KJD Jumping for JoyThank you for visiting my blog. The goal here is to share experiences and lessons learned during my 365+ day, booze-free journey that might inspire you in some way. In the beginning, I only set out to take a break from alcohol for a year. Alas, the personal transformation and the inner and outer feel-good have been so profound that I’ve kept it going beyond 3-6-5!

I’m an entrepreneur, writer, adventurer and constant seeker of meaning and purpose. For years (and I mean, years!), living life in a drinking culture led me to eventually wondering if there was a better way to happiness, fun and connected relationships aside from regularly swigging down booze at evenings out, get-togethers and nights at home.

After all, the global media and culture have told us that if we want to experience joy, success, health, good relationships and abundance–alcohol is the key.

It took me years to to wake up to the awareness that almost every social and business function out there in the universe entails alcohol as the star feature. As for me, it was not uncommon to drink three or more nights a week due to my business networking and social circles. I even live in a building with a full-on cocktail lounge and our very own bartender. Aye Yai Yai!

What led me to take the booze-free plunge was joining an amazing 90-day challenge group back in February called One Year No Beer. Once I achieved 90 days alcohol free, I was hooked on feeling so great and decided to keep it going by upping to the 365 challenge group.

What I hoped to achieve from my journey was (and continues to be) better health, stronger relationships and a life that sparks joy. I was (and am) also on the pursuit to answer two questions: 1) Why is being alcohol free the exception rather than the rule (seriously, most people who I tell about my decision look at me as if  I’m an alien!); and 2) Does alcohol add to or detract from my pursuit of an abundant, blessed, purposeful life? NOTE: As you will read from my posts, booze clearly detracted from my life in profound ways.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not anti-alcohol these days. I’m just a curious gal on a quest to discover what unfolds in my life by laying off the booze for an extended period of time.

Thank you for following my journey. Whether you want to hit your own snooze button on the booze for awhile, or if you’re simply curious about the alcohol free trend, I’m glad you’re here.