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 🎉🎄
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.
To celebrate my one year soberversary on New Years Day, I saved my drinking money and went on a ten-day yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia. It was one of the most powerful, eye-opening experiences I've ever had. If you're on Twitter, you can find lots of photos from our daily yoga, meditation, beach workouts and … Continue reading Through the looking glass: the power of Theta healing 🌿🙏🏼
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 🎉🌿❤️
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.
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
After a 12 hour direct flite from Auckland, New Zealand, we arrived safely in Los Angeles. The warmth! The beautiful accent of the people! The free flowing alcohol. ✈️ Quick side note: if you're wondering what this post is about, you can read more about My Sober Vegas Vacation here. Back to the story. From the moment … Continue reading My Sober Vegas Vacation Kicks Off! How to Think Past the Drink. ✈️