My dad is mine.

Dad taught me to work as little as possible: just enough that I had the time and money to play hard.

He was always caving, abseiling, diving, rock climbing, and generally exploring and having a good time. Now in his 70s, his flat is full of science toys and flashing lights, he’s always experimenting in the kitchen, and the vast majority of his time is spent play fighting with his dog.

He’d spend a couple of weeks earning a few grand (he had innovative solutions to fixing swimming pools which could’ve made him a fortune if he’d chosen work over play) and then use that to fund six months travelling.

It didn’t make him the best dad in the world, don’t get me wrong. He could’ve stayed in the UK working and contributing to our family; physically, financially and emotionally.

But I’d rather have him away and happy, than at home miserable and bringing us all down with him. He wasn’t meant to be held down and I don’t think he could ever have been happy with a traditional life. That made him a great role model to me.

Dad showed me that life is too short not enjoy it, that we have to squeeze every ounce of experience out of life that we can. We can’t follow someone else’s dreams and expectations and expect to find happiness or fulfillment.

Through coaching, I can help you identify your values, purpose, and decide who you really want to be. More often than not, my clients tell me they miss their fun, creative selves and want to find more time to prioritise play in their lives. Life is too short to spend so much of it working, doing what you have to do or think you should do. Live it your way!