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Love. That’s what really matters. Love, and the people we share it with. 2020 has reminded us of this in so many ways.

Work took me away from home most of last summer. I really missed loved ones. Missed the way time stretches when you’re pottering in the garden together, or sitting with a cuppa gazing at the bees. There’s something about delayed train journeys and beige hotels that provides space to think. It brings clarity. A dawn walk, and the words ’Life Is Short But Wide’ stood out from a bench, commemorating the life of a young man. I resolved to focus on the important stuff in this wild and precious life we have, and to be of service. Already devoted to Nan-Zen Mindfulness sessions for wellbeing, 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 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 here 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 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. You can also enjoy giggling at my 2020 home haircuts…

I still do some radio work for fun, covering Breakfast shows with 4.30am alarm calls, before relishing a lie-in again. When not working, you’ll find me in the garden, curled up with a stack of books or picking the ingredients for our next kitchen adventure…

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

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