Friday’s are usually very slow news days. But today I am slammed and I have more exclusive tea coming (I think I am supposed to make it a blind). So in other unexpected news, Fredrik Eklund has posted on his social media that he was a highly functioning alcoholic. I did not see this coming at all. He has been sober for 160 days. He also just posted that he and his team did THREE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES THIS WEEK!
Fredrik post on his IG:
Today marks 160 days sober and it feels amazing. The basic stuff is that I have more energy and clarity, look and feel younger, sleep better with less stress and no anxiety. My body is singing, not aching.
I was a high-functional addict as many of us are, and it took me a while to realize and admit that. I’m a work in progress, still. The decision to stop wasn’t easy. But once I really decided, it was actually freeing. The pressure was off in a way. The pressure of not being honest. The pressure of often putting up a facade. The pressure and pain of not trusting myself towards the end. 160 days later and I don’t feel alone.
A Bright Outlook
The world is huge and full of possibilities. I don’t worry about the future like I used to. I don’t question my ability as a father the way I used to. Meanwhile business is growing rapidly even in these weird and scary times. But now to the surprising thing: I’m actually more fun. This of course is the scariest thing for people like myself that used to drink socially: how to entertain at dinners and be outgoing at parties?
Let me tell you a little story so it’s perhaps more tangible. Last week at French Laundry in Napa I immediately told the waiter we were celebrating me being sober. I also wanted to be fresh in the morning for the horseback riding. The mixologist created a non-alcoholic pairing. A real pairing as in using the chef’s ingredients for each course and making 14 mocktails for the 14 courses. This was a first for the restaurant and I told them I think this is the future for the industry.
We laughed hysterically at dinner. We went deeper into the conversations. And when I kissed the horse in the sunrise, I remembered every detail of the night. Also, I felt something entirely new: being Proud of myself! When you’ve stop drinking, people around you can get defensive as in ‘well I don’t have a problem, I don’t even drink that much,’ as if I’m critiquing them. I’m not. This is about me. Sharing my reality and hoping to inspire those who need it.
So here we are. I guess a new chapter is starting for me now. Life 2.0 – a life that’s bigger than alcohol. I’m excited to see where it brings me. Thank u all for supporting me.
A whole lot of people including hopefully some housewives will be inspired by this post. Am I the only one shocked by this? I thought Fredrik was the most together person in the world. And those babies are truly the most beautiful children in the world. Bravo, Fredrik Eklund. Bravo.
More to come, Banjo and I were up all night waiting to see if the tornados were going to hit us and slept in today. I got a whole lot of exclusive tea today and I am really too tired to turn it into a post. I will have a juicy one for you tomorrow. Probably a blind. Thanks for reading.