MY STORY. MY LIVED EXPERIENCE.
IT'S TAKEN 20 YEARS TO LEARN AND REFINE HOW TO MANAGE MY OWN WELLNESS PRACTICE; UNDERSTAND WHAT A DIAGNOSIS OF BEING BIPOLAR MIGHT MEAN FOR ME AND MY FUTURE.
I balanced a career working as an artist and PhD researcher, collaborating with nature and hidden microbial worlds. I founded Cheltenham Film Festival and a creative agency working with clients such as Google, Facebook and The New York Times. I have worked alongside theoretical physicists, authors, actors and artists, and some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
No matter who I have met, or shared my story with, I have always spoken openly and honestly about my mental health challenges, and been met with nothing but empathy, curiosity, and compassion; indeed, if it hadn’t been for such grace and understanding you would likely not be reading these words today.
The highs and lows of my life have been punctuated by substance abuse, persistent suicidal ideation, ferocious periods of depression, and several attempts to take my own life. Yet today, I find myself in a uniquely stable, happy and content chapter, and I believe this is because of my commitment to understand what would heal, benefit and balance my body and mind. It has not been easy - some days remain dark - but the optimism I carry is a valuable currency, one that I am eager to share freely with others.
I am available to speak and tell my story to groups, large and small, regionally or nationally, within and beyond the workplace. Each engagement is tailored to suit its audience. I draw upon my lived experience, challenges and difficulties, in an honest, direct and at times humorous way, elaborating upon my journey and philosophy towards learning and understanding who I am and what lifestyle choices and practices have worked for me; how I prioritise movement and nutrition, advocate for the power of sleep, nature and the Japanese tea ceremony, neuroscience hacks, and more.
TO DISCUSS OR MAKE A BOOKING
Please submit your enquiry using the form below, including as much information about your prospective speaking engagement as possible. I am available to attend conferences, speak to teams within the workplace, or meet and connect in smaller group settings. Engagements are quoted inclusive of any travel expenses.