Happy Times

Dear Readers,
Last week was a time of celebrations.

My Cute Neighbor

It was my birthday, and I also celebrated 23 months sober! 

My birthday was filled with golf with a friend, coffee dates, a dinner date, and lots of love.
It was perfect.
I also did a dog walking for a neighbor’s dog! 
I loved that! 
He’s a cutie pie!

Flowers are filling my life right now. 
Hubs and I bought a beautiful planter, and I put vincas in it.
I also bought myself some yellow roses for inside the house, and I think that will be a weekly treat from now on.

Flowers!

I continue to work on my mind-set and self talk.

If I want the good things to continue in my life, I have to go get them.
I tend to discount the positives of doing something, and focus on the negatives.
I love to go a particular yoga class on Saturday morning, but when it comes around, I often talk myself out of it, saying, “It’s too early, and I can’t do it.”
But when I go, I love it!
I see some wonderful yoga buddies, and my body feels good afterwards!
I can talk myself out of anything, because my first default thinking is, “It’s too hard!”
I have been putting off writing this post, because I couldn’t think of something to say, so today, after yoga, I just decided I would start typing. 

For those of you who are newer to my blog, I added a feature post that tells you why I stopped drinking. (It’s on the right side of my blog page.)
I continue to get support from my yoga buddies and teachers, family, friends, and AA buddies.

I think it’s important to celebrate this accomplishment.
Whether it’s 1 day or 700 days, it’s something to be proud of.
Every day I choose to stay sober, means I am choosing life.
It means I am choosing to make the world around me a little bit better.
It means big smiles from my cute hubs.
It means I am free.

With Flowers and a Fur Friend,
On Day 702,
Love, 
Wendy

40 thoughts on “Happy Times

  1. Hi Wendy, well done on 23 months and such an inspiring post. I think all too often we choose the 'it'll be too hard' default setting. Depriving ourself of some fun, exciting or enjoyable times. Toda I was hoping and praying a friend would cancel our coffee date only to get confirmation it was still on. I was disappointed but I went, and whatta ya know…..we had a great day by the sea and chatted up a storm. The little bit of extra effort we put it to something is often rewarded a thousand fold. So glad you persuaded yourself to sit down and write the post. Make a plan for 24 months and stick to it whatever it is. Skydiving maybe ha ha.

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  2. hi wendy,i feel so lucky to have found your blog(: i also do the \”it's too hard\” & i need to work on that!you should be so very proud (i also read your amazing story of why you quit) you are truly an inspiration! hugs.jadedxo

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  3. Hi Wendy! !!!!!!Yay. 23 months. Awesome. I'm just a tad ahead yay for us. Sorry I'm still here just a bit silent.Glad others are finding your writing an inspiration Love from lisa

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  4. Happy birthday! It sounds like you had a good time. I too talk myself out of things which I know I will enjoy and will make me feel good. I am working on it though! You are so right, every day of choosing sobriety mean choosing freedom, happiness and life to me too. Thank your for reminding me of this. Xx

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  5. Happy Birthday and Happy Soberversary 🙂 The flowers & doggie are adorable. I have a tendency to talk myself out of things too, but you're right it feels so much better afterward! xx

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  6. Flowers are lovely, Wendy! Now I'm inspired to get my baskets hung up before the summer is over. I've been working on my social skills too. I often set up coffee dates early on weekend mornings to get me out of bed! Today I had a 9am hair appt. Sometimes the inertia is difficult to overcome, but we have to propel ourselves anyway.

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  7. Happy birthday, Wendy, and happy 23 months sober, too! I like how well you show the ongoing work it takes to live well as a sober person and also how much joy you find in it. You are such a wonderful person! And I'm so glad to know you here. xo

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  8. Happy birthday Wendy! What a great post. Flowers are lovely, I might try and do the same. Thanks for sharing your story, Congrats on 23 months! You are inspiring. A x

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  9. I'm a negative self-talker too! Quitting has improved that, but not eliminated it. And postponing that which we mean to do? Oh, yes!! Your posts are so well-written and open. I've just read the 'Why I Quit' from last December and commend you – for the way you commnicate and your willingness to be so honest in order to help others. Which I know you do – me included. Many more happy days to you!

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