Good Sunday morning friends. I hope you and your families are doing okay given the circumstances. New Zealand is on day 4 of a nation-wide, strict lockdown. Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, has been our light. She led us through the White Island volcanic eruptions recently, the Christchurch mosque attacks last year and now this, … Continue reading How to stay sober during lockdown
What Being Sober Has Meant to Me | Brené Brown — Read on brenebrown.com/articles/2019/05/31/what-being-sober-has-meant-to-me/ WoW. What a read! Do you ever read something and feel yourself nodding the whole time? That was me as I read this beautiful piece by Brené just now. This is the first time I have come across her thoughts and … Continue reading What Being Sober Has Meant to Me by Brené Brown
For decades I wore contacts. Back in my drinking days, I would stagger to the bathroom and take them out. I'd often miss the contact lens container and wake up lens-less in the morning. Contacts were always an inconvenience ... even as a sober person! Since I quit drinking just over two years ago, I've … Continue reading Quitting drinking: Chasing an unattainable dream
While most people were nursing hangovers on New Year's Day, it marked two years off the booze for me. Since then, I feel like things are getting better and better. I no longer feel nervous, unsure of what drives me or makes me spring out of bed in the morning. Something rather extraordinary has happened … Continue reading Alcoholfree 2 years on: an unintended consequence
On 01/01/19 I woke with elation rather than a hangover - I had made it to two years without a drop of alcohol. To celebrate this milestone, I saved my drinking money and spent two weeks in Bali doing yoga and hiking. It was an incredible experience - head over to my twitter page if … Continue reading Second summer without alcohol – and it’s amazing!
Not sure what trained professionals would say about bribing yourself to overcome addictions. But I'm doing it and so far, it's working. 01/01/19 will mark two years since I decided to hang up my drinking hat. My 'reward to self' is a two week holiday in tropical Bali, Indonesia. And here I am! I arrived … Continue reading Two years sober – let’s mark it with a vacation!
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?
Yesterday marked 17 months since I stopped drinking on New Years Day last year. It's Queens Birthday weekend (not her real birthday) which means that in New Zealand, Monday is a stat. A stat is Kiwi slang for statutory holiday... if you're in the UK, I think you call it a bank holiday and if … Continue reading How to be comfortable in our own company.