I have always been passionate about being of service to others. After my degree and relocating to Worcestershire in the 1990s, I became a volunteer for Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, then went on to work for the Maggs Day Centre for the homeless. It was whilst working here, that I began to really understand the value and importance of literacy and so decided to train as a teacher in 2004.
One of my long-held dreams was always to become an author – writing both fiction and non-fiction. After years of trying, I finally realised this dream in 2015 whilst working as an English Teacher. I increasingly found myself supporting students who were experiencing high levels of exam stress, including my own children. So, after a conversation with my friend, Jennie Caswell, we decided to collaborate to provide young people with a toolkit for managing their stress in a healthy way. Jennie’s expertise as a psychotherapist and my experience of education supported us in co-creating the H.U.G System (Healing, Understanding and Growth) and writing about it in, The Laid Back Guide to Exams and Stress.
My second book, The Little Book of Animal Wisdom, gives insights into my other interest and personal experience of shamanic practices. In this book, I share my experience of Power Animals and how they can support our wellbeing.
As I moved away from teaching, I found that other doors began to open, and I was offered a position as a Show Researcher on The Spiritual Calling Show on Black Country Radio in Stourbridge, until the show ended in 2015.
Finally, in 2017, I stepped away from my 12-year teaching career and relocated to Oxfordshire with my partner. Soon after, my radio career took off again in the role of presenter at Swindon 105.5 on The Outer Limits Show (also presented with Paul Devlin and Simon Mundy) and The Good News Show launched in February 2018.
I am also a consultant and have spoken at national conferences and worked with schools.
I am passionate about helping others to share their stories and realise their vision of becoming an author. Consequently, I recently co-founded a new self publishing business, Vision Maker Press, which supports new and existing authors on their entire writing journey: from vision to print.
I consider myself an explorer of life, so no doubt, in my explorations I will have many new projects to share as I turn each new page.