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
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.
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.
What a whirlwind seven months it's been! Through all the ups and down, I wouldn't change it for the world. My only regret is, why didn't I do this years ago?!?!? I guess I was too stuck in my own ways. After all, everyone around around me drinks alcohol. Frequently drinking and / or boasting … Continue reading Seven months sober
Welcome to Sunday morning from New Zealand. While many of you are enjoying your long, warm summer days (catch some rays for me!), it's mid-winter here. Boy it's been wild! We've had storms, power cuts and floods in some areas ... thankfully, no-one's been hurt. It's almost 9:30am and I'm just waiting for a friend … Continue reading The beauty of Sunday breakfast.
As a novice blogger who joined the WordPress community six months ago, I was surprised and humbled to receive Foxy Writer Chick's nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award 🔆 Originally from Minnesota but now living in beautiful Maryland, Susan (a.k.a Foxy Writer Chick) is someone I respect very much. Unlike myself, Susan is a real writer. Her professional … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award
This weekend marks six months since I said goodbye to booze. It's been a wild ride. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to share the contrasts observed between then and now. How I used to think Looking back, I'm so embarrassed about how deluded I was about alcohol! What an idiot. But then again, the … Continue reading Six months alcoholfree: before and after.
On a Friday after work approximately six months ago (and for the ten years before that), you would have found me with a wine in my hand. Because: it's Friday or it's such-and-such's farewell or it's such-and-such's birthday or it's been a stressful week or I met a huge deadline or it's a girls night … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: reflections of days gone by
Last night I cleaned out a wardrobe in the spare room. It was wild, windy, dark and wintery outside. So why was I bothering? Because I wasn't drinking. Seriously! I have time on my hands, it's amazing! Back in the old days, I'd come home and have a wine after work because 'I deserved it/it … Continue reading Becoming alcoholfree: conquering the skeletons in the closet.