How can we reclaim our authenticity and thrive in a post industrial society? How can we do that, whilst also honouring our place in nature and in peaceful community with others? This site seeks to explore the heart and soul of downshifting to a more sustainable, ethical and holistic way of living and working, in keeping with the needs of the planet, humanity as a whole and ourselves as individuals.
What is downshifting?
Downshifting is what happens when people decide that the demands of their modern working life do not justify the rewards. They want time to enjoy their families, their relationships, and participate in their communities. The process of downshifting is how people change their lifestyle to meet those needs. Some people downshift voluntarily, some are what I call “forcibly downshifted”, for example through stress-induced ill health, redundancy, relationship breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances.
What is sustainable living?
Living sustainably simply means living in a way that minimises our negative impact on the planet in the first instance and ultimately to live in harmony with it. So, on a day to day level, it’s about reducing our consumption of the world’s resources, re-using items rather than throwing them away and recycling our waste among a host of other things. On a more personal level, sustainable living is about valuing our health and wellbeing, our relationships and community and our personal and spiritual growth above the need to consume and exploit.
What is a sustainable business?
A sustainable business is one that works to the “Triple Bottom Line” of People, Planet and Profit. So, it’s a business that is not purely profit focussed, but that also aims to meet the needs of the community in which it operates and which it serves and the planet. You can read more about sustainable small business here.
Well, its sounds simple, doesn’t it? In practice, because we live in a society that is driven by consumerism, those who aspire to live and work sustainably often feel as though they are swimming against the tide. This is when it can be especially helpful to have some practical and emotional support and inspiration from someone who is outside of your life and can help you view the situation objectively and positively.
What type of coach am I?
I specialise in coaching those who can visualise an alternative to a materialistic, status driven lifestyle and way of working and just need a bit of extra support and encouragement in getting there!.Whatever your situation, my aim in coaching is to partner you on your journey to a more happy and peaceful existence through rediscovering and working with your inner strengths, passions and authenticity.
I’ve included a resources page on this site in order to share with you some information and pointers which I have found valuable and which I hope you will welcome. In my work with clients, I include coaching on the practicalities of downshifting, sustainable living and sustainable business. However, there is now a proliferation of practical tips and information on the internet. So, my focus in coaching is more on working with you on your inspiration, motivation and seeing things through to completion, using your inner resources. At the same time, I will point you to external resources where appropriate.
If you are aware of resources that you think would benefit others, please contact me so that I can consider adding them to this website.