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WOMAN WHO WRITES FINALIST

Yesterday was the Woman Who Finalist interview day at Coombe Abbey Hotel. I feel very blessed to be a finalist in the Women Who Writes category and I feel lucky that my business partner Laura Moss in Inspire and Connect is also a finalist, in the Women Who Networks category... we actually got to spend a very rare full day together, connecting with each other and so many other inspiring and incredible women in the fabulous Women Who community founded by Sandra Garlick MBE. My Wellness Toolbox was very handy and also got a recharge. Nerves came up (naturally) and I was full of self-doubt within minutes of leaving the interview room (also human) yet I know that no matter the...

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Workplace Wellness Testimonial

Thank You very much to HR Director Carolyn Cole  from Construction Testing Solutions Ltd for this great testimonial following two workplace wellness sessions I delivered during #mentalhealthawarenessweek Please contact me directly if you would like me to deliver a talk or workshop for your teams, encouraging them to be more self aware about their own self care.Using my lived experiences of mental illness and proven tools I have used in my everyday and the corporate workplace for over 24 years, I have designed a variety of workshops, for your employees, colleagues and teams, to encourage and motivate them to manage and maintain their own wellbeing in the workplace (and beyond). I will join you on away days, brown bag sessions,...

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WHAT DOES LONELINESS LOOK LIKE?

What does loneliness look like? What does a lonely person look like? What does a person who feels very detached from her friends look like? What does someone drowning in her own negative thoughts look like? What does someone on constant high alert look like? What does someone having hourly anxiety attacks look like? What does someone using alcohol to try to banish the intrusive thoughts look like? In this photo I am age 22 on a girls holiday in Turkey. This is me with my sister who joined us for a week, I was holidaying with my best friends. We spent two weeks in the sunshine, I was surrounded by friendship, with constant chatter, gossip and laughter. By day...

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TOOL #16 RELEASE & LET GO OF LIMITING BELIEFS

This is me age 5. When I wanted to be a nurse. Many times in early adulthood I would say I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. It was during my latest healing journey that I was reminded that isn’t true. As actually there have been two periods of time in my life when I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Age 5 I knew when I grew up I wanted to be a nurse. So what changed? I was handed a limiting belief. Not intentionally, no one did it on purpose, nor to cause harm or to hold me back. Yet this is a fine example of how what we are told...

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Back in the Therapists chair…

This week I was reunited with a water bottle I haven’t seen since March 2020. I was led back to it because I decided to do something that many consider brave. I sat back in the psychotherapists chair! Woah!! What?! Why?! Everything is ok?! Isn’t it?! The last time I spoke to my lovely therapist was November 2020. The last time I sat in her actual chair was just before lockdown in March 2020 when she supported me through a very difficult period in my life. Since then I have continued to heal in quite incredible ways and would once again say I live a predominantly anxiety and OCD free life. Yet a few weeks ago, I had, for the...

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