Hello keyboard googler, my name is Susan and I am in my fifties working full time (26 Months AF - 900+Days) 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 tribe-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. .
Gee works as a Mental Health Specialist for the past thirty plus years and brings with her a wealth of expertise and experience. She is part of the Panel Discussion Program leading on all mental health issues in sobriety. Gee is also a popular columnist in Hola Sober with her Dear Gee column.
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.
Colette Louise is part of our Panel Discussion Program and also writes a fabulous column for Hola Sober as our resident Tarot Queen. Each week she pulls a card for all sober queens and we love her Monday morning voice mails telling us what the oracle holds in store for the week ahead.
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!
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.