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Author: Kate & Mandy

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Two friends, mums and sober sisters, having the chat about reasons to love sober.
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This week on the pod we discuss clean language. The language we use in Sobriety has been a focus on the podcast from the beginning and it's interesting and validating to see the shift away from negative, shaming and disempowering language to the language we value words that light us up and empower us. It's an important subject not just for professionals and services to change, but also for us to use more compassionate language with ourselves and be mindful of negative metaphors. So grab a cuppa and let's chat. Resources mentioned:https://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/its-time-to-clean-up-the-language-of-addiction-treatment-and-recovery/
This we talk to Lara Frazier, a freelance writer, a truth-teller and an innovator. She is a FIERCE believer in the power of owning our stories and is a strong advocate for addiction recovery. On her blog, Lara shares a story of healing: in sobriety, through addiction, in life and love, and in all the other big, huge moments of fear and magic that we rarely talk about, but we should.Lara Frazier lives in the Tampa Bay area with her pig, Peaches. She received her MBA in Marketing & Global Business from Pepperdine University. After many years of working in the entertainment industry, Lara became addicted to prescription pills and left her career to seek help and find her truth. Currently, Lara is the Digital Marketing Director for Renewal Health Group. Her story is powerful and inspiring so grab a cuppa and let's chat.You can find Lara here...Insta: @sillylaraOnline: www.larafrazier.comFacebook: @laraannefrazier 
This week on the pod we discuss what to say to people about stopping drinking. Something that should be relatively simple often ties us in knots, we leave ourselves vulnerable because it’s actually a bit of a skill to know what to say.So we discuss this, who to share our truth with and who to build a smokescreen against. We discuss some of our own experiences and how you can use different techniques within your expanding social circle.We talk boundaries and saying no and using a bit of humour to get you through the tricky spots, it does get easier when you can recognise who you’re talking to.So grab a cuppa and let’s chat X
In this week's pod we talk about flow and creativity, the benefits of finding mindful creative practices and spaces in the company of others and their importance in sobriety and as life tools. We discuss the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the co-founders of Positive psychology and our own work in Love Sober creative workshops, in particular our most recent London workshop with artist Sharon Waters aka london_artist1 on instagram. These practices are not only fun and happy making , they also are badass tools for resilience building when the shit hits the fan. So grab a paintbrush , or a cuppa and let's chat. Kate & Mandy XXXX
In this episode we take a moment to re-affirm our core values and beliefs at Love Sober. We explain why we have included #sobercurious in our intro from the beginning, which was before it became a buzzword. For us it means an exploration into getting sober and how to do that i.e. curious about sobriety. A recent press article in Patch stated The "sober curious" movement, also known as "sober sometimes," and that is something we one hundred percent do not advocate, we have stated before and felt it important to state again that “mindful” drinking, moderation or sober sometimes is not a solution for people with a problematic relationship with alcohol, it is what keeps people stuck and drinking. We believe in early intervention, being sober curious for us is being given permission to go alcohol free before a situation of maladaptive behaviour with alcohol/self-medicating or binge drinking can slide over the line into dependence, having the conversation early before the choices you have become increasingly limited. We go through the questions to recognise Alcohol Use Disorder, and our firm belief in building community, support and conversation around problems with alcohol and the need to keep shifting the conversation away from the binary black and white model of you either are or you aren’t an alcoholic, to talking about a spectrum or grey area and how we can get sober and thrive and love a life without alcohol. If you are looking for support check out www.lovesober.com for our community, course and 1-1 coaching. In the meantime grab a cuppa and let’s chat aherm rant...Resources mentioned:https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/american-addiction-centers-cautions-against-sober-curioushttps://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disordershttps://www.amazon.com/Kick-Drink-Easily-Jason-Vale/dp/1845903900
IT IS EPISODE FIFTY!!! How incredible is that? We see no better way to celebrate than by talking with Scott Pearson aka The Boy Who Drank Too Much. Scott is a Sober, Mental Health and LGBQTI+ Activist and is also celebrating his ONE YEAR SOBERVERSARY WoopWoop. He's a writer for the magazine Outlife  www.outlife.org.uk and a dear friend to Kate and Mandy who we met have met through the gram. We talk among other things about how shame has impacted his life, growing up gay in a hetro-normative society and how that internalised for him in a negative way, how getting sober has changed his life. We talk different systems of support, and creating your own patchwork for recovery, the importance of self-compassion and how this journey isnt always easy, but we keep going. We also talk about mental health, coping with anxiety and how we try to work through that. It's a good one! So grab a cuppa and let's chat.Resources mentioned:Matthew Todd - Straight Jacket https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17614857-straight-jacketBrene Brown - https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=enAA - http://www.aa.org/Ruby Wax - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/024197206X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1Catherine Gray - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Joy-Being-Sober-alcohol-free/dp/1912023385/ref=sr_1_1?crid=241SH5RSRFJUE&keywords=the+unexpected+joy+of+being+sober&qid=1570702958&s=books&sprefix=the+une%2Cstripbooks%2C252&sr=1-1Annie Grace - https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Naked-Mind-Annie-Grace/dp/0008293430/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3MDMS0LKIYAK2&keywords=annie+grace&qid=1570703017&s=books&sprefix=annie+grace%2Cstripbooks%2C632&sr=1-1Russel Brand - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Recovery-Freedom-Addictions-Russell-Brand/dp/1509850864/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=russel+brand&qid=1570703061&s=books&sr=1-1 
