Mid-Life Do-Over

So much has happened since my last post!  I survived my last days at work. I joined my family on a much-needed vacation that involved a lot of nature, water, and sunshine – as well as some extended family (cue the dramatic music).  I’ve also begun to assimilate into very unknown territory as a stay-at-home mom.  I’m not going to lie, it’s been a LOT of change.

I’m happy to report that I remained sober during these life events.  That’s not to say there weren’t a couple of times I would have really liked a glass of wine.  Fortunately, the thoughts were fleeting and never evolved into any kind of action plan.  A very astute reader asked me how I would remain sober without the structure of a job.  It’s a question I’d been asking myself since before I quit my job and continue to ask on the daily.

My Current Sobriety Strategy:

  • During the day, surround myself with multiple tween/teen children who can spot my drinking a mile away.  They will also drop a dime on me without hesitation – which now is a good thing!
  • Get myself back to the yoga studio so close I can walk.
  • Meditate, meditate, meditate!
  • Blog and journal – on the daily, starting today.
  • Finally, start a home-based business that I feel comfortable with, but allows me the flexibility to be a full-time mom.  If I’m busy, I get into much less trouble.  Story of my life.

I’ve not forgotten to include 12-step/group meetings.  I just had a rough experience with the ones I tried.  And, I really tried.  Those experiences probably warrant their own post, as I can’t be the only alcoholic who couldn’t find their place in AA.

I’d love to hear from anyone who made major life changes and managed to stay sober.  We can all use some inspiration!


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