Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,
This is my second sober New Year's Eve!
Last year I hosted a small gathering of friends. 
(You can read about it here.)
It turned out better than I thought! 
Well, not the food.

This year I am at peace with not drinking.
It is so calming to not have to think about drinking, how much I drank, what I said, what I did…oh the energy that took!

There are so many wonderful sober bloggers, whose advice is funny, true and full of love!
I thank each and every one of you.
Because as I see others make it, I know I can too.
We walk hand in hand, beside each other in this effort to get and stay sober.
As Prim said today, it is not easy to get sober and it is not a game.
It was the hardest thing I have ever done.

But now, I am reaping the benefits. 
And the most important one to me is peace of mind.
There is nothing that can replace the peace I have knowing I will wake up with no regrets over my drinking. 

I believe in accountability.
Without it, I would lie about my drinking.
It is too easy to say we want to be sober, but take no action.
The reason I tell people I don't drink is for me.
It takes away the shame and the lies.
It puts me in the light of truth.

We were not born to drink and die.
In big and small ways, I believe we are born to help other people.

There are many things I wish to change this year.
But when I look back over my older posts, I realize I have been working on the same things, and I still haven't made the changes I wish!
Oh well.
At least I don't have to start all over with a new list!

Happy New Year!
With Peace, Joy and Love,
Wendy 
On Day 453

Comments

  1. "We were not born to drink and die" oh that is so true! I will still have the same list this New Year's as well ;). Happy Sober New Year to you, lovely Wendy! xx

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  2. Wendy, a great big thanks to you for the sunshine and love you bring to the sober blog world. Happy new year! xoxo

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  3. Beautiful.
    Truth is important for me too.
    Happy new year friend. Give you hubby a kiss for me.
    Anne

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    1. Thank you, Anne!
      Kiss given!
      Happy New Year!
      xo

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  4. Happy new year! Lovely start to the new year xx

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  5. You are so right Wendy - peace of mind, so important but easy to forget. Happy New Year lovely lady xx

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    1. Happy New Year, Lucy!
      I'm up and ready to go to yoga!
      xo

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  6. Peace of mind. It is really all I want. I am not there yet because I am still being torn between my "go ahead and have one" and "not today" voices. But when I wake up in the morning, remembering everything and feeling rested, then yes, for a few moments I do feel that peace.
    Beautiful post Wendy. Thank you for all of the support you provide. I am so happy to have you as a friend.

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    1. Dear Time,
      I know I struggled with that too for years. Never give up.
      Thank you, TATB!
      This will be your year!
      xo

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  7. Happy New Year to you too lovely Wendy!
    xx, Feeling

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  8. Happy New Year to Wendy - I love reading your blog, always find it honest and uplifting. I hope you have the most fantastic year ahead of you, and look forward to keeping up with your writing along the way :)

    x

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    1. Happy New Year, Harry!
      Thank you!
      We are on a great new path!
      xo
      Wendy

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  9. Hi Wendy,
    It puts me in the light of truth - what a powerful statement. Brilliant.
    And yes when we are born we are all of one and are born to help one another.
    Such a great post Wendy.
    I think if you look closely you will find you have made progress even on those things you believe you are still working on. You've come such a long way, small changes lead to bigger things in their own time.
    Happiest New Year to you.

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    1. Gael, you are right...I have come further than I think.
      I can be very hard on myself.
      And small actions add up!
      Thank you!
      xo


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  10. Happy New Year. Im so happy to hear you're doing well. I spent new years cuddled up with my 1 year old in bed. I dont regret a moment of it. I love my quiet life. Wishing you all the best in 2016. PS. I put together my favorite blogs of 2015 scheduled for next week and your in it. Take care

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    1. Hi Chelsie!
      So happy you had snuggle time!
      Babies grow up so fast!
      Thank you so much for your support!
      We will have a wonderful year!
      xo
      Wendy

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  11. This year was my first sober NYE... was great and woke up feeling amazing for the first day of 2016. Makes way more sense than waking up foggy, hungover and tired... blahhh, no time for that! xo - jess

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    1. Hi Jess!
      It's ever so much better!
      I'm so happy you are making life better for yourself!
      xo

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