I grew up in the Netherlands in a harmonious family where no topic was a taboo. For example, talking about our dreams. My parents taught me that the sky is the limit and that taking action was the only way to make them come to life. They taught me to work hard, be determined, trust myself and to never give up. It got me to where I am today and I am very grateful for it.
I was able to realize many of my dreams: completing a university degree, being fit & healthy, undertaking adventurous travels, finding a dedicated life partner, establishing long-term relationships with friends, being successful in business, becoming financially independent and immigrating to beautiful BC, Canada. The most recent dream I realized was to become a certified professional coach.
From a young age I knew I would not live my whole life in the Netherlands. I was looking for adventure, for living an outdoors lifestyle, wanting to spend more time in the greatness of nature. My first visit to Canada was in 1992, together with my first husband, and we fell in love with the wilderness and vastness of BC. We knew we belonged to this place. But the immigration policies were not in our favor. It took us many years to get here and we were rejected twice.
We kept coming back for holidays though. Every time I landed I could feel my heart open up. So I never gave up hope. Finally – in the spring of 2005 – we became landed immigrants.
We had to radically change our lives around though, which was exciting and painful at the same time. We hired a manager to run the successful company we had been dedicated to for many years and eventually sold it. It was tough to leave everything we knew behind, dear grown-up children, siblings, parents, other family members and old friendships. And selling our self-built, lovely home.
‘All that to realize your dream?’ you might think…
It has been worth it! For a number of years I did nothing but living my dream: skiing deep powder every winter, hiking wilderness trails, watching wildlife, traveling, windsurfing mighty lakes, handcrafting ceramics and growing my own fruit and vegetables.
Then some serious bumps on the road showed up. I came to realize that, even though I loved my husband of 25 years, I wasn’t happy with the direction our marriage had gone into. I wanted things to change and also missed a deeper meaning in my life.
I attended Tony Robbins’ event Unleash The Power Within and walked on fire. Two weeks later I attended The Coaches Training Institute’s Fundamentals coaching course, led by two veteran women coaches. The passion they had for their lives and their work! And the powerful questions they we’re asking:
What is your dream? What is important for you? What do you really want?
Well, I knew I wanted more of this and registered for the whole CTI curriculum and Certification program. Coaching has been – and still is – a liberating journey for me. Becoming aware of my limiting beliefs. Getting clear on what I really want in my life. Overcoming fear in order to realize my goals and dreams. I also found meaning in helping others realizing their dreams.
Sometimes my dreams seemed impossible and of course I have been in pain and endured hardship. But I never gave up. I would not have been able to do it without those who believed in me. Everyone needs help and encouragement. That is exactly where I come into your life!
I am a living example of going after inspired dreams. I make things happen. And I want that for you as well. I value connection, laughter, freedom, vitality, nature and courage. I hold my clients gently while I also expect them to be committed and work for their goals. By putting in the hard work is how we transform and how we’ll find meaning and fulfillment in life.
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I am a Dutch immigrant to BC Canada and bring over 20 years of entrepreneurship and a background in marketing, communications and recruitment. My education includes a Bachelor degree in Marketing & Communications from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht the Netherlands and I speak several languages. I started, owned and sold a successful business in the Netherlands. In August 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach (CPCC), trained by the world’s leading coach training school The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and member of the International Coach Federation ICF.