Why I’m Going Sober for November


I’ve had one hell of a year!

I would even be so bold as to say that this has been the best year of my life – but over the course of this incredible year, I haven’t exactly treated my body as it deserves to be treated.

From overindulging in edibles to my lack of exercise, the boozy drinks… the many…. many boozy drinks, I ended October feeling that I need to overhaul what’s going into my body.


Therefore, I have self-proclaimed this month Sober-November, or, Sobevember.

Personally, I feel that my body and wallet need a break from the endless happy-hours and the extra calories that go along with each glass of Shiraz and bourbon cocktails I enjoy on a regular basis.

Plus, November is the perfect month to go sober — if you’re not celebrating American Thanksgiving, what really happens in November?! I mean in terms of “drinking holidays”?

Sobevember will give me a chance to focus on myself and catch up on all the things I have wanted to do that I just haven’t gotten around to since I’ve returned home, like….

  • Reading- I miss just curling up with a book
  • Finding a fitness/exercise regime that works and interests me long enough to actually do it
  • Re-vamp this blog
  • Get ready for the insanity that is the Holiday season
  • Finally watch season three of House of Cards
  • Meditate – I’m taking Sobevember seriously and have signed up for an online meditation class from the one-and-only Oprah.

Alongside of reconnecting with myself and finding other ways of celebrating family + friends (that doesn’t involve grabbing a pint), I expect Sobevember to have some positive effects on my body and mind.

Rumour on the street is that staying off booze (along with a few small improvements to your diet and exercise routine) even just for a month can result in:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Heightened concentration
  • Enhanced work performance
  • Feeling clearheaded
  • Better sleep
  • Possible weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Sense of achievement
  • Generally healthier feeling

That’s not even mentioning the money saved and the 30 day guarantee of being hangover free!

So I’m three days in to my Sobevember journey and feeling…well, like a glass of wine to be honest.

But I’m determined to follow-through because in the grand scheme of life, one month isn’t a long time and who knows… maybe I’ll even enjoy it…

Have you ever felt the need to take a break from the booze? If so, what were the reasons behind your decision, and how did it work out? Any inspiration for the rest of us?






  1. November 7, 2015 / 7:05 am

    Most definitely have had to take a sobriety break before! It’s amazing how much energy you have…. Can’t say I’ve lasted a whole month though 😉 Good luck!

    • wanderbeforewhat
      November 10, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      I’m literally counting the days Lauren!
      Thanks for the well wishes!

      Sarah Lynn

  2. November 9, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    I am also Participating in Sobevember 🙂

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