I started today. Of course, I woke up with a hangover. I had 3 vodka tonics last night knowing I wouldn’t drink again for a year. It’s real now. I even made it Facebook official. I figured I didn’t want to explain to people over and over again so why not just share it publicly. The response was overwhelmingly beautiful, and I feel so grateful to have supportive people in my life.
This morning I stayed busy working on WoA and studying for the GRE. Tonight we went to Ikea to buy our new bathroom stuff and went to dinner at Le Grande Orange. Normally this would have been dinner and a cocktail, but I had dinner and a kombucha. It was strangely satisfying to go through dinner with a non-booze option. It felt weird, but good. I spent $5 on the kombucha. I checked the cost of the cocktails, $10, so I saved $5 and put that in the travel pot for Greece. I have a feeling this is going to add up fast.
I received some wonderful advice and resources from my Facebook post. I’m looking forward to digging into Hip Sobriety and reading Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. There were more recommendations, but I’m starting slow. I don’t want to get overwhelmed and give up before I even got started.
I’ve also started to think about what I want this year to look like. Setting goals and maybe creating more art. My photography skills have been suffering due to the drinking. I haven’t done anything artistic in so many years. 6? But I feel some of it wanting to come back. I already feel the pull to create.
So day one is in the books. I made it through just fine. Tomorrow is another day and like so many people said, I’m just going to take it one day at a time.