Louise

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Louise

  • Alcohol
  • Building a better life since 2010
  • Lives in NSW, Australia
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My motto

To be, rather than to seem. Cicero

my purpose

To support women who want to change their relationship with alcohol.

Interests

My dog, coffee with family and friends, ocean, podcasts, early mornings and intrepid travel.

My life

In Addiction

Alcohol was a shiny star in my life for over 20 years. Life was big, fun, full of friends & achievement. Fast forward to my 30’s. As my responsibilities grew, that star faded -  despite how it might have looked from the outside.  Work, family & my social life all suffered. My zest for life was replaced with anxiety, fear & shame. I wanted to hide – from everything, everyone and myself. I pushed through for 5 years & gave up alcohol for long stretches – only to slip back  – where it was always worse. I was exhausted from pretending everything was ‘ok’. Deep down, I knew my life would be better if I gave away drinking altogether.  But how to stop, and stay stopped’ was daunting.

My life

Today

I have been living alcohol-free for around six years. My relationship with myself, the people I love and the world around me is gentler, and so much more genuine. I am calmer, more present in my life and far less overwhelmed. I still have days where fear shows up. But for the most part I can use new skills, sit with discomfort and challenge my thinking. I can front up. Today I avoid labels that I find unhelpful. I recognise my strengths and embrace my imperfections. It is such a relief and joy to wake up in the morning feeling good about my life and future.    

Experience

Certified Arli Coach
Peer support mentor
Counsellor in training

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