Hi from New York

I’m here, it’s happening. A recovery conference in New York City for 500 women. Before things begin this afternoon, I’m headed out for a walk in the rain to stand next to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Trade Centre Memorial and feel my size next to theirs. It’s one thing to see pictures, but to experience the human scale of me:thing is another entirely. 

I remember being scared that travelling would be boring sober. Hah! Last night 7 women – new friends – piled into a cab and made our way through the Trump-protecting barricades to an iconic ice cream shop where we sat over tea and sweets laughing until midnight. Fabulous. 

Here is the view of the river from my hotel room. I slept with the window open and woke to horns and hustle. Little kids walking to school by themselves. Runners. Delivery trucks. Business people strutting past. 

Time to grab an umbrella and go join them. 

In 10 hours, I’ll be listening to Glennon Doyle Melton speak. I hope I can keep my composure and avoid acting like a fan girl at a Beatles concert. 

Life give us so many opportunities. Thank God I removed my wine-blinders!


About UnPickled

I am learning to walk without the crutch of alcohol. As I begin I am 1 day sober. Gulp. I drank in private and hope to quit just as privately. The purpose of this blog is to help make me accountable - just by following you will give me enormous support and encouragement.

Posted on May 5, 2017, in Getting Sober, My UnPickled Life, Sober Travels and Adventures and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. loved tour last podcast about the conference. what hit hardest and was most important of all the things that were discussed was the fact that this is a disease and there will be relapses. The feeling of shame that the 12 step program brings with it (or my experience) is wrong. Thanks for everything you do.

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  2. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you in person this weekend~ it was a fabulous event! PS I hope you did act like a fan girl all giddy & excited for Glennon!!! 😘


  3. So exciting! I wish I could be there too. Keep us all posted on the wonderful things happening!


  4. Lol. I’m star struck meeting you. It’s so great to put a face with the photo. 💙

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  5. What a wonderful opportunity – I had no idea that this sort of conference exists! Thank you for sharing, especially insightful for me way down here in New Zealand… we don’t get this kind of thing here. Have a fantastic weekend.
    Love and sober hugs 🦋💙🌏


  6. Sending love to you and fellow she recovers friends! Have a wonderful weekend! My heart is with you as my body and brain are here in North Carolina prepping for my YTT final❤️

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  7. I can’t be there in person, but I signed up for the digital ticket and can’t wait to be part of the live stream! So glad you are there! Enjoy!

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  8. I couldn’t make it to this year’s conference but I have always wanted to hear Glennon speak. My girlfriends tell me it changed their life. Maybe next year though. Have fun.

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  9. Gaaaah!!! I have heard/seen Glennon speak 3 times, each one better than the next. Love it, love you, love her, love NYC!

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  10. Awesome.
    The 9/11 memorial is heavy. Big hug.
    I can’t wait to hear more!

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  11. Make sure you go into the Oculus – the huge bird-like structure in the 9/11 memorial plaza and walk back towards the river through the tunnel. It’s like a religious experience. I promise. And I hope you enjoy my neighborhood of Battery Park City! It’s beyond.

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