Ep. 18: Kristi Coulter on Drinking, Working + "Being A First World Woman"

The Hello Someday Podcast For Sober Curious Women

20-08-2020 • 1 hr 38 mins

If you’re a woman who’s trying to quit drinking it’s normal to look around and suddenly realize that booze is all around you.  There’s Rosé All Day, Hot Yoga and Happy Hour, beer at the finish line of the 10K and “Mommy Juice” at playdates with the kids. You look up from your wine glass to see that everyone around you is drinking, all the time.  We live in a culture that tells women that drinking is their treat for getting through the day. It’s our reward for working so hard and taking care of our kids.  We’re told alcohol is what we should consume to be ‘cool’ and ‘relaxed’ and ‘fun’.  We’re taught that drinking will make us less frustrated, less angry, less tired, less bored with the monotony of adulting.  And then we blame ourselves for not being able to ‘moderate’ or ‘cut back’ or ‘drink less’ of an addictive substance.   In today’s episode I have a long conversation with a friend and one of my favorite authors, Kristi Coulter, about Working, Drinking and Being a “First World Woman”.   Kristi and I talk about: Why women drink as a signifier for free time and self care and conversations - the luxuries we can’t afford. The myth of meritocracy at male dominated workplaces, and how it gaslights women into thinking it’s their fault for failing to achieve what their male coworkers do - in a system that’s stacked against them.  Why moderation sucks and why it’s just so much easier to not drink.  Why most women make the mistake of waiting to “want” to stop drinking and how that’s a recipe for staying stuck in the drinking cycle.  How stopping drinking is a superpower that allows women to ask for what they deserve and say what they mean.  Why drinking is not serving you if you’re wanting to advance your career   About Kristi Coulter Kristi Coulter is the author of the 2018 memoir-in-essays Nothing Good Can Come from This, a writer who is currently working on her next memoir - Exit Interview - about gender, ambition, and her twelve-year stint as an executive at Amazon, and a former drinker. Four years ago (in 2016) Kristi published an article on Medium that went viral and changed the course of her life. "Enjoli" is an essay about what happened after Kristi decided to stop drinking and realized that all the women around her were tanked. It hit a nerve among women (and men) around the world and has now been downloaded over 700,000 times. Kristi's work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine/The Cut, Elle, Amazon Original Stories, Glamour, Vox, and elsewhere.   Links and Resources mentioned in this episode Nothing Good Can Come From This by Kristi Coulter: https://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Good-Can-Come-This/dp/0374286205 Enjoli essay on Medium:https://humanparts.medium.com/https-medium-com-kristicoulter-the-24-hour-woman-3425ca5be19f The Otter Of Sobriety Essay (Want Not): https://medium.com/@kristicoulter/the-otter-of-sobriety-f7065c29b764#.x6a24bxbx Since Right Now Podcast Interview with Kristi Coulter: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/klen-sobr/since-right-now/e/1617-kristi-coulter-offdry-44143811 Belle Robertson Tired of Thinking About Drinking (Book) Belle Robertson Tired of Thinking About Drinking (Website)   Connect with Kristi Coulter Website: http://www.kristicoulter.com Off-Dry Blog: https://offdry.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kristicccoulter/   Connect with Casey McGuire Davidson   www.hellosomedaycoaching.com Casey @ Hello Someday Coaching (@caseymdavidson)    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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