A whole year without alcohol – I did it!
It was certainly tough to begin with – but after about 6 months it got easier as the benefits started coming through – Year 2 here I come!
When I made the momentous decision to quit I tried to envisage my life without alcohol. I imagined it would be just the same – only a little greyer, quieter and even a bit “boring”. Little did I know my life was about to change significantly – in the most positive ways possible.
In fact I have been reflecting on the benefits of sobriety but decided there were so many that I would make that my next blog – watch this space for my “top ten benefits of sobriety”.
So how did I celebrate that first Soberversary? – obviously champagne was out of question although a bottle of Pom Royale was a good start…
In fact I found multiple ways to celebrate:-
- after a year of sobriety decided it was safe to write my “Goodbye Letter to Alcohol” – had an awesome response on Facebook to this letter – nearly 500 likes and 134 shares! – Son announced that meant it had “gone viral” which (I think) is a good thing – if you missed it then you can find it HERE
- the lovely Fiona McCosh invited me to model for next year’s Sober and Sexy Calendar – last year I did a feature on the launch of her 2016 calendar which you can see HERE – the shoot was fun – you can see a “teaser” in the picture above – if you want to see more then you will just have to buy the calendar 😉 All proceeds to CTDCC (The Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre) and
- submitted synopsis and sample chapters for my book proposal – initial reactions from publisher are positive so now I must write another 50,000 words – provisional publication date February 2017. Publisher not keen on my title which was to be “Living in a World Without Wine” as she said bookshops would place me next to the wine guides :-0. Am now thinking one word title “SOBER” with subheading – “getting sober and loving your sober life” but title definitely still work in progress – if you can think of anything better please send me a comment!
- last but not least we went to fancy restaurant to celebrate in time honoured fashion – charming barman made me a Special Soberversary Mocktail…Talking of Mocktails hope you are enjoying “The Mocktail Series” with Linda and Jorja – love these guys – we had such fun making these videos – if you havn’t seen it then you can catch up with all 5 episodes HERE