If you're considering working with me or signing up for my blog, you'll likely want to know more about who I am so you can feel if there is a good fit. With that in mind I've aimed to give you a decent overview.
My name’s Olivia and professionally I've been helping people connect to & live from their core essence since 2006.
What are my values?
Feeling free and in flow
Strength of character
Seeing beauty in all things
Honesty in all interactions, especially with self
Responsibility for everything in my life
Finding balance in chaos
Accepting my light and shadow sides
Depth of character
Lightness of expression
Feeling alive and free
Following my path
What else might you like to know?
Well, I'm intuitive, empathic, sensitive, creative and spiritual. Being born with these qualities didn't mean I was able to understand or integrate them into my day to day life. Like many people born into western cultures with these abilities and preferences I typically found myself the 'black sheep' at home, in school and the world of work.
Discovering, understanding and accepting who I am has shifted my 'black sheep' persona to 'free spirit'
The shift was a result of this journey...
To find meaningful enjoyment in life and a reason for living. To find a way back to my core essence through the pain of past experiences, through the belief I should conform, and through the depression that influenced most of my early life. To learn how to value my creativity, soulfulness, intuition and heightened sensitivity. To have enough self belief and knowledge that I could be of service to others.
I've learned to embrace who I am and embrace life
As a result I have a 'colourful and interesting life' (this little phrase is a joke from my husband - because I thought it would be a good idea to move into the garage of a Thai rockband in Thailand... on the basis that it could be 'colourful and interesting' - he had a somewhat different outlook on this brainwave of mine... but the term has stuck.. and kind of sums me up.
I don't believe in perfection, I believe in acceptance, self awareness and being the best I can be in any given moment. When I slip into perfectionism... I laugh at myself... and remind myself of the above.
My life is rich and full - with highs, lows, love, laughter, change, variety, confusion, clarity, chaos, peace, colour, 29 emotional seasons in an hour.
I believe the true beauty of life comes from embracing everything, not just the positive. This is where I've found transformation and freedom.
I'm always up for learning from my life and my mistakes. I embrace change when I feel it's needed, I follow my intuition and instincts over pure social logic and parental advice.
Some examples of me following the pull of my essence:
* move house, (done this over 17 times in 10yrs),
* have a portfolio career that changes and grows with me,
* turn down lucrative business opportunities as they 'smell bad'
* say yes to strange opportunities...and be amazed where they lead,
* go abroad for months on end (35+ countries),
* take up tango dancing (and do it obsessively for 35hrs a week)
* enrol on a course, go on a workshop and learn something (billions of these)
* get involved in some strange spiritual group...leave the strange spiritual group (sometimes having gained something profound...other times having witnessed something bonkers),
* cut my own hair...add a short fringe - not highly recommended.
Essentially I've never sat back and allowed my life to rot, if it doesn't work I'm not afraid to change it.
I am devoted to living with meaning.
I am devoted to being true to myself.
I am devoted to being self aware and developing my consciousness.
If qualifications intrigue you...
Here are some of mine.
I've trained in London, the USA, India, Egypt and Ireland.
There's been a huge number of courses, reading, studies, research, trips and self-enquiry as well as the training's below.
My work background includes adults (entrapreneurs, professionals, parents, retired) and teenagers
Mind and Energy bits...
2006 Spiritual Life Coach (Blue Marsden), London
2004 Person Centred Counselling - RSA (Thames Valley University), London
2010 Theta Healing Practitioner (Theta Healing Institute), London
2000 BA History and Cultural Media Studies (University of West England), Bristol
2016 Clinical Hypnotherapist (training finishes June 2016), London
Body and Soul related bits...
2008 Somatic Movement Educator, 1 & 2 (International Institute for SME) Dublin & India
2007 Hatha Yoga Teaching (Yoga Alliance, Sunra Yoga), Egypt
2011 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher (Yogacampus), London
2011 Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher (Boston Trauma Centre), Boston USA
"My session with you was the first time in the seven years I have lived in the UK, that I have felt able to speak freely from my heart. I am trying gather words to say how nice it was to meet you but as usual they fall short when you need them most..." Anil H, Entrepreneur and Business Owner
“I have been wanting this knowledge for years and didn’t know it existed. Thank you for finding it all and passing it on. A fun, relaxed and enlightening day which helped me understand lots’ of things about being a woman I’ve been struggling with for years. Practical, no-nonsense, straightforward and revolutionary” M Mehta
I thought I wanted a careers adviser then after chatting to a friend she thought it might not be so clean cut as just changing jobs/careers suggested I looked into Life Coaching. I chose Olivia as she came with a glowing recommendation from another friend. Olivia's grounded and welcoming persona made it really easy to open up and she has helped me get my lust and passion for life back. Her approach is very kind and considered in assisting reaching the desired outcome. With just a few chosen words she has made me look at my life in a very different and positive way and to which I am eternally grateful. I have returned to the enthusiastic person I used to be. Olivia is a very inspiring woman and I have recommended her to several of my friends to have in turn had great experiences. Ceri J
“I just wanted to express my gratitude for our sessions. I am constantly amazed at how the body works and talks! Thank you sweetheart for your care and passion in your work.” MK
"You words certainly give me the belief and determination to really make this year and me great, something I really need and coming from you, someone I have always admired for what you bring and give to life, is amazing, thank you!!" Emily A
“From first speaking with Olivia, I knew I wanted to work with her. The group had very limited knowledge of meditation and Olivia introduced us to various forms and techniques, everyone found something that worked for them and the reactions were really positive. Olivia has kept all her promises and we managed to build a bespoke programme that worked really well for both of us. As well as being extremely personable, Olivia is a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual.” Meditation in the Workplace Organiser Laura Cyfka, Customer Service Training Manager, Johnson and Johnson (Vision UK)
Thanks so much for last session, you really helped me. I especially loved the thing about waiting for the phone call/email and seeing the positive in that. That really helped as that is something that often cripples me. M Stephanos
"Your genuine spontaneity is an amazing skill for any coach and reflects that you’re deeply connected to your own creativity." Chris Skilton, Managing Director
“Olivia is an exceptional professional taking great care to prepare for the class and an outstanding communicator. However what stroke me the most was her understanding of children's` psychology and interests that breaks the distance between teacher and student and makes her loved by her students” Colleague, Gergana Manova
“Thanks for your energy and great smile” Florian
“It was fantastic to have your calm and professional leadership before and at the event!! I feel that we are not only lucky to have you as a facilitator, but also as someone to guide us (ie great template…insights….). Of course the only way we will be able to achieve our goals for U4U is through delivering at the highest possible level…one step above the rest, and I know we all feel the same…that that is you!!” Ila Panik, Director
“Inspirational day. Full of practical tips and guidance on how to embrace your femininity with grace and pride. You were such an inspirational workshop leader and it was a very healing and safe space that you created for us all. I would highly recommend this workshop as important to all women to understand more of who we are and to embrace our feminine selves.” LC
“I especially like the way you're really good at reading where the audience is 'at' and tailoring your approach and the activities to suit. Then once we get into the recalibrated activities I think 'wow, NOW I get why this was a great idea'. It makes working on your programmes really enjoyable because we don't end up trying to shoe-horn a set of ideas onto the participants.“ Sophie Low
“Just wanted to say thank you for facilitating the brilliant course yesterday - it was a very inspiring afternoon and great way to spend a Sunday.” MB