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Four years ago today I walked into a treatment center, a shell of the person I was and had the capacity to be. Four years ago today, I admitted to being powerless over alcohol and drugs. . . . In the four years since, I have gotten to live every beautiful, painful, inspiring, heartbreaking, perfect, terrible moment. In the four years since I finally graduated college, I found a career I love, sports I love, people who support me endlessly, and I have learned so much more about myself than I ever knew in the 20 years prior. These four years have given me more than I could have asked for. . . . I’m Ash, and I’m an addict who got to celebrate 1,460 days of continuous sobriety today. I am grateful, today and everyday, to be here, to be alive, and to be taking this journey one day at a time. . . . #sobriety #sober #sobernotboring #odaat
I have compassion for that person that I was. And I also have admiration for her because as scared as she was, she kept moving forward. I kept challenging myself even when everything in my body wanted to stop. Even when I would sit at my computer with sweaty palms and a churning stomach, I still did it. And I made mistakes! But instead of throwing in the towel, I learned from them and moved forward. When I am sitting alone at my computer typing away, editing and rereading, I still get scared that people will not understand what I am trying to say. I am still afraid of failure.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in bio to continue reading. new blog post 'It is just like riding a bike.'⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #soberliving #soberlife #soberissexy #sobersquad #sobriety #sobrietyquotes #sobrietyrocks #womeninsobriety #cleanliving #nomorealcohol #nonalcholicdrink #nonalcoholic #changeisgood #changeispossible #addictionrecovery #recoveryquotes #recoveryispossible #noshameinmygame #authenticliving #nodrinks #sobernotboring #womanwhy
This is a good morning right here. Coffee date with a potential partner/collaboration, notes and design for an upcoming event that has me all 💃🔥😍, and a check to Recovery Cafe’ from our Sans Bar Seattle event. ⠀ ...⠀ Apparently The Universe has been reading my @starttodayjournal because this is 3 big goals that I’ve been writing in my journal every day since December - happening all at once. I’m learning how to plan and not plan, and take action and also let go. And also hang on for the ride😁 Definitely #sobernotboring
Or hiding bottles! 😳🤪🙄 Been there done that - smdh. But... Seriously -Yes, It Really Is!! #livingsober #soberandsaucy #sobernotboring #staystrongaf #sobrietyisgreatequallyhardashell #recoverymemes
I am at Peace and I am Stronger...because I am Sober. ☮️💪🏻💕☕️😉 🍭#soberandsaucy #sobernotboring #staystrongaf #sobrietyisgreatequallyhardashell #recoverymemes
Hi all! The next handful of posts are going to be on some important benefits of SOBRIETY! ⠀⠀ A majority of you already know about these but it can be a helpful reminder and encourager to keep up the great work! Your mind, body, and spirit thank you! 🙌✨😊 ⠀⠀ So first up today — ⠀⠀ Sobriety supports BRAIN-TISSUE growth! ⠀⠀ Without alcohol you allow…. ⠀⠀ >> Thiamine or Vitamin B1 to flourish in your system (alcohol depletes it). ⠀⠀ >>Vitamin B1 supports the growth of brain tissue and new brain cells! ⠀⠀ >> More brain tissue and brain cells = better memory, coordination, thinking, and perception. ⠀⠀ >> Natural dopamine (the “feel-good hormone” associated with feelings of euphoria, bliss, motivation, and concentration) also begins to build back up in the brain ⠀⠀ Sobriety = REAL brain power! 🧠 Keep that brain strong! 😁💪 🧠 . . #soberissexy #sobriety #wellness #sobertribe #sobersisters #alcoholfree #soberlife #livingsober #soberinstyle #dry #women #mentalhealth #sobernotboring #soberglow #soberfriend #community #soberchallenge #thehappynow #tellbetterstories #womensupportingwomen #findyourcommunity #drytribe #sherecovers #thesoberlife #hangoverfree #sobriety #mentalhealth #thesoberlife #recovery
Cheers to Tuesday! (With a LaCroix water because today I’m celebrating 6 months sober!) 🥤 I know it’s not crochet related, but for those of you following my journey, I want you to know that change is hard but change is good. There are days when I want to throw in the towel, but there are even more days that I am grateful to be happy, healthy, and a better person for my kids and family. If you are struggling with addiction of any sort, I want you to know that you are not alone. This issue is so common and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. We are all working to be the best version of ourselves and the first step is recognizing that there is an issue. Crochet and this community have been a huge part of my healing, so thanks again for all of your love and support 💕💕💕 . . . #sobriety #sobernotboring #community #womensupportingwomen #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #renataraglan #makersgetreal #meetthemaker #makermama #changeisgood #slowfashionmovement #grantmetheserenity #serenity #createmakeshare #realstagram #crochetlove #lovecrochet #instacrochet #crochetersofig
This picture was taken in my friends dorm room in boarding school. Which was the place that my drinking gradually started to get out of control. I have always been very competitive, and in school - the person who could drink the most was the coolest. It’s hard to think back to the age of 16 and think that these were the roots of the long term problem that I would develop; but for many years after - outdrinking everyone would always be my aim. Even though it was no longer a requirement for coolness. I found this picture the other day and it made me feel a bit sad to see it. But it also made me realise that I’ve made the changes that were necessary and I am grateful for how far I’ve come from the girl in this picture ❤️ Stay strong warriors even the smallest changes you are making are worth it 😘
Happy happy happy!
