Who am I?
Philosophical inquiry aside, I am a seeker of fun, a nerd for learning, an advocate for “voice” or personal power, a feeler of energy and a big believer in the power of tuning into your intuition – your YOU. I’m also a kiwi girl who loves to pick shells off the beach outside my home, walk the gorgeous mountains and tracks of Aotearoa, and eat the occassional vegan Trumpet icecream (ok, more than occasionally)
Who am I really?
Mother of two gorgeous teens and wife to a better than average kiwi bloke (the love of my life)
Quals - Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Social Sciences (hons) and Masters in Social Sciences (first class). Certificate in P4C (Philosophy for Children), Foundation level 1 Access Consciousness.
Background - I considered myself a Stay At Home Mum while the kids were little, but had a career on the side. 10 years in Early Childhood Education in teacher roles, workshop facilitation roles and leadership roles (including 7 years part-time at Playcentre.) I also did a 2 year feasibility study to open an alternative school in the Bay of Plenty, NZ.
My Masters thesis was an investigation into Appriciative Inquiry - a strengths based approach to change- and how it could help shift the self-beliefs of primary school aged children. I co-designed (with the kids) a programme which instead of focusing on their 'problems' and where they needed to improve in their learning, we focused on when they have learnt at their best. The programme also utilised all my previous knowledge on Student Voice and this underpins ALL of my current work (opportunities for people to speak their truth is super important to me)
You can read my thesis here (yawn)
While DOING my Masters thesis in 2012/13 I encountered massive challenges both as a student and as a mother. It was my time of awakening, which (if you've been through an awakening you know) involved many tears and some snot but was the beautiful catalyst towards me learning, growing and becoming more mindful, conscious and aware. THIS has been the greatest education ever ever ever. So much so, I wrote a memoir on it. The Heart and Flow of Motherhood took five cathartic years to be birthed. We published it in 2019 with more tears but also dancing on tables.
Currently - I now coach children, teens and adults, sometimes using the programme I designed and sometimes using the energy work I love (Access Consciousness) and often times both. I facilitate workshops, lead retreats and meditations, speak, still write and love connecting with people on social media.
My why: I'm a teacher at heart, just not in a traditional classroom. So my "why" is to teach and faciliate others to have a shift or as Plato so beautifully worded it "To turn to eyes of the soul towards the light" And that light is consciouness.