All Shiny and New

Welcome to My New Blog all About my Journey to Sobriety

Hi! I’m Sue 44 from Bury, North Manchester.

After a rather turbulent relationship for a few years with alcohol I embarked on the road to sobriety on 21st October 2018.

I am almost 12 months sober, and it has been the best decision I have ever made for my physical health, mental health and well-being. These things have all seen massive benefits from this huge positive lifestyle change.

On the 1st of October 2019 this blog will launch and articles will be published detailing my journey so far, they will be my own opinions and not an expert opinion. There will however be links to support pages, self help advice, books and articles that helped me on my journey.

I will have some guest posts and blogs to include which will document and demonstrate all the positive thing about being sober.

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Thank you for reading, and for your support!

Sue x


All Shiny and New Blog

  • Its been a while….

    21st Jul 2021 by

    Since we last spoke I have walked an ultra-marathon (on Saturday) and reached 1000 days sober (on Sunday) – Yeay! Go me! Sounds all pretty positive eh? Well Saturday wasn’t so positive, and the disappointment still lingers, I didn’t finish my ultra-marathon, I had to retire from the event on medical grounds – heat exhaustion.… Read more

  • This weeks thoughts

    24th Jan 2021 by

    Wow hasn’t it been crazy! I’ve literally burnt out from the last 6 weeks of constant 12 hour days. I didn’t have a break over Christmas so have only had a couple of days off in weeks. I work for the NHS so have been busy buying everything to build vaccination clinics from scratch whilst… Read more

  • How can you help our NHS colleagues?

    9th Apr 2020 by

    I know my blog is normally about sobriety and I’ve not blogged for ages, but wanted to do so today. I’ve been so busy in my role as a Procurement Manager for Northern Care Alliance – (Salford Royal NHS and Pennine Acute NHS Trust). I’m not on the front line, BUT we are business critical… Read more

  • Craziness!

    6th Mar 2020 by

    It’s been a while since I blogged and it’s been absolutely crazy!! A few things I’ve been doing: Work, It’s crazy full stop, I say to Pete every day, wow work was dead manic today. I’ve said this every day for 2 years – so maybe this is my job, crazy manic madness! Run club,… Read more

  • My Dad…..

    29th Jan 2020 by

    I’ve said it before that writing this blog is a great way of working through my thoughts and feelings, a type of therapy. This type of working through feelings is still all new to me, I never dealt with the feelings before, I just drank to numb them and block them out. Almost 4 years… Read more

  • ”Help Me I’m Doing Dry January!”

    4th Jan 2020 by

    So you thought it was a good idea and thought you’d be fine, but now you might be getting twitchy, anxious, bored and narky. Your mind might be wondering – ‘Could I just have one drink?’ It would take away the boredom right?So, I thought I’d be nice and come up with some suggestions to… Read more

  • Happy New Year

    1st Jan 2020 by

    I hope you have had a wonderful festive season and looking forward to whatever normality has in store for you, I’ve spent the whole day in PJ’s eating copious amounts of food after doing 2 park runs this morning! Definitely not normality – but thats OK, my body needed a rest and some food and… Read more

  • Dry January or Not

    31st Dec 2019 by

    Healthy debate in our house this week! Dry January has been discussed a lot – I personally think that anything that makes people ‘pause’ and evaluate their relationship with alcohol is a massive, positive thing. I get it’s only for a set period BUT what if some of the people who have a 31 day… Read more

  • Reflection on 2019

    31st Dec 2019 by

    The Good Graduation – I earned my degree in Procurement after 7 long years! Most people take 3 years, but I drank all the way through mine and I’m convinced this made me take longer as I failed so many exams. The last exam which I had already failed 3 times, I passed within a… Read more

  • Inspire Women Awards Nominee

    22nd Dec 2019 by

    Well there have been tears of absolute joy this morning, I get so much junk e-mail I was clicking to delete everything and saw an e-mail from Inspire awards 2020 that jumped out. Upon opening it is said I’d been nominated for The 2020 INSPIRE AWARDS in the fitness and well-being category. Now, I’ve only… Read more

  • Congratulations Pete!!

