I love to travel

I absolutely love travelling and have been fortunate enough to visit a large number of countries and experience many different cultures and I hope to see even more in the future. Below are a selection of my favourite photos which I took while on my travels…

Yasawa Islands, Fiji
The Yasawas are a beautiful group of volcanic islands, located off the coast of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean. One of the islands had just five tourists staying on it for the two nights I was there… and I was one of them! I visited the Yasawa Islands as a backpacker so paid for a package to allow me to ‘island hop’ cheaply. Some of the islands are extremely small with basic accommodation and limited electricity, so there were a few cold, outdoor showers during the course of my stay! This photo is one I took shortly before going for a swim. The water really was as clear and pristine as it looks here and it was fabulously peaceful.

Yasawa Island, Fiji

Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura (situated on New Zealand’s south island), is a picturesque little town by the sea, with incredible mountain views. I took this photo on a rather stormy day as it just looked like the most dramatic backdrop had been wheeled out in front of my eyes. Kaikoura is one of my favourite places of all those I visited on either island in New Zealand, due to its natural beauty. A perfect place for a coastal walk and it’s well known for being a great location to do a bit of wildlife spotting. You can expect to see plenty of seals on the beach and there are regular boat trips for dolphin and whale watching.

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand
This waterfall in Taupo is absolutely stunning to see – and to hear, which I experienced while walking the footpath alongside it. Taupo is a sleepy town in the north island of New Zealand. I will always remember when I took this photo as it was the day my friend and I met a local out walking his dogs, and after a short chat (in the friendly and inviting way New Zealanders do), he offered to put us up in his house for free for a week! He also made us food and took us out on the lake in his boat.

Transformational Coaching

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Having found out a little about coaching through The Coaching Academy, as well as how neuro-linguistic programming can be used within coaching, through Toby and Kate McCartney, I was keen to discover what training provider Animas has to offer. I attended my final, free coaching introductory course in London last month. This last course followed a transformational coaching approach, which is the main approach taught by Animas on its diploma. There are numerous different styles of coaching, however they are often broadly categorised into three main approaches: Performance, developmental and transformational.

Performance coaching tends to be a focused, target driven approach where the coach supports the client in reaching specific, agreed outcomes. Developmental coaching is somewhat broader than performance, with the coach encouraging the client to identify what they have learnt through their sessions and the changes that have taken place (how is that person growing/developing?) The third key approach is transformational coaching. This is more holistic in its approach than the other two, involving the coach working with the client to understand and explore what the client’s fundamental views are, what drives them, what attitudes and beliefs they hold and how these shape that clients’ experiences. It is said to be a deeper type of coaching, but will still have some direction in mind.

The introductory coaching day run by Animas included content relating to the history of coaching and how the profession has changed and developed over the past few decades. The speaker (Founder and CEO, Nick Bolton) talked about the progression of our society from the agricultural period, then onto the industrial period and following this, the information period, which we are currently in – and how he believes we are now approaching an emotional intelligence period. He shared his prediction that careers like coaching will only become more prominent, as technology continues to replace humans performing physical jobs – and with the increasing life pressures on all of us, the need for more focus on soft skills and mental support for people will be invaluable.

The Animas definition of coaching was given as ‘A collaborative, non-directive conversation that brings about positive change both inside and out through inquiry, reflection, choice and new behaviour.’ I find this interesting as it is the first definition I have come across which emphasises the need for a client to make behavioural changes/adjustments, which is obviously fundamental to a client’s success.

I will collate everything I have learnt so far about what coaching is and how it can be defined, and will post a mind map on my blog for anyone interested in understanding more about it.

Detox Smoothies!



Last week I decided to start a detox so, with a huge heap of enthusiasm I raided the supermarket, coming home with a host of different fruits and vegetables, as well as some smoothie fillers like flaxseed, chia seeds and unsweetened almond milk. By Monday lunchtime I was armed with my Nutribullet as well as my fresh, frozen and organic ingredients.

Initially the plan was to make three different homemade smoothies per day as meal replacements for the week… however by day two, I was hungry and feeling a little dizzy! I quickly revised the plan to include some solid foods like scrambled egg on toast and a chicken salad but largely avoided meat, dairy and refined sugar, had absolutely no alcohol, drank plenty of water and tried wherever possible to stick to consuming my fresh fruit and veg smoothies.

I had a successful week and after the initial two days of headaches (presumably from sugar withdrawal) came out the other side feeling refreshed, with bundles of energy – so much so that I have decided to continue my detox this week, be it in a slightly more relaxed regime.

I want to share some of the smoothie recipes I discovered and if I come across some more that I think are worth sharing, I’ll post these for you too. The kale and pineapple recipe is one I came up with myself yesterday and all the ingredients can be seen in the above photo. I’m trying to make smoothies with more veg than fruit to limit my sugar consumption as that’s really important, as well as getting all those good vitamins and minerals from the natural produce. Enjoy!

Spinach, Banana and Berries
Handful of spinach
1/4 of an avacado
1 banana
5 strawberries
5 raspberries
2 heaped tablespoons of natural yogurt
Teaspoon of flaxeed
Drop of water

Banana, Spinach and Pineapple
1 banana
Handful of spinach
5 pieces of pineapple
Drop of coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
Drop of water

Kale and Pineapple
Generous handful of kale
2 rings of fresh pineapple/10 pieces of frozen pineapple
A few fresh mint leaves
Teaspoon of flaxseed
Drop of soya milk

Blueberry and Kale Kick
Handful of blueberries
1/4 of a mango
Generous handful of kale
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1/4 of an avacado
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of flaxeed
Drop of coconut water

Rabbit Food Smoothie
2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 peeled apple
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Drop of water

Lettuce, Grape and Peach
Half an iceberg lettuce
10 green seedless grapes
A few pieces of frozen peach
Squeeze of fresh lime
Teaspoon of flaxeed
Drop of water

Hangover Cure
2 carrots
1 apple
Thumb of fresh ginger
Water and ice

*Please note that I am not a qualified dietitian, nutritionist or doctor.

For more information and smoothie recipes, check out Nutritionist Becky Griffiths’ blog.