“When someone seeks . . . then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking …

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I’m less than a week away from completing my first dry January experience. This is by far the longest I’ve ever gone without drinking alcohol in a very long time. I’ve been asked by friends if I’ve notice any changes in my health…increase in energy, quality of sleep, weight loss… And the answer to that …

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I’ve gone on a handful of first dates this past month, all of them completely sober. It’s been…different. Alcohol has been a wonderful way of keeping my anxiety at bay and to portray confidence rather than nervous awkwardness. Alcohol has been the major contributor to every single romantic relationship I’ve ever had dating back to …

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My heritage has never been an important aspect of my life like it is for some people. I’m not fond of continuing outdated traditions for some misplaced obligation to my ancestors’ way of life. I’ve always been told that I’m half Norwegian, a third Swiss/German, and the rest Irish. Despite my heavily Nordic name, this …

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Five days in to my dry January. The trick is to avoid bars, because I have no will power and cannot resist the temptation of drinking a delicious moscow mule or a stout beer. Unfortunately, that usually comes at the price of having a social life here in the midwest culture of booze. I’ve been …

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