The past 20 years
Over the past 20 years I have been on my own journey of self-discovery. As a young woman I faced many of the issues our culture presents us with. For me, they could be summed up in ‘If you have this, if you look a certain way, if you do this...then you’ll be happy!’ Of course - that sort of happiness was only ever short-lived, the next thing would come along, and I would find ways to attain it.
During this time I bought a copy of The Four Agreements
, by Don Miguel Ruiz
. This book had a huge impact on me. It explained how you are never going to be truly happy if you believe the lies that you are telling yourself: ‘I’m not smart enough, I’m not pretty enough, I’m not good enough etc etc.’ This made so much sense to me - though I admit I also felt a little frustrated - how could I actually change all of these thoughts? Was it even possible?
To help me explore this, I found a coach who was a direct student of Don Miguel Ruiz, who gave me practical exercises to do. Through them I got a better understanding of my self-limiting beliefs and behaviours, and more importantly - they gave me ways of changing them!
20 years later and I am still on a path to self-discovery and exploration. It will be an ongoing journey to keep honouring who I am through all the changes that life brings. We are all complex and beautiful beings who are always evolving and changing - yet within all those changes is the unique person that I am - that you are.
A bit about my professional background: I have always been fascinated by beauty. By ‘beauty’ I mean beauty in all its forms: beauty in nature, color, art, people, animals, creative expressions, interior design, music etc. After I finished my masters degree, I wanted to create a career in ‘beauty’ so I went to makeup school in Paris. I wanted to work in makeup because I loved how, with a couple of simple tricks and tips you can not only look, but also feel better.
A 15 year-long career in the international cosmetics world followed, working for brands like Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Becca and MAC Cosmetics; travelling from South Africa to Finland and many places in between.
During this time I learned one universal truth: everybody wants to look and feel their best, no matter your gender or nationality. Nobody gets out of bed in the morning thinking ‘let’s feel and look as crappy as possible today’. We all make an effort to feel good that day.
In my corporate career I managed large, international teams, and I found this part of my job fun and rewarding. This was a perfect ‘playing field’ to practice the things I had been learning during my own self-development process, and I loved coaching people to feel their best, both in their jobs and in their private lives. I wanted to not only focus on the ‘outer beauty’ with makeup but even more so on ‘inner beauty’ so I decided to become a professional coach.
I completed a one year coaching program with Third Space London
(a partnership with New Ventures West
) and got certified as an Integral Coach (ICF recognized). I have completed my Level 1 Internal Family Systems
(IFS) training with the Instituto IFS Madrid.