I am two worlds come together. I am in between spaces. Part of one, part of the other, not quite sure where I belonged. Until I figured it out, I belong to me.
So nice to meet you. Let me tell you a little story about myself.
Half Japanese, half Belgian, born in the UK and raised in The Netherlands, a Ha-fu (what I’m called in Japan), an ATCK (Adult Third Culture Kid), a highly sensitive person, I spent a large chunk of my life just trying to fit in and belong. While I now consider my heritage a beautiful asset, this wasn’t always the way.
Growing up with this mixed background opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to easily adapt to other cultures and people. My sensitivity meant that I could easily tune into other people and the environment around me. I’m known for my ability to find harmony and bring different people and perspectives together. There’s a peacemaker hiding in there somewhere!
But the ability to adapt and tune in so easily meant that I somehow also lost myself. The need to belong, to be part of something, meant that I developed an unhealthy need to achieve, to prove myself worthy of belonging. My coaching journey then began many years ago as a teenager when I had my first depression, the first in a range to follow. This sparked a deep interest in personal development. Initially as a way of understanding and healing myself but later on much more as a way of helping others.
I see amazing potential in you.
When you shed the many layers of who you think you should be, and be who you are.
I believe it’s the ultimate road to happiness.
My personal mission has always been to contribute to a world that was bigger than my own. Fueled by a deep interest and passion for people, their welfare and the art of living. This led me to start my career working in international development, and later on led me to my current path, life coaching.
My journey has been one of learning to deal with depression and high sensitivity, lack of confidence, fear of failure, cultivating courage and ultimately self-acceptance. It’s a beautiful work in progress. This personal experience has been matched with formal training as a coach, starting in 2013 at Het Europees Instituut (De Baak Management School, The Netherlands) and continued in Bali with life coach and author Carl Massy in 2015. I’m also known as a personal development book junkie, and ongoing education and growth are high priorities for me. It never really stops does it?
Nor does the journey…
My latest adventure involved really going after my own dreams and taking the plunge. That meant quitting my day job a few years ago, packing up my life, setting up a location-independent lifestyle, and working as a life coach to help others stop holding themselves back from the life they truly desire.