Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

For the full experience, you can Own Your Story, or join me for a literary tea party.

You have the potential. Heroine Training provides the tools.

Welcome to our headquarters, where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real.

Sincerely, your guide on this journey,



P.S. Read more about Heroine Training

The Top 5 Plays that Shaped My Life

The Top 5 Plays that Shaped My Life

Why did I write a course inspired by the theatre?

Well. Because I loooooove the theatre.

It gets me giddy to the extent that I can’t articulate quite why because I’m too freaking excited.

That’s not a very compelling answer though, so here is my series of the top 5 plays and performances that have shaped my life – and what I learned from them.

Why I Love & What I learned from The Phantom of the Opera

Why I Love & What I Learned from Pippin

Why I Love & What I Learned from Into the Woods

Why I Love & What I Learned from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Why I Love & What I Learned from Sleep No More

I will be releasing the rest day by day, so make sure you’re subscribed on YouTube to catch them.

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Registration for Leading Lady is now open. Read more and enroll now!

My Secret Sauce for Facing Fear

My Secret Sauce for Facing Fear

What if I told you that I was practicing for job interviews since I was 7-years old?

Okay you would probably say that’s a bit much.

But it’s not like I did it on purpose.

A useful side effect of being A Theatre Kid is being in a lifelong rehearsal for some pretty practical skills in The Adult World. 

Growing up going to auditions prepared me for putting myself out there in front of strangers. It normalised that ‘writing a résumé’ ritual. 

They say that public speaking is most people’s greatest fear. 

Well sure it’s scary when you slap a formal title on it like that! 

Theatre has taught me a little secret about facing these scary things in life, and I want to share it with you. 

My Secret Sauce for Facing Fear

When you approach work from a place of PLAY, suddenly it’s an exciting kind of scary rather than an inhibiting kind of scary. 

I have a recurring, theatre-related nightmare that I’m in a play, but I didn’t learn my lines. The funny thing about this is that I’m more frustrated than anxious, because usually it’s a great part and I wish my dream self were more prepared to enjoy it!

Theatre has given me confidence, poise, and a crazy determined work ethic – all on accident.

When you play with this stuff, it becomes much less terrifying and much more natural. I don’t want to say ‘easy’ because it is hard work, but I can promise you that play makes the process more enjoyable. More playful.

I have to say, I’m surprised to find myself calling my courses ‘professional development’, and yet so many students have told me they made career advancements as a result of taking them. Professional development? no way. That’s serious stuff. This is fun! The beauty is, that you can go to Leading Lady summer camp to play, and earn a promotion or start a business as a result. 

I’ve broken down my 19 years of experience on the stage into 8 weeks of confidence bootcamp, where we look at fear and go:

LET’S NOT CHASE HIM AWAY
LET’S FACE HIM AND SAY HEY PUNK LET’S DANCE

(that’s from Legally Blonde: The Musical, and in context, isn’t referring to fear, but it’s what rolled into my head.)

I have a bold claim. I bet you’re holding yourself back.

What is your actual, unfiltered dream?

In high school, my English teacher asked me where I wanted to go for college, and I told him with confidence that I wanted to go to the school with the best study abroad programme in Oxford. This felt like a pretty bold dream, and I felt proud of myself for stating it. He pointed out to me, though, that what I wanted to do was skip the study abroad and go straight to Oxford. 

You’d think I would have learned my lesson from that one, but it took a few more tries.

In my final year of Oxford, when a career counsellor asked what I wanted to do, I said “Well, ideally I would run my blog for a living but I know that’s realistic. So … something … like that?” 

I was handed some uninspiring handouts on PR, which I proceeded to recycle. I applied, was accepted to, and got a visa for a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism, because that was “kinda like blogging”, only to arrive and realise that I was still avoiding my truth. 

I don’t want that to happen to you. 

I want you to derail you from that track we call normal, and help you build your own yellow brick road straight through fear to your actual idea of success. 

I promise to help you figure out what that is, how to get there, and how to show up for the task. 

Ready? Let’s do this.

P.S. Registration for Leading Lady closes on Wednesday! I hope to see you in our ensemble.

Sunday Sampling / 059

Sunday Sampling / 059

Oh my has it been a busy spring. Since we last Sunday Sampled, I presented my first in-person workshop at the Granger Leadership Academy, founded the Traveling Tea Party Tour, and opened Leading Lady summer camp for registration (oh my goodness I cannot wait to get started with this year’s ensemble!).

And that’s just the business side of things. The Monkey and I also saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, wandered many a Scottish wood, and I discovered the best hot chocolate ever (all of which are documented on Instagram).

It was also my pleasure to be interviewed for Thrive Global about my TEDx experience, and to go live with Natasha Botbijl on living your story. Wow, that’s a lot of links! And we’re just beginning…

My favourite reads lately

✈️ Why your flight attire matters. And while we’re at it, can we all agree on the term ‘flight attire’ over ‘airplane clothes’ please?

💕 15 ways to catch up with friends that aren’t grabbing coffee or a cocktail, such as running errands together, which I now have to try!

🌟 High fives and hugs to my fellow unusual entrepreneurs, especially when met with that ‘what do you do?’ question. Here’s how to survive when it feels like no one ‘gets’ what you do.

🎨 Did you know that actress Jessie Cave (Lavender in the Harry Potter films) is also an amazing illustrator? Her engagement cards are hilarious and adorable.

💚 Here’s a term for your ethical shopping vocab list from Project Just:

We’re always getting questions about H&M, Zara and others. Are they “greenwashing”? (i.e. exaggerating their environmental chops or social practices in an effort to make themselves seem sustainable, and even diverting attention away from negative practices like child labor, or the consumption-driven fast fashion model. Ew.)

🇫🇷 A great idea: learn French by watching cartoons! Consider French Mickey Mouse shorts on my watchlist.

📖 Have you read any of these modern books inspired by Jane Eyre?

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: How to make ‘normal’ happen, Which Passion Planner size is best for you?, and why you should journal to music.