'Tis the season to get all dolled up and attend the requisite end-of-year work holiday party! Depending on your job, this can mean a variety of things. Perhaps attending this function every year is your worst nightmare and you have traditionally relied on the open bar to get yourself through it. Or maybe you love your coworkers and have had epically riotous holiday parties in the past. Again, the open bar was your absolute, best friend. Maybe it's somewhere in between. Either way, this year is going to be different, because this year you are sober.
If you're American, or American-adjacent, chances are you have plans tomorrow to chow down on some delicious, homemade eats. Whether it's "Friendsgiving" or a full-blown family gathering, Thanksgiving can be a triggering occasion for sober folks. If you are invited to a Thanksgiving celebration that you know will have booze, you may already be wondering how you're going to get through it with your sobriety intact. The good news is that you are not alone and you can certainly do it.
Y’all. It is December 26th and I feel like a weight has lifted. I am reveling in the magic of this morning (with a dash of grief for the death George Michaels to which I say, “F*ck you, 2016”). I woke up, dragged my ass to the gym, made a protein smoothie and then gave myself some space to appreciate the fact that I am not in bed hungover with a slight cough from smoking because I came very, VERY close to that reality. Everybody who celebrates (and many who don’t) have their own relationship with Christmas. Generally speaking, I like this holiday. I like the music, the baked goods, the warmth. For me Christmas evokes the imagery of fire places, warm sweaters, hot cocoa, and family. Last year was particularly great as I got to spend the holiday season in Rome. This year, however, the hubs and I stayed in the UAE, far away from family and friends and I struggled through the entire day. Here are the three very big thorns in my sober side from Christmas 2016.