Hello, I’m Primrose, and I write this blog to help me along the way in my new life as a non-drinker. I began Belle’s 100 day challenge on 4 November 2013. Since then I have learnt so much from other bloggers about how to get sober and how to be a happier me.
I made it to 100 days. a few days before that milestone I committed to 180 days, and then similarly again to one year, after which it became clear that I was in this for keeps, and I celebrated my three years sober on 4 November 2016.
in my second year of sobriety I took a short course of therapy, from November 2014 to January 2015. I began meditating using the fantastic Headspace app in January 2015 and am now meditating (nearly!) daily. in September 2015 I began a weekly yoga class. no -one could be more surprised about those three things than me. in my third year of sobriety my personal relationships deepened and strengthened, as the cumulative effect of sobriety worked through me, enabling me to create better boundaries and to have clarity for myself over what I truly need.
here is my perspective from eighteen months sober. astonishingly, I am still discovering new worlds every day.
looking back on the last three years, I can see that the pain and self-loathing that used to dwell in me every day have gradually receded, to be replaced by a peace and self-acceptance that I never knew was possible. of course there are still tough days sometimes, but those are down to life’s vicissitudes and I deal with them so much better without alcohol in the picture. life is still getting better every day!
if you are just starting your own (*over-used recovery phrase alert*) sober journey, I’m glad you are here. please read along, comment if you like (or don’t if that’s not your thing).
I can tell you one thing for sure about what it will be like – it’s going to be AMAZING!