Puja K McClymont is a Tottenham woman who helps guide people towards their goals. As a life coach, she runs her own business Frankly Coaching, and also recently became a mentor at LYST (London Youth Support Trust), a Tottenham based organisation who help young people set up their own businesses. Rachel Ho caught up with PuJa to find out more.
Photo supplied: Puja K McClymont, founder of Frankly Coaching
Where did you grow up and what did your parents do?
I grew up in West London. My dad worked as the original Willy Wonka; he used to work for a Chocolate factory, and then he went to TFL when the company moved to Wales. My mum is a teacher for kids with special needs.
Describe your relationship to Tottenham.
I moved here ten years ago, buying my first home at 27. I wanted to live somewhere completely different to make it my own. I enjoy living here - it’s extremely vibrant and buzzing especially over the last few years. There’s a lovely sense of community - being recognised as a regular shopper in stores which is always nice.
What is Frankly Coaching and why did you start it?
I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave from my very cool job as Head of PR for a global destination marketing agency- I basically did the PR in the UK for New York, Ontario, Hawaii, Chile amongst others. I had been dabbling with coaching/counselling since my bout of depression in 2012 and the redundancy was a great opportunity to get on with my purpose. I set up the practice to help support others with depression but most importantly to help ambitious people prevent burnout as a result of doing too much.
Photo supplied: Champneys Eastwell Manor where Puja has run retreats.
You've also have recently become a mentor for LYST. Tell us more about that...
As part of the Coaching teachings, giving back is an essential element to help make us whole, have perspective and learn what happiness is. I’m too emotional to work with young people which is my first choice so mentoring with LYST was the perfect balance of working with ambitious young people with their businesses. I support them on their entrepreneurial journey through business coaching support and marketing mentoring. I love what LYST do - wish it was around when I was younger - and I love seeing people thrive.
As a woman, how do you think Tottenham has changed? What would you like to see change?
I’ve never felt unsafe inTottenham - this might be a mix of street smarts and common sense but I have seen and heard things that could be improved. I know the police are doing lot to tidy up some of the presence of people who are a nuisance but more should definitely be done. I have been solicited for money by the same man for 10 years at at the same bus stop whom actually lives near me and drives a car! I would like to see more regeneration done to suit the professionals living in the area similar to what has been done with Stoke Newington. We seem to be a lot slower in making this happen.
Favourite thing to do in Tottenham?
Walking. I live just next to the canal and have walked ever since I moved to the area. Beautiful walks.
Anything you would like to add?
I wouldn’t mind seeing a well-being centre added, more childcare options and facilities for kids (our weather limits so much of what we can do with kids). As a working mum (especially as there are a lot of creatives living in the area too), I’d like to see co-working spaces that would also support childcare needs.
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