Hi, I'm Ellennice to meet you
I have been told I am inspiring and shiny with spirit, which is nice.
I’m a creative, a holistic coach, a yoga teacher & student and a multifaceted human who doesn’t love labels but admits to their usefulness at times.
Below you can find out more about me & if you like what you read maybe we’ll work together in some way.
The work I do is rooted in a desire to support positive change – for individuals, for society for the planet. I believe it is time to question and challenge the way we’ve always done things, the way we’ve been told our lives, our work, our identities ‘should’ be.
Radical wellbeing is at the heart of everything I do. This means considering wellbeing in a holistic way; as part of a society, a culture. Not an isolated part of our lives, but something that is interconnected to every other aspect. Inherited & learned beliefs, societal conditioning, the systems we live under – these all play a part.
We’re all changing our labels all of the time, so if we become too attached to them limit our ability to change. If we label others too much, we can confine them and prevent ourselves from experiencing the fullness of them. However, labels can also help us to understand the world, others and ourselves. Here are some of the labels I associate with myself.
Leo sun, Scorpio Moon, Virgo Rising
I am an enthusiasm spreader and I can reawaken passion for an idea in an instant. Give me a creative problem or question and I will generate more ideas than you could use in a year at lightning speed.
I’m an introvert who loves, and is excellent at, public speaking.
I am experienced in self-doubt, imposter syndrome, crippling lack of confidence and sense of self-worth.
I have experience of living with chronic illness and the mind-body impacts of developmental trauma.
I am a big tea lover, and have a whole cupboard dedicated to it.
I frequently carry too many things (yes, that could be a metaphor for my life) and am learning to hold less.
I am someone who has historically struggled a lot with rest and am now a HUGE advocate for it.
I really recommend making a list of all of your achievemets, whatever comes to mind. Big, small, medium – whatever. We don’t look back at all the amazing things we’ve done enough.
Founded a theatre company in 2011
With next to no idea what I was doing. There have been many ups and downs and changes, but that company is still going. Read about it here.
Written, directed & produced 6 theatre productions
I’ve written 3 plays, all of which I also directed & produced. I’ve directed & produced work in a derelict market, & for Brighton & Edinburgh Fringes. My first ever production sold out all nights of its Brighton Fringe run.
Failed very publicly, very massively
One show I wrote, directed & produced was a huge failure. I struggled with that. I also survived, and continued making. I gained my long-term collaborative partner from that failure. I learnt a lot.
Moved city, started a new business
Moved from Brighton to Manchester, after 9 years in Brighton. Started a new yoga & holistic health business (Being Change), and also did what I needed to support myself by getting part-time work.
Survived a global pandemic
Covid, honestly, was like a huge Tower Tarot card moment for me (not into Tarot, think wading through the dust of the crumbled foundations of everything you thought you knew). There was a lot of navigating of business & personal upheaval. A lot of trauma to deal with (& still being processed), & multiple burnouts. I survived, though. And I’m still here, still running a business & figuring out this doing life in a way that works for me thing.
Some of the jobs I’ve done & do
- Sales assistant
- Student Union run letting agency property manager
- Grant writer, including as an Access Support worker
- Theatre Duty Manager
- Yoga teacher
- Web designer
- Virtual assistant
- Business support
- Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
Qualifications & training I have
- Holistic Coach, certified by the IPHM
- Yin Yoga teacher (trained with Norman Blair)
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Trauma Therapy Manchester)
- Yoga with Resistance Bands teacher training (Laurel Beversdorf)
- Mindful Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher (200hr Training – Be-Yoga)
- First Class BAhons, Drama and English Literature, University of Sussex
You could say I have a portfolio career, I prefer to think of it as a collage career. I share all of this here because it’s all part of who I am, of my journey. Society tells us work, careers, life should be a straight line of progression. Nice and neat and orderly; that just isn’t true. Whatever your own squiggly line of life and work is, I encourage you to own it all as part of your story and your journey.
I wholeheartedly believe in the power of non-linear living.
Seasonal living as taught in Ayurvedic philosophy, Tradititional Chinese Medicine and the Pagan Wheel of the Year are big parts of my own personal practice & the work I share.
Over the past 5 years I’ve been exploring connecting to the cycles of the season; my menstrual cycle; the lunar cycles.
A few last things
I have burned out many times caused by: toxic productivity, work=worth culture, beliefs that once kept me safe and now don’t serve me, socialisation as a woman.
An awareness of, and sensitivity towards, trauma has become increasingly important in my work in recent years. I’m a trauma sensitive yoga teacher, and will be taking an accredited trauma informed yoga teacher course in late 2023.
Yoga and Gretchen Rubin started my journey of self-development, self-knowledge, creating a life I actually want. Still working on it all, probably always will be.
I love young adult fiction and movies.
One day I will write a book, maybe even multiple books