10 Reasons to be Dry this December
It’s the last day of November and the traffic is hectic, the shops are heaving, the party invites are flooding in and your relatives are already squabbling over whose turn it is to host the Christmas get-together. Your head is spinning and your to-do list is getting longer by the day.
Same old, same old – every flippin’ year… but… why not make this year just a bit DIFFERENT?
No I’m not talking about cancelling Christmas but I am talking about a whole new way of coping. Yes I’m talking about a DRY DECEMBER!
I know it’s crazy, I know it’s “off the wall” but sometimes it feels good to swim against the tide…
So here we go – 10 reasons to be dry this December…
- December is a madly busy time – chances are that whatever your profession you will be busy at work, busy socially – and of course busy creating that “perfect Christmas” for your family. If you give up alcohol for December you can actually claw back a lot of time. Time usually devoted to planning drinking sessions, drinking and then getting over the drinking.
- Everybody does “Dry January” but only the seriously cool people do “Dry December” and then start the new year feeling fantastic – rather than exhausted and poisoned with excess food and alcohol. Always remember that “sober is sexy”
- There is never a perfect time to give up or cut down on alcohol – there will always be a party, a wedding or that “teambuilding” event coming up. In fact December is just about the most crazy time to take a break from the booze – but maybe crazy is how you roll?
- You will reduce your stress as you “take control” – you will sleep better and steam through your “to-do” list and even begin to feel slightly superior to your pals as they struggle with their hangovers…if your friends give you a hard time just tell them you are doing 30 dry days to raise money for Earthchild – maybe they will even join you…
- You will have a wonderful excuse for avoiding the dreaded “office party” – “I’m taking a break from alcohol at the moment so think I will give it a miss this year” – let somebody else do the “walk of shame” through the open plan office the morning after the office Christmas party. You can be sure you will hear about exactly who did what to whom before the day draws to a close.
- You won’t have that anxiety in your heart about the amount you are drinking and the nagging thought that you really must do something about it come January – you will be way ahead of the game this year…
- Action is the key – “Just Do It” – at least get through those first few days in December “alcohol free” – and if you can’t manage it then maybe you do need to seriously think about addressing your relationship with alcohol.
- You will lose weight! We are surrounded by super-fattening foods during December and after a glass of wine or two we just get stuck in. Staying sober means you can stay in control of what you are eating and drinking. As an extra bonus you can opt out of the dieting misery train that we are all supposed to board come January 1st.
- A lot of people worry that they cannot enjoy themselves without alcohol – but think about it – what makes a good Christmas? – being with your family and seeing the joy on the children’s faces as they open their presents – or knocking back the booze?
- At the very least a sober Christmas will be an interesting experiment – even if you hate it you will have tried – and who knows – you may even discover a whole new side of yourself…
To help you on your way WorldWithoutWine have launched their “Dry January Challenge” which in fact can also be “Dry December” if you dare – just make a small donation by clicking HERE
In return you will receive a daily motivational e-mail from WorldWithoutWine to keep you on track for 30 days.
We are raising money for the Earthchild Project – just as we did last year – check out this 5 minute movie we made about how we spent the R30,000 we raised last year..
Thanks for reading!
So excited about our 2018 Dry January Challenge!
Yet again WorldWithoutWine has teamed up with the fabulous Earthchild Project in a fundraising project to provide children in Khayelitsha and Lavender Hill with yoga and life-skills classes.
This is our third year of working together and the generosity of our donors has meant that so far we have been able to sponsor more than 300 children.
Over the past 12 years Earthchild have taught yoga to thousands of children in disadvantaged areas.
Yoga is a powerful and practical tool that supports the physical, mental and emotional development of the child.
Yoga empowers vulnerable children to transform their lives and communities.
Just R250 provides a child with weekly yoga and life-skills classes for a year
This is how it will work:-
In order to participate you will need to resolve to give up alcohol for a 30 day period.
The registration period is open from right now to the end of January so just pick your 30 day window – for example you might decide to be dry from 1-30 January or if you are still on holiday during early January you might prefer to choose 15 January-15 February. You can even register on 31 January and end on 2nd March. Or if you are anxious to get started or just like to be different why not sign up right now and go for a Dry December (!)
Once you have decided on your dates please reflect on how much you would have spent on alcohol during those 30 days and divert that money (or a proportion of it) to Earthchild. Just a couple of bottles of wine comes in at R250 which already covers one child’s yoga classes for a year – how many bottles do you get through in a month? Enough to fund several children’s classes perhaps?
So once you have decided how much you can afford to donate please click HERE and make your donation. Then email me at email@example.com with the dates of your “Dry January” and I will set up your daily e-mails. BTW for the benefit of our regular donors I have written a whole batch of new Daily Mails for this year!
So lets have a healthy start to 2018 and help (at least) 120 kids have a better 2018!
I look forward to hearing from you!
A big thank you to all our donors who gave up alcohol for our Dry January Challenge and donated the money they would have spent on booze to Earthchild. We raised R30,000 – 50% more than our target – check out the video to see how your money will be spent…
What is a Dry January Challenge?
Dry January is a custom of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January, particularly practised in the United Kingdom. The custom, as a formal entity, appears to be relatively recent, being described as having “sprung up in recent years” even in 2014.
Even though sensible Husband has taught me to pretty much ignore Christmas I can sense the craziness building up around me – must stay vigilant as we head towards the Get Obliterated season.
Navigated another “AF first” last night at sober buddy’s annual “soiree” – this usually passes in a blur but this time was able to experience the delightful evening with full clarity – even noticed for the first time the extent of the fabulous garden – had to draw the line when invited to stay on later for “sober dancing” though..
Am keeping busy organising WorldWithoutWine launch – am delighted to confirm bestselling author Melinda Ferguson as our main speaker – I once confessed to Melinda that I felt a bit “lightweight” with my Sauvignon Blanc habit next to her Serious Smack habit but she wisely assured me that it was all the “same thing.” We will also be joined by the fabulous photographer Fiona McCosh who has produced a beautiful “Sober & Sexy” calendar featuring 12 naked addicts – all now in Recovery. Have to admit to having developed a soft spot for “May” so will be willing the first 4 months of 2016 to pass quickly. If you are coming to our launch please bring R200 to buy a calendar – all proceeds to Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.
The launch will take place in Issi on Bree – Chef Oatley has developed a delicious welcome drink for our lucky guests – Vanilla Strawberry Mocktail – see above.
We are also collaborating with the wonderful Earthchild NGO to set up a “Dry January Challenge” – we will be asking members to sign up for the challenge by redirecting their monthly spend on booze to Earthchild – every R200 they pledge buys a whole year of yoga classes for a child in Khayelitsha – watch this space for more details.
T-shirts are going to Elzane du Plessis, Lize Baxter and Rita Van Winkel who were among the first 10 people to join WorldWithoutWine. Have been inundated with spam so have only selected names of people I know to add to the membership database. If you joined (and are not a robot) then please send me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will check if you were in the first 10 and reply directly to you.
New content on website:-
* Vicky’s View – Vicky shares her thoughts on grief and life beyond the loss of a child – read it here
* Dr Jenny Edge – my interview with top cancer specialist on the link between alcohol and breast
cancer read it here
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