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    Maintaining a positive attitude in life sober and off psychiatric medication

    You’d think that having a general ‘positive attitude in life’ would be easy. Especially now that you’re sober, right? Well, not entirely. Why life, why? My first solo exhibition at the AVA Gallery is done and dusted. The official review was very well-received by my peers. I sold several works during the exhibition. I got clarity and focus and even got a break from the family and life when I went to Cape Town for the week. And then life happened. Ag come on, life is always happening Yes, I agree. Life is always happening. So? How we react is always changing. It is influenced by the opinions of others, our mood (yes medically…

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    What it feels like to be alcohol free – Sober for 227 days

    When “they” ask “what it feels like to be alcohol free” When people ask  “what it feels like to be alcohol free”. I can immediately answer and say, “You already know. The last word you said says it all.” FREE. I am free of the chains. With my last post, I spoke about being a newbie alcoholic over the festive season. There was a brief guide there, so have a look if it may help. This post is more of an update. On my Instagram (@yvette_hess) I posted the image below. On this day, I celebrated being sober for 200 days So, go deep Yvette- is it really all that?…

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    A guide to survive the festive season without alcohol- for the newbie alcoholic

    This is my tried and tested guide to survive the festive season without alcohol. This is especially useful if you are a newbie alcoholic. You know that phase on your journey when people if you question if you really have a problem, and uhm, then you begin to question yourself too! Sometimes I wonder how the hell I survived. Why? Mainly because Christmas time is insanely stressful. So, to combat this, I try to plan everything beforehand. We set the venue, meal plan- all those details way before the time. I used pinterest and got some ideas for the table decor. I bought napkins, table cloths, new cutlery- yes, indeed…

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    I used to be

    The post below may come as a surprise to some. If you feel the need to judge, rather keep it to yourself. This is a safe space not only for me to express who I am, but for my readers to feel they can share their most shameful moments. No trolls will be tolerated. ————————————————————————————————————————————— I haven’t been myself lately. Well, to be more accurate, I haven’t been a self I identify with. So much has changed: circumstances, expectations, responsibilities and of course, me. I believe that all these factors have affected who I am today. Obviously, right? My parents, more so my dad, always pushed for my sister and…

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