"I believe giving up wine o'clock was the greatest decision I have made and from this simple daily promise all else flows. As part of a modern progressive recovery class at the online Sober School with Kate Bee in January 2019, I learnt how to live in freedom without alcohol in my world as a go-to coping mechanism for every curve ball that hurled through the front door. Feeling liberated from a wine habit that could have, in time, destroyed me and my family, I now wish to share the joy of living life in full 3-D colour with every AF woman via this magazine, for FREE. Because? I believe the magazine is filled with sober ideas worth spreading and nobody should have to pay to save their life or change their relationship with alcohol in 2021. I set out to empower women with education, inspiration and the motivation to smash the myth that wine equals reward, a myth perpetrated by society that has ill served every woman who fell for it. For me, female empowerment begins with putting down the wine bottle no longer standing in the grey of drinking and life itself. Hola Sober is a colour splash in your inbox filled with health & wellness and the positive sober gold moments that litter our day as we step out into the world owning our space as we say not today lady, not today." - Susan Christina Founder, Editor & Publisher HOLA SOBER
*Susan attended 'Get Unstuck* at The Sober School, an online class for women wanting to change their relationship with alcohol*
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Susan has created this from a newsletter to magazine designing logos, websites, layout, look & feel drawing on decades working in Marketing and Communication across multiple sectors including the drinks industry. This colourful splash is created on Susan's laptop in the evenings after work, powered by endless supplies of tea and carrot cake. It is a family project as the (CMT) Chief-Tea-Maker on long nights of layout design is her husband, her middle son is (WDYD) What-Did-You-Do-Officer when she hits the wrong button and 'looses' something, her youngest son is (CNO) Chief-Nope-Officer blunt but honest about images and her eldest is the (GTG) Good-To-Go, final thumbs up. The first copy goes to family in Ireland and after that, it goes to subscribers globally across three continents.
The family, all holding a role in helping Susan join the conversation on alcohol + women + addiction. If that takes a thousand cups of tea and learning how to iron a shirt as she builds a team of like-minded badass women to share the clear vision, so be it. The investment? Thoughts & ideas, words written and rewritten, talking & listening to women, a modicum of madness, oceans of love, care and attention from the boys and her husband, an inbox overflowing with powerful women, fabulous contributors volunteering their time, ideas and energies, lots of passion around sobriety, carrot cake, one thousand cups of tea and a mountain of badly ironed shirts. Susan was reached by Kate Bee's words,. we now hope one magazine will help women wherever they are, feel less alone, connected and part of a fabulous group of women taking their power back by putting down the wine glass.