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Looks plain stupid!

Sunday 24 Jan, 2016, 6:06pm by Mrs D 8 comments

I just celebrated my 1600th sober day! I probably wouldn’t bother counting days at this stage of my sobriety but the day counter widget on this site makes it super easy. Celebrating milestones is fun! For this nice round number I made a date loaf especially so that I could cut it lengthways and write ’1600′ on it with […]

Things Change (guest post)

Saturday 16 Jan, 2016, 1:24pm by Mrs D 14 comments

This guest post was written by the wise and [email protected] after she hosted some friends for dinner recently.  ============ @suek: The talk starts as I’m tossing the salad. Friend: Are you still not drinking Sue? Me: Nope. (Hubs chirps in and says “It’s been three years now!” That made me smile.) Friend: THREE YEARS??!!!! Me: Yup. Friend: […]

Learning to understand ourselves

Monday 4 Jan, 2016, 3:52pm by Mrs D 7 comments

I knew after I stopped drinking that in order to be genuinely at peace with being sober I needed to retrain my own brain so that I wouldn’t keep bombarding myself with woe-is-me thoughts about booze. I knew I couldn’t control the world around me but I could control my own thinking and that really needed to change. […]

A special Christmas gift (Guest Post)

Friday 6 Nov, 2015, 8:10am by Mrs D 7 comments

The Silly Season is fast approaching and already there are rumblings in the Members Feed about what a difficult time of year it is for us sober people. It can be a real chore as there does seem to be such an emphasis on BOOZE over the next few months. End of year work parties, Christmas […]

The Fear

Sunday 25 Oct, 2015, 1:37pm by Mrs D 20 comments

The biggest thing I always want to say when I’m asked about my sobriety is that living alcohol-free life is not the boring-ass disaster that I feared it would be. I was terrified at the prospect of never drinking again! Utterly terrified. And I know a lot of us drinkers are. We know we’ve got a problem, […]

The little things…

Saturday 10 Oct, 2015, 11:08am by Mrs D 23 comments

It seems to me that a lot of people have been commenting in the Members Feed recently about all the little things that they are noticing they are able to achieve now that they are not drinking. We often talk about the big changes – better sleep, clearer skin, improved feelings of pride and self worth, more […]

Wellington Get-Together..

Sunday 4 Oct, 2015, 9:17am by Mrs D 15 comments

Living Sober has just had it’s inaugural annual get-together! A community-led meet up of brave sober warriors in Wellington. A weekend of meals, walks, talks, and togetherness. I joined the group for a late lunch yesterday at a hotel in the centre of town. We were given a side area off the main bar – a […]

There is no downside (guest post from @ylang-ylang)

Saturday 23 May, 2015, 8:49am by Mrs D 17 comments

Member @ylang-ylang posted this update in the Members Feed the other day and many of us thought it was so fantastic it needed to be featured here as a guest post… ========== @ylang-ylang: I haven’t got a story or a new experience to share. I just wanted to send you all, my fabulous sober family, love. […]

Sober Freak

Saturday 16 May, 2015, 9:03am by Mrs D 11 comments

Ok I am officially a sober freak! It’s Saturday morning and I woke today at 6.20am, picked up my iPad and spent half an hour checking on on the Members Feed and my other online sites. Then I jumped out of bed at 7am to have a nice long hot shower. Got dressed, then popped […]

I was that person…

Sunday 8 Feb, 2015, 1:13pm by Mrs D 28 comments

I recently celebrated 1250 days of sobriety (yay me!) and during the day of my big celebration I wrote in the Members Feed: “I love my new life with NO alcohol in it!!! So incredibly grateful to have realised that shit booze was dragging me down, and to have stayed determined through the tough early […]