    14th Dec 2019 by

    So……. Pete stopped drinking with me in October 2018 and didn’t look back. Since we met we had drunk, pretty much the whole time we were together. He drank almost as much as me at home and on nights out he would drink much more than me BUT he always said he could just stop… Read more

  • Good Stuff

    24th Nov 2019 by

    My god I needed that weekend; last week was full of busyness and very hectic (but good) stuff and when it came to the weekend I actually had a rest instead of going to Parkrun, my body really needed that little break! So Saturday morning I forced myself to stay in bed watching TV. It… Read more

  • ‘The Good Old Days’

    17th Nov 2019 by

    My old life in daily stages! 1. The Anxiety I’d wake up at 3am with anxiety every single morning (with palpitations and anxiety), ‘Sue what the fuck are you doing with your life? You really need to stop this, you are out of control’. I’d be awake for a couple of hours with this anxiety,… Read more

  • Saturday Mornings!

    9th Nov 2019 by

    They are my bloody favourite. The very best thing about sobriety! So….. I love running and I love my friends, so running with friends on a Saturday morning make for Sue being in a great mood all day 🙂 I’ve had quite a stressful week this week, extremely busy at work and then something on… Read more

  • Inspiring People

    2nd Nov 2019 by

    Doesn’t it make you feel good to make a difference to someone, brighten their day, or give them a boost? What’s not to like about that? Me and Pete were both tagged in a social media post yesterday by a friend who has just smashed ‘Go sober for October’ with her husband. The difference in… Read more

  • Am I Missing Out?

    20th Oct 2019 by

    One of the first things that worried me about going sober was what if I miss out, how can I celebrate stuff, am I going to have to miss events and sit at home crying into my Nosecco!?! Am I going to be lonely, what will happen to my friendships, will I lose them? Very… Read more

  • Almost 12 Months – My Toolbox

    17th Oct 2019 by

    Yeay! So proud of me! Yes it was me that made the decision and did all the hard work but I had a toolbox that was overflowing to help me to get here. Podcasts…..I didn’t even know what they were (I was probably too drunk to care) but I have listened to Janey Lee Grace… Read more

  • Everybody has to start somewhere…..

    4th Oct 2019 by

    Over a period of 12 months, I had visited my GP, had Cognitive Behavior Therapy, had talking therapies and eventually attended counselling from an alcohol specialist service. Trish my counsellor asked me what I wanted? I said I wanted to cut down my wine consumption. Each week she would encourage me to cut down and… Read more

  • My Slippery Slope

    27th Sep 2019 by

    What made me want to stop drinking? Nothing actually, there was no ‘wanting’ about it; it was a need more than anything. I needed to stop saying ‘just one or two – which turned into much more’ I needed to stop waking up at 3am worried about what time I went to bed, did I… Read more

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  • A Pass is a Pass, Right?

    7th Feb 2023 by

    I found out my degree results today and whilst I did pass, it wasn’t the most amazing result ha. So I wanted to write this as a ‘word to myself’ and digest.   What was amazing though, and I’ve deliberated this on my journey to work this morning, is what I have done to get… Read more

  • Being Inspired

    16th Apr 2022 by

    People say I’m inspiring…truth is, this picture is FULL of inspiring people. My friend Clair. Just lost her teenage daughter in such a cruel way and she was her best friend, Clair was out with us today living life to the fullest 🥰 she is just incredible 😘 My sister Emma. Inspires me with her… Read more

  • Head Exploding Emoji 🤯

    11th Feb 2022 by

    I’ve not been on here for a while, apologies, I’ve been here living life to the full – which is what I do best 😊 The reason for todays post is my head is so full, it might just explode. So I thought I’d share! Earlier this week my friend lost her daughter, she was… Read more

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Useful Material

Janey Lee Grace – Sobriety Rocks – who knew!

Clare Pooley – Making Sober Less Shameful
Some really really interesting stuff in this! Even if you don’t intend to give up drinking, there’s good stuff in here Xx


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Disclaimer – Valid from 1st October 2019, this blog written by Sue Tickle, also known as ‘Allshinyandnew’ The views, opinions and experiences are my own unless stated otherwise. Links to websites, books and blogs are based on personal preference. Any information given is not meant to take the place of your Doctor or healthcare professional. It is not a substitute for an addiction, treatment or detox program. Always seek professional advice before making any significant diet and lifestyle changes. Comments deemed to be offensive will be removed from the blog. Queries and feedback to


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