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The To 50 and Beyond podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by Lori Massicot, that teaches you and inspires you to live an alcohol-free lifestyle later in life. For more information and show notes, please visit my website.

Apr 6, 2021

In this episode of To 50 and Beyond Podcast, we have invited Jean McCarthy, award-winning blogger and the host of The Bubble Hour podcast and is a strong voice of recovery advocacy. Her book “The Ember Ever There: Poems on Change, Grief, Growth, Recovery, and Rediscovery” was released in June 2020. She is also the author of the book “UnPickled Holiday Survival Guide: Staying Alcohol-Free During the Festive Season,” a resource about sobriety for people in recovery and their families.

Her blog UnPickled (8,000+ 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 60,000 monthly downloads.

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 the recipient of the 2017 SheRecovers Hope Award in recognition of her efforts to help others seek positive changes in their lives. Today, Jean dives into a conversation about recovery from alcohol dependency and how you can love yourself.

Topics discussed: 

  • Jean’s perimenopause and menopause 
  • Alcoholism and Jean’s road to recovery 
  • Embracing the label of addiction 
  • Exploring new pathways to sobriety
  • Self-care in sobriety and aging
  • Jean’s experience with botox and fillers
  • Loving yourself as you age 
  • Jean’s reading of a poem from her book, The Ember Ever There

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Resources Mentioned:

“The Ember Ever There” by Jean McCarthy



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