After being diagnosed with Acromegaly in 2007, I knew that things had to change. Not only did I want to make sure that my life was a calm and happy one, I was looking around at my friends and family and seeing the increasing demands being made on them. I wanted to learn how to help them stay stress-free and happy. I wanted to share the ability to live mindfully with everyone.

 

I am incredibly proud of my work sharing mindfulness in schools through my Calmer Classrooms programme. Having taught in schools for many years I was relieved to be leaving the stress of the school environment, but heartbroken to be leaving the colleagues and children. So creating resources and training to help them seemed like the obvious choice.

 

If you want to know more about my work in schools I have a dedicated website where you can read about my mindfulness resources and there are lots of great articles to help with stress, insomnia and much more.

 

“Kate is lovely, approachable and wants the very best for the children”

Jenny Seabright

Y6 Teacher and Deputy Head, Alexandra Park Juniors, Oldham

 

There is nothing quite like a life threatening illness to make you wake up and reassess your priorities in life. I was incredibly fortunate that the surgery to remove my pituitary tumour was as successful as you could hope for but it had still taken a physical toll on my body and my life had to adapt to that. If you are interested in reading more about my journey with acromegaly please do read my blog or do some research about the condition.

 

For as long as I can remember I have been deeply interested in people, their story, what makes them tick. It was in no small part this love of people which led me to teaching. But it was this combined with a passion for nature, quiet moments and deep thinking, which was a part of our family life growing up, which lead me to mindfulness. 

Growing up in Nature

I have so much to be grateful for!

 

When you have such a shock at the age of thirty it really shifts your perspective. I no longer keep things for best. The best crockery gets used every day. My favourite perfume gets worn when I feel like wearing it, not just for special occasions and I tell people I love them – ALOT! 

 

There is definitely a shift at the moment to remembering that life is about living. It is not about possessions and what you can afford to do. Life is about living. It is about spending time with people we love. Enjoying the time we have and doing the things we love.

 

Whoever you are, whatever you do, life is short. 

 

Don’t waste a single moment of it. Only you can change your life, and some other cliches that you’ve heard many times before. It might seem old, but a cliche is over used for a reason. It means that lots of very wise people want us to learn this stuff before it’s too late. 

One thing that life has taught me is that if we have the right people around us, supporting us, loving us, we can get through anything. Sometimes a hug from the right person can make even the darkest times feel manageable. 

 

I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most incredibly people in the world (I know, you think that too), but I am. My family are supportive to a truly admirable degree. My children are my world. The older they grow the more proud they make me (most of the time!). I also have the most inspiring and caring group of friends any woman could ask for. Jim Rohn is credited with saying “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” well if that’s true I am a very lucky girl indeed. 

Thank you!

So that’s me in brief, if you are only just getting to know me why not have a look back through some old new articles and find out what I have been doing recently. I have so many exciting things coming up that I can hardly wait to share with you all, please do keep checking back so you don’t miss anything.

You made it this far. I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about me and my background. You can always read the latest news about my adventure on my blog. Why not follow me on social media? All the links are just under my photo, nice and convenient. If you would rather get an email every so often about what adventures I’ve been having you can sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page. However you choose to do it, please do keep in touch. You can never have enough friends.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little. If you feel that you want to get in touch with me why not drop me a line using my contact page. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a magical day and I will see you very soon,

Kate x

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