out yet?!? Since we were last in touch, a lot had been going on. That's kind of why I have been a bit absent ... my social media has dropped considerably now that I'm learning new (alcohol … Continue reading 689 days once my last drink
Drinking was my hobby. It was my go-to solution when I was happy, sad, celebrating, stressed. Or at least I thought it was a solution. Boy, was I deluded! This delusion stemmed from a lifetime of drinking, living in a high functioning alcoholic society and an upbringing where alcohol supposedly fixed everything. I knew no … Continue reading Things that Almost Broke me when I Quit Drinking. Part 2 of 3: Who am I?
Inspired by your comments, feedback and ideas over the past 12 months, this is part 1 in a 3 part series. The purpose of this series is to confront the three things that almost broke me after I made the decision to quit drinking, 17 months ago. Here in part 1, I share my struggle … Continue reading Things that Almost Broke me when I Quit Drinking. Part 1 of 3: Setting Personal Boundaries.
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 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.
It's been four days since we arrived home safely in New Zealand. I've taken time to reflect on our vacation and put together some observations. I thought these might be useful if you're planning a vacation and are dreading the prospect of being alcoholfree like I was... especially if you are going with heavy drinkers … Continue reading Learnings from My Sober Vegas Vacation
24 hours after saying goodbye to Las Vegas, we are now safely home in New Zealand. We are all feeling jet lagged and dying for a good sleep. Before I do, I just wanted to swing by and say hello. After eight magic days in Sin City, famous for drinking and gambling, I'm excited to … Continue reading My Sober Vegas Vacation ends: goodbye Las Vegas
It's 9pm and we just got back to our hotel. So hard to believe the Billboard Music Awards are going on less than 1km from here! But what's harder to believe that I'm here and I'm still sober. Honestly, I didn't think I could do it. This afternoon, we did a helicopter ride into the … Continue reading Day 7: My Sober Vegas Vacation
Just a quick note to say hi and that I'm still alcoholfree. Looking back, those first 48 hours were by far the hardest. As time goes and and the more I see people being drunken idiots (how I would have been six months ago!), the more I want to stay on my alcoholfree journey. The … Continue reading Day 5: My Sober Vegas Vacation