Tomorrow is my book launch party - whoop whoop!! I'm sorry I've had to stop replying to emails so I can just focus on the party. Friends are starting to fly in from today and loads more friends and family are arriving tomorrow and I cannot wait! I'll get back to responding to all of you who have privately reached out to me next week. I promise.
Things have been crazy since the TV item went to air. Well, a lot of things have been normal like I'm still prepping endless meals and folding endless piles of washing and clearing away endless piles of crap.. but in my online spaces (this blog, Facebook, Twitter and on email) there is just this huge lovely wave of warmth and support and togetherness rolling in.
I'm not wanting to position myself as a sobriety guru (as someone commented to me here on this blog).. I'm honestly not. I don't have all the answers, I'm not an addictions expert. I'm just an ordinary housewife who used to be locked in a boozy prison and got herself free.
But what I am is a communicator - having worked as a journalist for 20 years - and I've discovered ...since blogging for myself about what's going on for me... that I have an ability to articulate tricky internal stuff in a way that people relate to. That's why I got a book contract and now with the publishers publicity machine behind me that's why I'm the one getting all the attention right now.
But it's not about me!! It's about all of us. You and you and you and you and you. All of you people who have commented and emailed and liked and shared and tweeted and all the rest of us. It's about community. I'm speaking out to reach more people like us so we can all come together and help and support each other.
There is a fabulous new website coming - funded by the addictions sector here in NZ and with me managing it - where we can all come together in a more interactive space and talk to and support each other more. People like you and me. People who understand. I love how people are already talking to each other in the comments section on here.. the new site will be better suited for that sort of interaction. Community.
But until then.. I've got a book launching! Tomorrow night is about me and Mr D bringing all our friends and family together to celebrate with us! 70 guests! 12 staying with us! I've got a fab new frock from Witchery! The cafe has designed 3 fabulous mocktails for each guest to have on arrival and after that the bar is open. I don't care if people want to drink alcohol, that's fine by me. I just know my brain, I know what's right for me, and I don't want any booze.
Tomorrow is about friends and togetherness and celebration and fun and chatting and dancing and partying. It is not about what I have in my glass. Alcohol does not have the power to make this party more fun and special than it naturally is. Of that I am sure.
Love, Mrs D xxx