Keep track of your sober days

Get started counting As I wrote in the last post, there are definite advantages to keeping track of your sober days. Keeping a count shows your commitment as soon as you decide to keep track, even before you tick the first box. Counting days lets you see the number grow, showing you that you’re making…

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What’s a Recovery Toolbox?

If you’ve been in the recovery community for long you’ve probably heard something about building your toolbox. What does this mean to you? We know that quitting drinking involves not just quitting that one thing but adding in other things — at least if you want to be successful. Many other things. Supports, encouragements, distractions,…

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Celebrating and counting

Today is four years since my last drink. Yes, there was a cake with glittery icing and a great massage. I love celebrating this day. I’m often asked about whether I count my days, or more often whether the person asking “should” count their days. I think there are good arguments either way, and as…

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Wisdom from my road trip

I spent most of September on the road, making a circuit around New South Wales and seeing the outback for the first time. It was a thrill. Baby emus, need I say more? As I went, I recorded lessons I wish I’d learned earlier, analogies between going on a road trip and being in recovery.…

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Free Support Resources

There’s an abundance of free resources for sober support. Of course I love the Sober Mojo Women’s Circles online — Join us! Here are some of my other favourites: Untoxicated Facebook group plus Thursday night online meeting She Recovers Together Facebook group and daily online meetings.  Other facebook groups include We Are The Luckiest, Project…

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Why I hired a recovery coach

In March 2017 I saw someone post online about sobriety in a shared group. A business group, not something recovery related. Immediately I was shocked and so impressed that she was bravely talking about alcohol and sobriety “in front of people”. The group was one of those huge ones where there might be a hundred…

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Why I love the circles

I dedicate a lot of time to hosting women’s circles so I’ve been thinking about what I get out of the circle. Meaning, me personally, as an attendee, not a leader. Because I’m not just a coach for people in recovery, I am a person in recovery myself. This means:  I need community.  I need…

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Recovery is like Pushups

In May I participated in the worldwide Push-Up Challenge supporting Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  This challenge was great for me, and it reminded me of many lessons I’ve learned along my own journey with mental health and addiction.  Keep going no matter what Set realistic goals  At the same time, aim higher…

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Black Lives Matter Here

For me and for Sober Mojo, Black Lives Matter. What does this mean? I see the murders of black people by police officers who go unpunished. I see the connection from slavery to mass incarceration. I see the inequity in the systems of housing, education, hiring, banking, and healthcare. I recognise my privilege. I listen…

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The Top Priority

We are in crisis mode. Not a personal crisis, family crisis, local, regional, national, but a global crisis. What can you do? What’s our top priority in this case? Is it taking care of each member of your family as everyone gets stressy in isolation? Is it creating a tight schedule of exercise and learning…

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Just One Thing

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what to do. Even when there isn’t a global crisis! Most likely you have a long to-do list and many potential projects floating around in your head like I do. I have ideas in a “proper” task list on my computer, starred emails, many notes on my phone, and…

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