Coaching and Courses for Sober
and Sober-curious Women
Discover the joy of alcohol-free living
Love Sober will support you through every stage of your sober journey. With a members community, courses and coaching we combine the latest research with practical tools and self-care techniques that will help you create the life you want
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About Love Sober
Do you want to know a secret? The midlife is a freakin amazing time to get and love being sober. We have skills, strengths & experience to draw from which have got us this far but if alcohol has crept up or become a problem for us, it feels like hell. Hangovers are evil, the demands of caring and working and the hormonal shifts during midlife make drinking unsustainable and cost us WAY too much.
It doesn't need to be this way...
As a coach, a woman, mother of teenagers, wife and a menopauser I know about transitions and this midlife one is a biggie for women. But with the right tools and support we can land in our power and claim our wellbeing and empowerment through information, boundaries, connection and expression. Sobriety is THE solid ground to ask 'What do I need right now?" In the Love Sober Community you will meet many women asking the same questions and exploring the same path.
We need a lifestyle and mindset which supports each stage of our lives. We HAVE to look at the whole picture: our personal history, lifestyle, hormonal shifts & stress impact the whole of our selves & our lives and can trigger addictive behaviours & lead to problematic relations with alcohol.
If it looks like this - multiple calendars, overflowing to-do lists, juggling needs of older parents, career, home, early motherhood, kids still at home, perimenopause or menopause and drinking to dial down the stress which now feels like the habit of a lifetime..... NOW is the time to get, stay and love being sober!
Our programmes are written by ICF accredited coaches and habit change specialists Kate Baily & Mandy Manners & facilitated by Certified Addictive Behaviours Coaches. We have supported women from all over the world to build happy, confident alcohol free-lives and free of alcohol to harness their happiness & wellbeing.
If you’re ready to change your relationship with alcohol, if you want to feel more confident and embrace a healthy, satisfying life Love Sober can help. Join the programs and the membership community to find support, connection, hope, laughter, creativity to BOSS your midlife.
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Kate Baily is an ICF Accredited trauma-informed Sobriety, Behavioural Health and Life Coach specialising in habit change, holistic well-being for women, midlife, perimenopause transition and stress management. She was a finalist in The International Coaching Awards in 2019. A SHE RECOVERS® Coach, means that she is trained in and her work aligns with the SHE RECOVERS® Intentions & Guiding Principles. She is a Specialist Coach Trainer for The Coaching Academy in Addictive Behaviours & Habit Change. She also holds certificates in The Science of Happiness Theory and Facilitation, the Neurobiology of Stress, Counseling & Advanced Menopause Support.
Love Sober is proud to be a Community Interest Company and to work in collaboration with The Coaching Academy, ARCO, Social Enterprise Association and She Recovers.
Hi, I'm glad you're here
I believe that midlife is an incredible time for women. I believe we rise, recover and rewrite the narratives of our lives and reconnect with our innate creativity, power & find our voices. We haven't got to this age without skills, resources, wisdom and strengths. At Love Sober we have a coaching mindset.
We help you remember your strength and find your solid ground through alcohol-free living so you can recover your balance and thrive.
I want to tell you a bit about my story so you know you are not alone in this. When you reach that point when you want to change your relationship with alcohol you and start looking for some support, you have probably been thinking about it for a while.
I stopped drinking in my early 40s after I had my youngest. She was three and my son six. My diaries in between her birth and my sober birthday are full of lists and goals and shoulds such as losing weight and detoxing. These were punctuated with regular hangover entries, saying how fed up I was of drinking, how I was going to give up that day, as I went round and around in circles. I was locked in a cyclical pattern, a hamster wheel of trying to cope with the stresses of life with the nation's favourite drug, regretting, giving up, drinking again to socialise or dial down the stress, rinse & repeat.
I'm now in my midlife, Been on the sober path for ten years, with a few stops and starts. Now continuously alcohol free for seven years. Life goes on (if we are lucky) and so I'm now navigating the menopause and my kids are teenagers. And that's the thing ... life keeps on coming and we keep growing, adapting, recalibrating.
Before I became sober, my drinking looked on the surface to be ‘normal’ and drank about the same as most of my friends did. A few glasses of wine a few nights a week and a bottle or so on a Saturday night, whilst I nicked my husband’s fags. I had a very dodgy off-switch. The odd wild night this would result in a four day hangover.
Women's rites of passage are key times for many of us to experience mental health challenges and increased alcohol use. Motherhood is one of these when, even if we have support, we can become depleted and overwhelmed. For me, the shift in identity/role, the loss of freedom, time and financial constraints bored down on me down on me it became all too easy to see the answer to all evils in a wine bottle shaped hug, that sparkling white medicine.
