I am The Mental Millionaire. Born in North East England, I’m a single mum to an inspirational daughter who I love immensely. She has been the driving force for my success, I strive to empower her to live a life of freedom, not just financially but also mentally.
A Chartered Certified Accountant by trade, I’ve held various positions over the years advising entrepreneurs and corporates of all sizes, most recently taking up the position of Financial Controller for a £100m+ revenue manufacturing company.
I held on to childhood trauma secrets for far too long, discovering creativity in my 30's through self-healing and writing. This discovery led me on an incredible journey which helped me break free from the hold that trauma had on me for most of my life until now.
I now aspire to empower others who are perhaps too facing their trauma or going through a period of change. Guiding them to find their own creative outlet, take control of their finances and build generational wealth and health through multiple passive income streams. Your mental health is your true wealth.
I believe in the power of the universe and nature. I have a passion for the North Yorkshire countryside and you can often find me soaking up the energy of a waterfall or listening to the sound of waves lapping the Yorkshire coast.
Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Happy.
I am The Mental Millionaire. x
'The Mental Millionaire's - 'burn after writing’ journal to healing' is coming January 2022...
What inspired you to start writing?
I started to write as a means of therapy, something I discounted at first as I’ve never been good with words however I was shocked at how many pages I had written on my first sitting and I soon found myself hooked.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I aim to dedicate 20 minutes a day to writing, however I can't remember the last time I achieved it, it’s often as long as 2 hours. It depends on how much has been going on in my personal life and what limiting beliefs of past trauma I am trying to clear.
What is the best part of your day?
I’m a morning person, the best part of my day is normally the first few hours I’m awake, I love the peace and quiet it gives me and the opportunity to get things done before the world wakes up. I love to watch the sunrise. I also love going to sleep. I sound very antisocial and boring don't I. I am often so busy during the day that I treasure the quiet times. I expect things would be different if I lived a less hectic lifestyle.
When you’re writing an emotionally draining (emotional, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?
This is a really good question as my book is full of emotional scenes, all of which are real life personal experiences so it can be very raw to write about it. There have been times when I know I am not ready to write about a certain event and I put it off as I know I will be emotional when I do so. I make sure I won't be interrupted, make a cup of tea, grab a box of tissues and just start. Some of my writing happened in the heat of the moment when I was distressed and wrote for release. These are often the hardest words to read back.
How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
This is an interesting question, I didn't set out to write a book, I wrote as part of a morning routine for emotional release. As such I wanted writing to evoke an emotional impact in me, it was my sole purpose. I wrote to heal, blood sweat and tears sit in the pages of my notebook, they signify the hurt leaving my body.
Can you share a snippet that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?
Ohhhhh... well that would be telling wouldn't it! Ha. Erm…
'I see myself collide with the oncoming vehicle, the slow-motion vision of the impact runs through my mind, I’m being thrown forwards, the airbags deploy, my passengers propelled out of their seats like the replays you see of crash test dummies. The car crumples and the windows smash, thousands of tiny glass particles floating through the air making their way to the ground. The car tumbles and rolls, it's like I am watching from above. Like I can see right through the roof.'
What is the significance of the title?
The title came to me when I was about half way through the book, I realised that I’d lost myself and that I had to allow myself to stop and break in order to put my pieces back together.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Independent, Free spirited, Adventurous.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
My biggest fear is the impact releasing this book will have on my family and my relationship with them. I’ve expressed my deepest darkest thoughts in these pages and also my personal opinions of those closest to me. I hope they know how much I love them all and that any negativity I had at the time of writing is in no way representative of my thoughts now.
Nothing changes, if nothing changes
Only YOU can get YOU where YOU want to be
Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Happy
What was the highlight of writing this book? The emotional release I had from physically putting pen to paper and allowing the hurt to leave my body and become trapped in the ink on the pages, processed and externalised, leaving me lighter and free to go on.
Favourite book/story you have read as an adult
I don't really have one favourite book, I like a wide range of genres so it's difficult to choose just one. If I had to pick just one to read again tomorrow I’d pick ‘The versions of us’ by Laura Barnett. I love how it demonstrates fate, how some things in life are just meant to be no matter what choices we make. It’s a story of true love and who doesn't love them!
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I was born breach, I always say I was born backwards and I continue to be so. I do things my own way.
What do you hope your readers take away from your book?
I hope my readers find comfort in my words, that those affected by similar issues find the courage to stand up for what is right in this world. I hope they feel empowered to change their lives for the better and to believe that they can achieve anything they desire, you just have to start.
For more information on financial and mental health mentorship, 'The Mental Millionaire's' purpose made Notebooks and Journals, self help blogs and helpful resources visit www.thementalmillionaire.co.uk and follow @_thementalmillionaire on instagram.