Hello, I’m Lusanna. A life coach, business woman, and mum to two amazing young adults, who are my world. You'll find me down to earth, I love to laugh, have fun and enjoy the freedom life's adventure gives me. I am passionate about coaching and helping high performing women move their professional life from great to extraordinary whilst balancing personal health and happiness. Others describe me as charming, gracious, and perceptive, with a bubbly nature and a positive personality that is huge. These are qualities I believe support me in life and business.
My thirst for personal development and self-education has been my driving force. I’m passionate about life and the people in it, and I have a natural talent of helping others take action and find their purpose. Having found mine, I can say with so much gratitude, I live an amazing life where a feeling of love, warmth, and collaboration is what inspires me to help others create a positive shift in their life that allows them to take more care of their needs.
Growing up I was blessed to have two wonderful parents who taught me to be proud of who I am and that, when I put my mind to it, anything was possible. On reflection, my life has been pretty splendid, I've enjoyed travelling the world and experiencing the adventures life has to offer. Although I now realise it was a path I followed rather than one I chose.
It has not all been plain sailing. Life has dealt me my fair share of ups and downs, and I've experience incredible heartach and pain, never more so than in 2018 when within a 12 month period my whole world turned upside down. My marriage ended—a marriage which had lasted several decades—I moved out of a house I'd lovingly renovated and believed to be our forever home, and I relocated to a new area to start my life over. Only, the universe wasn't done yet because this was followed by the loss of my both parents from this world, within weeks of each other, parents I had been caring for over the years. This was one of the most painful experiences ever.
Despite these traumas, I have found strength, through my coaching and with the love and friendship of people around me, to heal and move on with a new and exciting chapter of my life. Hey, when life deals you lemons, as the saying goes, make lemonade! I have had several careers before becoming a coach: this ranged from a receptionist to travel agent and from business travel co-ordinator to a foreign exchange clerk. I also worked as an area manager for one of the top building societies in England, after starting as a cashier and working my way up into the position at an early age. This was both challenging and rewarding. The position came with large amounts of responsibilities, such as, countless regulatory exams, courses, a sales target of £13m, developing each member of my team, and improving all-round performance. I built a reputation of setting up and running highly successful teams. Moreover, I loved having a career and enjoyed helping my team find their potential. I’m proud to say, I was the catalyst for many to forge a successful career in their own right. My promotion to area manager came at a time when my hubby and I decided it was time to start a family. I became pregnant, almost immediately. Six months after the birth of my beautiful daughter, I returned to work and became this frantic, busy career woman with a family and home to run. And, as if my days weren’t thoroughly packed, I also found myself juggling the renovation of our house and studying for essential exams..
As successful career woman —as a family—we were able to live very comfortably. Life was perfect. I had a loving family, money, security, and career I enjoyed. My friends would tell me I had it all. As time rolled on, and with the birth of my second child, a beautiful baby boy, I continued carving out an even more successful career for myself. However, I began to feel I was the only one holding it all together—believing if I eased up it would all start to crumble around me. I worked long hours to keep up with the demands of the job, whilst doing my best to be the perfect wife and mum, fearful if I let go I would be letting others down. Let's face it, any woman with a busy career, a family and a home to run knows what I mean only too well.
It took me a whild to realise all the pressure I placed on myself had changed me. I used to be full of energy, enthusiasm, and loved adventure, yet I didn’t seem to relate to that person anymore. My needs always appeared way down the list, and I always seemed to be playing a part: a wife, mum, daughter, career woman … the list was endless. When spending time with my family, I was always thinking of the next thing, never really present. I even found it tiring making time for me and hubby to be alone. Then the time I spent simply being and doing what I loved was virtually non-existent, and when I did catch some me time, the guilt I felt simply ruined any enjoyment. My health began to be affected, mentally and physically; I became withdrawn, I was constantly tired, always had a cold, sore throat, or lost my voice. However, I continued to struggle on. I can remember clearly the night I realised I needed to make some changes. It was a cold February morning, around 4.00 A.M., when I found myself at the kitchen sink uncontrollably sobbing. My head was throbbing and I was sweating to the point my clothes were drenched. With my mind all over the place, I added salt into my cup of tea! What on earth was happening to me? It was then I realised I was on the verge of losing it—in a big way—and something had to change and immediate action was needed.
Now, the changes I made might not be the same changes you need to make. My point is. I became aware I had to make a decision, be more responsible and take more care of me. My changes led me on a journey of self-discovery and self-development until I eventually found my purpose. I enrolled to study and become a life coach. I also worked extremely hard with my own coach to get where I wanted to be. After, what seemed like, endless case studies and exams I needed to pass during each module, I finally achieved a high distinction and qualified in the spring of 2006. My journey as a coach truly began then. Over the years, my coaching has taught and given me so much more than I imagined. I don't want other women to reach the place of self-loathing I had, which is why I'm dedicated and committed to empowering others to take action and make positive shifts in their lives. I want to help them take more care of their needs and balance professional success with personal happiness, where love and contribution come as second nature and lead to a life they enjoy and without having to sell their soul to get it. It will be my absolute joy to inspire YOU to step into your own amazing life, one where YOU truly shine!