After leaving school, I went to Lucie Clayton in London where I was literally put through my paces for Catwalk. I left Lucie Clayton with above average grades and was advised to return after completing my Sixth Form education.
But, I didn't.
Instead, I secured a place at the London College of Fashion (LCF). I had dreams of becoming a world-famous makeup artist for the catwalks of Paris, New York and Milan!
Of course, not all dreams come true and I was unable to get work when I left LCF. However, I did find work with Calvin Klein where I was fortunate enough to play a significant role in the CK One launch team.
Living and working in the West End did take it's toll and not just financially. I decided to move back out to the suburbs, where I floated between various temporary office positions. One of which saw me as Personal Assistant to the CEO of a UK airline.
After a serious flat break-in, I moved to the West Country to work as a Customer Service Rep for a utilities company and, within eighteen months, was working as the Service Provider Manager.
Throughout this time I met the man I would marry and we moved back to London together. I moved around the country a lot for the next seventeen years due to my husband's role in the armed forces. I temped a lot during this time but eventually found a permanent role within an Investment Bank where due to being the only person facilitating the role of W2 reporting I spent many hours working in to the night in discussions with the New York office. It wasn't all work and no play as I'd be sure to find time for relaxation in the many bars and restaurants within the City, just making it in time for the last train home.
In 2003 following a move to Surrey I began my nurse training at the University of Surrey qualifying in 2006 with a BSc in Nursing Studies. I landed my first post as a qualified nurse at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, London working in Oncology and Palliative Care. This branch of nursing is still where my passion lies. In addition, throughout my nursing career I have nursed at Frimley Park Hospital, Addenbrookes, Cambridge and presently Gloucestershire Hospitals incorporating Gloucester Royal and Cheltenham General where I co-ordinate various clinical trials.
I moved to Gloucestershire in 2008. In 2007 and 2009, my "Blondies" arrived, and the transition to motherhood ensued.
In 2012, my marriage broke down irretrievably and by 2014 I began to move in a different direction. While I am still a registered nurse, I took up a slightly different role involving Healthcare research. I was also employed as a private nurse for a local high profile family which I managed as well as my contracted position with the NHS. I also made time to write the health column for a local newspaper.
Today, any spare time is predominantly spent running around after the Blondies. When I am not working, on the school runs or screaming from the sidelines of a Rugby pitch, I enjoy writing, feeding my interest in science, reading, dog-walking, running and catching up with friends, if there is any time left in the day!
And now, after a lot of hard work, and using my personal experiences of having no support in times of despair, I am the immensely proud Founder of Mumztheword.co.uk