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420 Reasons WHY I Quit Drinking

420 Reasons WHY I Quit Drinking

By Diane Gibbs

I’m sharing my journey with alcohol and the 420 Reasons WHY I Quit Drinking. I’ll share a new story each episode Along with a cast of characters who were present, participated, and contributed. We will be reconnecting, recollecting, reminiscing, and reliving starting at age 12 until I was 43 yrs old. I'll tell my side, listen to theirs, connect the dots and fill in the blanks. I am TEN plus years alcohol-free and love the feeling of the freedom.
That difficult conversation
That difficult conversation
When a friend shares an honest concern about my drinking and drug use, a once out-of-control person takes control of their life and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and journaling to add sparkle to their life. You will learn: 1. How to Add Sparkle to Your Life Through New Habits “Sparkle” (my new word for habit) - Learn how one person has incorporated walking, journaling, and gratitude into their daily routine to make a meaningful shift in their life. 2. What It Means to Be Honest with Your Friends - Discover the power of having difficult conversations with friends and how it can help make lasting transformations. 3. Taking Control of Your Life with Journaling - Understand why journaling can be a powerful tool for self-reflection and how to use it to make positive changes in your life. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs
32:29
February 01, 2023
“Blackout to Healthy Indulgence: My Overindulgence in College”
“Blackout to Healthy Indulgence: My Overindulgence in College”
After overindulging in alcohol and lacking self-respect, a young woman embarks on a journey of healthy indulgence to reclaim her pride and dignity. "It's the pride and the confidence that you have in yourself and a feeling that one is behaving with honor and dignity - that's what I want to behave." I was in college and eager to party. My BFF and I asked some cute guys to a hayride, and I brought Jack Daniels and apple cider. We got drunk and even took ecstasy. I was so out of control I blacked out and couldn't even remember the night. I thought being drunk would make guys like me more, but I was wrong. Through this experience I learned about the dangers of overindulging in alcohol and now practice healthy indulgence. In this episode, you will learn the following: 1. What does healthy indulgence look like? 2. How do you look back on your drunk self? 3. What are the practices to ensure healthier indulgence? I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs
21:52
January 25, 2023
Heal Thy Self = Healthy Self
Heal Thy Self = Healthy Self
Are you into self care? Are you committed to making a change and adding more sparkle (new habit) to your life? Let’s start with food. What is your guilty pleasure? I want to know so I can take what you love and create a healthier version making it simple, easy & quick. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
22:10
January 18, 2023
Sparkle -Who doesn’t want to sparkle more?
Sparkle -Who doesn’t want to sparkle more?
This is one where I share about starting a habit which I am going to call SPARKLE. How I tried to give up alcohol for a month with my boyfriend and how it worked out. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
24:48
January 11, 2023
New Years Eve Traditions -Is the party worth it?
New Years Eve Traditions -Is the party worth it?
This is the one I share about my New Years Eve reflections past, present and future. Looking at the tradition around the world & how others celebrate the night. Working for years at my restaurant distracted me from the parties, when I did party, drink and celebrate I was too drunk to appreciate the fun and folks I was with. During the past couple alcohol free years NYE has looked different with smaller groups. Then it happened to be my boyfriend, Lew’s birthday, who died in 2012. So it changed the celebration and my level of participation. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
28:13
January 04, 2023
Peter, Paul and Jerry - Dublin & Paris #4
Peter, Paul and Jerry - Dublin & Paris #4
This is #4 of the series of 1991 adventures to Europe. Quick trip to Ireland - Dublin only will need to go back there one day. Next the ferry over from Dover to France. Meeting new friends Peter, Paul and Jerry -no real Paul and a week in Paris. Drinking, getting drunk in the hostel pub, kissing Jerry, touring around Paris on bikes, visiting the Louvre, Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Jim Morrison’s grave, eating lots of cheese 🧀 and bread 🥖 Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
30:55
December 28, 2022
The Scots #3 1991 European Adventure
The Scots #3 1991 European Adventure
This is a quick one about our couple of days in Scotland. A brief visit, seeing friends, Edinburgh, and getting "pissed" or drunk every night because that is what we did in those days! I was sad my camera was stolen because I lost pictures of Scottish friends and excursions. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
15:26
December 21, 2022
European Adventure - How and When the adventure began in 1991
European Adventure - How and When the adventure began in 1991
This is a series of stories from my adventures abroad in 1991. I will tell you how it began, where we went, what we saw, and who met along the way. Some of the stories are quite normal and then there are the ones that I will elaborate on Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
31:06
December 14, 2022
The Sound of Music - The 1991 European Adventure
The Sound of Music - The 1991 European Adventure
This will be a series of stories from my European Adventures with my cousin Susan. The year was 1991; we went traveling for 3 months visiting 13 countries 4 in one day. Trip of a lifetime! This first story is out of order but that’s ok. It’s about our adventure in Salzburg, going on the Sound of Music Tour and how I lost my pants and shoes. LOL Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
27:39
December 07, 2022
Vodka Vomit - The drink of the day.
