Who am I?
Well, that’s a fairly existential question to start things off. However…
I’m Verity, a mid-thirties life coach & writer, living in a countryside cabin with my family, committed to a slow & soulful life.
I’m here to inspire & support others to embrace a slower life from the inside, out.
As with most things in life, it’s been a bit of a journey to get here but of course, in retrospect it all makes sense now.
I’m an original country girl (Suffolk, since you ask) turned city-dweller who then returned to rural living in the most OTT way ever by moving into a cabin in my parents’ garden. I don’t do things by halves. I have a husband and toddler son & some rather nice friends. No pets, though (yet).
Before going on mat leave, I was an EFL teacher for 8 years, working in South Korea, Vietnam & London. The travel bug goes deep but its not been priority for a few years. I want to change that as there is still so much I want to see. Before teaching, I was in fashion PR for a while & before that, fairly routine admin & retail roles. I always kind of hated the conformity of going to an office, wearing, saying & doing the ‘right’ thing. Suits literally made me squirm: ambitious career woman I was not. And asking permission to go on holiday? No thanks.
After anxiety, panic attacks & later, depression, hit me in my early thirties, I started listening more to what my mind & body needed. I realised that what it does most well on is s-l-o-w (& lots of sleep). To me, this is less about the beautiful minimalist aesthetic that Instagram may have fooled you into believing #slowliving is (though the joy in ~only~ being surrounded by things you love I deeply believe to be true). To me, slow living is far more about connecting with you are, deep down beneath all those layers of expectation and pressure our wonderful western society have gifted us. It’s about granting yourself the time & space to trust yourself, listen to your intuition and truly live in the moment.
I most value connection, freedom, independence, personal development & being yourself.
Why did I become a coach?
I know everyone says this but I really do love people.
I love our stories, our experiences, our beliefs, our curiosities, our compassion, our kindness, our desire to push ourselves, to grow, to keep on keeping on.
I genuinely can’t think of a greater pleasure in life than supporting creative, extraordinary women to step in to the very best version of themselves.
Because more people need to believe in themselves. Especially women. We really need to believe in ourselves, because so many – still – don’t.
I believe that the more we can practice showing what it means to like yourself to others, the better.