As today is Sunday, I thought I’d reflect back on how I’ve felt during the last week and look at some of the things I’ve achieved. I figure this time might help me process things so that I can go into the new week with a clear head.
The first thing I will say is that I still haven’t had a drink. Even more positively than that, I haven’t really noticed that I haven’t had one. That might sound strange, to say I’ve not noticed it, but as I’m trying to change my drinking habits, not noticing that I haven’t drank feels like a big step for me.
In terms of my mood, I’ve generally felt pretty good. I had one dip on Friday evening where I just felt a little bit flat, but I think that could have been down to tiredness because it’s been a hectic week. I went to bed early and felt much better again on Saturday morning.
This week has been absolutely massive for me, there’s been so many positives. The last few days have been absolutely crazy. I’ll start with performing sober. It was my monthly comedy night on Thursday and I performed sober for the FIRST TIME EVER. I’ve been doing comedy for 8 months and I’ve had a drink at every other performance. I have to admit, I was really apprehensive about it at first, but I absolutely loved it! It was without a doubt the best comedy night we’ve had so far. I was so much sharper, more alert and the laughter felt better than any beer could have.
It wasn’t just the most I’ve enjoyed the comedy night, it really felt a turning point for us. I’ve had fantastic feedback from both audience members and acts (who all absolutely smashed it) telling me how much they enjoyed it and that means the world to me. There were several lovely Facebook posts written about the evening and I could not be happier with how it went. Having acts post about how much the enjoyed performing in front of our great audience and recommending other comedians give the night a go is great. I’ve even booked a touring comedian to do a spot in January. How crazy is that!
Going forward, I’ve got really big plans for growing the event. I registered a company name this week (I felt like a proper adult!) and the idea is that this will help me to grow the comedy night, as well as a few other things, including this blog, into an actual brand that I can be proud of.
I’ve decided to look for sponsorship for the comedy night so that I can buy some kit to film the show and edit it to post online to a dedicated YouTube channel and Facebook page. There are also other ideas I’ve got, but I’m cautious of trying too much too soon.
I’ve also had really positive feedback about this blog. So much so, that I’ve actually created a Facebook page just to promote it which can be seen here. It’s been strange receiving feedback about this. When I started writing it, the idea was that I’d just use it to track Sober October, essentially thinking that I’d just be writing posts moaning about how much I wanted a drink that nobody would read. But my idea has changed in a short space of time and peoples feedback has been a huge part of that.
I put one post up about Self Awareness after a counselling session and a lot of people told me that it was good to see somebody talking so honestly about their mental health. Something switched after that, so I also posted on Mental Health Awareness day and from now on, I’m going to try and write as honestly and as openly as I can.
To everybody that’s read or given me feedback about any of the posts, thank you so much. Writing this way helps me process things and its a having such a positive impact on how I feel.
So to sum up, this week has been fucking ace. If next week is even half as good then I’ll be very happy! Speak soon,