We get sober, we grow in our recovery – then we discover that true meaning and satisfaction comes from being useful in the world. But usually, after all those years of drinking, we’re completely disconnected from our true purpose and passions. We just don’t know how we can be really helpful to others (or sometimes we just can’t see the immense value of what we’re already doing). Like alcohol recovery, discovering your purpose is a process. If you have more questions than answers in this area, my suggestion is simply to follow your enthusiasm. Do more of the things that bring you joy and raise your spirit. This will connect you to your creativity, spark new ideas and attract people to you. And you just might find your calling along the way. #exploreyourenthusiasm #enthusiasmgivesuswings #followyourenthusiasm #findyourpassion #soberful #soberfullife #joysofrecovery #sobernotboring #soberfun #soberlifestyle #soberandalive #soberandhappy #soberandlovingit #growth #selfdiscovery #lovewhatyoudo #alcoholtherapy #alcoholtherapist Photo credit: Peter Conlan
Public speaking when sober vs public speaking when hungover? No contest! Just got some stills through from a video. I was asked to read a couple of Pam Ayres poems on Saturday for the local WI who organised a Valentine’s Friendship Lunch inspired by their campaign, Alleviating Loneliness. Would I have done this during my days of drinking? Of course and I would have enjoyed it BUT I also know how incredibly nervous I would have felt because chances are I would have been out the night before and would be suffering with the shakes or worried I would spew halfway through 🤮! Its a vicious circle. Nerves amplifies the shakes and detox shakes amplifies the nerves. So all in all yes I would have got through it but not been near as relaxed or confident enough to ab lib and enjoy a bit of banter with the audience. 'Got through it' being the operative expression. Also, I would have been sweating like mad as thats what the DTs did to me resulting in self consciousness and therefore further shakes. Though I probably wouldn't have had a drink to steady my nerves as soon as I finished I would definitely have had a glass of wine or beer waiting for me. 'A drink to steady ones nerves' - interesting saying as for me now in hindsight I think it did the opposite unless I had a lot a lot such as doing outlandish things...😉. But in a situation like this it numbed them but only at surface level meaning nerves were bumbling away underneath which I could feel and became worried that I might get found out. Now I feel the nerves but just ride them and accept them and I'm fine. HOWEVER, I start a play tonight which is my first main one since quitting with 3 roles in it so it will be interesting to see how I fare with that but that will be a different post. Anyway, the poems went down a treat and it was so lovely having my daughter there standing nearby watching. I'm hoping that she'll clock that people can get up on stage or speak to a number of people without linking alcohol to steadying ones nerves. Also what about that other phrase 'He/she has got a lot of bottle'. Hmmm thoughts anyone? (I’ve run out of space so will finish little extra few lines below in comments 👇)
