Dry July Is Over!
Last month I took part in Dry July. A fundraising campaign where you go without alcohol for the month of July and raise money for adults living with cancer. Pretty darn cool cause and something I could get fully behind.
The last five years have been pretty heavy going. But now I feel I am truly living life. Thriving as they say. I’m making personal dreams and goals reality while enjoying being a mother to my beautiful babes and connecting with friends and family. I’m in a good place and it is a lovely place to be. I want to make sure that I am doing everything I can to keep it that way. Like asking myself questions such as: What I can do more of, or less of, to be better, to do better, so that I feel on top and strong, so that I can do it all with gusto and enthusiasm and, most importantly, with consistent joy?
I have already stepped up my commitment to my yoga practice at the beginning of this year. I can’t tell you how much I’m loving that. I don’t find it easy. I’m not naturally flexible. But I’m getting better slowly. I have trained my night owl self to go to bed earlier. Sleep is key – who knew!? And I am more and more mindful of being present and in the moment. This too isn’t always easy with so much going on with kids and work and life in general but I believe it’s incredibly worth it. Even though I’m doing all these things, and a few more, I wanted to take things further.
I’m a single mum of four, running my own creative business, studying and living life. I want to do it all. I love my life. But it’s pretty full on. Sometimes stressful and sometimes I feel totally maxed out. One of my solutions to the stress of a not-so-great day, or even to celebrate the end of a long week, has been a glass of wine, or two. To relax because hey, I’d worked hard, I deserved it.
A few months ago I began asking myself another question: At what point does that glass of wine stop being a reward and fun and begins to be a crutch? Hmmm…. I contemplated that word. Crutch. I didn’t like it. Time to slow down.
It was a couple of days into July when I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. I came across my cousins pledge to take part in Dry July. Yes! Perfect!! Let’s blow that crutch question to smithereens. Talk about the universe stepping in. I signed up straight away. And I was realistic. I’d picked a challenging time of the year. The mid year school holidays had just started. Yikes! That first week was the toughest but after that I can honestly say I was ok.
Quite simply – this experience has been amazing. I love the way I feel right now. I love the energy I have. I love bouncing out of bed on the weekend and doing so much more with that sacred time. I’ve enjoyed the extra cash in my wallet (I don’t buy cheap wine lol). I love the mental clarity and focus. And that’s just after one month off the stuff!! Hmmm… I could get use to this.
And so I’m going to keep it going. I’m not saying I’ll never drink again. That to me seems a bit extreme because I do love getting together with family and friends or out and about socialising. And it’s not the drinking itself that worries me. It’s the realisation of how bloody wonderful I feel without it. That is the MAJOR motivator here. Having a glass of wine simply won’t be a weekly thing for me anymore. That’s my choice.
I don’t want these good vibes and this fabulous physical feeling to stop. I have this one life. And this is how I wanna spend it.