What & who inspires me

I get my inspiration in many different places & here are a few people who are really important to me & a selection of books which have stayed with me after reading them.

I do not say this lightly, but I would not be who I am now if not be for my yoga teacher & lovely friend Emma Peel. Working with her for several years (including attending her transformational training) has changed my life more than anyone else. Her regular Yin classes are the foundation of my week, they keep me grounded & provide inspiration for much of my other exploration. In the gentle & playful way she has, Emma challenges what I think I know about myself, my body & my life, encouraging me to peel back a few more layers so I can move closer to myself.

I know now that I don’t have a ‘conventional’ yoga body, in that it won’t bend in some of the ways ‘required’ by many other teachers & yoga styles. This makes me even more grateful that I found Emma, as she gives all her students permission to move in a way that works for each of us, regularly confirming that it’s what an asana feels like that’s important, not how it looks.

A huge, huge thank you Emma, you inspire me every day & I can't thank you enough for everything, mostly for making my world more beautiful.

Lesley & Emma

Dr Brené Brown's work has fundamentally changed me and how I am in the world. Here’s her blog & I return to the wisdom in her books time after time.

I turned to Karen Knott at Prime Time Possibilities when I wanted to muster up the courage to show up and be seen and wasn’t sure how. She has been with me every step of the way & I can’t thank her enough for her unwavering and continued support and friendship.

The sensitive way in which Karen Anderson guided me through Brené Brown's Daring Way course encouraged me to hop on a plane from London to Las Vegas to do the Rising Strong workshop with her. And it was THE most transformative weekend workshop I’ve ever done. I thank Karen for sharing herself and her skills; for creating and holding a space where I was comfortable being me and for gracefully teaching me a range of tools to live a wholehearted and authentic life. Karen is an absolutely wonderful therapist and I am so grateful for her support and friendship.

Stacey Chapman, is a fabulous Web designer & has supported me every step of the way getting this website up & running.

Also to add that, with the exception of my headshots (which were taken by Henrietta Garden) all the images on here were taken by myself or my husband.

Books that inspire me

I planned to make a (rather long) list of books that I love & have helped me, but instead I decided to list those which have changed me the most, & which I go back over from time to time. The remainder are included on the photos of my bookshelves.

Rising Strong: Dr Brené Brown (Random House 2015)

Daring Greatly: Dr Brené Brown, (Gotham, 2012)

Atlas of the Heart: Brené Brown (Random House 2021)

Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead books 2015)

Self Compassion: Stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind: Kristin Neff, PhD. (Hodder & Staughton, 2011)

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway: Susan Jeffers, (Vermillion, 2007), the first ‘self-help’ book I read way back in 1996.

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The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho (HarperCollins 1999)

The Way of the Five Seasons: John Kirkwood (Singing Dragon 2016)

The Body Keeps the Score: Bessel van Der Kolk (Penguin Random House 2014)

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: Bernie Clark (White Cloud Press 2011)

Live Well Live Long: Peter Deadman (The Journal of Chinese Medicine Ltd 2016)

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