A Funny Thing Happens When you Stop Drinking…

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Around five months ago, I decided to stop drinking. The decision, although brewing under the surface for years (pun intended 😛 ), seemed to arrive suddenly, and sporadically, forcing itself to the forefront of my consciousness. It was the day after Valentine’s day, a Monday morning. I woke up to go to work, and felt the familiar twang of a hangover from a weekend of festivities, blurry memories, and a horrible gash on my leg from an unidentified drunken injury (or UDI as it is conveniently termed). Just another weekend…

Lotus Life

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Lotus Life By Tamara Roberts I stopped drinking in 2011, about 5 years ago after going through one the most life-changing and intense periods of my life. Although I didn’t really have a very unhealthy dynamic with alcohol, I just knew that it didn’t serve me so decided that for someone like me it would be wise to explore the life of sobriety. When I think about the hardest part of not drinking I sometimes get the feeling of disconnect. ‘Isolated’ is a word that has often come to mind…

JHB Meet-up – Picnic with a touch of Madness, 12 June

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If you are based in JHB (or surrounding areas) and would like a chance to let your hair down with a bunch of other young folks (without the hangovers) then join us on the 12th of June at the Sandton Field and Study for a Picnic with a touch of Madness! What to Bring: • Yourself • Friends/family or come solo • Your dog if you wish • Games/activities such as hula hoop/ frisbee if you want • Delicious food and non-alcohol drinks (to share) • A dash of CRAZY to your outfit – hats/ feather boas/…

ACT 1 SCENE 1: Introducing Holiday Roy

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By Roy Gluckman (Empty stage. No lights. Upon speaking, a spot light lights up Roy, our protagonist and subject under discussion. He lifts his bowed head slightly and begins addressing the crowd nonchalantly.) I’ve always interpreted the quote by Napoleon Hill quite literally: “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” However, realising that “my destiny” was not, in fact, up to me exclusively, and that rather it involved a myriad…

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…

Fun Sh*t to do in Joburg (without tequila)

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So Joburg is a pretty exciting city to live in here in South Africa. Especially in the last few years, things have really gotten next-level! From Mellville night-time madness, Maboneng ‘Sunday Funday’, clubbing in Braam (bru) and an endless list of incredible markets cropping up all over the city – there really is no excuse for spending another weekend hungover on the couch. This weekend has been another epic edition of life and I thought I would share it with you all! Saturday morning started off bright and early as…

Weekend MOJO Juice!

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OK so everybody hates the word mock-tail. Its no secret. So instead, I think we should all leave this word behind, along with all its negative-Nancy connotations. It’s time for something new. It’s time for MOJO Juice! MOJO Juice comes in all shapes and sizes. From fruit-filled fantasies, creamy-coconut concoctions or decadent dessert in a cup, it’s time to broaden our beverage horizons and expand our pallets with these non-alcoholic bevvies! Over the next few weeks I shall be sourcing MOJO Juice recipes and ideas and posting them here to…

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…

Time to Get LOKOH!

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LOKOH is a collective with a vision to empower the community through alternative gatherings, platforms and workshops – all in unique ways. Born in Cape Town early last year, LOKOH aims to experiment with different ways of bringing people together to connect! Inspired by various movements around the world and local influencers, LOKOH hopes to bring something different to the table. The first LOKOH Awakenings have launched in Cape Town with the aim to provide platforms for young creatives, subject experts, healers, foodies and the like to showcase their offering! Awakenings…