Have you ever wondered what it might be like to practice mindfulness around alcohol or even play with sobriety for a week?
You're not alone. Lots of people are getting curious, learning about themselves, and making intentional decisions about the role of alcohol in their lives.
Touchy Subject, Candid Conversations
Can we even talk about this?
Alcohol is a touchy subject. Some love it, some hate it. And it's a loaded word. For some, it simply means a form of fermented drink that is enjoyed with a meal. For others, the word conjures up foggy memories of headaches, hangovers, and hookups.
But WHY do we drink? Culture? Societal expectations?
Belonging? Peer Pressure? The taste and flavor?
Have you ever even asked 'WHY' you drink?
Join an Online 'Curious' Coaching Group as we tackle challenging questions and explore options in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space.
What does it mean to be 'sober curious'?
Coined by author Ruby Warrington, “Being sober curious means, literally, to choose to question, or get curious about, every impulse, invitation, and expectation to drink, versus mindlessly going along with the dominant drinking culture.”
And LOTS of people are jumping on board.
The pandemic saw huge increases in alcohol sales. Self-reported 'day-drinking' has increased exponentially, and the number of people questioning their drinking habits 'post-quarantine' has risen substantially.
What does this have to do with me?
Maybe something in between.
Why I Chose a Sober Lifestyle
I tried to drink.
Really, I did. Like so many of you, my high school years offered many opportunities to sneak beer, go to underage parties, and raid our parent's liquor cabinets while they were out of town.
But, I hated the taste. Even more, I hated the sense of fear that came with every whiff of alcohol, regardless of its form.
You see, when I was 8 my mom married a man who would change my outlook on alcohol for the rest of my life. Not only was he a closet alcoholic...he was mean. The kind of mean that requires you to have a hiding place, an escape plan, and a quiet mouth.
Absolutely no child should ever need any of these things.
But I didn't know that then.
So, from 8-12 I lived in fear. I learned to associate wine (his drink of choice) with anger, rage and violence. I learned how to perform so no one would look beyond the surface. I became 'perfect.' And I learned how to lie.
A lifetime later (and hundreds of hours of therapy), I have a much better understanding of what drove him to drink. Loneliness, grief, internal suffering, confusion, escape.
I chose to be sober.
Now I live in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. I have learned to appreciate the craft of wine-making and have great friends who navigate this world with beautiful grace. And I still don't drink.
And they don't hold it against me, or make it weird, or change their own behavior.
The choice not to drink is mine. Just like the choice you make, is yours.
These coaching groups are meant for you to explore your own stories.
To question your own patterns and make conscious decisions around how you choose to interact with alcohol, without judgement and without condemnation, whatever decision you make.
You are welcome here and I hope you will join me in a coaching group soon.
A coaching group might be for you if...
You want to become more aware of your own drinking.
You want a healthier relationship with alcohol.
You've been wanting to try out partial/full sobriety.
You do better with accountability.
You find support with others who are trying out the same idea.
You're curious about what life is like without alcohol.
You do not have alcoholism or are seeking treatment for alcohol misuse/abuse.
Weekly Group Coaching Calls
Low-level of accountability
Openness, curiosity, confidentiality
Access to member forum & materials.
Weekly Group Coaching Calls
Three 1:1 coaching calls
Access to member forum
Access to course material
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