About Me & Who I Work With

Hi, my name is Julie, I am an energetic and spiritual being living a wonderful human existance with a mission to expand love and support people to create joyful wellness and align to their soul purpose.

As a physical being, I have been living joyfully well with ME/CFS for many years.

As a holistic life coach, I have put together all that I have learned professionally with all that I have learned physically, emotionally and spiritually, from my own experience of getting the most out of life whilst living with a long-term health condition.

I haven’t always recognised my nature as a spirutual being but I have always been interested in helping others overcome their challenges and improve their quality of life. I studied Psychology at university, then after extensive experience as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor in a voluntary agency I studied an Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. I’ve also worked as a Residential Social Worker, a Children’s Worker in a women’s refuge and as a Manager of children’s homes. But since experiencing this condition for a second time I’ve felt my calling must be to share what I’ve learned and help others live a much better life despite living with a long-term health condition.

Although I’ve been living with the condition, for a second time, for over 18 years now, I also have the wonderful experience of having completely recovered after the first 5 years and having another 7 years of a very active life in full and vibrant health. My initial recovery was helped along by my growing interest in Taoist philosophy, Yoga and other forms of spirituality. I found that learning to be at peace with what is, and happy in the here and now, freed my body to send its resources to physical healing. I also learned to recognise the importance of the connection of the body, mind and spirit.

In the end I decided to qualify as a holistic life coach because I wanted to do more than support people emotionally. I wanted to be able to help people focus on creating a joyfully well and satisfyingly purposeful life.

In my many years of continued development as a holistic coach working exclusively with people with energy limiting health conditions, I’ve come to realise just how valuable it is to have a sense of being supported by a higher power, to recognise our oneness with the infinite potential of the universe and the power we have to create with the non-physical. I have learned that life unfolds with far more ease when we align to our inner being and connect with our energetic nature.

Having written and worked as The ME/CFS Self-Help guru for many years, I am very familiar with the action steps that can lead to better wellbeing, but in stepping into who I was meant to become, I took on a new identity that would allow me to work more with the divine femine. With this approach, action is inspired by inner alignment and no energy is wasted forcing action that is not right for the moment. As the ME/CFS Holistic coach I recognise that aligned action is that which is right for this moment, and never has to be pushed or forced.

My mission now, is to free you from a life of struggle and help you create a life of joyful wellness and satisfying purpose!

I can help you if:

  • You want to experience a sense of wellness on a daily basis
  • You want your life to unfold with more ease and joy
  • You want to enjoy a sense of purpose and self-expression without risking your wellbeing
  • You want a greater sense of freedom and peace
  • You want to be able to actively choose how and where to spend your energy so that you can include the things that light you up
  • You want to manifest a more harmonious life of joyful wellness, purpose and abundance
  • You want to more fully embrace your nature as an energetic and spiritual being and shine your light on the world
  • You want to be more expressive with your love and add expansion to the world
  • You want to take joy in the little things in life, embrace your childlike sense of wonder and feel playful again
  • You’re ready to explore your soul purpose and bring yourself into alignment with who you are meant to be.

Some of the challenges that I can help you overcome:

  • You struggle to find the energy to contribute or have purpose
  • Life seems to be continually getting in the way of your progress towards wellness
  • You’re unable to balance a sense of purpose/contributing with being able to enjoy life
  • Other demands on your energy seem to get in the way of you choosing better things
  • You can manifest some things in life, but seem to get stuck when it comes to wellness
  • You know that you’re meant for more, but health seems to get in the way

I’ve already written a great deal that could help you make a start in my blog posts but if you’re really ready to start creating a life of joyful wellness and purpose, find out more about how I work on my coaching page.


My Story

I first got ill about 27 years ago at the age of 29. Although perhaps it really started a year earlier when I took over a month to get over a virus and was diagnosed with a post viral fatigue. At the time, I thought I was at the peak of my health. I had an active and demanding job as a Residential Social Worker and I volunteered at a youth counselling agency. I was extremely fit: I did yoga every day and either swam, ran, or did aerobics about 5 times a week. I also had a great social life but I didn’t sleep much!

One day I felt that I was coming down with a virus. I rested up but it never fully materialised, however, as soon as I tried to work I was hit with an extreme exhaustion and pain that nobody could explain. My response was to push, I was determined to get better, but instead I just got worse and could barely look after myself.

I was lucky to get a diagnosis as ‘ME?’ within about 3 months, at least it meant I could read up about what little was known about it. But I was frustrated that all my doctor wanted to do, was treat me with antidepressants. Eventually we agreed on a low dose of amitriptyline which helped me sleep better and eased the pain and tension in my muscles a little. Then I started a T’ai chi class and started seeing an acupuncturist with slow but positive results. After 6 months I started back to work a few hours at a time. After another 6 months I was working half time but I knew that even though I was doing a lot better, it wasn’t good for me to work when I was having a bad day and there was no predicting my bad days when the rota was drawn up!

