I started this blog anonymously in 2011 on my first day of sobriety. After a year or so, I felt brave enough to add my photo and first name, Jean, plus this little blurb:
I am learning to walk without the crutch of alcohol. I began writing this blog on my first day of sobriety. Gulp. I drank quietly in private and have managed to quit just as privately. I didn’t stay quiet about it, though. My story is all here. The purpose of this blog is to help make me accountable and, as it turns out, to encourage others along the way.
I believe you will see yourself in me. I am just one of many faces of recovery, and if you ever recognize me in an airport or maybe even in my own hometown I hope you’ll say hello, tell me how we’re connected, and give me a hug. We’re in this together.
Please tread lightly through these woods. Please read the hundreds and hundreds of comments from people around the world and respect that my story is their story. Resist the urge to be entertained and instead let yourself be moved. Something beautiful has been happening here. Maybe it’s time you knew.
My name is Jean, and I am UnPickled.
Now I am much older, still sober, and don’t mind if you know who I am.
My name is Jean McCarthy, and I live in Alberta, Canada. I write books, host a podcast, facilitate the occasional retreat or online class for women in recovery. I also do a lot of other interesting things that have nothing (and everything) to do with sobriety: ski, kayak, travel, paint, and live life to the fullest.
Learn more about me at www.jeanmccarthy.ca