Amy Crawley

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Amy Crawley is a travelling (Veggie) graduate.

Amy’s passion in life since a child has been to travel and see as much of the world as she can.  She had travelling around Australia, Asia, Europe, USA and Canada.

After studying her degree in Zoology she has now decided to move to Australia on a working Visa. She is now beginning her second year and shows now sign of slowing down.

Amy will be writing about her experiences, travel tips and hacks for travelling.


Sylvia Hall

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Sylvia Hall has been the custodian at Sir Paul McCartney’s former home in Liverpool for five years. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, Sylvia gives presentations about Paul’s musical journey from schoolboy to Beatle, tells McCartney family stories as relayed by Paul and Mike and gives background and social history. Visitor comments on Trip Advisor affirm that Sylvia ‘brings the house to life’.

Born in a Derbyshire mining village Sylvia went to Grammar school, became a ‘cub reporter’ for ‘The Derbyshire Times’ at the age of seventeen, worked for radio Derby and then gave up journalism to attend Nottingham University.

‘I so valued going to University because I went as a mature student and overcame a few barriers to get there. I had two children at the time and a first husband who opposed my doing a degree course. Earlier on my father had opposed me going into the sixth form at school. My GCE results weren’t great, I’d been too busy following bands and going to ‘all-nighters’ so my Dad took me to the Viyella factory to get me a job doing ‘piece work’.  I negotiated hard with my parents and they agreed I could do a secretarial course. I was a lousy secretary but the shorthand and typing paid off because later I got a job at the local newspaper.

After acquiring a BA Honours degree, Sylvia took a post-grad course and taught English and Drama at secondary level in comprehensive schools and the private sector.  She also taught in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Egypt and is a LAMDA qualified Speech and Drama teacher.

When Sylvia’s husband Colin was a Fullbright exchange teacher to Vashon Island in Washington State, Sylvia wrote a regular column for The Guardian about social, environmental and education issues in the USA.

It was on Vashon that Sylvia began her first novel on a borrowed and battered typewriter. Sitting overlooking the Pacific Sound toward the Olympic peninsular, Sylvia wrote, ‘When You Can’t Say No’, her first novel for young adults. This was published by Scholastic. Other novels followed, ‘Don’t Forget To Dance’; ‘No Fear’; ‘Knife Edge’ and The Maya Brown, ‘Circle of Fire’ series. Her short stories and poems have been included in published anthologies.

Sylvia has written plays with music, which have been performed in schools and by Youth theatre groups. One of the plays, ‘ The Making of Menaline Moon’ is about famous women in history and the fight for women’s suffrage. Sylvia wrote this after teaching sixth form at an all girls school and realising the girls were going out to conquer the world but had no knowledge of how hard women had fought for the opportunities they now enjoyed . Sylvia also reviews music and books for BBC radio Merseyside.

Sylvia’s husband Colin is from Liverpool and she has come to love her adopted city. She has three children. Alex, James and Hannah.

Sarah McBride

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Sarah McBride is the founder of Kapucia, she has been on a plant based diet for over 20 years for purely compassionate reasons, which lead her to study the physical effects on the body. She has been working on the effects of emotions on the physical body for over 10 years, starting with herself; reversing many long term health issues. Re-programming her own beliefs to create the life that she desired and is now able to help others. She decided to bring together all of her passions and many of the practitioners she has worked or trained with under one roof by founding the concept of Kapucia.

She holds a BA Hons in English Language and Literature is a Qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Source Awakening Practitioner and Ho’oponopono Practitioner, a Certified Master in Shamanic Spirit Release, Raw Food Nutritionist, a Stress Management Trainer with the Stress Management Society whilst currently working towards a Detoxification Qualification.

Check out Kapucia here

Located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, Kapucia is a wellness hub, which offers a space for individuals to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. The unique space marries together a collective of authentic teachings including personal development workshops, yoga and meditation classes and alternative therapies for overall health, healing and general wellbeing.

Our mission is to create a community of like-minded individuals in one common place to share experiences, practices and knowledge. We achieve this by hosting a wide range of leading expert practitioners in their field to facilitate events and workshops and bringing cutting edge technology to take the guess work out of why you are ill.

We also guide others who wish to explore a path towards compassionate and healthier eating through plant based nutrition seminars, networking events, documentary evenings and serving 100% organic and vegan food and drinks – all in plant based compostable packaging.

The ultimate goal of Kapucia is to help each and every person to achieve mind, body and soul connection.

The facilities are set in a 2,200 square feet basement area, which include disabled access and lift. There is underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout, both ladies and gents showers and W.C. and lockers. There are 3 fully equipped therapy rooms all with sinks, a mezzanine seating area serving drinks and snacks and a small outdoor seated area.

For rental of the space/rooms or collaboration opportunities please contact us as

Suzie Price


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 Suzie Price completed her Gong Master training with International Gong Master Don Conreaux in June 2014. She also facilitates chanting circles, a fantastic healing and joy manifesting experience, at various locations. Suzie can be contacted on 07779 498683 or 

For news about her events see

Natasha McKenzie

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Natasha is a beautiful mother and founder/owner of Crafty Occasions Liverpool.

