My wife giving up drinking was a bit more monumental in some ways than it was for me. She was doing a podcast and writing about craft beer; she really, really loved it but ultimately loved her sanity more, and when it started wreaking havoc with her medication increasingly over time, dropping it was the only sensible thing to do.
But that leaves a certain “what next?” question. So the plan from here is in May, I do everything around the house. Cooking, cleaning, dishes, laundry, etc. We normally are pretty good about a 50/50 domestic split, but this is going to be all me, all month.
The idea is to give her as much space as possible to try stuff on for a month. She loves reading, photography, (legal) marijuana is of some interest, reads a lot, and used to write regularly but hasn’t done much in the last while. She’s curious about simple woodworking and picking up tool skills. We’ve taken sewing classes.
It’s not a high-pressure FIGURE YOUR SHIT OUT IN ONE MONTH exercise. To be clear. It’s just a way of clearing some space so she has as much “hobby time” as possible to figure out what resonates and is worth continued exploration.
On that note — I gotta go cook!