In more words
… I’m coming from a challenging background, which taught me 2 things: thinking outside the box, and sensitivity to social justice.
Looking for new perspectives and solutions is what I was ‘trained’ to do since my childhood, and that’s how I ended up training myself later on in postmodern approaches to psychotherapy and coaching, where I’ve learned to open more possibilities for/with my clients as well.
The sensitivity to social justice brought me quite naturally to activism and intercultural work. I spent a couple of years empowering foreigners to rebuild a sense of belonging and dignity on one hand, while inviting locals to engage in conversations and actions with people from different cultural background. Doing good, empowering, and building communities are still important values in my coaching and counselling practice.
… I experienced burnout a couple of years ago. Slowing down, coaching, connecting with nature and reconnecting with my strengths brought back joy and fulfillment. It taught me to put wellbeing in the first place, be sustainable with my time and energy, put my heart into things that meet my strengths. It is a valuable experience I draw from when working with university students, teachers, social workers, activists, parents…
… At a women leadership workshop we were asked about our role models. My grandma turns 93 this year. She raised 10 kids, survived many tragedies, but she is still full of jokes, hope, and dignity. She taught me to ‘hurry slowly’ – a saying we have that she embodies with grace. I remember she used to comb my hair very slowly, and in the same time much faster than my multitasking, ultrafast mum (who is good at other things). That’s hurrying slowly.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.