We are just over two weeks into January 2022, so let me ask… How are YOU doing with sticking with it, and in general? Perhaps you might be feeling a bit stuck and feeling like you might be failing this attempt of an alcohol-free January? If so, not to worry. I got you covered! Let’s look at the top 5 reasons why you might be struggling this January, and more importantly, what you can do […]
It was the day that I had secretly been waiting for, yet couldn’t (and wouldn’t) consciously admit it to myself. Call it a gut feeling, a whisper from God, or the numerous nudges from my husband and a few close friends. The seeds that were planted were beginning to bloom. And for that, I’m so grateful. The day I’m referring to was the day that I had “my enough”. That day was July 5th, 2016. […]
Redirect – Part Five of SABER Welcome to the last step of the SABER flow, Redirect. This is the ACTION step where we shift our attention to gratitude and making a NEW empowering decision. Having gratitude in all situations isn’t easy, especially if you’ve been struggling with something or moving through a difficult experience. I totally get it. But I’ll have you consider the meaning of gratitude. The Latin root of the word gratitude is […]
Today we are continuing the SABER flow by looking at the A in SABER. ACKNOWLEDGE You just learned about the importance of saying STOP out loud when you find yourself in a power struggle within your mind. By saying STOP, you could bring awareness of this inner mind struggle forward to your conscious mind where you rationalize thinking. Now that you have successfully paused the inner chatter, it’s time to acknowledge the thinking. What are […]
Secrets. We all have at least one in our life. Some may be as innocent as stealing a pack of gum in 6th grade while others may be more serious such as an addiction, an eating disorder, an affair, or something else. The one that I kept mostly quiet, and unassuming, was my relationship with alcohol. As a nightly drinker, the story I told myself was that I was sophisticated and well cultured. It sounded […]
If you asked me ten years ago about my knowledge of wine, I could easily rattle off the different varietals and regions worldwide. I prided myself for knowing more than the average person and gave myself the distinguished title of “Wine Snob”. And… so I was. I elegantly disguised my wine habit as my wine hobby. I wasn’t just a social drinker. I was a wine connoisseur. I was a big California red know-it-all, and […]
I have a confession to make. There are occasions when I become “unglued”. I turn into a crazy person who cries and yells simultaneously. It’s not pretty. And God bless my husband. He sits back and allows me to have my fit, not saying a word. He lets me have my temper tantrum, and when it’s over, he hugs me and tells me it will be okay. Sometimes my initial response is to escape from […]
Why does time seem to melt away the negative memories, yet accentuate the perception of the good memories? So, what happens when you only remember the good? Think back to a time where you may have laughed, been silly, or maybe a little crazy. You had a great time at the moment, but the aftermath or duration was horrendous. You paid it for it dearly with a massive hangover, a fight with a loved one, or […]
Have you ever told yourself a convoluted story that was so intricately woven with thoughts only to find out none of it was true? It’s easy to do when our brains have an average of 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. This can create havoc in our minds, and we end up manifesting our destiny without knowing the implications. So what is the secret on how to stop your mind from racing? This is important as […]
Maybe you’ve recently heard the term, gray area drinking, and wondered if it’s okay to be in the gray? Anytime we put the words, “okay” and “alcohol” together, I raise an eyebrow. If you’re asking what the heck is gray area drinking, you can read more here at, What is Gray Area Drinking. If you’re someone that enjoys bourbon on the rocks or a glass of red Napa Valley Cabernet from time to time, this […]
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 the why and how I got there.