Well, I certainly didn’t expect that this would be a topic that would reduce me to tears while recording, but stranger things have happened, I suppose. Who’d have thought that starting a discussion on the best hangover cure ever came loaded with so much emotion.
The truth is, this whole Detaching Ourselves From Our Party Girl Behaviour thing turns out to be a pretty robust passion of mine – bigger than I ever anticipated for it to be – most likely because when I was in the grip of it myself, I couldn’t see a way out for the life of me. I knew I was mistreating my body. I knew the people I was spending time with weren’t lighting me up. I even knew that the doom that came with hangovers and comedowns, eventually, wasn’t even worth the fun in the first place.
But for so long, what was stronger than my curiosity to pursue good health and vibrant spirit, was my overwhelming fear of the Tara I would be faced with without the myriad of play roles I could hide behind on any given night.
The broody, contemplative Tara, who drank red wine. She locked eyes and oozed sass and could out-philosophise anyone.
The bright, gregarious, up-for-anything Tara who drank vanilla vodka, lime and dry (thank you very much!). She laughed (giggled, actually). She was endearing. Cute. Desirable.
The badass Tara who knocked back shots of tequila and skulled jugs of beer. She was confident and outgoing. The boys loved her.
Who the hell am I if I can’t be any of these things?
That question was almost too painful to ponder, so instead, I kept drinking.
Until finally, curiosity jumped teams. There they were: those whispers from my soul that I’d been tucking away. They came bearing promises of joy and fulfilment and radiant health. I started listening.
The media will tell us that hangovers call for black coffee, cold showers, the hair of the dog (you’ve gotta be kidding me, right? I think an alcoholic came up with that theory). But I want to stretch you here.
Last week I shared 3 questions you can ask yourself if you want to have a peaceful holiday. Prevention is always better than cure, but hey, sometimes life calls upon us to get swept up in the moment. That’s why this video exists.
CLICK PLAY for the best hangover cure. Ever. Promise.
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Happy New Year, you Such Different Beauties! You mean the world to me.
PPS: The Party Girls Guide to Peace is closing down on January 18, for good. If you want 2014 to be the year I spoke about in the video; the year that you expand your comfort zone and explore who you are without external crutches, then I would love you to join us. There’s no better time.