I’m often asked by clients about my story. So, I’ve written a bit about my journey so far for those who might be interested.
From a very early age, I knew I wanted to do my own thing. I was ambitious and driven. I wanted to run a successful business just like my Father and Grandfather. By the age of 21, after an incredible 3-year stint at Lynne Franks PR, one of London’s top PR agencies, I decided to start my own small PR agency and managed a band. That’s when the cracks started to appear. I began to question what I was doing, where I was going and what was my purpose in life. By my mid 20s, I was suffering from high anxiety and panic attacks. So I embarked on a quest to find some answers and heal.
Call to Adventure
What followed was a 5-year journey of deep self discovery and personal development. In the process, I met some amazing people, some on their own quest, others helping people like me to navigate life changing transformation. From working with a Shaman, to having Therapy and Hypnotherapy, to going to Life Training workshops, to hands on healing, yoga weekends, meditation workshops, sweat lodges, sound healing workshops and more, I immersed myself in everything this journey had to offer. I read self development and spiritual books and had seemingly unexplainable experiences and moments of ‘awakening’. Throughout this journey, it became clear that my purpose was to shift consciousness, albeit I had no idea quite how I was going to manifest this at the time. And this was all before the birth of the Internet, which was to become my next adventure.
At this point, I came to a fork in the road. I knew it at the time but I gave in to my own fear and fate took a guiding hand. I had been teaching self esteem and people on purpose courses, was running Men’s Groups and had produced a video called The Complete Guide to Men’s Health (sponsored by BUPA). But then my brother and I came up with an idea for the Internet, which was still in its infancy in 1994. With nothing but an idea, a laptop and evangelical like Entrepreneurial spirit we created one of the earliest Internet companies and won a DTi award for innovation in the process. It all happened so fast. Before I knew it, I was back running a business, with the personal development world fast disappearing in my rearview mirror (little did I know it was going to take another 25 years before I was to fully return to it). I threw myself into pioneering Entrepreneurship, which I found incredibly exciting, challenging and rewarding, all in equal doses. Yet, I couldn’t shake this nagging feeling that this wasn’t my path.
I continued on my Entrepreneurial path, which led to me to become a digital strategy and marketing consultant for e-commerce and tech ventures. I had taken my accelerated learning of running an Internet business to help other digital Entrepreneurs and start-ups make their vision a reality. But this nagging feeling simply got worse and worse. Anxiety reared its head again, especially in my professional life. Perhaps it was this anxiety, coupled with a growing sense that I was still not following my true path that drove me to start to listen. To truly begin to tune into my inner voice.
Passion and Consistency
At this time, I discovered a new passion in my personal life for endurance sports and in 2005 I completed my first Triathlon. I was also compelled to re-read Tony Robbins’ seminal book ‘Awaken the Giant within’, which had been part of my original quest of self development and discovery. I was spellbound and instantly decided to apply his CANI (Constant and Never Ending Improvement) model to my Triathlon and endurance sports training. 15 years on and I am still consistently training on a daily basis and have taken on exciting sporting endurance challenges including an Ironman, Marathons, Open Water Swim events such as the Dart 10K river swim, Cycling Sportives and more.
A year later, having re-acquainted myself with ‘Awaken the Giant Within’, I attended Tony Robbins’s ‘Unleash the Power Within’ weekend at London’s Excel Center.
I will never forget the moment as I fire-walked across hot coals at this event with thousands of other participants, the river Thames stretching out in front of me. I smiled, as just a month before I had literally swam in that very river competing in the London Triathlon. I was growing to love life’s coincidences and synchronicities.
However, it wasn’t until a month before my 52nd birthday, after a moment of self-reflection, that I knew it was time to make a change. To make a significant shift in my journey. I remember sitting with my morning coffee in a local Starbucks writing a stream of consciousness in my morning journal. I had a light bulb moment as a flash of inspiration went through my mind. Suddenly it all made sense. I wanted to be a Coach. I felt a rush of energy and within a month I had booked on a coaching course right before my birthday, and I haven’t looked back since.
From the very first training module, I knew this was my calling. Wanting to be the very best I can be in service of my clients, I immersed myself in my coaching training and studies.
It only took me 25 years to return to my true calling. But I wouldn’t change the experiences I had on the way, no matter how challenging they were and how long the transition took as they inform the work I do today. Along with my one-to-one work with private clients, I also have a vision to work with Leaders, their teams and communities around the world to help make a positive impact and shift global consciousness.
So what’s your story and how can I help you live the life you truly want to lead?
I’ve found that by learning to listen to what’s important to me, developing more of a growth mindset, having self-compassion and living for the moment has brought me more resilience, meaning and fulfilment into my unfolding journey of self-discovery.
“Growing up my Grandmother taught me how to have a ‘glass is half full’ mindset and my Father encouraged me to embrace the University of Life. I believe we have greatness in each and every one of us.”
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