‘Living joyfully and in alignment with my deepest self’ in south east Wales with the lovely Martin, who I married in a most wonderful celebration in August 2015. Between us we have four grown children and being a part of this family is a huge blessing.
The ‘living joyfully and in alignment with my deepest self’’ comes from a quote by Dr. Christine Northrup, “Health isn’t just the absence of disease. It’s being physically and emotionally able to live joyfully and in alignment with your deepest self. You have the ability to build health every day. Just be open to new ideas and to adopting new habits.” This pretty much sums up my approach to life. Working with my Fresh Air Fridays groups came about because I love being outside – whether that’s pottering in the garden or wandering around the hills and coast; and I love helping people to live their best life. Combining the two fulfils me while fulfilling others too – joy!
A bit of background:
I’ve been interested in self-development and self-awareness since I did my first counselling training in 1997. I’d been at sea working on cruise ships – which is a whole other story – until coming home to Wales in 1993 to give birth to my son Joe; so I was starting over career-wise. The counselling skills stood me in good stead when I chose to retrain to teach adults; and later when coordinating courses in Community Education; and designing and delivering national “train the trainer” programmes. Through working in the education and training sector for over a decade, I developed many core mentoring and coaching skills; and I’d also been offering facilitation on a voluntary basis with a global training and development organisation. Over time, the results that I saw achieved through coaching inspired me and, in 2010, I undertook formal training to consolidate my knowledge and skills. That’s when I took the plunge to become fully self-employed as a Life Coach.
I’m naturally curious: about the world, about ‘stuff’ in it and particularly about people. As a coach, I am of course interested in how the mind works; but I became increasingly interested in the mind and body connection. I started reading widely around the subject and thinking about how I could contribute to my clients by bringing a well-being aspect to my coaching. It is apparent that mental and emotional issues impact physically, you only have to have a good massage to know how that helps relieve stress-related knots and tensions! Serendipity? In October 2012 I had a diagnosis of breast cancer. Thankfully, I had a wealth of support and wonderful friends. I also had everything I’d learnt about holistic wellbeing, a coaching community and health professionals who were almost saintly in their patient (no pun intended!) responses to my endless questions. This helped me on a treatment programme which mixed complementary therapies and conventional medicine, and I accessed support from many different organisations and individuals to do so. I am very grateful to them all.
Back to Now:
Regardless of the ups and downs of that journey, there was a key aspect that helped me remain empowered – I sought, explored and developed a balance between my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states. This included trying Reiki, mindfulness, naturopathy, cycling, travelling, yoga, hill-walking, journey-work, body wisdom therapy, retreats and more. Since then I’ve completed a 2-year Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma, Mindfulness Instructor training, become a Reiki practitioner and continued to develop embodied wisdom practices because they all were, and remain, so valuable; not only to me but to the people I work with. Everyone can benefit from balancing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states, whether you’re in peak condition or dealing with a health issue or other challenge; although it’ll mean different things to different people. If you’re interested in finding out what it is for you, I’d be delighted to hear from you.