I would spend hours on them everyday, pouring over other people’s lives who had things that I wanted.
I loved having an insight into how they had gotten to where I wanted to be.
I loved the pictures they would put up. They didn’t have to be great photos, or glamorous.
Just really normal snapshots into people’s days, visual and literary.
It didn’t take much for me to feel I could fully immerse myself into that other person’s life.
Some people didn’t even have what I wanted.
It took me a while to figure out why they still appealed to me.
It became clearer as I got to know myself better, though.
They were always women that I gravitated to.
They always lived somewhere quite different to me.
And they were always happy & passionate people.
It didn’t matter if they were single, or married, had children or fur babies.
If I got a good “feel” from them, then I would love to spend hours poring over their insights and inputs into present life.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll no doubt keep saying it:
Stopping drinking gives you back time. A lot of time.
Nowadays I’m blessed with a shedload of time.
And I really like using that time to give back, specifically in ways that helped me when I was struggling.
It takes nothing to write a short blog piece, it’s something that can be done on the go, or whilst relaxing.
It’s something that everyone relates to in different ways, so everything you put out there will always be gratefully received by someone.
It’s a free resource that anyone can have constant access to.
And you can’t get it wrong.
If you are struggling with the sheer amount of free time that stopping drinking has given you, why not start your own blog.
It doesn’t have to be related to drinking at all. That’s where a lot of people fall down, in the days they are still thinking about alcohol all the time.
If I was at that stage, I would never have set this site up.
For me, this time around, eleven years ago, the world stopped drinking when I stopped drinking.
I don’t see it. I don’t register it when it’s there. Alcohol just isn’t in my field of vision these days.
So much so that I recently managed to give a webinar in front of thousands of women sitting in front of a fecking drinks cabinet.
In my own home.
Because I didn’t know I had a drinks cabinet in my own front room.
I had genuinely never noticed it before.
It was a bloody huge thing too. Floor to ceiling. I’ll stick a photo below and show you, it the huge creme thing in the corner.
Because I don’t see alcohol anymore. I can talk about it from a purely solution-based point.
And that is so satisfying and exciting. That’s the only reason I do it.
If I didn’t feel that way, I would blog about something else, something that excited me just as much.
There are so many people that are in dire need of upliftment.
And we can all do that, in a myriad of ways, right now, with all of this extra time, that non-drinking has afforded us.
We can all give back, whilst helping ourselves.
We don’t have to wait until we feel we are perfect at it.
We are of so much value to others, right now, where we stand.
Just by being ourselves and using the talents we have been blessed with.
We never need wait to be someone else’s inspiration.
It’s an instant gift.
Why not go make it your present?