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Old 11-03-2017, 12:31 AM
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Congrats, Kenton! One Year is epic!
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:28 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS Kenton!!!!!
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:13 AM
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Yes!!! I did it. One year sober today. This time last year I was hungover, full of self-loathing and shame. Today I am bursting with joy. For anyone struggling in the early days, take heart. It can be done. If I can do it, so can you. And I want you to do it. I want everyone to experience what Iím feeling today.

So, what are the advantages of being sober for a year? Well, Iíve learnt how to deal with emotions without numbing the pain. Iíve surprised other people. Iíve really surprised myself. I always thought I was impatient. Iím not. Iíve got loads of patience and loads of interest in stuff I didnít know I didnít know about. Iíve taken my kids rock climbing and fossil hunting, travelled around Italy, run half marathons, redecorated every room in my house, got promoted at work, made new friends, fallen in love with my husband all over again and basically become a better version of the person I used to be. This new me is saving all my drinking money for a family holiday next year in OrlandoÖ so excitedÖkids are already counting the days! I look much younger and better than I did this time last year; my skin is clear, my eyes shine and Iím finding it easy to maintain a happy, healthy weight. Strangely though, I care much less about what I look like now. I care much less about lots of thingsÖ. other peopleís opinions of me, how popular I am, whether everyone else is having a better time, living a better lifeÖnone of that matters to me anymore. Sobriety has removed my blinkers and enabled me to see and appreciate everything I have. And I have loadsÖa lovely husband, kids, home, dogÖ thatís whatís important to me now. I feel so lucky to be me. Iím actually beginning to really like being me.

And now, what are the disadvantages of being sober for a year? Hmmm, none! This time last year I couldnít imagine a Friday night without wine, let alone Christmas or my birthday or holiday. I thought wine made everything fun. I was wrong. Iíve had the best Friday nights, the best Christmas, the best birthday and the best holiday since I quit drinking. EVERYTHING is better now Iím sober.
How do I say thank you to a bunch of strangers all over the world for helping me rebuild my life? How do I even begin to express my gratitude or tell you how much each one of you means to me? Words donít really cut it so Iíll use actions instead. For everyone who replied to my posts, congratulated me when I hit a milestone or encouraged me when I was feeling down, Iím going to honour you by not drinking today. And Iím going to carry on honouring you in this way every day from now on. Hope you join me
Isn't it amazing how our perspective changes in only one year.
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:09 AM
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Congrats on your year kenton , what a great post!!
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:26 PM
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What a beautiful post kenton!! Congrats on a year. Amazing!
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:33 PM
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:11 PM
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Hell yes, this post made my day. Congratulations kenton!!
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1 Year is fantastic Kenton!!
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:25 PM
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Wow, congratulations!! What an inspirational post. I can't wait to be here 1 year later celebrating (since I don't drink anymore!)
Fabulous and so encouraging!!!!
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:09 AM
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Thank you so much everyone! This community is incredible. I wouldn't have one year (and 2 days!) without all of you. Thank you xxxx
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:33 PM
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Most encouraging post ever

This is so inspiring, I've saved what you wrote to remind me everything IS better!
Please keep writing on here!
And most importantly, CONGRATS on your new life!!!
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So awesome, congratulations!!!!
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:24 PM
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Very inspiring post, a read I needed today. Thank you for sharing, you never know who you will touch.

Congratulations on a year
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:26 AM
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Thanks for a great post and congrats on 1 year!
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