How to Develop a Sense of Adventure

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 28, 2015

in change, magic, social experiments, travel, Values

paragliding in gran canarias

“If you always do what you’ve always done,
you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
~Henry Ford

There is, for some unknown reason, a great fear inside me of The Same. To me, it’s basically doing the same thing over and over until you die. No change. Death by repetition.

This is why even when it comes to small things, like biking to German class, I take different routes. I think really the fear comes from steering dangerously close to the trap of The Same many years ago.

I have found that a healthy sense of adventure does wonders to combat it. Turn off the GPS and get lost and you find a super-yummy produce cart. Stop over-planning everything and you might discover you like wandering a city where you don’t know a soul.

I’m writing this as we pack up for a trip to Finland. I don’t know much beyond what we’re doing our first few days. And part of me is pretty uncomfortable with that. [click to continue…]


Life’s Investments — How to Make Conscious Choices

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 21, 2015

in energy, life, time

I wrote this in 2011. It’s 2015 now, and I just found the draft. I figured I would share. It helps to reflect: What were you doing four years ago? How have your opinions changed?

chinese new year

My hairstyle has certainly changed since then.

Imagine yourself young (maturity-wise, not number-wise) and a little lost. You’ve gotten past some of life’s hurdles, or as some like to call them, rites of passage, but still something seems missing. You seek guidance but you don’t take the advice to heart. Maybe you weren’t ready to hear it, or in my case, you just couldn’t comprehend it.

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5 Ways to Handle Your Drinking Dream

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 14, 2015

in dreams, Recovery

I had a drinking dream the other night, and OMG it felt so real. I was with an old friend, staying at her house on vacation. I woke up panicked — the last thing I remember was us just drinking, glass after glass of wine and shots.

dream about drinking alcohol

It’s happened before. Just sayin’ …

I blacked out and threw up on her wood floor and just left it there, covering it with a towel or something. The acid on the floor ate away at the finish.

The hung-over me was freaking out, trying to piece together what happened and how I could possibly get away with not dealing with the floor. I also worried about my blog. I wondered if I could just pretend it didn’t happen — pretend I still had my two-plus-years of sobriety. [click to continue…]


Wanna Get Rich? Talk About Money

money flies July 7, 2015

If you hate articles about finance, bear with me. This one might change your mind and your life. Please give me five minutes. Today I read that about one-third of Americans are above the poverty line but can’t handle a $400 emergency. And as much as I’d like to say, “Wow, how can that be?” … […]

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Summertime’s Berry Lovely Cookie Cups — Easy Gluten-Free, Vegan Dessert

gluten free dessert teaser July 1, 2015

When I think of wealth, a few things come to my mind. I envision fresh flowers in every room. Images of salt-water swimming pools and Spanish-style houses in the sun float through my brain. And I see berries. All kinds of berries. And since it is hella-hot out there for many of my friends both in […]

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Summer Solstice Service

fire June 24, 2015

The rage of a much older woman smolders inside me — an anger so fierce it burned itself into my DNA. And I’m going to process it. Deal with it. Release it so this world is lighter for it. And I’m lighter too, my fire free to burn more brightly in my name. I wonder […]

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Embracing the Expanse

my precious June 15, 2015

For the past six years I have become obsessed with the notion of empty space. Some might call it a quest for simplicity, but my grandpa’s a farmer so I see it more as weeding fields, clearing plots. From two jobs to one, I created empty evenings. From a one bedroom apartment to three suitcases, I […]

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Content Living: A 5-Step Guide to Setting Priorities

to do journal priorities June 9, 2015

Last week I was able to spend time with friends I hadn’t seen in a while AND attend my first German wedding! It was awesome, and some of the traditions are very odd. Because I’ve been going for so long tho, I have spent the last few days in bed, sick as a dog. I […]

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33 Things I’ve Learned From Myself

typewriter May 26, 2015

When I first came to, or awakened and realized my alien nature, or became generally more self-aware, or whatever you want to call it, I started writing A LOT more. Before I was probably writing a few pages a month and after I was writing at least a few pages a week, if not more. […]

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5 Things a Trailing Spouse Needs to Thrive

our stuff packed up May 20, 2015

Last night I went to my first reading in Germany. In my attempt to be more of a writer, I’m doing things like submitting my work more often, leading a writers group and hanging out with authors. Cause, you know, that’s what I’ve read we expat authors do. The author? Brittani Sonnenberg. The book? Home […]

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How to Bloom

how to bloom May 12, 2015

What does a girl need to bloom? I’ve been asking myself this question lately, as it’s now May (!) and this year’s mission has been exactly that. I decided to look at it from a flower’s perspective, since when I think of bloom, I see petals outstretched and smell the sweetness only nature can produce. […]

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