I’ve been a life long student of life transitions. It’s no surprise that I gravitated towards work in which I could use my personal experience as well as professional qualifications.
In my 30’s and 40’s I specialised in career transition. More recently I combined my spiritual and professional paths and re-trained as an Awakening Coach. And now that has developed into a unique offering, specialising in working with clients who are reclaiming passion, purpose and power in order to create a fulfilling life and legacy in life’s third age.
I began study for my ‘life PhD’ in transition at the age of 7 when my family moved to the United States. The cultural differences made quite an impact. We arrived in Pittsburgh in November 1963, a week or so before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. My first initiation to watching colour tv was the news coverage of the tragedy. I hadn’t viewed much tv at all before that time – just the odd children’s programme in black and white. (If you are a British Baby Boomer you may remember Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben!)
Imagine being 7 years old and arriving in a place where Baskin and Robbins already has 31 flavours of ice cream, when you’d previously lived in a 3 flavoured world. (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla)
I attended American schools between the ages of 7 and 16. By this time, my family had returned to the UK. I was unceremoniously enrolled in an English 6th form. Believe me, that was a huge culture shock and major life transition at the time! (Consider that I’d been pledging allegiance to the American flag each day for the previous 9 years and had not worn a school uniform.) Subsequently, I went to the University of Reading and have remained resident in the UK ever since. However, I have always loved travel and exploring new cultures. I initially considered the travel industry as a career path and worked for British Airways for a year before leaving to pursue a professional qualification in Personnel Management.
My HR career began in the manufacturing industry. I spent 6 years focussing on industrial relations, compensation, job evaluation and recruitment for the Chloride Group and then ICL. Then I moved into management consulting, joining KPMG in London as an Executive Selection Consultant. After two years, I transferred into the company’s newly formed Career Consulting business, which was set up to provide outplacement coaching to redundant executives during City ‘downsizings’ in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was my introduction to coaching and my foundation for working with clients on questions of meaning, purpose and value in their careers and lives.
I was passionate about my career. But, close to burnout, I left my corporate job for (successively) self employment, marriage, motherhood and a personal quest!’
“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
My personal quest began with yoga and psychotherapy in the 90’s.
I studied Gestalt approaches to change at Metanoia in London. Then, in 1998, I took a Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership at Re-Vision, a Psychosynthesis centre in London. Afterwards, I co-founded a leadership training company. Spiral Consulting offered workshops on leadership skills for uncertain times of change and transition.
In the ‘noughties’ I embraced a new quest to understand energy, taking a particular interest in Eastern traditions. Studies included qigong, tai chi, meditation, shamanism, astrology and tantra. As a woman, I searched in the ancient traditions for information specific to Feminine power and spirituality. In 2007, I was initiated to a traditional tantric pathway within the Indian Kaula tradition, which I continue to study and practice.
My Third Act
I have been re-configuring my work to bring together my first stage material focus and second stage family and spiritual focus. For me this third life stage is about the embodiment and gifting of wisdom and understanding. I no longer view the material and spiritual aspects of life to be separate or in opposition.
It was with this orientation that I trained as an Awakening Coach with Arjuna Ardagh, founder of Awakening Coaching and author of a number of books on clear seeing and transpersonal perspectives.
Arjuna’s methodology is consistent with my approach to life and practice. What flows through us from the Divine realms must be brought into an effective form in order to serve others. The focus of Awakening Coaching is on embodiment through work and relationships. Awakening Coaching addresses both material and spiritual concerns from a perspective of mindfulness and self awareness. It is recognised as an advanced coaching method by the International Coaching Federation.
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Read more about my Silverpreneur transition
- B.A. – Geography (that’s how my lifelong interest in maps of all types was expressed at that age)
- Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (although you won’t find me listed as I no longer pay the annual fee)
- Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership (Re-Vision)
- NLP Master Practitioner (Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna)
- Women’s Shamanic Healing Practitioner (Shamanka)
- Independent Funeral and Wedding Celebrant (FOIC)
- Certified Soul Alchemist Practitioner
- Certified Qigong and Meditation teacher
- Certified Awakening Coach in all aspects of Awakening Coaching
- Certified Deeper Love Coach (Awakening Coaching Institute)