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Life is a set of stepping stones


Kia Ora ..... Welcome . Its been a while since I sat and had a chat with you all. But here I am live from my kitchen table here in Nelson with the sun streaming through the window and I felt inspired to share with you all my thoughts and pondering of the last wee while.


I have been thinking a lot recently about how life is really one long set of stepping stones. When you really reflect on this it will amaze you and make you have a real aha moment of the journey of your life. These stepping stones and your journey come from both good ,difficult and challenging situations. My first stepping stone came from growing up in a beautiful home in a small village called Newby in the heart of North Yorkshire. It was here that I learnt to cook, standing on a stool next to my Mum - Ma. Everything happened for us in the kitchen. We got dressed in the morning, warmed ourselves around the fire on a cold winters afternoon. Our summers were hot and we would spend hours riding around on our bikes and building dens in hedgerows. My heart smiles when I think of these precious memories.  Its no surprise that I ended up having a career as a chef, which has allowed me to work and travel around the world.



The next big stepping stone in my life happened at the start of this year when my husband Wayne and I decided openly and honestly with each other that our chapter together as a married couple had come to an end. It was a terribly hard decision to come to , but we needed to be honest. We decided that we would make this huge move with love and respect for each other and I feel incredibly proud of us, for doing just that.


Wayne has stayed in Hamilton and I moved back to Nelson. My spiritual home, a town so bathed in beauty it takes your breathe away everyday. I have a beautiful home with a spectacular view of the ocean. I have connected with and made so many amazing new friends and I feel at home. I love the option of going for a walk down the beach, or in the bush or often by the river. I am back to riding my bike, with a smile spread wide at how lucky I feel to be here and the magic this wonderful town creates for me.


I have had many experiences throughout my life and gained so much life experience as my steps have lead me from one stone to the next. I recently qualified as a Health and Wellness Coach. I feel at the perfect place in my life to help support, encourage, guide and inspire my future clients to Be the Best they can be in all areas of there life.


Charley Chop Chop and my passion for inspiring children and families to eat well will also continue and I feel blessed that I have been able to combine these passions which remain close to my heart.


I will write a blog post here on in ever month. But I felt I should share with you what has been happening.


This month I encourage you to.


  • Spend time reflecting on your own stepping stone journey, feel proud of every step you have taken.

  • I encourage you all to have dinner sitting at the dining table, use this time to connect with your family. It's a precious time and your children are much more likely to eat all of there dinner to !!

  • Have a good look around my new beautiful website.

  • Drink lots of water, sleep well, laugh often. Be gentle on yourself. Take time out for yourself. Hug often. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and be happy.

What"s Coming up


Spring into Summer Retreat

5 - 7 October Rongo Retreat, Karamea

Find out more at

Spaces are limited and filling up fast 


Be the sparkle in the world you were born to Be Be Brilliant 


Love and blessings today and always Charley xxx







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"I loved being at Charley's workshop, so much so that I decided to host my own, and look forward to hosting again. Charley's recipes are delicious, nutritious, and easy to learn, even for someone like me who is not a very experienced cook.

- Laura Loghry June 2018.

"Charley was brilliant. I so enjoyed the time being coached by Charley. Charley knew when to ask the right questions, when to dig a little deeper and when to challenge me. Her holistic approach to health and wellbeing was just what I needed and my whole family has benefited from the process"

- Liddy Aislabie March 2018