Taking a Break from Alcohol

3 months. That’s how long it’s been since I last had a drink of alcohol.

It’s kind of crazy to think I haven’t gone more than a month without a drink since I was 17 21. That’s over a almost a decade of consuming alcohol without a serious break. I’ve taken longer breaks from cannabis, a drug way less harmful than alcohol.

Removing alcohol from my system was an eye-opening experience. It started with a definite period of withdrawal. September was a rough month, just ask my coworkers. These 3 months I’ve learned so much about myself, and have begun to understand a lot of the motivations for WHY I drink alcohol. I also quickly realized how much alcohol is deeply integrated into American culture. I won’t say I was blind to it, but I certainly wasn’t as aware of it as I am now. I have a lot of respect for recovering alcoholics thanks to this experience.

You might be wondering why I took this sabbatical of sorts. Well, a couple big reasons which many of you know: Continue reading “Taking a Break from Alcohol”

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One Year Without my Biggest Cheerleader

10402533_10101780389507326_5968709875093155117_nIt’s hard to believe it’s been one year since my father passed away. I couldn’t sleep last night because I didn’t want it to be November 5th. I didn’t want it to be one year. It still feels like yesterday in so many ways. I’ve spent a lot of today crying, and I’m not afraid to admit that. Time to talk about it.

My father, Howard Glenn Blunk, was the most amazing person I’ve ever known. He raised a beautiful family, showered all of us with love, started a multi million dollar business, and did everything he could to spread joy in the world. Being half the man he was would make me feel like a success.

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