Hi, my name is Kim and I am a Make Peace With Money Consultant!
This may sound a bit of an unconventional job title, but it’s the only way I can really describe what it is I do.
My motto is “Work Smarter, Not Harder”.
I can’t help but try to make positive changes in people’s lives whether at work or personally. I should be an ambassador for some of the big vitamin companies, the number of times I’ve recommended them to friends and colleagues.
I always look for ways to help relieve stress and strain, especially at work. I believe that having suitable systems and procedures is key to making things run more efficiently, and helps relieve some of the pressure put on employees.
I grew up in South Africa during a time of great change; I saw one individual inspire a nation and the world. That individual was Nelson Mandela, and he is a true hero to me.
In 1998 I left South Africa and moved to London where I witnessed (and still do) people under immense pressure, both at work and at home (due to the high cost of living).
2010 was a huge turning point in my life. A week after getting married I collapsed whilst getting of the flight from Johannesburg; I was diagnosed with two blood clots to the lungs. It took me just over a year to recover.
The blood clots gave me the kick up the bum I needed in order to get my own business really going. It also meant that any savings we had were gone, and that’s when my personal journey with money really started in earnest.
There was more excitement to come……
In 2016 my husband had a mental breakdown at work, which was serious enough to make me realise we needed a change, so we moved to a village in Bedfordshire; we needed space to breathe (and a garden for our Westie, Leo). It also meant I literally had to go into survival mode financially.
My experience means that I can empathise with others who are struggling financially. I could never have foreseen what was going to happen to my husband and me, however it means I can now really help.
Along the way, I have found some great tools that have helped me. I have also learnt that Making Peace With Money, in both a personal and business sense, is a constant learning curve.