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‘Do I Have a Drinking Problem?’ This Colorado Woman Wants to Talk About ‘Gray Area Drinking’

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Hi! I’m Jolene Park. Gray Area Drinking expert, TED speaker, functional nutritionist, coach, training facilitator, podcaster, 20-year entrepreneur, writer. I’m also a stigma-smasher, a bit of a rebel, introvert and lone wolf who doesn’t always follow the crowd in life and business.

I’m an enneagram 3, INFP and double Capricorn.

The picture above was taken when I was 48. I’m 50 now.

I’m a Colorado native who feels most at home on a beach and in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

I quit drinking in 2014.

Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

In 2017 I gave a TEDx talk on Gray Area Drinking and TED selected my talk to be part of their official website in 2019. To date it has 225,000 views.

I love Indian food and sleeping in a pitch dark bedroom with the temp set at 66 degrees.

Functional nutrition, somatic experiencing and polyvagal ventral vagal theories are my go-to resources for regulating the nervous system in a new a revolutionary way.

My word this year is ‘replenish’ and I’m dedicated to making that a priority for myself.

Some ways I’m replenishing are:

  • Walking barefoot on the earth most days for 30ish minutes.
  • Sleeping 9-10 hours every day.
  • Using breathwork (Ananda Mandala meditation is my absolute favorite) to re-set and sit in blissed stillness.
  • Returning to my writing practice. 1.) for my own health and healing. 2.) for my book that has been in me for years now and it’s time to birth it.
  • Mahanarayan Ayurvedic Oil self-massage.
  • Lots of warm lemon water and knitting.
  • Connecting with grounded, uplifting people in real-time but also reading the wisdom of medieval feminine mystics from the past.

When it comes to your health and body, I don’t like the question “is this good?” or “is this bad?” It’s about learning how to understand what works for *you* and what your overarching intention is at the time. There are time-tested, repeatable, measurable things that have benefited many people but that doesn’t mean it’ll benefit you. That’s okay. Stay curious, keep questioning, get second, third, fourth opinions. There are no absolutes.

Little things done consistently make the biggest difference. For me, not drinking for almost 7 years has made a big, positive difference.

Could you be a Gray Area Drinker? Take Jolene’s quiz now

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