To The Hills!

I am back home again in southern Alberta, settling into my routine. To wit, my routine now seems to include not getting to yoga, not getting my 10,000 steps a day in, not cooking regular meals, and not writing as much as I had planned. I am floundering.

On Friday night, we had our little grandsons come for a sleepover and it was a wonderful evening of reading books, sculpting play dough, eating snacks and missing the official bedtime by a long shot (unintentionally – they were too excited to fall asleep even though we got them to bed on time). Mornings are the best – all snuggles and pjs and quiet chatter.

I was feeling desperate to get some serious writing done. I am 19 days out from the arbitrary deadline I gave myself to finish a first draft of my novel and I need to get at it. I decided to send myself on an overnight writing retreat to the ski hill – our big family cabin is empty and quiet in the off-season; a perfect place to hide away and write. As soon as the little boys went home, I grabbed my laptop and a tea from Tim Horton’s (large, one milk, two sweeteners), and started driving.

So here I am, writing on the deck. That is not a painting behind me, that is the reflection of the mountain view. I used to drink a lot here, like a lot of people do on ski vacations. Now I drink tea and revel in the freedom and power of sobriety.

From the Rocky Mountain of southern Alberta, I wish you all freedom and peace.

Writer at Cabin


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 June 3, 2018, in Life After Alcohol, Long Term Recovery, My UnPickled Life, Reflections on Recovery, Sober Travels and Adventures and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. What a beautiful place to write. So much inspiration.

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  2. Raisedbywolves

    Hi – thank you for your blog – am about halfway through and am 14 days sober! After reading and listening to a recent bubble hour podcast, it really strikes me that mothers are a significant demographic in this sphere (including me!) and I read this article with interest today – hope your followers find it helpful

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    • Great article, thanks for recommending it. It rings all too true. I also recommend reading “Drink” by Anne Dowsett Johnston. Congrats on 14 days! If you were a daily drinker then you are through the hardest part. Glad you are here!

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  3. That looks absolutely AMAZING! I think we all need a mountain to go to for some peace and quiet 🙏🏻

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  4. Leslie Arnson

    Thank you Jean.Thank you for your post.Thank you for the Bubble Hour.Thank you for bringing us all together and thank you for your continued inspiration. One of the most effective tools is when you (and your guests on Bubble Hour) share their “human side” (e.g., I immediately felt not alone after reading your post {that I too had neglected my 10,000 step/day goal and my yoga practice, and had not accomplished my recent deadline}; and I’m still struggling with today beginning ANOTHER “Day 1” -ugh! But instead of embarking on my fresh attempt at a LIFE of sobriety with self contempt for all my past failed attempts, I realize that I CAN do it (because you’re THERE, at a ski cabin where much drinking was done nonetheless!), embracing the work you love: writing your novel, while enjoying clarity, health and beauty in your life of sobriety.

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  5. You look fantastic and what a beautiful place you have to focus on your writing! I love that you escaped there to do this for yourself, I often wonder what it would be like to just go someplace serene and beautiful away from work and the normalcy of every day life for just a day or two to only write. I may just have to do this one day.

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  6. I need a place to go to like that

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  7. Hello Beautiful! 😘​

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  8. Jean you’re looking gorgeous as always! I need to give more attention to writing as well. Amazing view! Get crackin’!

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