Vodka Vomit - The drink of the day.
This is the episode where I share about what my friends and I were drinking at the time, our drink of choice. We’re we enjoying it or just gulping it down to catch that buzz? What is Alcohol: a colorless, volatile, FLAMMABLE liquid which once fermented produces intoxicating results in wine, beer and spirits but also an INDUSTRIAL Solvent and as FUEL - ETHANOL- GASOLINE, anti freeze and rocket fuel = poison. And why are we drinking it? Looking at 11 different alcohols and their magic ingredients and what my drink of choice was for each one. Quoting and sharing excerpts from 2 of my favorite authors who I would say are authorities on controlling alcohol and it not controlling you, Annie Grace from This Naked Mind book, IG and podcast and Holly Whitaker QUIT Like a Women. Informative and eye opening reads. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
36:22
November 30, 2022
Deer Heart
Deer Heart
This is the episode about being at a frat party at MSU and what yumminess we discovered on the way to the bathroom. What started here lead to the binge eating that seemed to occur every time I drank. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
13:17
November 23, 2022
The “JAMES” Concert in Hollywood
The “JAMES” Concert in Hollywood
This is the one about my friends and I thinking we are going to a James Taylor concert and ended up it was the JAMES BROWN Getting Out of Jail Concert with celebrity encounters all night long. I thought I was having a ball until I had a great big fall. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
28:57
November 16, 2022
Vegas with Johnny and Uncle Donny
Vegas with Johnny and Uncle Donny
This is the one when I went to Vegas with the McAdams family and friends for a NASCAR race weekend. Lots of alcohol, binge drinking and men. Trouble right there. Listen up! Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
34:35
November 09, 2022
Maid of Dishonor -The worst hangover!
Maid of Dishonor -The worst hangover!
This is the story about being the maid of honor / DISHONOR at my BFF’s wedding,having the worst hangover ever on the day of the actual wedding and the biggest vomit I had ever experience. The regret of the childish behavior, disrespect and disregard for my BBF’s biggest day. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
23:58
November 02, 2022
The mini hangover
The mini hangover
This one is quick unfortunately I’m ill but I still wanted share & record an episode. This one is a quick reflect on how bad the hangovers were. Praying to the porcelain god to easy the suffering after puking all day every hour on the hour only to finally feel better once I had the “hair of the dog” and getting back at it with drinking more alcohol. Reach out if you want to talk about being sober curious. Let’s talk. I want to support you and take time to hear what you’re struggling with, what you desire and what your life would be like if you make the changes. Let’s set up a 1:1 time on me. DM or email me. Contact links below. Follow me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/dianeegibbs?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/diane.gibbs1 mibextid=LQQJ4d Diane’s awesome links found here- https://linktr.ee/dianeegibbs. Dianeegibbs@gmail.com
07:27
October 26, 2022
Grand Theft Auto or Joyriding -Stealing cars with keys
Grand Theft Auto or Joyriding -Stealing cars with keys
These are couple of stories about driving without a license , borrowing (stealing) my dads work car to go buy alcohol, drinking and driving it. The ramification could have been severe.
21:38
October 19, 2022
No More Sticky Buns for YOU!
No More Sticky Buns for YOU!
The story of getting a DUI in a small town USA. And how I finally found the help that I needed with having to see a counselor. Plus a crazy story how a local thought they needed to share their concern. Take a listen
26:40
October 12, 2022
The Sleepwalking alcoholic: A true story of recovery and redemption
The Sleepwalking alcoholic: A true story of recovery and redemption
Don't drink and sleepwalk: you might end up in bed with your friends...or worse. In this episode, you will learn: 1. What is it like to walk in your sleep? 2. What happens when you mix alcohol and sleepwalking? 3. What is it like to give up alcohol after years of drinking?
