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Musings

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

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

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

Tackling the triggers

Tackling the triggers
Once you quit drinking, for good, you're going to get to know your triggers. You won't like them at first, and certainly won't recognize them. That's because before quitting, a trigger would be imperceptible to your mind. Almost as quickly as it would arise, you would reach for that glass of wine.  Continue reading

Celebrating without wine

Celebrating without wine
I had a reason to celebrate. On this particular day,  I'd received news that the editor job I'd applied for was mine for the taking. Truly, a dream job. I'd been writing for a local newspaper for a couple years and my contract was ending in a few weeks. I had no job lined up. And, skill-wise, I was best suited for a writing or editing gig,  Continue reading