I’m a writer, designer, and avid researcher and practitioner on the subject of thriving in your life. I live with my husband and little dog in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, UK.
I’ve spent a considerable chunk of my life researching and experimenting to find out how we can live with more ease, joy and contentment
My journey into self-development and wellbeing has not been an easy one – I’ve been a worrier all my life and, at times, let it get the better of me. But, several years ago I decided that however daunting it felt, I wanted to live my life on my terms. Through my research into positive psychology, exploring and experimenting in my own life, I’ve discovered how we can all thrive in our lives by worrying less and experiencing more contentment, positivity, peace and joy.
Life isn’t just for living, it’s for thriving.
I know that you want to feel lighter, calmer, more free and to lose the heavy feeling of worries dragging you down.
I know that you want to go to bed each night secure in the knowledge that you didn’t let everyday worries get in the way of you feeling fulfilment, contentment and joy.
You’re not looking for every day to be filled with rainbows and starbursts and short-term pleasure.
You want to feel the real, long-term, bone-deep contentment and joy that comes from keeping worries in perspective, from appreciating the little things in life, from having moments where you feel at peace, from making real connections, from having meaning and purpose, from not getting swallowed up in drama and stress, from knowing that you’re living life as you choose.
Living a thriving, contented life is not about pretending everything’s fine and perfect, and it’s not about denying difficult feelings.
It’s about making the choice to live as you want, experiencing all of life in its many shades.
It’s about being mindful of how you go about your day, appreciating and enjoying what you have.
It’s about finding meaning and connections, making a conscious intention to live your life to its full potential.
It’s about meeting life’s challenges and setbacks with resilience and strength.
You no longer need to feel like you’re just going through life, trying not to feel overwhelmed, doing what you’re supposed to, making do and waiting for when it gets good in the future. Your life is for finding joy and fulfilment and connection now. Your life is yours to live as fully as you want, in whatever shape that is, and it’s entirely within your reach. Through my research and direct experience I’ve devised strategies and actions for you to worry less and enjoy life more.
Everything I teach is inspired by and created from proven scientific research in the field of positive psychology and my own experiences. As well as my own research I’ve studied mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, and I’ve completed the Brain Science and Wellness Education Program with the Neuroscience Academy. What I teach is practical, applicable, realistic and doable. I can’t wait for us to get started. Here’s what I have to share with you:
The range of online courses I’ve created to enable you to live the joyful, contented life you want is growing all the time. Take a look at the Courses section and try out my free one-week taster course – Bloom.
The Nook of Inspiration is where you can find a wealth of free resources including printables, recommended books, podcasts and apps, TED talks, recorded meditations, desktop wallpapers and more. I add to the Nook all the time and everyone who wants to receive my emails gets access to the Nook of Inspiration.
I share ideas, inspiration and information for positive personal development, as well as interviews with others living their best life. Twice a month I send out an email Note with ideas and inspiration, updates on what’s happening in my life, on new courses, photo challenges on Instagram, blog post links and access to the Nook of Inspiration. You can sign up to receive my emails at the bottom of this page.
I am also a stationery designer and you can find my range of products created to help you get organised, keep in touch and inspire and spread joy at thegreengables.co.uk. There you will also find Happy Paper Club, my monthly stationery subscription service combining eco-friendly, British-made stationery with a happy living ethos.
“Gabrielle offers thoughtful, wise and alternative ways to rethink a situation and turn every negative into a positive. She allows me to feel and express my emotions with patience and with no judgement. Most of all Gabrielle has taught me the power of gratitude, which, with practice, has helped retrain my mind to focus on the positives, no matter how small or big they might be. Gabrielle is a beacon of happiness within my life.”
– Danielle, Brighton
“I appreciated the opportunity to learn strategies from Gabrielle that helped me to organise and plan. Gabrielle’s calm presence and logical mindset helped me to develop a strategy for moving forward and gave me the confidence to make my ideas happen.”
– Karin, Cambridgeshire
• I’ve lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania in the US and Southampton, Leicester, Manchester, Oxford, London, Dorking and now the Brecon Beacons in the UK
• I can’t bear cauliflower but love peanut butter and jam sandwiches
• My longest job was deputy editor of a children’s newspaper and the shortest was one night flipping burgers
• Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery is my favourite book and I named my stationery business after it
• I’m spookily good at remembering numbers but rubbish at remembering what I went upstairs for
…reading for hours … walks in the woods with my husband, Colin, and pooch, Georgie … hearing my nieces and nephews laugh … tea and cake … starting a new notebook … sharing a meal with my friends … singing along to my favourite songs very loudly … the smell of freesias … Italy … feeling the sun on my face…