My clients regularly tell me Mindfulness has changed their lives. I know, it’s changed mine too. When was the last time you took 2 minutes to do nothing and not feel bad about it?
Hi, I’m Debbie Leafe and my company is MindFit. I own it with my lovely daughter Abbie Berry-
Hopkins, you may have been to one of her yoga classes in Derby? You can read more about her in her blog here
From corporate to coach
I worked for the NHS for over 23 years but became disillusioned with corporate life and felt that every day I put on my ‘corporate mask’ and did what the corporate world expected me to do. So, after a few years of moaning about how unhappy I was I decided to do something about it and went to see a life coach.
She helped me to see that some of my beliefs about how life worked weren’t helpful and definitely weren’t accurate. I thought that at 54 I was too old to change jobs, that I didn’t have transferrable skills and that I couldn’t afford to leave my steady well-paid job! We worked together for 6 months and boy what a difference it made to myself and my mindset. I handed in my notice, retrained to be a life and business coach and now work with women to help them live the life they really want to live.
Changing track at 54
I set up MindFit in 2013 and have never regretted my decision to change track. The following year Abbie and I went to India, undertook an intensive yoga course and qualified to be yoga teachers. What a fantastic experience that was. Meeting and getting to know people from all over the world, Canada, USA, Spain, Syria, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, we now have lots of friends across the globe and had an experience we will never forget, it was life changing.
I have had a keen interest in Buddism for many years and the next stage of my journey was to learn more about meditation and its benefits, so off I went to train to be a mindfulness teacher. Having suffered with anxiety all my life and depression for many years – mindfulness has been the one thing that has helped me to manage my thoughts and realise that we create our own world by the thoughts we have and that we can choose to think differently and learn to calm an over busy mind.
Looking after your wellbeing to move forward and find balance
I now combine all aspects of what I do to work with individuals and organisations to highlight the importance of wellbeing and looking after not just your body but more importantly your mind. The one thing that controls everything we do and think, every single day and night. It even keeps us alive while we sleep, but we rarely do anything to look after it.
When I work with clients I bring a wide range of knowledge to help them to really find out what
makes them tick, what holds them back and more importantly how to maintain that all important balance in life – something that we can often struggle to find in this frantic world we live in.
Creating the vision board and mindset to achieve your goals
So, at Well Fest I will be holding a mindfulness session, giving you some background on mindfulness and the opportunity to try mindfulness, if you haven’t done it before, or find time to take a step back and gain some breathing space if you already have a mindfulness practice.
I will also be holding a life coaching session that will be followed by creating your own vision board. We’ll look at where you are now and then look at where you want to be, but more importantly how you want to feel. We will even touch on some of those pesky self-limiting beliefs that hold us back. You can book tickets for both my class in the main carriage theatre and also my workshop here.
I’m really looking forward to the event, it’s a fabulous opportunity to share knowledge and meet lots of like-minded people. Well Fest offers so much to so many people and promotes wellbeing, something I am passionate about.
If there’s one piece of advice I would give to people its look after yourself, body and mind, lots of people think self-care is indulgent but it’s the most important thing you can do.
We all need to be kinder to ourselves so that we are able to help others. As the old saying goes ‘You can’t pour from an empty vessel’.
I hope to see you in September.