As a former professional figure skater, I spent my entire childhood and teenage years around the ice rink skating, practising, 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 was to take care of myself physically, emotionally, and mentally. After my sports career ended, it took me several years for me to find a balanced and healthy lifestyle 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, and a busy travel schedule. After having a baby, trying to balance my life got even more difficult. I suffered from stress related 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 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 into a profession and became a holistic Health & Wellness coach* and a Certified Neuro Change Practitioner**.
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 step by step changes, to live the best and happiest lives possible.
*The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, United States
** Neuro Change Institute, Australia