J E A N M C C A R T H Y
Almost every woman in my sober world feels they know Jean McCarthy and are immediately excited that I will meet this lady on zoom. I was first introduced to Jean's incredible work by Kate Bee at The Sober School who was a listener and a guest on The Bubble Hour Podcast and an advocate of Jean's Unpickled blog as a must-read for those of us in her school in early sobriety. For me meeting, this charming warm lady on zoom was a thrill and a pleasure and having spent a few hours with her, I believe the world would be a better place if there were more Jeans in the world. She is talented, a born creative and beautiful thinker and her willingness to have dedicated so much of the last decade to the space is downright awesome. Be under no illusions this woman is a powerhouse of creativity and ideas and I enjoyed our chat so very much but it's important we get the facts out of the way : In June 2020, her collection of poetry “ The Ember Ever There: Poems on Change, Grief, Growth, Recovery, and Rediscovery“ was released worldwide. Jean has also released “UnPickled Holiday Survival Guide: Staying Alcohol-Free During the Festive Season,” a resource about sobriety for people in recovery and their families. Jean tells me she is now in the throes of editing on her first novel, a work of fiction for the mainstreammarket and is a project she loves doing. Be under no illusions this woman is a powerhouse of creativity, get-up-and-go and ideas and I enjoyed our chat so very much but it's important we get the facts out of the way here : Her blog UnPickled (9,000+ followers) began in 2011 and has continued to chronicle Jean’s alcohol- free lifestyle since her first day of sobriety. Thousands of readers credit UnPickled as a motivating factor in their decision to quit drinking. Jean joined The Bubble Hour podcast as a co-host in 2013. She took over the weekly program as its sole producer and host in 2016. The show has a devoted and enthusiastic listenership with more than 75,000 monthly downloads hitting 1Million downloads a year. Jean is a former performing songwriter with two albums of original music to her credit. Fans of the podcast are familiar with the show’s theme song “I Own It,” a single from Jean’s 2008 album, “Blessings and Burdens.” At a gala in New York City, Jean was named a recipient of the 2017 SheRecovers Hope Award in recognition of her efforts to help others seek positive changes in their lives. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband Ross and dog Scout. " I tell my story on UnPickled , hold space for your stories on The Bubble Hour , and use the lessons learned to write books that help others ."
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