When I was 20 I went travelling. It was a 12-month trip around South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It was amazing! I went to stunning places, beautiful beaches, had incredible adventures and met some wonderful people. But there were days when I felt frustrated, annoyed, angry even. When things didn’t go my way, when travel plans changed, when my environment wasn’t as comfortable as I’d like, when there were disagreements about where to go and what to do. I remember one particularly remarkable beach, which was an idyllic postcard kind of beach, and having a blazing row with one of my fellow travellers in our van! When the trip came to an end I couldn’t understand how I had felt such strong low vibe emotions when my surroundings were amazing and I had no responsibilities or expectations on me. I wished I’d appreciated it more.
Fast forward 10 years and I had the unexpected opportunity to go travelling again. This time for just 3 months and I was adamant I’d pack as much into that trip as possible. I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to travel like that again and I felt truly grateful. I was determined to enjoy every second. It was a whistle stop round the world and even though there were some significant challenges (I was ill for a large proportion of it) I rinsed every ounce of enjoyment out of it. How did I do it? I decided to be grateful for the experience each and every day. I didn’t want any regrets. I chose to appreciate each and every day and I was determined to live it to the full.
Now what if life is like that? What if we get to the end of it and we wished we’d enjoyed it more. When we look back we realise that we let some things get in the way and if we had our time again we’d appreciate it more, do more, have more, give more. Don’t get me wrong, I know life can be tough, and it has a way of challenging us and knocking us off track. It certainly isn’t as easy as having a 3 or 12 month holiday! But surely there is a way to live life to the full (and without having to have a near death experience to give us a second chance in life).
Fast forward another 10 years and I’ve got married and had kids. If you’re a parent you’ll know this is one of the biggest challenges. There’s been some tough times, I’m not going to lie. I certainly have wanted to be the best version of myself for them. This is what has fueled my personal development journey, a quest for a joyful life on the inside, despite the challenges on the outside. That’s the holy grail, right? It’s not easy, that’s why we need support on our journey. I’ve invested in my own personal development to get where I am now and I’m not done yet. I believe that the journey of self discovery and mastery is a continual one. My life has changed significantly as a result and I’m incredibly passionate about supporting and guiding others to do the same.
I have over 20 years experience working in Human Resources and obtained a Masters Degree in HR Management. During that time I’ve worked with and coached many leaders and gained valuable insights into how people function. Work has a particular impact on us (positively and sometimes negatively) probably because it’s so closely tied to our identity and values. I’m a qualified NLP Practitioner and Coach, I have a Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) and I am an ICF accredited Transformational Life Coach. My mission and my passion is the journey of personal development. I’ve been on my own journey of transformation and now I help others with theirs.