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Warwick Fairfax

April 5, 2022

In the opening episode of our nine-apart series Second-Act Significance, Kari Schwear recounts how at age 7 she vividly remembers thinking, “Is this all there to life?” – before embarking on a journey of soul-crushing crucibles even as she found success in each of her multiple career stops.

But when she grew concerned enough about her “gray-area drinking,” her research into the subject and passion for helping others overcome it launched a second act she is pursuing with absolute gusto – as a life coach who helps her clients overcome the gray areas in all aspects of their lives, from relationships to careers to how they think and talk about themselves.

To learn more about Kara Schwear, visit


  • Her 7-year-old crucible — and how it launched her gray-area living (4:00)
  • The trauma of her teenage years (5:01)
  • Finding her faith (10:21)
  • Her first act success that wasn’t enough (12:44)
  • Coming to understand alcohol had become a problem for her (13:49)
  • Why she launched her second act (24:47)
  • Creating Gray Tonic (26:57)
  • How her business expanded to address “gray-area living”  (31:40)
  • The significance of her second act (38:59)
  • Her “whole job” (43:52)
  • The importance of using our pain for a purpose (47:48)


Coming soon.