The name 'Everglow' is taken from the name of the beautiful Coldplay song 'Everglow'. In the song Chris Martin describes the word as a feeling. To me it represents the feeling of a light that has been turned on, that has changed you and will remain forever. For me, Everglow is about appreciating and being fully aware of the experience of life.
In May 2016 I lost my sister who at just 29 was killed in a tragic accident as she saved her 5 year old daughter's life. When I heard this song a few months after she died, I realised that I had been left with the feeling of 'Everglow'. I knew that there had to be answers out there for how we could all live happier, more purposeful and productive lives. I also knew I had to do something to help make the world mentally healthier and happier. My struggle with these questions is the reason why Everglow Consultancy was born. If I can help others to build resilience and achieve their dreams, then I know this feeling of Everglow will live on and transform lives.
These experiences have made me passionate about the science of posttraumatic growth. Good and bad events are so intertwined that bad can be good and good can be bad depending on how we interpret any given situation. Without a doubt some life events are just horrific but there is always something we can learn - science has shown the most stressful and upsetting life events can be the ones that fuel the most growth within us - if we choose to engage with what we have experienced and discover the meaning and the lessons. For me the ''Everglow' describes this experience beautifully. Everglow is about experiencing pain and sadness but coming through the other side stronger and wiser than before.
Positive Psychologists know that happiness and well-being is very difficult to define. It's not just about experiencing positive emotions. Psychological well-being can be strengthened by learning how to build resilience, engagement and meaning. This understanding is woven into my coaching, as I aim to not just increase positive emotions, but to also increase psychological well-being - which includes turning the lessons that life has given us into amazing achievements.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. - Viktor Frankl, Famous neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor.