From a young age I've always been sporty in nature, playing basketball, tennis, karate, cross country, you name it! But sure enough (like what happens with many of us) as time went on, particularly through university I lost my fitness direction.
As I graduated from uni, I began my modeling career. Therein held a whole
new journey of finding confidence in my own skin.
I modelled for Storm models (London) for 5 years which allowed me the most incredible opportunities with work and travelling across the world. As a model, I was lucky enough to not have been seriously ridiculed for how my body looked. However, I was certainly aware of an "expected norm" within the fashion industry. Small comments from clients or bookers would stick with me more than I realised. I continued to keep training and running as much as I could to help with this. My model friends knew how much I enjoyed fitness so would always come to me for advice on what to do at the gym. I loved helping them to find confidence in the skin they were in. I loved guiding them through the strength of what their body could do vs aesthetics.
The biggest opportunity I was given was being able to go and live in New York with my (then boyfriend) now husband for 3 years. There I modelled with Wilhemina models and truly found my path to fitness. New York is like the Mecca for fitness and I relished a new place to play in the wellness scene there. As time went on I felt an increasing pull to the fitness scene. I knew I not only wanted to model for fitness brands but that I wanted others to feel the incredible power of the body (and mind) at its best. I studied to become a personal trainer whilst in New York (with NASM) and set up my first PT business under the brand "Tone What You Own". So much has changed since those days (all 7 years ago!) but essentially my ethos of helping people to feel happy and healthy in their own skin has much remained the same.
As they say the rest his history in terms of my learnings along the way. I went from thinking I had to spend hours on end pummelling my body at the gym (I call this the "crashy smashy" phase!) To finding mindfulness, mobility and movement training. I'd been in and out of practicing yoga for years, but found its true calling in my time in NY. It gave me the grounding and stillness that I craved being away from home and in a hectic city. Soon after I moved back from the states I did my yoga teacher training. Over the years, between PT and yoga I've found what I like to think of as the sweet spot in the middle.
Where movement and mindfulness meet.
I've learned "fitness" is so much more than what the outside looks like. I've learnt that the most important element of feeling fit and healthy is happiness. That our bodies are incredible, resourceful, adaptable and that they have a phenomenal power to heal from within. No one needs to live in a way where they feel restricted by movement. No one needs to be scared of where to start. We are all beginners at something at one point. We are all human. We all have the power to harness our mind and body and the incredible power they have. We just have to start.
For me the beauty of life is the journey, exploration and learning along the way. This translates directly to your movement and mindfulness journey too. We are always learning. We are always growing, that's the wonder of the ride! An unprecedented part of that journey for me is making the most of this beautiful planet we live on. Whether we're hiking the mountains, climbing the rocks, surfing in our oceans or just watching in awe at natures beauty. Nature and time spent outdoors is medicine for the mind, body and spirit.
My love of travel, the ocean and nature has always been something that makes my soul shine. The magic none so pure as when I'm out on the rocks climbing cliff faces (preferably next to the ocean). The challenge, the flow with nature, the rewards of natural beauty seen all around you. I'm dedicate to bringing that feeling to people like YOU. This is why I created Rock and Soul Adventures. A rock climbing, yoga and movement specific brand that takes people out on adventures in nature on retreat and builds them to be stronger when they get there through our online training offerings.