‘Reason for Being’
Life, Love & Me
by Sarah
1M ago
What’s your ‘reason for being?’ The Japanese word “ikigai” means a “life purpose” or “raison d’être.” Ikigai refers to defining your personal meaning of life in relation to your talents, passions, and profession, as well as what you can give to the wider world. I’ve previously talked about the struggle I had in finding my own ‘reason for being’, you may call it my legacy My journey through life coaching, which followed with training to become a life coach, has helped me discover a new life. One where I have re-connected with previous talents, as well as focusing on areas of my life where previ ..read more
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Happy and Childless…..even with the tears!
Life, Love & Me
by Sarah
2M ago
Through my childless journey, I have met some incredible people. Both Men and Women, who continue to deal with the obstacles and pain that comes with being childless not by choice. A couple of months ago I was approached by Helen from Happy and Childless. Talk about kindred spirits! So much in common and so many shared experiences, which meant we hardly took a breath during our first Zoom call! Helen is the host of the Happy and Childless Podcast As well as the amazing work she does with the podcast, she’s also just launched an app. Which is like ‘Bumble for friends’ within the childless commu ..read more
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How how you?
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by Sarah
4M ago
We all do it. Say we’re ok, when we’re not really. 9 times out of 10, many of us can slip into the default. Perhaps we don’t feel comfortable talking about how we’re feeling. Sometimes it’s not the time, or the place, or perhaps we get the sense that the person hasn’t the time to hear the reality. One of the most powerful things I learnt recently around mental health, is the power of asking the right questions, of ourselves and to those around us. When we start to really understand that our mental health is a moving picture, we can recognise where we’re at and what external factors may be infl ..read more
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Self image, what if we focus more on the positives?
Life, Love & Me
by Sarah
7M ago
Photoshoot I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have some insecurities with the way you look. With age we can gain more acceptance, but in moments of sabotage it can be easy to look at the negatives rather than the positives. This week, as I prepared for a photoshoot for my new business, self sabotage raised it’s head due to insecurities about my appearance. As my photographer Kitty, made me feel at ease, I realised that the shoot wasn’t so much the issue, but critiquing myself in the photos that followed was. Whether it’s facial features, weight, hair, skin issues, facial expressions, and the eve ..read more
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The Power of Mentoring and a letter to my younger self!
Life, Love & Me
by Sarah
8M ago
Inspiration through mentorship Much of the focus of a coach is to look at the present and how we can assist our clients to create change. In order to identify the areas that need to change, we must first be able to understand the ‘why’ and this can so often pulls us to the events of past. Compared with counsellors, who spend more time focusing on historical events, and factors that have contributed to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, coaching pauses briefly in the past before accepting and moving on to create a process for change. One person that has inspired me to write this post is Oli ..read more
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Brighton Artists Open House, builds community, creativity and confidence!
Life, Love & Me
by Sarah
9M ago
This year’s Brighton Artists Open House has exceeded my expectations on so many levels. So for those slightly curious as to why I would want to devote so much of my time to this community event, I wanted to share some of the experiences and takeaways. Which has been a much longer, but much needed road to creative recovery in so many ways. I looked back on my post from last year’s Artist Open House, and feel so proud of my achievements and the wonderful show we have put on. As I stood talking to one of our first guests on the night of our private view, I could not have anticipated how overwhelm ..read more
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With hybrid working now the norm, how do we combat loneliness and give mental health awareness at work the voice it deserves?
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by Sarah
9M ago
For those of you that have followed my personal journey for some time, you’ll have an idea just how passionate I am about mental health awareness and breaking down the stigma which is so often connected to the health of our minds, compared to that of our bodies. This week is #mentalhealthawarenessweek and the Mental Health Foundation has chosen loneliness as this year’s theme, a topic which I feel personal connection to. Back in 2017 I wrote about my experiences of loneliness, and how I had began to see it not as something which necessarily relates to spending time with others, but more relate ..read more
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Passion and Purpose….. can finding yours be the game changer?
Life, Love & Me
by Sarah
10M ago
Personal v professional life Essentially, Life Love and Me was born out of the desire to help others. Especially, for those that found themselves in a similar position, with little or no support. Since 2016 it has evolved from a blog focused on the emotional complexities surrounding egg freezing, to a platform for my passions. As an artist, a life coach, and as a passionate advocate of mental health education and awareness. I’ve never kept this part of my life a secret, quite the opposite really as I wanted my story to help as many people as possible, but I’ve never actively talked about this ..read more
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Mixed emotions on Mother’s Day, childless not by choice
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by Sarah
11M ago
This Mother’s Day I thought I’d talk about what where my head is regarding my own childless journey 6 years on from freezing my eggs and how society could help with some of the pain experienced by the childless not by choice community. Saying Goodbye For those of you that have followed my journey since 2016 will know single motherhood by choice has never been the path I wanted for myself, so as the years have moved on my options to have a family of my own have declined significantly since freezing my eggs. The pandemic has certainly not helped, but it has given me time to focus on other areas ..read more
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When your body moves, so does your mind. How to coach your mind!
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by Sarah
1y ago
Move out of your head and into your body In the past I have spoken about the positive impact that exercise has had on my life, but today I want to talk more specifically about the power that movement can have on the way we think, how we can coach ourselves to problem solve, form better relationships, improve our social skills, de-stress, or even produce great ideas. In a life coaching session I had last year, a client was talking about the various different sport/exercise they enjoyed, and after some discussion it became clear how each form of exercise benefited them in such profoundly differe ..read more
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