Inspirational Women In Business
Introducing our three inspirational women in business! each with a truly inspirational story.
When I introduce myself as a Health and Cancer Coach most people reply: ‘a what’? A Health and Cancer Coach, let me start a bit further in the past. Health and Well-being was my passion and interest ever since I was a teenager and I thought I was very healthy until three years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Disbelief, anger and resentment as well as treatment followed but also a deep search into this disease and a wished to understand as much as I could to have the best chances to survive. After a while I noticed that I was not just surviving but thriving and feeling better physically and emotionally than ever before.
I formalised my research with a certification in Health and Life Coaching as well as a certification in Cancer Coaching. Now, I accompany women with breast cancer on their journey following diagnosis, during or after treatment to get to a place where they can feel their Best and find a ‘new normal’ that is beyond and above putting up with being a ‘survivor’.
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Two and a half years ago, I was working as an Editor in London when I found myself crying in a stairwell. You don’t just spontaneously have a break down and many events led up to mine. I decided that to get out I would train to be a teacher, but I found that I had to give everything to those children and I couldn’t give up my mental health, I’d learned its value.
When we moved out of London to the beautiful Surrey countryside, it gave me a chance for a new start. I decided to build my own business with a strict zero waste policy: Howell Illustration.
Now, six months on and slowly growing, I have learned a lot. I have had to learn to do things I had (and still have) no clue how to do, and I have been so far out of my comfort zone I thought I’d never get back into it.
Despite this, I have never once regretted starting Howell Illustration; it may be seriously hard work, and I may be unsure still some days, but it means freedom from what once held me back.
Leaving school at 16, I went straight into full time employment as a factory receptionist. Working my way up to a position in finance for the London head office, I now work for a major UK investment bank as a Senior EA. 8 years ago, at 21, I suffered from an acute onset of depression and anxiety developed from an eating disorder at age 15.
Struggling to cope with everyday tasks, I was prescribed a course of medication and attended weekly counselling sessions. I then found various ways of dealing with the issues myself through charity work, fitness and volunteering. In 2016, I took up an Ultra White Collar Boxing Challenge, raising over £4,000 for Cancer Research and most recently, completed the Brighton Marathon for the ROHHAD Association. You can follow my journey through my online blog/Instagram page ‘Mama To Runner’
I’m now married with sons Luca, 3 and Milo 10 months and managing two businesses alongside my role in London. This February saw the launch of The Canary Wharf PA Club (www.cwpaclub.com) where through training sessions and free networking events, my goal is to help other admin professionals grow, develop their skills and reach their full potential. I have been nominated for various PA awards and quite often speak at industry events. In the coming months, I am looking to launch Women in Business lunches in Kent for like-minded professional women to share experiences and advice.