My name is Isabel Leeson
I am 47. I live in the countryside with my partner and our 3 kids, 12 year old twins and a 14 year old.
I like board games, my garden, flying kites, watching the birds from my veranda, cats (I save the birds from them, don’t worry), that my house is pretty and tidy because that brings me comfort. I like doing creative things and favour wet plate collodion (a photographic process from 1851). I am a warrior, a little rebellious, with a deep need for justice.
Professionally, I spent a decade working “in books” which I really loved. I’d have stayed there until retirement but life took me elsewhere. I burnt out shortly after having my twins and never managed to go back.
I decided to start my own business. My background made me a magnet for toxic people and manipulative companies. My job became a living hell pretty quickly. This is what led to my second burnout and cost me my business.
I really needed to learn to change my behaviours to stop attracting those kinds of people.
In the midst of all this I got help for an eating disorder. This is when I discovered Intuitive Eating. I applied the principles, made peace with food and my body. I have stayed horrified by diet culture as I see it from my current point of view.
A burnout is an opportunity. It’s a chance to re-evaluate what is important to you, what to change and get rid of. An opportunity to recognise our needs and learn to answer them, to bring real change.
The tools I bring to the table today are the ones I learned to lift myself up once and for all. I chose to give people the help I needed myself and couldn’t find. I know the tools work because I used them all on myself to manage my home, learn what I need and how to react to that, to learn to protect myself…. I share so that all those hard times in my life mean something worthwhile, to motivate me to continue my journey of personal development, to share, listen, support and stay away from judgement.
Isabel Leeson (She/her)
Positive change leader
Professional coach in Humanist NLP