I empower heart-centred women to make a positive impact in the world - starting by loving themselves first.
My philosophy is that coming back to the truth of who you are, allows you to shine your light more brightly and have the energy to fulfil your true purpose.
As a mixed race woman of British and Caribbean heritage, I'm passionately committed to social justice. Read my diversity and inclusion mission statement here.
I'm mum to two daughters aged 10 and 15.
I'm an accredited mindfulness teacher with the globally recognised organisation, Breathworks
I'm a certified life coach and parent coach and am trained in trauma-sensitive mindfulness.
I'm an award-winning health journalist
I love guinea pigs, 5 Rhythms dancing, yin yoga, vegan food, and Sophie Kinsella books
I've always had big dreams of making a difference in a world, but for many years exhaustion, confusion and chronic health issues held me back.
In my early 30s I was diagnosed with Hashimotos auto-immune disease, which causes the body's immune system to attack the thyroid. Despite being medicated and my blood tests showing I was in the 'normal' range, I suffered from debilitating chronic fatigue. I felt so frustrated as there were so many things I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to live my purpose and make an impact on the world, but I hardly had the energy to get out of bed.
In an effort to deal with my symptoms I became obsessed with researching health and healing. This resulted in me making huge changes to my diet and lifestyle in an attempt to restore my energy levels.
One of the things recommended to help auto-immune disease is reducing stress, but with two young daughters and a job as a feature writer for a large healthcare organisation, this didn't always feel possible!
A new direction
At my lowest point of feeling totally depleted, I booked onto a meditation retreat at a women's centre called Taraloka in Wales. Little did I know that this week would change the whole direction of my life!
I still remember rocking up at that centre, totally exhausted after a five-hour train journey from London. I felt out of place in the rural surroundings with my brightly coloured maxi dress and full face of makeup. I was terrified about the possibility of a week without the distractions of TV, alcohol, social media and constantly checking my phone. I knew I would have to go inside myself and was scared what I find there.
That week I dropped into a new way of being, learnt to meditate, felt the kindness of those around me and for the first time in years I felt safe and calm.
Unfortunately I couldn't stay permanently in the idyllic surroundings of the retreat centre and after a week I was back to London and my stressful job. It was obvious that if I was to maintain the peace of mind I'd gained, I would need to keep meditating.
I started regularly attending the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. Although I love the wisdom and dharma (teachings of the Buddha) I never identified myself as a 'Buddhist' as I also draw on so many other traditions in my spirituality. However regular meditation gave me the tools to help cope with the challenges of life and experience more awareness every day.
Eventually I came across the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health eight-week course, which is aimed at people with chronic illness and health conditions. This taught me specific skills for dealing with my pain and fatigue. After using these tools to manage my own symptoms, I decided to train to be a teacher and synchronistically found myself back at Taraloka - this time doing my mindfulness teacher training. I am now a fully accredited mindfulness teacher and registered with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA).
During the pandemic, I also co-founded the online Awakening Women's Circle to provide to support and community during the lockdown. This is still going strong over a year later and we now run regular retreat days too.
Mindfulness has been key to awakening to the meaning of my life and having the clarity and energy to make a difference in the world. Now I can honestly say that I'm truly fulfilled, living my purpose and love witnessing the amazing transformation of the women I work with.
I'd love to help guide you in stepping into your full potential and purpose. The world needs heart-centred women like you to make a difference!
Click the link here to find out more about how you can work with me. I can't wait to connect with you!
Find out more about my courses and coaching for heart-centred women.