I’m Angela Watson, a facilitator, speaker, and coach, who’s been coaching and teaching coaching in organisations, as well as those who want to become coaches themselves, for the last 14 years.
I’ve spent most of that time working with Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust, but I’ve also worked regularly for Health Education England, and several other health and care providers.
Way back in the mists of time, (starting last century), I worked as a nurse, then a senior manager, where I did everything from cleaning bed pans on the wards to presenting business cases in the board room.
As a child I used to read a lot of Enid Blyton books and dream of living in a cottage full of wonky walls, rustic charm, and honeysuckle over the door. That dream came true in 2006, when I bought this little wonky cottage, for my 40 something single self and two cats.
A year later I stepped off the career ladder to retrain as a coach, facilitator, and speaker. Since then my work has featured in The International Journal Of Clinical Leadership, ILM Edge Magazine, and Essential Career Transition Coaching Skills by Caroline Talbott. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege and joy of impacting thousands of people, including those learning to train as coaches themselves.
And now, it’s time for new beginnings. An opportunity to choose how I want to live once the doors are opened. A new blog.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, amid society’s increasing awareness of the impact we’re having on nature, our wellbeing, and the wellbeing of the planet itself.
I want to live in a way that does less harm, which means making considered choices about the way I work, the businesses I buy from, and how I choose to live. And after spending all this time at home, without all the hours travelling, I’ve discovered I’m really suited to it. So I’ve moved all my courses and talks online, via Zoom.
This website is a place to show all the wonderful things I’m creating that I couldn’t find space for before, as well as helping you (and me), take care of ourselves and those with whom we share the planet, and letting that guide how we live.
My philosophy? Sustainable living, wellbeing, and self-care is a way of life. And the best place to start is at Home.
Think of this website as a resource for coaching, wellbeing, and living well .
Find resources, and news of invitation only events (if you follow the blog you are invited), to help you defrazzle; listen to yourself; listen to others; and find the inspiration you’re looking for in your life and work.
A year ago I launched the Love Life Tree Shirt Campaign. It’s almost impossible to do no harm, but what if we make a conscious effort to love life, in all it’s forms, and do less harm in the process? Out of this, grew the idea for Tree Shirts – T-shirts that plant trees, aimed at spreading love and kindness, raising awareness, and donating the profits to support global reforestation.
I hope you enjoy your visit and do drop by again soon; the door is always open. If you’re not sure where to head to first, here are some of the most recent posts My Wonky Cottage, The Diamond, The Horse Sh%t, & The Nail Varnish and, There’s Nothing To Do
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