Over the last eight weeks, I participated in something petrifying and extremely confronting. It pushed me far outside my comfort zone and challenged me on so many levels. It was the F45 Challenge. What the???? F45 is what some people describe as the hardest workout ever. I agree. In a nutshell, I describe it as … Continue reading Another little step towards the new, alcohol-free me: F45
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
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?
It's 7am Saturday morning as I write to you from Whangamata, New Zealand with a coffee in hand. It's a delicious 21*C which is pretty warm for us Kiwis. We said goodbye to summer and hello to autumn on 1 March (two days ago) - the opposite seasons to our friends in the northern hemisphere. … Continue reading 2018: an update and long overdue apology.
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! 🎁
Since my last drink at New Years, the small things seem to be making the biggest impact. Let's take Friday and Saturday nights, for example... Friday and / or Saturday nights used to be drinking nights. I was always able to find lame excuse (a party, birthday, farewell or promotion) that ultimately gave rise to … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: Loving the weekends.
I haven't had a drink for almost six months now. And I love my new life. But one thing I don't love is going to parties. Sure, it's great to catch up with friends and families. And up until 10pm, the conversation is quite pleasant. But a non drinker amongst a sea of drinkers can … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: The dread of going to parties.
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
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