About The Work
The principles of the work I do are founded on the belief that many things can be agreed, understood and shared through meaningful dialogue, with a focus on non-violent communication, compassionate education and promoting choice. Change and transformation can be uncomfortable and holding on to fixed ideas about how things “should” be can lead to our suffering.
The work I do includes raising awareness and holding discussions on topics which predominantly affect women’s health and well-being. That’s not to say, for example, that men’s health isn’t important – it is – but women’s wellness is the area I have chosen to work in, and where my time is currently invested. This includes all women.
I am also guided by a Buddhist way of life and the principles of the eightfold path.
Mission – The Why
Lack of well-being can significantly harm individuals and communities, leading to loneliness and isolation and this becomes a vicious cycle. But we also need to understand the causes and proximal factors that influence it. For example, organisations can unwittingly contribute towards harm through culture and policy.
My mission is to help people, organisations and ultimately communities find their ‘mojo’ and get their sparkle back, especially during or after difficult times. This includes fostering connection through whole-hearted dialogue that facilitates meaningful change, and delivering compassionate education and conscious consultancy on difficult topics with a primary focus on wellness and well-being. I believe in the power of human potential and, through the extensive involvement I’ve had facilitating peer support, know that communities can work together to help create a more peaceful and enlightened society.
Vision – The What
To be a meaningful facilitator and constructive influencer who aims to improve the global conversation around wellness; to promote inclusion, encourage fairness, choice and equality through awareness, guidance and education.
Values: The How
Consciously Compassionate – To work in the belief that people are born compassionate, and recognise that many unhealthy opinions are formed through lack of awareness, understanding and, for example are taught by others, including the media and institutional culture. However it is also important to be consciously aware of systems of power and control which can influence behaviour, both at an individual and organisational level.
Humble – To recognise that learning is a life long endeavour and that we can never know it all (e.g. I am not a ‘guru’ or ‘expert’ in someone else’s lived experience). To be patient and understand that meaningful transformation takes time. To stay up to date with current research and knowledge, to provide an accurate representation of current challenges and always do the best to provide an honest reflection of how conversations can improve. To emphasise that information provided through my services should never be used to replace the advice of your healthcare team. (See policies for more details).
Open – To be transparent in conversation, and equally open to hearing differing views when discussing difficult topics. To be clear about what I can (and can’t) do to help.
Intentionally Intersectional – To be mindful of and embrace our differences and encourage togetherness through intentional conversation, and be aware of how struggle and difficulty can often intersect. To know that true collaboration means bringing people together to hear their voices, sharing awareness and experiences. There are many other important causes which need time and attention and so to encourage communities to establish their own service where appropriate to support those in need.
The energy of my work is intentionally directed towards this vision, mission and values and welcomes healthy dialogue from global communities, regardless of their race, gender, disability and sexual orientation. It therefore includes neurodivergent, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people, to help achieve this vision.
Courage – to show moral courage by challenging unhealthy taboos, stigma, prejudice and discrimination, and by speaking up against opinions which aim to perpetuate myths and violence, for example by tackling misogyny. To not tolerate any form of abuse including insidious communication such as ghosting and gaslighting.
Engage – To open conversations which provide education, knowledge and insight that will help achieve this vision and mission statement, and to enable others to draw on their own strengths which empower healthy conversations which encourage positive change.