As a former professional figure skater, I spent my entire childhood and teenage years around the ice rink skating, exercising, competing and working hard towards achieving my goals. The older I became, the more intense the training became, and it quickly became clear that the only way to succeed and also live a balanced life was to take care of myself, both physically and mentally. After my sports career ended, it took me several years for me to find a balanced healthy diet and exercise routine that fit my life outside the professional sports arena.
The following 20 years, I have been a global senior marketing executive in various corporate environments. During that time, my life was filled with long working hours, back to back meetings, too much time behind the computer, a busy travel schedule and bad quality sleep. After having a baby, trying to balance my life got even more difficult. I suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and was very close to a burnout. Regular exercise and a somewhat healthy diet were not enough to compensate for the imbalance in the other areas of my life.
My final wake up call to the importance of holistic health, self-care and wellbeing came when I took care of my best friend who was dying from cancer. The months after her passing involved a lot of self-reflection; while I had achieved my goals in terms of my career and I was living the life I had always imagined, there was still something missing. This was the turning point where I began to focus my passion for wellness and self care into a profession and became a holistic health and wellness coach*.
Through working on my own wellbeing, and finding the balance to achieve happiness, I became committed to helping others on this same journey. My passion comes from wanting to help others transform their lives, be it in a professional context, privately or both, with simple changes step by step, to live the best and happiest lives possible.
*The Institute For Integrative Nutrition