What is your potted history?
After graduating from Loughborough University I embarked on a career in occupational psychology, starting off as a recruiter for a well-known daily-deals website. However, I caught a severe case of “the travel bug”, got career-commitment phobia, and swapped corporate-London for Caribbean cruise ships, where I worked on board for 2 years in their photography team.
I then returned to London where I started my own business as a life coach and emotional intelligence trainer – helping other people to create a life on their own terms, and one they live and love. I am dedicated to personal development, both for myself, and my clients – and I love to inspire people to live better lives.
Why did you decide to join Offsite Immersive as a resident volunteer in 2016?
There’s a saying, ‘you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with’ – and so I proactively try to spend as much time as possible with people who will inspire me or challenge me in a way that helps me grow – and likewise, I felt that I’d be able to offer the same in return. The fact that it’s in a beautiful, sunny part of the world, is an incredibly big bonus!
What is your intention for the week?
My intention will be to work on my business in a way that helps it grow, as well as create meaningful, lasting connections with a bunch of awesome new people!
How will you create and share with the community?
I will share my skills as a coach: empowering the group to set goals, make plans, and overcome challenges. I will also offer workshops on emotional intelligence and exercises that help people to develop it further!
What do you want to learn and understand during this time?
On a practical level, I’d like to learn more about how to grow my business successfully, and on a personal level – understand more about other people and their journeys through life.
How do you hope to grow during this experience?
I’d like to grow by expanding my connections in a meaningful, long-lasting way. To gain more knowledge of the world I live in, and enhance my confidence in myself as a coach.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
Interesting fact: I was given the name ‘Amy’ at birth, and changed it by Deedpoll when I was 19 to ‘Aimee’ – just because I liked something more unusual!
Tell us about a book that made you feel happy…
A book that made me happy is ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ – it changed the way I managed my life, and gave me confidence and independence I’d never had before – in turn making me very happy. 🙂
What food reminds you of your childhood and why?
Jam sandwiches – I used to have them everyday at primary school!
What do you love most about your work?
Facilitating people to have ‘lightbulb moments’ – small but powerful realisations, that shift their mindset, and subsequently change their world!
What is something that really inspires you in life?
TED videos – I’ve watched over 70! One of my (many) favourites being Simon Sinek – why good leaders make you feel safe.
When you travel what things do you like to explore from the local culture?
I like to explore the recommended highlights and visit spots of natural beauty – waterfalls, beaches, mountains etc. I also like to try typical local cuisine, live music, and even a bit of salsa – culture permitting!
When was the last time you over 24h without your phone or digital devices and how did that make you feel?
18 months ago when I was travelling in Cuba… it was a reminder that you really can live without it!
Check out Offsite Immersive 2016 coworking retreat, and join Aimee and other creative professionals during 11–18 September, for a week of focus, collaboration, learning, playfulness and unplugging, in a truly inspiring place in the south of Portugal.