Hello, I’m Gen.
I was born and raised in Western Australia. My childhood was spent roaming outside, climbing trees and collecting fresh water mussels as pets (not so interesting, as it turns out).
Then I grew up and became a lawyer. After completing a Masters of Law at Cambridge University, I found myself practising as a commercial law barrister in London.
I had worked very hard to become a barrister. In fact, I spent most of my twenties so sleep deprived that I don’t really remember them. Coffee was involved I think.
The kicker was that I really liked the study and practice of law. I was working at a great Chambers. The work was challenging and well paid. My colleagues were awesomesauce.
But I was changing internally. And I knew deep down that my values were not truly aligned with my work, and that eventually this would become A Big Problem. It did, most inconveniently.
To be clear, I’m not saying that there is no value in law. I’m just saying that I did not find it personally meaningful. I wanted to help, heal, guide and teach. And I had a strong desire to burn my suits and never wear heels again.
After concluding a long court trial, I was offered a new assignment. I panicked. Sure, I was tired. But I also knew that something was deeply wrong with the direction I was heading.
So I took a break, which later became a sabbatical, instead.
I then noticed that I had been anxious for a long time. I was permanently on-guard. My life felt heavy and I would routinely suppress how I was feeling.
On my sabbatical I worked out what I wanted in my day to day life. I re-introduced long lost passions and pursued new ones. I followed my curiosity.
At times I would feel crippling pressure to decide what to do next. I would practise letting that go, again and again, focussing instead on what I needed to learn next. Having faith that it would be revealed in good time.
Eventually – but I felt it could have been quicker – it all clicked into place. By 2019 I had completed life coach training with Martha Beck, Inc. It was amazing and I wanted to share what had helped me so much. I love working with women, as I knew from teaching yoga. I also believe that the world needs gifted and kind women to be themselves fully – not in a wouldn’t it be nice kinda way, but desperately – to bring the world back into balance.
So here I am! A life coach and proud recipient of at least 8 hours sleep nightly. Unless I am in the vicinity of good company and a bottle of red that is…