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.
Hello brave heroes. A nasty cold and very windy and rainy day here at Takamatua. Worried about my Georgia as she is driving over on her own in her wee Mazda and I’m scared she’ll get blown off the road. She will be scared too, the poor wee thing. She wanted to come and see me and stay a night as we will both be too busy next week before I flap out on Wednesday. The sea is really rough and muddy looking and angry and choppy. How good that the glassy days are so much more frequent than this. Not a lot to report. Took a few more clothes out of my pack this morning in the hope that I can fit just one pair of cowboy boots in. I have decided I simply cannot travel for 5 weeks without boots, summer or not! Not taking anything warm, just a denim shirt, can’t fit warm clothes in they take up too much room. Ok enough of that! Hope you are all having a fun weekend, and staying off the piss and feeling the bliss. Heroes! xoxo