About me (+ you)

 
 
 
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Psst...

That smiley professional-looking woman up ↑↑, that's me! Just so we get to know each other a little better right off the bat, you know, really get to know each other better, all these women ↓↓, they're me too. The super-duper professional photos are gorgeous (Thanks Fi) but no matter whether I'm wearing lashings of makeup (rare), I've got owl-eyes from my sunglasses (because: holidays), or I'm just hanging out on Skype with a client, THIS IS ME - it's fantastic to meet you.

 
 

Hey lovely,

I'm Pippa, an internationally certified life and freedom coach, kinesiologist, writer and trainer and I'm on a mission to inspire and support women around the world, using my heart-centred but powerful coaching style, to find another way to live their lives, by listening to their bodies, reconnecting with their soul values and desires, and using them as their action-taking sat nav.

Based near Bath in the UK, I work online and in person with bloody brilliant women who know there's got to be more to life. I work with the control freaks, the perfectionists, the strivers, the "give myself a hard time-ers" and the secret not good enough-ers who are screaming 'enough now'. They know there has got to be another way and they're committed to showing up for themselves to find it.

If any of this has you nodding your head going 'yep that, oh and that', check out my blog, sign up for Letters from the Coffee Shop or claim your gift from me of a free clarity call to chat about how I might be able to help you make the changes you want to make in your life.

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So Who Am I Really?

 

Well I’m not sure I could do justice to that question in a couple of paragraphs, but here goes: I’m a mum of two gorgeous grown-up girls (Lucy & Alice) and a couple of fat ginger cats (Oscar & Charlie). I live near Bath in the West of England and I’ve turned into a bit of a country bumpkin in recent years – my happiest times are spent amongst the trees or by the sea. If you’re all about the details (yep me too), there’s more about me here. You can snag a copy of my professional bio and qualifications here (if you're into that kind of thing).

When I’m not coaching, writing or working you will find me curled up on my favourite battered recliner reading all the self-development and spirituality books I can lay my hands on, watching pretty much anything by Shonda Rimes or hanging out at my fave coffee shop drinking my body weight in latte. It’s at my fave coffee shop that I write my Letters from the Coffee Shop (see what I did there?) – my musings on navigating this thing we call LIFE. You can sign up and snag yours below.

PS. Yes I do have the coolest surname ever - Parfait is French for Perfect - oh and also a very yummy dessert.

 
 

The "Who Do I Think I Am" Piece

 
 

The breakdown

Between 2009 and 2014, a series of traumatic events impacted my family and shook us all hard.  They’re not entirely my stories to tell so here is not the place to share the details, but it was a time that left us all forever changed.  I didn’t deal with the initial events well and spent the five years sucking in all the pain and trying so very hard not to feel anything at all – turns out I’ve been doing that my whole life. This five year stretch was the tipping point and in April 2014, I found myself sitting at a birthday dinner drowning my pudding in tears and not custard (and I frickin' love custard).

Nobody ever told me I had an actual breakdown and I’m not sure I’d know how to tell. Life fell apart in so many ways and there was a lot of crying, but like Brené Brown, I prefer to think of it as a ‘frickin spiritual awakening’.  And you know, the thing about things falling apart, is that you get to look at the pieces again and put them back together so they fit better than they ever did before.

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The breakthrough

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In 2014, I started working with my own life coach and saw a psychodynamic therapist who helped me unpack a lot of the junk I had stuffed in a box and let it go. My coach and I worked on tons of areas of my life; old programming and beliefs, self-acceptance and love (turns out I didn’t like myself very much), my coaching business and so much more. To this day I work with a coach and it has been one of the best decisions I ever made.

I lived my life up until 2014 desperately craving external validation, looking to financial success and professional achievements to define me, living with a morbid fear of failure and always striving striving striving for the next big thing - but never taking any real joy in any of it. All seemingly in the pursuit of “happiness”.

That birthday dinner was a turning point for me and I have come to see that I had lost myself somewhere over the years and I didn’t even know what it meant to be me, only the collection of self-imposed labels and expectations I was carrying around with me.

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Client love

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"From that first session, I felt a sense of calm wash over me... I knew I’d made a good choice and that I was in good hands. I had some soul searching to do from some of the great questions you asked me. My coaching experience has been grounding and transformational. You are a true professional and an outstanding coach, you blend in just enough warm and fuzzy alongside the tough love. You are a natural and your authenticity can be felt across continents!"

-Julie S

"I used to go through life trying not to be noticed and putting up with so much crap…now I love myself enough to embrace who I really am. I used to want everyone to like me, as an introvert giving so much of myself away, leaving me feeling depleted. Now I give myself the time and TLC to regain my energies for life’s challenges."

-Joanna A

"When we first met I wanted to spend some time working out what made me tick as I felt quite alone and undervalued. Through our work together I came to understand that for women like me, apparently confident and articulate, it is still OK to feel like a failure and not feel confident 100% of the time. We had a lot of laughs and some heartfelt tears. It has been a life affirming experience which has really helped me be brave, show compassion for myself and be more confident to carve out time for me and my family too."

-Melissa M

 
 
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Just because I am a life and freedom coach doesn’t mean that I have all my shit together. I’m also just a woman who is learning about herself every day; some days my shit is OK and others, that stuff is literally everywhere!

 
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And now?

 

During the last few years I’ve faced the toughest times of my life, but I still feel blessed to have fallen so hard, that I might rise again - I am a beautiful work in progress and a finished masterpiece, all at the same time.

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I have always been a “helper", but in my younger years this came out as being a fixer-upper, someone who parachutes in and saves the day. My own transformation has been the clearest call for me to reach out and put this yearning to help people to use. I trained as a life coach with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, a heart-centred approach to coaching that has literally changed my life. I trained as a kinesiologist with Essence Health & Wellness Training in Bristol, UK and this has started me off on another incredible journey of discovery, both for myself and for my clients.

During this time, not only have I met some of the most beautiful souls and lifelong friends, it has opened the door for me to explore different aspects of being me that I would never have considered before. Spirituality and what it means to be a “spiritual being” while also being a badass doer and achiever; facing my fears of failure and taking a deep breath and stepping forward; and continuing this crazy journey of figuring out how to be all of me, all at the same time and accepting all that this means.

I walk this journey called life with my clients – we’re all in this together and together we rise.

 

The about you piece

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So enough about me, what about you?

  • You won’t want to admit it (and I mean really won’t want to), but you’re scared to be 100% yourself in all your glorious fuckup-ery – what will people think as they all think you have your shit together
  • Maybe it’s been so long since you were truly yourself that you’re not all that sure what that even means anymore (five-year-old you, on a swing with the wind in her hair and laughing until she peed her pants – what did she know that you've forgotten?)
  • How about some serious perfectionist tendencies and a near pathological fear of screwing up?
  • You’re so over pleasing all-the-people-all-the-time and you just want to figure out how to please yourself but you have no idea where to even start
  • Maybe you've spent the first twenty years of this “adulting” lark living the way you thought you were supposed to, playing “the game”, conforming to all your labels – wife, mother, high-achieving professional etc, and now there’s a little whisper telling you that there must be something more than this?
  • Is that little whisper actually a screaming roar that says ‘do something now’?
 

I hear you.
Me too.
Lets work this shit out together.

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