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I had a wonderful childhood filled with love and support. I left school at 16 as I couldn't wait to get out into the world, and I did various corporate jobs throughout my career. I spent a large portion of my 20's travelling the world and having fun, which involved a lot of partying and drinking. At 28 I settled down and had the most adorable set of twins (one boy and one girl) at the age of 32. I didn't drink when I was pregnant or breast feeding but as soon as that stage was over, normality resumed. My drinking habits were excessive at this time so I made the decision to only drink at weekends which led to a decade of binge drinking.
In 2016 I went on a yoga retreat to support a friend, a detox/cleansing weekend. This was way out of my comfort zone. My idea of a weekend away was to get hammered morning, noon, and night.
It was recommended that you didn’t drink alcohol for ideally 2 weeks before the retreat. I naively assumed this would be easy. I counted the days, all 17 of them. It felt like I was depriving myself, I was miserable. I did it though, and I remember feeling amazing. Looking back this was my turning point. I really enjoyed the weekend, but as soon as I got home, I had a bottle of wine, normality resumed!
I continued my relationship with alcohol for a long time. Periods of abstinence, constantly feeling deprived, like I was missing out. Everyone else is having fun, why can’t I? Counting the days until I could get back to “normal”. The irony is, that first sip of wine never tasted as good as I thought it would.
Then came the lightbulb moment. The realization that I preferred myself and my life without alcohol. The relationship continued. Short term periods of deprivation which would lead to a screw it all binge leaving me feeling frustrated!
My normal was not my happy place anymore. I needed a drink to be normal and fit in. I needed a drink to relax. I needed a drink to have fun. I was in denial. So where did that leave me?
I felt embarrassed and ashamed. I was completely lost. I knew I wanted to take back control, but I was scared. I did not know what to do or where to go. I was not an alcoholic, but I needed help.
I did some research and found myself a coach. I realized that I could take back control. I learnt that by becoming aware of the triggers that lead me to a drink, I could re-programme my brain to replace the reward. I learnt to recognize why I drank and to understand my habits, and most importantly how to change those habits.
My transformation was life changing. I am full of energy and have a new zest for life. I have an abundance of time to do fun and exciting things. I have more money to spend on doing those things. My skin is clear and glowing and my weight is stable. I make sensible, informed decisions. I remember every minute of every day.
Now, I live a life of freedom. I choose not to drink.
Since becoming sober in 2019 I have retrained as a Health coach, Life coach, clinical hypnotherapist and yoga instructor. I have a passion for holistic well-being and empower people to take back control and reclaim their power.
Over the last 2 years I have suffered the loss of my dad who I was incredibly close to, and the grief caused extreme anxiety. Hypnotherapy was a game changer for me in dealing with both of these issues and I would not be where I am now without this amazing therapy.
I am currently experiencing peri-menopause so I have trained as a Menopause Wellness practitioner, for my own education and so that I can add this experience to the work I do with my clients.
My mission is to help you embrace your true potential both mentally and physically and live a life filled with balance, wellness and positivity.
I am so passionate about how I have changed my life that I’ve made it my mission to help as many people as possible.
If you want to be a part of this – reach out x
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