Trying to fit this in quickly between evening chores, and the boys – still awake and yelling for me in the other room, so it’ll need to be quick. But in spite of the usual chaos and other things percolating along in my brain pan, the realization that living life intentionally is easier sober is really starting to sink in. And I’m also realizing how many ways I would like to be more intentional in my actions, especially after noticing how well “faking it until I felt it” worked.
Who knows, I may even end up doing crazy organized things like remembering to send out birthday cards to family, or getting our Christmas cards out before February, or – gasp! putting up and taking down holiday decorations in a timely fashion. Given that our halloween decorations are still up, I’m not holding my breath.
In any case, this thinking was brought on tonight by my unusual thinking ahead for the Thanksgiving holiday – specifically planning to bring something special, foodie-wise, so that I can be sharing in the tastes of the holiday without the need for alcohol. At this point, the plan is Murray’s cheese and a favorite nut recipe I make every year. I plan to seek out advice on sparking non-alcoholic wine or juice that might pair well with cheese from my sober online groups, and will report back if I find any worth sharing.
Another intentional plan is to invest more in those friendships in my life that elevate me. I can think of 3-4 specifically, but I hope to build more. This article, aside from the money-success-story part which I found obnoxious, was an interesting read on this topic.
Surround Yourself With People Who Hold You to a Higher Standard Than You Hold Yourself