#Repost @smalltownrecovery (@get_repost ) ・・・ 💖 I am a 12 step meeting girl. Its how I learned to live one day at a time without alcohol. I AM NOT under the belief that it is the only way to find a healthy, happy life in recovery. I have learned so much from all of you. I hope I have offered some positive feedback as well. I love the way @sillylara advocates for promoting positivity about recovery in whatever form you have found it. Interestingly, thats one of the tenets of AA - we are taught to show others how we are recovering by “Attraction not promotion.” Which means , to me, that we dont tell people what to do or how to do it- we show up, keep our side of the street clean, do the next right thing and dont drink. If someone asks how we do it we share our experience, strength and hope. NEVER pushing our program. Thats how I choose to recover and it has served me for almost 10 years one day at a time. I support you all and your paths to recovery. Live and let live 💖 #werecovertogether #wedorecover #youdoyou #attractionnotpromotion #liveandletlive #recovery #recoveringalcoholic #sobernotboring #recoveryrocks #sober #sobriety #recoveryispossible #recovering #recoverywarrior #cleanandsober #onedayatatime #openmindedness #recoveryyourway #smalltownrecovery #soberevolution #sherecovers #addictionrecovery #addiction #cleanandsoberaf
“You need to create a life that is more exciting than the stimulation of alcohol. The only way to do that is to take time to first figure out what that looks like.”⠀ (SOBERALLEY.COM🌸)⠀ ▽⠀⠀ As we near the end of another Monday, I just wanted to say that I am proud of you. If you made it another day, keep it up! 👏🏻 If you are sober curious or on the fence about changing your ways/habits, just know that you are not alone & are welcome to DM me at any time. 💞⠀ ▽⠀⠀ Did you have a good day? Did anything extraordinary happen to you today? ⠀ Please share! ⠀ ▽⠀⠀ I had work today (even though most people had off for #PresidentsDay ). 🇺🇸 ⠀ ▽⠀⠀ Oh, and did I tell you that I am on a hunt for the BEST non-alcoholic beverages!? If you have any recommendations PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know! I can’t wait to share my favorites with you soon.🥤🍹⠀ ▽⠀⠀ ▽⠀⠀ ▽⠀⠀ #soberglow #mocktails #soberista #sobermagic #sobersisters #sobersister #blessup #sobersisterhood #sobernotboring #sobergirlsrule #inspiringwomen #sobrietyrules #soberfam #sobertogether #sobernation #soberlifestyle #radicalselflove #love #selflove #alcoholicsanonymous #zeroproof #truerecovery #mocktail #nonalcoholic #sober #sobriety #soberaf #recover #motivationmonday
Today was fun AF 😉 making zero-proof drinks with @kimhudsontv & @ncada_stl . . 👀 : 🔗 in bio! . . 🥂We made ‘Fresh 75’ using @belvoirusa elderflower cordial, lemon juice, simple syrup, and @perrierusa . . 🍹We made our “Kombucha Crush” using our favorite @komblu citrus kombucha, orange juice, lime juice, ginger beer, assorted citrus, salt, sugar, and chili powder. . . 💯The best part? NO HANGOVER! . . #sansbarstl #shakennotslurred #zerproof #zeroproofpop #afbeverage #abarwithoutbooze #abarwithnobooze #mocktail #mocktails #noalcoholchallenge #sobernotboring #sober #sobercurious #sobersometimes #sobernotboring #dry #mindfuldrinking #soberglow #soberaf #sobriety #soberlife #drylife #shakennotslurred #alcoholfreecocktail #boozefreecocktail #fox2now #fox2morning
New blog post: what I’ve gained in 1000 days of sobriety. Link in bio!
