The Bubble Hour is a weekly podcast hosted by recovery author and blogger, Jean McCarthy.
Real People. Real Stories. Real Hope.
The "Bubble" is what we use to stay safe and happy in sobriety (especially early sobriety). We surround ourselves with things and people who bring us joy, laughter and comfort. What do you put in YOUR bubble?
Looking Back and Forward for a New Year
Jean shares a new poem to encourage anyone starting fresh for the new year, and reflects on important milestones and decisions for The Bubble Hour.
Download a copy of Jean's poem, 'The Pivot' at https://unpickledblog.com/2021/12/30/new-year-new-beginnings/
Learn more about host Jean McCarthy at http://www.jeanmccarthy.ca and order her books at http://www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books
10 Tips for Hosting a Sober Guest
This is a special episode intended for listeners in recovery to share with normie friends and family who want to understand how to make us more comfortable at their events. The list of tips is directed towards people who are not in recovery, but it can also be a resource for sober folks looking for ways to self-advocate.
Listen alone and take notes. Or listen together, hit pause after each tip, and discuss. Forward to a friend or share on social media. Let's talk about sober socializing--what helps and what doesn't?
The list can be downloaded as an image from Jean's blog, UnPickled. Click here: https://unpickledblog.com/2021/12/20/10-tips-for-hosting-a-sober-guest/
Learn more about Jean McCarthy at www.jeanmccarthy.ca Order books via www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books
Holiday Tips from UnPickled Blog
Whether it's your first year of sobriety or you have decades of experience, the holidays can be a trying time. Here are a few things to consider as you make your way through the weeks ahead.
This is an audio version of a post on Jean McCarthy's blog UnPickled. You can find the original post here: http://unpickledblog.com/2021/12/12/encouragement-for-the-holidays/
Jean Reflects on Time Off
Host Jean McCarthy returns from an extended break and reflects on ways that sobriety has served her during her various adventures.
Visit Jean's blog UnPickled at www.unpickledblog.com and order her books via www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books
Victoria Vanstone examines the lighter side of life after alcohol on her blog Drunk Mummy Sober Mummy and podcast Sober Awkward.
"Me and booze don’t go well together, its like bunk beds and ceiling fans – the two just don’t work," says Victoria. "There are always disastrous results and it’s just taken me a million hangovers to realise that I was always the drunkest person in the room."
"I know now that alcohol was not my friend," says Kim Bellas. Kim quit drinking to model alcohol-free living for her teenaged son, who has a medical condition that will require him to do the same. She didn't think her drinking was problematic until she experienced how great she felt with alcohol out of her life.
Kim created a website www.soberisthenewcool.org to spread positive messages and encouragement to others who endeavor to be sober. Sales of merchandise support The Douglas Foundation
IG: https://www.instagram.com/sober.is.the.new.cool/ * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soberisthenewcool.org/ * YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_tmHjBMjRmRj-HECQ3_Feg * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about host Jean McCarthy, plus check out her books, and blog UnPickled by visiting her website at www.jeanmccarthy.ca
This podcast inspires hope! I’ve listened to all of the episodes and am on my second round!! Thank you!!
How many stars do you give a podcast that helped saved your life? This podcast has been my North Star through the pandemic and I will be forever grateful and a listener. I even drink Ovaltine on my more challenging nights…thank you, thank you, thank you Jean and the courageous guests willing to share a their stories!!!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for nearly 7 years. I’ll be 7 years sober next month and this show was an absolute life saver for me in early sobriety. It helped me to not feel so alone and gave me a sense of community even while alone in my own home. Perhaps one day I’ll be brave enough to come on and share my story. Thank you, Jean! You do a wonderful job and are so eloquent when communicating your thoughts and feelings.