Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Yes, Life is Still Fun!I

Dear Readers,
In my quest to have long-term sobriety,
I've heard people tell me, (I used to say this myself),
"Oh, life can't be fun without drinking!
What will you do when EVERYONE is drinking.
You'll be boring."
What a big, fat lie.

For me,
life has become better and way more fun!
Even I can't believe it!

I am waking up with energy.
I am getting to yoga with my yoga friends.
I am walking with my husband.
I am going to dinner parties and laughing.
I am going out with friends and laughing.
I am taking music lessons.
I am meeting very cool people in recovery.

I get to wake up sober and
Laugh and Love again!

Day 26

Dear Readers,
It's day 26.
But somehow it feels solid this time.
I am doing Belle's (Tired of Thinking of Drinking) 100 Day Challenge! 
I am also going to AA meetings, and Women for Sobriety on-line.
I am doing ANYTHING and EVERYTHING I can to help myself stay sober.
Because I love the feeling of being free.
I am free from the guilt, shame, hangovers, and blackouts.
I am starting to like myself!
I am a cool person, just the way I am!

My Tipsy Beginning

Dear Readers,
I am a retired elementary school teacher.
It is my hope to help other people by sharing my ups and downs with drinking.

I started my drinking life being a social drinker.
So I thought.
I always had a few too many when I went to parties and weddings, but so did everyone else. 
I started my wonderful teaching career. I loved teaching kindergarten and first grade.
However, each year the stress got a little harder to cope with.
And I didn't cope so well….so,
somewhere around the age of 40, I began to have problems with drinking.

Going to more and more Happy Hours with friends.
Doing lesson plans in bars, while drinking.
Drinking every night at home.
Drinking with friends and at home.
Drinking before hair cuts and after hair cuts.
Drinking before meetings and after meetings.
Drinking before going out with husband.

I started having blackouts after drinking sometimes.
That was scary.

My husband and I had arguments about my drinking.

When I retired, Happy Hour started at lunch and never ended!

The bottom line was this.
Drinking was fast becoming NOT fun.
I wasn't Tipsy, I was drunk!

So, that is a REALLY condensed version of my drinking life.
More of my story will come out in my posts!