As I was writing last night’s post on an old laptop I use for travel, I spotted this video from 2014 on the desktop. I was a performing songwriter a decade ago, and even though I hadn’t sang for ages I recorded this cover to share with my online support group.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I picked up my guitar, but watching this made me smile.

I thought I’d post it here, imperfections and all, in case anyone needs a bit of encouragement today.


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 January 1, 2018, in Insights and Lessons, Pathways to Recovery, Reflections on Recovery and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. You have amazing talent Jean. It is so good to just breath. The light of my tunnel shaft has been five wonderful years today! I can remember every one of your posts and how much they have been an inspiration to my sobriety. Thanks and keep the posts coming if it is not too much trouble.


    • 🎉⭐️FIVE YEARS!!!⭐️🎉 tremendous, congratulations! I hope you bought yourself something special to mark the occasion, or treated yourself in some special way! It’s important to celebrate milestones.


  2. Goodness.. I truly loved this.

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  3. Fantastic. Thank you fir sharing.

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  4. Jean, is it possible to get a copy of the lyrics to “Breathe”? It’s beautiful.


  5. Thank you for sharing this lovely video. Although you don’t perform any more, I can see that you use you creativity in many other ways. I used to be a creative person many many years ago. So long ago that I forgot who I really was. So I decided that 2018 is the year that I’ll remember, and explore my creativity like I used to. Can’t do that if alcohol is in my life.

    Thank you for your inspiration.

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  6. As I watched your video, I thought, who knew (and in this case, who knew you were such a lovely singer?) And, then I thought there it is….that is recovery in a nutshell. When we are drinking there is so much others do not know about us because we are hiding behind the drink. And really, so much we don’t know about ourselves because we are hiding behind the drink. In a few weeks, I will be sober for a year and it has been the most honest and rich year in a very long time. Who knew!?!? Thank you, Jean!! You have been a tremendous help.


  7. Beautiful! ❤️

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  8. Makes me smile, too! Happy New Year, Jean! Heading into my fourth year sober thanks in large part to support from folks like you. So proud of myself, and of all of us sober superstars. 🌟🌟🌟


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