Taking one home! More rewarding and far more durable than champagne flutes! #soberlife #raedunn #raedunnfinds #drinkware #stayhydrated #odaat #retailtherapy #sobernotboring #homegoods
Love is....a mug of hot chocolate on a rainy day rather than a sherry 🤣. Happy to have captured ‘Better Coffee’ in the reflection 😊☕️🙏
This is my friend @saleinamariephotography. Most of the pictures you see in my feed are hers. She has mastered the art of making my drinks look amazing and helping this girl feel more confident in front of the camera😁⠀ ...⠀ But truth be told, I’m feeling a little “meh” about having a perfectly curated, professionally shot feed. How are you supposed to connect with “real” people when reality looks glossy and perfect? I’m over here shouting “life is #sobernotboring !” but life is really #soberandboring and #soberandmessy sometimes too. ⠀ ...⠀ Real life is 4 days in pajamas and no makeup because of #snowmageddon2019 (not complaining), real life is running a business with your husband, real life is a workout with a friend, sledding with your kids, and running errands. Real life is not being hungover. 👏🏻⠀ ...⠀ Real life is also being exhausted and feeling blah and unmotivated. It’s trying for the 23rd time to quit putting sugar in my coffee. It’s wondering what the hell I’m doing some days. ⠀ ....⠀ So, I’m gonna sprinkle in some real life amongst all the pretty pictures. It’s the only way I’m gonna be able to stay here on the IG. It could be #sobernotboring or it could be completely boring - either way, it’s me😊
Our perception – how we become aware of success, failure, happiness, friendships, love, and everything else – is not necessarily fact or reality. It is how we perceive failure or defeat, and what we do with it, that makes all the difference. Perception is our personal opinion or our point of view about any particular event. Of course, the event is a fact, not imagination, but at the same time there is a very personal view coloring the event. We really need to accept the truth about our emotions and perception: our thoughts and attitudes create our emotions – not the external event! . . . . . . . #motivationmonday #mondaymotivation #entrepreneur #selflove #motivation #soberaf #sobernotboring #mindset #entrepreneurlife #love #success #successquotes #inspirationalquotes #highlightreal #wowyouhaveyourhandfull
My uplifting Monday music tune! Gets you outta bed straight away or gets you pumping those weights that little bit harder or maybe you haven’t had a shower yet and you dance naked around the house with your hands in the air like you just don’t care! 💃🏻🕺🏻🏋🏻‍♂️🏋️‍♀️. Let’s rock this week 🤘 🙏🧡
This was pretty yummy @hawksmooredinburgh - lemon and ginger fizz. Didn’t miss alcohol in the slightest.
• • Sundays used to be for being really hungover, taking Advil, drinking Caesars, praying for the day to end, and hating myself. • Sundays also used to be for binge eating. Because MONDAYS were always about starting whatever diet I was going to be starting. Sundays were for eating things I didn’t even necessarily want, and eating them until my stomach hurt because the next day I would surely be denying myself several entire food groups. • But then Monday I’d usually still be hungover so the diet and sobriety would have to be put off until Tuesday. • I am so glad that’s all over with. So immensely #grateful . • Now even when Sundays aren’t fabulous, like today, when I’m feeling a bit emotional and sitting with some discomfort they are still exponentially better than they used to be. • And that is a beautiful thing. • • Double tap if you adore even shitty Sundays in sobriety. • • image borrowed from the lovely @thefightforbeauty • • • #sobersunday #QOTD #sobernotboring #intuitiveeating #foodfreedom
New T-shirt has arrived. Let’s go deal some good shit.
💖 I am a 12 step meeting girl. Its how I learned to live one day at a time without alcohol. I AM NOT under the belief that it is the only way to find a healthy, happy life in recovery. I have learned so much from all of you. I hope I have offered some positive feedback as well. I love the way @sillylara advocates for promoting positivity about recovery in whatever form you have found it. Interestingly, thats one of the tenets of AA - we are taught to show others how we are recovering by “Attraction not promotion.” Which means , to me, that we dont tell people what to do or how to do it- we show up, keep our side of the street clean, do the next right thing and dont drink. If someone asks how we do it we share our experience, strength and hope. NEVER pushing our program. Thats how I choose to recover and it has served me for almost 10 years one day at a time. I support you all and your paths to recovery. Live and let live 💖 #werecovertogether #wedorecover #youdoyou #attractionnotpromotion #liveandletlive #recovery #recoveringalcoholic #sobernotboring #recoveryrocks #sober #sobriety #recoveryispossible #recovering #recoverywarrior #cleanandsober #onedayatatime #openmindedness #recoveryyourway #smalltownrecovery #soberevolution #sherecovers #addictionrecovery #addiction #cleanandsoberaf
