I have a serious question for you and one that might poke you a bit. What relationship(s) are you currently in that are draining or feeling strained? Where are you ignoring the obvious truth? You most likely are stuck in a gray area relationship. “What is that?”, you may be asking? In relationships, there can often be a gray area – an elusive space where things are neither exceptionally good nor notably bad. This gray […]
About Kari Schwear
Hi! I’m Kari Schwear Founder of GrayTonic, and the Question the Drink℠ movement. I am a perpetual life-learner, a 7x career-path conqueror, speaker, writer, coach, and entrepreneur. I am also a former gray area drinker that struggled with understanding how and why I landed there.
We live in a world that’s often perceived in stark contrasts, but reality, as we know, is woven with multiple shades of gray. One such gray area that invites our attention and introspection is that of our drinking habits. It impacts countless individuals across the globe, often quietly, and is known as Gray Area Drinking. The traditional societal viewpoint has long categorized drinking habits in a rigid dichotomy: one is either an alcoholic or they […]
Change is an inevitable part of life, and sometimes, we need to make significant adjustments in our habits, relationships, or lifestyle to improve our well-being. The six-stage model of change* is a useful roadmap for making such changes, as it helps us recognize and understand the different phases we experience when attempting to create lasting transformation in our lives. In this blog post, we’ll explore each stage by drawing from my own personal experience. We’ll […]
Are you successful in most areas of your life, yet somehow still feel unfulfilled? Have you found yourself trapped in a “gray area” of mediocrity, wondering why your life feels incomplete despite seemingly having it all? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, this blog post is for you. It’s time to acknowledge the gray area, identify the reasons behind it, and discover how to break free and find true fulfillment. Defining the Gray Area […]
Are you tired of feeling stuck in a cycle of negativity? Are you constantly complaining and grumbling about life’s challenges? It’s time to break free and embrace a more positive mindset. In this blog post, we’ll explore the detrimental effects of complaining on our lives, relationships, and overall well-being. We’ll also discuss actionable steps to help you stop complaining and start thriving. Lastly, discover how working with a coach can guide you on your journey […]
Being busy working and dealing with all that life can throw at you often leads to unhealthy coping mechanisms, like excessive alcohol consumption, emotional eating, etc., to escape the daily stressors. This self-sabotage can significantly hinder your progress and overall well-being. Understanding the difference between goals and intentions and incorporating daily intentions into your routine can be the game-changer you need to break free from these destructive behaviors and reach your full potential. Let’s take […]
Have you ever found yourself stuck in a cycle, repeating the same behavior over and over again, hoping for a different outcome? Maybe it’s drinking too much, neglecting your relationships, or engaging in self-destructive habits like emotional eating or not working out. Deep down, you know these behaviors are not serving you, yet you continue to do them anyway. You’re not alone, if so. Many of us find ourselves in the same position. In this […]
The Power of Being Okay with Not Being Okay: How to Embrace Your Emotions and Cultivate Resilience in your life
The pressure to always feel happy and content is immense in today’s society. We are constantly bombarded with images of perfect lives and success stories, which can make us feel like we’re not measuring up. But the truth is, it’s okay to not be okay. Life is full of ups and downs, and it’s normal to feel sad, anxious, or stressed at times. Holding in Emotions is Damaging Trying to suppress our emotions and pretend […]
(Watch the YouTube video by clicking the photo below) We’ve all encountered people pleasers in our lives, those who always seem ready to lend a hand, offer support or make sacrifices for others. While it may seem like a noble trait on the surface, people-pleasing often stems from a deeper, underlying issue. For many, saying yes is no longer a conscious choice but a default response that leads them to set aside their own needs […]
Watch the video on the D.E.C.I.D.E Model™ by clicking the photo below. It will take you to YouTube. Change can be difficult, but it is necessary for growth and progress in our lives, especially if you’re looking to change a habit. Where shall you begin? What’s the first step? The Power of D.E.C.I.D.E. is a process that can help you make positive and lasting changes in your life. This process is built on six critical […]
Hi! I’m Kari Schwear, Founder of GrayTonic, and the Question the Drink movement.
I’m a perpetual life-learner, a 7x career path conqueror, Executive Lifestyle Coach, Author, and Speaker. I’m also a former hot mess that was stuck in several gray areas of my life (drinking being the top one!) and wondering how I got there. This blog is a columniation of my methodology, teachings, beliefs, and personal struggles that I’ve endured over the years. I hope it blesses you.