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Dream A Little Dream
Hi! I’m Clare, my dream is to show that you can follow your passions, make big changes in mid life, inspire others and in doing so make a difference to yourself and the planet. My passion is the Ocean, its creatures and the powerful tonic that is connecting with our waterways and nature. I am also training as a coach so I can help others with the skills that have helped me.
I’m 40, I’m not the remotest bit sporty, although I do love the outdoors, especially the ocean and believe that connecting with nature can be a powerful tonic.
I spent 15 reluctant years in a successful legal career although eventually came to the conclusion that it didn’t sit with my values. I have always had a passion for travel, adventure and the ocean and hope I can find a path that gives me more time for these things. I am otherwise pretty standard for my generation! I spent the best part of my 20s and 30s partying my spare time away unlike the seemingly super sorted milennial generation and I am stumbling my way through the technology advances of our social media age. I have had to cope with various events in life, and have spent a lot of time procrastinating about being unhappy (which seems to be a theme in life – procrastination)!
Life in Perspective
In 2016 my mum, my best friend, was rushed into hospital with pancreatitis which quickly led to sepsis and multiple organ failure. I was told by the doctors that she probably wouldn’t survive (the hardest thing I have ever been through). But, after two months in Intensive Care, four in hospital and physio / sheer stubbornness and determination and generally being a tough old bird, she is now in full recovery. Watching her and her body battle this from the brink to where she is now I saw an inner strength that is present in us all and was determined to take some of this, apply it to my own life and quit procrastinating. We only have one life after all.
So I took a good long look at myself and my life and then quit both my career and my husband in search of a more fulfilling life.
Finding my tribe / What next!?
I was already a volunteer and had been on the organising committee not for profit Incredible Oceans / WhaleFest since 2015 and in my role as campaign manager I had used my skills to create strong commercial partnerships to bring to life the serious issue of ocean plastics, through social media and at large-scale public events.
In 2017 I took this one step further and combined adventure with awareness and kayaked the width of Britain, Bristol to London, 300km, along the inland waterways with adventurers Erin Bastian and Bex Band despite having never been in a sea kayak before. I never thought I could do something like that in a million years and the fact that I not only did it but thoroughly enjoyed it left me wondering what else I could achieve if I left limiting beliefs behind. I am now the Conservation Manager for Paddle Pickup 2018 and hope to do big things for conservation and awareness of solutions to the plastic problem with this project. I have also now been selected as a women’s ambassador for the British Canoeing Union despite never being in a sea kayak until last years expedition. I hope I can inspire women to take up paddle sports and impress that it is never too late for new things or big changes.
Learn with me
I am human and a realist so I want to highlight the achievable and the reality is that I am not a zero waster and probably nor are you. I really believe that all the little things do make a big difference. I do what I can, I know I can do better so this will be part of my mission. I invite you to follow my journey, join in, tell me your challenges, together we can make a wave of change.
I am a coach in training and I am passionate about sustainable solutions for the complex issues that we face both in life and in protecting our natural environment. I am going through a process of changing my lifestyle choices for wellbeing and happiness in order to overcome depression and anxiety and fuel positive change. I have no idea where this journey will end up but I can guarantee that along the way there will be laughs, there will be lows, there will be adventures, there will be superheroes and villains, there will be inspiration for change and personal development and lots of ocean positive solutions and ideas on how you, my everyday hero, can make a difference. Oh and probably the odd bit of ocean inspiration and ocean creatures…. of course!
Thank you for reading.
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