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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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 surfaced, and I think they’re worth sharing.

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Like catching a glimpse of a flag and thinking it was American. Unlikely in Deutschland.

I hope you find my perspective worthwhile, and I would love to hear other Americans’ experiences living abroad during this time. [click to continue…]

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In 2017, sobriety is the new subversion

by Rebecca A. Watson on January 1, 2017

in change, community, escapism, feminisim, government

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 to hate on a whole year, I am guilty of blaming 2016 for things it had no part in. For taking Prince and George Michael, the former of which I mourned for days, crying like I lost a friend, the latter I am still reeling from denial.


And then of course there was the U.S. election. If the people of the U.S. ever needed evidence that our system is governed by the rule, “He who has the most money wins”, this was it.

I wrote a bit about how awful the outcome felt for me earlier this month, and I have been thinking a lot about the question so many of us have: What can we do? People are fed up with online petitions and arguing in the echo-chamber of social media. They want real action, and this has manifested in the increase in donations to organizations like Planned Parenthood and nonprofit journalism groups; more than 200,000 participating in the Injustice Boycott; and more than $40 million moved out of banks that invested in the Dakota Pipeline in the last 40 days. In response to this question, I have another radical suggestion for my friends and readers: Consider quitting drinking. [click to continue…]

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Alternate Reality Christmas

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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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I hate this word: “Refugee”

omar n family July 18, 2016

Awhile back I wrote about how I was working on a project I am really excited about. I live next to a center for asylum seekers, and Germany has been in the news a lot throughout the last year for the number of people it’s accepted from war-torn countries. Why not interview some of these […]

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Four Questions to Ask to Awaken Your Intuition

meet your intuition July 10, 2016

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” ~ Dean Koontz When I was a kid, I would stand in the shower in the morning and hear these voices in my head. They were quiet, slow, slurred, and they scared the shit out of me. I mean, people who heard voices were crazy, weren’t they? So I […]

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