• hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    I love this! Congrats on uncovering who you are. I’m with you. It’s a much better life and so much more fulfilling.

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    These are exactly the reasons I decided to stop. I was so scared for my health, above all else. I watched through Facebook as a friend of a friend of mine died at age 33 from liver failure. One of my good friends sisters died the year before from the same cause. One of my close friends lost her father to liver cancer. I saw all of this happen within the course of a year. Suddenly I started reading about physical damage, seeing the articles coming out about it, paying attention when the news hit about the drunk driver who crossed the line and killed a mother and child….. and that’s just some of what can happen. Once I saw it, I couldn’t look back. I couldn’t unsee it. I’ve been AF ever since. I want the best odds I can get at living a long and happy life. When I was drinking, I was taking years away and living the ones I had in depression and hopelessness. I’d rather be sober and happy, even if it sucks sometimes. I just read a book that said something along the lines of “I want to feel all of my feelings, not just the happy ones.” It went on to say that making that choice was one of the most courageous things a person could do. I like that. It empowers me and motivates me. Thanks for the post @daveh

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you!!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    So much easier. Thank you!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Supersober star! I like it! Thank you!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    That’s great! Congrats!!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much! Family, at least for me, can be so triggering. I’m from a big drinking family and now Its just me whose decided to actually break the cycle. I feel so much pride about this (especially when I think about the life I can give to my daughter and the wife I can be to my husband). That to me is enough to watch them drink their wine, while I hold my ground and just hope to inspire change somewhere along the line.

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you! It’s certainly isn’t always the easiest path, but it certainly is the most rewarding. I’m so much happier than I’ve ever been. Now I’m unwilling to give my happiness!

  • 233 days sober and I just threw a huge birthday party for my husband with all of his family and friends. That day was so much easier than I had expected. No one even asked me why I wasn’t drinking (and the party was at a brewery).
    As if this wasn’t enough, the day after I had a gathering for Easter at my house and my sister (who I thought had gone AF in January) showed up with her new fiance plus 3 bottles of wine.
    The beauty in all of this was that in both of these situations I was at peace not joining everyone else in drinking and, to my surprise, no one really cared that I didn’t.
    I haven’t posted on this site, until now. I’ve just been reading it, almost daily, for so many months. Today, I’m proud. It really does feel like a powerful way to live in making a very conscious choice to stay sober and 100% clear.

    • Amazing. Congrats on getting to where you are today. You ought to be so proud!!!

      • Thank you! It’s certainly isn’t always the easiest path, but it certainly is the most rewarding. I’m so much happier than I’ve ever been. Now I’m unwilling to give my happiness!

    • welcome to posting, @hikermom – sounds like you deserve to be way proud of yourself. i was with family this weekend both evenings. i just get, oh, you’re still not drinking? I’ll take it. Making a conscious decision to be sober is a great way to live. amazing what nothing sick can do and not planning when you are going to have your next drink. 233 is a wonderful amount of time. be well.

      • Thank you so much! Family, at least for me, can be so triggering. I’m from a big drinking family and now Its just me whose decided to actually break the cycle. I feel so much pride about this (especially when I think about the life I can give to my daughter and the wife I can be to my husband). That to me is enough to watch them drink their wine, while I hold my ground and just hope to inspire change somewhere along the line.

    • I’m so glad you posted, you super soberstar! Yep, it seems only people who have a problem query us about not drinking. Others simply don’t care.

    • Super awesome congrats! It is much easier once you make the decision eh! ❤️❤️

    • Good for you!! You certainly should be proud of yourself. I know I’d be patting myself on the back right about now if it were me. Congrats!! Thanks for sharing. People like you inspire me. Thanks!!

    • And you should be proud! That’s a huge achievement, well done.

    • So happy to hear from you and about your sober success! Please keep posting and keep us all updated on your progress! Congratulations on 233 days!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Fantastic! Thank you!

  • hikermom posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi there! Thank you!!

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