This evening I experienced something totally new. I am honored to be a part of Sans Bar National Tour and to have assisted Founder Chris behind the bar. He curated some delicious AF beverages. Sponsors Topo Chico, Portland Syrups & Dry Soda helped create these tasty drinks. (PS. I want to design glassware for all of these companies). Nice to meet new friends —— and, well, another reminder to step outside the comfort zone. It was fun—- ready for more! 🙋🏻‍♀️ #alenabotanicalifestyle #sansbarnationaltour #sobernotboring #pdxnow #soberissexy #mocktails
Back to the mountains. So grateful to have spent the day with #OSAT leading some members of the new GCC class on a snowy conditioner. #optoutside #pnwonderland #osat #sobernotboring #alwaysconditioning
@chvrches #ssehydro great night and a new experience.....pretty much my first ever dry concert, no queuing for over priced drinks, no dying for the loo and no hangover in the post. #sobernotboring
I don't think it just me. Sometimes when I talk about my ideas, people's eyes glaze over and they offer their opinion of all the things that may go wrong. I understand this, because I used to do the same thing. I used to think I was being helpful. I was helping them to see the pitfalls that may happen along the way. And I was right, because they did make mistakes. Did I point that out ahead of time so I could tell them, 'I told you so!' when they failed? Why? My judgement didn't stop them from making mistakes. My judgement didn't change their direction. They tried something they had never tried before and they didn't do it perfectly the first time. It is like when my daughter was learning how to ride a bike, no one said to me. "Well, you know she is going to fall and hurt herself so maybe she shouldn't try." Because it was obvious that was going to happen, and everyone accepts that mistakes will be made. So, why does this logic go away? Suddenly making a wrong decision or a mistake became one of the worst things I could do. And if I failed, I would beat myself up that I had even attempted to try. It made me feel stupid and wrong, and shameful. Sometimes I would hide the fact that I was going to try something new because there was a possibility of failure. I wanted to keep it a secret so that if I failed no one would know. Eventually I became so full of anxiety and scared of making a mistake, that I stopped trying completely. .....link in bio to continue reading, new blog post ‘It is just like riding a bike’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #soberliving #soberlife #soberissexy #sobersquad #sobriety #sobrietyquotes #sobrietyrocks #womeninsobriety #cleanliving #nomorealcohol #nonalcholicdrink #nonalcoholic #changeisgood #changeispossible #addictionrecovery #recoveryquotes #recoveryispossible #noshameinmygame #authenticliving #nodrinks #sobernotboring
As one of my previous posts mentioned I’m a keen hobby photographer and I always take 100s of photos of everything. I used to take loads of bottles and glasses and anything boozy as an earlier posts shows. It’s always a lovely little compliment to see some of the photos I take accepted in the local paper. I just love being outdoors walking snapping away rather than indoors or sat on a chair for hours on end boozing. Anyway here are a couple of recent ones. I have a passion for rowing and I’ve always loved horses - they are so calming and intuitive. Both horses and rowing are so graceful (though these ones are sculptures) 😊🙏🧡
What is your favorite fictitious “Less Than” band name? Ooh, I like this question! I kept wanting to just name synonyms of the words in the band name, but I’ve managed to come up with a few 90’s-inspired bands that I feel aren’t quite as intense as their original counterparts: Resentment Against The Machine Alice in Zip Ties Foo Instigators Average Length Nails Still Some Faith Left Third Eye Visually Impaired Jane’s Dependency The Smoldering Lips A Misshapen Circle Some Doubt Estimating Crows About the Equivalent of Ezra Bloodhound Clique Scantily Clad Ladies Mild Green Bell Peppers Squishing Pumpkins Butthole Boogieboarders Eve 5 #soberselfie #sober #sobriety #soberlife #soberliving #soberlifestyle #soberwomen #womeninrecovery #soberissexy #soberaf #cleanandsober #sobermovement #soberfun #partysober #recovery #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #sobermilestone #onedayatatime #odaat #justfortoday #sobrietyrocks #alcoholfree #hangoverfree #sobernotboring #soberisbetter #addictionrecovery #wedorecover
