Are you ready to be the best mum you can be?
• You know deep down that your drinking is making you unhappy, yet you can’t stop
• You’ve tried quitting before but can’t make it stick
• You know your life would be 100% better without the booze
• You’re tired of the negative self talk and know you are worth so much more
• You long for the freedom to know you don’t need to drink anymore
• You need someone to personally support you through this journey to a better life
That’s what I am here to help you with.
Hi, I’m Gayle Macdonald,
Mum, Teacher and creator of Sober Bliss. I quit drinking in March 2018 and my passion is helping Mums just like you to break the unhappy cycle of drinking and live your best life.
Together with my many years of one to one teaching combined with my own experiences of living an alcohol free life, I work with Mums like you who need support and guidance to make your dream of living alcohol free become a reality.
I help Mums like you who are serious about changing their lives, are tired of trying to moderate, sick of struggling and not living their best life to find peace, freedom and contentment for themselves and their family.
I am a qualified teacher, a coach and through my unique and personal program, The Sober Bliss Program I help you feel supported and empowered to change your mindset, break free from cravings, learn how to cope with emotions without alcohol and create an alcohol free lifestyle you love.
A bit more about me and my journey
I’m from the North East of England but I live in southern Spain with my husband, two boys and two dogs. I love my family, sleeping, meditation, long walks, tea, food, loud rock music, autumn and the rain. I am happy with my life and everything it throws at me and I am finally at a place I want to be for the rest of my life, a life free from alcohol and full of so many beautiful, crazy, inspiring and laugh out loud moments.
But, it wasn’t always like that
In 2004, I moved to Spain to start a new life with my husband and our son who was two years old at the time. My drinking then was only on a social scale – after all Spain is the land of beer and tapas! Trouble was, we carried on when we came home. It was unheard of for us not to have a crate of beer and a box of wine in the house at all times.
After a break from booze of just over a year during pregnancy and early months of our second son’s arrival, I picked up where I left off with renewed vigor. It was lonely, hard work, boring and stressful. Even though I lived in a great place, had two lovely sons and a lifestyle many people envied, I retreated into my own bubble and closed the doors on life.
My drinking day would usually start at 2.30 after the school run, earlier at the weekend and so it would continue through lunch, homework, dinner time, bath time and bedtime until I would relax on the sofa with another drink to reward myself for getting through the day and there I would stay until I fell into bed or passed out.
The weekends and holidays were worse as the drinking would start as soon as it was midday and carry on right through the night. If we visited friends or had friends round I would do as much as I could to make sure they stayed until the early hours so I didn’t have to face the normality of home life.
Before I knew it I was stuck in a cycle of start drinking at 12 or 2, have a nap, wake up do some mumsy stuff, start drinking again, have tea, get the kids out of the way, drink some more, go to bed, wake up at 3 feeling like hell full of dread and regret, fall back asleep wake up, get the kids to school and so it would start again.
“My life was just one joyless cycle of unhappy drinking and I knew I had to change”
I needed a way to not only remove the alcohol from my life but to create a long lasting path for my own journey through my own life as myself and a Mum. I began learning and teaching myself new skills, new ways to cope, new ways to live and here I am in that happy place again with all of the zest, energy and love for life I had lost.
I have achieved so much since I began my own personal journey and I am experiencing so many wonderful things I only dreamed of before and thought were beyond my reach. I have my own business, I work with lovely people every day, I have a new found confidence, I wake up feeling great every day, I go on long walks and do short runs, I read books and watch films with the added bonus of remembering them afterwards, I am cooking again, I’ve saved a shed load of money and I am fully present in the lives of my children every day.
If I can achieve this then so can you and my true joy is helping you get the life you’ve always wanted – a life of Sober Bliss
I want this space to be an inspiration for you if you are wondering what it’s like on the other side, if you want to leave alcohol behind but don’t know how, if you’re curious, scared, determined or just want to take that first step but can’t.