Lessons About Sobriety from DIY Home Projects

how to get sober sober af Sep 20, 2022

 

I’ve been embarking on some lofty home projects. 

I wallpapered a statement wall in my primary bedroom. 

I chose a bright and bold floral pattern. It was a risk. It turned out awesome.  

 

I am cleaning out and getting rid of old furniture. 

I put a pile out on the curb and notified Facebook. It was all gone in a matter of moments. 

 

I decorated for fall. My favorite season. 

I added a piece of furniture that was passed down from my Aunt Joan. It adds depth, history, and character. It warms my heart to see her stuff amongst my things. They go together as beautifully as we did. 

 

And finally…drum roll please…

I am replacing all the blinds/window treatments in my house with new ones. 

This is a big undertaking in DIY.

 

I have been staring at these old, outdated blinds for years and years. I have hated them since I moved in over a decade ago. I thought about getting rid of them often. I spent...

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The Illusion of the Two Beer Buzz

This weekend we will be on a lake. 

Woo Hoo!

Welcome Summer!

I heard an interview by the band Old Dominion about their new song titled, 

“I Was On A Boat That Day”.

It’s a super fun song and I love Old Dominion’s music. 

 

They said they were drinking when they recorded it because they wanted it to sound free and loose, like the meaning of the song.

 

I totally get that.

 

I love that too. 

 

It gives me a jolt. 

 

I want that kind of two beer buzz they talk about in the country songs.

 

This could give me a strong craving because...

 

I want that all summer long, but let me tell you…

...alcohol didn’t do this for me.

 

Maybe for one second I felt the loose, free feeling...

...but it was always followed by heart palpitations, worry, and insecurity.

 

I wasn’t really loose.

 

I was acting loose and inhibited because I had something to blame it on = alcohol.

 

I...

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Sitting on Sunday Morning

Sitting here on a Sunday morning, giving myself time and space to be.

To just sit, to rest, to check in, to create.

 

This weekend has been a lot of nothing, in the best way.

Reading, resting, carpooling my kids, and cheering them on at their games.

 

After being gone nearly a month, it feels right to just sit for a bit.

 

I am gaining energy to meal plan and prep for the first time in weeks.

Laundry is going.

 

My candles are lit.

I tidied the kitchen.

 

A frozen mango pineapple smoothie is thawing on the counter,

for me to enjoy when I finish my coffee.

 

I had a conversation with my husband this morning about our outdoor space.

 

We see things differently.

We have different ideas, goals, and priorities.

 

Landscaping or patio furniture?

I say both.

He does not.

 

I was able to speak my mind and not demand a decision. 

We came to some conclusions and some things are still left unknown.

 

I can let it simmer.

The answers will...

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What To Do On Weekends When You're Not Drinking?

What do you do on the weekends when you are sober? 

Isn’t it boring?

No.

It’s not. 

It’s relaxing, productive, and fulfilling.

I had no idea how to spend my time when I first quit drinking.

I was antsy, irritated, and annoyed.

Alcohol had removed my ability to find pleasure in anything but alcohol. 

For the first time in a long time, this weekend I had few plans and obligations. 

I thought this would be a perfect example of what a “normal” weekend looks like. 

Saturday I woke up early and had coffee with my husband,

in our quiet living room, while the kids sleep in. 

I welcome the spring sun and the bird song, in the morning these days.

I had gotten in a habit of sleeping in during the dark, winter season.

I prefer an earlier rising, so I am happy to wake up early without an alarm, even on a weekend. 

It starts my day off right.

I welcome the day, instead of curse the day, because (Hallelujah!) I am not hungover.

We...

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