I’ve been here since day one of the LS website, having ditched the booze on 20th July 2014. That was after 40 years of being a high functioning party girl, self employed in various businesses, marriage with children, end of marriage, a broken heart, single mother of teens, a new business, a new home in a new community, some new friendships as well as the old, and all the while an intimate and often self-destructive relationship with my little buddy Southern Comfort. So, I’ve now been four and half years sober and my life is amazing. I’ve achieved my lifetime dream of building a home on the land I grew up on, overlooking the sea near Akaroa. Even better, my son built it for me on the land my father left me many years ago……3 generations of love! And even better than that, my son saw how mellow and happy my life was after 18 months alcohol free, and gave it up himself, so 3 years for him now and he’s only 30, and doing really well in his building business. My daughter is a normie and still likes a wine but doesn’t seem to over indulge. I thank myself every day for giving it up, and I feel so grateful for the strong, staunch and loving relationships I have with my children. Everything is possible when we take the booze away. Happiness, contentment, self-confidence, self-respect, clarity, wisdom, growth. I am very grateful to Lotta Dann and to every member of this website. Thank you. It is the connection I have here that keeps me sober. That’s why I’m still here. I’d miss you all too much if I let go the apron strings.
Good morning team. So foggy outside I can’t see past the front lawn. Today is the day the first cruise ship of the season visits Akaroa, the first of 90! I’m quite amused that they won’t be able to see a thing, they will be here already. They put a lot of strain on the township, we simply don’t have enough infrastructure to cope with the massive influx, yet they bring business to the town so there are many for and many against. I am taking the plunge and packing today to go and see Francis tomorrow for a few days on the West Coast. Check him out in his own surroundings and will be going to a wee do in a local hall, meeting some of his friends, and also going to the open mic night in Punakaiki. And doing a few of his walking tracks with him. Bit nervous, but gotta be done. Sheesh! I’m a bit out of practice with this relationship stuff. Never begun a relationship sober before either. Quite handy that he doesn’t drink or smoke though, too pure! He has built his own hexaganel meditation hut at the bottom of his garden, I’ve seen a photo, it is raised up on poles so I imagine he will see the beautiful rugged coastline from it, but I’m not sure. He doesn’t have a TV, hasn’t for more than 25 years. I don’t think he has a stereo either, he listens to National radio. he is vegan too. Going to be a bit weird for me, to say the least. I listen to music all the time, it fills me up. So….yes….this will be interesting indeed. I’d say it will be a maker or a breaker really…….so who knows. I shall give you a report next week I guess. He is a man of many qualities, that much I do know………a very likeable man. Feeling a bit nervous, as ya would!! happy days and nights to you all xoxo
Oh well @Robynb I was going to say “ask me no questions and I’l tell you no lies” but that seems a bit rude. I was going tokeep it secret but what the hell, you guys are family, and my kids know all about it too. I went on an over 50’s dating site. Kids made me. Cringe! I put myself out there for one month, so did he, we connected. Both at same point in lives, ready to share. I also met a very wealthy Christchurch millionaire, he seemed like a sensible idea for me so saw them both for a little while, completely honest to each of them about where I was at, checking my options. Both lovely and interesting genuine men of obvious quality. Drawn more to the spiritual vegan aging hippie!! What can I say!! hahaha. Watch this space?
I listen to National Radio! @prudence lol there is music on it – really good music too i might add. How very exciting it all sounds and if its heinous you can always go home. I don’t think it will be heinous though. I think it’ll be fun. I hope you have a great time. Drive safe 🙂
Wishing you all the best of luck, @Prudence. A man who is able to rely on his own thoughts and creativity and not be influenced by the media must be intriguing. Have fun learning more about him, but more importantly more about yourself.
You deserve much happiness our pocket rocket. Have a great time and let us know how it goes. Love the idea of a meditation hut, but canot imagine you sitting still long enough to use it. Safe travels xoxox