Hello + welcome! Thank you so much for being here!
I am a single Mum of 2 grown up sons, living on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Alongside a lovely day job, I write and am a freelance creative.
In June 2022 when I was 57, a childhood dream came true when my best selling book Stand Up Paddleboarding in Great Britain - Beautiful Places to Paddleboard in England, Scotland and Wales was published by award winning publishers Vertebrate Publishing to a wonderful welcome. You can buy it here.
My second book about beautiful places to paddleboard in the Lake District will be published in spring 2024 again with Vertebrate Publishing.
In the summer of 2019, aged 54, I became the first woman to stand up paddleboard coast to coast, 162 miles from Liverpool to Goole, picking up litter + fundraising for The Wave Project and 2MinuteBeachClean Foundation. You can watch a film about this adventure: Brave Enough - A Journey Home to Joy
I love to write and am honoured to have been invited to speak at prestigious adventure festivals, wellbeing events + on many wonderful podcsasts. My story has been featured in the national press, on the radio + TV.
To share my joyful message, I also make tiny, award winning films about joy, adventure + finding your purpose. My podcast The Joy of SUP - the Paddleboarding Sunshine Podcast launched with my first guest on Christmas Eve 2020.
"I can't change the world, but I can change the little bit around me."
However, life was not always so happy.
In May 2013, I found myself sobbing in the biscuit aisle of Tesco's, looking at the chocolate Hob Nobs and wondering how my life had come to this. I was 48, a busy working Mum, flying solo with my boys.
Both my parents were undergoing chemotherapy at the time and I was overwhelmed, anxious and desperate for a good night's sleep. What I didn't realise was that I was going through the early stages of the perimenopause at the time.
A friend lent me an old indoor rowing machine suggesting exercise might help. Within two weeks I was sleeping and life was so much brighter.
In 2014, I rowed a million metres and marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my Mum, completing the challenge on the 1st anniversary of her death and 5 days before my 50th birthday. We raised £10,000.00.
I returned to the hills + sea which I had loved as a child, body boarding, wild swimming and hiking.
In September 2016, I took my first paddleboard lesson. I loved it from the minute I stood up.
"You're never too old to do something wild and it's never too late to make a difference."
Now approaching 60 and happily post menopause, my goal is to share the joy of ageing well, solo adventures, being brave enough for fresh starts and caring for the oceans.
I believe: We are never too old and it's never too late to have an adventure, create a fresh start or make a difference.
I hope you'll join me on this wild + precious adventure....
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PS I would love to speak to your organisation about the joy of adventure, ageing well, fresh starts and making a difference. Please see my Speaker page for details. Thank you!