Time has taught me that we have many lives within us and possess the power to re-invent a life with work that lets us thrive. This is what I want for my clients.
With 3 successful careers on 2 continents over 3 decades, I’ve developed the art of being lucky. This means diving into things that excite and enrich, it means learning new skills and growing emotionally, intellectually and socially, getting out from under the security blanket, stretching myself and being ready for the next opportunity. Luck then found me!
Every stage of my life has brought new chances to grow – launching an international teaching career; raising 3 wonderful boys in a strong family unit; returning to paid work after a career break – and making returners my work; living and working in Dubai for 22 years; studying for a Masters and discovering poetry; re-training as a career specialist; jumping into the energising world of an international literary festival – meeting and interviewing authors whose books I love; moving back to the UK at the end of a long marriage to start a new life; discovering the power of coaching; and launching my own Freestyle Careers business.
As a fully qualified career consultant with over 12 years’ experience helping clients evolve their careers, I’ve also trained in the Co-Active Coaching approach and I’m licensed by Firework™ to deliver their proven career-change programme. A member of FIGT (Families in Global Transition), with an international viewpoint and a belief in clients’ ability to build the life they want, I’ve learnt that by dreaming, exploring and designing, extraordinary things are possible! Join me for the next exciting phase of a richer life.
I created Freestyle Careers to help people like you build the life and work they long for. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach – I’ll work with you to discover what you want your unique future to look like – how you want to be and what you want to do. Using a flexible and proven framework you’ll uncover hidden ambitions, your purpose, strengths, values and talents, and then bring them to life in your own individual design.
I believe we all have the power to re-invent – and all the answers within us. My job as a coach is to help you to trust your intuition – ‘the wisdom of the emotions’ – dare to dream and find your new direction. I believe in human creativity and that a vibrant, fulfilling life is worth striving for. I dream. I work hard. I understand doubts. I find ways around them. I achieve. I love helping my clients do the same and build futures that inspire them.
And you? Bring imagination, a desire for change, the energy to work hard and invest in yourself, and an open mind. Together we can find your career alchemy.
I never knew I was creative. In fact I denied it long and loudly! But in my 50s my love of reading changed overnight to a love of writing – I caught the poetry bug, honed skills I didn’t know I had, found readers who related and became a published poet!
Thanks to the techies for smartphone cameras. Everywhere and at any time I can click and frame an experience, I can share it or use it to illustrate a poem or open a window on a very special view. I can stay in touch with friends, follow inspiring snappers, filter, edit or just share. Thanks Instagram! Thanks Wordpress!
Other big passions include: live music (preferably outside in a summer field); literary festivals and books, books, books; long walks in the country with my favourite people; road-trips (with the hood down); stopping to relish a breath-taking panorama; pub lunches in sunny pub gardens; hopping on a plane to discover new places; and sky-gazing – just look up! It’s awesome.
I’ve also contributed career commentary to Exeter Living about why 50 is a great time to think about a career change, and have personally stretched my comfort zone to include a fashion shoot for the November 2018 edition of Prima Magazine - evidence below!
I was delighted to be interviewed for Expatclic - The Forum for all Expat Women - where I shared my own expat life story, including working in Saudi Arabi, the UAE, and how I’ve now successfully returned the UK.
You can also read my 4 tips for re-inventing your overseas career ‘Lost Yourself Overseas?’ on the Expat Women at Work website.
My interest in flexible working and findings new ways of working that allow us to use our strengths to express our deeper purpose means I have also contributed to Find Your Flex (The home of flexible working)
I’d love to hear from you if I can contribute to your features about career change, designing a new life, living your values, finding your purpose, or trying new things at any age! You can read more about my life re-design project - Freestyle 61 - in my blog or by following this link.
Photoshoot for Prima Magazine.. stretching my comfort zone!
Why is 50 a good time to re-think your career?