Here is a little bit of her story so far:

I have always had an interest in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember, whenever I go into a store I am always drawn to the stationary/craft section looking for anything pretty and inspiring and I can even remember doing this as a child. When I left school, I became a nursery nurse and continued this career path for 10 years until I had my own children. It was then that I decided I wanted to go to university with the aim on becoming a teacher so that I could be off during the holidays with my children whilst continuing to work with children which I loved. I started university when my children were aged 2 years and 9 months old, during this time we decided to have our youngest christened but we couldn’t afford to buy invitations as my husband was in university too and money was tight. I decided to make my own invitations and found it to be very therapeutic, which really helped me as I was suffering badly with post-natal depression which had continued from the birth of my first child then following the birth of my second and I really wasn’t in a good place at all. After I gave out my daughter’s christening invitations people began to ask me if I would make invitations for them too, I would tell them where to buy everything and I would take on the task of making their invites purely for the therapeutic benefits I got from it.

Around that time Facebook had not long started and so I decided to set up a business page to see how things would go, we needed the extra cash and people told me my work was good…so why not?! Slowly but surely, I started to build a customer base, I was even being booked out by children’s centres to do craft tables on open days or to do some craft work with the young mum’s groups which I loved because I could relate to them so much, especially those suffering with PND, it was so rewarding for me to see them getting something out of each session and really opening up about their feelings.

When I finished university an opportunity arose for a retail unit, so I gave it my all, did some extra training for balloons and opened a shop in Woolton village where I provided everything required for a special occasion from invitations, balloons, banners, venue dressing, gifts, cards and more. However the enjoyment quickly began to drain from what I loved to do, the venue dressing and balloon side of things was taking me away from what little time I had with my family at weekends when customers were having their parties and the stress took its toll on my depression so I decided to close the shop and find a job. After several years of working within children’s services I had another baby who began to show signs of being poorly from around 2 months old so we were in and out of hospitals and clinics and she was diagnosed with a disability, she never slept so I was constantly exhausted and my biggest fear was that with all the pressure and stress…my depression would rear its ugly head. I decided that I wasn’t going to go back to work because I wouldn’t have been able to hold a job down with all the hospital appointments and lack of sleep so I started my crafting again for the therapeutic benefits and it really has helped me.

I threw myself into my business, doing what makes me happy and in turn I make other people happy with my work. My work fits around my family and I feel like I have found my real calling in life. I am having a website built at the moment so that I can sell giftware and stationary for anyone wanting to make their own invitations etc.. Exciting times ahead for Crafty Occasions Liverpool!

Check out Crafty Occasions Facebook HERE

Heather Toner

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Heather is a big fan of clean eating and tries to follow a vegan diet when possible. She also loves fitness and health.

Heather will be writing about clean eating and fitness, giving us some recipes, tips and tricks on food, beauty and fitness.

Alyssa Cruise

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About Alyssa

Speaker, holistic life coach & mentor Alyssa is passionate about inspiring you to achieve your personal goals and dreams. Alyssa works holistically, empowering you to develop the self- belief and confidence to excel at whatever your dream is.

Alyssa will show you how to build upon the strengths that you already have. In her uplifting and creative approaches, she works with individuals and groups, facilitating their personal development journey.

Check out Alyssa’s blog here

Diane Cannon

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Hello to all the wonderful readers of the Miss Chief new website.

I am so honoured to have been asked to contribute to this amazing new website and without wanting to bore you, I thought it would be a good idea to just give you a little background on me and the reason I am covering as much as I can to do with health & wellbeing and how important it is to look after yourself on the inside as well as the outside.

My name is Di Cannon and I have lived in Liverpool all my life….all 50 years of them. I have had the good fortune of being raised by a very loving family and although I doubt my mum, after having 4 children, was expecting to have another little bundle of joy at the age of 40, she did and here I am to tell the tale.

My parents worked hard all their life and that’s the environment I was raised in.  I left school and started work at the National Girobank 2 weeks before my 17th birthday and having served the company for 25 years, I finally left in 2008 to start my own consultancy business and I have never looked back.

My company helps other businesses grow by getting them ready for finance/funding… before you turn off, I am not going to put you to sleep about double digit growth or Brexit, there is actually a reason I need you to know this as working with so many companies over the years opened my eyes to my passion and that is health & well being. Some of the business owners have looked at me as though I have gone a little mad when I tell them they must create a happier & healthier workplace because ultimately if staff are happy & healthy then they perform at their best….I think we can all relate to that.  I now get the best of everything as my business owners listen and make changes wherever possible to do this so I can put my passion and business together and make a real difference.

Sadly in 2013 I was hit with a personal tragedy when my niece who was re diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and this vile disease killed her in December 2014 at the young age of 38. Claire was originally diagnosed in early 2000 when her mum spotted a mole on her back that just didn’t look right.  After a number of visits to doctors and finally an oncologist, she was diagnosed with early stages of melanoma.  Back in 2000 I don’t think any of us would know what melanoma was, we certainly didn’t think it was a killer but it was and it is.  Claire had her mole removed and was given the ‘all clear’ 3 years later.  We now sadly know, you never really get the all clear and in 2013 when taking a shower she found a lump under her arm which turned out to be stage four melanoma. The following 12 months went by with chemotherapy, radiation and then finally she was days away from getting on a new melanoma drug trial only to find there was a tumour on her brain.

This photo was taken on her wedding day 2 years before she died.

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