I’ve lived a lot of life, so it’s hard to know where to start my story.
I grew up like many Kiwi women do – a bit of a tomboy in a sports-mad family. I loved playing sports (especially netball). I was carefree, and it felt good just being me. But somewhere along the way, I lost my way. I first started struggling with body image in my teens, and by the time I was in my 20s I felt like I was always pretending. I wanted to be someone else, because I never felt good enough. I thought that people would love me if I was different. Cooler, smarter, prettier, skinnier. Definitely skinnier.
I wore a lot of masks, and underneath them I was pretty miserable.
The turning point came when I started listening to myself again (or, perhaps, when I couldn’t ignore myself any longer). I wanted to do something different, and I was naturally drawn to helping other women because I knew all too well the pressure we can put on ourselves. I trained in coaching, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and hypnosis, then studied to become a personal trainer so I could offer all-round wellbeing – body and mind.
I loved my work.
Then, in 2017 my world was turned upside down. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma (a form of blood cancer) and underwent
six months of chemotherapy before being given the all-clear. I was a survivor, and I had to learn what my ‘new normal’ was going to look like.
In 2018, I got a job working at Harbour Sport – my dream job, which gave me the ability to once again inspire communities of people to look after themselves and make health a priority.
Then it happened again.
In September 2019, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (another form of blood cancer). I had to start my healing journey over, with more chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant.
Today, I’m a “survivor” once again – and while I’m still healing, inspiring communities of people to be and do better at their own pace remains my passion. Now more than ever, I want to do what I love every day.
I look forward to meeting you, listening to your journey, and helping you work out “where to next”.
If you want to work with me, I’d love to hear from you!
I’m a little obsessed with the power of conversations. I’ve been interested in women and well-being for a long time now, and in my experience, it’s talking together that really makes the magic happen.
Since surviving cancer, I’ve noticed something pretty serious.
It’s not like I wasn’t aware of it before, since I’ve always been passionate about women and wellbeing. But here’s the thing: When I got sick, it was like a truck running over me. Me, my life, and everything that mattered.
Even with all my knowledge and experience and good intentions, I realised that what mattered to me wasn’t necessarily the stuff I was putting first.
It shouldn’t take a truck to make you prioritise what’s important in life.
Look, I get it. I’m a loving partner, mum and stepmother juggling a fulltime job. I understand how hard it is to balance life’s responsibilities, and feeling like you never have time for “me” – let alone exercise, prepping nutritious food, and mindfulness. It can feel like you just can’t afford to spare the time.
But I also know you can’t afford NOT to spare the time. So I developed the 7 Key Foundations programme to help women find happiness, fulfilment, purpose and a positive relationship with their bodies. It’s a straight-up, BS-free approach to an all-round better life. There’s a number of ways you can participate, from online learning to small groups to one-on-one sessions.
Is The 7 Key Foundations right for you?
If you’d like to enjoy:
- Greater balance in your life
- More confidence and self-esteem
- Strong, positive connections and friendships
- Doing something positive for YOU for a change
Get in touch with me today and ask about the 7 Key Foundations.