5 Great Moments in 5 Years Without Alcohol

by Rebecca A. Watson on April 3, 2018

in life, Recovery

A few weeks ago I celebrated five years without drinking. If you know my story, you know that generally I use this time to think about whether I will be “re-upping” for another year. If I had been thinking about that, the answer would be yes, but I haven’t been. Mostly because I rarely think about drinking anymore.

But also because, wow. Five years? That seems like more than just a passing phase. More than just a health fad. And weirdly, the people around me are drinking less too, even the ones who don’t have an alcohol problem. When I was writing for Mystic Medusa, she said she thought someday people will view the way we drink now in the same way we think about how people smoked in the ’50s.

Seems about right.

So, in an attempt to move along the middle road of life, I will still refrain from saying I will never drink again. I will say that every year since year one, it has become easier and less of a question and more just an affirmation. In thinking about these past years, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite moments that I believe were made possible, in part, by my lucid life. [click to continue…]


2017: The Year of Enough

by Rebecca A. Watson on February 2, 2018

in Creative Writing, writing


“You have a beautiful brain. Now use it.”
Self-examination leads to careful conversations
So ready to own my part, never expecting some won’t
I have had enough [click to continue…]


In my third year of sobriety, I wrote about how much confidence I found through lucid living. This past year has been a complete test of that. There has been so much I have wanted to write about, and I have even gotten as far as finishing drafts for my blog, but somehow, for some reason, I just could not bring myself to finish them.

I can wager at the biggest thing: I took a new job as Head of Digital for a skincare firm close to Freiburg. I knew this would be a challenge, moving into a higher level of management, but I really believed I could thrive back in marketing.

After a year-long stint back in journalism, it became obvious to me that not much had changed, and if anything, the accountablitiy to the advertisers (as opposed to the readers we claim to serve) has gotten more intense. Marketing seemed more my speed–at least I could be transparent in what I was doing. Hey! I am selling you something! And the fact that I was going to be instrumental in creating an online shop, shaping marketing and social media strategy and tracking our progress excited me.

What I should have prepared myself for was what I had an inkling about beforehand: Working in the beauty industry, a branch of the consumer industry that profits from telling people, “There is something wrong with your face.” But I told myself that I was being cynical. I like to look pretty. I enjoy putting on makeup, doing my hair and getting dressed up, so why shouldn’t I enjoy working for a company that helps make that happen?

I mean, c’mon! Who doesn’t love the occasional done-up selfie?

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The first week: An American perspective from outside the U.S.

flag city January 29, 2017

I wrote an open letter awhile back to folks who wanted to leave the United States if Trump was elected. One of the reasons I cited to not leave was heartbreak from afar. And after only one week, I can promise that is absolutely true. But there is more. Weird feelings I never considered have […]

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In 2017, sobriety is the new subversion

tea service bitches January 1, 2017

As we say goodbye to a year that plenty of people have loved to hate, it is traditional to think of how we would like 2017 to be. Of course, there are the typical resolutions, and I encourage you to check out my guidelines to making those actually stick around. Even though I don’t like […]

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Alternate Reality Christmas

Thumbnail image for Alternate Reality Christmas December 20, 2016

I stood outside the door of my alternate universe, smoking what felt like my fifth cigarette in a row. Inside was Christmas evening (not the eve before Christmas but rather that strange bookend of time after the holiday morning where all the gifts are opened, videos are watched and leftovers have been eaten). The man […]

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My Holiday Gift: Free Recovery Classes!

Thumbnail image for My Holiday Gift: Free Recovery Classes! December 12, 2016

It’s the holiday season and booze is everywhere. I am feeling blessed I made it through to this point in 2016 without a relapse. It has been a really tough year for a lot of us. (RIP Prince) This is the year I realized that just because I re-up for another year of lucid life, […]

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Fields Of Strawberries, Artichokes and Garlic – The Cry of an American Living Abroad

Thumbnail image for Fields Of Strawberries, Artichokes and Garlic – The Cry of an American Living Abroad December 7, 2016

A lot has happened lately, and it has been difficult for me to understand what I am feeling. After returning from a visit to Yosemite and California a few weeks ago, I realized I needed to write something for a reading I had coming up for St. Nikolas, which was last night. What I ended up […]

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Virtual Reading: Change is Easy & Other Novel Concepts

art small crystal September 18, 2016

On Friday I was part of an amazing reading for the latest edition of the Freiburg Review. It was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and we traveled throughout the exhibition listening to different readers as we went. And while I don’t think my reading was recorded, I will say that it was spectacular. The […]

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5 Reasons I Stopped Hating and Learned to Love E-Bikes

sante silly bike September 4, 2016

After about six months of riding my bike to work 34 km every day(that’s 21 miles for you non-metric folks), my husband said to me, “Now, you’re a legit cyclist.” While I would say many of my friends would have called me that years ago, most of my friends don’t work in the bike industry, […]

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Sobriety and spirituality … and holiday too!

dance with trees July 21, 2016

I was out late on a Saturday night last weekend and saw a group setting up lawn chairs for their sober night out. There is apparently a group here in Freiburg that encourages people who it is possible to have fun on the weekend without drinking. If I am ever downtown again, I will get the […]

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