Dr Yvette Ankrah MBE, Founder of Yvette Ankrah Transformational Coach
Helping women with multiple businesses achieve financial freedom whilst avoiding burnout
The phrase I use to describe myself is ‘recovering overachiever’. Since childhood I’ve pushed and strived to be the very best; everything was a checklist. For far too long, I didn’t know any other way and both my mind and body suffered…
Six years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia – a condition that affects muscles on a daily basis and leads to chronic pain, as well as extreme fatigue, cognitive difficulties and memory loss (known as ‘fibro fog’). I had a two-year-old son and multiple businesses to manage – not to mention the Sociology doctorate I was studying for (an ongoing commitment I’d pursued a few years prior after being told I couldn’t have children!).
At my worst I struggled to walk long distances, play with my son or even remember people’s names. In and out of hospital because I was prone to other conditions, I had to make some serious changes if I was ever going to experience a better quality of life.
Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, I studied long and hard on how I could change my perspectives and habits, as well as understanding my story and creating self-care plans. All of this groundwork led to receiving full NLP accreditation and – most critically – the techniques I’ve employed to shift my own mindset have resulted in the last few months feeling free of all pain.
Ten years after starting my doctorate, which included a period where I had to learn to read again due to fibro fog, I was awarded it this year (my specialism is in belonging, identity, race and class). At the same time I’ve built up my transformational coaching business, where my primary focus is helping women with multiple ventures to put themselves at the actual centre of their work-related objectives by principally understanding who they are – coaching them to retain their sanity through self-care and breaking down any barriers holding them back so they can create healthy, wealthy and sustainable companies.
I’m grateful for all my achievements – especially the MBE I was awarded in 2017 for supporting women in business through a national campaign I co-ordinated as the director of Ankrah Associates – but very proud I’ve transformed my wellbeing.