Guiding you to live your life on purpose, claim your joy, be in your power and fully embrace the gifts this season of motherhood brings.

a brief introduction

DANIELLE BROOKER

Joy Activation Coach, Mama, Writer, Podcaster

Hi, I’m Danielle.

Joy Activation Coach, Mama, coffee snob, and sacred space holder.

I guide ambitious, busy and always-on Mamas (and those in ‘mothering roles’) to ditch their overwhelm and step into their joy.

I believe that joy is not just a nice to have, it’s a necessity – one that requires daily practice. And, unlocking ourselves from busy is the fastest and most sustainable way to experience a life that completely lights us up regardless of all the demands on your time and energy.

My pregnancy, birthing and mamahood journey catalysed a deepening of the work I do and I’m on a mission for Mamas to reclaim this powerful season of life and live in their fullness.

I’m the first to tell you that feeling bad is just as good for you as feeling good. It’s just that we’ve lost touch with feeling good. We spend too much time focused on our stress, our busyness and our overwhelm. Joy gets limited airtime in our lives – so when we come to wanting it, we don’t know how to experience it.

I offer one-to-one coaching programmes, group experiences, digital courses and very special in person events. I’m here to help your big-hearted, ambitious self, to unapologetically redefine mothering on your own terms and live your most joyful life.

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  • I’m a Mama to a toddler and gave birth at home, after a mega global move about 10 weeks earlier.
  • I got started in coaching after a decade in government policy, economics and health charity roles. I was the one always putting my hand up for more trainings, workshops and mentoring. Those roles taught me how to think big, connect the dots, write effectively and take into account other people’s views.
  • I LOVE being in the kitchen, but I need plenty of spaciousness and have been learning new ways to cook a feast one-handed with baby on hip in this season of life!
  • One of my first jobs was at Maccas (that’s what Aussies love to call McDonalds) and I loved it. I still mop with the same technique I was taught at that job, precision and support for your back! I also haven’t been into a Maccas for about 20 years.
  • I’ve been reading personal growth books since I could read. I also used to love the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. I think it was the adventure, problem-solving, and team spirit of them that appealed so much.
  • I was born in South Africa, moved to Australia when I was nine, lived in London for almost a decade and now reside in Sydney, Australia.
  • Living in London was a ‘pipedream’. Something I always imagined but it felt too distant for it to be real. I finally got sick of watching everyone else ‘do it’ so packed my bags with very little savings and jumped on a plane. I now consider myself to have two homes – London and Australia.
  • I’ve watched reruns of all ten Friends seasons at least ten times. I’m a combo Phoebe-Monica-Chandler.
  • I cry in most movies, the original Lion King included.
  • I can speak Japanese and lived there for a year teaching English. I started learning the language when I was ten and kept it up all through my university years despite it being an elective only.
  • I bake the best choc chip cookies with the simplest recipe ever. Or, so I’ve been told.
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WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY

Danielle is an empowering genuine and brilliant life coach. She has helped me reconnect with me, helped me tap into an inner power within me that I did not know I had. My coaching experience with her has been invaluable investment of resources, efforts and time.

In just a few sessions with Danielle I regained the confidence, motivation and self-understanding that has made a hugely positive and sustainable impact to my happiness and wellbeing.

Danielle step-changed the way I perceive and process my thoughts and the way I react inwardly and outwardly to testing situations. Her arsenal of easy-to-use tools and her accommodating, warm, considered and constructive coaching has made me a far calmer person and helped me practise greater tolerance and empathy in my everyday life.
 

It has given me a feeling of strength to face my fears, but also, grounded me in a way that I can learn to accept and cherish who I am.

I was looking for space to reconnect with myself and find some inner strength where I could rebuild and move forward with confidence again. As a result I felt permission to feel and accept whatever it was that I was feeling. I feel ‘me’ again.

