10 Things I Learned While Traveling With a Dog

by Rebecca A. Watson on March 31, 2015

in Dogs, travel

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. Aside from my German getting a whole lot better, I learned a few things about traveling from our sweet goose Neka.

1. Cobblestones are evil.

cobbles

And they are everywhere in Europe. Proper footwear in the city as a tourist is as important as being a hiker in the Alps. You’ll pay if you don’t think ahead. Which we didn’t. [click to continue…]

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Just. Let. Go.

by Rebecca A. Watson on March 26, 2015

in women, worry, writing

she let go

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 ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

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Two Years & No Booze

by Rebecca A. Watson on March 23, 2015

in habits, Just Be, life, magic, Recovery

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 – what would be bigger and better? But I got to thinking perhaps that mindset is, in part, what got me into this pickle in the first place.

Outdoing myself, weekend after weekend, birthday after birthday, New Year after New Year.

To be fair, I've had some pretty epic birthdays.

To be fair, I’ve had some pretty epic weekends.

The fact of the matter is that I can’t one-up last year because the first year without alcohol is its own special beast — complete with its own trials and triumphs. [click to continue…]

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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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Permission to Change My To-Dos

March 11, 2015

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I am suffering from a serious case of To-Do List Ambition, which has quickly translated to overwhelm. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, but this is the first time I’m being compassionate about it. So I’m giving myself permission to not blog this week. You’re probably […]

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What Happens When You Quit Drinking

March 5, 2015

When I finally quit smoking, I needed a LOT of help. I used a nicotine patch for the physical cravings, accountability partners and a great app. It helped me count days and told me all sorts of facts about what was happening inside my body the longer I avoided a cigarette. Things like: Less than […]

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Tomorrow’s a Sand Trap

March 2, 2015

The hourglass stared at her, a primordial thing pulsing with the life the railroad companies infused into it all those years ago. (“It’s alive!”) The sand glowed with a blackish-purple hue, and she sighed knowing that it was finite, this glass marked Tomorrow. Every grain of sand promised productivity in her mind, and she went […]

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Our Stories, Our Anchors

February 23, 2015

“Everybody wants to tell their story of origin, whether it’s a nation, a people, even a couple.” The words rang in my head as I lay in bed, trying to sleep. A group of friends and I had a pretty heavy conversation over brunch earlier, and I played it back now, in this quiet moment. […]

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Carpe Your Rich, Fulfilling & Joyful Day

February 19, 2015

This was sent to me by one of my friends. It touched me much more than I expected. I hope you too find some truth in it. Life is demanding and you have succeeded in meeting all those demands. You have persisted through every challenge and you can do it again. In fact, you’ve become […]

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