Born and raised in Germany, I soon decided the world's too big not to be seen. I loved living in Scotland, England, and Spain. I worked, studied, and had an allround great time.
Until I met my husband, bless him.
After a year in the Canary Islands, his career moved us to Mexico. All of a sudden I was a "trailing spouse" without a purpose or a work permit.
Good bye Europe, hello identity crisis.
It took months of coaching, learning about cultural differences, and personality type to figure out what happened and how to avoid similar challenges in the future.
Hubby and I are happy to report: our transition into the USA was a complete success.
I founded Building the Life You Want ("...wherever you are") to do my piece and try to make the world a happier place, one person at a time.
It started out as helping other accompanying partners feel at home abroad, faster. Over time, this has developed into a more holistic passion for human understanding, personal and professional development, and an appreciation of diversity.
I am a coach, a culture trainer, an MBTI® Master Practitioner, and hold certifications in the Neuroscience of Type, the Berens CORE™ Approach, and a BA in HR Management. Since 2009, I have worked with small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as middle- and higher level managers in the oil, telecommunication, insurance, consumer products, and biotech industries.
I have delivered, facilitated, debriefed, and coached:
· 40+ culture trainings with expats and their spouses, accelerating their adaptation and effectiveness at work and at home
· 4 multi-country group workshops with corporate and non-profit clients like The DO School, enhancing team building and effective communication
· 60+ individual MBTI® results, in service of career transition, relationship building, and conflict management
· More than a dozen Type workshops, facilitating team work and project management
· 15+ coaching clients in over 100 hours, working on work-life balance issues, entrepreneurship, passion, and creativity
· Held weekly onboarding trainings for international new employees at Ericsson in Plano, TX, for 2 ½ years
Co-creating material for in-person and virtual content
· Presented at 3 international conferences
Families in Global Transition, Houston 2009 and Washington DC 2011
Association for Psychological Type International, Miami 2013
· Published a paper
Crossing Cultures with Type, Type in Depth Journal, 2013
· Joined the NetExpat academy as a trainer of trainers
· Conducted qualitative research into how personality type influences cultural adaptation in expats
You can view testimonials and endorsements on my LinkedIn profile.
You don't have to be an expat to work with me!
Sounds corny, but I love people, and I love my job. I’d love for everyone to get along and be happy. Whatever that means for you. If you’re not happy, talk to someone and figure things out. Or if talking’s not your thing, read about other people’s experiences and learn through reflection. Whatever works best, just give it a go.
This is your life we're talking about, not only a career, or a relationship. Building the LIFE you want is a continous process of looking at all the various components. It's not done until you're done. You'll be given the same lesson over and over again until you get it.
It's not enough to read one book.
It's not enough to eat well for one day.
It's not enough to be nice for one day.
It's not enough to be motivated for one day.
It's not enough to think positively for one day.
Learning, growing, developing, being healthy, enjoying loving relationships, having fun with your career, taking care of yourself - all these areas make up your life and need ongoing attention. My clients are healthy, motivated, inspiring people who invest in accountability, reflection, and support while they're going after the one (or more) things they want. I love working with my coaching clients while they're building their life. It's a precious and humbling privilege to be part of their journeys.
What else would you like to know? I like pub quizzes, cider, reading, yoga, movies, anything with a Scottish or Irish accent, sleeping, music, swearing, comedians, brain-stuff, Toastmasters, pizza, equality, and freedom. Our families think we’re nuts because hubby and I follow the whole foods plant-based diet, or healthy vegan for short. I don’t know a lot about religion or politics, and I’d buy anyone who says they’ve got all the answers figured out a drink. Just to listen, mind. Not sure if I’d trust them. And if we ever eat together, there's a good chance I'll take a picture of the food.