Bite size graphic stories that translate the 12-steps for the visual learner!
New insight of harm caused by addiction starts with identify action, forgiving self and being humble to make amends to others. True release of shame is replaced with new freedom.
Picture recovery goal is to give people a reason to slow down and look at the recovery 12-step concepts. Visually engaging content to open the heart & minds of people who are still suffering.
Admit you're powerlessness over alcohol is the first step to finding relief. The powerful urges can be lessened by using your recovery lifelines. It will happen if you believe!
Mia McNary (author), is an artist and creative consultant from Glenview, IL. In 1995, McNary came to terms with her relationship with alcohol, and realized that it was time to take the road to recovery; she's been in recovery for twenty-six years now and has attended more than 3,700 meetings. A key constant in her life is her passion for art. McNary possesses the rare ability to capture a speaker’s intent by sketching images in real time! This visual-note-taking talent especially helped her to remember what she heard in her 12-step meetings. McNary hopes to aid others’ recovery journeys by using her simple images to translate the 12 steps of recovery for the visual learner. Depictions she's created in the illustrated notes are anonymous and capture the broad themes of struggle and redemption. McNary and her husband, Tim, have three children, Patrick, Colin, and Mary Jane. McNary earned a BFA with an emphasis in design and illustration from Carnegie Mellon University, and she studied at the International Studio Art Center in Florence, Italy.
Robin Simkins (editor) is a collaborative leader with deep expertise in Internet marketing. A throughline in her career is a commitment to the physical and mental well-being of employees. Due to a random encounter, Simkins was introduced to McNary and uncovered an opportunity to give-back by translating a book of visuals intended to help people stay in recovery. The book is edited for the visual learner to easily see themself, to provide a reminder that they are not alone, and most ideally, to continue to foster a sober lifestyle. With her husband, George, Simkins has two children. She is passionate about education, music, travel, and the environment and is well known for smiling all day. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, and studied around the world on Semester at Sea.