My Story

Maureen Sharphouse
stuck  on a treadmill

In the 1990’s I was over stressed, over exhausted and working sixty to eighty hours a week with two jobs.

I was in an unhappy and stressful marriage, was the main breadwinner, had huge financial pressures and was grieving the loss of my father.  I was struggling to keep on top of running my home and look after my teenage kids.

I felt I was stuck on a treadmill, trapped in circumstances, and could see no options or choices.

Every day was the same old same struggle. It felt  more like an existence to me than  a life. 

 putting me last

I had suffered poor health in my twenties and thirties and had never completely recovered. I was aware with every year that passed I was  feeling more and more  unwell again.   I knew inside I couldn’t  keep going like this and my inner voice was yelling “there must be more to life!” 

I was a proud perfectionist however and had a fear of failure, and a fear of judgment of others, not to mention bills to pay.  I put on a ‘brave front’ to my family and employer, and told myself I should accept my lot although it felt second best.

The problem was I was putting my needs last. I saw everyone else’s health and needs and happiness as more important than mine.

I was feeling increasingly physically ill and exhausted.  

I felt stuck in a downward spiral  and completely  lost sight of ‘me’.

Maureen Sharphousestruck  by the sword of damocles

Looking back now I can see it was inevitable that something had to happen to stop me.

The Sword of Damocles chose its moment, and boy oh boy did it strike me hard!

Violent muscle spasms and pain  engulfed me. ‘Electric shocks’ flew around my body. I struggled  to walk and kept losing my balance.  I got double vision and felt totally out of control.

Too ill to work, my employer couldn’t  keep my job open for me – and so I lost my job which added to the  financial pressure.

After exhaustive hospital tests and many different diagnoses, I was told it looked like I had a serious neurological illness for which there was no cure.

Maureen SharphouseThe Downward Spiral

Very quickly, I got progressively worse and had to move to a bungalow with ramped access.

I was registered disabled, relied on carers, and awarded disability benefits for life as my health wasn’t expected to improve.

I was told to accept  my illness, and accept my life, and accept the limitations my illness imposed on me.

I lost my ability to toilet myself, had major and permanent bowel surgery, and had to use a wheelchair to get around outdoors.

Enough is Enough!

On 27th  November 2002, in a defining moment, the horror of my reality hit me.  It dawned on me in that instant, I had another thirty or forty more years of the same!

I realised I couldn’t live like that. My whole being revolted against that future.

I was only forty six years old and I felt I hadn’t fully lived!

I stamped my foot  and said ‘Enough is Enough!’ that morning. I decided to  do all I could to transform my

I dug deep for courage  and envisaged a happy and healthy me,  feeling alive and  running up hills with my dogs and laughing.

I committed to do whatever it took, for however long it took,  to transform my life and make that picture real.

My life today of no limits

Today, I  am happier and feel healthier than I have ever been. 

I live a life of passion and purpose, and have a wonderful family and home life.

I feel alive in every sense of the word,  and love being ‘me’.

My weekends are spent up the hills or around the shores of Loch Leven walking my gorgeous dogs with my soul mate and husband of seven years Peter.

I created my own incredible recovery,  and totally transformed my life both at an inner and outer level. I am currently  writing a book about it which will be published next year.

Maureen Sharphouse - Coach, Speaker, MentorMy Life today Helping others

Following crafting my own incredible recovery I went on to study and train with world experts in the mind and motivational fields including Dr Richard Bandler, John & Kathleen LaValle, and the renowned hypnotist Paul McKenna.

I am an International Coach Federation (ICF)  Professional Coach, a Transformative Life Coach, Success and Mindset Coach,  and a Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Since I set up my coaching practice in 2010  I have passionately helped scores of my clients achieve the transformations they long for in their lives.


maureensharphouse.comEmotional, Inspirational, Motivational. 3 words that best describe Maureen and her services.” Colin Rigby.

 “I feel encouraged, supported, empowered and believed in. Maureen is an amazing coach.” UK Tennis Professional

“Maureen has been the catalyst and instigator of real change in me. I cannot recommend Maureen   and her coaching highly enough.” Mark Wiggins.


# update  2017: life often takes twists and turns! 

It is important for me to be truly open and honest and authentic in all I do –  and during 2016 and as we now have moved into 2017 my life’s journey is developing in a way that I hadn’t envisaged. Living in truth is important – so I want you to know……

I want you to know that sometimes in life the ‘unexpected happens’. We don’t always ask for the challenges life gives us, or are in any way responsible for them happening to us.

Over this last year I  have been  finding myself  once again being challenged by pain and deterioration in my physical health.  Scans and investigations have confirmed that I have bi-lateral neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome and  pectoralis minor syndrome –  and degenerative disc disease in my neck and spine. 

What is this period in my life  teaching me?  

It’s teaching me  I am not  super woman,  I am human and vulnerable. It’s teaching me that  I am not invincible, I don’t have a protective shield around me – I am the same as everyone else.

It is teaching me  that physical illness and challenging circumstances can still happen even when we practice self care and self love,  and are emotionally, spiritually and mentally in an amazing place. 

Above all, (and this is mega!) it’s teaching me that everything in my external world doesn’t need to be 100% perfect for me to feel alive, complete and whole! 

#Pause for thought : When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to take ownership of  the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your  power is. Your true power lies within! 


I have a deepening awareness that :  

I am completely without fear of any kind and a deep knowing that I can handle whatever life throws at me. 

I feel safe, secure and supported by something much bigger than ‘me’.

I feel alive in each and every sense of the word- with all my senses acutely open.

I have a deep inner peace and happiness that is unshakable, and  move forwards in my life with complete trust and faith.

I have an ever growing  awareness that we are all spiritual beings having a physical experience on this earth.

I am not my body. I am not my mind. I am spirit.  I am ME! 

Maureen SharphouseAnd that’s a pretty big message to share!  

it’s awesome!

For if I can find  inner peace and happiness, transcend all fear and live with trust and faith, you can.

If I can feel alive,  complete and whole despite not everything in my life being ‘perfect’ you can too.

And that’s why I have chosen to update you on what’s going on for me, and share that message with you now.

With much love. May you find inner peace, courage and strength to deal with whatever challenges you may be going through.

May you  connect with the spirit within you and let it shine, fly and soar.

Get in touch if you’d like to have more information about my Coaching Programmes (which will continue to evolve this year to reflect my ever deepening spiritual awareness), receive my regular email updates/newsletter, or want to explore getting my personal help.

You can drop me an email maureen@maureensharphouse or give me a call on 07850 671216 (Code for the UK is +44).


Maureen Sharphouse x






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