Episode 106

A Big Sober Life with Maria Augustus-Dunn


Our relationship with alcohol. Thinking about drinking. How we feel about it. How it makes us feel.

Whenever I share anything related to this topic, it always resonates. If it’s not affecting us directly, we all know someone very close to us for whom it is. This is probably the number one topic that I get the most questions about and feedback on: people sharing their experiences with alcohol and drinking, questioning if it is a problem, wondering how do you stop, if that’s even what you want to do.

It’s important that we talk about it, that we share and that we can learn from each other’s experiences.

It’s always good to get new perspectives and to see ourselves in other people’s experiences.

Today’s guest is Maria Augustus-Dunn. Originally from a large Aussie Greek family, Maria was raised in Melbourne, before retiring at 50 in 2011 to live life on the road with her husband Brad as grey nomads, travelling the highways and byways of Australia. A daily drinker from the age of 15, in 2013 at the age of 51, Maria decided to take a 12 month break from drinking. After experiencing the myriad benefits that not drinking provided, that 12 month break has continued until today.

I met Maria at the start of 2013 on Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), when we both joined the platform in the same week. Having written and published two books over the last few years, Maria’s writing philosophy is to write about what you know.

And today we are going to talk about what you know, in relation to Maria’s experience of giving up alcohol, and enjoying A Big Sober Life.

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My mission in life is to share everything I have learned – and am continuing to learn – about turning my own life around and to really help you understand that happiness is to be found in the overcoming of obstacles and challenges in your life, and not in the absence of them.  To achieve your potential in life, you need to become your potential.  And for that to be, you need to understand yourself, and learn how to harness your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.   You have the power within you to create whatever reality you choose, and I am here to help you know that if you don’t like what you are experiencing, then you can absolutely change that.   But you do have to choose, believe, and be open to all possibilities, and to keep showing up every day, even when it feels really hard. Because if you do what is easy, your life will be hard.  But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.