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Day 2: How to Have a Successful Dryuary

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller   There are endless benefits of a dry January. A month without drinking is amazing for your body. It strengthens your immune system, improves digestion, cuts out empty calories and snacking, and can do wonders for your sleep.   With so many benefits, why can it…

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Day 3: Live Before You Die

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power.” – Benjamin Disraeli A few weeks ago, I suddenly realized that Thanksgiving was upon us. This meant to me that that the year 2019 was dangerously close to drawing to a close. As I gave thanks to all of the important…

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Day 4: You Must ACT To Change

“The way to become strong is by doing small things you’ve made up your mind to do, however much you don’t want to do them at the time.” – Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson We all start the new year off full of good intentions. 2020 will finally be different! This is the year that you finally get…

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Day 5: A Warm Blanket

“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – ‘Remembrance of Things Past’, Marcel Proust A Warm Blanket was previously published at jasongarner.com The days have been cold here in the mountains lately, the sort that begin with frost on the ground and end with a warm fire…

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Day 6: What I Hate Most About Dryuary!

“You are the biggest enemy of your own sleep.” – Pawan Mishra You all know how Google search is so rude about finishing your sentences for you, right? Well, when I started searching for articles about why drinking and sleep patterns and typed in, “W-h-y-c-a-n…it popped up with “Why can I sleep when I stop drinking?” Now,…

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Day 7: Destination Dryuary

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn The first week of Dryuary can seem like a really bumpy flight to a place we’re not sure we even want to go, especially after the excesses of the holiday season. Hopefully, by now we’ve settled in and are able…

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Day 8: What To Do? What To Do?

 “HUMAN BEINGS MAKE LIFE SO INTERESTING. DO YOU KNOW, THAT IN A UNIVERSE SO FULL OF WONDERS, THEY HAVE MANAGED TO INVENT BOREDOM.” – Terry Pratchett; Hogfather The following post is a post from Dryuary 2016. Boredom is still a landmine for those of us soldiering our way through Dryuary. One thing that has…

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Day 9: Apply What You Have Learned

 “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci As I started thinking about Dryuary, a relevant quote from a major motion picture in the 1980s kept coming up: “A good pilot is compelled to always evaluate…

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Day 10: Staying Social During Dryuary

“Always do sober what you said you’d do when you were drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut!” – Ernest Hemingway For many of us, socializing often revolves around drinking – from half-price drinks at happy hours, to bottomless mimosa brunches, to wine-filled dinners, alcohol seems to permeate all of our social outings.…

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Day 11: Fifteen Minutes

“I can’t even carpe 15 minutes in a row. So a whole diem is out of the question.” – Glennon Doyle Melton Okay, here’s the deal. You don’t have to abstain for 31 days for Dryuary. What?!? No way! No one told you? Ha! I’m here to tell you the Big Secret. You DO NOT have…

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Day 16: No Regrets!

Enjoy this flashback post from Dryuary 2016! “It happened this way: I fell in love and then, because the love was ruining everything I cared about, I had to fall out.” – Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story If you are reading this now, you are still in the game, abstaining from alcohol for a brief…

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Day 18: Falling Off

“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.” – Sir Richard Branson Okay, let’s talk about it, the elephant in the room. Let’s talk about falling off of the Dryuary path. It happens, and we all…

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