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Musings

Being the sober party girl

Being the sober party girl
Everyone looks forward to the weekends. That's a no-brainer. For those who enjoy a libation-filled weekend, a big part of the weekend plans often include get togethers -- neighbourhood parties, dinner parties, meeting for drinks on a patio. Like every other drinker I've ever known, I often couldn't wait to start sipping my favourite alcoholic bevies.  Continue reading

Take the gift of a new routine

Take the gift of a new routine
Although a change in routine may be a strange way to describe embracing sobriety, it was actually one of the biggest hurdles I faced in overcoming my reliance on the stuff. Routines, after all, by their very nature provide us comfort and security. We come to rely on our daily patterns so intensely that when one of them falls away, it can be extremely destabilizing and distressing. Continue reading

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

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

Substitutes for wine

Substitutes for wine
A tremendous part of the clarity journey is self-exploration. By that, I mean you'll be asking yourself a gazillion questions as you come to understand why you want to drink so badly, and how you can overcome that desire once and for all. One of the first places you'll likely start is determining what it is about the drinking experience, itself, that is so alluring.  Continue reading