No Alcohol For One Whole Year; I Made It!
365 days ago, I made the decision to no longer drink alcohol. I suppose you could say I had a wake-up call, for quite some time I knew deep down that something in my life needed to change, I needed to take action and rewrite my story, I knew it was alcohol that had to go.
It was no good for my health, I needed to be super sharp for my job and wasn’t helping with the constant frustration of our money situation, doing the maths on my alcohol expenditure for one year alone was a big enough kick up the backside for me to take up the challenge.
So, I’m super proud to announce:
I DID IT! ONE YEAR NO BEER!
For one whole year, not one drop of alcohol has touched my lips. No more hangovers, no wasted weekends, no anxiety, better sleep and a better life all around. I never would have dreamt the massive difference one year of not drinking would make to me, it’s been literally life-changing.
I feel such a different person to who I was just twelve months ago, the old me has gone and will never be coming back, it has spurred me on again and again in all areas of my life. I’ve just had that constant thought process of well if I can give up alcohol, what else can I do? It’s been a chain reaction; one change has inspired the next.
Organisation and Productivity
I’ve gained so much more time, the time when I was busy out getting drunk, the days afterwards recovering, because let’s face it when you get over 35, it is days to recover not just the one! So that time has translated into being able to be so much more organised with work and home goals and that in turn makes me so much more productive in all areas of my life.
I’ve more time and energy to face things head on, so I find I tend not to procrastinate any more. The things I don’t want to do and difficult things need to be done first and everything else always comes easier after that.
I have literally devoured an insane number of books over the last twelve months, they have been imperative to me making this journey, from encouragement and tactics to going alcohol-free and then information regarding every other knock on change I’ve made in my life following on from that. I’ve enjoyed many self-help books, several personal finance books, a few on business as well as one or two novels. I can’t begin to tell you how much better off I am as a person for reading more.
Podcasts have also become a massive part of my life now as well, no longer do I really listen to the radio playing the same twenty songs on repeat all day. Podcasts are an incredible form of free information; they can take you down some incredible paths you never would have dreamt of walking down. There are some incredibly talented individuals out there, putting out some outstanding content for not even a penny.
The big one for me is that I’ve signed up with the Open University to begin a degree in September in English Literature and Creative Writing, I’ve always regretted not trying harder when I was at school (always out drinking with friends), so I’m very excited to begin this. I have been doing some of their free courses as well which are very good and doing some self-study on some current A-Level books, trying to brush up on the study skills again.
And of course, I’ve started this Blog! That’s been a steep learning curve in setting it all up, trying to improve my writing skills and attract some readers. I’m quite pleased with the amount of traffic I’ve had all in all too.
Of course, the biggy, the finances! Well, I’m most pleased with how well I’ve done there really, I track our finances and budget religiously (as you’d expect), but it’s the extra cash from the booze that’s made such a huge difference to our finances over the past twelve months.
We’ve managed to pay off our £1800 overdraft and haven’t used it for around 15 months now, which for us is incredible. We’ve also managed to save around £1700 in our emergency fund with a goal of getting to £4200 by the end of 2019, so we’re well ahead on that. Six months of expenses works out to £4200; we’ll look to invest any other savings after we’ve reached that target.
Over the next few months, we’ve got some side hustles that will fall into place and hopefully also help towards making further investments for the future.
So, all in all, I consider I’ve managed to do all this since going alcohol-free just one year ago. To say I’m pleased with the progress is an understatement, I’d pretty much say it’s a safe bet I’ll remain alcohol-free for the foreseeable future, the benefits of being so are huge.
I’m looking forward to the next year to see what more I can achieve. I highly recommend trying to go alcohol-free, don’t keep putting it off and saying you’ll start tomorrow, do it today.