Designed by life welcomes its first contributor. The idea of having a writing co-pilot has always been something I played with. In my mind (and heart), it was easy: find someone who embodies the DBL values and writes beautifully with heart and soul all the while bringing value to you, my readers. It turns out, it’s not as easy as it sounds… Like with anything, often the best solution arrives when you least expect it and this step was no different.


Why now you might ask? My blog has always been something close to my heart – in a matter of fact designed by life started out as a humble blog 3 years ago. It was in the month of June that I wrote my first 3 articles but only gathered the courage to ‘put them out into the world’ a few weeks later. Little did I know this brave move will completely change my life and become the cornerstone of my now coaching business.

It also served as an outlet for creativity that my then job didn’t really facilitate. The blog helped me connect with like-minded people and naturally led me to new resources, books and events that I was thoroughly enjoying. I honestly thought I must have been living under a rock until that time for not knowing about the world I was being introduced to.

Even though I am still very passionate about bringing you fresh content each month, I no longer have the capacity to commit to writing each week like I used to before. So the idea of inviting contributors was born and with that I was fortunate enough to meet the perfect candidate.


Meet Charlotte Brady. Through a mutual friend we met up, talked and got along instantly. It’s not often that I meet someone whose path reminds me of my own but in a slightly different context. She has made some brave decisions and followed her intuition that took her to different countries and continents. The stories she shared gave me goose bumps. I honestly could’ve listened to her for hours and still would’ve been ‘hungry for more’.

I am very excited to share that Charlotte has accepted my invitation to become a contributor to DBL and she’ll be sharing her thoughts and stories here each month.

Please join me in welcoming Charlotte.

“Hello. I’m Charlotte – creative and curious at heart, I write to inform, paint and dance for play and communicate for a living. For the last decade, the latter has predominantly been working as a Manager of all sorts within the PR, Advertising and Brand space, and currently as a Strategic Brand & Communication Consultant in Colorado Springs, US.

As creative agencies are usually synonymous with high staff turnover and burn out (understandable in a collaborative, project driven, fast-past, ego-filled and creatively demanding space), working within these environments unsurprisingly culminated in not only the usual growth that comes with career development, but also the growth of a rather strong passion for fostering employee (your) well-being and mental health at work, and in love and life (yep it’s all connected).

Using global research, personal experience (of my own and others), supported by a Masters Degree exploring Human Resources, Organisational Psychology and Employee (your) Welfare, I have developed meditation programmes, workshops, articles, as well as a book (soon to be published) discussing the latest findings and practice on this subject. As it turns out, with ‘collaborative, project-driven, fast-paced and creatively demanding’ now describing many of the industries you’re working within, the impact of work on your life is not limited to creative agencies, as is the lack of key life skills to counter this. And, as life would have it, responsibility for change predominantly starts with you.

I hope that my collection of words can give you an awareness of those misconceptions and truths that support the positive development of your strongest asset (your mind), all to help you have a more balanced (healthy) and successful life no matter what goals and adventures you choose.”

Charlotte’s first story is now live and you can read it here. I hope you will love it as much as I do.


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