Founder of Big Happy Life
I grew up in Cape Town, home of some of the worlds finest wines – but I hated the taste and only drank cocktails.
As someone who really didn’t enjoy alcohol, I made it all with way through my young teen years without every being drunk. The first time I got drunk I was legally allowed to be so!
What a feeling!
All my cares, self-judgements and criticisms melted away and I was free! I loved that feeling and it didn’t take long for my alcohol intake to increase.
I don’t remember when I first thought about the need to cut down – somewhere in my late twenties, I think, but that was because I was worried about gaining weight.
Despite knowing I “should” cut down, my efforts to do so always failed and, to be honest, I was surrounded by people who drank as much as I did so it didn’t register as that much of an issue outside of the worry about getting fat.
I was in my forties before I really thought deeply about what was going on.
I decided to quit drinking for 100 days and chronicle my experience in a personal blog. It was during those 100 days that I discovered the link between my alcohol habits and my thoughts, beliefs and mindset.
That started me on a journey into myself – and into learning several different therapies and coaching modalities to help me go deeper into the psyche and begin to untangle the knots that hold unhelpful behaviours in place.
In 2020, I qualified as Mindset Coach, NLP Practitioner, Timeline Therapist and Hypnotherapist and then, in 2022, I completed my certification as a HeartHealing® practitioner.
It was my work with clients using HeartHealing that really opened my eyes to the links between our choices and our childhood experiences and relationships. Tracing the lines back to these pivotal points and understanding how they shaped your beliefs about yourself provides a powerful key to unlock personal acceptance and power and with these, you begin to shape your life in new ways.
Today, I am thrilled to be able to help people find and use these keys – not just to free themselves from alcohol but to move beyond alcohol into the big happy life they’ve always wanted.
My mission & Purpose
The Big Ideas
Starting the ripple effect
As a parent, I am deeply conscious of how my children follow in my footsteps and role model my behaviour.
I believe this true in families, schools, businesses and communities – where one person can have a huge impact on many others.
I hope to help 1 million people free themselves from alcohol and start a ripple effect that will improve the lives and futures of many millions more.
The Big Dream
As an adoptive parent, I am acutely aware of my own ripple effect.
I do the work I do because it’s the work I most need to do for myself in order to be the parent I’d like to be.
My big dream is to develop a movement that builds such strong self-acceptance, compassion and joy in each of us that it can’t help but spill into the generations that follow.
I believe this is how we’ll change the world.
Underpinning my work
Two beliefs underpin my work.
1. When people feel better they do better. My approach is all about making changes in our lives from a place of self-love rather than self-judgement.
2. Your life is a collection of habits. Change your habits, change your life, change your legacy.