Breathe Love interview series with Kayleigh Attwood

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Hello, please tell us your name and where you reside?

Kayleigh Attwood and I recently moved to South East London

Please share with us a little about you, describe yourself in five words? 

This was harder than I thought it would be. 2020 was a hugely transformative year for me (well for everyone) and 2021 has started much the same. I would say I am curious, compassionate, creative, a little weird and a dreamer.

Tell us about your journey? What brought you to where you are now?

I’ve always been fascinated by language and the different and even subtle ways we communicate, how what we wear or the music we listen to shares something about ourselves, they are all stories really. It was this fascination that got me interested in subcultures and later branding and how we connect and engage with our communities through shared values and identities. I didn’t realise it at the time but this curiosity is what got me interested in working in communications. I’d initially started out in journalism but my creativity sits a lot on strategic thinking so PR and marketing roles were naturally better aligned. It’s been a long journey over the past ten plus years to find those projects and sectors that light me up. Communications in a corporate setting can often feel like you’re helping the bad guy win so it’s been super important to me to use the same tools to generate positive change, on an individual level and for the collective. I’ve recently set out on my own to focus on living and working in alignment with my values which is leading me to focus more on sustainability and spiritual development projects. We all have a part to play in shaping a better future for ourselves and the planet.

What has been your biggest inspiration with the work that you do and share?

Helping people feel seen and heard is a huge driving force for me. Helping brands and founders find a voice and a genuine connection with a community through mission-led conversation while also making sure their target audiences feel seen and heard, it’s got to be reciprocal. My spiritual practice has been hugely influential in honing this as a strategic tool, watching and listening to the collective and learning to trust your instincts are a valuable guidance system that I’m trying to put into practice daily.

What sparks joy in your life that truly lights you up? (This could be big or small).

I love learning, especially through friends and connections. I’m always on a course of some sort with an increasingly intimidating non-fiction reading pile and a long list of podcasts and documentaries.

What are your favourite soul or self-care practices right now that you can share with us?

EFT has been a game-changer for me. I had been committed to meditating, something I always found challenging but when lockdown first came in I struggled even more. I was recommended tapping by a dear friend and haven’t looked back. I’d also add Tarot which I have been studying this past year and maybe kissing too, is that allowed?

During these times that we are experiencing as a collective, in what ways are you seeing the importance of community?

My female friendships and my relationship with my mum have been a grounding force for me throughout the pandemic. It’s taught me how much I value their time, be it a quick voice note or walk around the park but it’s also deepened our connection with each other, our vulnerability has opened up so much space for more compassion and empathy. This is something that has helped me be a lot more mindful that we are all going through something that we aren’t sharing. In any interaction, casual or otherwise, treating each other with kindness is so transformative.

Inspire our Breathe Love community, share an affirmation, or favourite quote, poem, song or playlist? 

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” Frida Khalo

What was the last sign you received from the universe (if you had one)?That honouring yourself and showing vulnerability in a new relationship can be incredibly healing. It was a big nudge from the universe to speak my truth and open up.

Share with us something that you are really proud of?
After the breakdown of a long term relationship where I had lost a partner, best friend and what felt like my whole life force all at once, I started therapy. A year later I am more grounded, stronger and better connected with myself than I ever imagined possible. In working through that breakup I was able to better understand myself, my past and meet myself in the present moment, so much more aware of the many parts of myself feeling and figuring things out all at once. I am proud of not only making that investment in myself and for doing the work but also for who I am on the other side of it. I can now see that the breakup was a gift because it brought me back to myself. I guess what I want to say is that even when the hardest, most unexpected things happen in life there’s a beauty that will unfold, a softening that will connect you to the deepest parts of yourself and for that, I am so very grateful.

What will you never take for granted?
Being able to hug my mum.

What is your favourite practice that connects you to your heart ki/energy? (Please share a tip, tool or technique to support our wellbeing?

Sitting in gratitude. If I’m honest it’s a practice that easily slips off my list when I’m busy but there’s nothing that connects me to my heart like it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, think of something you are grateful for at that moment, the deeper the better. For me, it always brings grounding and a perspective shift if one’s needed.

Rest the palms of your hands on your heart centre, take a soft breath and share with us a message from your heart?

Let love move through you.

“If you’re feeling overwhelmed, think of something you are grateful for in that moment, the deeper the better.”

Thank YOU for breathing love with us, Kayleigh. What’s coming up next for you?

I am excited to be launching my own project, In Progress Collective, providing communications for brands and founders driving positive change. I’ll be working across the beauty, wellness and tech space championing self-development and sustainability and supporting social awareness initiatives, as well as ‘purposeful partnerships’ connecting experts, brands and charitable organisations to build a brighter future.

Tune in to Kayleigh offerings:

In Progress

I specialise in helping brands and practitioners establish a unique voice with thought-provoking campaigns that will define your space in the market through traditional media features, influencer networks and brand partnerships.

Kayleigh works with clients in a number of ways from initial consultancy and coaching to ongoing support. Every project is tailored to the results you need. I keep things straightforward, whether it’s driving sales, securing those backlinks to boost your SEO or increasing your share of voice.