The day to day job of being a mum, spinning plates, trying to work, keeping up with a baby and a very energetic and challenging toddler exhausted me and my mental health was actually in tatters. My husband worked late in another city, getting back at 11pm most nights. I had little support - my parents live a long way away and we knew no-one in the new town. I was exhausted and depleted.
I missed spontaneity. I missed the person I used to be. Wine became entwined with those feelings somehow.
This wasn’t every night; I worked to control it by making rules about when I would drink and how much I would drink. But alcohol had started to take a central role, becoming the focal point of my day as I raced through the cleaning; the playdates the toddler groups towards that Holy Grail of the 5 pm mark. Then, cooking the dinner like a million other mums, I would exhale and pour my first civilised glass of wine. This always led to more - sometimes only half a bottle, in the week generally not a whole bottle, I would stop usually 3/4 of a bottle to prove I was OK. I counted units, set rules around my drinking such as ‘I’ll only have one glass tonight’ or ‘I’ll only drink one night in the week and at the weekend’ I would fail to meet those goals and feel disgusted with myself.
I had no clue about self-care or how to look after my nervous system. I just sprinted through my tasks, waving away red flags and I really saw that glass of wine as my reward. And it became the medicine, the thing to put the brakes on the sprint, a false force quit - I had lost the natural skill of resting and winding down.
I just went hell for leather and then drank to stop. I saw what was happening as just life. I didn't have a choice about the evenings, couldn't afford a babysitter so I just got on with it. I did what women do - I found a get-around... wine.
I thought alcoholics were other people on park benches with a bottle of White Lightning, who went to AA, who ’had’ to give up drinking. How awful, how sad to be without lovely booze, I thought. I endured the walk of shame at the school gates too many times the morning after the night before, with obligatory shades and chewing gum. I used to laugh about that with other mums but inside I felt like crying.
Stopping was not easy; there was a lot of fear. How would I cope without my helper? I was having to rethink everything, I was fighting the brainwashing and marketing, facing the fears about relationships and friendships changing, not knowing how to switch off, trying to stay calm as really primal fears raged about I don’t quite know what. I worked hard at keeping busy till wine o'clock was past, I ate chocolate, I watched box sets compulsively. But slowly, slowly the days clocked up. I immersed myself in quit lit and reading blogs on the site, made online friends and weeks turned into months. A new habit was forming and gradually felt less like pushing a boulder up a hill.
It was when I started to work with self-care and started really looking after myself that being alcohol-free shifted into a place as a positive choice and about self-protection rather that self- deprivation. AS my sober friendships grew I felt seen and like I belonged. Over time, I learnt not to engage with my own internal bully / the inner meanie who ran the show. By practicing little acts of kindness towards myself, the bully went quiet. I got the sober treats in and learnt about self- compassion in and the upward spiral continued.
I stopped seeing alcohol as a reward but for what it is-a poisonous addictive drug. It’s legal but it’s still a drug and it is marketed at women and mothers aggressively as a treat or reward. I find it helpful to remind myself that and they do not care you that are suffering or putting yourself and your kids at risk. They just want to sell you booze, sometimes at the end of the back to school aisle, as ‘mummy time’. Alcohol is not a treat and it is not self-care. And it stops you getting to grips with what you actually need because it causes a disconnection with your feelings.
I feel like a different woman today, a different kind of mum. I’m not second guessing myself because I’m hungover. And I’m not parenting under the influence which is obviously a no-brainer. I’m also not having to pretend I’m perfect because I’m actually hiding a drink problem. It’s not always easy and weekends can still drive me up the wall and I still lose my temper and my house is still a mess but I feel so thankful I don’t drink now.
Facing every day sober creates an emotional resilience that makes me feel like a warrior. If feel so proud of myself. Being sober means I see things that are really beautiful, I don’t miss those moments. I can listen better and I can ‘be’ better. I’m real with my kids. I’m not perfect. I don’t have to be. I’m enough. I don’t always feel like I am but on a fundamental level I know I am. I feel grateful that a drink problem did not have to be my ‘story ‘.
I am passionate about supporting women to thrive and love being alcohol free and getting it out of their way because then the fun can really start! This is why I began Love Sober - as a blog at first- to share the good news that with connection and tools, information and a strength-based, respectful conversation that really looks at what we need as women, we can rewrite our stories about who we are and what we need, free from the damaging effects of alcohol. And THEN the magic starts to happen!
Together we can work it out and it will be ok - more that ok, it will be great.
Love Kate x
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