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Born and raised in Germany, I’ve lived and worked in Stirling, London, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Aguascalientes, Dallas, and Manhattan, before landing in Brooklyn.

I’ve been a secretary, an executive assistant, a recruiter, a leadership coach, and a corporate trainer. I love coaching with a personality type and cross-cultural twist, and I also teach calligraphy and offer letter-based design services.


I founded Building the Life You Want ("...wherever you are") to help out other expats and 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 an accredited personal coach, an experienced 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 2008, I have worked with small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as middle- and higher level managers in the oil, telecommunication, insurance, consumer products, manufacturing, and biotech industries.

  • Accelerating their adaptation and effectiveness at work and at home for expats and their spouses in 50+ culture trainings

  • Raising awareness about cultural differences, enhancing team building, and effective communication in multi-country group workshops with corporate and non-profit clients like The DO School,

  • Debriefing 100+ individual MBTI® results, with a focus on career transition, relationship building, conflict and change management

  • Facilitating Type workshops, focusing on e.g. team work, communication, and project management

  • Working on work-life balance issues, entrepreneurship, passion, and creativity with happy coaching clients in over 100 hours

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You can view testimonials and endorsements on my LinkedIn profile

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 continuous 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, reading, hand lettering, calligraphy, movies, anything with a Scottish or Irish accent, sleeping, music, swearing, comedians, brain-stuff, pizza, equality, and freedom. Not necessarily in that order. Our families think we’re nuts because hubby and I follow a whole foods, plant-based diet. I’m a German with ENFJ preferences and he’s a Spaniard with INTP preferences. I’ve had my last alcoholic drink (a shot of whisky) on January 24th, 2018. When I'm not talking Type and Culture, I draw letters and practice calligraphy. Learn Copperplate Calligraphy with my Skillshare class here:, check out my creative services website here: and follow me on Instagram here: