Gem Kennedy - Body Liberation Coach & Coaching For Activists
Hi, I'm Gem. I’m a queer, intersectional feminist, body activist, coach and mentor. I empower women, non-binary and trans folk to claim their right to take up space in the world as they are right now. I also support activists in their work to avoid the challenges that come from dedicating your life to affecting change.
As a child I was led to believe that my body determined not only my value but also what I could do with my life. I loved to dance and was a keen debater, but as I lost confidence in my body and became trapped in a cycle of dieting and trying to shrink myself, the options I felt were available to me also began to shrink.
At Uni I wore all black (It’s a slimming colour according to Trinny and Susannah!) and spent the majority of my time in my room, convinced that I couldn’t do the things I really wanted until I’d lost weight. I turned my back on who I really was and settled for a life limited to what I believed people like me could achieve.
I’d like to say that when I had my own daughter, at 25, all this changed, but in reality I dieted even more. I didn’t want her to think that being in an “overweight body” was normal. I didn’t want to set a bad example by bingeing or eating “unhealthy foods”. I tried hypnosis, a myriad of diets, clean eating, weight loss pills and even enquired about surgery. I bounced between orthorexia and binge eating disorder and felt like I’d be this way forever.
Several years later I was having coaching and had worked through many of my limiting beliefs in other areas. I felt like the one thing that was still holding me back and that I’d never be able to change was my relationship with my body, so I decided to bring it to a session.
Opening up to my coach was the start of a transformative journey for me. I no longer felt alone in my experience and realised other people were going through this too. I accessed a community of people and support through the body positive and fat activist movements. I was so relieved to have found another way of being it became my whole world.
I’m still recovering from decades of diet culture, but what I now know is:
- My body does not determine my value
- My body is the way through which I exist in the world, rather than being the sum total of my existence
- It’s not about making myself smaller, or punishing myself for eating
- I understand why I think the things I do and where those thoughts have come from
- I know the things I want to do are up to me, and it’s not for anyone else to say I can’t
- I’m kinder to myself
As I began to accept my body, I also began to reconnect with the parts of myself I had denied – my inner activist was reawakened. I became involved in children’s rights and body activism. I chose to home educate my children in a consent based, unschooling environment where they have autonomy over their own choices. Together we have the freedom to challenge societal norms and live in a considered and conscious way.
Are you stuck in a cycle of dieting, losing and gaining weight, restricting and bingeing?
Are you putting your life on hold until you reach that “perfect weight” or dress size?
Are you eternally getting yourself “beach body ready”, losing weight before AND after the festive period?
Are you waking up promising yourself that today will be the day you stick to your “food goals”, only to go to bed beating yourself up for failing, or feeling you don’t have enough will power.
I know what you’re going through, this was my life for over two decades. I’m here to tell you this is bullshit. Your life doesn’t have to be like this. You deserve to take up space in the world exactly as you are.
Through 1:1 coaching and mentoring I empower people like you to:
- Escape diet culture and make peace with your body
- Change your relationship with food
- Feel confident to take up space in the world
- Remove limiting beliefs
- Do the things you want to do right now
Coaching for Activists
Are you feeling overwhelmed and burn out?
Does the idea of explaining your work or activism to someone who doesn’t get it feel more exhausting than it’s worth?
Do you experience periods of frenzied activity, followed by periods of low energy/productivity?
Are you in a period of transition and looking for clarity and direction?
As an activist I know what it feels like to dedicate your life to affecting change. I’m here to support you through the challenges that life as an activist inevitably brings.
Through 1:1 coaching I empower people like you to:
- Manage your time and energy to bring more consistency to your work and avoid burn out
- Formalise your efforts for maximum effectivity
- Think creatively to problem solve and move things forward
- Draw on resources you may not have considered before
- Bring more balance to your work/life blend
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a certified Transformational Coach, holding a Diploma in Transformational Coaching from the Animas Centre for Coaching.
In January 2019, I will undertake a CPD in Group Coaching and in February 2019, I will complete my training as an EFT and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner.
Type of session
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I currently have some availability on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday and Saturday daytime. Please visit my website to book a Discovery Call online: www.gemkennedy.com