It was 1990, I was 16 and I started my working life in the world of International Banking. After walking every inch of the City of London for 2 weeks and handwriting 53 letters I had my first interview, it was with Coutts & Co, bankers to the Queen.
In my interview, I was asked "where can you see yourself in 20 years" I had never been asked that before and I had not looked that far into the future. Yet, without hesitation, I replied " Here, on the Board of Directors" the response was swift "there hasn't been a woman on the Board of Directors in nearly 300 hundred years" "there is a first time for everything I remarked"
2 weeks later I was offered the job. My journey had begun.
Was this career for me? I was yet to find out.
In 1997, after burning the candle at both ends, well, to be honest, I burnt it down to the wick - early mornings and late nights, I was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), otherwise known as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), my body seemed to shut down, I was 23.
My first question was “am I going to die” when the answer was “no” I knew I had to change.
I began my Journey into wellness being inspired and learning from great teachers such as Dr Wayne Dyer, Robin Sharma, Deepak Chopra and Louise Hay.
After 18 months of not functioning very well at all, I began to get strength back and decided I needed to regain my life, take back control. I studied and qualified as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist and studied Lifestyle Management, I had to understand what my body needed to be well.
I loved the feeling of being in control and feeling energised again, but still soemthing was missing.
In 2005 I was blessed with the birth of my daughter, she arrived with a whole host of new life and health lessons for me to learn and keep learning daily. Having my daughter made me see the world differently, I had become a mother, a teacher, a cheerleader, a mentor, a role model, and a protector overnight. I wanted and needed to be the best version of myself.
I became stronger than I could of ever imagined, emotionally and was determined to create the life of my dreams, yet I was still uncertain what that was.
4 years later, I met my husband, we merged two families and nurtured them to grow into one.
I was close, my family unit was complete, I had met the person I wanted to share my adventures with.
Then, one morning I woke, I went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and cried, I had no idea who this woman was, I didn't recognise her at all, she didn't look like me and I didn't feel like me. I sat on the floor for an hour sobbing.
I was scared, confused and felt incredibly lost. I was 38
After 4 years and what felt like a weekly increase in symptoms and after being told I was depressed and it was all in my mind along with "you are too young to be going through the Menopause". I finally discovered I was going through the Peri-Menopause, all the symptoms of the menopause but still having periods ....Yay
There was an answer - hallelujah
It was then I found my why, at 102 I want to be able to what I can do today and more. I have an overwhelming desire to live a long, very long life, healthy, happy, balanced, purposeful life.
From finding my why, my love of learning went nuclear, every article, book and lesson on health, wellness and what I needed to achieve my goal was absorbed and thankfully this will be a a forever task
To date I have gone through lots of change,
Career; I no longer wanted to head to the board of Coutts, I learned a new skill and reignited my love of learning, and started my own business,
Relationships; Adam Ant and Matt Goss were no longer top of my husband list, but I did meet and marry my soul mate,
Parenting; I became a mum, then I was luckily enough to be embraced by 3 children as their step mum.
Health: I battled through ME and learned so much about what I needed to be well and now I am embracing the perimenopause
I am braver and stronger than I could ever have imagined.
Writing the next chapter of my amazing story is exciting, it will be full of love and adventure.
Then it hit me
I wanted to empower and inspire others to embrace change, follow their dreams, rediscover themselves and live their greatest lives.
With this in mind, I set about practising what I wanted to teach.
Daily activity, healthy clean plant-based eating, daily gratitude, honest open communication, building and developing relationships, enjoying adventures and creating memories.
My passion led me to create The Purposeful Life, My purpose is to pay it forward.