Hi I'm Lisa
I'm a mum of two. An accredited coach and learning and development consultant.
I love helping people to feel and perform at their best and wellbeing is really important to me. I’m really curious and I never stop learning new things, all of which I bring into my work.
I’ve been working as a qualified professional coach since 2014 and I’ve been in the corporate world a lot longer (18+ years). My background in Human Resources, Recruitment and Learning & Development brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in how to help people grow, develop, reach their potential and set themselves achievable and sustainable goals.
I'm never happier than when I'm outside in nature. I love yoga, walking, cold-water therapy, breath-work, journaling, holidays in Scotland, cooking and drinking endless cups of tea. I love spending time with my wonderful family and friends but as I've got older I've become very fond of spending time on my own. The more I do this, the more I'm able to give to my family, my career and my clients. Finding moments of peace and joy in the ordinary is a great hobby of mine.
A few years ago I started to notice that my inner world didn’t reflect how I thought I “should” feel. I had a nice life on paper but it didn't feel that way. I was struggling to live up to the high expectations I’d set myself, I was struggling with the transition to motherhood and what my new identity was. I was trying hard to be good at everything and being really hard on myself about it. I was working hard in my corporate career, trying to be a good mum, keeping up with family, friends, my social life, keeping other people happy and all the things in between.
My own wellbeing and happiness was at the bottom of the pile and it started to have an impact. I was overwhelmed and my inner critic was really negative. I didn’t feel like I knew myself any more and I was struggling to find joy. On the outside things didn't seem any different. On the inside it was a whole different story.
A while after my second child was born I was diagnosed with burnout and postnatal depression. There’s no doubt the pandemic played a part in this too. I had been pushing on for far too long and had reached breaking point.
Eventually I was diagnosed with burnout and postnatal depression.
I knew I wanted things to change and to feel like myself again, to feel more happy, joyful and fulfilled. The problem was, I didn't know what that looked like for me. I wasn't my old self, things had changed and shifted, I didn't fit into the old version of me. It was like a jigsaw puzzle had been thrown into the air and the pieces didn't fit back together any more.
I realised that I had an opportunity. To shape who I was becoming and create a life I love, instead of bumbling through, letting my life and circumstances shape me.
After I decided to make a change and improve my wellbeing, I started down my own path of self-discovery and personal development.
I had many years of work experience at a senior level, leading teams, teaching, guiding and coaching others to learn, grow and develop in the corporate world, so luckily I had a toolkit of teachings and strategies to rely on as a starting point.
I made a commitment to put myself and my wellbeing first, here's what I learnt:
I learnt to go inward, to stop being distracted by busyness, doing and achieving. I learnt to listen to my intuition, connect to myself on a deeper level and found healing in nature and becoming still.
I found Seasonal Living and learnt to be in tune with the seasons and cycles of life, using nature as a guide for how I live.
I learnt how to understand and process my emotions, past experiences and how to reduce and manage stressors.
I learnt how to use nature, herbal medicine, nutrition, movement, breathwork, meditation, essential oils, rituals and self-care practices to support me and my family's wellbeing and to regulate our nervous systems.
I learnt about my coping mechanisms, which ones weren't working for me any more, and found new, healthier coping mechanisms.
I learnt to stop caring what other people think of me and letting this hold me back.
I learnt what my values are, what matters to me, what makes me happy, what brings me joy, what energises me, and how to hold boundaries to protect my wellbeing and peace.
I've redefined what success means to me.
I learnt to be fearless in pursuit of what sets my soul on fire. To take brave and courageous steps towards the life I want to live.
Now I'm freer, I'm more connected to myself than ever. I have developed a strong sense of inner strength, resilience, self-love, self-kindness and self-compassion. My soul feels nourished.
Fast forward a few years and I have built a life that is completely ME, it lights me up, fulfils me, gives me meaning and is aligned with my strengths and passions.
I set up my company Grow with Solis to bring together my career experience and qualifications, my lived experience and my passion for helping others prioritise their wellbeing and not only survive but truly thrive. Whatever that looks like for you. I'm here to help you work it out and move towards it.
I still have ups and downs, my life is still chaotic sometimes, I still have the whole range of emotions going on, self-doubt creeps in, my inner critic is still there, I still have anxious thoughts - but I know exactly what I need to do to manage these and be gentle with myself. I'm embracing being a perfectly imperfect human and it's so empowering.
WHY WORK WITH ME?
I'm going to be bold here. I'm really good at what I do. I firmly believe my offer is unique and I offer a huge return on your investment through the transformation I provide.
The combination of:
my lived experience and in-depth knowledge of wellbeing, seasonal living and personal development
my 20 year career in educating and coaching people in the corporate world to be their best
the leadership positions I have held in the corporate world - growing, developing, inspiring and motivating talented teams
the extensive coaching qualifications, training and CPD I have undertaken. I have completed an ILM5 qualification in Coaching and Mentoring which is equivalent to a postgraduate diploma, an ILM7 qualification in Executive and Leadership Coaching which is equivalent to a masters degree and is the highest level of coaching qualification you can get
I also have qualifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (at master practitioner level), psychometrics, a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development higher diploma, and a BSc Hons degree in Business and Human Resource Management
My coaching accreditation with the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) at Senior Practitioner level which recognises my in-depth qualifications and the many hours of coaching practice I have undertaken. This is renewed and revalidated annually.
My personal values are:
Deep connection - to myself, to others and to nature
Growth - supporting myself and others to learn, develop, gain knowledge and be inspired
Wellbeing - supporting myself and others to nourish our mind, body & spirit, find joy, balance and a sense of wellbeing, feeling content, healthy, self-assured and confident
Achievement - living a meaningful life, redefining my own version of success, aligning my life and business to my values and helping others to do the same
Adventure - trying new things, being curious, having fun, creativity, willingness to take risks, being courageous, freedom and autonomy
My strengths are:
Kindness, nurturing, curiosity, compassion, calmness, deep listening, encouraging, positive, supportive, gently challenging, intuitive & thoughtful
My passions are:
Supporting, guiding and inspiring others to find their own version of fulfilment and joy, using seasonal living and nature to boost our health and wellbeing and guide us through the seasons of our own lives
This powerful blend gives me what I call my superpowers. My magic. And I bring all of this all to my clients through the work I do.