I feel like a different person. I would definitely recommend investing with The Daisy Patch. It has changed my life. I found it hard to show up in my  personal life and work. Now, I am able to confidently  show up and truly believe in my abilities. I also understand my strengths and understand how to use it to empower me in other aspects of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I appreciate that Danielle is able to get me back to what we are supposed to work on. I like where she takes me. How she insists on places where I don’t even see that I am resisting. I have learned a lot, mainly to pay attention (to my emotions and my body) and to trust, that whatever comes was supposed to come. Danielle is a good companion to help you make progress.
 

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They tell you not to tidy the house. Rest when the baby sleeps. Monitor sleep cycles, patterns and ‘awake’ windows. They tell you to take care of yourself, take a bath! Eat well! Call a friend!

But when you’re at the limits of your physical, mental & emotional capacity these things all feel like an affront. A pushing when all you need is a softening. What if tidying the house is actually the best thing you could do for yourself right now? If tidying softened the tension, & made you feel that little bit clearer today?

And what if sleeping, especially when your little one sleeps, is just the worst ever. Your head races even more and by the time you have eventually drifted off into deep deep slumber you’re awakened with a start – a cry, the post person knocking at your front door, the coffee machine burring in the kitchen.

As a self-help lover, incessant learner, & hands-up-for-anything new & growth oriented person – not following all the advice is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Because, let’s face it – there’s just so much of it out there! It all looks and feels so inviting. Especially that person on Instagram who just posted holiday photos in Bali whilst holding their baby on their hip, cocktail in hand and grinning ear to ear. (Did you really sleep last night?).

Advice is incredible. Necessary. Vital even for the fabric of your support system. BUT leaning on it too heavily, too often and mostly too blindly simply won’t get you the relief you are craving deep down in your body. It’s likely the reason why after a 6 month coaching program you still kept working late hours, crying to your boyfriend each night and forgetting to finally book in for that blood test you promised yourself would be your next best step to taking care of your health.

The BEST possible advice is that which is filtered through your very own unique soul system. If you’re waking up tired, feeling exhausted with household responsibilities, forgetting things on your To-Do list, snapping at your partner, or finding that last hour of the day almost insurmountable on some days – chances are you are subconsciously trying to do it all & follow all the advice. 😉 You always know best. ❤
They tell you not to tidy the house. Rest when the baby sleeps. Monitor sleep cycles, patterns and ‘awake’ windows. They tell you to take care of yourself, take a bath! Eat well! Call a friend! But when you’re at the limits of your physical, mental & emotional capacity these things all feel like an affront. A pushing when all you need is a softening. What if tidying the house is actually the best thing you could do for yourself right now? If tidying softened the tension, & made you feel that little bit clearer today? And what if sleeping, especially when your little one sleeps, is just the worst ever. Your head races even more and by the time you have eventually drifted off into deep deep slumber you’re awakened with a start – a cry, the post person knocking at your front door, the coffee machine burring in the kitchen. As a self-help lover, incessant learner, & hands-up-for-anything new & growth oriented person – not following all the advice is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Because, let’s face it – there’s just so much of it out there! It all looks and feels so inviting. Especially that person on Instagram who just posted holiday photos in Bali whilst holding their baby on their hip, cocktail in hand and grinning ear to ear. (Did you really sleep last night?). Advice is incredible. Necessary. Vital even for the fabric of your support system. BUT leaning on it too heavily, too often and mostly too blindly simply won’t get you the relief you are craving deep down in your body. It’s likely the reason why after a 6 month coaching program you still kept working late hours, crying to your boyfriend each night and forgetting to finally book in for that blood test you promised yourself would be your next best step to taking care of your health. The BEST possible advice is that which is filtered through your very own unique soul system. If you’re waking up tired, feeling exhausted with household responsibilities, forgetting things on your To-Do list, snapping at your partner, or finding that last hour of the day almost insurmountable on some days – chances are you are subconsciously trying to do it all & follow all the advice. 😉 You always know best. ❤
They tell you not to tidy the house. To rest when the baby sleeps. To monitor sleep cycles, patterns and ‘awake’ windows.

