My Why

When I reflect on my life and career, I think wow! Did I do that? Yes I did! Did I really go to Italy at 21 and live there for 15 years? Did I really go from Executive Assistant to Director in only 11 years? Did I really study at Brighton University and obtain my first degree at the age of 42? Live in Kenya for 3 months? Yes I did! And much more! It was full of ups and downs along the way but a journey that I am proud to share.

I have encountered metaphorical crossroads throughout my life where decisions made would impact my life. Moving to Italy in my 20s was one of those moments – I was lucky enough to get a job at the United Nations in Rome and loved working in an international environment. It was in Italy that I became a mum, and my daughter was born. In my late 30s, I realised it was time to return to the UK to start afresh once again. It wasn’t an easy decision, I was leaving behind a well-paid job, amazing friends and support network, not to mention moving my daughter to a new country as a single parent. However, moving back to the UK felt right.

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I once again settled in Brighton and started working for American Express as an executive assistant. The truth is, I had dreams of earning a large salary, a global player working across different countries and being a team leader but the reality didn’t live up to the dream! One of my leaders told me: “Linda, you have to find a way of making this work as you can’t just get up and leave as you have responsibilities”! That is when things started to change as it is when I decided to undertake a part time degree at Brighton University while working full time and bringing up my 9 year old daughter!

It took me five years to complete my degree and during that time, I held down a full time job, I was promoted three times and I started to achieve some of my life and work goals and travelled across Europe. I loved the adventure of traveling to different countries, the variety of my job and the challenges that came with it. Finally it felt like I was becoming me!

I had hard knocks at work: unsuccessful job interviews, difficult relationships with leaders, confidence in my ability to present and much more. These setbacks helped me to become more empathetic towards others and a better leader. I really started to become passionate about supporting the development of others and becoming a champion for driving collaboration, offering courageous feedback and clearly communicating and managing expectations.

If you are still with me, I am telling you all of this so you can see that life isn’t always plain sailing. We must learn to take the good with the bad. To dig deep and importantly never give up because we do not know what is round the corner! As a coach, I am allowing myself to dance in the moment and to see where the coaching sessions lead. As Linda, I am going with the notion of not knowing but still growing as life really is an endless journey of discovery.

If you are inspired by my story, please get in touch.

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If you are still with me, I am telling you all of this so you can see that life isn’t always plain sailing. We must learn to take the good with the bad. To dig deep and importantly never give up because we do not know what is round the corner! As a coach, I am allowing myself to dance in the moment and to see where the coaching sessions lead. As Linda, I am going with the notion of not knowing but still growing as life really is an endless journey of discovery.

If your inspired by my story, please get in touch...