2014 closes a year of extremes for me. I went from the deep depths of depression to feelings of deep, true happiness.
And I did it all sober.
I can’t begin to remember how far back I started putting drink less on my list of resolutions. Some years I may have tried to hide it as bet healthier, fitter, happier, but what I really meant was gain control over the impact alcohol was having on my life. Finding a way to end those middle of the night wake ups filled with regret, self loathing and promises to never drink again.
I never considered I would find such peace and joy in a sober life. We still have fun. But in different ways, that I can remember and be proud of the next day. I am no longer plagued by a vague feeling of guilt.
If you are going into 2015 hoping to find a life without alcohol, I can only say it exists. The false promises of fun and relaxation booze makes are just that, false. It is the source of you discontent, unhappiness, self loathing and anger.
Give yourself the gift of a period of sobriety. Try it on. Say 90 days.
If you can’t make it to 90 days on your own, get help. Your family, therapy, AA! Smart recovery, whatever.
Take a chance. Happiness and health are there waiting.
To all those who comment on my blog, who just read, who blog themselves, let’s make 2015 a great sober year. One day at a time.
Stillness and peace.
16 thoughts on “Happy new year”
I’ve had that as a resolution every year for so long! Gotta love the feeling of starting out the year accomplishing it 🙂 I am also so glad to hear that sober life can be fun and happy, great job!
I feel real hope coming into 2015, like I know for sure my feet are on the right path now. So glad you have found such peace and joy 🙂 Hugs. xx
Happy New Year Anne and here’s to a fabulous sober and happy 2015 🙂 xx
Happy New Year Anne! Thanks for this post. It gives me hope to believe I can ultimately find deep and true happiness. I’ve had enough depression for one life! Here’s to 2015…
I deeply believe that happiness and joy are within us all. We just have to remember how divine and worthy we are. And take care of ourselves with kindness.
Amen to that, Anne. Thank you for giving me hope. Happy new year to you.
Happy New Year! Thank you for your words of encouragement to me. The spirit of your posts reflect your peace.
Happy New Year 🙂 and thanks for being there, Anne. The peace and happiness you have found shows it can be done – its all possible! X
beautiful post Anne, and I wholeheartedly agree with every word you said. I had all those lingering feelings of guilt, shame, and regret for sooo long. it’s amazing how it all lifted when I committed to not drinking. wish I knew sooner, but I’m glad I eventually found out! happy new year… I look forward to following your journey in 2015!
I am forever amazed by how negatively alcohol was impacting me and that I couldn’t see it at all. So glad I finally woke up!
Great post 🙂 it feels great to wake up this January 1 without tears and regret. Here’s hoping many more who suffer will find their way to a better life this year! xx
I have those on my resolutions lists every year too, but not this year! Feels good.
You are an inspiration to so many, including me. Thanks for posting.
Heartfelt thanks for all your help. Love Annie x
Thank you. Reading this really gives me incentive to stay on the sober path. Here’s to a wonderful 2015.
Great post Anne. Thanks for shining a light on all the goodness of sobriety.
May your 2015 bring more peace and happiness.
Happy New Year Anne! It’s true, there truly is joy in sobriety. I’m still learning how it’s done, but I am learning, and enjoying life. What a gift it was to wake up without a hangover today! I’m glad I gave myself a chance, and tried sobriety, it has not been an easy journey, but it has been so worth it. Thanks for your great post, and much love and many hugs your way 🙂