How can you match your personal values with your approach to career change?

Later this week I am going to deliver a mentoring session on matching personal values with approaching new opportunities. As it will be my first time doing this with a group, I would like to practice it first by offering a free session to you this Wednesday at 6pm. If you’d like to attend and offer me some feedback by email afterwards it would be much appreciated. It will be held on Zoom for about 40 minutes and will include some interaction so your audio and video will need to be enabled. I will not be trying to sell you anything, this is purely for me to practice my group mentoring skills, and also a wonderful opportunity to meet some of you. If you’d like more information or to join, please just email me: and confirm that you’re available at 6pm. If the time isn’t quite right let me know and I’ll adjust it according to the most popular time. Thank you!

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Career change: what's one step you can take today?

The newsletter that starts with a question

After a short break, About The Adventure newsletter is back! I took a bit of time out over the festive season and it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. I think that’s a good thing as it always gives me a fresh perspective. This issue continues with the latest coaching question series, introduces two interviews on my blog, brings some podcast news, and shares a wintery scene from my local walks in the Peak District. As always, let’s start with the coaching question. Last time I asked you:

  1. How would you approach career change differently if you took your focus away from the end result?

My next question to have a think about is:

What’s just one step that you can take today?

Change can seem really far away or overwhelming to reach, so this question aims to connect with here and now. It doesn’t have to be a huge step, and you can ask yourself this question as often as you like. I’ll leave it with you and if you’d like to share your answer please email me:

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“The reason I enjoy teaching navigation so much is that I help to inspire and encourage people to become more self sufficient and build confidence to go for a walk by themselves.” Emma Holland

I first came across Emma via our mutual friend Clare Kelly, founder of women's walking company Her on a Hill. Since following Emma on social media I have been really inspired by her approach to work and the way that she shares what she does. We had a chat on the phone before I sent over these interview questions, and soon discovered how incredibly dedicated she is to her work. Grab a brew and put your feet up for this one - it's a really inspiring and powerful read!

Alongside working for Nottingham City Council, Emma is a Senior Mountain Leader at Mind Over Mountains Charity and founder of her own Mountain Training business. She also has 15 years experience of working in the NHS supporting adults with mental health difficulties and is passionate about promoting the link between spending time outdoors and improved mental health. In this interview I ask Emma how her previous work experiences have contributed towards the work that she does now, what challenges she is facing and how she will approach them, and why she wants to inspire other people to go walking.

Make sure you make it all the way to the end because Emma asks you a question to take away and think about.

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About The Adventure Podcast News

Next week I’m going to start recording interviews remotely for a while, so I’ve been busy testing out how to do this so that the sound will be good quality. My local friend Sam has very kindly let me borrow some gear that will connect one of my microphones to my laptop. He’s a musician who usually works as assistant manager at one of our local pubs, The Rambler, which you may well know if you’ve walked here in Edale. I’ve been doing some sound tests with my sidekick Gabby, and getting my next guest lined up - Charlotte Holroyd - who you may rememeber from this interview on my blog a few months ago.

I am preparing some questions for Charlotte and I would really appreciate any extra ones that you’d like to ask her. Some topics could include:

  • Starting out as a freelancer

  • Ethical branding

  • Creating an online course

  • Moving towards more time for adventures

  • Setting up a company

Or anything else that may be helpful or interesting to you. Please send in your questions to and just let me know if you’d like your question to be asked anonymously.

There are plenty of other episodes to catch up on while I’m recording new interviews.

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Interview with the Co-founders of The Living Project

Is there a podcast that always leaves you wanting more? When you can’t wait for the next episodes? For me, it’s The Living Project because they have meaningful conversations with people about unqiue connections with the wild. They ask questions that bring out stories and encourage space for people to share them. Cormac and Josh are wonderful hosts, whose warmth and humour make me feel really good!

I wanted to find out more about them, how they share their philosophy, and why they have changed careers more than once. Their individual stories are both fascinating and inspiring! Josh Bulpin is a qualified Personal Coach, Mountain Leader, Counsellor and Mental Health First Aider. Before working in adventure and coaching he spent time in property in central London as well as in education. Cormac Davey has a diploma in Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and he trained in India as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor. After graduating with a Masters degree in Urban Planning he lived and worked in Southern Africa, South America and Asia supporting humanitarian and development projects, which included a spell with the United Nations. For the last ten years he's been working with young people and adults outdoors, leading many successful expeditions in the UK and around the planet.

“Nothing ever goes as expected, yet for me change has always far exceeded expectations.” Cormac Davey

So it’s time to make another brew, snuggle under a cosy blanket, and spend a few minutes reading their interview on my blog. Then you might like to check out their podcast - they recently interviewed each other which I think is a great place to start. You’ll find all the links on the blog post.

