Rather than waking up with a typical New Year's Day hangover, I am waking up fresh and fit. Today I'm celebrating one year off the booze at a week-long yoga retreat in Bali. I remember 2017 New Year's Day vividly - a pounding headache and an argument with my partner. That's when I said I'M … Continue reading New Year’s Day: Celebrating One year Alcoholfree 🎉🌿❤️
This week, it was my birthday. It was my first birthday since... I don't know when... probably since I was an early teen... that I celebrated it alcohol free. You know how people think it's imperative to celebrate / commiserate with booze? I was one of those people. Because that's what the majority of Kiwis … Continue reading My first booze-free birthday! 🎁
How's everyone? It's good to be back. I've missed your writing. I haven't gone back to the booze which has been amazing. 🌿 Tomorrow will be our last day or work before we all break for the summer holidays. And only a week until my one year soberversary! You may not remember but one promise … Continue reading Hello I’m back
This weekend I discovered a new tool that helped me bat away numerous, awkward 'Why aren't you drinking?' questions. We had a large family reunion with loads of drinking involved. My secret weapon? A rental car! I had to take a short flight then rental to get there. So, when the endless stream of questions … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: the power of the rental car.
This year, I committed to overcoming my lifelong delusional perspective that alcohol was awesome. It's not been easy but on the whole, so far so good. Not a glass of wine has entered my body, or any other alcoholic drinks for that matter. To enable me to do this, I'm taking a multi-dimensional approach: Physical: … Continue reading Growing self confidence: learning to say NO.
Over the last few days, I've been getting a tonne of inspiration from the Self-Acceptance Online Summit. It's free, is still running... it's not too late to sign up. Here's the link: https://www.soundstrue.com/store/self-acceptance-summit/free-access To be honest, I wasn't too sure what to expect when signing up. I hadn't heard of Sounds True, Danielle LaPorte, Caroline … Continue reading Come join us! The 2017 Self-Acceptance Online Summit. 🔆
Last week I faced several days of full on alcohol temptation... a work conference out of town. Since quitting drinking in January, this was the first time in a loooong time that I got mildly panicky about being in an environment I'd typically imbibe. Work conferences have loads of free booze, trade stalls, food and … Continue reading Alcoholfree Living: Beating temptation.
Where has time gone! It's a crazy concept, realising I've gone to this long without alcohol. On New Year's Day, everyone scoffed at my decision to quit drinking. They thought it was just another hungover, pointless, flakey New Year's resolution. So did I. "They didn't think I had the guts or the grit to stick at it. … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: eight months today 🔆
I was having a great Sunday. Morning meditation, spring cleaning (throwing junk away is so therapeutic!) and having lunch with a friend. Then the phone rung. It was a family member who, in my view, is a difficult person. I got off the phone, seething with frustration and disappointment that this person could be so … Continue reading The Art of Acceptance: Dealing with Difficult People.
As we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, the longer days and warmer temps are a long-overdue treat. And I'm now at the point where I don't want to drink anymore. As you may have seen in previous posts, Wellington (that's capital city of New Zealand) has had a long, dark, wet and … Continue reading I don’t want to drink anymore.