10 Festive Season Drinking Tips and Preparation for Dry January

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With many individuals around the globe planning on taking part in Dry January, for some, this can serve as an excuse to go over the top, and drink excessively in December. Instead, we would like to encourage everyone who plans to do this, to use the December period as a time to start gently easing into mindful drinking behavior, and to start 2018 on a positive note! We’ve put together a few simple tips on how to thrive in this period alcohol-free, or successfully moderating! Here we go! 1o tips on…

My Magical World of Hoopdance

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By Jovanka Gouvea There are many reasons why people drink. It (temporarily) enhances your mood, acts as a stress reliever, builds your self confidence, is socially acceptable, a means of escape from reality, helps you forget about your problems and is seen as fun. In my experience, however, I have managed to find something that has given me all of these same effects, and more, in a way that not only keeps me fit, but puts me in touch with my inner child. My magical world of Hoopdance. Hula-hooping is…

A Secret Community Bringing Connection Around The World

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This past weekend, among the beautiful green rolling hills of the Drakensberg, with some of the most incredible people from around South Africa and abroad, I had the privilege of receiving training to be a Secret Sunrise facilitator. If you have not heard of Secret Sunrise yet, you most probably will be hearing about it sometime in the near future, as this exciting movement, born under African skies, spreads across the world in places such as Amsterdam, Bali, Ibiza and Barcelona. Simply Put, Secret Sunrise is an interactive and progressive…

Ditching Booze and Going Vegan – Strangely Familiar Worlds

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Around two months ago I decided to become a vegan. This, after several years as a vegetarian before, would seem like a logical and natural step, but in fact, was never something I had considered doing before (or thought I was capable of). I mean….pizza…amirite?? Turns out… I was not right. At least, I did not feel ‘right’. After watching several documentaries and Youtube videos (such as Food Choices, What the Health, Dairy is Scary) and reading more into the dairy and egg industry in particular, I started to slowly…

Are you Joining us for YESvember?

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The response from our Ocsober challenge has been so great that we have decided to keep this group open indefinitely, and run plenty of more alcohol-free challenges on there, included our next YESvember challenge, for those who want to discover the awesomeness of an alcohol-free life. So if you are keen to join us, there is a group of pretty cool humans in there ready to invite you in 😉 Here’s the link to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/474023982954835/?hc_location=ufi See you there!  

The Ship is On Fire

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By Kacie Stephens I was sitting on the couch—glass of wine in hand—my 4 kids with me. It was a Friday night in November last year, movie night in our house. I can’t remember what we were watching because I was never really paying attention. Also, I can’t remember how much I’d been drinking. It might have been my 2nd glass or it could have been my 3rd. Out of nowhere my 4-year-old son turned to me and said “You’re boring now mummy. You don’t have fun with us anymore.”. Kids say…

Why you Should Consider Ditching the Drink this ‘Ocsober’

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If you have been thinking about taking a short break from alcohol, or perhaps considering giving it up more long term, you have the opportunity to join thousands of others around the world in ditching alcohol for the month of October (aka Ocsober). Alcohol-free months like Ocsober, just like Dry January and Sober September are picking up in popularity, and giving the chance for people to start experimenting with alcohol-free life in manageable and bite-sized chunks. With the festive season around the corner, what better time to give your body…

Wine, Beer and Tears

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By Marcelle Pillay Oh, so many, many tears and so many, many beers, for so unnecessarily long. I was so excited when I was invited to write this piece! And then I got nervous and then I got sober and I thought “now my story is so different and is it even interesting anymore.”  And I think that is where I answered my lifelong question. You see, so much of who I was, or who I thought I was or wanted to be, was somehow tied to alcohol. It gave me…

Take the Dry Space ‘Ocsober’ Challenge!

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The silly season is around the corner and what better time to take a break from alcohol than the month of October (AKA Ocsober)! Take the Dry Space online challenge (it’s free yo!) where you’ll join thousands of others around the world in taking a break from alcohol for the month of October! Learn how to enjoy life to its fullest without alcohol, relinquish your hangover-free weekends, take back control of your health and watch how much money you can save in the process! Whats Included in the Challenge Access…

Teetotaler, Turning Thirty & Falling off a Pink Cloud

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A few weeks ago I entered into my 30’s completely sober. It had been around 18 months since I left my inebriated days behind me. OK yes…barring a failed attempt at ‘moderation’ somewhere in between, which to be honest, I don’t really count. In fact, the concept of starting from day 1 after this ‘blip’ as many treatment programmes would encourage, felt disingenuous to the 9 months of hard work I had put in before. Truth be told, my attempt at moderation was just as much a part of my…