When your girls are grown adults and you also have a 13yo boy sometimes it’s hard to find things to do that everyone enjoys. ⠀ ...⠀ Electric scooters and funky mirror sculptures are a win for all generations. Thanks Arizona😁⠀ #sobernotboring
One of the best things you can do for your recovery, is to detach from people who are still living a lifestyle that is harmful to you or not in sync with the life you are trying to create. Your destiny is far too important! . . . #protectyourdreams #findyourtribe #sobertribe #soberfriends #sobercommunity #recoverycommunity #addictionrecovery #addictionawareness #addictiontreatment #soberliving #soberlife #sobernotboring #addictionfree #opioidaddiction #opioidcrisis #opioidawareness #mentalhealthawareness #overdoseawareness #overdoseprevention #nonprofitorganization #nonprofitwork
My GORGE sobro @picsbyjonesy absolutely KNOCKING it out of the park in #mortifiedlondon tonight - talk about stepping outside your comfort zone and mixing stand up comedy (in PUBLIC) with your teenage diary: brave doesn’t come close. HILARIOUS comes closer. So proud of you babes, and I got to hang out with @mentalitymanaged & @theboywhodranktoo and I felt like an honorary @thesobermillennials for the eve, and laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants. 😂😂❤️❤️ #sobergoals #sobermillenials #soberlife #sobernotboring #awesomeAF #comedy #valentines #mortified
Used to be. Though even the strongest wine couldn’t make me feel like the most beautiful woman in the room. I’ve always been able to express myself most of the time but I enjoy it so much more sober but more importantly I listen. I listen and engage with people. I am no longer selfish. I enjoy listening to people and giving my time if they want it. I no longer try to hurry up a conversation so I can get to the bar or join other big drinkers. I’m happy to join big drinkers and chit chat but it’s on my own terms led by my desire to chat with them not led by drink to drink with them anymore. And I love hugging. As some of my friends on here know I hug anything from restaurant staff to people I bump into in the street and I’m still learning so much about myself. As for drunk sex on Valentine’s well that’s another post 🤣. Besides surely sober sex is much more of a compliment for your partner. Also much more satisfying as you’re in the moment. This has gone off piste 🤣. Anyway, no more bottles of Valentine love anymore 😊
For all you sober curious friends! Many times... a night out with friends, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, weddings, holidays, wine tasting excursions, etc. would include consuming at least 3-4 drinks across the span of the evening for me. I remember during my annual check-ups when my doctor would ask how much I drink in a week, I definitely wouldn’t tell her the full story. I knew it wasn’t healthy to be drinking the amount I was, but I also knew a majority of my friends and the people I knew were also consuming a similar amount, so I didn’t think of myself as abnormal. Now, as I’ve taken this journey of sobriety, my eyes are being opened to all the major health risks and to the fact that many of my previous drinking days were considered HIGH RISK. 3 or more drinks in one day is considered high risk drinking for women. And more than 7 in one week. High-risk drinking means a higher chance of cancer and other health ailments. Fortunately, the human body is amazing and can regenerate cells and has the inner wisdom to heal itself. So, I’m hoping my body will heal itself of the damage that I may have already caused. If at any point you are considering cutting back on your drinking or stopping altogether, know that it’s never too late to let your body start healing itself. 💗✨🙌 . . . #soberissexy #sobriety #wellness #sobertribe #sobersisters #alcoholfree #soberlife #livingsober #soberinstyle #dry #women #mentalhealth #sobernotboring #soberglow #soberfriend #community #soberchallenge #thehappynow #tellbetterstories #womensupportingwomen #findyourcommunity #drytribe #sherecovers #thesoberlife #hangoverfree #sobriety #mentalhealth #thesoberlife #recovery
