On a Friday after work approximately six months ago (and for the ten years before that), you would have found me with a wine in my hand. Because: it's Friday or it's such-and-such's farewell or it's such-and-such's birthday or it's been a stressful week or I met a huge deadline or it's a girls night … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: reflections of days gone by
Last night I cleaned out a wardrobe in the spare room. It was wild, windy, dark and wintery outside. So why was I bothering? Because I wasn't drinking. Seriously! I have time on my hands, it's amazing! Back in the old days, I'd come home and have a wine after work because 'I deserved it/it … Continue reading Becoming alcoholfree: conquering the skeletons in the closet.
I haven't had a drink for almost six months now. And I love my new life. But one thing I don't love is going to parties. Sure, it's great to catch up with friends and families. And up until 10pm, the conversation is quite pleasant. But a non drinker amongst a sea of drinkers can … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: The dread of going to parties.
During the first few months of quitting drinking, a friend gave me some very sage advice. She suggested that if I really want to kick the drink, one thing I needed to do was to keep myself away from situations where I'd be vulnerable. That is, to set myself up for success, I should steer … Continue reading Overcoming loneliness in early sobriety
On Friday, a common question we ask each other is "What are your plans for the weekend?" Heading into this weekend, my answer was "As little as possible." I often get blank stares when I answer like this. I think it's because people expect me to responsd with a long, dramatic series of activities. Reciting long … Continue reading Alcoholfree living: taking time out for yourself is OK.
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
Just a quick note to say hi and that I'm still alcoholfree. Looking back, those first 48 hours were by far the hardest. As time goes and and the more I see people being drunken idiots (how I would have been six months ago!), the more I want to stay on my alcoholfree journey. The … Continue reading Day 5: My Sober Vegas Vacation
Where do I start... this place is amazing! Fitbit tells me we walked 22km yesterday and 10.5km today. My feet agree! But really, you're wondering whether or not I have fallen prey to the bright lights, glitz and glamour and started drinking? Day 1: at the brink of hitting the drink Yesterday I almost caved. … Continue reading Day 2: My Sober Vegas Vacation 🏜🌴🌆