As a child I was a passionate environmentalist, concerned about wildlife extinction and an eager recycler. Whilst those things remained constant, life happened and I took a different path with my career working within sales, marketing and events.
In 2013, whilst at an Eclipse Festival, I had an epiphany moment whilst watching the full solar eclipse. Earlier that week I had already been blown away by the colours and diversity of nature when I was snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. And as the sky went black and nature went quiet for those few short minutes, I knew that I had reconnected with my 9 year old self and I had to figure out how I could support Mother Nature and take action on the harm humans were doing to the planet and ourselves.
In musing on my direction, I considered heading to save the Rainforests but during a nine month corporate event contract, I realised that change should start at home. My bugbears were the wastefulness and disposability within the events industry, single-use plastics and food waste within events and wider society. So I left the corporate world, with the aim to get into sustainable event management, although I had no experience, just a toolbox of personal development tools and a revised outlook on what was possible for me.
As someone who had overcome an eating disorder in my late 20's, I have been doing personal development courses and getting counselling and coaching support on and off which has helped me to re-wire my beliefs about what was possible for me, address my limiting beliefs and channel my energy to literally make my vision boards and dreams become reality (well most of them anyway).
From early 2014, I Immersed myself in volunteering, networking, using my skills and transferring them. These things combined with a smidge of fake-it-till-you-make-it and things started to happen. The mantra of where energy goes results flow, rang so true and I literally began manifesting paid work in the sectors I was passionate about, and better than that I wasn't applying for jobs the work was being offered to me. As a freelancer in Bristol, so many serendipitous meetings, encounters and opportunities have come up that it has reinforced my understanding that once you are in your flow and answering your calling and living with passion anything is possible.
After 3 amazing years working with Shambala festival and working on projects with Bristol Green Capital, Bristol Food network and City to Sea, I am looking to stretch myself again and see if I can make the next dream a reality to be a 'freerange human' and continue working within sustainability but whilst living in all the countries I have on my bucket list and vision board.
With the sobering realities of climate change, we need more people to feel empowered to live and work their passions and I am eager to share my journey and hints and tips so people can live fulfilled careers too, because the impacts are far reaching- if you feel fulfilled you have less needs for empty consumerism which is wreaking havoc on the planet and our health.