>>AWARENESS<< ⠀⠀ A recent Healthline article titled “Women are Drinking More, but Get Less Help for Alcohol Abuse” sheds light on some of the critical barriers to treatment for women. The article also states that women’s high-risk drinking is up 60% from 2001 to 2013. Walking through the store the other day I noticed that pink alcohol was everywhere - Rose wine and pink hard cider and pink liquor. ⠀⠀ These companies don’t care about women’s health. Women’s livers. Women’s lives. Take back control of your life, your health, your well-being. Talk to your doctor about your drinking, if you have any concerns. Let’s have an important discussion about the issue and dissolve the #stigma . There are people who care and want to help. 💗 . . #soberissexy #sobriety #wellness #sobertribe #sobersisters #alcoholfree #soberlife #livingsober #soberinstyle #dry #women #mentalhealth #sobernotboring #soberglow #soberfriend #community #soberchallenge #thehappynow #tellbetterstories #womensupportingwomen #findyourcommunity #drytribe #sherecovers #thesoberlife #hangoverfree #sobriety #mentalhealth #thesoberlife #recovery
• • 51 days sober today 💃🏻. • Now that that’s out of the way, what do you guys think of vitamins and supplements? • I’m generally of the belief that we have kidneys and a liver and a whole internal system meant to “cleanse” and “detox” us and that when you pump yourself full of vitamins and shakes and special tea that all you’re actually getting is really expensive urine. • However, since being drinkers does compromise our liver and other organs meant for #detox it makes sense to me that we might need to give them a bit of extra support during early recovery. • About 7 years ago I was having a massage and was told that the masseuse could feel my liver because it was swollen 🤨🙈. He recommended I start on milk thistle which I did immediately with good results. Not only was my liver less swollen when I returned but I also lost a good amount of weight.( I also stopped drinking and was very careful with my nutrition). • So I’m taking another round of #milkthistle now. • I’ve also read that drinkers deplete other important vitamins and minerals like folate, B6, thiamine, and vitamin A. • So I’m thinking after the milk thistle perhaps I’ll try to replenish some of those too. • Just another step on the road to recovery. • • What do you guys do? Any supplements to help your recovery along - or are you doing it all natural and counting on your body to work its own magic? (Our bodies are pretty friggin’ magical when you consider everything we put them through and that they still recover!). • • Have a wonderful weekend sober warriors!!! • • • #soberfriday #soberweekend #selfshot #radicalselfcare #sobernotboring
Alarm kicks off 5:30 am Fridays! No hangover and clear head. The Valentines Day wash up... Did you party? Did you pull? Did you break up or did you just go to bed early alone? Is it an excuse for weirdos to express unwanted desires...? For the first time in years I stayed in and went to bed early. Alone 🤣 💘
Cheers to the holiday of love❤️Guess what I got my amazing husband for this special day? A colonoscopy appointment. That my friends, is true love. ⠀ ...⠀ I’ll be honest, Valentine’s is just another day at our house. BUT, if you are celebrating or not, here is a lovely red and delicious Mocktail to add to your repertoire. #linkinbio ⠀ ...⠀ Also, autocorrect capitalizes Mocktail for me, I don’t know why but I like it😊⠀ ...⠀ 📷:@saleinamariephotography
Do I have to call myself an alcoholic? Am I sober curious? Am I in recovery? 🤷🏼‍♀️ ▽ While I certainly understand that I have a problematic relationship with alcohol, I do sometimes struggle with labels. 💬 ▽ How do you feel about being called an alcoholic? What terms do you use to self-identify? ▽ ▽ ▽ #soberglow #mocktails #soberista #sobermagic #sobersisters #sobersister #blessup #sobersisterhood #sobernotboring #sobergirlsrule #inspiringwomen #sobrietyrules #soberfam #sobertogether #sobernation #soberlifestyle #radicalselflove #love #selflove #alcoholicsanonymous #zeroproof #truerecovery #sobercurious #selfidentify #indentity
Photos explained below but briefly no more prickly heat and can finally enjoy the sun! (See photo of my bad prickly heat due to alcohol 😬). Nearly one year sober....Fridays are always busy for me. Radio show 7am-9:30. 10:30-11:15 Boxfit. 3pm pick up daughter. 6pm drop her back with her mum unless its my weekend with her. Before I chose to stop drinking I was in a stressful job, which I since quit (as explained in a previous post) even though it was rewarding to some extent as I helped bereaved families (I worked as a coroner officer). I also have a small theatre company and always helped out with other events. Everything was a rush and though I never drank during the event/function/show, unless I was there purely socially, I was always clock watching. Now, I am much more relaxed as that is no longer a priority. Also, I hardly sweat anymore (the booze and detox kind that is). Sometimes I get asked to read at public functions and I'd get nervous and so I sweated but that meant the previous night's booze would come out and I'd always have smelly armpits (mainly my right one which was much more susceptible to