In 2008, I was living a life most of us can only dream of.

I was a lingerie and swimwear designer based in the US, working in a high-pressure, highly-paid job that allowed me to travel the world.I had been head-hunted by US lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret in 1997, and then moved on to work on GAP Body, among other top brands.

When my marriage collapsed later in 2008, I was left no choice but to re-evaluate everything.

After months of angst and soul-searching, I left America, bringing my two young children and moving them back to live in England with nothing – and no paid employment lined up. I felt that my world had imploded. I had no idea where I was going to go or how I was going to provide for my children.

But being a single mother and working in the kind of high-pressure environment I had been used to, I quickly realised that it just wasn’t going to work, so I decided I could do stuff for myself and help others at the same time.

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