On my way to the last day of work before spring break. Two first coming up-a sober vacation and vacation with the In-Laws. I'm not anxious at all about it because the In-Laws don't drink. They were normies but for the sake of self-discipline they gave up drinking years ago. They may be openly excited and ask as many questions as I'm comfortable answering. They will will also be the people who would be actively concern if I return to my drinking ways. Letting them in is another piece of annountability and support.
Living abroad is helpful to let people know in stages and as I'm comfortable. Now that my inner circle of friends know, I can get some time behind me and when I see friends and family this summer I can let people know as we are catching up AND I can be a little less raw, "yeah, I stopped drinking about 5 months ago. It stopped being fun and I got bad hangovers, so I let it go. I feel great!"
I can't wait to say that to someone. And of course, "I'll start with water" is a phrase that makes me smile when I use it. The roots of all of this-a sober journey, a blog name, email address and recently a Twitter account: @iwillstartblog
T-shirts next? Water bottles? Plant pots with seeds? Floaty key chains? My own podcast? Exercise programs? If only I was an entrepreneur.
-Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp -Almost Alcoholic by Joseph Nowinski and Robert Doyle -After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood by Jane Middelton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell