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That’s it for the weekend!  The ending to a great week.

It might have started off as a fairly ordinary week in my new sober life, but it has culminated into something else.  What that something else is I am not sure yet.  It will probably take some time to figure that out.  But I know that I feel great and I expect greatness from myself.

Monday and Tuesday are my days off.  Tomorrow I will leave the lake and head back to my apartment, and my high speed internet 🙂  That means I can spend some time working on new project ideas and exploring some of the blogs in the sober blogosphere.

Tuesday will be day 50 of abstinence from alcohol.  I’m stoked about this.  This is much longer than I have ever been able to go before.  It just feels like I’m going to keep on going.  Heck, the plan is to go the rest of my life.  I have removed alcohol from the picture and have no intention to ever include it back in.

Besides the usual stuff on my days off I’m thinking maybe I should do something special to celebrate day 50.  Not sure what yet.  My first thought is to go for a drive.  There is a town a few hours north of where I live that I have been meaning to check out.  It’s supposed to be pretty cool.  I’ll have to mull this one over.  Not sure what I will do yet.

With the approach of day 50 and my burgeoning good mood it feels like I’m in new beginning type territory.  I would like to think that July 23rd was the first day of the rest of my life.  (I call July 23rd S-Day).  Now it seems that life is knocking on the door and ready for some excitement, fun and some good old fashioned work as well.

Hello life!  Nice to meet you!  I apologize for keeping you hidden behind that veil of alcohol for so long.  Let me make it up to you.  Here, have a cool glass of iced tea.  I suggest you take a deep breath…  A very deep breath…  Good.  That is a beginning.

– BST

After yesterdays “boring” post I kind of expected more of the same today.  I was wrong!  Today has been awesome times 10!  🙂

I’m 10 days sober now.  It’s all good.  Just let me have my sugar for now and we can call it even.  Actually, at one point during the day instead of eating some cookies I elected to chop up a nectarine.  I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had a nectarine.  It was damn good.

I’ll start with the mundane first.  Last night after writing my blog I spent a good deal of time visiting other blogs in the sober blogging realm.  I was commenting and “liking” as I went.  Read a lot of good stuff.  After that I decided it was TV time.  A friend recommended a show called “Life”.  I looked it up on my Amazon Prime account and saw that it was free.  Sweet.  I watched the first three episodes.  This is a great show!  It felt appropriate for someone in my state of alcoholic recovery.

It’s about a cop who is framed for murder and put away for life.  12 years later he is proven innocent and let out of prison.  He also gets a very large sum of money.  He goes right back to being a detective.  It’s your usual detective drama, but the main character is pretty cool.  He practices a Zen attitude, always working to be in the moment.  He also eats a lot of fruit.  I recommend it.

Moving on to today.  Day 10 has been good.  It was gorgeous out today.  One of the benefits of working second shift is that I can get out during the day.  I walked down to the lake and sat on the beach in the sun and just meditated.  It was very relaxing, and very good.  Got some sun on my skin 🙂  I’ll put up some pics of the lake at the end of the post.

It was a good day at work.  I’m starting to feel more comfortable at the new job.  That is always a nice feeling.  This job is pretty low stress and that helps a lot.

When I came home from work is when things really took off.  I noticed a lot of activity in my inbox that is tied into this blog.  I fired up WordPress and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that my daily stats had just blown up!  All that commenting and “liking” I did the night before on other blogs certainly attracted attention!

There was a comment from Paul.  He writes a blog called Message in a Bottle.  I had not seen this blog before.  I clicked on over to check it out.  Holy Shit!!!!!  Ummm, Paul has one helluva blog!  Not only was I riveted by the content in his posts, but his level of writing acumen is ridiculous!  Besides therapy, and a way to connect to the sober blogging community, I am writing this blog as a daily form of practice.  I want to get better at writing.  Paul’s blog has inspired and moved me.

What started as a blogging experiment, a shot in the dark at alternative therapy, has turned into the beginning of a journey that I already feel is changing, and will continue to change my life.  I am thankful to all the people out there writing these blogs.  I add my own story into the mix hoping that someday I can also be of help.  This will not just be therapy and writing practice for myself.  This could also be a gift to others.

Rock on!

– BST

PS.  A shout out to the Tired of Thinking About Drinking blog.  It was the first blog on sobriety that I have ever read.  It inspired me, and the very next day I started this blog.

PPS.  I found said blog because of an article on The Fix.  Here is the article.  Blogging Myself Sober.  It was written by the author of the Drunky Drunk Girl blog.  Thanx DDG for putting that article out there, you really started it all for me.

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