What Three Years Without Alcohol Gave Me

by Rebecca A. Watson on April 17, 2016

in habits, Recovery

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, if you want to be tempted to drink, hang out with a bunch of journalists. It’s practically a job requirement.

Obviously.

Obviously.

But I made it through, partially because I re-read my traveling without drinking advice and partially because it was just a few weeks before my three years without booze, and I certainly wasn’t going to give up that much time so easily. [click to continue…]

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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 a struggle.

I have a reading scheduled for 22 April.

I have a reading scheduled.

My very own reading. To read out of a book I wrote and published. You would think I’d be singing this from the rooftops but that hasn’t been the case. I am suffering from yet another bout of artist fears.

Artist fear is no laughing matter. It stops some of the best work from ever reaching the canvas.

This is no laughing matter. It stops some of the best work from ever reaching the canvas.

Anyone who thinks it it’s easy to be an artist, or it’s somehow less work than other industries, has no idea the mindfuck that is conceiving of an idea, creating it, looking at it with a critical eye, reworking it and then putting it out into the world for anyone to say whatever they like about it. Oh, and somehow, someway hoping to make a living off it. But I digress. [click to continue…]

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Work with Me: Transcriber Wanted — Post filled

by Rebecca A. Watson on April 4, 2016

in life, writing

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 to find the time to gain traction on this thing. And it’s a good thing. Like world-changing, in my (and some of my friend’s) humble opinion.

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I need someone to transcribe a few interviews. This has been stopping me for months now. I keep looking online, trying to find a human and not some weird service where the transcribers may or may not get paid. And the humans I’ve found aren’t returning my emails.

It dawned on me today that I have a whole bunch of talented people I can draw on here and in my social network. Duh. And to think I was a social media marketer. For shame. [click to continue…]

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A Trip to Bruges

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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Pros and Cons of Quitting Drinking

cristmas kitsch February 7, 2016

I used to keep a journal of my new years resolutions and goals for every year. And one year, along with the usual “drink less” or “care less about my drinking” or some form of not drinking resolution was a list of pros and cons of drinking. I am kind of stunned at how different […]

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And the Word of My Year is …

tut golden door eagle January 31, 2016

So perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been MIA on the blog for a bit. It’s been a perfect storm of family visiting and holidays, and my hosting service having trouble keeping my site online during the highest traffic times of the year. Oh, and I started a job. Yes, an office job where I work 40 […]

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Around the Web with Rebecca

tea January 9, 2016

This started as a way for me to share my writing — I often publish on other blogs. But it’s also turned into a place for me to share the best of what I’ve read and seen this week. I figured I better hook you up with this list on the weekend, so you can […]

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