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Portrait No 32 – Jacqueline, Holistic Healer and Spiritual Artist

As you will already know this project is all about people that have turned a hobby or passion into a career. For Jacqueline her business is much more than a passion, its a spiritual journey that she feels is only at the beginning. She’s very open to where that journey may lead her and she brims with passion and enthusiasm when she talks about the varied but interlinked strands of her business.

As well being a recently qualified Reiki Master Jacqueline offers various forms of holistic therapy, including aromatherapy and crystal healing, from her studio in a lovely old building in Rossendale and is soon to be offering meditation classes. As if all that doesn’t keep her busy enough she is also a talented spiritual artist. As well as paintings she showed me some beautiful works in textile.

Although Jacqueline’s business seems to consist of quite diverse strands they are all underpinned and connected by her strong spiritual beliefs and I can’t wait to see where her journey will take her !

Jacqueline’s business is Semple Angelic – her website can be found here and she can be found on Twitter as @Sempleangelic.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography


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Portrait No 11 – Amanda, angel mystic

I’m just catching up on the portraits from my little trip last week, if you haven’t seen it already you really need to read my post about the strange things that happened when I was on my way to see Amanda in Windermere – you can find it here.

I’ve met Amanda once previously at a business event so I already knew how totally passionate she was about her business and how people can connect with their angels and ask for help and guidance. She explained that it was a gift she has always had and used in her own life but only felt guided to turn it into a business when she had to stop running a B&B. She lives in an absolutely beautiful location close to Windermere and has an amazing room with crystals, angel cards and other things that uses in her readings including the divining rods which I got to try.


Amanda offers various readings as well as development courses and has even published a book ! You can find out more about her at  or at her Mystic Moon Facebook page

(All images ©J Broughton Photography


Strange but wonderful happenings on the M6 !

I’ve been off on a little road trip for 50 Portraits ! Headed up to Windermere to meet an angel mystic then back to south Cumbria for a lovely overnight stay in a B&B and then called in at a vintage/antique supplier in Lancaster on my way home.

On my way up the M6 the oddest thing happened, so unusual it deserves a post of it’s own !

I set off for Windermere allowing a good twenty minutes longer than I needed, only to be told by the sat nav that the traffic was heavy, and boy was it heavy ! I joined a queue on the M6 that was going nowhere fast, the traffic news said two lanes were closed due to an accident, the sat nav decided I was over two hours from my destination which in reality should now have been around 45 minutes away. Over the next half hour I covered about three miles, never leaving first gear, more stop than go and just a little thankful I was on my own (hubby would have been doing the typical man in a traffic jam thing ie moaning, a lot). The travel news came on again with the same update, two lanes closed, long delays and I decided it was time to let Amanda, the angel mystic, know that I was going to be very delayed. So I sent a quick text whilst I wasn’t moving and a few minutes later came the reply, “Don’t worry I’m in all day – you need to ask the angels for help”.

Now I’m pretty open minded about these things but the thought went through my head that there wasn’t a great deal could be done by an angel ! I glanced to the side only to see a hearse with a coffin covered in flowers on its way up the hard shoulder passing all the traffic, now I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hearse on a motorway and I’ve certainly never seen one passing traffic before and it prompted me try the angels.

I’m not sure of the etiquette for asking angels for help, so I just asked, politely and out loud, could they kindly do something to improve the traffic, even if it was just a little bit. Lo and behold a couple of minutes later everything started to speed up and five minutes after asking I was speeding up the motorway at 70 again !!

So if you passed a grey Astra on the M6 mid afternoon yesterday, driven by a dark haired woman laughing and talking to herself – that was me, happily thanking those angels 🙂