What is your professional title, purpose or passion?
CPCC women’s life coach & Host of podcast FEMALE-ING. My purpose is to support women in understanding their beauty and power just as they are.
What did you want to do when you were a child and what changed?
I was asked this the other day and it got me thinking. I wanted to be an actress when I was very young and when I was an older kid, I wanted to be a famous hairdresser like Vidal Sassoon. I’m guessing looking back on this now, it’s because he changed the hairdressing world and was so influential. Now as a coach I can see I want the same… to be a part of change and inspiration.
What's the best career advice you've ever been given?
Whatever happens in the world hair will never stop growing (I think that’s safe to say it’s the same for people) no matter what evolves and changes in the world, human beings will always be human. They will always need love and connection and everything that makes us humans thrive… we just seem to be moving further away from it.
2- there isn’t one person on this planet that wants to look bad (I’ve been in the hair and beauty industry for 25 years) my mentor told me this and it stuck with me. No man or woman ever wants to look bad. Be that in their physical appearance or behaviour.
What is the best thing about your current working environment?
I can coach from anywhere and write from anywhere. So I can be as free as I choose.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
For my work as a coach to have more exposure and profile so I can speak and support as many women as I can. To still be running my lovely podcast and to be writing or have written my first book. My daughters will be teenagers (lord help me!) so I might have developed an unhealthy drinking habit haha.
Tell us more about a charitable organisation or project you think is great.
There are so many!
What drives you?
My kids – they drive me crazy! Seriously though they always push me to be a better mother and a better woman! I want them to understand what a privilege it is to be a woman in this time, so I have to role model this as best I can.
Any final comments?
I’ve been working one-on-one with women for 25 years. Over that time, I’ve learnt to understand how we feel, where we struggle, and what we want. Above all I’ve learnt that women’s strength is often truly remarkable and in this age of aspiration, we’ve lost the art of accepting who we are and finding the peace in that.
So, my job as a coach, is simply to help women realise it, remember it - and live by it.
We are all good enough, intelligent enough, beautiful enough…because of who we are and that’s all we need to be. Releasing our sense of self-worth puts us back in charge of life. From now on, the only expectations we need to live up to are our own. It’s time to lead by example and embrace the richness of being a modern, confident, independent woman.
What does a normal day look like for you?
I drop my kids to school – That’s after a few stressful moment of actually getting out the door by 7:30 am. I then run to the gym, workout and then start my day of coaching. In and amongst this, I am of course spinning the usual plates we all spin, returning emails and phone calls, online shop, making sure there is dinner, recording a podcast (as you do) , or writing (I blog a bit and design my podcasts).
What have you achieved that you feel most proud of?
On a personal note - My kids, my husband and my family! I am so incredibly close with my parents and sister and have some very close friends whom I cherish in life. I feel lucky and proud to have these people in my corner. To me, that’s the most important part of life… Professionally – I’m proud of running a successful salon for 12 years. I’m proud I became a certified coach while running a business, working full time and being a mum. And today, I’m proud I get to support women in finding their truest selves and creating lives that come from choice rather than default.
Tell us about a a woman who inspires you
There are many… Top of my list is Brene Brown. A woman who has taught me to live bravely, authentically ad truthfully.
What was your biggest failure?
I would like to start with I don’t see failure as a bad thing, I see it as a redirection. So, with that said I can’t recall a time where I “failed”. There have been MANY times where something didn’t work out as originally planned, but it always led me on a different path… and probably a path more necessary than the one I thought I should be on. I guess there have been times where I wish I had spoken up for myself, or trust my own judgement over someone else’s. This is something I’ve learned the hard way.
What do you like most about yourself?
My intuition is pretty sharp and helpful.
My sense of self (which I’ve worked damn hard to achieve).
My strength, self belief and confidence.
How can we make the world more inclusive and accepting?
We have to be able to get away from our own judgement, as that’s what ultimately stops us from accepting and including others.
What skills have been key to your journey so far?
Having been a hairdresser for 26 years, I learnt what women want and don’t want.