Where shall I start? Time for some reflection.... I am Mary Lunnen, I was born in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. Cornwall has been my home for many years, and I have lived in the same secluded spot close to the wild north coast since 1977. I share my life with my husband and nearly always one or more cats.
Below you will find more about my journey to here, to this moment in time. Today, while I am updating this, I feel that it is good to also reflect on where I am heading next. Currently I am working on plans for next year (2019) - a new programme, a new book. And, those new offerings feel as if they are building on solid foundations. Or, to use another metaphor, growing fresh green shoots from a firmly rooted, a strongly grounded tree.
These new offerings are building on last year's theme 'Stepping into Your Power,' and deepening it, through my own experience in 2018, to 'The Pathway to Power'. Below is the image I am using for the for the first Mastermind group of 2019 (soon to be announced). The book? - if you have read this piece during 2018 you will have seen these words: "the working title is "Stepping into your power: an invitation to rediscover your inner wisdom.".The gestation time? Hmmm... aiming at the summer."
Now I am needing to smile and forgive myself: the book has a mind of it's own, it has not been ready to be written yet. I have a lot of words, and yet the structure is still not clear to me. I have been made to let go of my plans, my wished-for timescale, in part by a physical injury, a fracture in my right hand. This is now nearly healed, and I feel the time to write again will soon arrive.
The book's title may now be "The Pathway to Power". Or, it may be something else. I do not yet know.
So, to continue the story....
Alongside part-time work as waiting and bar staff (including one summer with Rick Stein in the second year of operation of what is now the famous Seafood Restaurant in Padstow), I set up a crafts business. Under the name of Pydar Crafts I ran this full time for nearly fifteen years.
Making and selling copper enamel jewellery, silk scarves, hand-stitched patchwork. I travelled all over Cornwall and Devon (and occasionally further afield) in a succession of 'old-banger' type cars. One of these, a Renault 4, had a tendency to fuel blockages clogging the carburettor: I became accustomed to jumping out with a screwdriver to dismantle, clean and reassemble it by the side of the road.
By the early 1990s, I had been working flat-out for a number of years in a successful and labour-intensive business, so much so that my hands were sometimes rubbed raw from filing the copper shapes, and my enthusiasm was waning a little. At the same time a financial down-turn meant that many of my wholesale customers ceased to order. I took stock of where my life was going and decided on a big change. Returning to study, an MA with the Open University was the first step. Then finding a job to help pay for this.
My life changed in 1994 when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. During and following my successful treatment my journey of personal and spiritual discovery began. Or may be I should say continued, as I became more aware of being a spiritual being in a human body.
As years went on, I worked in various jobs, always to do with people. Being made redundant three times means I have plenty of experience to be able to understand a little of what that is like for people. My husband runs two businesses and I have always had some involvement in supporting him.
My first role in business coaching was as a volunteer mentor with what was then called the Prince's Youth Business Trust in about 1992. In 2003 I began work with a local college as a business advisor and trainer, and then with another organisation until June 2015. That has all been a good grounding in coaching a wide variety of people from all walks of life.
Since setting up Dare to Blossom Life Coaching in 2003 I have been able to express more clearly who I truly am in my own voice. Using not only words (spoken and written) but also my photographs and art work. These are now part of a new business, Dare to Blossom Art.
I have run personal development workshops of all sorts since 2003, most recently with a focus on creative visualisation. The development of the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards in 2012 was a big breakthrough for me, and using them to aid me on my own process of 'coming home to myself' and rediscovering my inner wisdom has given me confidence to share this with others. The next stage, as I am finding out for myself, is about releasing the power we all have within. The emphasis being on just that: 'power within', rather than 'power over' another person.
As the testimonials shared here under 'Rediscovery Stories' show, many people find the coaching process that I use helpful and positive. If you would like to try it out for yourself just visit the Rediscovery Coaching page to find the booking system and take up my offer of a complimentary 20 minute consultation.
*The photograph of me on this page is used with permission of Unlocking Potential, and was taken (without me being aware, lost in reflection) by Apple Photographic. All other photographs were taken by myself or directly commissioned by me.