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My Story

I’m a coach, musician, people person, traveller, avid reader, dancer, linguist, foodie and eternal student (see below). I love hearing what makes people tick, and doing what makes me tick. I started studying life coaching back in ’04, when I hit rock bottom after years of unhealthy thinking patterns, poor self-esteem, unproductive choices and an uninspiring career path. Whilst that time of my life was very difficult and frightening, in retrospect, it was the best experience of my life as it pushed me to re-build myself into a stronger, happier, more confident person. In 2007, I launched soulambition because I wanted to help others do the same, from whatever point they were starting. I have always been fascinated by personal development, and over the years have taken a more scientific interest in wellbeing (including mindfulness), the mind and human potential. Music is my other big passion, and I currently combine the two careers through various projects.

Creative Industries

Not long after launching, I decided to move myself and my new business to the Côte d’Azur – and even appeared on a property programme, being shown lovely apartments in Nice! It felt like synchronicity at the time, but life and the property crash had other ideas. When it became clear I wasn’t going to be moving anywhere any time soon, I transferred all the goals for that move to my musical career – which was better timed, coinciding as it did with a great surge of artistic energy and collaboration in Belfast.

I piloted a music clinic for musicians/industry entrepreneurs in summer ’07, which led to a group of us organising UnConvention Belfast – the first external hosting of the Salford-based music industry event which has since gone international – in February 2008. After compèring  the Northern Irish music showcase at MIDEM in Cannes in 2009, I returned to Nice to visit and record with some new musician friends, and brought one of them over to Belfast for…

…the Sofa Sessions! In January 2010 I created an underground cabaret night as a way to bring local and international artists together, and to give myself opportunities to perform and develop as a musician. I ran these from my living room in Belfast for a couple of years, before being invited to move them to the iconic Ulster Hall for their 150th Festival. One of my performers, the immensely-talented Conor Scullion got in touch afterwards to suggest a musical collaboration between himself, myself and our mutual friend and excellent musician, Suitcase Suzy. We readily accepted, and spent the next while writing songs and playing some lovely venues and festivals as You, Me & the Sea. After our second rehearsal, Conor and I became a couple, and now we’ve moved to Finland! We’re both enrolled in music psychology master’s programmes at the University of Jyväskylä.

Professional background

As well as the in-progress MA in Music, Mind and Technology and the world’s first MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, I have a BSc in Industrial Management from Queen’s University, Belfast. After graduating in 1999, I gained over seven years’ experience of project management, project coordination and software development in a fast-growing IT subsidiary of a major US insurance company.

From ’04 to ’07 I coached pro bono whilst studying with the Institute of Life Coaching. After completing the Go For It programme and the University of Ulster/Ortus Business Development Agency’s Women in Enterprise Programme (WEP), I left my IT career and launched soulambition (in Jan ’07). In ’08 I was invited back to the WEP as a trainer/”dragon”, presenting on attitudinal skills and strategies needed to succeed in self-employment and giving constructive feedback on pitches. I also returned to the Go For It programme as a trainer and specialist workshop leader, training scores of start-up businesses in entrepreneurship and social media,  and developing client business plans.

Since 2007 I’ve delivered 1-to-1 coaching, motivational talks and workshops/programmes on emotional intelligence, personal development, networking (real-life and online) and entrepreneurship. I’ve written articles and contributed to various publications, and currently have a wellbeing column in the Irish Sunday Mirror. I’ve been a specialist guest/panellist on various radio and television programmes, covering topics on personal development, wellbeing, the arts, travel and light entertainment, as well as interviewing guests as co-presenter on The Vinny Show. Read more about my speaking, writing and media work here.

Since launching soulambition I have self-studied positive psychology, social psychology and neuroscience to bring scientifically-tested information and ideas to my coaching work. In 2014 I enrolled in a music psychology and master’s programme, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland via the new  Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. My research is focused on music for wellbeing, and my interest in the intersection of music, emotion and technology was truly piqued whilst working with Northern Irish start-up, Sensum; see the Music+Brain section of my blog if you’re interested in this area.

Whilst I finish up that MA, I’ve also begun an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology – a world first, from the University of East London. I’m currently selecting a research topic – so many areas I’d like to explore! As always, findings will be shared on dreamdolove.com.

International working

Wherever I’m currently based, I coach clients worldwide thanks to Skype and other such tools, so get in touch if you’d like to work with me on your challenges and aspirations. I love to travel for work, so can be booked for training and speaking events in various locations. My writing work, of course, can be done anywhere so get in touch with your needs.

Musical adventures

Having grown up performing in choirs and orchestras, including a tour of France and Switzerland with the North East Ulster Schools Symphony Orchestra, I returned to music a few years ago, performing at gigs, festivals and public arts events around Ireland, Europe and beyond (including Electric Picnic, One World Festival, Maiden City Festival). Being passionate about the positive social power of music, I’ve written, composed and performed music for local community projects, including Beyond Skin, a Northern Irish charity promoting diversity and combatting racism via arts programmes and interactive music experiences, Love Music, Hate Racism and the United Nations Development Fund For Women (now UN Women).

For about five years, I was a drummer with the excellent BEATnDRUM, performing at various community, public and civic events throughout Ireland and as part of pan-European arts programme BelBoBru. Specialising in Afro-Brazilian music, BEATnDRUM are the in-house ‘bloco’ for Beat Carnival, a visionary organisation with a passion for artistic excellence and the transformative power of art to build bridges within communities.

As mentioned above, my band, You, Me & the Sea is currently split across two countries; for news of my solo work as I progress through my new music course, you can ‘like’ my Facebook musician page or follow me on SoundCloud.