Making the decision to live, and flourish, true to yourself is SO worthwhile.
It changes everything for the better, and is FAR more desirable than the alternative, where you risk living a half-life, a false life, or someone else’s life instead.
But, how do you actually go about it?
Well, first you have to get to know yourself. You have to discover who you are beyond your roles and responsibilities, and all those ideas about who you could, should or must be.
You need to find ways to unleash your creativity, and express yourself authentically, so you can share who you are, and bloom true to yourself. It’s no fun to hide or fake-it in life, or to only grow as others want, or need, you to be.
You have to know the steps to take to start living a life that feels good to you. Otherwise, it’s easy to just dream, stay stuck, settle for less, or go around in circles in life.
You need someone who gets your desire to live more expansively, and someone who can help to show you the way.
I needed all of these things myself, and that’s why I created The Soul Studio.
Why I Do This Work
I know what it’s like to struggle, and get by, in a life that doesn’t fit, or feel right, because I lived that way for almost twenty years.
So, I know how painful, and self-defeating, it can be. I know how empty, lost, miserable, and stuck it can make you feel. I know how it impacts your health, and how hard life then seems to be.
I also know that nothing really improved in my life until I got to know, live, and flourish true to me.
Now, I do this work to share all those hard-won lessons, insights, and tools that I’ve gathered along the way so that you don’t have to struggle, or flounder, for as long as I did. It’s futile and wastes too much precious time.
I do it because you deserve to be fully known in your life, if only by yourself.
And I do it because I’m on a mission to help spread the word about an, often overlooked, truth: living true to yourself is VITAL to your well-being, well-doing, and health which then benefits others and our world.
You, others, and the world stand to gain from your decision to live true to you.
My Path to Here
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 our time is short, so we should therefore use it wisely. I began to crave more than my nine-to-five existence. I wanted a life of meaning, freedom, possibility, 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 the daily routine and status quo, but I found it increasingly stifling, uninspiring, and dull. I felt like 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 lost, frustrated, and alone.
I was frightened of death, and confused by life, and had this deep sense that some ‘thing’ was missing, but I just couldn’t figure out what.
The more I wrestled with it all the more tangled and trapped I felt. I began to experience deep anxiety.
As my suffering seemed to be about work, it made sense to try and improve things there. So, over the years, I grafted, got promoted, and gained qualifications.
Secretly, I was always waiting for the person, opportunity, or event that would help me realise my potentials and allow 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.
I began to wonder if there was something wrong with me. I’d tried so hard to improve my life, but I just couldn’t find a way through.
Finding My Way
Nothing really changed until I got help.
I sought out teachers, and guides, who knew how to help me move from those stuck, and frustrated, places and get me to where I wanted to be.
And, then, I found the ‘thing’ that was missing in my life …a relationship with me.
As I got to know, honour, express, and live true to myself everything changed for the better, including my inner life, work, relationships, lifestyle, and health.
Now it’s my passion, and joy, to be on this ongoing path of getting to live, and flourish, ever-more-true to myself. I do hope you’ll join me.
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 live in the beautiful seaside town of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, with my husband and dog and feel blessed to lead this life of my choosing.
❉ Seventeen years professional experience in helping people to realise their potentials (first as an occupational therapist and then as a Lecturer/ Academic on the subject at Derby University)
❉ Trained as a Meaning Coach with Dr. Eric Maisel and in the foundations of psycho-spiritual counselling work
❉ Wrote a book that’s my blueprint for this 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)