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Woolpacks is one of my favourite places on Kinder Scout because there are so many unique rock formations to see. Being up there alone is extra special because it feels so quiet and peaceful, a bit like that feeling when you walk into a church or a cathedral. It’s also a wonderful spot for a picnic - just pick your favourite rock, get your lunch and flasks out, and take in the magnificent views. According to this brilliant book by Chris Goddard, Woolpacks was originally named after their resemblance to the huge bales of wool carried by packhorses.

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago on a local walk with my partner. Temperature inversions were sitting below us all day, as we enjoyed bright sunshine on the tops and the most amazing icicles I’ve ever seen. Most of the rocks were also coated in a thin layer of ice, which was very surreal. I was giddy with excitement, trying to take as many pictures as I could before getting too cold.

The rock formations look really quirky, some look like funny sea creatures. I couldn’t quite believe it when I first came across them! As a personal project I want to photograph the whole collection - and wouldn’t it be interesting to see how they change as they become more weathered?

This is a great place to include as part of a coaching session on foot. At the moment I’m doing walk & talk sessions on the phone or video calls from home. But I still want to show you these wonderful places as we go through the different seasons. It’s been great fun to have plenty of snow and ice here this winter. I’ve been up on Kinder Scout in all sorts of conditions, including freezing fog! Woolpacks is one of those places that really makes you stop and look, in total awe of nature.

If you’d like to book a career coaching session with me I have plenty of options available to you. If things are a bit tricky financially at the moment then I can offer you a discounted rate or a session free of charge. All you need to do is ask, and you won’t need to explain why. My email address is and everything is kept 100% confidential between us.

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Thank you so much for reading my latest newsletter! For the next issue I’m planning to send you two podcast interviews. One will be my show, the other will be an interview with me by The Living Project. I’ll be answering their questions about my connection with the wild and how it’s helped me to make changes in my life. I’m also hoping to bring you an interview on my blog with eccentric cabaret synth pop artist Tsarzi - who created the intro music for my podcast! If you have any questions for her then please send them in! You can listen to her latest track ‘when this is over’ on bandcamp.

Career change - how would you approach it differently if you took your focus away from the end result?

The newsletter that starts with a question

Welcome to this brand new issue of About The Adventure newsletter! I’m starting a fresh set of career coaching questions for you to explore, which you can do on your own or with me. The focus for this short series of questions is to make a shift from fearing the big choices and making the “wrong” decisions, towards taking small steps guided by curiosity.

How would you approach career change differently if you took your focus away from the end result?

If you can, take 15 minutes now to write your response. Even better - go for a walk first, make a brew when you get home, and then sit and write for a few minutes. Walking can really help to bring a fresh perspective, even if it’s just down the lane from your house, or up your most frequented hill.

You’re very welcome to share your writing or thoughts with me if you’d like to. My email address is: and everything exchanged will be kept 100% confidential. To continue with the series of questions please just subscribe.

“I have so much to learn and so many new friends to make and that’s not something I ever want to stop doing."

Episode seven of About The Adventure podcast is an interview with Sam Devito - a photographer, filmmaker, and as of this year, co-owner of Edale General Store with his partner Laurel. Sam moved to Edale around the same time as me and we’ve shared a few great evenings in our local pubs, as well as some beautiful walks. He’s a really warm person to be around, which I’m sure you’ll sense if you listen to our interview. He’s also incredibly dedicated to his work, but still manages to be flexible and find time for creativity.

I asked Sam to be a guest on the show because of the inspirational way that he adapted to his circumstances during this pandemic, and because of his approach towards taking an idea and making it happen. I wanted to capture how he and Laurel got everything together in such a short amount of time, who helped them along the way, and what it is that they want people to experience by entering a village shop that serves both locals and visitors. It was also a great opportunity to find out about Sam's future career plans, and how moving from London to a Peak District village has made an impact on his perspective towards life.

I think that this episode will be of particular interest to people who are thinking about trying out a new project during the pandemic, but have concerns about going off-track from their longer-term career. It may also appeal to people who are prone to over-working as Sam talks about the importance of taking time out. If you are somebody who feels a sense of satisfation from being productive and the social aspects of work then you will probably relate to this interview. And if you are curious about moving away from city life to the countryside I think you'll find it interesting to hear Sam's perspective.

Tune in to this episode of About The Adventure Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, About The Adventure website, or click on this magic link to listen on your favourite app. You will hopefully be able to hear Grindsbrook flowing in the background of our interview, which is becoming one of my favourite recording spots. Click the button below to head to my blog post and the list of questions that I asked during our interview.

