Before Creative Journaling to Unleash the Soul, there was a woman who always sensed there something was missing in her life...
Hello and thank you so much for visiting my website. I am so glad you found your way here. My name is Jane. By way of a little introduction some of the things that make me 'me' are that I am:
A passionate teacher of all things personal and spiritual development.
A curious creative soul.
A lover of our very human, often messy, journey.
An adorer of flowers.
A raving fan of mixed media.
A seeker of the truth, realness and authenticity.
I am fiercely committed to my own personal growth and spiritual practice and for me, my art journaling is a way of getting in touch with my soul, to listen deeply and learn more about who I am at the very deepest level, and I am on a mission to share this journey of Creative Journaling to Unleash the Soul with those who are seeking a deeper, spiritual connection with who they are at their very core – to show you how to turn your mixed media journaling into a journey of personal and spiritual growth!
But this is me now. To get to here is a story of one woman's search for what was missing in her life...
In my early career, I had no idea what was missing from my life, I just had a vague sense that something was missing. On the whole, I was busy just getting on with life.
At that time I thought that the thing that was missing could be found by being successful so I worked and worked and worked.
Then one day I got promoted to Head of Department at an art college. At last, I had been recognised, at last, I had my chance. But something unexpected happened.
I hated it!
I was plagued with self-doubt.
I felt lonely.
I felt stressed and I was overwhelmed by the pressure.
I felt confused.
Wasn’t this what I wanted? Surely this was the ‘thing’ that had been missing in my life? Wasn’t this what I had worked so hard to achieve?
What I couldn’t see at the time was that the ‘thing’ I was looking for had nothing to do with getting promoted and achieving status. Nothing at all...
So, when the opportunity to leave the college came I snatched it with both hands and I went into business with a truly charismatic woman, Jo Lord (who is my best friend even today).
She is quick thinking, full of energy and totally inspiring. Together we built an amazing training business that served the leadership needs of small businesses (and some pretty large ones too), winning multiple government contracts along the way.
Then, one day in the hairdressers of all places, as I flicked through the glossy magazines I got a glimpse of something. It was a tantalisingly short glimpse, but as I gazed at the beautiful people in their beautiful houses with their inexplicably white teeth, it finally hit me.
What I saw in those glossy magazine pages was that we are all hiding our real self behind something, whether that is an image, a role, a title. We are all, to a greater or lesser extent, faking it.
The only difference between me and the celebs was that I was not hiding behind the trappings of wealth, I was hiding behind ‘success.'
I realised that I had been hiding and that the ‘thing’ that was missing in my life was me...
Over the next few years, I attended many workshops and read hundreds of books.
I spent time with people like the amazing Nic Askew learning to make soul biographies (Resulting in the video you can see below… a step in my own relationship with my soul)
I worked with all manner of experts in the fields of coaching, psychology and personal development from all corners of the globe.
From learning about transpersonal coaching with Sir John Whitmore in the UK, NLP with Robert Dilts, The Enneagram with the best in the US, and even learning how to ‘Unleash the Power within’ in Italy…
For many years, I learned how to put into practice what I had learned and then the teacher in me began to consider a new possibility; “Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a visual tool that could show you not only WHAT is missing from our lives – but how to find it?”
And wouldn’t it be even more amazing if that tool could show you how you could get more from your life simply by being your true self?
So I settled down to create a tool that would do just that and using everything I had learned and personally done – ‘My Map to Freedom’ and now Creative Journaling to Unleash the Soul was born.