FORGE & THRIVE

Create A Better Life One Step At A Time

About Me

Mum & wife, business woman, author-to-be, cake eater, beach lover, nature nerd, minimalist and queen of afternoon naps

I really, really, really believe that you can change your life.
And the best part is you don’t have to be rich or even remotely wealthy to do it! Increasing your wealth is something that can be worked on while you are living a life you love, one full of adventure, epic experiences and joy.

I’ve transformed my life from one of massive debts, stress and long hours in boring jobs to one where I semi-retired both myself and my husband in our 30s and now work just 15 hours a week (he works 20). The biggest not-so-secret of all is that all of the goal successes, including semi-retirement, were achieved BEFORE I was wealthy.

I’m not magic or special.
I’m absolutely not the most hardworking person in the world. In fact I’m pretty lazy.
I don’t know all there is to know about business, yet I (now) make plenty of money.
I’m not a millionaire BUT my life is awesome.

 

If I can do it so can you. 

My Goals

The biggest goals I’ve achieved so far… 

Extensive Travel

We sold our home, bought a motorhome and spent months travelling around Scandinavia

Gap Year

We took a gap year and moved to a beautiful cottage in the Scottish Borders surrounded by wildlife

Halved Work Hours

Havled both my own & my husband’s working hours. Now I work 15 hours a week. More time for cream teas!

Relocated

In 2017 we moved to our dream location on the north coast of Cornwall

Smallholding

I created a productive smallholding from a few acres of neglected land 

Dig

I spent 4 weeks living in a tent on an archaeological dig. I found this pot which is now in a museum!

Degree

Completed a degree in archaeology, for no reason other than it was fun.

Been Published

I’ve had work published in both print and online media, including a series of articles in a travel magazine

My Life

What I get up to during a typical week…

Wildlife

I’m very much a wildlife geek so I love going on bat walks, trying to spot dolphins, bird watching and generally being in peaceful surroundings reconnecting with nature

Fishing

So…. I hate fishing. It’s stinky, slimey and apparently takes all day BUT I’m glad the boy can do his hobby and it means I get to go walking in peace!

Micro-Adventures

As a family we focus on doing things we love including lots of micro-adventures and experiences. 

Beach Life

We go to the beach at least three times a week and even went in the sea on Christmas day. I don’t surf because I have no co-ordination but I love bodyboarding. 

Business Experience

I’ve been working with businesses of all shapes and sizes for over 10 years

Successful Business

I started Swell Pixel (web design, hosting and digital marketing) over 10 years ago and it’s still going strong.

Training Courses

I’ve led training sessions for nationwide organisations and provided consultation services to GTAs (Group Training Associations)

Volunteering

I’ve undertaken volunteer work with major conservation charities and I’m currently RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer for my local station

Advice and Guidance

I’ve provided hundreds of new and growing businesses with advice, guidance and mentoring

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