7. Drink less.
Originally, this was going to be Drynuary, aka, no booze for January. The first few days of the month didn’t count, since we were on vacation, so we started Monday, January 5. I made it four nights, and then caved that Friday and bought a bottle of wine. Since then, I’ve had a drink every night, whether half a glass of wine while I’m making dinner, or a couple of cocktails during the Louisville/UNC game.
I’m having a hard time getting upset with this fact. Yes, I have a complicated relationship with alcohol. There have been many periods in my adult life that I have drunk more than I should. And I tend to self-medicate with alcohol. But it’s also a pleasure in my life. It’s lovely to relax with my husband in front of the fire with a glass of wine. It’s fun to have some beers while we’re watching a game. And it’s great to gather with our neighbors for cocktails or take ourselves out for some drinks.
My goal for this year is to drink less, for sure. But I need to learn to do that with moderation, rather than completely removing booze from my life.
Progress not perfection. And willpower is like a muscle: you can strengthen it with regular use and “resistance training,” but too much will tax it and it will fail. I’m trying to eat well, spend less, be mindful, and exercise every day — it might be too much for this month to abstain from drinking.too! Plus, a glass of wine a day is good for you 🙂