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!
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.