Hello keyboard googler, my name is Susan and I am in my fifties working full time (3.5 Plus Years / 1330 Days AF) professionally accomplished (whatever the hell that means) with a fabulous husband and wonderful children living life on the other side of the wine glass. I had tried Dry January, Dry November, Dry Monday, Dry Tuesday, not on a school night, only drinking on high days and holidays, only days beginning with 'S' but never quite cracked this moderation lark. I enrolled in 'The Sober School' and the rest is history. No road crash, no rock bottom, no skid row yet I struggled. I now find myself part of a modern progressive recovery movement that works to redefine our attitude to drinking and to smash the myths surrounding alcohol. I founded this platform in February 2019. My date of freedom is : 06.01.19
Having enrolled in an online class to redefine my relationship with alcohol, I was lucky enough to find pretty amazing honest like-minded women who shared their truth fearlessly. Together we spent 6 weeks tackling the myths and the science in a bid to crack this daily genuflection at the altar of wine. I created Sassy Sober Sisters in February 2019 to act as a support system for women as they navigate early sobriety. I created Whatsapp groups, daily emails and ZOOM calls to connect and found having a community around us gave us support and friendship. We showed up in our lives, taking ownership, claiming our power back no longer buying into the bullshit of wine=reward . And no, we don't need wine to parent!! We now live happier fuller lives enjoying life on other side of the wine glass. .
Linda has spent almost two decades in or around the sober space and comes to the table with broad experience on traditional programs and modern progressive recovery. A wise and safe pair of hands in the mix, an integral member of the team and a new host for the September program. Linda is also part of the Hola Sober magazine team.
Maria hosts one of our online sober support meetings and is part of The Panel Discussion Program. MMK is thirty-five years in the sober space offering wisdom and sage advice to our community. She is a triumph and is part of our Panel Program monthly.
Peggi Cooney is the author of THIS SIDE OF ALCOHOL and leads a vibrant Facebook community in sobriety. She is one of our much loved hosts at Hola Sober zoom closed meetings offering her sage.
Peggi Cooney is the author of THIS SIDE OF ALCOHOL and leads a vibrant Facebook community in sobriety. She is one of our much-loved hosts at Hola Sober and leads women each Wednesday
Ann Dowsett Johnston is the celebrated author of 'Drink : The intimate relationship between women and alcohol'. Ann is a Physchotherapist and a global sober advocate seen by many as the doyene of the movement to stop the pinkification of the drinks industry. She is also a leader in our Panel Program and a columnist at Hola Sober. She is a legend!
Two new hosts have joined the team increasing our meeting schedule in January 2023 to 15 Meetings per week serving women all over the world with a sacred space in sobriety.
We are so excited to have two fabulous sober warriors join the host team ensuring we have times that work across time-zones.
Ann joined Hola Sober in 2021 and was part of the PIlot Program for Pledge 100 in early Spring 2022. She quickly emerged as a leader and someone who would be a high-impact-volunteer for women. She conducted independent analysis on the pilot program and curated the lessons for the Pledge 100 September kick-off. Ann is responsible for helping oversee the successful day-2-day management of the program, managing the classroom mentors and liaising with classroom leaders.