As part of my New Year’s resolution of being impeccable with my word (to myself!), I committed to an alcohol-free January.
Why subject myself to this torture, you ask? Well…after quite a boozy holiday December, I wanted to prove to myself that I don’t need to drink wine to have a good time AND I told Mr. J I was doing it.
I won’t lie to you, dry January had a shaky beginning. (For those of you that don’t know me, wine is the closest I’ve ever come to a religious experience.) The first weekend of the new year, we attended not one, but TWO back-to-back dinner parties. I never realized what a social crutch wine was for me until I found myself tugging awkwardly at my party dress in a sea of people I barely knew, attempting to be charming, empty handed and sober.
As the night wore on (and my companions began to get tipsy), I started appreciating my unique vantage point. I was able to stay fully present in conversations and just listen to others. (Note: People [present company included] tend to ramble on about themselves after a few drinks.)
I ended up having a great time AND saved myself $40 on the requisite Uber home + avoided the morning hangover. By Dinner Party #2, I was a consummate sober party guest. I strapped on my finest party dress with gusto and threw myself willingly into the sea of people. Once again, I had a great time. Another $40 saved; another hangover avoided.
I am 17 days in now, and I am feeling pretty great (and smug). Dry January is beginning to make me re-evaluate my drinking patterns, and I suspect I will be cutting out weekday drinking moving forward. Although I don’t think I would ever cut out wine totally (and see no reason to do so), I am enjoying this newfound balance.
What new year’s resolutions did you make? How are you doing at the mid-month mark?
Current status: smug AF / having my feet warmed by my fat dog’s belly / avoiding Netflix