My Journey

Claiming creativity

After I got married and my husband’s job meant we moved ten times to new parts of England. Each time we were getting settled somewhere we would move again. All the moving made it really difficult to feel a sense of home.

Frequent moves from teaching job to teaching job meant each time I felt like I was starting over.  It was so hard to keep leaving behind a community that I cared so much about.

On one of the moves we got a puppy, a beautiful flat-coated retriever, and I made the decision not to go to the school that had invited me to talk about a term of supply. I chose instead to stay home with the puppy and somehow figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life that would work with all the moves.

I worked through Julia Cameron’s book ‘The Artist’s Way’ and started to listen to what it was that I wanted next in my life. I started writing again.

 I remembered that old part of me, the part of my that wanted to create, the part of me that identified with Jo in ‘Little Women’ and wanted to have a trunk in the attic with my writing in it.

I had played the lead in two musicals, one aged 17 and one in my early thirties, but then stopped singing as I didn’t believe in my creativity or talent. I stopped music being a part of my life even though it lights me up. I didn’t even sing round the house anymore.

I slowly began to reclaim my creativity. I took courses in floristry and photography and did a second degree in Art History and Creative Writing.  I took more piano lessons.

Learning to flourish 

As creativity started to flourish more I became a mother which started another journey of finding myself in that new and special identity.

There are been so much learning for me about self-kindness, dealing with my inner critic and allowing my creative self to come through. Things need to have much more flexibility and this is something that I learn at deeper and deeper levels.

I worked with a coach and she helped me to recognise that I had been reading coaching books all along and was passionate about coaching and self-development. 

Becoming a coach

In 2013, I took Martha Beck’s Wayfinder Life Coach training which was an amazing experience.

My coaching experience has involved me working to coach and mentor coaches, parents, creatives, writers, editors, lawyers, holistic entrepreneurs, university students, teenagers, people changing careers and people building a business foundation.

I worked as a career coach for Alison Cardy’s Career Coaching Team (Washington based) and as a Business Mindset Coach in Carolin Soldo’s ‘Brand Your Passions’ Programme.  I was a Copy Coach Assistant on Jenny Shih’s program ‘Making it Work Online.’

The latest development in my journey as a coach is taking Abigail Morgan’s Mind-body coach training. This has opened up many new ways that I am able to help my clients. I’m now a Certified Mind-body Magic Life Coach as well as being a Certified Wayfinder Life Coach.

Stuff I’ve done that helps me help you.

Certified Wayfinder Life Coach

Certified Mind-body Magic Life Coach

Fully qualified experienced teacher. Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Masters degree with honours in English and Philosophy.

B.A. with Honours in Humanities with Creative Writing and Art History.

Highly experienced copywriter  – experience of writing for top coaches, an international coaching school and a funnel creator.

Selected to be part of Jenny Shih’s Copy Coach team for her flagship program ‘Making it Work Online’.

Writing has featured in high profile websites and magazines – Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Tiny Buddha, Chopra, TUT Notes from the Universe, Sainsbury’s magazine, Happiful magazine.

Member of Evolve community with Carrie Contey PhD for three years – focus was conscious parenting, partnership and personhood.

Certified Organisational Specialist

Career coach for a top Washington based company.

Business Success coach for top US based coaching company.

Business trainings including Marie Forleo’s B School, Jenny Shih’s Making it Work online , Linda Bucher’s Confident Coach program and Abigail Morgan’s Signature Programs for $5k months.

Now working on Master Mind Body Life Coaching Certification.

My work

There are two strands of my work:

I’m a copywriter, content creator and writing coach for coaches and other heart-led entrepreneurs.

I’m a mindbody life coach. I help you get out of your head and into connection with your body and your intuition so that you can move from living with fear to living with more flow and more fun.

Would you like to discuss working together and find out if it’s for you?

email me at deborah@deborahchalk.com
My ‘brownie’ badges are below. (my original ones included ‘safety in the home,’ ‘floristry,’ ‘book lover,’ and ‘agility.’)


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