My creative coaching journey
My most vivid childhood memories involve drawing and painting. When I look at my old artwork, I can recall where I was and how I felt when I created it – in some cases, I can even remember the music that was playing! This insatiable appetite for all things creative led me to study Fine Art and the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.
Running alongside my creativity has always been a passion to help people grow. I never felt comfortable in the spotlight – I just loved supporting others. It made me happy to see them thrive.
From the moment I graduated my career choices combined these two loves, and over the last 20 years, I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of roles in the arts, retail and education sectors, managing and developing brilliant teams of people.
Through those positions – which include being Head of Operations and Visitor Services at Modern Art Oxford, Team Leader of Ladies Personal Shopping at Selfridges, and Alumni Relations Manager for an Oxford University college – I’ve worked with and supported hundreds of extraordinary people, enabling me to hone a unique and valuable set of coaching and mentoring skills.
In addition to this, I’ve also developed my own creative business, working as a content creator while establishing a successful online brand that includes an award-winning lifestyle blog.
My journey from management towards professional coaching began in 2012 when I discovered the tremendous power of personal coaching. This happened at a time when I needed to rebuild my life following a flurry of misfortune.
After a few one-to-one sessions with a coach, I began to understand myself and my life with a clarity I hadn’t experienced before. The coaching helped me to get to the heart of the life and career choices I’d made and pin down exactly where I wanted to be – and it gave me the tools to get there.
Among other steps, that involved pursuing a coaching qualification, allowing me to combine my years of experience with extensive training. And most of all, it enabled me to follow my passion for helping creative souls build joyous and fruitful lives.
So I’d love to hear more of your own creative journey and see how I can help you take the next steps – just get in touch!