Good Sunday morning friends. I hope you and your families are doing okay given the circumstances. New Zealand is on day 4 of a nation-wide, strict lockdown. Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, has been our light. She led us through the White Island volcanic eruptions recently, the Christchurch mosque attacks last year and now this, … Continue reading How to stay sober during lockdown
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
While most people were nursing hangovers on New Year's Day, it marked two years off the booze for me. Since then, I feel like things are getting better and better. I no longer feel nervous, unsure of what drives me or makes me spring out of bed in the morning. Something rather extraordinary has happened … Continue reading Alcoholfree 2 years on: an unintended consequence
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!
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 🎉🎄
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.