“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” – Sadie Delany
My sentiments exactly!
Hey there, I’m Leanne Lindsey and I’d like to welcome you and say thanks for stopping by.
If you’re feeling dissatisfied and demotivated in your job or career you are in the right place. Not only am I an advocate of people feeling happy and fulfilled at work and doing something meaningful and that they enjoy; I am also passionate about women feeling confident in their own skin and being true to themselves.
In 2009 I took voluntary redundancy from one of the world’s oldest and most recognised car manufacturers, where I worked as an IT Project Manager. Prior to taking redundancy, I spent eight years feeling bored, demotivated and had little interest in the sector I worked in.
I joined the company as a graduate after doing a degree in a subject I had no interest in – due to zero careers advice. Due to my work ethic I worked hard and did what everyone else did – bought a property and a car and spent my disposable income on clothes, socialising with friends and going on holiday.
On the surface, my life was great and I was doing well for myself. I was promoted twice and was following the traditional management path. However something didn’t feel right, something was missing. I felt this huge void and quickly began to realise I was in the wrong career. I wasn’t interested in what was being said at meetings. I had no desire to become a manger and I really wanted to do something that made a difference.
The problem was that I had no idea what else I could do, or even what I wanted to do. All I knew is that I was a “people person” and I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in the latest operation system or PC.
However, as I had a mortgage to pay and most people around me seemed to be getting on with it, I continued and ignored the nagging feeling I had. That was until my body decided to tell me enough was enough and I was eventually unable to work due to ill health for 3 months initially, followed by another 5 months less than a year later.
“You can fall, but you can rise also.” – Angelique Kidjo
During my first spell off due to ill health, it dawned on me that I had to seriously think about my career and my future. I had been researching alternatives on and off and as soon as I was well enough, I started to seriously look into my options. After extensive research, life coaching seemed to be something that matched all my career wants and needs most closely, so I made the decision to retrain.
I spent a year saving for the training costs and then booked onto the year long course.
Fast forward and I qualified as a life coach. After working with others and realising how many other people felt the way I did, I decided to focus on careers and went on to gain a careers specific qualification. I also worked with a coach for a year following my redundancy which really helped me through those times when I doubted my decision and ability.
I want you to feel happy and motivated
I believe that life is too short to be anything other than happy! I have been through the highs and lows of taking redundancy in the heart of a recession, I have had a complete career change and I have set up my own business, learning many lessons along the way. However I wouldn’t change a thing. I am happier and more fulfilled than I ever was as an IT Project Manager. I couldn’t tell you the last time I woke up dreading going to work or spending Sunday counting down the hours until it was time for work again.
The journey is not an easy one however which is why I have made it my mission to work with women who are where I was to help them also achieve happiness and fulfilment in their career and life. I want women to wake up looking forward to going to work, enjoy what they do whilst still having enough time and energy to take care of their health, well-being and relationships.
Not only does a career change require you to blow the dust off of your CV, brush up on your interview skills and do some extensive research, it almost always forces you to ask yourself some deep and sometimes challenging questions.
A career change is often a new chapter in your life. It is also the start of a journey, which can be an emotional roller-coaster with many unexpected twists, turns and obstacles. It can challenge many of your long held beliefs and can uncover some sub-conscious fears and insecurities. I want to support you along that journey, acting as a reassuring, guiding light in those times of doubt and uncertainty, whilst identifying practical actions you can take to achieve your ultimate goal of a happier, more meaningful career and life.
“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.” — Lisa Nichols
So whether you’re considering a career change, struggling with work life balance or career progression, dreaming of travelling around the world, or you would simply like to find an hour in your day to read or exercise, I want to help you get passionate about your life again and spend more time doing what you want to do, rather than what you feel you should, whilst still being able to pay the bills!
What others say about me
"I was going through a difficult time and Leanne took the time out to look at certain aspects of my life and she encouraged me to look at things differently. Through her words and encouragement. I started to be more positive and confident. Leanne's support has been so helpful to the point where I have now secured a new job. Leanne is extremely good at what she does because she is dedicated, positive, loves working with people and helping people. Leanne inspires me!"
"Leanne is an open and warm-hearted soul, and great fun to work with too. She rolls her sleeves up and gets on with it, she’s incredibly positive and nothing fazes her! She manages to combine her natural dynamism with deep wisdom, so that whoever she works with – young or old – feels cared for and motivated. In a nutshell Leanne is a great coach, flexible, easy going and inspiring."
A bit more about me
I don’t eat meat or chicken and avoid eggs and dairy (unless in a dessert then I’ll often make an exception). I do eat fish and seafood and I have a keen interest in healthy eating and lifestyle. I love desserts so quite a few years back I studied a year long course learning how to make them which resulted in a pastry chef qualification and a passion for baking.
I attend a Body-Based Pilates class twice a week which formed a huge part of my recovery from long term illness. My teacher is amazing and she is who I go to with any health related concerns. I also love travelling and I absolutely love, love, love the sun! I also love water and it is my long term plan to live in a hot sunny climate, surrounded by water.
I also have a slight obsession with the moon… not really sure why, although I did discover recently that I was born under a full moon – which I’m sure means something… hopefully not that I’m half werewolf!
I love travelling and experiencing and observing different cultures. I often think if I wasn’t a coach, I’d possibly become an anthropologist. I really want to travel around South America and would also like to visit Africa. Top of my list of destinations would be Egypt, Peru, Cuba and Brazil. My favourite destination to date would have to be Bali.
Books, music and film are also important in my life, as are candles. I used to find it almost impossible to relax – in fact I used to feel incredibly guilty – and over the years I have discovered that these things combined are an effective recipe for relaxation for me. I’ve even started making my own scented candles.
As well as desserts and cakes, I also adore dark chocolate, hot chocolate and sweet popcorn! (I’ve already mentioned the sun right?)
Let’s keep in touch, and better still get involved. You can sign up to be the first to hear about the latest from me – and I’d love for you to let me know what’s happening in your world – hopefully I can help in some way – especially if you’re feeling like work sucks.
Leave comments on the blog posts and let me know your thoughts and what really hit a nerve for you. If you want more help and advice on something specific or you find something I’ve said really useful, let me know because it’s my mission to make sure you are happy, motivated and fulfilled in your career and life.
You can now find me blogging more regularly at http://leannelindsey.co.uk where I include topics on health, well being, natural living and travel.