I was introduced to Aidan Donnelly Rowley by way of Instagram earlier this summer. Aidan is an author and blogger, and a feature on her blog called the Here Year had brought her to experiment with giving up something that was not reconciling in her life - alcohol. I don't need to go into exactly what prompted this, how much she was drinking, what her family history was, or any of that bullshit nonsense, because I have said and will say again and again, quitting drinking is not a matter of how fucked up you are or your biological anything or what happened to you in the 3rd grade. It's simply a matter of quitting something that doesn't align with the quality of life you are seeking, and that is imo all you need to know about why Aidan stopped for that year.
So she did this experiment, and when her year was up, began drinking again, only to find that she preferred life without. And again, she stopped. For the foreseeable future as she will say.
Aidan is what I see as case in point, an emerging social trend growing out from another recent social trend - a severe increase in the amount of alcohol consumption by women (which I will blog on more in the future). The start of a new generation of women who like myself reject that alcohol is some miracle juice that fixes everything from bad bosses to breakups, but rather a poisonous, addictive substance that keeps us from our power and our best, healthiest, most present lives. A generation of women that don't wait to go to the Betty to address something that they already know isn't working out for them. A generation brave enough to have a real conversation about the downside of our boozy book clubs and wine-paired dinners.
Let's call it Sober Nouveau.
Here are some of my favorite pieces by Aidan.
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