Many women want to know, express, and flourish as their true Self but, all too often, they’ve got nowhere to go to let go of their roles and responsibilities for a while, and just focus on becoming more fully themselves.
Many women want to explore life more deeply, express their self freely, lead a life that fulfils them, and authentically grow. But it can be hard for them to find guidance, and support, on this path.
Women of all ages, and life stages, have something vital to offer this world but many feel unrealised, unworthy, depleted, lost, frustrated, or stuck. I was such a woman, and that’s why I created The Soul Studio.
The Soul Studio is a creative sanctuary that supports women to really know, express, and flourish as their true Self inside of a life that deeply fulfils them.
It’s for women just like you.
Why I Do This Work
Contrary to popular belief, taking time to really know, and live in alignment with, your true Self isn’t selfish, a privilege, or just some ‘nice idea’.
It’s vital to your authentic fulfilment, well-being, well-doing, and health which, in turn, also benefits others.
Living out-of-touch with with who you really are just creates misery, turmoil, tension, and dis-ease. I know because I did it myself for nearly twenty years.
So, I know just how lost, stuck, frustrated, uninspired, and powerless it can make you feel. I know how empty, and hard, life then seems to be.
But I found a solution.
I went on my adventure of Self-discovery, found ways to reclaim and express my creativity, and took gradual steps to live, and grow, true to me.
This led me back home to my Self and to the magic, and aliveness, of life.
Now, I do this work to share my hard-won wisdom, insight, processes, and tools so that other women don’t have to struggle, or flounder, like I did. It’s painful and wastes too much precious time.
I do it to champion women to reclaim their authenticity, creativity, vitality, and voice because this world needs women to rise, and be alive, and I want to do what I can to help facilitate that.
When I say I’m passionate about this work I mean it. It flows from my own lived experience, and I’ve spent years studying it’s various threads, including spirituality, creativity, transpersonal psychology, the healing arts, and human potential.
Outside of this, I love creating art, being in nature, having deep and meaningful conversations, dining with friends, and doing stuff that supports my own personal growth.
I now live in the beautiful seaside town of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, with my husband and dog and feel blessed to lead a life of my choosing. But, it wasn’t always this way.
My Adventure of Self-discovery
In my mid twenties, I worked as an occupational therapist with people who were ill, ageing, disabled, and dying.
It made me realise that life IS a gift, and time is short, so we should therefore use it wisely. It led me to crave more than my humdrum, nine-to-five existence …I wanted a life of meaning, freedom, possibility, adventure, and depth. But I didn’t know where to start, and there was no one around to show me.
Everyone else seemed just fine with their daily routine and status quo, whereas I found it increasingly stifling, uninspiring, and dull. I felt I was destined for more.
I began to question the meaning of life and, unknowingly, slid into a ‘dark night my soul’.
In the Wilderness
On the outside my days carried on as normal, but inside I often felt frustrated, lost, and alone.
I was frightened of death, and confused by life, and had this deep sense that some ‘thing’ was missing, but I didn’t know what.
The more I wrestled with it all the more tangled and trapped I felt. I began to have bouts of deep anxiety.
As my suffering seemed to be about work, I spent years trying to improve things there. I grafted, got promoted, changed jobs, and gained qualifications.
I was constantly seeking that ‘thing’ which would help me realise my potentials, and allow me to feel inspired, complete, and free.
But that never happened. Instead, I felt like a failure as, no matter what I did or achieved, nothing really excited or satisfied me.
It seemed that there must be something wrong with me …that I was a misfit, too idealistic, or unable to cope. I’d tried so hard to change my life for the better and had no idea about what to do next.
Finding My Way
It was then that I had my first mystical experience. It made me realise I was spiritually lost and in need of support. It was odd, as I’d never seen myself as ‘spiritual’ before.
It was the start of my determined quest to find, and free, my Self.
For the next six years I studied, worked with different teachers, and used all sorts of creative activities to explore the hidden depths of my inner world. It was something I’d feared, and avoided, for years.
But, this adventure of Self-discovery, creative Self-expression, and personal growth was THE most expanding, liberating, and enlivening thing I’ve ever done.
Along the way there were personal challenges, triumphs, insights, and treasures and some amazing experiences, including the unexpected download for the outline of my book.
And, finally, I found the ‘thing’ that was missing …a relationship with myself, my creative spirit, and soul. What I was seeking lived within me, I just had to start to uncover, unleash, and live true to it all. This is my path in life now, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Much of my life’s prepared me for this work, especially my own path of Self-discovery. I’ve also:
❉ Seventeen years professional experience helping people of all ages and abilities to realise their potentials (seven years as an occupational therapist and ten years as a Lecturer in the subject at Derby University).
❉ Wrote a book that became my philosophy of living and blueprint for my work.
Certificates (Date Order):
- PG Cert. in Psychosynthesis Foundations (2012)
- Certificate in Meaning Coaching (2009)
- MA Education (2008)
- PG Cert. in Teaching in Higher Education (2003)
- City & Guilds in Adult and Further Education (2001)
- BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (1994)