SOS: 3 Holiday Pep Talks

I spent some time today creating three mini podcasts for anyone who is struggling over the holidays. Use as need, book mark for future use as well. My little little gift to you:

Click to Listen:

Holiday Peptalk #1  : When your family is driving you nuts (via The Bubble Hour)


Holiday Peptalk #2: When you feel left out of the fun

Holiday Peptalk #3: When you need a reminder of the basics

Wishing everyone strength, wellness, and freedom.



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 November 23, 2017, in Getting Sober, Holidays and Special Events, Insights and Lessons, Insights for Supporters, Pathways to Recovery, Reflections on Recovery and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. journey2sobriety515

    I listened to these in the car on a 13 hour ride to NYC from Chicago. Great way to tune out the kids fighting in the backseat and definitely gave me peace of mind. Thank you!

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  2. Hi there,
    Just checked back in to your blog it’s been awhile but needed some inspiration to lean on. It’s been almost 2 months since I quit drinking been doing great but the holidays are here and been feeling down, angry, and so on. I listened to your 1,2 and 3 pep talks, thank god you made those because they helped me put everything back into perspective and gave me back some control. Thanks Jean


  3. You will thank yourself in the morning. Everytime I chose to say no thank you, I gifted myself a guilt free morning these stack up :). You don’t owe anyone an explanation (took me some time to learn that), if they keep at it just say I don’t drink (even if it doesn’t feel genuine right now in time it will). I am getting better at it everyday, but saying I don’t drink is motivation. Treat yourself kindly, if you have a slip, know that that’s not the end…onward always onward.

    Thinking of you and sending strength sober warriors. Onward


  4. Hey, I found your blog after breaking my foot. I’m having some trouble with odor in the cast, did you have the same issue? How did you deal with hygiene?



    • I’m sorry you broke your foot – it takes a lot of patience to get through that. Do you have a removable cast? I used a little device called a “POG” in mine every day for 20 minutes. POG stands for “portable ozone generator” and it’s used to get the smell out of hockey equipment and small spaces. Search it online – it arrives in a couple of days and you’ll appreciate having one on hand. I also used an antibacterial wipe daily in the cast and oiled my leg with essential oils. I hope this helps and I wish you a speedy recovery!


  5. These are SO helpful, thank you Jean. I listened to all three while sipping herbal tea and mentally preparing for Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family. 😀

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  6. I love you Jean, I was giggling at how accurately you describe hiding from your family in the bathroom. xxx

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  7. I plan to “pre-game” by listening to these in the car on my way to the Christmas parties.It might look a little too Secret Service to have an earbud in and be listening to you while I’m at the bash! Thank you for your continued wisdom ,inspiration and service to all the strugglers out there.
    Day 512 🌻

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  8. Exactly what I needed to hear tonight.. thanks.

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  9. Thank you – you help so much 😀🇨🇮

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  10. Thank-you Jean!! Amazing suggestions, very helpful. I’m at 2 1/2 years sober, and I don’t feel like I’m in danger of drinking, but sometimes I do feel like I’m missing out a little. I so appreciate your voice of reason. Merry Christmas from a fellow Canadian, xo JaneM

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