By then, I had accepted that I had a chronic illness and resolved not to put my life on hold until I was better. I knew I just needed to learn how to live it in a different way to keep within my energy limits. So I decided to leave work and go travelling again and headed off around South America. So what if I couldn’t walk the Inca trail? I could still visit Machu Picchu! So what if I couldn’t carry my backpack? I could get a taxi from the bus station to the hostel! The best thing about travelling was that I was wonderfully free to respond to how I was feeling on each day. I could do nothing on my bad days and it was very easy to pace! I had a wonderful time and little by little my health improved.

By the time I returned to England I had improved enough to live a relatively normal life, albeit a sedentary one. I was still unable to increase my physical activity without post-exertional malaise. I then decided to build on my Psychology Degree and take an Advanced Diploma in person centred counselling. It was something I knew from my voluntary work that I was good at but had always resisted because I couldn’t imagine a job that involved sitting down all day! Now it fit much better with the way ME/CFS dictated that I live my life.

Whilst studying part time I worked as a Children’s Worker in a woman’s refuge and I counselled in a young offenders institute on placement. I continued practising a way of being that I’d been learning through my interest in Taoist philosophy. This involved accepting my daily limitations and minimising both mental and physical exertion. My health continued improving and I got a job managing children’s homes.

5 years after ME/CFS first hit me, I found myself looking down from the peak of a mountain I’d hiked up (Helvellyn), feeling like a blind woman who had regained her sight. I knew I was well again, I had beaten this illness.

Unfortunately that’s not the end of my story…..

With my full health returned my itchy feet could no longer be ignored. A 6-month trip around Central America didn’t satisfy the itch so six months later I was off again. However when I returned I found I still didn’t want to resume my career. Although it had been very rewarding I’d felt out of balance; I’d been serious and responsible all the time. I wanted to be able to laugh and experience joy on a daily basis, not just if I tried hard on the weekend. Recovering from a chronic illness taught me how precious life was, and not to put up with an unsatisfactory lifestyle.

So then started my ‘live life for today’ career. I did 6 ski seasons in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain, first as a Rep and a Ski Guide and later as a Ski Instructor. In the summers I worked as a Walking Guide, Group Tour Leader and Hotel Receptionist. In between seasons I picked cherries, I temped, I ‘wwoofed’ and did whatever I had to, to get by. And I experienced joy on a daily basis.

Then, after a relatively stressful ski season with money worries and a nightmare flatmate, I picked up a virus on a plane journey. I was on my way to a brief, between-season visit to family and friends. I had so little time to catch up with everybody, that against my better judgement, I ignored my bodies need for rest and rushed around seeing everyone as planned. My first day back in Spain (after 7 years of full and vibrant health) I was horrified to realise I had those familiar symptoms again. Determined to look on the bright side, I thought that if I rested and put all my previous learning back into action, it might just end up being a short term post viral fatigue. My management kept my symptoms mild but a couple of months later I suffered a nasty tooth infection requiring two courses of antibiotics, and that was the start of a new complication.

My gut flora were thrown out of balance by the antibiotics and I developed an intolerance to sugar. This gradually extended to wheat and gluten, then to yeast, vinegar and mushrooms. Now I had a new challenge to deal with, one I still haven’t overcome completely.

Unable to do another ski season, my job as a hotel receptionist was extended to 10 months a year. It was an easy sedentary job that I was familiar with and I could live a relatively stress free life in a very beautiful village surrounded by supportive friends. 3 years later, after learning to meditate at a yoga retreat, I suddenly knew that I wasn’t giving my health enough of a chance working all the hours that I did. It also became clear to me that I needed to share all I’d learned about self-help. I made the decision to leave Spain and return to my parents’ house in England in order to write my book. I started blogging as the ME/CFS Self-Help Guru and later decided to qualify as a life coach. Living at my parents I was able to support myself with part time work at the local convenience store.

4 years later I managed to get back to spending about half of my year in Spain. Working as Inspirational Editor for ProHealth, and running an online coaching business meant I could work anywhere even if I was moving around. After a couple of years I decided to take my business to Spain full time.

Unfortunately, a year later the costs of running a business there, when I still had to work part time because of my health, became too high and I made the decision to move back to the UK. Despite no longer living ‘the dream’ in Spain, I still absolutely love my life. I love running my own business helping others to create joyful wellness and a purposeful life.

And as I step more fully into alignment with who I’m meant be, I’ve found it easier and easier to create the joyful wellness I desire. I’ve manifested a new home just when I needed it, in a lovely community. I take great pleasure in all the abundance and joy in my life and I have faith that my even bigger dream is already on it’s way to me. I’d  love to help you create yours!