I led a very conventional suburban life working as an internal Human Resource Consultant in a bank before getting into Management Consultancy and then becoming Self Employed at the age of 30. Part of my strategy in becoming a Self Employed consultant was to be able to attend personal development workshops and training as I had a feeling there was something more for me and I was concerned with finding my life purpose.
One of the courses I attended was the Mastery of Self Expression. Although I seemed to express very little over the weekend, the tears flowed and I realised how safe I had been keeping myself. Gradually I learned what it was to experience my feelings rather than suppress them and I began to think about less conventional adventures I might want to have.
Later that year I set off for Australia, my first bit of independent travel. After a negative experience in my first year of University, I hadn’t really traveled further and this trip was truly liberating for me. A few years later I had trained as a teacher of English as a foreign language and set off to Asia. I traveled the region and taught in Hong Kong, China and Thailand.
I was still on my quest to find my life purpose and, whilst on a meditation retreat in Bali, it came to me that I am a teacher. I learn and then I teach. This has been the case throughout my life- from teaching dance as a teenager to internal training courses and management development workshops and then English. Finding ways to explain complex issues and guiding people through their learning comes very naturally to me. As my main interest was in life and I had had some positive coaching experiences from CoachU-trained coaches in the UK, I decided to train with them.
I began practising in Bangkok and set up Soul Sanook Life Coaching Ltd. working mainly with ex-pats from Europe, America and elsewhere in Asia. Bangkok has a strong business community where I become known and my practice thrived.
The years flew by and I returned to the UK in 2009. Whilst I enjoyed being nearer my mother and the ease of living where all is familiar, it has also taken some time for me to put down some roots and develop my coaching here. This has been helped by living in the wonderfully creative community of St Leonards on Sea. Many of the photos I use are of our wonderful seascape.
Whilst continuing to coach International clients on all areas of life and work, I have developed specific resources for those transitioning into Self Employment and set up www.SelfEmploymentCafe.com to support those who are developing their own venture. I am deepening my own understanding of how life works through understanding the Three Principles revealed by Sydney Banks and taught by Michael Neill