When I embraced my imperfections, everything began to change.
For much of my career, I worked as a lawyer in the finance industry. I was good at my job, but never seemed to make it to the next level. I was often anxious and worried that people would find out that I had made a mistake. If I wasn’t 100% sure my work was perfect, I would clam up.
Until I realised that my career wasn’t progressing because my work wasn’t aligned with the things that gave my life purpose and meaning.
So I started searching for where I could use my natural talents to make a greater contribution.
My first step was to contact a Gestalt therapist. She quickly led me to understand that my true talents were creative. This made so much sense. I immediately began to write and found that my mind was permanently fizzing with ideas. I was able to combine my imagination with my legal training which gave a natural structure to my writing and a drive to choose exactly the right word.
Then I joined a Gestalt group and learnt so much about dealing with my emotions, how important it was for me to play in order to learn and that I have natural leadership skills.
And I kept singing. I had started singing in 1990, and I continued my lessons with Anne Epstein, a marvellous teacher, who herself learns from Ronald Klecamp, one of the best in Europe.
In 2019, I wrote and acted in a one-woman show, “The Smallest of Moments”. Because I had learnt how to bring all my creativity to play and to show my vulnerability, I was able to connect with the audience of over a hundred people on a very personal level.
In addition, I had far greater confidence in my abilities and was more outgoing. I discovered that, now I knew what I was doing, I loved being centre stage.
I wanted to use all these skills to help others, so I started my own business.
Today, I share with my clients what I have learnt. It brings me huge pleasure to see them getting in touch with all of themselves - their intelligence, their creativity, their movements and their voices. I love to see their confidence grow, to see them become happier and more fully expressed and to see them step up and speak up. I love seeing them understand that their message is unique and important.
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I was a guest on the Savory Passage podcast where I spoke about finding my creativity.
My chat with Claire Waite Brown for her podcast "Creativity Found" on refinding my creativity as an adult.
My interview with Rosie Beech for Yorick Radio Productions on my writing and my one-woman shows
Episode where I read three short pieces I have written