hello, here’s everything amazing about me
(I mean, that’s really what these pages are about, right? It’s always a bit awkward writing about yourself without feeling a little smarmy so I’ll try to make this as quick and painless as possible)
Here’s a quick crib sheet of everything you need to know:
- I’ve completed my PhD in Women’s Studies (social research), with a focus on women’s responses beauty ideals and body image. I spend a lot of time trying to debunk that idea that a bottle of shampoo can be “empowering” (it can’t)
- I won the Vitae (UK) Three Minute Thesis People’s Choice Award 2018 and love public speaking/engagement
- I’ve since been conducting training on public engagement and sat on various 3MT judging panels
- I’ve overseen the How to Thrive & Survive in your PhD project at the University of York, offering peer support and advice to postgraduate researchers
- I’ve also participated widely in conferences, and organised numerous symposiums, workshops and public talks (here’s a long old list of what I’ve done)
- I love writing and words, and have more than 15 years experience in writing and editing for print publications and websites (another self-congratulatory list of selected publications)
And here’s the full story, if you have a little more time:
In all honesty, I’ve spent a lot of my adult life wondering what the heck I’m doing. In particularly angst-ridden moments, I like to check Tina-from-high-school’s Facebook page and feel horrible for not being as ‘successful’ as her, with a very impressive title at a multinational company, clothes that must only be dry-cleaned, and, likely, a highly-paid assistant to collect that dry-cleaning.
But if there’s anything I’ve learnt from my work as a writer and my more recent experience as a PhD researcher, it’s to sit with these ragged edges of our day-to-day, and learn to enjoy the messiness.
Over the last few years, as I’ve bumbled through my research, public speaking engagements, training, writing, yoga, deadlifts, and all the in-betweens, I’ve had some utterly wonderful, heart-full moments.
But, there’s also been some pretty awful ones. The kind of awful that has you raging, crying for days, and seriously pondering ways to throw a brick in someone’s face without going to prison. C’mon, sometimes, it’s not just messy. It’s just plain shitty.
But the good moments – they can be really good, and sometimes, even make the horridness a little less painful and a little more worthwhile.
So, I’d love to also help you find more peaceful, enjoyable ways of navigating your research life, those ups and downs of PhD days, the hard writing hours – and all the in-betweens.
I’ve love to sit with you in those yucky, messy moments when you feel like you’ve been run ragged, and work with you to discover happier, more manageable, practical solutions for meeting your everyday to-dos and longer-term goals.
I’d love to support you as you clarify your voice, sharpen your message and share all the goodness you have with the world.
There’s lots of information throughout this website about what I can offer and how I can work with you. Or, feel free to get in touch with me at the details below). I’d love to talk to you more.
Let’s sit in the mess together – and enjoy it. I’d like to think we’d actually have a better time of it than Tina.
So get yourself a big mug of something delicious (gin absolutely counts), get in touch and let’s create something amazing.