Day 34 – Self Care Saturday

Firstly thank you for all the comments regarding this week. I feel very humbled and lucky to have made such lovely connections in such a short time. I am really touched.

Tomorrow I’ll be 5 weeks sober. I still can’t believe it, if I’m honest it feels like yesterday and years ago at the same time. I can’t believe how hard this week has been and it’s not something I take for granted.

I was confiding in another friend the struggle of sobriety and I came home today to this lovely olive plant. The note inside said I struggled to know what to get you now wine and gin are off the table πŸ˜‚. What a wake up call in one sentence, but also I’m thrilled to bits with my olive plant and plan to plant it with kazbars ashes.

Today I had my first hair appointment in 8 months. I’ve decided to take better care with myself and have invested in a new night face creme and now this. Now I’ve been blonde for the last 10 years and before that experimented with reds, brunettes, black and loved them all but I really loved being blonde. However, with Covid and being a new mum, trips every 6 weeks to the hairdressers have fallen to the way side and my zebra roots were reaching my ears.

I’ve hummed and ahhed about going back to brunette for the last 2 years. Financially it made sense as it was cheaper to maintain and I always loved the glossiness of brown hair I could never achieve when being blonde.

So today I decided to take the plunge (more about plunging later) and I am now showcasing bronzed balayage (brown with blonde bits to none hairdressing folk like myself). And you know what?! I love it. I feel like a shorter, plumper Mandy Moore in this is us and so far have enjoyed swishing my hair around in front of a bemused hubster and a nonplussed BB.

Remember how I said I was also going to find a hobby, something to spring forth the vest (just typing that feels ridiculous).

Well I’d signed up to take the (cold) plunge into wild swimming at a life guarded lake about an hour away. At the time I was on a waiting list so pushed it to the back of my mind, pleased I’d considered trying something new, however, not thinking it would come into fruitation.

Well my friends, at 7:30am tomorrow I will be dipping my toes into new waters. Not only 5 weeks sober, but also the cold, murky variety of a lake. 5 weeks ago at 7:30am I had a raging headache after all day drinking with my friends in the garden the day before.

How fast the world can change if you let it.

Have a great Saturday everyone.

Lots of Love

JS x

Published by lifesippingaway

36 years old, wife, stay at home mum, outdoors lover, wild swimmer, starting the journey to an AF life

12 thoughts on “Day 34 – Self Care Saturday

    1. Thanks 😊, I’m packing like a new girl at the first day of school πŸ˜‚. I’m going plant her ashes in it so I can talk to her in the garden (I know that sounds nuts). Hope you’re having a good weekend?😘

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      1. Not nuts. Makes sense to me. I am having a mellow but good weekend. All is well. Still sober. 😁 It’s crazy hot outside here so I’m laying low.


  1. This change is great and huge congrats for 5 weeks. So much I love about this post. Fab that your friend gave you an Olive tree … I really want one. And OMG I am currently on series 2 of β€˜This is Us’ and I totally love it. It’s my little bit of time for me. I get totally lost in it. You are so brave .. 7.30am open water swimming in the Midlands! It’ll be exhilarating and you will feel amazing. Keep embracing change. Xx

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  2. Omg I’ve always wanted one. I finally feel like a proper grown up owning one πŸ˜‚
    Isn’t this is us amazing? Like I find it pure escapism. I’ve never laughed and cried so much with one series. Have you got to Jack’s death yet? I needed 2 days off it after. They’re everything I want to be for BB as parents. Although I’m in love with Randall too. Sorry I’m just excited as no one else I know watches it.
    And thanks, little bit nervous but feels good to push the boundaries and my body.
    Hope you’re feeling a little less blah today xx

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