19:24
October 05, 2022
The 11th Anniversary of my sobriety: How I've saved myself and flourished without alcohol
The 11th Anniversary of my sobriety: How I've saved myself and flourished without alcohol
This episode is about celebrating my 11 years living alcohol free. I share my struggles of what lead to the day I quit, the challenges through the years and why it’s so worth it being sober! Do you want to achieve sobriety, health, and freedom? Diane is sharing the solution so that you can get that result. In this episode, you will learn: 1. Diane's story of drinking and quitting alcohol after 30 years. 2. The negative effects of alcohol on the body and mind. 3. Diane's new passion for healthy living and her subscription service for sticky balls.
32:18
September 28, 2022
My Sweet LEW
My Sweet LEW
This is story is about my 1st sober Alcohol free Romantic relationship. How it started and ended.
35:31
September 21, 2022
The Tailgates: A Binge Drinking Tradition
The Tailgates: A Binge Drinking Tradition
In this episode of the podcast, Diane Gibbs shares her personal experience with binge drinking during tailgates in high school and college and the effects it had on her life. In this episode, you will hear  1. Binge drinking at football tailgates during high school and college. 2. The effects of binge drinking, including memory loss, blackouts, and chronic diseases. 3. How to manage drinking responsibly in college.
25:26
September 14, 2022
It’s All About Who You Know.
It’s All About Who You Know.
Did you ever drink and drive and know you shouldn’t be behind the wheel? Have you ever got pulled over and the cops give you a break? This episode is that one.
12:40
September 07, 2022
The Fiddler
The Fiddler
This story is about a Fiddler and his band coming to Ludington, Michigan. Their gig went from the local bar to my mansion on Lake Michigan for a late-night jam session. We sang, danced, consumed alcohol, smoked pot, and partied the night away.  This is a link to check out his music https://youtu.be/37JJXCkWpNc
15:15
August 31, 2022
Gibbs Goodies and my Sticky Balls
Gibbs Goodies and my Sticky Balls
This is my story of how my cravings from alcohol lead me to create an incredible all natural snack ball called Sticky Balls. I am the 5th generation in the food business and will be starting Gibbs Goodies once again.
22:08
August 25, 2022
The Struggle is Real
The Struggle is Real
This episode is about my struggle with quitting drinking alcohol. How I thought I should do it so I could still drink with negotiating, moderating and what didn’t work. I want to create a community for you to come and share your struggles and story with alcohol. Come join my 7 Day Sober Curious Challenge starting Monday, August 22. No charge for this group just looking for feedback. DM me on IG dianeegibbs or FB Diane Gibbs or email dianeegibbs@gmail.com Looking forward to meeting you!
26:42
August 17, 2022
Bare Ass and Balls for Breakfast
Bare Ass and Balls for Breakfast
This is a story about me when I was living in LUDINGTON, Friends came to town to party for the weekend. Our plan was to get together and drink alcohol. We went out bar hopping for the night. I went to the local “biker bar”, picked up a bunch of Harley riders, and invited them to come spend the night at my house and party. I’ll tell you more about what happened at the party and the morning after. 😳. Do you ever wish you had a community that would support you with living an alcohol free lifestyle? I am here to help you with that! My 7 Day Sober Curious Challenge is for YOU if… You’d like to get rid of the morning blues You are tired of waking up after a night of drinking feeling anxious You no longer want to feel ashamed, regretful or fearful about what happened “last night” You want to wake up with a clear mind You are ready for a healthier lifestyle and body In this challenge I will share with you the tools and resources that have worked for me. You can get back in the driver’s seat and be in control of your relationship with alcohol. I did it and you can too! Please join me for my 7 DAY SOBER CURIOUS CHALLENGE. I will be kicking off the challenge in a private FB group on Monday, August 22. There is no charge- I would just love your feedback in exchange. Please message me with your name and email to take advantage of this special offer! Dianeegibbs@gmail.com, FB Diane Gibbs & dianeegibbs -IG Let’s take action together.
24:35
August 10, 2022
Calling off My Wedding
Calling off My Wedding
This is my story of me calling off my wedding in 2000. I share about the events leading up to wedding that lead be to my senses of not marrying the wrong man. Alcohol played a big part in our relationship and it made things worse for us. Very destructive behavior. Do you ever wish you had a community that would support you with living an alcohol free lifestyle? I am here to help you with that! My 7 Day Sober Curious Challenge is for YOU if… You’d like to get rid of the morning blues You are tired of waking up after a night of drinking feeling anxious You no longer want to feel ashamed, regretful or fearful about what happened “last night” You want to wake up with a clear mind You are ready for a healthier lifestyle and body In this challenge I will share with you the tools and resources that have worked for me. You can get back in the driver’s seat and be in control of your relationship with alcohol. I did it and you can too! Please join me for my 7 DAY SOBER CURIOUS CHALLENGE. I will be kicking off the challenge in a private FB group on Monday, August 22. There is no charge- I would just love your feedback in exchange. Please message me with your name and email to take advantage of this special offer! Dianeegibbs@gmail.com, FB Diane Gibbs & dianeegibbs -IG Let’s take action together.
