I have always been passionate about food and natural approaches to health, however this wasn’t my first career path. I graduated from Manchester University with a First Class Honours in Business & Information Technology. I was super ambitious, had a huge interest in technology (especially mobile phones – the bills at uni was testament to that) and my goal was to be a CEO for a technology company as quickly as possible. I joined a large global telecommunications company as a graduate and worked my way up the business, changing roles every year moving onwards and upwards. I was the youngest in a high-performing team of Global Account Managers, managing a strategically important client, a huge revenue target and a dispersed virtual team.
The role was interesting, challenging and I enjoyed the competition, however I started to feel the consequences of being ‘hyperconnected’ ‘constantly driven’ alongside ‘never-ending deadlines’. This manifested in feelings of being wired and tired at bedtime, no energy in the mornings, swapping meals for meetings and day-dreaming about the luxury of having enough time (and energy) for the gym. I went on a mission for answers to remedy this, I asked colleagues, health professionals and people I admired who I thought were thriving – but I found that they were also feeling burn.
So, I decided to research the answers myself and went back to university. I studied for 5 years, another undergraduate degree and a Master’s of Science later and I have some of the answers, not only that a way of communicating that makes these answers resonate and apply. Our unique approach combines this real-life corporate world understanding and human physiology knowledge to ensure our work is relevant, practical and achievable in a busy, career committed person’s life. The approach is not coming from a medical or idealist viewpoint but more from a perspective of: ‘I have been there, experienced it first-hand the daily pressure and felt consequences’.
My personal aim and that of Optimum Living is to support organisations and teams to create environments where people can be their best and truly thrive!
Meet The Team
I have a great team of like-minded associates whom support delivery of Optimum Living’s work, take a look at a few of the key team members here: