I celebrated New Year’s Eve with fireworks, friends, Jadyn and Tanner (Geordie worked nights) and welcomed 2017 with excitement. As I sipped my non-alcoholic ginger beer
I was quietly proud of myself. My last glass of wine was one year ago, New Year’s eve, 2016.
Red wine and I went steady for many years. I’d have a glass or two…or three…or…
when I was happy, bored, celebrating or drowning my sorrows and escape grief. Huh…
Seems like red and I spent a lot of time together. We did break up and spend time apart over the years; when I was pregnant of course, on a health kick and when Tyler went down a dangerous road of drugs and drinking. But slowly red would make her way back into my life. There would be times at a social I’d ask who drank the rest of my wine, then realize it was me!
When I decided to change my life, leave nursing and write my book, I knew I had to give my new purpose everything I had. So, I gave up cable TV, de-cluttered my home, committed to exercising every day, and yep…broke up with red wine…this time for good! Sure,
I know a glass of wine here and there won’t hurt. But I just don’t trust our relationship.
Kind of like a bad relationship you ended; is it really a good idea to just meet for lunch?
For me, a clean break is best. And I feel SO good about myself.
I didn’t want to do it at first, so I told myself “I want to want to!”
That’s a great place to start!
This post isn’t about not drinking. It’s about asking yourself what is standing in the way of you being the best version of yourself. What is stopping you from being really proud of you; Smoking? Drinking? Unhealthy eating? Not following your dream? Just take a step
in the right direction. And don’t focus on what you don’t want. Focus on what you do want. Want to be healthy? Want to be in charge of your life? Want to be happy?
I promise, it may not be easy at first, but you are worth it!!
Do you want to change something in your life?
Start with “I want to want to….” and always focus on the positive.
Be good to yourself on your new journey, fail your way to success!
You just might surprise yourself!
Feel free to share your story, even if you’re still working on it!
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp campaign.