We humans have so much inner strength; sometimes we just don't see it. I love drawing those pearls of wisdom from people.
I left school at sixteen, became a trainee reporter; a huge learning curve which introduced me to the 'real world'. I gained fantastic life experience and the ability to communicate on different levels.
I realised I wanted to help people to help themselves.
After supporting adults with learning disabilities for a couple of years, I took a huge leap of faith, and went backpacking around Australia and New Zealand. It was monumental for me; it signified my coming of age, a transition to independence; it was proof I could stand on my own two feet and be responsible.
Following a year of fun and reflection Down Under, I came home, met my future husband, had a baby and took evening classes to improve my career prospects. I went to university and trained as an occupational therapist. For nine years I worked with people with mental health conditions in the NHS. I realised I could really listen; and people responded.
In 2009 I started working in the voluntary sector for a charitable organisation which campaigns for the needs of people with a terminal condition. Another huge learning curve, which highlighted how fragile and unpredictable life can be.
There was still an 'itch to scratch' and I'd been considering different options when I spotted an advert for a coaching taster day in London. I went along, met some lovely people and really enjoyed myself. There was no going back, I was hooked. It was like coming home; I'd finally found my vocation and purpose. It only took 40 years!!
I feel privileged to play a part in guiding people towards their goals and love seeing the results.
When I'm not coaching, I love walking my gorgeous black Lab, Oscar, taking random photos and hygge!