After my husband's death in 2018...
John and I were together for 33 years. There are no words to adequately describe the impact of losing a life partner suddenly and unexpectedly in such a brutal way. None of us really knows what the future holds.
At the time of John's death, I was already a well-qualified psychological coach with 18 years of experience. But I became even more acutely aware of how vital good mental health, emotional well-being and psychological fitness are. Without them, life is meaningless.
I became determined to live the rest of my life in pursuit of happiness, success, peace of mind and fulfilment. After taking time out to heal I realised that, for me, my work as a coach plays a major part in that. Much of my self-worth is derived from my identity as a coach. Coaching is not just something I do, it's a passion.
My coaching approach is supportive and challenging. I have a low threshold for BS! My aim is to help each individual client figure out - what's really most important to them, and what needs to change to create a life that is truly worth living.
When I'm Not Working...
You can find me writing, running
& riding horses
I've written three nonfiction books, including 'What Happened To John?' which explores issues connected to mental health, suicide and loss. To help maintain and improve my own psychological well-being I practice expressive writing and journaling. Now I'm trying my hand at fiction and I'm currently working on my first novel.
As a child, I loved horses, but riding lessons were beyond my family's means. Recently I decided it's never too late to start something new and now ride at least once a week.
I've never been 'sporty', but I enjoy the challenge of a weekly Park Run.
As well as writing, riding and running, I like walking (with and without my dog). Painting (badly!)
And a good bottle of red wine. Although I'm quite a private person and comfortable in my own company, I also like spending time with nice people who make me laugh and are up for adventures. Or just good conversation, coffee and cake!
Your workload and responsibilities are tremendous. There's quite simply too much to do in too little time. How do you prioritise when everything needs to be done now? How to delegate when you’re not sure if your team is up to it?
Are you responsible for setting the direction and vision of your company, but never have the time, head space or energy to truly focus?
Do you sometimes ask yourself, “What’s it all for?” How are you ever supposed to achieve the elusive balance of a successful career while truly enjoying the rest of your life? Are the most important people in your life really getting the best of you?
Change is necessary for improvement but it can create uncertainty and fear which can negatively impact team performance and wellbeing. I can help you navigate transitions, overcome resistance, and foster a culture that embraces change.
How do you deal with overwhelm & avoid burnout? Work stress impacts home life and home pressures impact your performance at work. Life will never be stress-free, so effective ways to manage stress & build greater resilience is crucial.
At the heart of leading an authentic life are self awareness and emotional intelligence. Exploring your blind spots, building genuine empathy & understanding the impact of emotions will increase your success and fulfilment.
Things I Can Help With
Here are a few of the areas I coach on: