A glass or 3 of Pinot has been my after work, end of day treat, my chill out, my go to for as long as I can remember and if the girls are over (living in military married quarters, this was a regular occurrence because sharing a few bottles of prosecco with the girls is sociable right...?) then the corks are popped.
I’ve tried dry January more times that I care to remember but abysmally failed by the 2nd so this year didn’t even bother! Then I began trawling through my emails one Saturday, mid January at work when one literally jumped out at me. The Defence Women’s Network were advertising Bee Sober but....the workshop had already been and gone. So I began exploring their website and discovered the 30 Day Experiment. What was even more exciting was that it was free. BRING IT ON I told myself and signed up there and then, planning to start the very next day, and I did exactly that. There’s no time like the present!
The support network on social media and the messaging group was at day 1 and has continued to be just phenomenal. I had some wonderful people congratulating me because I’d completed 1 day...yes just 1 day, of sobriety and that was it, I was hooked. I followed and filled in the daily journal that had been provided with the experiment, joined a virtual drop in session at least once a week and engrossed myself in the daily videos sent to my inbox by Alex and Lisa. Over the 30 days, I’ve been invited to the monthly brunch closest to me, (these are literally all over the country), an early morning sea dipping session, and met another lovely bee for a local dog walk. I’ve shared fellow members highs and lows and drawn on the strength of literally every person in the group. I have taken it one step further and become a member as well, which has opened up even more tools to help me on my journey.
So, here we are now at day 30 and I just love how far I have come and how empowered I feel. There is no turning back, life without Pinot is definitely a much better, healthier and fulfilled life for me.