I teach women all over the world how to live a happier, healthier, and more purposeful life, I'm a forever learner, an eternal optimist. Dedicated to helping you create the life you want.
"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle but in the end."
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For as long as I can remember, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. After spending over 20 years in the corporate world of Banking and Consultancy, I took a leap of faith and proudly created The Purposeful Life.
Growing up, I was always full of energy and positivity, the kid with the wild imagination, Dolly Daydream was one of my nicknames, then at 23, my first curveball hit me hard. I was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), otherwise known as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), my body seemed to shut down.
My first question to the Doctor was, "Am I going to die?" when the answer was "no," I knew I had to change.
I had been burning the candle at both ends, working hard and playing harder, not paying any attention to my health and wellness, I was young and indestructible, right? Wrong!
While healing at home, my spiritual and self-love journey began with the help of the most amazing teachers one could ever have wished for; Dr. Wayne Dyer, Robin Sharma, Deepak Chopra, and Louise Hay.
Three books ignited the change: The Monk who Sold His Ferrari, You Can Heal Your Life, and The Alchemist.
I had grown up with a very spiritual mind-set and began meditating and using visualisation techniques from the age of 13.
But knowledge without action is just knowledge, I had let this practice slip, and I now needed it more than ever.
After 18 months of not functioning very well at all, I began to get strength back and decided I needed to regain my life and take back control.
I qualified as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist and studied Lifestyle Management; I had to understand what my body needed to be well.
Over the next decade, numerous life lessons lined my path, I left a toxic relationship, became a single mum, then a step mum, I saw my dad battle Cancer, and suffer a near-fatal Heart Attack, yet I felt strong enough to handle these moments, and I did.
My life was on track.
Then bam, the next curveball hit, this one felt like it had been thrown from outer space.
One morning I woke up, I went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and cried, I had no idea who this woman was, I didn't recognise her at all, she didn't look like me, and I didn't feel like me. I sat on the floor for an hour, sobbing.
I was scared, confused, and felt incredibly lost. I was 38
I love rollercoasters, but this one was a joke. It took four years before finally the Doctor's agreed I was peri-menopausal. I was no longer depressed, suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, or losing the plot, I was hormonal.
The relief was incredible, don't get me wrong, I still had the most awful brain fog, post-it notes became a life long friend, the joint pain in my hands was so bad I cried daily, my libido was in the back of a cupboard somewhere, and I felt tired, so very tired, all the time.
What I did next changed my life.
I grabbed my Journal and asked myself the following question.
"What did I want from life, my life?"
It will be no surprise to you that the answer didn't magically appear, but slowly over a few weeks, I got closer and closer.
Then I had it. "At 102, I want to be able to do what I can do today and more." I have an overwhelming desire to live a long, very long, healthy, happy, balanced, and purposeful life.
"Remember what the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire you can achieve."
Yes, people laugh when I tell them that, but, "If people don't laugh at your dreams, your dreams aren't big enough."
To achieve this goal, I had to make changes, physically, mentally, and emotionally and although at times it was really hard, so far, all the changes have been more than worth it.
First, I quit alcohol (I was drinking way too much). I needed clarity and no excuses. Next, I studied health and life coaching, so I was better equipped to develop new healthy habits along with gaining a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition, I quickly adopted this lifestyle, enabling me to be in control of healing myself from within but also doing my part to heal our planet.
I'm grateful that I'll forever be a work in progress, and I know life will always throw curveballs to keep me on my toes.
I feel prepared, and I want you to feel that too.
The life lessons I learned and the habit changes I made are what I'd like to share with you. We're all unique, and our wants and needs are different, but I'll give you the tools to create the healthy, happy, and purposeful life of your dreams.
I don't have all the answers, and I have days where I want to scream, really loud, and some days I want to run and hide.
What I do have is passion, commitment, and knowledge to guide you towards rediscovering the best version of you.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I'd love to learn more about you.
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Wishing you a beautiful day.
Love & light