I’m Back

Ok after a funky spring, a productive summer, a majorly fun fall and then a I decided to get blogging back into my schedule.  So for this post I’ll update you briefly to what Ive been doing.

  1. Funky Spring yes I was in a funk, I had nothing to say, and was questioning why I started coaching and what purpose my life had.  I stopped posting on Instagram and stopped blogging, in retrospect this is a form of self sabotage.  I didn’t feel enough, who am I. This is a blog for later this week! Watch for it.
  2. Productive Summer, something you may not know about me I am the Operations Manager of my husbands Irrigation Company (it as always been a side hustle to his regular job).  This was the year after he has showed up faithfully  for 8 years it finally broke out from side hustle to massive growth.  He took the leap of faith to full time entrepreneur, he’s always been afraid of this as he is the higher earner in the family and it’s been scary but super rewarding and it has pushed us both to grow and learn and hire and fire, compromise, fight and really be proud.  But my summer really was working a lot not just a little A LOT.  You will never work longer hours than when you work for yourself.
  3. Ran my very first 1/2 Marathon, yes at the age of 47!!!!!
  4. I honoured 2 years sober in August which honestly I kind of skipped over, I was busy and I kind of forgot
  5. I cut my long hair off, I know how did this make it into the list but honestly I had been hiding behind it, and I felt like I needed a refresh. So a shoulder length bob it became.
  6. Fun Fall  so after all this work we went to Italy for 3 weeks and got to enjoy an extended summer, to reconnect, thats super important in a marriage but especially in a marriage when you work together we needed a playground not a work zone.   We went to Italy and explored Rome, Florence, Matera, Monopoli, Galipoli, & the Almafi Coast  basically the entire Puglia region of Italy. Ended in Paris for week.
  7. Got back to crazy work loads being away is hard.
  8. It was my 48th Birthday on October 4th and honestly never felt better, more alive, more present.
  9. I am heading to the Rise Business Conference by Rachel Hollis right now and am sitting in an airport Lounge in Dallas, waiting for my flight to South Carolina.  I love investing in myself and  business and personal growth and that’s what this week is going to be about.

So my lifestyle has been busy, it’s been stressful it’s been up up and DOWN DOWN, my life is not a bowl of freaking cherries  but  what hasn’t changed, Workouts, Sobriety, Gratitude, Growth, Happiness. 

I literally just wanted to write this in order to start writing again!

 

 

xoxox Christina

Reality of Sober Long Weekends

Reality of Sober Long Weekends

May Long weekend, the unofficial kick off to summer. Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat are showing us all how amazing life everyones life is. But you are watching all of this and your weekend doesn’t look like these epic events that are taking place.

Sober Long Weekends

My very first sober long weekend was 2 years ago and it was hell. In fact I didn’t I didn’t make it through sober, I said fuck it. Worst mistake ever, because guess what drinking didn’t make it epic.

Fast forward to when I finally got a month of not drinking and the next sober long weekend rolled around and all I felt like was an outsider. It was the end of summer not the beginning, everyone was travelling or camping or throwing bbq’s and I was crying in bed, binging netflix and feeling like a loser.

Go forward in the journey a bit more to this past weekend. I was watching everyones stories on social media & that old feeling popped up. Everyone was away, everyone was drinking, bbqing, having the time of their lives. Except me. Well that’s what it seemed like on social media.

So I started thinking about my weekend, I did a lot of work, hung out with my husband, ran, went to a fantastic sushi place for dinner, and really just rested, isn’t that what long weekends are for?

Reality vs Social Media

My girlfriend came back from camping and I spoke to her, she was exhausted, hungover and already dreading Tuesday. Her family trip was so amazing and fun on instagram, but what she spoke of was about was the chaos. The drunkeness, the expense, the exhaustion, who didn’t get along with who. It was exhausting to listen to.

My son, who’s weekend was all over social media, came home hungover, grumpy and battled traffic for 4 hours what should have been a 1.5- 2 hour drive home.

I on the other hand though my weekend may not have been “instagram worthy”, but it was hangover free, so when you look at the highlight reel remember a sober long weekend is really a great long weekend. If you are bored and remember boredom is a trigger download the Ultimate Guide What to do Instead of Drinking Here

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xoxox Christina

STOP SAYING NO

Stop saying No. Ok not to drugs or alcohol or anything harmful to the environment, but do you say no before you even try something new?

There is a lot online about stopping say yes because you are overcommitted but I am finding there is a lot of people that are saying no and are close minded.

  • I have been criticized by my own family when I started eating healthy and cleaning up my diet. — Years later almost all of them have adapted to my lifestyle
  • I have been laughed at by friends for choosing to not go out and go to the gym in the morning. – Seriously yes seriously
  • I have been judged by other women for lifting weights, telling me I’ll end up looking like a man. – Actually lifting weights increases your bone density, helps prevent osteoporosis, fights weight gain, increases metabolism and it’s really tough to add muscle.
  • I’ve had my parents curl their nose at me when I told them I was going to baby goat yoga- so much fine I highly recommend it! More laughter and cuteness than yoga
  • I’ve had people tell me not to waste my time going to see Tony Robbins & Jen Sincero (author of You Are A Bad Ass) speak last summer – Loved them both so much energy.
  • I’ve been told chiropractic and acupuncture are dangerous and I shouldn’t go – I literally wouldn’t be running a 1/2 marathon at the age of 47 if I didn’t see these two.
  • Yesterday when I told my husband I was going to try cryotherapy as I have a nagging pain in my left leg, once again I was met with no, don’t waste your money, as he puts his hands on his knees and can barely straighten up after a long day of work. – my bitchy side came out after his comment, and I’ll let you know how cryotherapy goes next week.

Honestly, I used to poo-poo new things too, but after years of working on self development, getting rid of judgement and having to train my brain in learning to be open and try new things, it has opened a world of doors to me with living healthy, taking care of my body and has been instrumental in getting sober and staying sober .

To be open, and teachable is one of the most powerful transformations I have made next to living sober, I will try anything that betters me and make a decision after I have tried it not once but 2 or 3 times.

Stay open my friends even if your family/friends/coworkers/strangers on the internet aren’t. My one piece of advice if you know they are NO people don’t say anything, just do it, take action and then talk about the event/food/course.

xoxoxo Christina