I've always been very passionate about helping others and even as a very young girl, it just came naturally. From strangers telling me their life story at a bus stop, to being that one friend to whom you could pour your heart out in desperation. It was as if I was a magnet to certain situations. A natural born healer.
This was just a taste of things to come. Never in a million years did I think that the things that I had been through and overcome would form a basis from which I would be enabled to help others.
In March 2003, and for quite a while leading up to it, a lot of very stressful things happened in my personal life including redundancy and the end of a long term relationship.
The next few months were the toughest of my life. My spiritual journey just got a kickstart!
Over the next few years I had plenty of Reiki, Indian Head Massage and Crystal Healing sessions to help me with anxiety, stress levels and general clearing of my mind. I became very interested in this area and gained a few holistic therapy qualifications.
In 2009 I faced yet another redundancy, this time while I was a few months pregnant with my son, plus I became a single mom again. It was then that I decided that something definitely had to change, it was now or never if I wanted a career as a Holistic Therapist.
I knew how Complementary Therapies had helped me in times of need and how I wished I'd come across them earlier in my life. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops and let people know how powerful and life changing they were.
When my son was 10 months old I enrolled on a Complementary Therapy course and studied full time for a year. My little boy went to nursery and there were times that I felt guilty but deep down I knew I'd made the right decision. The time flew by, I had a lot of fun and made some really good friends.
I started to rent a room in a gym in Kingswinford to do my treatments. From there I moved on to rent a room above a very upmarket salon in Barnt Green. Then in March 2012 I stumbled upon the property in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
This was the birth of Lily May Wellbeing.
I wanted a name for my business that was powerful yet nurturing and sentimental. A name that symbolised my foundation for growth and stability. What better than to name it after my Nan Lillian May, who stands for all of this.
Now, after a very long journey of healing and self-discovery, I feel empowered and stronger than I've ever felt. We're all constantly learning and evolving. This doesn't have to be difficult.
We only need to ask for and accept the help that is around. We are never alone, even though it may feel like it at times.
Nobody is 'perfect' but we need to do our best to accept who we are and love ourselves unconditionally.
We're all 'peeling off the onion layers' and facing everyday challenges, including me, but we need not allow them to take over our lives. We need to find our power, even if this means being guided or shown how to do this.
I am lucky enough to have 'found' lots of friends and guides to help me along the way. Some for a season, some for a reason, some for a lifetime.
Without the obstacles that I've overcome, there wouldn't be a Lily May Wellbeing.
I want to be able to support people on their journey and help them to find that power and light from within.
I strive to be just like the people that have helped me along the way.