Due to COVID-19, we are in unprecedented territory as a global community. The fear of this new reality is very real. It can be described as Predictable Uncertainty. We are most fearful when we don’t know what’s coming next. Our body is hardwired to move into a sympathetic response in our nervous system causing us to fight, flight, or freeze in unknown terror. It’s understandable. The threat is real and we should be taking this […]
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.
A question all sober-curious drinkers dread is, “why aren’t you drinking”? The silent gulp in the throat, the spinning thoughts for a convincing response, and the deep insecurity of exposing oneself is enough reason to say screw it and give in. The societal pressure, overall acceptance, and expectation of drinking alcohol can be overwhelming to those trying to moderate or abstain. Wherever you go, there it is. As a former drinker myself, I experienced comments […]
When I first quit drinking, a friend suggested a book, The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. This book was a game-changer and the stepping stone into the deep dive of my self-development rituals. In the book, Hal shares the benefits of a morning routine that includes: prayer/meditation, journaling, saying affirmations, visualizing, exercise, and reading. Hal also has a podcast that I listen to regularly called Achieve Your Goals. About a year ago, episode #270, Hal […]
Having a challenging childhood and attending 12 different schools in just nine years, I was that awkward kid that tried too hard to fit in. You know the type, right? I did “all the things” to get the attention and approval of others. This led to immense deflation of any possible self-worth. It was the perfect set up for what I refer to as living in the gray. I was bullied in kindergarten for being […]
Is it possible to have a healthy relationship with alcohol? How come some people can enjoy it successfully while others cannot? First, allow me to say that the words healthy and alcohol do not belong in the same sentence. There is no amount of alcohol that is considered healthy.There is, however, an invitation to get honest with where you are and an opportunity to make positive changes. Those on medications, pregnant, or experiencing anxiety, or […]
This week we have a guest blogger, Keli Maire. She is the creator of the Sober Feast and has a passion for recipes, food pairings and all things non-alcoholic. You can read more about Keli and her mission on her website, https://thesoberfeast.com/ If you’ve been looking at healthier options for non-alcoholic drinks, you might have read about adaptogens. Adaptogens are plant-based substances that are said to increase the “state of non-specific resistance” in stress.It’s believed […]
Have you been wondering why you should consider hiring a coach? Maybe you’ve been asking, “What can I expect from working with a coach?” I get it, you’re not broken or need to be fixed, but we all could use support from someone that has your best interest at heart. You’ve likely heard of the big giants such as Tony Robbins, Brendan Burchard, Mel Robbins, John Maxwell, and more, right? Did you know that almost […]
I still remember that phone call in the summer of 2017 from my friend, Beth. She is a sweet Southern belle with a cute accent that occasionally drops the “all y’all” saying. Beth is what I would describe as the church-going, business owner with an MLM company, mother of 3, that is trying to juggle it all. From her peers and the outside world, she has everything most women would die for, including a supportive […]
If you’re one of the several million people ready to ditch the booze this January, you are in good company. Dry January, as it’s formally called, has become extremely popular over the past several years, and for good reason. As the holidays start to wind down, you may be looking back on the past few months at your overindulgences and welcome a clean slate. This is the perfect time to start the New year (and […]
There are some things you just should never say to a non-drinker. The reason WHY someone is choosing not to drink is private to them and varies from recovery, diet choice, religious reasons, or just because they don’t like alcohol. If you don’t want to appear ignorant, inconsiderate, or embarrassing to yourself, consider refraining from the following: Come on, you can have just one! – Having just one is like having 10 for the person. […]
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.