This week we wrap up warm and talk about autumnal self care, taking time when you need it and looking for the sparkle as the season changes.So grab a cuppa and let's chat X
We are absolutely delighted to chat with our lovely friend @london_artist1 Sharon Walters, Sharon is our cohost at the Love Sober Create & Thrive workshop in London Bridge 19th October - we have only a few tix left (link in my bio)Sharon is a west-London based artist who has been sober for 9 months and is a Mother of 2 and is very inspiring. She came to sobriety for health and wellness reasons and her decision to quit the booze has skyrocketed her creativity and energy and she hasn’t looked back since.Sharon has led a number of collage workshops and is an experienced artist educator of over 20 years. After graduating with a second degree, this time in Fine Art from Central St Martins in London in 2011, she has developed her practice and continued her work with community arts organisations and museums. Both her art practice and work in the heritage sector aims to provide platforms for those under-represented in the mainstream.Her current series ‘Seeing Ourselves’ explores identity, beauty standards and race through hand assembled collage. Using magazines and photographs she is inspired by botanical, natural beauty and urban scenes and the beauty of natural afro hair. Her use of simple source materials, a craft scalpel and quite often an A4 cutting mat means you too can continue this craft from the comfort of your own home. Each collage is a reaffirmation of the right to ‘take up space’ even when you don’t see yourself.Find Sharon on Instagram @london_artist1We love this Ep and we’re sure you will too, so grab a cuppa and let’s chat X
In this weeks episode we talk about OVERWHELM. Such a huge trigger for so many of us. We talk about our experiences and how that lead into problem drinking. We talk about the problems of perfectionism, parental burnout and Maternal gatekeeping. We talk about how perfect vs honest parenting have both contributed to the growing problem of mummy wine culture and how we need to balance to thrive. We chat through some strategies we use to dial down the overwhelm. Kate talks through a technique to prioritise tasks called the Urgent/Important Matrix, we talk avoiding information overload and trying to find breaks, planning and prep, taking a third off the list and remembering always "This too shall pass". So have a break, grab a cuppa and let's chat.Resources mentioned:Parental Burnout article - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6230657/Urgent/Important Matrix - https://citoolkit.com/articles/importance-urgency-matrix/ If you are looking for support for an alcohol free life at Love Sober we GET sober, we STAY sober and we LOVE sober.Visit our website www.lovesober.com you can:Join our online community LOVE SOBER LIFE, where you can benefit from peer support and discussions on sobriety & personal development, participate in virtual weekly meetings and sober powerball webinars.Sign up to our monthly NEWSLETTER.Book to join our workshop EVENTS.Kickstart your sobriety with our 30 DAY COURSE.Book a discovery COACHING call with Kate who is an accredited Mindset, Wellness & Sobriety Coach.If you have any other questions or enquiries don't hesistate to contact us: info@lovesober.com
This week on the pod we are joined by Clemmie Telford. Clemmie is the creator of Mother of all Lists and the brilliant Honestly Podcast. She is a creative director and event organiser. Clemmie is also a mum of three and shares her honest portrayal of  motherhood through her very popular instagram account. Clemmie suffers from Anxiety and made the decision to go sober based on her mental health journey and has been amazed at how positive breaking up with booze has been on her wellbeing.  It was great to talk to Clemmie about her decision to go sober, her relationship with alcohol and motherhood. As her background is as a creative, working in marketing and advertising it was also interesting to hear her thoughts on the insta mum influence and mummy wine time. Clemmie credits her podcast recording with Millie of @sobergirlsociety and meeting @soberdave1 at @bryonygordon book launch for fostering her sober curiousity and giving her the spark to want to try it herself -  So it goes to show, being visual - sharing your story works in helping people make their own decisions about alcohol and whether it is right for them. We had a great time with Clemmie, so grab a cuppa and lets chat. M x  You can find Clemmie at:Instagram: @clemmie_telfordTwitter: @clemmie_telfordFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/motherofalllists/Website: https://motherofalllists.com/If you are looking for support for an alcohol free life visit our website www.lovesober.com You can: Join our online community LOVE SOBER LIFE, where you can benefit from peer support and discussions on sobriety & personal development, participate in virtual weekly meetings and sober powerball webinars.Sign up to our monthly NEWSLETTER.Book to join our workshop EVENTS.Kickstart your sobriety with our 30 DAY COURSE.Book a discovery COACHING call with Kate who is an accredited Mindset, Wellness & Sobriety Coach.If you have any other questions or enquiries don't hesitate to contact us: info@lovesober.com
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