After a month of sobriety, I managed to raise £155 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a good achievement I think. But more importantly, are the lessons I learned as a result of this challenge. Whilst I know I will never be teetotal, I have learnt that it is far better to enjoy an expensive, good quality bottle of wine on a weekend and look forwards to it and the social situation in which it is drunk, than to buy cheaper wines and consume throughout the week. Spending my weeks with a clear head has, and will continue to be a blessing. This month I have saved a tonne of money in my ISA for a holiday this December, I have embarked on two new hobbies – blogging and art, and I have kept on top of my busy working life, successfully fitting in two jobs and keeping on top of my uni work. Before this experience, I’d have procrastinated from doing anything I considered a challenge, preferring to whittle away my evenings watching mind-numbing television or reading a trashy novel whilst drinking cheap plonk. So, as my new life is thanks to the charity fundraising challenge I undertook in October, I’d like this opportunity to say Thank you to Macmillan for their genius. Whilst Macmillan raised over £1.5million from their campaign, what they have actually done is inadvertently change the lives of those who welcomed the challenge. Next year, I will welcome the challenge with open arms, and encourage as many other people as possible to do the same.
23 days down (22 actually – will explain shortly) and 8 to go. £85.00 raised for a brilliant cause.
Sobriety was going really well, until Sunday. I was working my seventh day of the week at the champagne bar when the chef announced he’d created some new sorbets for the christmas menu he’d like us to try. I’m always a fan of free food so was willing to help him out. The sorbet was delicious, a sharp rasperry flavour, a bright blush pink colour and a warm aftertaste…..uh-oh…..
“Chef, what’s in this please?”
“Well, it’s raspberry margarita sorbet…so tequila of course!” he replied.
So that’s how I slipped up. By accidentally consuming alcohol disguised as a dessert. Feeling guilty, I vowed to keep to the challenge rules by purchasing a golden ticket for myself – a minimum £15 donation that allows the ticket holder (me) to drink alcohol on a specified date during the month without cheating or failing the challenge. Feeling that £15 was an awful lot of money for a teaspoonful of alcoholic sorbet, I made the decision to have a couple of glasses of wine. After all, I’ve been working 7 days a week at two jobs and studying for my Psychology degree, I surely deserved a treat after three weeks of sobriety?
Anyhow, this week is a new week and I am of course back on the sober bandwagon until the end of the month. Being £15 away from the £100 mark is frustrating at this stage of the challenge. Still, there’s 8 days to go and I can be persuasive :-).
a collection of lovely images I scavenged from the web. This collage is inspired by Autumn in Britain.
downloaded a stencil to create this awesome pumpkin. took me 3 hours to carve.
My latest work in progress – biro pen sketch ‘painting the roses red’ from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.