They tell you to take care of yourself, to take a bath! Eat well! Call a friend!

But when you’re at the limits of your physical, mental and emotional capacity these things all feel like an affront. A pushing when all you need is a softening.

What if tidying the house is actually the best thing you could do for yourself right now? If tidying softened the tension, and made you feel that little bit clearer today?

And what if sleeping, especially when your little one sleeps, is just the worst ever. Your head races even more and by the time you have eventually drifted off into deep deep slumber you’re awakened with a start – a cry, the post person knocking at your front door, the coffee machine burring in the kitchen.

I’ve spent more than a decade rewiring my brain to be okay with doing things my way, noticing how much more enlivened, confident, vibrant and healthy I’ve felt doing so.

As a self-help lover, incessant learner, and hands-up-for-anything new and growth oriented person – not following all the advice is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do....

There’s just so much of it out there! And it all looks and feels so inviting. Especially that person on Instagram who just posted holiday photos in Bali whilst holding their baby on their hip, cocktail in hand and grinning ear to ear. (Did you really sleep last night?).

Advice is incredible. Necessary. Vital even for the fabric of your support system. BUT leaning on it too heavily, too often and mostly too blindly simply won’t get you the relief you are craving deep down in your body. It’s likely the reason why after a 6 month coaching program you still kept working late hours, crying to your boyfriend each night and forgetting to finally book in for that blood teblood test you promised yourself would be your next best step to taking care of your health.

Ultimately the BEST advice is the advice that is filtered through your very own unique soul system. Passing it over your heart. Allowing it to rest in your body.

Listen to that inner knowing. Gather the advice, and filter it.
They tell you not to tidy the house. To rest when the baby sleeps. To monitor sleep cycles, patterns and ‘awake’ windows. They tell you to take care of yourself, to take a bath! Eat well! Call a friend! But when you’re at the limits of your physical, mental and emotional capacity these things all feel like an affront. A pushing when all you need is a softening. What if tidying the house is actually the best thing you could do for yourself right now? If tidying softened the tension, and made you feel that little bit clearer today? And what if sleeping, especially when your little one sleeps, is just the worst ever. Your head races even more and by the time you have eventually drifted off into deep deep slumber you’re awakened with a start – a cry, the post person knocking at your front door, the coffee machine burring in the kitchen. I’ve spent more than a decade rewiring my brain to be okay with doing things my way, noticing how much more enlivened, confident, vibrant and healthy I’ve felt doing so. As a self-help lover, incessant learner, and hands-up-for-anything new and growth oriented person – not following all the advice is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.... There’s just so much of it out there! And it all looks and feels so inviting. Especially that person on Instagram who just posted holiday photos in Bali whilst holding their baby on their hip, cocktail in hand and grinning ear to ear. (Did you really sleep last night?). Advice is incredible. Necessary. Vital even for the fabric of your support system. BUT leaning on it too heavily, too often and mostly too blindly simply won’t get you the relief you are craving deep down in your body. It’s likely the reason why after a 6 month coaching program you still kept working late hours, crying to your boyfriend each night and forgetting to finally book in for that blood teblood test you promised yourself would be your next best step to taking care of your health. Ultimately the BEST advice is the advice that is filtered through your very own unique soul system. Passing it over your heart. Allowing it to rest in your body. Listen to that inner knowing. Gather the advice, and filter it.
If I'm completely transparent - some days it feels like I don't get to do *anything* I
If I'm completely transparent - some days it feels like I don't get to do *anything* I "used to" be able to do since becoming a Mama. My long solo coffee dates spent journaling, writing, meeting and talking to creative strangers, planning or simply staring into space - vanished. But what I *do* get to do has a whole new energy about it. Intense. Powerful. Hard. Soft. Creative. Expansive. I get to bring my little person into my days. Full integration. Showing them how Mama finds her moments of calm, of creativity, of grounding. Sure, coffee shop dates truly are different. But when I've chosen to go with the flow of the day whilst still bringing them with me, that's when the true magic shows up. Why's this so important for you to hear today? Because motherhood brings up our most intense inner control freaks, in subtle ways you may not have noticed just yet. 👉 telling yourself you can't do something because you have your little person in tow 👉 feeling disconnected but not making any social plans 👉 stressing out about what to cook for dinner every day 👉 buying every possible book, course and toy that promises to make your parenting life more "conscious" and your little person more vibrant, creative, healthy and taken care of These are just some of the ways our inner control freak can mess with our days. 😉 Which one resonates most with you? Let me know below 👇 And if you're curious how releasing this control can soften your days, leave you feeling calm at bedtime and even ramp up how loved you feel in your relationship then sign up for my newsletter as I'll be writing much more on these topics. 😉🥰 #motherhood #controlfreak #consciousparenting #mamajoy #joyfulparenting #motherhoodcoach momlife #fulfilled fulfilledlife #consciuouscoach #joycoach #newmama #motherhoodjourney
Hi 👋 I’m Danielle. Mama, writer, Joy Coach, avid self-help reader, lover of travel, adventure and exceptional ☕️ 

