Alcohol and Sugar – Ugly Stepsisters

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Hi, I’m Andrea, and I am a cake addict. Having just passed the 3 month mark of no alcohol, I feel proud of my achievement, and also surprised at how easy it has been! Although typically met with gasps and utter horror by others at the mention that I am not drinking, my life has remained remarkably normal and, in fact, even more awesome than ever before. Positive aspects from not drinking: I have picked up several hobbies again (drawing/ hooping/ Pilates/dance) I’ve developed an interest in trying new things…

Falling in Love with Life Again

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By Maya Kiusalaas “You should be so happy you are alive”, the nurse said as she pulled the respiratory tube out of my mouth and I regained consciousness. I had no idea where I was or why I was here. Bright blueish light and beeping machines surrounded me. I turned around and saw my mum and dad, sitting next to me, happy to meet my eyes, but not without a hint of fright at what I had been capable of. As I opened my mouth to speak I felt a…

One Year Ago in a Mindfulness Center Somewhere Far Away

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I have just passed the 6 week mark of no alcohol, which isn’t a first for me having done two months clean last year. The first month of this, however, was spent in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand – which does technically make this my longest stint in the “real world”. However, the thought led me to reflect back on my time spent at the Mindfulness Project in Khon Kaen, where I joined a group of individuals from around the world in an adventure that none of us could have…

Attending a Wedding Sober – a Survival Guide for Girls and Guys

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Romance, commitment, dedication, love, adoration. Some of the words that might be used to describe the union of man and wife on their special wedding day. For others, however, words that are conjured up during these events might also include drunk, wasted, inebriated, smashed, trolleyed, badgered, splattered or my personal favourite – cabbaged. It’s no secret that weddings are a lot of fun, maybe too much fun, and tend to get out of hand with open bars and champers flowing more abundantly than H2O (this is definitely a thing). But…

Productivity Overload

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OK so I’ve made it to 11 days with no booz, and really, apart from the weekend it has been a breeze. I have decided on a period of abstinence until I feel it time to start playing around with this “moderation” thing. I have been overwhelmed with ideas surrounding Dry Space – almost feeling manic at times, my heart beating fast, my body perspirating during discussions and ideas around the concept – something is definitely happening inside me. I am spending every spare moment devoted to the blog –…

Good Thing I Decided Not to Start this Blog

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All of the reasons why I decided not to start this blog: I’ve been waiting for someone else to create a space like this & absorb all the unwanted attention and vulnerability that accompanies it. Having worked in PR for 5 years I am used to being behind the camera, radio interview/ article/ blog. Not in the spotlight. Vom. I’ve secretly been waiting to stop drinking alcohol before embarking on this – so I could be the poster child of success and responsible living. But erm…that doesn’t seem to be…

It’s Been a Particularly Dry Week

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…and I’m not talking about the weather 😉 AMIRITE! So it’s been 7 whole days since I had any alcohol. Partially fueled by the massive hangover after an entire weekend of drinking left me with as well as the deathly flu-ish after-effects that followed, and partially due to the fact that a lot of my friends have been out of town, and the social pressures felt just a tad less this week. Finally – a time to detox in peace! So here I am. I have managed to get over…