Turn your life around parkrun

Club Soda member and parkrun UK volunteer Tamara shares her story of addiction followed by recovery, using exercise and fitness for motivation and being part of a community. Writing to recover I feel pretty nervous sharing this but, with gratitude, am compelled to write a bit about me and what parkrun has done for me. Being…

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FOMO, the fear of missing out

FOMO and creating new ‘Joy’ FOMO means the Fear Of Missing Out. I am passionate that given time you will find new ways to connect with others and be social without drinking or drinking as much. But for a while your social life may feel a little stunted. It does take time get into the…

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How to say no to a drink

Turning down alcohol How to say no to a drink is one of those things that should be easy. You should be able to smile and say ‘Thanks, but I’m not drinking tonight’ and that’s the end of the conversation. Somehow though it never seems to pan out quite like that, and now you’re in…

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Enjoying a festival sober

Being sober at a festival Being searched I’d forgotten about sniffer dogs. Strolling into Victoria Park last Sunday, my annoyance peaked pretty quickly when a security guard pulled me aside as part of a line-up. And while I knew I didn’t have drugs, I couldn’t help but think…. do I? It sets the tone, when…

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Festival season with less alcohol

Love festivals, sober or not I love festivals. When I was 24 I got a freelance ‘job’ writing for a music magazine. I didn’t get paid, but there were perks, Press Pass in hand (see photo of said me rather smug looking). Though, to be fair it mostly consisted of me going to music events,…

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