LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

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Hi I'm Kirsty, the dyslexic coach.
I live in Dorset in the South West of England. I'm married to Joph and we have five children in total, one of whom has the gift of dyslexia like me. I really love walking and being outside in nature exploring the lovely countryside around us. I also enjoy yoga and running. I've done a few half marathons and other sporting events so far in my life like super sprint triathlons. I enjoy setting myself small, unusual challenges such as being able to go 40 days without chocolate, walking 10,000 steps a day for a year, swimming in the sea in winter etc.  I've climbed Snowden three times and one of my goals is to climb Ben Nevis as well as Scafell Pike.

 
 

I was seven years old when I was diagnosed with dyslexia and it impacted my life in different ways both positive and negative.  I found school very frustrating and had to spend a lot of extra time doing homework to make sure I achieved the grades I wanted. However, I did learn that my determination and resilience levels are high and that I don't like being told that I can't or won't achieve something!
I never thought that I would enjoy learning and especially not reading. I saw reading as a punishment but now actually enjoy reading (if the font type and size are right) and audio books are fantastic. Once learning felt like a chore but now I love it.
Looking back now I can see that I hid behind my dyslexia and I let my dyslexia define me in some ways. For example, I didn't apply for certain jobs or didn't think I'd be capable of undertaking certain roles because of it. I didn't understand my dyslexia, I didn't see its benefits, until I was in my 30’s.
I did my master's degree in Management with Human Resources in my early 30s whilst working and bringing up my children. This was a three-year process, which was not only challenging but extremely hard work! This was a turning point in my life when I realised, I controlled my future and that my dyslexia does not define me. I am in charge of what I achieve, do or become.
I enjoy working with people which is why I moved into coaching. I found that I have an ability to see the bigger picture, adapt to different situations and communicate well with people. When I asked friends what words they would use to describe me they said, happy, positive, determined, resilient, motivating, great listener, supportive, reliable, helpful, like to have a laugh, wild imagination, kind and caring to name just a few.
A couple of random facts about me - I love raw carrots, enjoy taking cold showers, my favourite animal are cows (and I can do a pretty good cow impression even if I do say so myself!).

 
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