Day 250: The Dreaded Liebster Post

I’ve been putting this off for soooooo long, but it’s time. First of all, thank you to the lovely Claire at Ditching the wine, for nominating me and placing her faith in my ability to take less than 6 months to write this post (these awards are all around the blogosphere these days andContinue reading “Day 250: The Dreaded Liebster Post”

Day 196: Anxiety about coming back

Hi everyone!  It’s been a month and I’ve been putting off writing, initially because I had “nothing to say” (or what I call the “shitty” excuse), and then because I am a complete coward who got nervous at having to show up with yet another apology for being gone too long. Sigh. Initially I wantedContinue reading “Day 196: Anxiety about coming back”

Day 177: Will alcoholism kill my mom?

As I approach the 6 month mark, I am faced with a difficult piece of news. Last week I found out that my mother (a heavy alcoholic since as far back as I can remember) has recently developed alcohol induced hepatitis, or as she puts it… her liver is “very tired”. This is how IContinue reading “Day 177: Will alcoholism kill my mom?”

Day 162: Want vs. Need.

9:00am. My cat -who was peacefully eating breakfast- just poked her head through the kitchen door to see why the hell I just shouted “Duuuuuuuuuuuuh!!!!” in what must have sounded like Homer Simpson having sex with a T-Rex. Not that either of them would want that. Why am I shouting to myself in the morning?Continue reading “Day 162: Want vs. Need.”

Day 121: My First Sober New Year’s Eve !!!

I never would have thought this possible but it was one of the best New Year’s celebrations I have had in decades. In the past, I would submit myself to the same old cycle of high expectations, drunken -yet anxious- partying, excessive drinking, possible drug use, probable black out and risky behavior, followed by aContinue reading “Day 121: My First Sober New Year’s Eve !!!”

Day 114: My First Sober Christmas

Happy holidays, y’all ! Pheeew… it’s over: I survived my first sober Christmas in a family of heavy drinkers. Yaaay !!! I am sure that many of you had some kind of an intense experience, whether it was discovering sober Christmas for the first time, dealing with family members and dynamics (whether pleasant or horrible),Continue reading “Day 114: My First Sober Christmas”

Day 105: Survived “Family of alcoholics” gathering :)

Wow. I feel almost guilty for the title of this post, but I’m not going to sugar-coat my feelings so as to not upset my introjected parental figures, that would be insane ! 🙂  (I don’t think my real parents will ever read this blog) Anyway…. I made it ! My first family event sinceContinue reading “Day 105: Survived “Family of alcoholics” gathering :)”

Day 101: What is happiness?

As a stressful time (almost) draws to a close and the holidays approach, it is time to reflect (briefly, cause I ain’t got no time!) on the meaning of these last three months and on this HUGE achievement of successfully making it through 100 days alcohol free. For the first time in three months, withContinue reading “Day 101: What is happiness?”

Day 97: Far from perfect! -Bye bye ego, hello shame!

These days I am under tremendous pressure work-wise: the third chapter of my PhD is due at the end of the week and I am nowhere near finished. This means I am putting in 10 hour long days, while battling very intense feelings of anxiety and discouragement, which (NO WORRIES!) is just part of theContinue reading “Day 97: Far from perfect! -Bye bye ego, hello shame!”

Day 90: Wowowowow!

THREE MONTHS!!!! Like my friend (or father? LOL) Jim says in his own post, this is the longest I have been sober since I was 16. For those of you who are in the first few days or weeks of your journey, believe me, if I can do this, then so can you!!! I neverContinue reading “Day 90: Wowowowow!”

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