This is the first in our series featuring the incredible folks who work at The Temper and our parent company, Tempest. Many of the people here have been through Tempest Sobriety School and/or are in recovery themselves. Our “Student Facing Team” works one-on-one with students to guide them through the sobriety school experience and help them with any questions or roadblocks along the way. We’re starting our series with Lisa, who runs all things Community at Tempest.
Lisa is a fellow Tempest alum who is a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do, carries a pencil case with her at all times, likes old time-y ice cream shoppes, intentionally pledged a sorority, and can recite all of Romeo and Juliet by heart. We love love LOVE her.
1. Name, Role, Pronouns
Lisa, Community Manager, She/her/hers
2. How would you describe your role at Tempest?
I work with our team and most importantly, the Tempest community, to foster spaces for folks to connect and support each other as they move through these crazy things called life and sobriety. I get to hear from folks about what they love about Tempest Sobriety School, what isn’t working, and what they’d love to see, and at the end of the day, I’m accountable to this incredible community which helped me get sober.
3. What do you think makes Tempest different from other recovery modalities?
At Tempest, we put people at the center of their own story and their own recovery. We make space for everyone’s full experience as a human being rather than putting their addiction front and center as the whole of who they are. We celebrate all the wins, and we trust that folks know how to define and build sobriety for themselves.
4. Why did you decide to do Tempest Sobriety School?
I had been following our founder, Holly Whitaker, for awhile after a sad google search for a quiz to tell me whether or not I had a drinking problem (Pro tip: If you’re looking for validation from an internet quiz, the answer is probably yes). When the January 2018 school opened up I was about 90 days sober, and even though I couldn’t really afford to, I decided to give the school a shot. It changed my life, and I 1000% believe is the reason I am able to stay sober and am writing this on my 2 year soberversary!
6. What’s your favorite part of working at Tempest?
The people. Being able to connect with folks, both on the Tempest team and in our Tempest community spaces, has been one of the things I’m most grateful for both in my sobriety and in my life. Seeing folks step into the full light of who they are is the greatest gift.
7. N/A drink of choice?
I am a firm believer in the powers inopportunely-timed coffee, but have also been known to down a Topo Chico in my day.
8. Favorite Self-Care Sunday activity?
Ever since digging into Marlee Grace’s work: getting outside, preferably with no electronics and a disposable camera. I’m also a nap enthusiast.
9. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned and/or favorite part about not drinking?
That I get to trust myself. I think that so often, we reflect on the bad things about active addiction and we don’t give ourselves credit for the incredible resilience we have that brought us here. Society gives us a narrative that folks with addiction are not trustworthy, that we’re liars, and I can say without a doubt that the folks I have met who are sober or working towards sobriety are the most trustworthy, honest, empathetic folks in the world.
10. What are the top 3 things in your “sobriety toolbox”?
1) Reaching out to friends. Life is much brighter when it’s filled with other glorious, brilliant, sober weirdos. 2) A pouch with all of the Tempest Sobriety School mantras made by one of our incredible Alums…before every Tempest lab or when I’m having a day I pull one out for some motivation and perspective. 3) Moving my body.
11. What’s your favorite Tempest Mantra?
I create the rules I live by.