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Going to bed at 9:30pm on Saturday

Going to bed at 9:30pm on Saturday
I'm falling asleep on the couch as I watch an episode of Amazing Race. I can't keep my eyes open after a busy day of errands, long walks, gardening and hanging out with my son. It's just past 9 p.m. I'm tired and, frankly, my bed is summoning me. I should mention that it's a Saturday night.  Continue reading

Why I blog about not drinking

Why I blog about not drinking
There are two main reasons why I blog about my sobriety journey. One is for my own personal benefit and the other is for those considering, or are already on, a similar path. I want to be clear that I do not blog to guilt or shame anyone into quitting alcohol. I drank far too much, and for too long, to judge anyone on his or her drinking habits.  Continue reading

Entering a new chapter without wine kinda sucks

Entering a new chapter without wine kinda sucks
With today being my birthday, I feel it's as good a time as any to reflect on the past five months since I quit drinking alcohol and consider what lies ahead. At face value, my life is amazing. I have so much to be grateful for. Healthy happy kids, great job, wonderful family, good health, amazing man in my life... the list could go on. Continue reading

Skip the booze when traveling

Skip the booze when traveling
There are so many ways that my decision to quit drinking has affected my day to day life that I had not given much thought to how it would affect my vacations. I’d booked my trip to Europe back in December as I was embarking on my new sober lifestyle. The challenge of traveling without my usual libations wasn’t even a glimmer of a thought. Continue reading

Understanding behaviour vs identity

Understanding behaviour vs identity
When I first decided to quit drinking, I had to go through several iterations of "the quit" before it finally stuck. Even though my common sense told me that drinking did more harm than good, it could not override my desire to drink. Continue reading

What can $1,725 buy you? Besides liquor...

What can $1,725 buy you? Besides liquor...
It is with the understanding that your annual spending will not likely be the Eureka moment that compels you to drop your drinking habit. But, I feel it's a really nice bonus to consider if you're on the cusp of committing to sobriety. Continue reading

Let's talk skin

Let's talk skin
Chances are pretty small that you haven't noticed how a night of drinking affects your skin the next morning. It sags, the wrinkles are a bit deeper, and no amount of expensive skin serum can brighten your complexion. When we're in our twenties,  the skin naturally bounces back to its former fresh glow. However, by the time we hit our forties and fifties, our skin needs all the help it can get to look a semblance of fresh.  Continue reading

Want to quit drinking alcohol? Remove this word from your vocabulary

Want to quit drinking alcohol? Remove this word from your vocabulary
After multiple failed attempts to quit drinking over the course many years, I discovered one of the biggest impediments to my success was related to one simple, small word. Eradicating it from my vocabulary was instrumental in helping me maintain the will power to finally stay dry over the longer term. Perhaps you know this already, but for me it was kind of a big deal. I had to quit relying on the word 'try'.   Continue reading

Don't expect support

Don't expect support
When you choose to quit drinking alcohol, don't expect much support. Unless you're an alcoholic. At least, that has been my experience so far. People get it if you quit because you're an alcoholic and your life is a hot mess, as a result. They support you and encourage you. That doesn't happen if you're a social drinker who has decided to quit.  Continue reading

Alcohol is everywhere

Alcohol is everywhere
One of the first things I noticed when I quit drinking alcohol was its ubiquitous presence. Strangely, I'd never realized how frequently the theme of alcohol arose in my daily life. And by my daily life, I mean yours, too. It's in radio commercials, TV shows, movies, social media posts even Hallmark stores for God's sake. Can't cope with life? Have a drink. Boss sucks? Have a drink. It's noon somewhere in the world... Have a drink.  Continue reading