Hi, I’m Nicky

I’m the creator of Diamond Minds, helping people like you breakthrough your blocks by using imaginative journaling and coaching.


I used journaling during the stressful periods in my life – moving countries, moving homes, relationship breakdown. Now I use it for creative thinking, gathering insights, renewing motivation and strengths-finding!


I love working with individuals and organisations brimming with ideas, hungry for growth, with creative sparks and love for their work popping from the moment they wake up! And yet, there is something getting in their way. That’s where I come in. I help clients move from block to breakthrough using creative approaches of journaling and coaching. I am creative and enthusiastic – and grounded and practical. In journaling I invoke imagination and play as, often, writing from “I” can be tiring. What is needed to jolt us out of our habitual or negative thinking are creative prompts.

I always thought the world didn’t end at the end of my street!


Growing up on the tiny island of Guernsey, I felt the pull of the other side, beyond St Peter Port Harbour! And stepping out, I…


…..spent about a decade working overseas – Russia mostly, in Moscow and Ekaterinburg. I also lived in the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, France and Germany.  I went on many work trips to Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria for human rights organisations.

……I co-founded and ran a number of companies. Raise Your Game, a social enterprise which supported the young unemployed start their own businesses in London, and coached young students in pupil referral units and youth offending. Even earlier, I co-founded Communicating Cultures which worked in Russia on an ethnic minorities and the media project with partners the BBC Training School in Ekaterinburg and the Interethnic Cooperation Centre which is still going strong!

……wrote….all kinds of writing…short stories, poems, flash, creative non-fiction, journals, research. Here’s a ditty



About Diamond Minds

  • Are you a stretched start-up or freelancer lacking time for reflection?
  • Do you feel if you take a day off you’ll fall behind?
  • Are you constantly feeling like there’s no end to your to-do list?

If yes, then journaling  (one2one or group sessions online or offline) are for you. Journaling is becoming the productivity and mindset development tool for busy professionals. Leaders of great companies use journals for reflection, clarity, decision making and developing a growth mind-set.

Also one-to-one coaching or team coaching can help you raise self-awareness so as to enhance your skills and performance.


Everyone harnessing the power of journaling and coaching to build their best life


Activate your inner self to find your voice, gain clarity and thrive through journaling and coaching.


Writing is power    spontaneous, messy, anything-goes-writing gets you closer to your emotional truth

Honesty is energy   in touch with your true inner self to do your best work

Creativity is freedom    activate your imagination to set you free

Resourcefulness is innate    everything you need is right here

Reflection ignites    pause leads to insight and innovation

Courage    on the edge of our fear is where we grow



Journaling for professional development and wellbeing

Let’s start your journaling habit for a more productive you. One page at a time.

As a journaling coach I stimulate your free writing with imaginative prompts – from poems, fiction, songs, images, headlines, book titles, curious questions and sentence starters and more.  We use different forms of writing – a letter, a manifesto, a list, poems, shapes, mind-maps, dialogue, sketches, recipes and more. I ask coaching questions to help you tease out key points and extract learnings. I offer tips and techniques to keep up a journaling practice.

Coaching  career, business and relocation

Coaching is transformational. I have been coaching since my first training course way back in 2008! I have a wealth of tools and approaches to assist you in developing your career, bringing a business idea into reality, or managing life-changing relocation assignments.

I am a creative thinker, deep listener, ask probing questions, help you reflect and draw out insights, commit to action and keep on track.

Team Coaching – Sharpen Your Saw 
This coaching is brilliant for learning from others to develop your professional skills and mindset. We summarise our current block, we listen, we question, we reflect on what we hear and declare our action steps.






Contributions in these anthologies, plus flash in various online publications (Vine Leaves Press, Wandering Words and more)


Guest blogs on Journaling for Business and Professional Success




Blog on business lessons from Dragon’s Den

Research Articles & Toolkits

  Lapidus Journal Autumn 2019: Amazon.co.uk: International, Lapidus, Baker, Francesca: 9781699647493: Books

Book Reviews



The Bulletin of the Association for Coaching, summer 2013

Edge magazine, Institute for Leadership and Development



TEACHING – Writing Courses

Creative Writing Tutor

For various adult learning providers (WEA – Workers Education Association and Chapel Park Community Centre)

  • Start Your Story,
  • Start Your Memoir
  • Place and Identity
  • Reading for Wellbeing
  • Writing for Wellbeing

Personal Development Tutor

Accredited personal development courses, employability courses and more for adult learning providers, including Morley College, London, Lambeth Adult Learning and social enterprise, Reprezent.

Education Materials Writer
Various including for the Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE) and English language publishers.