About

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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!

Aha!

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…

Discovering TRE

Like most people, I had some obstacles to overcome.

  1. I turned 40 and, out of the blue, I started experiencing heart palpitations and stomach pains every day.
  2. I suffered from social anxiety, which meant I hated any sort of public speaking or being in large groups (I steered clear of both).
  3. 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.

Hmm…

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.

Star - CopyWhen 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.

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P.S. Click here to hear how TRE has changed the lives of some of the people I’ve worked with.