Gratitude in Recovery is a virtual panel that will explore the need of gratitude during the recovery process, and granting yourself grace. We will hear from a range of panelists who will discuss their relationship with gratitude along their path to recovery.
Our panelists include: Founder of the East Coast Sober Squad, Kelly Belew, TEDx Speaker, Recovery Warrior, and Sober Mom, Jessica Landon, Sober Food Blogger, Ashley Boyd, Host of the Daily Mind Show, Jen Suger-Meyer, Writer and Sobriety Activist, Blair Sharp, sober activist Heather Nielson, and Sobriety Advocate and Content Marketing Manager at Tempest, Irina Gonzalez.
Tune Into the Panel on Zoom. Passcode: 666284
This panel will be held on Thursday, November 18th at 7pm EST and is free to all. We do offer a $5.00 general admission ticket that also goes towards the programming of more panels such as this one. We do our best to offer as many free events as we can, any contribution made will ensure we can continue to offer low to no cost events in the future.
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Kelly Belew is a single mom to an 8 year daughter who lives in Virginia. After 2 decades of blackout party girl antics and numerous rock bottoms, she chose the sober life on July 28, 2019. She is the founder of East Coast Sober Squad, a virtual sober & sober-curious community for women anywhere.
After utilizing personal counseling and dabbling in Alcoholics Anonymous, Kelly discovered the sober community on Instagram at around a year sober. She got involved with the 1000 Hours Dry community as the Saturday host on their Babes page and is the current Chapter Lead. She runs her own account on IG (@kelz_is_sober ) where she is known for her funny yet painfully relatable reels.
Wanting to further expand her service to the community, Kelly created East Coast Sober Squad in December 2020. What started as East coasters and a simplistic Instagram group chat has grown into a group of women in different parts of the world, its own Instagram account, numerous weekly meetups, a book club and a Slack forum with close to 200 members. For more information, check out the recently launched www.eastcoastsobersquad.com where you can find merchandise for the group as well!
Jessica Landon: As a Comedic Actress Jessica Landon has Guest Starred on Comedy Central’s MADtv, Robot Chicken, Jamie Foxx Sketch Comedy Show, Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, Lions Gate’s Drive Thru and NBC’s Medical Investigations. She posed for Playboy and Perfect 10 magazine, partied with Hugh Hefner and created what she thought was a glamorous life. It all came at a cost.
When she was 26 years old, well into her acting career, she spiraled into a full-blown non-functioning alcoholic; destroying all of her relationships and her career. After surviving many tussles with death, including a brain hemorrhage in 2013, she was finally able to overcome her addiction; fully embracing a life of forgiveness, gratitude, love and sobriety.
Turning her life around, she made it her mission to end the stigma and shame that surround addiction and help those still struggling. She opened up about her past on social media and quickly became known for her inspiring story of redemption. Her harrowing journey has since been published in news outlets across the globe: The Daily Mail, Fox News, Yahoo, The Sun, The Mirror, LAD Bible, Popculture, Blast and Newsweek. She is now a Writer, Student at the HeartMath Institute, Certified HeartMath Resilience Recovery Coach, Speaker and new Mom. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and 9 month old baby boy. She has recently finished writing her memoir, HUMAN ON FIRE.
Heather Nielson is a multi-issue activist and speaker, entrepreneur, and busy single mom of three. Her interest in nofap and addiction recovery started with a painful divorce where sexual issues were a major cause. She began coaching friends simply as a way to help them avoid the painful experiences she had gone through and has since reached millions with her message of hope.
Blair Sharp is a wife, mom, and writer from Minnesota. After a long binge drinking career, she retired and has been alcohol-free since February of 2018.
Her writing has been featured in several national publications including Insider, Monument, and Scary Mommy. When she’s not momming or working at her day job, she creates motivational and humorous sobriety content on IG. She is also a regular contributor to several online publications.
In her free time Blair spends time with her husband and 5-year old son. She’s a tall introverted homebody who loves reality television, canceled plans, and a good charcuterie board. She prides herself on being relatable and doesn’t take life too seriously. She says that if she can help one person by sharing her story, that’s enough for her. To read more from Blair, go to her website www.blairsharp.com and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Irina Gonzalez (she/her) is a sobriety advocate, and the Content Marketing Manager at Tempest. She is also a journalist, pandemic mom, and a new resident of Denver, Colorado. After experiencing an increase in problematic drinking during her late 20s and a bout of blackouts that led to job loss, Irina left New York City — her home of 12 years — to get sober just after celebrating her 30th birthday in 2016.
She received her journalism degree from New York University in 2007 and a health coaching certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2011. Irina has written extensively about her recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), getting an anxiety disorder diagnosis after quitting drinking, and how being a bisexual Latina impacts her sobriety for publications such as The Temper, Oprah magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire, Prevention, and more. After becoming a mom during the pandemic, Irina started the Pandemic Mama podcast — which features honest conversation about having a baby during COVID-19 times.
Today, Irina loves creating content that inspires others to live an alcohol-free life through her role at Tempest. You can find out more about Irina and her work by following Tempest on Instagram or checking out her personal Instagram.
Ashley Boyd is a wife, food blogger at Pink Owl Kitchen, and soon to be mother who decided to get sober in February of 2020, after spending half of her life battling the grips of addiction. Ashley knew she had a problem with alcohol for years and thought that it was something she could get under control. She told herself that she was not like her mother, who she lost to complications related to addiction in 2011, and that she could control her drinking and still live a normal life. One night after a returning home from a bar with her husband, where she caused a scene and embarrassed her husband in front of his coworkers, her husband looked her in the eyes and told her she had to stop drinking. She has not picked up a drink since.
Ashley decided that enough was enough and that it was time to stop lying to herself and everyone around her. She had enough of blacking out 2-3 times a week, causing a scene every single time she went out, being emotionally abusive to herself and her husband, and living in constant fear that she was drinking herself into an early grave.
Ashley emersed herself in “quit-lit”, meditation, exercise, and her food blogging business. She started with 30 days, and it just continued from there. Ashley is now almost two years sober and due to give birth to her and her husband’s first child in a little over a week! Ashley has completely transformed her physical, mental, and spiritual health and has given herself a second chance at life through sobriety. She shares updates about her sobriety on her Instagram page, @thepinkowlkitchen, and is a huge advocate for recovery.
Founded in 2017, Soberocity’s mission has always been clear: we want to connect people living a sober life with like-minded individuals through online meet-ups, live streams, and more. We want to change the perception of what it means to live a sober life and make it achievable and attainable for everyone suffering, or who has suffered, from addiction. Soberocity also believes in helping our community to stay sober and to pursue a sober life by offering sober resources and a unique opportunity to connect with other sober individuals. For us, sobriety is a spectrum and we fully embrace all looking to join our community, for together we are infinitely strong.
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- People who are sober curious
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- Sober companions, sponsors, and counselors looking to learn more about the sober community
- Anyone looking to be surrounded by the sober community and be uplifted by it
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