Hi everyone, Last year as part of giving up drinking, I started a daily gratitude journal practice. Nothing earth shattering, just 5-10 minutes each morning, one page of three things I'm grateful for. While it sounds inconsequential, I genuinely believe it's helped change me from being a 'glass half empty' person to a 'glass half … Continue reading One year blogaversary: sober me then and now!🙋🏽♀️🔆🌿🌺
Yesterday (Sunday) a friend and I went on a gut busting, glorious hike that would have been out of the question before I quit drinking. We both joked how neither of us would have dreamt of meeting at 8am on a Sunday morning to climb hills. We would have both been hung over from a … Continue reading Sunday hike (not Sunday hangover!)🔆🌿🌏
This weekend I spent a day with five lovely ladies on a Bali-style yoga retreat. Prior to booking, inner voice #1 said: 'It sounds wonderful but it's a bit expensive.' Then voice #2 snapped back: 'What are you talking about, it equates to a week's worth of drinking money and you NEVER batted an eyelid … Continue reading Mini yoga retreat! 🌺🦋🔆🌿
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.
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! 🎁
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.
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 🔆