About me

WHO IS CLARE TALKS?

I am Clare Osborn, an ex professional turned  coach and ocean advocate.  I quit the corporate rat race in my 40s to set about creating a better life that is more in line with my values.  Now I help people to fulfil their potential, to get 'unstuck' and to connect with the natural world.

MY STORY

I had no clue what I wanted to do as a kid, nor through most of my adult life.  I studied Sociology at University, which at the time didn’t leave me with many career options so I got a crappy bank job.  This forced me to take stock and after some backpacking I went back to University to do a law conversion.  It didn’t take me long to feel out of place in the profession, drained, stressed and tired.  But I was good at my job and felt trapped after investing years of time and money into training, and so 15 years later I was still in the profession.

My work had no real meaning to me and I was suffering from low level depression, living an unhealthy lifestyle and partaking in too many weekend excesses to numb the realities of life. I would love to say that I was at a crossroads and I had an epiphany but sadly I had to wait for a massive trauma to bulldoze me before I recognised the situation I was in.  

One day at work I got a message from my mum to say she had been blue lighted to hospital, buy don’t worry she’s fine.  It was the start of a 4 month nightmare half of which spent in intensive care in an induced coma. It was in this time of crisis that I started to learn about my inner strength and our true capabilities as human beings.  Also a massive wake up call about the fragility and briefness of life.  And so I made a decision to start to face my demons, deal with my shit and find my happy.

I quit my job, threw lots of balls in the air and set about looking for my happy.  From that day on my life changed forever. I took up kayaking thanks to Erin Bastian and since then I have paddled the width of England, length of Wales, remote Scottish Islands, and Arctic Norway among others. These adventures and time with the water and nature helped me to grow and I realised how adventure and nature connection can also help us. I immersed myself in ocean conservation work and slowly watched my savings disappear. 

At first it was chaotic because I had my fingers in so many pies and still didn’t really have a plan but I knew I wanted to learn more about the tools and techniques that had helped me to get through such a dark period in my life and so I started to learn more about NLP and coaching and from there on it all fell into place. I started to grow my knowledge, doing personal development. I realised that I needed to work on my inside before I could get the external life I wanted.  Then I got myself a coach and progress sky rocketed from then on.  My journey is forever developing and progressing but I now know I have the right tools for success.  I just wish I knew all this stuff much earlier in life!

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Paddle Cleanup

Conservation Lead

Incredible Oceans

Incredible Oceans

Campaign Manager

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oceans 8 brighton

Consultant

OCEAN ADVOCATE

Inspiring people to get outside, connect with nature and discover their full potential.

To redefine what’s possible, together.

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Living Coasts Article

Going Solo Adventures Q&A

Creative Bloom interview - Bloomer of the Month

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