32:44
August 03, 2022
The Liquid Lunch
The Liquid Lunch
This is the story of a 9th grade lunch hour turned into a boozy alcohol liquid lunch. And what happened when we returned to school for afternoon classes. My stories, struggles with alcohol, why and how I quit. Let me know if you want support. I’m here to help!
12:58
July 27, 2022
Time Behind Bars and NOT as a Bartender
Time Behind Bars and NOT as a Bartender
Freshman year MSU run-in with the Police.  I thought it was an innocent move to get my car parked and grab a quick late-night snack from Taco Bell.  My stories, struggles with alcohol, why and how I quit. Let me know if you want support. I’m here to help!
24:56
July 20, 2022
Passing the Quarter
Passing the Quarter
This story is about a drinking game gone wrong, what happened, grateful for friends' concern, and how we got help. MSU, Drinking games, BFF, Poison control - should be on speed dial. My stories, struggles with alcohol, why and how I quit. Let me know if you want support. I’m here to help!
12:29
July 13, 2022
Luvingfun -4th of July Reflections
Luvingfun -4th of July Reflections
I have spent all but about 5 of my 54 years celebrating the 4th of July with my family and friends in Ludington. This is a reflection on years gone by in the celebration of the 4th of July in Ludington Michigan. I mentioned Moomers Ice Cream tradition,  If you are ever in the Traverse City area you must check out MOOmers Ice Cream Shop  Moomers.com  My stories, struggles with alcohol, why and how I quit. Let me know if you want support. I’m here to help!
22:44
July 06, 2022
The Booze Burn
The Booze Burn
Catching the rays is always something the college kids want to do. This is my story of over exposing myself to the sun and how drinking made it worse. My stories, struggles with alcohol, why and how I quit. Let me know if you want support. I’m here to help!
17:38
June 29, 2022
My Trip with the Grateful Dead
My Trip with the Grateful Dead
My experience road tripping to Ann Arbor from MSU for a Grateful Dead concert and our own strange trip. My stories, struggles with alcohol, why and how I quit. Let me know if you want support. I’m here to help!
17:39
June 22, 2022
The Toxic Drug Test
The Toxic Drug Test
My battle continues and this time I've just moving into Chicago, got a new job, had to take a drug test and these are the results.  My stories and struggles with alcohol. Do you want to quit? I can help!
24:36
June 15, 2022
The Valets & driving the wrong car home
The Valets & driving the wrong car home
This episode is about going to Happy Hour, valeting my car and my valuables, getting drunk with friends, and deciding it's time to go but not thinking I can't drive because I was too drunk.  Requesting a ride from the Valet and what happened next. IT spotlights 2 valet guys who were my heroes that night.  My stories and struggle with alcohol. Reasons why I quit.
13:16
June 08, 2022
Fake ID
Fake ID
Here’s the story of my Fake ID’s I had used to make me legal to drink.
13:54
June 01, 2022
Police encounter #1 The Telephone pole booze run
Police encounter #1 The Telephone pole booze run
This was my first official run in with the law. Remember never give any information about yourself to the cops. I practically turned myself in. LOL This is my struggle with alcohol. Do you want help quitting? I want to help.
17:48
May 25, 2022
Episode #5 The Real 420 Story part 2
Episode #5 The Real 420 Story part 2
So I’ve shared what the 420 means so here are a couple more crazy stories this time with a run in with the law.😬
24:17
May 18, 2022
The Real 420 and whats behind the number
The Real 420 and whats behind the number
This episode gives you some more insight and clarity on what the 420 reasons are all about. The true meaning behind 420 how it started. And what 420 means to me.
19:16
May 11, 2022
The SAT’s
The SAT’s
Heaven knows why but drinking decided to get in the way again. This is brief story but definitely one that needs to be heard.
04:55
May 04, 2022
Note to my younger self
Note to my younger self
This is a message to my younger self. Oh I wish.....
13:59
April 27, 2022
My Why and How it Started.
My Why and How it Started.
I’ll be sharing the 420th reason I quit and the 1st. My struggle with a life long issue with alcohol. Do you want to quit? I want to help! Listen and share
25:51
April 19, 2022