• SueK posted a new activity comment 6 days, 9 hours ago

    wow, those are really humbling stories. Thanks or sharing the link.

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 6 days, 9 hours ago

    I love that thought…

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 6 days, 9 hours ago

    @em76 I have some free classes on youtube if you want to try them: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClyF2PiuqqQOSp2u-RHsPKg

    • @suek thank you! what a great resource you made and thank you for offering it, I will try it tomorrow morning!

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Haha, @claloula I used to practice for wine points too!! These days I’m teaching mostly seated/supported classes — so chair yoga, mostly for an older crowd of people who really want to do yoga, but found the regular classes with younger teachers a bit humiliating!! It’s a lot of fun — and it’s amazing how much of a great workout it can be. I say…[Read more]

    • That sounds brilliant, yoga should be the most inclusive thing there is, but I know ashtanga (which I (sort of) practice) can be quite full on and it’s really nice to slow it down. I get so cross with sportswear companies, I think Sweaty Betty was one of them, which have logo laden clothes saying things like ‘no pain no champagne’. My pilates…[Read more]

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    You sound so solid and strong and inspiring. Super congratulations for getting through all this, and 16 months tomorrow. Amazing.

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    She could try Alanon online. I know so many people who have had amazing support from Alanon. https://www.ola-is.org/

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    This post brought tears to my eyes. So glad you are back and so focussed on what makes sense for you to be the happiest and best you can be. I have been where you were and are… and now 6+ years sober, I am cheering you along, because you so can do it! XX

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Airports are both a trigger and a haven to me. I love the sense of excitement and adventure, the feeling of taking off to someplace else. I hate the flashing cocktail bar signs!!!!! Have a great trip.

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    That’s great recognition, and it’s also good that you’re in a position to consider it and decide one way or another depending what you think is best for you. That’s a strong place to be.

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    That is a brilliant response to those destructive voices. We are on this earth to be creative and find meaning and to LIVE… and that’s what you’re doing when you make art. Keep up the great work.

    • Yes @suek i know you are an artist too . Ira Glass on storytelling says it so well on Vimeo if you can see her short video . Thanks for your comment , i truely appreciate it .

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Happy sober Friday evening to you too. Eventually it gets to be normal to be alcohol free, but those habits, particularly the ones we were quite serious about (eg. Friday night drinking!!) do take a while to break. Good for you for being resolved. PS. love your name @cleareyes

  • SueK posted an update 1 week ago

    It’s Friday happy hour, and I’ve got mixed feelings about the whole thing. I teach a yoga class from 4 – 5pm Fridays. All people about my age, and we have a nice relaxed class. Recently the church across the road from the yoga studio has opened as a brew pub. After class a group of the students decided to go for a beer at the new brew pub. What?…[Read more]

    • Hearing ya Sue xo

    • Cheers to that ! Ginger beer in hand .

    • aww! a yoga friend used to tell me that I just practiced for ‘wine points’ – and he was probably right. I can’t imagine wanting a drink after a lovely yoga class anymore (though I do go to the café for cake after pilates sometimes). Their loss is our gain! What style of yoga do you teach?

      • SueK replied 1 week ago

        Haha, @claloula I used to practice for wine points too!! These days I’m teaching mostly seated/supported classes — so chair yoga, mostly for an older crowd of people who really want to do yoga, but found the regular classes with younger teachers a bit humiliating!! It’s a lot of fun — and it’s amazing how much of a great workout it can be. I say…[Read more]

        • That sounds brilliant, yoga should be the most inclusive thing there is, but I know ashtanga (which I (sort of) practice) can be quite full on and it’s really nice to slow it down. I get so cross with sportswear companies, I think Sweaty Betty was one of them, which have logo laden clothes saying things like ‘no pain no champagne’. My pilates…[Read more]

    • Geez for a moment there, I read that as a church opened a pub. Yep, there’s times for mixing with drinkers, and times when I’d rather not. There’s no need to, a lot of people don’t drink.

    • Mrs D replied 1 week ago

      I went back to yoga last week after 6 months not doing it and got a bit (quietly) tearful as the class started realising how much I’d missed it. Pubs are ok if the company is lovely and you’re in the mood and you can drink something refreshing and it doesn’t matter that there’s booze around. But it’s not always like that. Love your self awareness…[Read more]

    • @suek way to set a good example. I never understood the doing yoga, running marathons or hiking 10 miles and go get drunk afterwards. Never made sense to me. When I was younger I would exercise to burn off a hangover but I’m too old for that now!

    • Winner replied 1 week ago

      Go you! Yay! ❤️

    • Yeah, why waste your true relaxation supporting a fake relaxation? Good for you!

    • @suek You might be interested in this article – about how yoga is helping refugees and asylum seekers here: http://www.offthematintotheworld.org/blog/2019/2/8/ourmala?fbclid=IwAR2LLfaRA-xPxcVkpOVsAWLmSyu2KCRvGh3aJBMt0T-wm23jvEKHzN7Jd5M

    • I wish I could find a yoga class I enjoy! Every time I’ve taken a class it has been a woman doing yoga in the front of the room, mostly with her eyes closed, murmuring names as she changes position, and the class all on mats behind trying to copy her – and it’s soooo expensive here!

    • i do yoga on sunday mornings. i did it before i quit and drank afterwards. now, i still hang out with my friends who drink beer while i sip on my AF drink. i enjoy the company. Now that I am not drinking with them, we all have one, before we had two, three, four. etc.

  • SueK posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    Quick check in to say hello to all you sober superstars, and everyone who’s working on living booze free. I was thinking earlier how back in the day, when I worked in a corporate office in the city, today would be Boozeday Tuesday… an obligatory pub night after work. Any excuse did. We also had Thirsty Thursday, and of course Friday night…[Read more]

    • @suek I love love “CHOOSEDAY”…..for me it’s Tuesday Chooseday….and I choose NO. I told a sober friend today that being snowed in made me have a brief thought of drinking. Snowdays were great for drinking back in the day, until they weren’t. It’s no fun to be on snow days and then pass out when your brother in law comes over to bring movies for a…[Read more]

      • And being really hot and relaxing at the beach the other day made me long to drink. We are hopeless cases as far as reasons to crave go! , no other way to look at it. But also heroes for resisting.

    • Good choice @suek!! I’m choosing the same 🙂

    • Haha! Every day is an excuse to drink! Glad you’re here and not there!

    • @Suek….’suck hole’….ahahahhhha

    • I love that….”choose day”!

    • Oh yes @suek, thanks for the reminders of those ridiculous names we came up with to encourage (or excuse!) our drinking!! So nice to be free from that. Have a wonderful day!

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    All the best for the new job.

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Sounds like you rocked that night out!

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    That’s a great read. Thanks. I can relate to a lot of that.

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

    It sure can!

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

    wow. I l that song ove

    LOVE

  • SueK posted an update 1 week, 6 days ago

    One of the big plusses for me about getting sober is that my social life is starting to feel like it fits right. Back in the day, my social life was completely focussed on drinking. I did nothing social that didn’t involve drinking and I had no friends that were not drinking buddies. If you didn’t drink, I thought we had nothing in common so no…[Read more]

  • SueK posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

    It’s normal, but I believe you can alleviate the heaviness and negative feelings/thoughts about the “slog” by focussing on all the positive things that go along with being sober. It is super helpful to write down a few things every day that you’re grateful for about being sober. That starts to train your brain into enjoying and appreciating the…[Read more]

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