March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day. Here at The Temper, we thought that this would be the perfect time to celebrate the incredible women that make our lives better, especially in recovery.
There are countless women who are vocal about their recovery on social media (although we always need more!) but we’ve found that the same accounts get quoted and reposted time after time. That’s why we’ve decided to highlight some incredible recovery advocates who have 10K or fewer followers on Instagram. We hope this list introduces you to some new, inspiring folks whose story you can connect with.
The best part? We have had the pleasure of working (or just bein’ friends!) with many of these folks for the past year and a half of The Temper’s existence and we can tell you, without a doubt, that they’re an inspiration. So go ahead and check them out… and then be sure to click the “follow” button.
You may know her better as @sharingmysobriety but we know Jocellyn as the author of Recovering the Home and one of our favorite writers here at The Temper. Online, she shares her experience with mental health, being black and in recovery, and is a rock-star when it comes to showcasing how vulnerability can be a strength. Recently four years sober, Jocellyn is definitely worth following ASAP.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, then head over to follow @chiefexecutiveauntie — a writer and entrepreneur who supports Asian Americans who want to pursue unconventional paths in work and in life. She’s also written for us here at The Temper about staying sober, eating disorder recovery, and the difficulties and joys of parenting. So, yes, you could probably say she does it all.
3. Dorri Olds
You might recognize Dorri’s writing even if you don’t necessarily know her name. That’s because @dorrioldsnyc is an award-winning writer and graphic designer with tons of experience in writing about recovery… as well as culture for places like The New York Times, Marie Claire, and more. You might also want to follow her for all the cute dog pictures cause, like, why not?
Yes, @andreagonz_ is a powerhouse as both a filmmaker and a journalist. You probably know her work through her life-changing documentary, Live or Failure. You will definitely want to follow her as she continues on her journey of making beautiful content about what it’s like to live life as a sober person… as well as check out her writing on The Temper about her dating life and so much more.
5. Shari Hampton
If you’re looking for a holistic healing superstar, then you simply must follow @servedupsober ASAP. Shari is all about empowering the recovery community to rewrite the story that you have been told your entire life about substances having power over people. Instead, her inspirational work focuses on healing from within and an approach that focuses on believing that YOU have what you need to help yourself.
This self-described sober Jewish feminist goes by the @catsandlacroix handle on Instagram but here we know her for her writing and infectious personality. She’s been sober for just over a year but it’s clear how much her life has changed since entering recovery, which is why she provides constant humor and real talk about what life is like on the other side of that bottle of wine.
7. Tawny Lara
Tawny, aka @tawnymlara, is a bisexual sober sexpert who’s a fan of rock ‘n roll and a podcasting goddess, aka co-host, along with Lisa Smith. Her expertise in sobriety and sex has led her to be open and honest about her journey, along with writing about what it’s like to quit faking orgasms and more. Seriously, if you’re looking for some sexy inspiration, then click the “follow” button immediately.
8. Robyn Kanner
Yes, @robynkanner is a digital storyteller that you’ll want to stay in touch with. Currently based in Washington D.C., she has written about sobriety and culture, plus made various creative projects (like Friends With Secrets). Robyn has a newsletter if you want to keep in touch with what she’s been up to lately and you can also see more of her work on her website.
9. Amanda Kuda
She’s a mentor, coach, and creator who is on a mission to bring authenticity to living an alcohol-free life. Unsurprisingly, that’s why you may better know her as @authenticallyamanda. On Instagram, she shares all of her best tips for living a sober life, which includes dating, mind-set, and how to achieve a better life without booze. Truly, she’s an inspiration who inspires.
10. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John
Focused on @mindfuladdictionrecovery, Mason-John is an author, coach, and public speaker who is focused on helping others through a secular approach to working with addiction and obsessive thinking. Part of her work includes helping those struggling with substance use disorder learn how to breathe again through mindfulness practices that are aimed at stopping the cycle of sabotaging your recovery.
11. Michelle Yang
If you’re looking to learn more about what it’s like to have a mental illness and still be a badass, then go ahead and follow @michelleyangwriter. She’s on a personal mission to show the world how one can live well with bipolar disorder. And yes, she’s sober too. She’s also an incredible advocate for the Asian American community and definitely someone whose writing you’ll want to keep up with.
12. Olivia Pennelle
Olivia, or Liv, is the voice behind @livsrecoverykitchen. She’s not only one of our favorite writers but she’s also a powerful advocate for the recovery community through her blog and writing for others. In fact, she just might become one of your personal favorite recovery activists. A believer in harm reduction, Olivia is all about helping you live a self-directed recovery path.
13. Mary Ann Thomas
Do you follow sober folks on Instagram who are just clearly living their best lives? Well, that’s one big reason to check out the adventures of @postcardsfrommat. Sure, she posts about sobriety sometimes but the real reason we love them is because of all of the incredible travel photos. Currently working on a full-length travel memoir about their adventures, you will definitely want to check her out.
The @official_cathcartrobbins is a podcast host and writer who has been with The Temper since the beginning and continues to be a powerful storyteller who is passionate about recovery. You’ll also want to be sure to check out her The Only One podcast where she interviews amazing folks in recovery about their own diverse experiences about being the “only one” in recovery rooms.
15. Melissa Saubers
Ready to celebrate the day that you found freedom from alcohol? Then @melissasaubers is your gal. Not only is she the founder of @sansbarkc (a booze-free popup in Kansas City) but she’s also a multi-passionate entrepreneur who is devoted to living an authentically alcohol-free life and celebrating her very own alcohol-FREEdom day after getting sober almost four years ago.
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It’s not easy getting sober but, thankfully, you are never alone — something that these inspirational women prove time and again. Whenever you need a little boost of confidence, head to your Instagram and read up on what they’re up to. You might just come away inspired and feeling better than ever. Trust us.