Coaching changed my life – My Story
I have always been passionate about peoples’ wellbeing. Coaching, for me is the unique way I can (more powerful- less me) both express my need to help others and share what I’ve learned through my own training and experience. I have now coached hundreds of people over thousands of hours and am delighted that this is now my career.
In 2001 a 3 day intensive course blew my mind and introduced me to coaching; a new world of possibility – one where I could be responsible for my own life and be happy. I was able to take back complete control of the ‘voice inside my head’ which analysed and criticised. I began pointing my life in a meaningful direction. My biggest breakthrough was I really ‘got it’ that I wasn’t a victim of my past circumstances and experiences, they didn’t define me. Boom. I went on to complete all three of the Landmark courses by 2003.
My new found passion and drive was directed at my career in the organic food sector. I created and lead new events which brought people together in a fun and inspiring way. I rallied local businesses to create a successful, local festival. I even created an annual artisan market, and ‘make and bake and grow’ competition, complete with judges and gorgeous colourful rosettes as prizes!
I wanted a kickass challenge so I took up Chinese kickboxing and started working my way through the belts. I loved both the physical and mental challenges of this sport and it really helped me focus and go way beyond my perceived physical and mental limitations.
Around the same time I started going out into the wilds and foraging. Through this I met Jesper, a wild food expert (now part of The Hebden Retreat team) who I learned a lot from. I went on to run a very successful series of seasonal supper clubs I called ‘Wild Food Evenings’. Every night was a sold out event! I just loved bringing people together through food and it really worked.
Meanwhile I gained my black belt in Chinese kickboxing in 2007 and became an unstoppable force! Caron, who was my kickboxing trainer is now part of the Hebden Retreat team with the beautiful movement system she has developed.
I met my future husband, Alan in 2005 and by 2007 we were married and started our first food business together, Dig Food, a local, organic food delivery company. This business became successful, but I still felt the call of the coaching. I saw my friends struggle with things in their lives. They would come to me for advice and I would always end up talking things through with them and helping them. However, it didn’t feel as transformative as I knew it could and I wanted to help more. Then the lightbulb moment occurred. It was time for me to train to be a professional coach.
In 2009 I finally went for it and did my coach training with New U Coaching. I had found my place. It felt incredible. New U took me on as an associate and trained me to train other coaches, as they saw my potential straight away. I felt like I had come home! I threw myself into the work, read everything I could get my hands on and started my practice.
Whatever you want is there within your grasp. Often all you need is that someone to share your dreams with and help you get to the YES in your life. How do you want to experience life? What do you want? Let’s look, let’s ask questions, let’s learn, let’s explore and let’s create
Qualifications and Experience
Landmark Forum 2001
Landmark Advanced Course 2003
Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Program 2003
Chorlton Fringe Food and drink Festival 2004 – 2006
Wild Food Evenings – 2004 – 2013
Organic Food business 2007-2011
New U qualification 2009 – Certificate in Profession Coaching Practice (ICF Accredited Course)
Over 250 clients and over 2,000 hours of coaching experience