So, it’s been a little over two weeks living #thedrylife. I prefer calling it the dry life because to me, the phrase “alcohol free” assumes that I have a problem with it or a condition. Other than 80% of the nights that I had too much to drink, I was not dependent on alcohol. I rarely drank alone. On average, I would have drinks 3-4 nights out of the week. In these two weeks, I have noticed that I am more sincere. Real, natural smiles come over my face, and I’m a little calmer and more confident. I have been quieter with myself and not worrying about sharing too much on social media, even stepping away from it a little bit (ish). I haven’t felt the need to share/post things just because. Just because I need to see the “Likes”. I’ve been more intentional with my time on social media. Sharing things that I feel will benefit my audience out of love (for family and friends), learning (design, community events), education and inspiration (quotes, art, nature).
I feel more present, alert, clear-headed, and energetic than before. That said, I’ve been binge watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix, and it has cut into my bedtime! But even so, on nights when I’ve only had 7 hours of sleep (I usually strive for 8-8 1/2), I still feel pretty energetic and not irritable the next day.
In these past two weeks, I have also landed a new job! I will be a design consultant at one of Richmond’s best known interior design companies. I am so excited about this opportunity. This job will be the perfect environment for me to continue learning about the industry and growing my business. But I have to put my best effort into this. And best effort means being focused, motivated, and open to even more creativity. Best effort means few distractions. So with that, booze will not be in the equation.
It’s been a relatively easy two weeks sans booze, but Spring is coming. Everyone will be budding, blooming, and getting out again. Festivals, parties, day drinking, and rose all day…will be splashing all over the city. So, I think it’s been good to have a baseline of 2-3 weeks, so I can go into more fun events that are coming up with confidence, knowing how great I’ve felt without drinking, and that I don’t need to give in just because it’s Spring and the weather is warmer.
So that’s a little check in on my #drylife for now. Will be back in touch sooooon!!