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Favourite Podcast Episodes Playlist

As well as creating one, I also really enjoy listening to other podcasts. There have been some episodes that have really stood out to me, so I’ve been collating them into a playlist of my favourites. Most of them have a career-related topic, but there are a couple that just stand out because of their unqiue stories. Click the button to open my Spotify playlist and if you have any that you’d like to share with me, or to add to the list, then please just send me the Spotify link.

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Interview feature: What has volunteering ever done for me?

I recently posted a brand new blog interview with Linda Cairns who has had a really varied career shaped by volunteering. It was only when she was asked to write a mini Ted Talk for Good Gym about her volunteering past that she realised how much of her life journey and all the jobs she'd got had been dictated by her volunteering work.

“I never imagined my life would take the path that it has. I did what I enjoyed and what felt worthwhile to me at the time and each step led to another job and even more exciting opportunities.”

I first came across Linda when I read her blog post on the Good Gym website about Mike Jones, a runner from GoodGym Sheffield, who ran a Fastest Known Time (FKT) around the Peak District Boundary in June 2020. We followed each other on Twitter and Linda got in touch with me to suggest meeting up for a hike together as we both live in the Hope Valley. We enjoyed a hike up Kinder Scout via Crowden Clough on a hot day in September, and I was fascinated to hear about Linda's volunteering experiences.

In this interview I ask Linda why she started volunteering, how it shaped her career, when she makes time for her other interests, and at the end she puts a few questions to you! I think you’ll really enjoy this one, Linda has already received a very positive response. If you have any comments I can pass them on for you.

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Featured coaching session

This one is all about the far-reaching views on a clear day! It really is breathtaking beauty plus a really good stomp to talk things through and bring a fresh perspective. There are some excellent spots for a flask of tea along the way and I do encourage moments of stillness on this landscape.

As it’s December I’m going to start carrying some festive snacks with me on my hikes. I love mince pies and stollen - have you got any favourites? Last year I went up the hill and sat in the sunshine in December, eating a mince pie while sat on a bench with a view over Edale and feeling very content. I really want to replicate that this year!

This coaching session takes in a quieter section of Kinder Scout from Edale, heading over towards Hope Cross with views of Ladybower Reservoir, Win Hill, Derwent Edge, and the Great Ridge on the way. Then from Hope Cross there are a few options, back towards Edale along the lower paths or straight up towards Win Hill are two good ones that I regularly do.

I’m mostly doing online sessions at the moment, but we can still get out for a walk while we talk on the phone. Or you can book with me ready for next year, I won’t ask you to pay until nearer the time. I’ve also been considering to set up some daily time slots where you can join me online for a virtual brew for 20 minutes and either use it as a mini coaching session, or as a mentoring session. These would be free of charge and a great way to connect with each other. Would this be of interest to you?

There’s a bit more information about my coaching work on my website or you can email me if you have any questions:

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Career change - what decision do you need to make?

The newsletter that starts with a question

Welcome to the seventh issue of About The Adventure newsletter! This one has taken a little longer to get together, but finally here it is. I hope that it will brighten your inbox - especially my latest guest on the podcast. How are you getting on with the coaching questions? This is the final one of the first series of questions - so next time we will have a completely fresh batch! Here’s a quick re-cap:

  1. What’s critical to resolve right now?”

  2. What impact is this having on your life?”

  3. “What do you know you’ve been doing that’s prevented you from resolving this?”

  4. “What’s this cost you in the past?”

  5. “What’s the impact now?”

  6. “What’s going to happen in the future if you don’t get this resolved?”

To follow on from these, my final question for you is:

What decision are you making inside yourself right now?

This series of questions brings you towards making a decision that you feel really committed to. If you’d like to share your decision with me you can email and I will read it in confidence. If you’d like to go through these questions together then I’m very happy to do that as an introduction to my coaching work. At the moment that will need to be over the phone or on a video call.

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“Life is happening now, live it!”

Episode six of About The Adventure podcast is an interview with Helen Turton - manager of Newland Expeditions, which specialises in guided ski expeditions and winter polar training at all levels. We met for the first time this Autumn when I discovered that Helen was spending some time in the Peak District this year. I invited her to Edale for hot drinks at the Penny Pot Cafe on a rainy day, where we sat outdoors undercover getting to know each other. After hearing about her amazing adventures and career journey, of course I had to invite her on as a guest on my podcast. It was such a great opportunity while she’s here in the Peaks.

