It is a surreal feeling to visit a Italy for the first time, which is home to so much history, culture and beauty.
It has been a blessing to enjoy this trip sober, to not have that fear of something going wrong, or to be consumed by thoughts about alcohol.
Today my favourite moment was a fountain the Vatican Museum…… Read More Travels in Roma
This Wednesday night I left with my sister to begin a 6-week backpacking trip in Europe! When I had my last drinking episode this past New Year’s, I remember my Dad telling me that in my condition, it would be unsafe for me to travel. I remember at the time, the idea of not drinking… Read More The 6 week trip begins! Day 1 in Rome
Telling people I don’t drink, and turning down drinks, has been an interesting journey.
There’s different types of telling people you don’t drink…… Read More Turning down a drink
Recently, I have become OBSESSED with smoothie bowls. It all started when I had made my morning smoothie one day, and it was way too cold and thick. So I thought hmm.. what to do? I was starving..
So I just poured it into a bowl, put some cereal on top and I fell in love.
It’s a win-win because I feel more full than if I just ate a smoothie AND I get to eat cereal, one of my favourite foods!
Right now I’m just keeping it simple, see below: … Read More Smoothie bowls!
I was at a conference for fitness and nutrition this past weekend and one of the speakers had a very interesting topic, How the pause button mentality is ruining your health and fitness.
Now stay with me here.. although his talk was in the context of fitness and nutrition, he also spoke more generally about overall wellness.
The message that really stood out to me was the concept of “adjusting the dial”, rather than hitting the pause button. This was the moment when I thought about how this idea can be related to the process and activities of recovery. … Read More Dialing your recovery up and down
I love reality TV, and sometimes I struggle to decide if watching some of my favourite shows is helpful or damaging to my recovery.
Ever since I realized I was an alcoholic, I started to see things differently. I know that it’s important not to judge others, that alcoholism is not black and white. My dad always tells me that it’s important not to be jealous or angry with people that can drink or choose to drink.
I’ve been re-watching Season 4 and it’s been powerful to watch the beginning of Shay’s recovery journey. In the current season, Shay is sober from both pills and alcohol, but in season 4 he is honest about his addiction to pills, but initially does not avoid alcohol. … Read More Recovery on Vanderpump Rules
Last year in college, I started working part-time at a restaurant. I had about $300 in my bank account by November and I needed a JOB. I always served in the summers so it was an easy choice to pick out a job working at a casual bar and grill.
Most of the time, being around alcohol at work doesn’t bother me. Just like the food, it becomes a product in your mind.. Also I usually work on the dining side where most people just have 1 drink.
But things aren’t always so easy. It’s kind of like how when you’re hungry, suddenly you want to eat every single plate of food coming out of the kitchen.… Read More Working at a bar in recovery