sweats) and the shakes. Recently I have been asked to read a poem for a charity event and sure there will be nerves but I won't sweat much and I'll look fab! I used to get really bad heat rash and could never figure it out. Then last summer in banging heat both here and on hols in Portugal - no prickly heat! So, for the first time in years I can actually enjoy being in the sun and getting a tan! Thats my daughter's unicorn ring... honest! As you can see I look and feel much healthier. I live a much freer life both in work and socially and feel like a butterfly 😊 The split photo shows pale and blotchy skin and the other one healthier though it’s black and white. #teetotal #teetotaler #teatotal #sober #soberlife #soberliving #soberisexy #soberlifestyle #sobercommunity #soberlove #sobercompanion #sobernation #healthylifestyle #health #thisisme #happy #soberevolution #soberisthenewblack #sobriety #sobrietyrocks #livelifetothefullest #nohangover #soberwarrior #sobercommunity #soberisbetter #soberglow #partysober #soberfun
Today I broke down in tears for the first time since my younger sister’s funeral (2010) which totally came out of the blue and took me by surprise. She was 35 and an alcoholic. She was much worse than me. Vodka bottles, hiding them, drink driving, rehab. She went cold turkey and a week later had a heart attack in the bath. Her 8 year old son found her and my dad went to get her out the bath but it was too late. I’ll explain the photos a bit later but they are defibrillators I bought in her memory. I now feel really guilty that I didn’t understand my sister’s problem more and support her better at the time. At her death I cried because I was sad. Now I cry out of shame and guilt. I wish I was more understanding at the time and realised how difficult alcoholism was no matter what ‘level’ you or others deem yourself to be. This really has popped out of the blue and has affected me tremendously. I think I was scrolling through photos and saw these ones and because I am more in tune with feelings and problems I realise how I swept her issues under the carpet and let other people deal with it as I was living far away. She had much more of a problem than me. In fact I didn't think I had any reliance on alcohol back then but in hindsight of course I bloody did. But to not have the thought to not drink for at least the day of her funeral is shitty. And then at her wake everyone has booze don't they? The wake of an alcoholic who died of an alcoholic issue! And I look back and wish just for that one day on her funeral I had the respect to abstain. Alcohol makes you selfish doesn’t it? Whether it's missing a friend's show cos you’re too hungover or a date cos you’re too pissed or you'd rather be in a pub than go for a walk with a friend or whatever. I’ve run out of space so will finish in comments below 👇 #teetotal #teetotaler #teatotal #sober #soberlife #soberliving #soberisexy #soberlifestyle #sobercommunity #soberlove #sobercompanion #sobernation #healthylifestyle #health #thisisme #happy #soberevolution #soberisthenewblack #sobriety #sobrietyrocks #livelifetothefullest #nohangover #soberwarrior #sobercommunity #soberisbetter #soberglow #partysober
Sobriety was not in my vodkabulary but after a DWI, busted face (x2) and broken leg (all on different occasions)... I figured I’d give it a shot. — How do you like my puns!? 😂 • • Today is day 2️⃣5️⃣ and I’m quite proud of myself. While I am reluctant to admit, I have actually been avoiding people. I guess it’s about time for me to learn to actually say “NO” instead of ghosting all of my friends. 👻 I’m just nervous about the questions and criticisms. • • • #soberiety #noalcohol #soberaf #love #recovering #sobernotboring #teetotalers #boozefree #sayno #no #courage #sober #imsober #alcoholfree #hope #tolerance #addiction #love #beauty #lifestyle #findingmyself #happiness #kindness #free #alcholic #alcoholfreezone
⭐️QUESTION OF THE DAY⭐️ When should a woman start to be concerned about her drinking? • • “A woman should start to become concerned about her drinking when alcohol becomes her friend and she is using alcohol to relieve stress or to numb pain. When alcohol becomes her friend - it is firmly on it's path to becoming her partner. Alcohol as a partner is poisonous.” (Deidra Roach, MD ♥️ NIAAA) • • • #womenandalcohol #womeninrecovery #alcoholic #sobergirls #soberchicks #sobernotboring #inrecovery #recovering #soberlife #soberinsta #soberjourney #niaaa #alcoholism #drinking #sobercurious #needhelp #thesoberlife #wedorecover #love #instagood #sister #unstoppable #igotthis #godisgreat #blackout
Water. Board. Yoga. Centered. 🤙🏼 #paddleboarding #paddleboardyoga #sobernotboring
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