I’ve been busy, stressed out, and burnt out. I’ve meditated, downward-dogged and avoided gluten. I’ve felt the best  could ever imagine. And, I’ve felt the worst.

I moved across the world to a city I’d never lived in, 6 months pregnant, in the middle of a global pandemic. All to take action towards my dreams.

It was tough. And it was rewarding. I birthed my baby at home, with my partner holding me, literally.

Entering motherhood was everything and nothing like I imagined. It’s pushed me beyond any emotional capacity I’ve ever been asked to experience. I’ve been on my knees sobbing on the bathroom floor not believing I could get up again. And I’ve been bursting with so much joy I thought my cheeks would explode.

I’ve loved my partner and seen him in the most incredible light ever. And, I’ve resented him. I’ve grieved my ‘old life’ and I’ve cherished my ‘new’.

I’ve had to return to my toolbox and give it an entire upgrade. One that meets me where I’m at right now.

Motherhood is courageous. I’m here to take your hand and show you back to your place of safety and strength, so you can fully expand into this season of life. So you can live your most joyful life and feel your most vibrant self.

Exciting updates coming in the next few months. Be sure to sign up to my newsletter for all the love, guidance and practical tools to add to your own toolbox. 💗 >>> www.thedaisypatch.co.uk/weekly 💌

#motherscircle #motherhoodcoach #joyjourney #mamajoyride #mamajoy #Sydneymotherscoach #londonmotherscoach #postpartum #joycoach #seasonsoflife #matrescence
Hi 👋 I’m Danielle. Mama, writer, Joy Coach, avid self-help reader, lover of travel, adventure and exceptional ☕️ I’ve been busy, stressed out, and burnt out. I’ve meditated, downward-dogged and avoided gluten. I’ve felt the best could ever imagine. And, I’ve felt the worst. I moved across the world to a city I’d never lived in, 6 months pregnant, in the middle of a global pandemic. All to take action towards my dreams. It was tough. And it was rewarding. I birthed my baby at home, with my partner holding me, literally. Entering motherhood was everything and nothing like I imagined. It’s pushed me beyond any emotional capacity I’ve ever been asked to experience. I’ve been on my knees sobbing on the bathroom floor not believing I could get up again. And I’ve been bursting with so much joy I thought my cheeks would explode. I’ve loved my partner and seen him in the most incredible light ever. And, I’ve resented him. I’ve grieved my ‘old life’ and I’ve cherished my ‘new’. I’ve had to return to my toolbox and give it an entire upgrade. One that meets me where I’m at right now. Motherhood is courageous. I’m here to take your hand and show you back to your place of safety and strength, so you can fully expand into this season of life. So you can live your most joyful life and feel your most vibrant self. Exciting updates coming in the next few months. Be sure to sign up to my newsletter for all the love, guidance and practical tools to add to your own toolbox. 💗 >>> www.thedaisypatch.co.uk/weekly 💌 #motherscircle #motherhoodcoach #joyjourney #mamajoyride #mamajoy #Sydneymotherscoach #londonmotherscoach #postpartum #joycoach #seasonsoflife #matrescence
On a scale of 0-10, how much of a control freak are you?

