Introducing Ruari Fairbairns. He’s co-founder of the unique One Year No Beer programme, an inspirational author, speaker, husband and Dad to two little ones. Ruari’s story is one that epitomises the highs and lows of life, of listening to yourself and your body and finding a meaningful purpose.
I’ve known Ruari since high school, as we both grew up on the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland. Through his youth, he struggled hard with ADHD and suicidal tendencies, which were also fuelled by normalised and heavy drinking, partying and in his own words feeling like a ‘fruit loop’.
After school, Ruari jumped headlong into the work of challenging himself through work. He set up multiple businesses, then fell into commodities trading in London, living a life of business success accompanied by excess and all its fallout: intense partying and drinking, relationship struggles, health issues, poor sleep and constant burnout.
Then he decided to give drinking a break for a while. But more than that just simply saying no to pints, he started down a path of self-care and with that, uncovered a new purpose. Today, his coaching and self-care programme One Year No Beer has over 300,000 subscribers and Ruari and his business partner Andy Ramage have built a global community of likeminded people finding healthy alternatives to numbing life through alcohol.
This conversation was as open and honest as they come and Ruari shared stories on trauma in his younger years, ADHD and mental health struggles, workaholism, the growth of One Year No Beer and many pearls of self-development and care wisdom for others facing stresses in their life. I loved catching up with Ruari after many years off the island we shared, and hope you enjoy this one too.
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