In the Agency we had a great team of 15 people and beautiful offices which I’d purposefully created so that our clients could escape London for some tranquillity. For them Bracknell was rural. When I was ready to leave the Agency and start a family, I took my flair for arranging living and working spaces one step further. I retrained in Feng Shui, mostly with Denise Linn in Seattle - and remain an enthusiastic advocate and passionate about living mindfully.
Still through my anthropological filter, I helped homes and organisations become aware of their culture by the imprint they left on their environment. I taught. I consulted. I travelled, mostly in the UK, France and the USA. And I loved it.
In the early days I did many consultations accompanied by my baby daughter on a sling. Not surprisingly when she was older, she gravitated to dolls houses - four of them in total - and spent many hours creating homes for Sylvanian animals in them.
Four years into motherhood I became a single-parent. My first instinct was to bring the scene of operations much closer to home to manage my portfolio - parent, homemaker, entrepreneur - under one roof. And to simplify my life further i bought a puppy!
To stay sane, I started dancing again, which I began age 4 as a pink tutu’d ballerina and tap dancing impresario. I returned to University and got a PGCE in Dance. I taught Creative Dance to children and organic movement to adults, while my studies evolved into a Masters Degree in Creative Arts Therapies at Chichester University.
During these studies I received the inspiration for the Vision Board Workshop, which I have since delivered to over a thousand men, women and children too, along with other movement-art workshops and coaching sessions. I wanted the tool to be inclusive and accessible to all. I believe strongly in the power of creativity, our intuition and the active imagination for unlocking the beauty and potential of who we are as people and as organisations. This is a relatively unharnessed resource - one that I recognised from the old days in the Agency was missing but I couldn't put my finger on what it was that was missing.
Now I can encourage people to embrace their calling. When we honour our destiny by connecting to the core of our inherent creativity, we touch the source of our authentic power and that's to be celebrated.
Who encouraged me
I have a daily practice of Creative Art therapy and I make a fresh Vision Board about every 9 months of so. Whenever I can, I am facilitated by my wonderful teachers - my favourites being Helen Poynor, Miranda Tuffnell, Claude Coldy, and Anna Halprin.
Sadly Dr Jill Hayes, who was such an inspiration to me as my University tutor, passed away. Jill used to say to me: “What I respect about you the most Mary, is your capacity to stay true to your core creativity no matter the outer circumstances of your life.” It touches me to greatly to recall her words. I didn’t really understand her insight at the time - but I have since. Most of us desire to be seen and respected for who they are - and I was seen and acknowledged by Jill.