What if I had the money back?

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Back in 2019 I wrote a blog post “Stop Drinking for Fun and Profit“. It was about the ways you could use the money you saved by quitting alcohol for Sober October. Looking back on that post, my math was off but the principle remains the same. Alcohol is expensive, and it’s not just the money you spend now… it’s also the money you lose by not preparing for your future.

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#SoberOctober Day 31 – Quit Drinking in 31 Difficult Steps

Growing up I remember seeing a lot of commercials where a miracle product was sold at an amazing price: 3 easy payments of $19.95. It sounded so cheap, so affordable, and such an amazing value that I’d be foolish not to call the 1-800 number on the screen.

Even as a child, I knew that 3 payments of $20 was still $60, but something about the term “3 easy payments” made the price so much easier to digest. The $20 float out of your wallet each month as if it was destined to be spent. The fact that there were only 3 payments, made it seem that much easier.

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#SoberOctober Day 28 – Apps to Help You Stop Drinking for Good

In our ever connected culture we have more options than ever to help ourselves. Podcasts, online courses, blogs, eBooks, and of course apps. Apps have gone from niche distraction to everyday essentials in a very short period of time. We’re very close to the end of Sober October for this year. Are you thinking about how to stay sober through the rest of the year? If you are, it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead.

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Sober October Day 26 – It’s Never Too Late to Quit Drinking

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If you compare Sober October with learning to swim, you can draw some interesting parallels. Suppose you’re dropped in the middle of the ocean. You need to learn how to swim as soon as possible, but it’s far too late. When you’re warm and dry in your home, safely landlocked the lessons are less urgent. You could spend your entire life not getting in to a body of water big enough to swim in.

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#SoberOctober Day 25 – Quit Drinking for Life

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In the post about Sober October Day 1, I said you don’t have to quit drinking forever… just get through a single day without drinking. Getting through Day 1 is one of the hardest days, taking the plunge is one of the hardest parts. However, when I say  “Stop Drinking for Life” I don’t mean that you need to commit to stop drinking for the rest of your life… I mean quit drinking so you can ENJOY YOUR LIFE.

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#SoberOctober Day 24 – Go Slow to Go Fast

A photograph of a man and woman practicing tai-chi. Used to draw a parallel between slow practice and sobriety.

Sober October is not about fixing your problems with a set-time of sobriety. The old-timers can attest: just because you stop drinking, doesn’t mean you stop being a drunk. Abstaining for a short interval isn’t a fix, but it can be a test. It can also be a practice of self-discovery. What you learn on this month-long journey will depend on your unique experience.

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#SoberOctober Day 23 – Life Finds a Way

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As famous fictional scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm once said;

“Life, Uh, Finds a Way”

Of course, he was speaking about genetically engineered dinosaurs but the sentiment stands true to this day.

As a human being your DNA has been passed down generation, upon generation based on the simple fact that someone survived long enough to pass along their genes. Like a sunflower that starts as a tiny seed, the human body starts small, breaks free and enters this world against all odds. This miracle is an example of life finding a way. Continue reading “#SoberOctober Day 23 – Life Finds a Way”