Me in a Nutshell
- I live on the sunny south coast, near Chichester. I moved here 6 years ago and now can’t imagine living anywhere else.
- I’m an author/illustrator. I write books and illustrate greetings cards and t-shirts. I am averse to sitting on my bum in front of a computer for hours on end, which is spectacularly unhelpful!
- I used to be a personal trainer. I love to move as much as possible (see previous point). I enjoy MovNat, HIT, running, dancing, hiking, and yoga.
- My life changed when I discovered TRE (tension/trauma releasing exercises). I trained to become a practitioner and I now teach groups and individuals.
If you fancy a longer read, here’s the story of how I became a writer and TRE teacher…
Becoming a Writer
When I was young I dreamt of being a writer. So I did the only sensible thing: I shoved my scribbles in a box beneath my bed and embarked on a series of ‘normal’ jobs.
I was a (deeply unhappy) store manager, a (unhappy) promotions manager, and a (mildly unhappy) software trainer.
Fed up with so much unhappiness, I packed it all in and qualified as a personal trainer. I still wasn’t writing, but at least I was freeeee!
For the next 12 years, I coached private clients and assisted on wellbeing programmes for Sony executives.
I wrote health articles for companies such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Legal & General, and copy for healthcare advertising agencies and the NHS,
But something was always missing.
One day, whilst studying to be a hypnotherapist, it hit me: what I really wanted to do was move to the coast and write children’s books!
I moved to the sea and, over the next few years, I wrote a book about sugar and a children’s novel, which was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. Hurrah!
But things were still a struggle…
Like most people, I had some obstacles to overcome.
- I turned 40 and, out of the blue, I started experiencing heart palpitations and stomach pains every day.
- I suffered from social anxiety, which meant I hated any sort of public speaking or being in large groups (I steered clear of both).
- I was creatively blocked. I would only write if I was frogmarched to the computer by a horrendous deadline. And as for art or illustration. Um. Nope.
I tried everything I could think of to help myself – meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, counselling etc. I even gave up caffeine, dairy and alcohol for 3 long months!
But nothing helped…until I read The Body Keeps the Score and learnt how stress and trauma are stored in the body and cause physical and emotional problems.
I googled ‘how to release trauma’ and discovered something called ‘TRE’ (tension and trauma releasing exercises). To cut a long story short, I booked myself on an upcoming workshop in Brighton and started practising three times a week. Little by little, amazing things started to happen:
My stomach pains disappeared.
My daily palpitations went down to once or twice a week.
I felt calmer and less bothered by the stresses of everyday life.
And wonder of wonders, I started to feel creative. I began writing, dancing and drawing again.
Of course, this didn’t happen overnight. And I’m still a work in progress. But my life has changed in so many ways and it’s all down to TRE.
When you switch off the stress response and re-balance the nervous system, magical things start to happen.
If we ever get the chance to work together, I hope your TRE journey is as amazing for you as it has been for me.
P.S. Click here to hear how TRE has changed the lives of some of the people I’ve worked with.