You Don’t Have to Be a Drunk to Quit Drinking

by Rebecca A. Watson on April 23, 2015

in happiness, Recovery

There. I’m giving you permission to stop drinking alcohol even though you only have a few glasses of wine three or four times a week.

Even if you only drink on the occasional weekend with friends. Even if you don’t remember the last time you really got drunk.

Even if you haven’t hit rock bottom. Even if you would never describe yourself as “addicted.”

If you want to stop drinking, you can. You are allowed to make any changes you want in your life.

Oh, I know. There are all sorts of stereotypes out there. Stigmas about what it means to not imbibe.

I’ll tell you what it means. It means you want something different. It means you’re willing to try new things. It means you’re brave.

malificent and ellie driver

And awesome. Let’s add that to the list too.

It means you care more about yourself than you do about what someone might think of you.

You need to know a few things: [click to continue…]

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Hot & Cold

by Rebecca A. Watson on April 20, 2015

in Creative Writing, feminisim, life, women

It’s the first hot day — the kind that has no business showing up in April. And it’s fallen on a Saturday, so you have no choice, no excuse, to not enjoy it.

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The sun competes with the river in a staring contest, and you have a front row seat, your favorite rock assures you of that. And besides, the dog needs a walk, so you can’t avoid it forever. [click to continue…]

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OK so maybe it’s not quite the weekend, but let me tell you something: Thursday has always been my favorite day simply because it was almost the weekend.

There’s something palatable in the air. People are excited, making plans. And since it’s my birthday, of course I am both excited and making plans :)

It's one of the first times in years we won't be at the Sea Otter Classic so I have options!

It’s one of the first times in years we won’t be at the Sea Otter Classic, so I have options!

There have been two periods in my life where I didn’t feel this way. One was when I worked as a waitress. Weekends to me meant working hard and missing out on concerts, parties and general fun. [click to continue…]

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How I Found My Brand

April 13, 2015

I’ve never been much of a tattoo girl. I mean, I liked them in a superficial way — viewed them more like jewelry really. But since it was jewelry you couldn’t take off, it wasn’t for me. The long game wasn’t my strong suit, I guess. Two divorces under my belt and loads of unfinished book […]

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Ostara’s Blessings

April 6, 2015

It’s Easter Monday here. Say what you want about the Catholics, but they sure know how to take days off of work. Four day weekend after our week-long vacation? Yes please! So, while I’m out gallivanting outside on the absolutely gorgeous day, I thought I would share something from my newest daily devotion/meditation book. Life […]

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10 Things I Learned While Traveling With a Dog

March 31, 2015

This past week Sante and I took our first trip with Neka. Europe is amazingly dog-friendly, which is one of the reasons we finally felt ready to get a dog. (California is amazingly dog-unfriendly. I was stunned.) Our trip was a whirlwind, American style, three-cities-in-one-week vacation: Prague, Innsbruck and Munich, with a castle in between. […]

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Just. Let. Go.

March 26, 2015

SHE LET GO She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the […]

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Two Years & No Booze

March 23, 2015

Today marks two years where I haven’t had a drink. If you read my blog last year, you may remember I had a pretty epic post marking my one year without booze. For a while, as I approached my two year anniversary, I was trying to think of how I could out-do last year – […]

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Pull In For A Quick Fix

March 19, 2015

She wanted something. She could almost taste it in her mouth. This wasn’t an easy itch to scratch — it required help. She pulled into the drive thru and perused the menu. Talk Shit About Best Friend sounded tasty, but it didn’t have the creaminess of Unprovoked Rage Toward Partner. Hmm…what was she in the mood for? Her […]

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How to Thrive During the First Month Without Alcohol — An Audio Class

March 16, 2015

During the past almost two years I have added another category to my blog and another dimension to my life. I stopped drinking and started talking about recovery. It’s been an awesome ride so far. I’ve done a lot sober: visited New Orleans, moved to another country, attended a German AA meeting, ran 10ks in several different countries […]

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