I live very near the sea in East Sussex, UK. I initially trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London, spending 4 years nursing at St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney and then worked as children's nanny in London for a while. From 2000 to 2003, I trained as a Church Army Evangelist and worked as parish evangelist at two different West London churches over a period of seven years.
In 2009, while working at a lively Church in Chiswick, I went through a major crisis of faith, which demonstrated itself as a time of doubting the existence of God. I thought I had become an atheist. With my life in turmoil and my dreams shattered, I left church ministry in 2010 and moved back to Sussex, where I grew up.
Since being here, my faith has not only returned but I've found a much deeper faith than I had previously. This has in turn led to a greater intimacy with Father God. The effects of this in my life are far reaching. I have grown in my faith far more over the last 10 years than in the twenty years that went before it. As I shared what God had done for me I found people were encouraged by hearing my story. This prompted me to write a book about my experiences. Writing my story down was a very cathartic experience for me. My primary reason for writing/speaking is to show people who Jesus is and what he has done for us in his death on the cross.
I am now privileged to be back working in church ministry as Older People's Community Worker at Ascension Church, Peacehaven, where I have set up Friendship Group for older people, called the Tuesday Friendship Group (it does what is says on the tin).
I love living near the sea and I really enjoy walks along the clifftops, In spring there are wild wall flowers growing on the cliff tops and not only does it look stunning but it smells wonderful too. No matter what the weather the view is beautiful. Whether rough or calm the sea inspires me and it is where I feel closest to God. I cannot stop taking photos of the beautiful view here! The two sea photos on this page are of the cliffs near me. The sunsets are amazing and every year along a small section of the cliffs wild wall flowers grow and for a short while give a blaze of colour and a wonderous smell.
I share my home with a 3 legged rescue cat called Sir Charles Limpalot (because he does...). Charlie (as he's known to his friends) is proud, and doesn't consider himself disabled by his missing front left paw. He loves sitting on laps, short belly rubs and chicken. He used to bring me live frogs, birds and mice as gifts. I did not like these gifts. Now, at the age of 16, he appears to have stopped bringing them to me. Yay!