I used to get myself in the biggest tizz when things didn't go to plan. As a big planner, lover of organisation AND high achiever, things not following a perfect sequence = big fail (and me feeling out of control).

Yet despite my best efforts to huff and puff my way back to certainty in those moments, inevitably they would leave me a crumbled stressed out mess.

These days I'm 1000% better than I used to be BUT I still find my inner control freak surfacing...

... Like this morning when all I wanted to do was get a coffee and go to a Mothers' Circle. And my little person would not have a bar of it. 

1.5hrs later I found myself still clutching to negotiations about getting into the car ... and then something beautiful happened ...

An inner part of me saw the opportunity to RELEASE. Surrender to what was in front of me. Let go of the certainty for favour of whatever was to come next.

I felt my whole body calm almost instantly. Sent a text to cancel my attendance at the Circle. Messaged my partner to release some sadness, ask for support and acknowledge Mama's tiredness (acknowledging my feelings is always a healthy release).

And then I got to what was in front of me. Asked my little person what they needed. We walked along the street to look at some roadworks. We had a little morning tea picnic in the garden. We cuddled and giggled.

And ... this Mama did get her coffee after all. Just not in the way (nor timing) she expected. 😉☕️

Being open to life's unpredictability is one of the sweetest gifts you could ever give yourself.

And if you're feeling confronted by any of this or intrigued to give it a go, my book is full of practical tips for doing so 👌🎊✨️ Check out it out at www.freedomfrombusy.com or DM me
On a scale of 0-10, how much of a control freak are you? I used to get myself in the biggest tizz when things didn't go to plan. As a big planner, lover of organisation AND high achiever, things not following a perfect sequence = big fail (and me feeling out of control). Yet despite my best efforts to huff and puff my way back to certainty in those moments, inevitably they would leave me a crumbled stressed out mess. These days I'm 1000% better than I used to be BUT I still find my inner control freak surfacing... ... Like this morning when all I wanted to do was get a coffee and go to a Mothers' Circle. And my little person would not have a bar of it. 1.5hrs later I found myself still clutching to negotiations about getting into the car ... and then something beautiful happened ... An inner part of me saw the opportunity to RELEASE. Surrender to what was in front of me. Let go of the certainty for favour of whatever was to come next. I felt my whole body calm almost instantly. Sent a text to cancel my attendance at the Circle. Messaged my partner to release some sadness, ask for support and acknowledge Mama's tiredness (acknowledging my feelings is always a healthy release). And then I got to what was in front of me. Asked my little person what they needed. We walked along the street to look at some roadworks. We had a little morning tea picnic in the garden. We cuddled and giggled. And ... this Mama did get her coffee after all. Just not in the way (nor timing) she expected. 😉☕️ Being open to life's unpredictability is one of the sweetest gifts you could ever give yourself. And if you're feeling confronted by any of this or intrigued to give it a go, my book is full of practical tips for doing so 👌🎊✨️ Check out it out at www.freedomfrombusy.com or DM me "BOOK" and I'll send you a free chapter. 😉✨️💖 Here's to giving up control and welcoming in calm. #chaostocalm #restorenervoussystem #mamahealth #mamamentalload #Motherscircle #freedomfrombusy #mamajoy #toddlertime #motherhood #motherhoodcoach