The Collaborative No. 23
Today we are featuring Everyday Visionary Libby Wallace who is a Sober Empowerment Coach and founder of Soberly.
Libby has a passion for helping people. She sees the possibilities in people when they may not be able to see them for themselves. She recognizes the doubt, reluctance and fear that can can occur during the healing process and it is from this space that Libby helps people begin their transformations.
Leading a purposeful, fulfilling life starts with a belief that everyone is curable and no one is broken. Libby is like a personal trainer for getting your life into shape. Whatever a person puts into it is what they get out of the work. The work is a journey inward to discovering the self and loving the person that is found.
When Libby started on her journey, she looked for community that was in alignment with what she believed and there was none. She was inspiring others around her by the life she was creating and through sharing her story, the community that she desired grew organically.
Libby's instagram account is full of smiles, inspirational quotes and beautiful pictures of New Zealand. Check it out for a quick little "pick me up" and you get a real feel for the sense of humor and love that can exist in recovery.
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- Where do you currently work?
- What is your current role?
Sober Empowerment Coach
- How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?
I help women stop drinking alcohol so they can become the best versions of themselves ever!
- What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?
Inspiring and empowering women to step into their next level of life, love and consciousness
- What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?
Helping one of my good friends (who used to party hard with me) give up drinking and fall in love with herself and her life, which she hasn't done since she was a child.
- What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?
Always, always, always listen to my intuition, especially in terms of who I get to work with me in my business. I had a funny feeling about someone, but decided to work with them even when my intuition was like "NOOOOOO" and they added such a massive pressure to my business and my personal life that I became so overwhelmed for weeks. As soon as I decided to no longer have them in my business, I immediately felt better.
- What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?
t totally depends what mood I'm in. Sometimes for inspiration I'll just sit and meditate, or do yoga. I love Jessica Reid's guided meditations. Other times I'll listen to podcasts, Viola Hug is a fave. Majority of the time I'll go on Youtube and put a playlist depending on my mood. As for staying on top of emerging trends - I read articles but mostly I just go with the flow and listen to my clients needs. Everyone is so different and I'm not a fan of 'trends' as such, but more 'epic, amazing, long term lifestyle changes'.
- What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?
Passion!! A passion for helping change social norms. A passion for challenging people to live their best life. Seeing women choose the "scary" path of living their best life is what motivates and inspires me. So motivation and inspiration are pretty important, as is being an amazing listener and being totally compassionate, understanding, empathetic and also being really, really positive. And knowing when to be serious but more importantly knowing when to have fun and laugh. Life is to be enjoyed!
- What you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens/students, etc.?
Freedom! Freedom from shame, guilt, drama and all the other crappy stuff that alcohol can bring to someone's life when they get stuck in the cycle of drinking to get drunk all the time. I see them loving themselves so much that they don't ever feel the need to drink again. I also envision for my clients a life of inner peace and calm and a total sense of purpose. I envision all of my clients discovering their true purpose and being filled with an inner sense of freedom. Nothing can beat that!
- What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?
Right now? The biggest challenge for me is deciding whether to go to bed or to continue working on my current work project? I'm just kidding, I know that's not what you meant - the biggest challenge that I'm trying to solve is "how come the western world has such a massive binge drinking culture". I live in New Zealand and growing up I always thought it was just us that drank a lot. I've also spent time in the USA, UK, Australia and we are all the same. We have learned to socialise and live life lubricated with alcohol. Everything, every situation is an occasion to drink. Whether it be a birthday, a family holiday, a funeral, a stressful day, a successful day, etc. you get the picture. When did it become socially acceptable to totally numb ourselves to feeling basic human feelings and emotions? We are social beings by nature and I find it really ironic that so many people struggle to socialize without alcohol. Like it's so engrained in us as we become adults that in order to socialize, we drink. I love challenging social norms. Like, do we ever stop and ask ourselves, "why do we do that?"
- When and where do you tend to get your ideas?
My imagination. Or through meditation. Normally when I'm nearly asleep. Also when I am walking in nature or at the beach.
- What are three of your favorite books?
Ooooh put on the spot. "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons is an all time fave.
I love things that are fictional but could be non-fiction. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnagie
...and my new favourite book is one I'm on the last chapter of currently is "Pussy: A Reclamation" by Regena Thomashauer is an epic womens empowerment book!!
- What’s one of your favorite non-profits?
The city I live in has "Wellington Free Ambulance" and it's a free emergency healthcare that will come to anywhere in the region for any medical emergency. I've used them quite a few times and I'm so grateful to live in a place with free health care.
- If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
Gabby Bernstein would be numero uno!
I'd also love to collab with Tony Robbins!
I really can't decide between Oprah and Eminem. Maybe those two could collab and become a group so that I can pick them both. How epic would that event be!!!!
- What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?
It'd be the most epic weekend event! It'd be in a beautiful beach location somewhere and there'd be an early morning dance party which Eminem would be the main artist at. It'd be on the beach as the sun is rising, a sober rave!! Then there'd be an incredible (plant based) buffet breakfast, followed by an incredible spiritual workshop by Gabby Bernstein and then Eminem would invite some of his friends to perform in the evening, with dinner. We'd go to bed early, because, you know, it's been a long day. The next morning we'd have Oprah running an inspiring morning show, and Tony Robbins running an unbelievably transformative afternoon. Eminem would rap up the evening with another dance party at dusk, again a sober rave on the beach as the sun goes down to close the weekend. And I'll be hosting it and MCing. Oh my god. I can't wait for this weekend!! Can anyone help me actually make this happen?! Haha.
- If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?
Empowering women to step into their next level of love, life and consciousness.
- How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?
I make a cup of tea and sit on the couch and take time to just breathe. I've really focused lately on removing all stress from my life, and if I'm feeling stressed, to just stop and take some deep breathes. It really helps in terms of slowing our bodies down and focusing on the present moment.
- What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?
Spend more time with your family. And eat more cake. (vegan cake of course).
- What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?
Having traveled the world so much and being a self employed entrepreneur. (it was always a dream but I never knew what I would do)
- What does your creative process entail when you're doing what you do best?
It depends what I'm creating. I like to think I'm pretty creative so it really depends on my mood. If I'm "in the zone" I could be creating/writing/designing for hours without even moving. Sometimes I sit and meditate with soft music to help me "get in the zone" or sometimes I'll put dance music on and do a quick workout or dance around the house to get my energy flowing. It really depends on the day. Sometimes I'll do 12 - 15 hour days for a few days in a row then do like 3 or 4 hour days. Somedays I won't create anything at all (apart from dinner, I'm very creative when I cook too). I just listen to my mood and create when I'm feeling creative, in whatever creative way I feel like.
- Is there anything particularly compelling that you want us to know that we didn't ask?
My life was strongly impacted by a quote I heard when I was 12 years old. This quote has shaped the way I live my life (along with many things of course, but this was a standout). I'll share it with you in the hope that you see what I saw in it: "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're probably right" - Henry Ford.