• Em76 posted an update 2 months ago

    Day 44 and my sober app tells me I’ve saved 222 hours of time freed up that would have been devoted to drinking! That’s over 9 full 24 hour days of doing something other than drinking! What have I been doing? Sleeping, taking baths, running on the gym treadmill after dark, talking to my daughter on the phone and remembering every story,…[Read more]

    • I loved your post! I also calculate time and calories saved as well as money. It’s really motivating and makes me feel proud. @Em76

    • 44 days and so much more, way to go!!!!
      oxoxoxo

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    First off I loved The Great Believers. The AIDS epidemic affected me so much when I was growing up that I’ve always been drawn to things that reference it. So heartbreaking.

    As far as unplugged time, I did some experiments to see how much time I needed to be off the grid to feel able to write (I also write!) and think and absorb things. For me…[Read more]

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    @enzedgirl that’s the song that popped into my head too!

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    How exciting, fashion school sounds so cool and creative! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    18 days is great!! Enjoy today!

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Good morning! Sober mornings are the absolute best!

  • Em76 posted an update 2 months ago

    Hi everyone! Day 41 over here and very happily nothing to report here on the alcohol front! Still navigating my new relationship with sugar, but at least that feels more manageable right now!

    My new alcohol related challenge on the horizon: I’m starting to plan my June/July/August travel schedule and I know this is going to be the single biggest…[Read more]

    • Iโ€™ve got several sober vacations under my belt, and I can confidently tell you that sober travel is SO good. Itโ€™s totally worth it.

    • @mamatomany was an a great exampke to me of how to do a cruise sober. I also love the numbing down while sitting in the sun watching it go down. The only thing wrong with that is that we can’t stop after that brief, enjoyable moment. That is why we vacation sober.

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Same thing started happening with me. I started joking that ‘hangovers make me paranoid’ because the antsy, restless, anxiety filled twitchiness felt to me kind of like I was expecting something massive and bad to happen only I was the only one who could feel it coming. It was my body’s changing relationship with alcohol and none of it was good. I…[Read more]

  • Em76 posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    Day 39, sunrise!

    Two cool things for today.

    One – I was exhausted leaving work yesterday at 8pm, got into my car for my 45 minute commute, and my strongest longing and the only image in my mind as I was driving home was imagining myself taking a long warm shower, my comfiest pjs and sleepytime tea. My mind was tired, my body was tired, I’d just…[Read more]

    • I love this post @em76! The first time you realize you just really want tea and to go to sleep is awesome!! Also it feels really good to share with someone doesn’t it? It helps to have a friend know. Have a lovely day!

    • Oh, so nice of you to think of your. Bed, lol. Love your post this morning:).

    • Happy Friday to you! Several months in I redid our bedroom to make it a sober retreat. Late in the evenings I would rearrange shelves and raid my house to find peaceful and calming items. I ordered new bedding and got rid of clutter. I’m not a buddha person but ordered a picture for it’s colors and constant reminder to center myself. Every…[Read more]

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Ugh yes!! I went to a public lecture yesterday and was offered a ‘wine upgrade’ on my ticket (??) and then came home and did a group skype with friends and 2 of them had the massive balloon goblets of red wine (my personal kryptonite). That constant exposure really made for a rougher sober night than I’ve been having. I’ve got to avoid watching…[Read more]

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    So many really good insights! I admire your willingness to remove toxic people from your life along with alcohol, it really sounds like you’re building a foundation for stability to launch your big year. We’re in the same time frame being AF and I too am still waking up after 7 hours of solid restful sleep thinking: YES!! This feels amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Hey there, I’m sorry about your husband! I hope he recovers quickly. And listen, I also have always responded to stress by drinking and I’m still close enough to the beginning of the journey here to still have that same impulse. The pattern is stress, drink, then a couple of hours later you have alcohol anxiety on top of whatever caused the…[Read more]

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    That’s terrific, changing patterns around drinking is really effective, and a great accomplishment!

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Have a great sober weekend yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    I love it!!!!! “Each day I will take one day at a time,
    And tell that old witch, โ€œI no longer drink wine!โ€ <– hope you don't mind if I use this as a mantra today? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats on 50 days!!

  • Em76 posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    Day 37, feeling content today.

    – The first snowstorm in years in which I only thought ‘uh oh do I have enough coffee creamer for tomorrow??’
    – A conversation with my daughter in which I did not remark to myself, ‘I’m so glad I’m sober and really participating in this’ because it’s become a bit more normal to talk to loved ones sober.
    -…[Read more]

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Eat regularly and have a great day yourself!

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Hey good for you, standing up for yourself with your partner.

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    That sounds like so much fun and I love that you thought about modeling getting out of your own comfort zone for your kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Em76 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Great post, that sense of presence in conversations with your family, and the lack of anxiety about strategies to get your next drink – such good feelings! Enjoy your restful sober sleep and I hope you keep posting!

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