I invited Helen to be a guest on the show because of her dynamic personality, inspiring stories, and positive outlook towards life. She really lives by her company motto "Life is happening it!" In fact, she wears it too! Tune into this podcast episode to find out Helen's approach to making decisions in work and life, listen to snippets of her adventure stories, and enjoy her dynamic personality as she shines through the audio waves!

I think that this episode will be of particular interest to people who are: thinking about moving towards a career that involves outdoor leadership, planning an adventure or expedition, needing a nudge to step out of their comfort zone, or if you’re noticing a lack of direction. Make sure that you listen all the way to the end because Helen asks you a question to take away and think about.

Click here to tune in right away, or read my blog post and the list of questions that I asked during our interview. You will hopefully be able to hear Grindsbrook flowing in the background of our interview. If you have any suggestions or feedback about this episode please do send them my way:

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A new idea for 2021 - what do you think?

I’ve had an idea for next year - a seasonal group coaching programme online. It would be focused on making changes guided by the seasons throughout the year 2021. The committment would be small in terms of time and cost, so that it is accessible to people. My aim would be for you to experience a new approach to making changes in your life that are grounded by nature, creativity, and connection with people. My question to you now - how does that sound?

If there are a few people interested, then I will start to flesh out the details and see what format you would prefer.

To let me know what you think, you can email me: or leave a comment below. This doesn’t commit you to anything, I would just appreciate your feedback on my initial idea.

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On my blog: What does fear stop you from doing?

Earlier this month I spent a day with Clare Kelly from Her on a Hill to learn and practice advanced navigation skills in the local hills of Kinder Scout. Getting to this point has been a revelation for me, as I was very reluctant to learn map and compass skills before meeting Clare a couple of years ago.

My experience got me thinking about how fear can stop me from doing things that can actually really help and nurture me, in my career and other aspects of life. In this blog post I share:

  • my fear of learning in a group environment

  • how Clare has helped to change my perspective

  • a short exercise to help you explore your own fears

I’ve also included some links to a previous blog post connected to this one, my podcast episode with Clare Kelly, and to her websites for information on navigation courses, guided walks and all of the other wonderful work that she does when not in lockdown.

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Here are a few ways that you can take part and help to shape my content:

  1. Put forward a question to ask the founders of The Living Project about their career changes. Josh used to work in property and education & Cormac used to support humanitarian and development projects. Now they work together to create wild group experiences and a fantastic podcast.

  2. Join the discussion on: Career change - What do you absolutely need to know before you make it happen?

  3. Leave a comment about what you’re enjoying, or what you’d like to see more of in this newsletter. Make suggestions for future topics or ask questions.

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Featured coaching session

I have temporarily moved all of my career coaching sessions to phone and video calls, but I do encourage people to walk while we talk on the phone if the weather and phone signal allows. I think that movement while talking can really help with thoughtful flow, with energy shifts, and with opening up to new ideas. I also think it’s great for stomping out frustration, or having a few moments to yourself for reflection and emotional release.

When I can meet with people again, I would really like to share some of the beautiful waterfall spots that I have discovered while living here in Edale. It is particularly exciting to be here after heavy rainfall because the cloughs get really loud with the rush of water flowing through.

This week I tried out some waterfall photography for the first time, which was a lot of fun. You would’ve laughed if you’d seen me learning how to set up a tripod and slipping about in the water. This is all new to me and a great challenge to capture the places that I really love and appreciate. The featured photograph has been edited by my neighbour who has very kindly let me borrow his camera. He’s been really encouraging me and giving me great tips along the way, which makes me want to get out even more to experiment.

As this waterfall is very close to Edale village we could walk here during a coaching session in about half an hour, then sit by the water enjoying the view with a brew. It’s not super easy to reach, but we’d have a lot of fun arriving as long as you don’t mind getting your boots a bit wet. We could even take our boots off and enjoy a cold foot bath - I’ll go first! After warming up with brews, we could then continue along Grindsbrook and scramble to the hilltop, or return to the village for a shorter and more relaxed coaching session.

Although we can’t meet this month, let’s see what December and the new year brings. You can still book ahead with me and if we need to cancel or reschedule then that’s all good, I work in a very flexible way. And if you like, we can start with an online chat or phone call, then move to a walking session when we can. If you have any questions please get in touch, I welcome curiosity with open arms.

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Career change - What do you absolutely need to know before you make it happen?

Here’s a question for you to explore and discuss while I prepare my next newsletter. There’s no right or wrong answers - this is simply a place for you to share your response. If you’d prefer to share yours only with me then you can email

I’m planning my next interviews and newsletter content, so please get in touch if you’d like to make any suggestions or to put forward your questions. As soon as it’s ready I’ll post it out.

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