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 […]
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 […]
We’ve all been there. We’re stressed out, overwhelmed, and feeling like we’re about to snap. So what do we do? We turn to our old friend coping mechanisms to help us relax, forget our troubles, and numb out. Whether it’s drinking, smoking weed, watching porn, emotional eating, or any other type of distraction, these coping mechanisms might give us temporary relief. But in the long run, they only end up creating more stress and problems. […]
Words are incredibly powerful. They can be used to inspire, encourage, motivate, and comfort. They can also be used to discourage, deflate, and demotivate. The words we use, both in our conversations with others and in our self-talk, profoundly impact our thoughts, emotions, and actions. In this post, we will explore the importance of the words we use and how we can use them to enhance our growth and well-being. Eliminate Words that Deflate Let’s […]
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.