About Lombe

I was born in Zambia and lived there till the age of 12 then my family moved to England where I have spent the last 29 years of my life so I have the privilege of a multicultural upbringing.

I say privilege because growing up on 2 continents in a developing and developed country gives me a different perspective on life and how to deal with its modern-day challenges. I am very proud of my heritage and it is something that helped me adjust easily to moving to a new country at a young age and integrating myself into a new society and way of living.

I am a husband and father of two daughters, one recently entered double digits age and our oldest daughter became a teenager during the 2020 pandemic lockdown and she is on a mission of teaching me all about patience and compassion.

My profession

Becoming a high school teacher was my way of joining the family business.

My mother is a retired Maths teacher and my father was a computer engineer among many things before he retired to become a full-time farmer so becoming a Computer Science teacher was a combination of their professions.

Teaching give me the reward of helping young people unlock their potential by overcoming barriers to their learning. I have the privilege of Shaping the minds of tomorrow and that is what keeps me motivated especially during a global pandemic.
Our work here at The Dads Life Development is aligns perfectly with my calling to shape the minds of tomorrow because I get focus on empowering fathers and supporting them beyond my classroom walls.

Personal development

Before fatherhood and married life my love for running and playing tennis balanced the “sedentary” life of a high school teacher. In reality you don’t get to sit around much but you are on your feet all day long. Without boundaries around your time you can easily work every hour under the sun which is what I did.

Teaching all day then working late into the night planning lessons, marking work and tapping into some late night transatlantic professional development meant I was burning the candle at both ends and sleep was my main sacrifice.

As the quality of my sleep went so did my health choices and when I became a dad for the first time, they were nonexistent. Between work at work, work at home and the sleep deprivation that goes with newborns I ate what was convenient and slept when I could.

The decision to start taking better care of my health didn’t come because of some health scare. Firstly, I got sick and tired of being the reason my team lost tennis matches. Even though I had the skill my lack of speed around the court and stamina got in the way of that. The second reason was that I wanted to live life in a way that meant when I was older my health or lack of it wouldn’t make me a burden to my wife and daughters.

I kind of knew about personal development but I thought it was just about reading self-help books and watching motivational videos. What I didn’t realise was that working on your health and fitness was also personal development.

Exercise became the habit I worked on and I used it as my main vehicle to self-improvement.

The movements I do al me to enjoy life in a way that gives me more time with my wife and daughters now and in the long term. Being disciplined over how I move my body and fuel it improved how I manage my time, make better decisions and do things more efficiently.

Dads Life Development is the opportunity to bring dads together so they can grow through their shared journeys. All dads have triumphs and tribulations but they shouldn’t have experience them alone. Creating a virtual space that supports growing dads is important because it was something I didn’t have when I began my journey of self-improvement as a dad and it is the vehicle to help us achieve our mission of ‘changing the world one dad.