Sobriety is a topic I openly discuss on my platforms. Most of the time, my writing on the subject is deep and emotion based. Being a part of the sober community I often come across those who are "sober curious" and wondering what the shorter term benefits are. A persons choice to get "booze free" is a big one and often times it can be tough to see a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope, and the benefits come faster than you think. In no particular order, here are ten things that happened (in the first 30 days) when I quit drinking.
Are you wanting to begin an meditation practice, but don't think it's "for you"? Maybe you have days you are just so busy that you skip meditation, subsequently feeling guilty afterward. Or, perhaps you just cannot sit and meditate without planning your grocery list or wondering when Outlander will return. Is it a part of your self care and mindfulness practice that you just can't get on board with? Regardless of the reason you think you can't, there are other ways to bring yourself into awareness and focus on your goals and what you want to send out. Even if you've got the attention span of a drunk squirrel. Here are 3 steps to making sure you're keeping your shit together, regardless of seated meditation..
A green to life teenager said to me once, "Instagram is for young people. Facebook is where all the old people go". To this day, I still recall that statement. It reads as if the happy platforms, full of crochet hats and funny puppies, is where us "old people" must go to die. Mostly, the very idea makes me smile. Partly, it makes me reflect on myself at that age. Being offended by such "boomer" blows isn't really a reaction I get when I read the musings of the younger generations. After all, I was young once and knew absolutely everything about absolutely everything. If anything, the statement made me reflect on how much things really do change when we get "old". Especially in our current social media driven society. And, despite such a brazen observation by my young counterpart, I happen to make my side hustle money off of the interwebs. So, if you're a young and spirited human being who's reading this, I'm honored. Also, hang on to your smart phones! Aging isn't the death sentence you all think it will be. Here are five things that have gotten better for me as I've aged over roughly four decades. Let's talk about it.
Boundaries. I cannot begin to express how liberating it has been to set them with anyone and everyone I need to. But, what about setting boundaries for yourself? In my never ending quest for "the happy", I have discovered that keeping my own ass in check is just as important. Reflecting on situations and our evolution of coping with them is vital. "Keeping it real". So, let's talk about it.
It's six o'clock in the morning. I was woken up by my four year old around 3:00, as is her new routine. So, here I am. I wasn't sure where to start on this platform as I haven't blogged in about a year. My social media consists of short, thoughtful posts. Yet, long form has eluded me for some time. Considering this is my first post, I'll begin with self observation.