Love. That’s what really matters. Love, and the people we share it with. The last couple of years have certainly reminded us of this with great clarity.

The words, ’Life Is Short But Wide’ stood out from a park bench, commemorating the life of a young man. A reminder to focus on the important stuff in this wild and precious life we have, and to be of service. Already busy with Nan-Zen Mindfulness sessions for wellbeing, back in 2019 I trained with F.O.I.C. as an Independent Celebrant. This enables me to honour families with the important rituals that mark all of our lives; working with commitment and meaning.

Without realising, working life had already prepared me with the skills to fulfil this role. Twenty five years in live radio, honing the professional presentation skills a ceremony deserves; and as a former Birmingham Poet Laureate, the writing experience to create bespoke services to treasure. As an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, I’ve hosted events in the presence of the Royal Family, and believe that every family deserves an exceptional occasion, where they feel like a King or Queen. It’s a privilege to tell someone’s Love Story, whether for a Wedding, Handfasting, Vow Renewal, Baby Naming or Adoption Ceremony. They are all about love; and treasuring the joyful transitions with those who mean the most to us. Happy to pass on all that I’ve learned, you will be reassured and guided through the process with confidence.

And at the end of a life, when it’s time to say goodbye and honour a loved one, I can help families create a beautiful tribute, with a Funeral or Memorial service. Working in the Midlands – mainly Birmingham and Leicester, but happy to travel by arrangement. To find out more, please contact me to arrange an initial chat, with no obligation.

Ceremonies are the special occasion days and Nan-Zen Mindfulness is about improved wellbeing every day. Developing and running these sessions combines Eastern wisdom traditions with the common sense, warmth and humour of your Nan. Mindfulness techniques can help us deal with change and uncertainty, using creativity not just to survive these slightly strange times, but to flourish. Helping to calm stress, and find contentment and joy in our daily life. Mostly over Zoom & other video conferencing; sessions are customised for businesses, writing groups and individuals. I’m still working on how to share biscuits…

Occasionally you’ll hear me doing some radio work for fun, preferably covering shows without 4am alarm calls. When not working, you’ll find me in the garden, curled up with a stack of books or gathering ingredients for our next kitchen adventure… slow cooker brownies being the current favourite.

To find out more about Ceremonies or Mindfulness sessions, please contact here to arrange an initial chat, with no obligation.

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