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 🎉🎄
Drinking was my hobby. It was my go-to solution when I was happy, sad, celebrating, stressed. Or at least I thought it was a solution. Boy, was I deluded! This delusion stemmed from a lifetime of drinking, living in a high functioning alcoholic society and an upbringing where alcohol supposedly fixed everything. I knew no … Continue reading Things that Almost Broke me when I Quit Drinking. Part 2 of 3: Who am I?
Inspired by your comments, feedback and ideas over the past 12 months, this is part 1 in a 3 part series. The purpose of this series is to confront the three things that almost broke me after I made the decision to quit drinking, 17 months ago. Here in part 1, I share my struggle … Continue reading Things that Almost Broke me when I Quit Drinking. Part 1 of 3: Setting Personal Boundaries.
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.
Hi everyone The other day, my little Nomo app told me I'm 500 days alcohol free. Next month, I'll be 18 months alcohol free. You've been an instrumental part of my journey, thank you for your motivation, tips and ideas along the way. Time flies! I wondered what might be a meaningful topic to share … Continue reading No Wine I’m Fine – 17 months on
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.
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 🎉🌿❤️