I started my professional life in the Royal Air Force. Yep, you don’t see that every day. I served as an Intelligence Officer for nearly 10 years. Being in the military taught me so much about the value of discipline, structure, and planning - all tools that have helped me and that I now love to share with my clients.
These skills served me well when I left the RAF and moved into the international development sector to work promoting women’s rights around the world. But I also experienced the downsides of having too much of this kind of energy. I pushed myself harder and harder - no matter how much I did, it never felt like it was enough. I kept thinking “if I only do a little bit more, a little bit more, a little bit more” until one day, I couldn’t do anything. I felt lost, trapped and alone.
I was fortunate to be working with a coach who helped me recognise these signs. I was signed off work by the doctor for a much-needed enforced break. As I slowly started to piece myself back together, I decided that being in full-time employment wasn’t the right answer for me anymore.
I left my job with a vague plan to have a portfolio career of different freelance consultancy projects that would leave me time and energy to write and teach yoga.
And then I found myself on a VC-back incubator programme. It was a wonderful opportunity to create a tech-enabled business from scratch but I saw the same patterns and behaviours that had led me to burnout and that felt so familiar from my RAF days.
It was all about bigger, faster, more. Sleep under your desk. Work 100+ hour weeks. Sacrifice everything just to get to the next milestone and then immediately go again.
It was then I realised that there has to be another way to build businesses. One that values founders as individuals with lives, emotions, aspirations, and dreams. One that allows entrepreneurs to create the success they desire without sacrificing their health, happiness and souls along the way. And so The Practical Balance was born.
I’ve been putting what I have been learning into practice in my own life. Well, trying to at least. I know how hard the entrepreneurial journey can be. And how wonderful it can be when you get it right. I discovered the power of connecting to my own rhythms, vision and values. It’s allowed me to work fewer hours, be more creative and create a life where I’m happy, healthy and successful.
I’ve been studying psychology, philosophy, behavioural science, evolutionary biology, physiology, and yoga for more than 10 years. As an ex-military, yoga-fuelled hippy type, I’ve found myself at the perfect intersection of my skills:
I bring all the tools you need to be grounded and centred and build a strong foundation for you and your business.
I can help you cultivate the mindset and soul-nourishing practices to bring your purpose to life.
I have first-hand experience of being stuck in hustle mode and learning to embrace a new way of being and doing.
I have helped hundreds of people say goodbye to overwhelm and find more energy, clarity and confidence in their lives and businesses.
I want you to
Wake up every morning looking forward to the day feeling full of purpose and gratitude
Know what you need to do and have the motivation and focus to get it done
Enjoy your downtime guilt-free
Have more energy for the things that are important to you
I do this work because I know it’s absolutely possible.
I’ve seen it in my life, but I’ve seen it over and over with the beautiful humans I work with.
I want you to know that you MATTER. That your wants and needs matter.
I want you to know that your desires, dreams, thoughts, and opinions are IMPORTANT.
I want you to know that there is no universal criteria that deems you worthy. Who decided you were “not enough”? You did. So, let’s change that.
I want you to know you aren’t alone.
You are unique. But how you feel? Overwhelm? Anxiety? Fear? Guilt? I’ve been there too. I’m often still there - let me tell you, this is a lifelong practice! But it gets easier, I promise you.
I’m not all about work though - obviously!
I’m an avid reader...mostly non-fiction these days, although my guilty pleasure reads are the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I normally read 2-4 books a month and you can see some of my favourite reads here….
I recently discovered the power of dance so can now be found at 5 Rhythms, Contact Improv, and Ecstatic dance meetups in London and Ubud (my new second home).
I hate having my photo taken and I am eternally grateful to my talented friend, Jess Yau, for taking the shots you see around the website.