Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thirteen things I have discovered in sobriety...

1) Negative emotions suck but feeling them raw helps immensley (in understanding them and getting over them quicker).

2) Sadness is my least favourite emotion.

3) Powerful positive emotions like pure elation or overwhelming joy don't come by often but when they do it feels soooo good (way better than drunk positive emotions).

4) It's really important to recognise when things aren't particularly bad or good but just trucking along nicely.

5) Life is not a party all of the time nor should it be.

6) Uplifting music can brighten my day and I'm wise to remember to play it when I'm feeling stuck.

7) I'm still not naturally into physical exercise but I know my life is better when I input it into my weeks.

8) Yoga is not overrated like I used to think it was.

9) I love dancing, particularly with props (e.g. glow sticks, ribbons).

10) Owning a dog changes your life for the better in numerous ways.

11) Getting 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep most nights is FREAKING AMAZING!!

12) Owning your truth is empowering and brave and no-one will judge you for admitting struggles.

13) It is possible to live a full, fun life without touching alcohol ever.

Love, Mrs D xxx


  1. Love this list. Yoga certainly not overrated - I'm absolutely loving it coming up to 100 days off alcohol.

  2. That's an excellent list. I think regret beats sadness as my least favourite feeling, and I'm in total agreement on every other item.
    Day 29 for me today - THANK YOU Mrs D
    Bec x

  3. Excellent list. I'll add one more:

    14. Sharing our truths through friendship (including these blogs) offers us comfort, strength and renewal.

  4. After years of being on and off the roller coaster of drinking alcohol, [which has turned lately into gulping it, hiding it and blacking out] I am finally reading your book! You put into words what I am experiencing. I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are an inspiration to me in more ways than I can count! This is my day 3 from a 50 year old, wife and mother in Illinois, U.S.A.

    1. This is also my day 3,I feel like such a newbie

    2. I'm right the with. I have had a problem for the past 10 years. I don't even know how I got here. I don't know when I went from social drinker to a closet alcoholic (literally). I'm so very scared that I have done horrible damage to my liver and/or God knows what other organ. I am so ashamed of myself. Hang in there. Good luck!

  5. I have read your book and followed your journey and experience every second of your drinking days! I am empowered by the support that your blog and book offers! Whilst I am continuing to battle with my inner self daily and most days not seeing the result I wish. I draw strength from your experience to finally achieve my personal result of no alcohol.

  6. This post helped remind me just what a blessing having things “trucking along nicely” is.

  7. New to the party here and have been thinking about giving up drinking for quite a while. I've almost caught up with the first year of blog posts now and recognise so much. This list was very good for me to read today!

  8. Perfect timing for me to read this today, as many of the points make sense for me. Baby steps, but I'm moving in the right direction. Thanks for the post!