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Old 11-02-2017, 12:28 AM
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One Year Sober Today :)

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
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Oh Kenton sweetie pie I'm wiping a little happy tear! I'm absolutely thrilled for you beyond words! Enjoy your big day! Like Christmas, Easter, your birthday, wedding day all rolled in to one!!!!!!
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Hi kenton, brilliant post.

Congratulations on a year
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Congratulations Kenton

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What an inspiration! Thank you! Congrats!!!
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Wonderful! You and Jules posts have given me a lot to look forward to. Thank you so much!
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Congratulations Kenton. What a beautiful post, thanks for sharing.
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Great post, kenton!!! Big congrats on one year and all your accomplishments the past 365 days.
Once we get sober, everything really falls into place. Big insurmountable problems become manageable. Deferred emotions get dealt with. Work improves, family life improves. Everything gets better, often in unexpected ways.
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You are pretty awesome girl!
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Fantastic achievement Kenton. Bravo!
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Awesome job, Kenton!
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Thanks everyone xxxx
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Awesome awesome post Kenton. you were inspired now you are inspiring so thank you and enjoy that life!
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That was an absolutely terrific post—your enthusiasm is contagious!

Many congratulations!
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Congratulations on 1 year, kenton!

Well done.
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So very happy for you, kenton.

Congratulations on your first of many beautiful sober years!
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Top work! A great inspiration!
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It's hard to believe we once held on to it, thinking life would be boring & sad without it. What a wonderful post - congratulations on the anniversary of getting free, Kenton!
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