Goodbye for now

This is a short post to say that I am going to stop posting but I will keep what is currently on my blog out there because I know a few people have found one or two of the posts helpful. I’m stopping for the simple reason that, for me, the blog has served its purpose. I don’t drink. Nearly two years and the blog and the blogging community played a massive part in helping me quit the booze. I can no longer summon up much enthusiasm for writing about something, sobriety, that now is just part and parcel of my life; and there’s nothing worse than maintaining something when your heart is no longer in it.

I feel a little guilty in that having gained from the support and comments of others I am now effectively not giving back but new people have come along and there’s plenty of inspiring people out there. I am keeping the blog open as I know from some emails that people have found some of the posts helpful and if anyone wants to get in touch I am happy for them to do that by email at jsimmonds@protonmail.com

I aim to start a new blog under my real name that will have a wider remit. What I shall do is make a commitment that if I did start drinking again I will come back and report that on this blog. So no more posts will signify that I’ve stayed off the booze or I’m dead, either way they’ll be no alcohol in my body.

So for now adieu. If you’re someone starting out on sobriety and have stumbled upon this blog, please read the many great blogs out there around quitting, and the ups and downs of making that decision. Deciding it’s time to quit means you know it’s something you have to do, but it’s tough especially in the early days but the bloggers out there show it’s not only possible to quit , but also that there are so many advantages and positives to quitting. So final words; start the adventure, quit, you’re not alone and you won’t regret it!

All the best

Jim X

16 thoughts on “Goodbye for now

  1. Lovie Price

    you wll be missed , Jim..but it is understandable. Many of us feeling similar from what i read..let us know ( if you want to) what your new blog is..for me, i just changed the focus mostly and keep going because i have 2 other blogs out there and can barely keep up..big hugs and infinite congrats!

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      Hi Lovie , thanks for your kind words and I want the new site to be focused around my therapy work so I’m guessing addictive behaviours will come up as topics on there. Good luck with your blogs x

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  2. clairei47

    Well I feel a little sad! The end of an era. You were the first blog I came across over 20 mths ago and you were the person who encouraged me to start my own. Without you I would not be sober. That is the truth. It’s been a long journey (joke!) for both of us.

    Absolutely though, there is no point in continuing if your heart is not in it. Good luck, we will miss your humour and your honest take on life my friend. Congrats on your sobriety. Claire x

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      Thanks Claire but we will continue to keep in touch and my heart is in the maintaining the sobriety just not in making it the centre of what I focus on. Believe me, I’ll still be around😀

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  3. boozebrain

    Bravo Jim. I’ve really enjoyed your posts and have gleaned much from them. You’re a wise cookie.
    I too haven’t posted for a long time and haven’t felt the need. Hopefully neither of us return to those old booze filled days. Having done just that last year, after seven years sobriety, I know the temptation is never far away. Stay strong and I hope I never see you on here again!
    Enjoy the new blog and farewell. 👍🏻

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      Thanks BB. The tales of people like yourself who give it a go back on the booze only for old habits to return have been invaluable for me. Pushes away any temptation. A telling thing for me is that I have my sons wedding this Friday and despite never having been to a wedding sober, I have zero sense of missing out this time and actually looking forward to spending day fully alive and alert. Who would have thought it! Take care.
      Jim x

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  4. Lia

    Is it possible to feel a “good sad”? While I am still finding my way, you have always been a beacon of connection; all you’ve shared here has strongly helped me in more ways then you’ll ever know. Be well!
    xoxo, Lia

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  5. debby3768

    It’s odd. My brother in law had a drinking problem for a few years. My sister sat him down and gave him an ultimatum. He’s a real family man, and so he made his choice, the right choice. It’s been over 25 years for him. My sister used to mark the occasion. She was so proud of his commitment. After a few years, my brother in law asked her to stop. He just didn’t want the reminder every year of what he was.

    I can understand your need to turn a page.

    I applaud you and your commitment.

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