The real Bridget Jones?
In my early 20's I worked 80 hours a week to pay the bills and a plane ticket to get me from Cornwall to New Zealand. Just before I was about to set off on my travels, I got glandular fever and then my tour got cancelled!
Despite my mishaps, I continued with my plans to venture to New Zealand. When I was settled, I studied a degree in Applied Science (Psychology) and did this part-time for 8 years whilst working full-time. It was during this time of my life where I learnt incredible time management and organisational skills!
At work I tried to progress my career, but found I was thrown in the deep end to do a bit of public speaking. Rather than being able to glide into the moment, I awkwardly froze in front of a large audience and was unable to introduce myself! I know, I know, I've had my name my whole life, how hard can it be right? My mind was so overwhelmed and I was riddled with self-doubt, that I stood frozen in time, like a stunned bunny rabbit blinded by the headlights! Oh the shame!
Add to the mix relationship breakdowns, workplace bullying and burnout, my self-esteem and confidence took a downward spiral, and I eventually came to the realisation that I was treading through a life filled with self-doubt, fear and a lack of clarity.
Whilst these experiences helped shape me to who I am today, they do not define me!
Over the years I have learnt a lot of lessons and have had to learn to like myself! Although there will always be falls that I can take, when I started to accept who I was and know what I wanted from life, the landing got a whole lot softer!
So flipping my pain to my power
I immigrated on my own from Cornwall to New Zealand and have been hugely fortunate to have travelled to some pretty darn amazing places around the world.
I am a firm believer in the importance of self-care, personal development, being kind to yourself, having boundaries and knowing what works for you!
I have empathy and stack loads of emotional intelligence.
I have spoken at international conferences (and words actually came out of my mouth!)
I have a Diploma in Professional Coaching, a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (Psychology) and a Master's degree in Teaching (Primary).
I have faced several fears! From my fear of public speaking to presenting at international conferences. From holding myself back for years and refusing to drive, to buying a car and driving across two islands to live the dream of being in the South Island of New Zealand!
I've been fortunate to be able to tick off many things from my bucket list! From walking parts of the Great Wall of China, to volunteering in an orphanage, to taking to the skies to do a wing-walk!
I know my experiences have given me resilience, a wealth of life knowledge and skills. I know who I am and what it is I want from life and I am passionate about helping others break through barriers, build success and live life without regret!