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Sober October - Day 4 - Downtime is Your Enemy

Day 4 is usually when I’m screaming to the heavens, “HAVE THE DAYS ALWAYS BEEN THIS LONG?????”

Yes and no. Yes, they’ve always been this long. No, they won’t always seem this long. But in my experience, in the early days of quitting anything, the days stretch out like an eternity. And evenings in particular can be the toughest.

Free time is your enemy. This is not the time to sit around and reflect. This is when you need to get active. Go for a walk. If you already went, go for another one. For me the evening was when the cravings really kicked in, so that’s when I started working out and then cooking myself a nice meal. And I’d usually end up going for a walk after dinner or taking a bath with a nice book. Anything to keep my mind busy. Ask a friend to dinner or coffee. Make a playlist.

If you find yourself isolating or not reaching out or talking to people - that’s a big red flag. Don’t do that. Call siblings, family members and old friends and catch up ...

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Hello new followers, I hope I don’t disappoint you. I want this place to feel like home, where we can escape the Thunderdome and process the world. Where we can post dog pics and recipes and book recommendations. Where we support each other as we get sober, lose weight, embark on new business opportunities, creative endeavors, relationships and travels. I want this to be your oasis of sanity and laughter in an increasingly mad world. A creative outlet where you can share your spirit with us.

We might not have any control over the news cycle—but we can control our habits and attitude. It all starts with us. And hopefully a little piece of that will start here.

I am a member of a neighborhood Buy Nothing group on Facebook. A woman reached out asking if anyone had an aloe plant they could spare. She posted a photo of herself and explained she was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer, and heard that aloe would help for radiation treatments. Not only did dozens of people offer her aloe, but even more offered to go on walks with her, cook her meals, and do any errands she needed. I delivered her reusable gel ice packs to help with the burns.

Yesterday on the subway, a man was begging for money. Another man gave him a $20, said he had been homeless at one point, and that it is possible to turn things around.

There is goodness out there. There is goodness in here.
Sending y'all lots of love and peace. I hope you're finding kindness and warmth wherever you are. 💖

Whatever the verdict is, I’m prayin’ for the whole Pham in the states! I hope y’all stay safe and away from crazed rioters❤️

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