If there was a real life ‘Been there, Seen it, Done it’ T shirt shop, it’s likely I would have every size, shape and colour available in stock and written a few new slogans, if they were short of ideas.
Prior to training to be a Holistic Health Coach and Therapist 10 years ago, I left school at 16 and went to work as a bank clerk with many of my friends. I actually wanted to study drama at college, but I was nervous I wouldn’t get the grades, so took a job before the results came out. I got a Grade A in Drama and Theatre Studies, by the way, but I had no faith in myself then, so never saw it through.
I lived in Germany for a while in my early 20’s, came back to the UK and went in to advertising, then worked as an international event manager for 10 years before having children.
I’ve lived all over the place and had all different kinds of lives.
I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t whole. I was constantly searching for something to make me happy, but nothing ever did. My weight went up and down all the time. I had depression, anxiety and battled with being a borderline alcoholic and cigarette smoker for many, many years of my life. And had a number of very unhealthy relationships, to boot.
All because I was searching for something to make myself happy.
Feeling happy and whole isn’t something you find outside of yourself. It’s you. It’s in you. When I realised that, my life changed. It took time for the penny to drop. To be comfortable being me. To know me. To trust me. To want to have the biggest life possible. The only way was to be friends with me. To like me. To cherish me. To want to be the best me. To do it every day. All the time.
That’s not selfish. That is living the biggest life for you, for your friends, for your family. If you are not the best version of yourself, its just half a life….
I trained as a therapist 10 years ago and I have a passion for empowering women to lead fulfilling lives, and it’s awesome.
Janine’s Credentials (if you need to know about bits of paper)
- Holistic Health Coach
- Personal Trainer
- Nutritional Adviser
- Pilates Teacher
- Yoga Teacher (Student)
- Meditation Teacher
- Colour Therapy Teacher
- Massage Therapist
Oh, and I’m a Mama. I don’t have a certificate for that. But that is my favourite job.
Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity –
Membership Number 037002
Guild of Holistic Therapists –
Membership Number 61673
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