5 Tips for Staying Sober on a Business Trip

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 19, 2016

in Recovery, travel, vlogs

Before I started my new job, I thought my advice for staying sober during vacation was enough for anyone looking to maintain a lucid outlook during a business trip. Sure, there were a few differences, the most notable being that you are there for work, rather than play, but wouldn’t that make it easier?


Because team building can be fun, but it’s still work, which likely means fewer drinks.

Turns out that is hardly true. I have gone on a few work trips now, Geschäftsreise auf Deutsch, and while some of the tips I give in my holiday post do work, the two aren’t identical. [click to continue…]


And all the things in between

by Rebecca A. Watson on May 22, 2016

in Art, life, Recovery

Things in my life have changed a lot in the last many years, and while Mystic Medusa has said that other people’s change is my stagnant, I am wondering when I will be satisfied with it all. And if I could ever be satisfied with something so normal as a job I don’t hate, which for most people is A-OK.

But those are big questions, ones that occupy my mind right now and will sometime soon brew into something I can write about. For now, I have to be content with letting them marinate.

Mmmm ... grilled veggies.

Mmmm … marinated, grilled veggies. BBQ season is upon us. But I digress …

At any rate, here is a list of things I have been up to lately and have no real way of putting them into a blog post. [click to continue…]


I’m Gonna be on the Radio!

by Rebecca A. Watson on May 3, 2016

in Recovery

A few weeks ago I had a reading for my book, and it went really well. It felt so natural, and helped me to know I am on the right track with this writing thing. Thanks to everyone who came and supported me. It was so much fun!

change is easy rebecca watson

Another cool thing I’m doing that anyone can be a part of, regardless of where in the world you are, is a radio interview! It happens next Tuesday, the 10th of May at 9 a.m. PDT, or west coast time. If you don’t know what time that is in your neck of the woods, you can use this time zone converter[click to continue…]


What Three Years Without Alcohol Gave Me

gift of sobriety April 17, 2016

I celebrated three years without alcohol last month. The date snuck up on me this year actually, which I guess is a good thing. I had other things I wanted to put energy into, but I certainly hadn’t forgot I wasn’t drinking. I had just come off my first business trip/press conference sober. Believe me, […]

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My Reading at the Carl-Schurz-Haus, or Handling an Attack of The FEAR

paint brushes empty April 10, 2016

It’s been a few months since my book came out, and sometimes I forget what a big deal that is for me. A dream of mine for years, it sometimes seems like I just wrote it, published it and then went about my merry way. Like there was no struggle. And like there still isn’t […]

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Work with Me: Transcriber Wanted — Post filled

April 4, 2016

The post has been filled.  Thank you to everyone who applied.    I have had this really rad idea for a new project — in fact, I already started. The problem is that since I’m now rocking a full-time gig, in a German office, where I (attempt to) speak German all day, I am struggling […]

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A Trip to Bruges

bruges smallest bridge March 28, 2016

It’s been a bit insane lately, and I won’t bore you with details. Instead I’ll show you photos of an afternoon in Bruges I had all to myself before a work event. I know a lot of Americans might be nervous about coming to Europe, particularly Belgium, right now. But I disagree. It’s no more […]

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Before You Move to Canada …

shit happens small March 6, 2016

I read that after the results came in for Super Tuesday, that lovely event where the public weighs in on who it wants its presidential nominees to be, many people were thinking of moving to Canada. Apparently internet searches for how to move to Canada from the U.S. went up 1000%. And I get it. After […]

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Will the “Functioning” Alcoholics Please Stand Up?

alcoholics February 28, 2016

Earlier this week I attended a presentation in a series about spirituality – the spirituality in question on Tuesday was yoga, and the woman speaking (a friend of mine actually) was also a recovering alcoholic. Naturally her spirituality played into her recovery and her recovery allowed her to be more spiritual, so she spoke about […]

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23 Things to Ask Instead of “What Do You Do?”

conversations February 21, 2016

After reading something a few years back, I made up a rule for myself. Whenever I met someone new, I would try to ask five questions about them before I asked what they did for a living. Now, as easy as that might sound, it was actually harder than I thought it would be. It […]

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Will Germans Hate Hyphens?

typewriter February 14, 2016

As I wrote a few posts ago, I’ve started as the editor of a magazine in which I am the only native English speaker. This presents all sorts of challenges, and I thought I would start writing about them a bit. Disclaimer: I will be writing about grammar and language. This means I will inevitably […]

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