30 days of no alcohol.
[blankly stares off into space. nope. not me.]
That’s what I thought when I first read something about it being the perfect time to try 30 days of no alcohol as we were heading into Virgo season.
Obviously, it was on some astrology site. I can’t even remember which one now.
I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe in astrology. I’ll be honest. I’m not even sure what I believe when it comes to it. If my faith were to be placed into the box that it’s supposed to neatly fit into, then it would say I’m not allowed to believe it. However, I don’t believe in legalism when it comes to religion…and that’s about as far as I’ll delve into religious beliefs.
I have always believed that I am characteristically a Virgo. Plus, I am an extremely curious person who wants to know everything about every thing. So in that curious process I looked at my natal chart and discovered that the Virgo personality does claim to be strong. My Sun, Moon, and Mercury are all in Virgo, which is my 9th house. I don’t really know what that means…but if that’s you’re thing and you wanna share some insight, feel free to leave it in the comments.
That was how I stumbled upon the idea of no alcohol.
I really wasn’t sure if I would succeed.
Which is why I didn’t bring it up in Friday Faves until later.
I don’t drink heavily or even drink every day, but there’s enough times that I knew that 30 days would take effort on my part.
Especially because the hubby was not joining me on this particular experiment of mine. And yes, I call it an experiment. That’s because I often do these mental or physical experiments or research projects in which I am the subject.
I’m not gonna lie, the hardest day of each week during the alcohol detox was Sunday night when the hubby and I would sit down to watch Game of Thrones. It is the only show that I stop what I’m doing to sit down and watch with him. We usually have our wine or our beer and decompress while watching this epic storyline before heading into the work/school week.
My detox did end prior to that season finale though!
Since I know some of ya’ll are still catching up..no spoilers from me.
So what did I learn?
I thought that I would have some epiphany or mental clarity once the supposed brain fog lifted.
But what I learned is that I have the mental fortitude to push through to the end of a goal that I set for myself…. even when no one is watching.
It would have been easy to say “I don’t feel any different”, “my skin isn’t clearer”, “I haven’t lost any weight”…”why am I doing this again.”
And there were moments when I wanted to do just that.
But I didn’t.
Future 30 Day Challenges.
I do want to keep pushing my comfort zones. In recent conversations, I’ve discovered that I have a strong fear of failure and so quite often I just don’t try.
In keeping with the “30 days” concept, I’ve decided that each month of my 40th year I will do a “30 days of…” challenge. I haven’t figured out what each challenge will be, but they will likely focus on mental health, fitness, nutrition, hobbies, or the environment.
To keep things more streamlined, I will start them at the beginning of the month. I plan to let you all know what each challenge is a few days prior to the new month, just in case you are interested in joining me. It’s very likely that I will have failures during some of the challenges and this will be hard for me, but I feel like it’s the next step in my growth.
Check back tomorrow where I’ll announce my September challenge!
p.s.- The first one shouldn’t be too hard. My 40th birthday isn’t until the 12th, so technically, I’m starting 2 weeks before my 40th year. Plus, you gotta succeed for your birthday month. Right?!
Let your light shine!