What makes you wake up every day?
The willingness to see what the day may bring. The curiosity and drive for new experience, regardless of what it may be. The awareness of the fact that we only live once, and there’s no time to waste if I want to make all my plans and dreams come true And on those days when I have workshops or meet with my clients for coaching sessions, the curiosity of what new discoveries will be made.
Where/ how you find the passion every single day?
I’ll be honest with you – it’s NOT there every single day! Shocking, right? There are days when I just wake up feeling it – especially on those days when I know I’ll be working closely with my clients, because those meetings are my fuel. I love to see how people start to “see the light” because their faces and whole beings lighten up as soon as they realise that they’re not alone in their struggles, that there are people who go through similar things and deal with similar problems. It’s really amazing to watch people find answers to their burning questions, to find strength and willingness to take a chance and make a change. What it all comes down to though, is that we all need other people, friends, someone to talk to and to listen to us. We need connection. However, there are also days when I can’t feel it. This is when I am patient with myself, I give myself time and allow myself to regain balance. My ways of finding the balance are: listening to music, sitting in silence, sometimes spending a few hours binge watching “Friends” or other laugh-out-loud-movie, meeting with my growth-peers who help me see what I may be missing, or simply getting really tired physically by a good work-out session. There’s no one way to regain passion, you have to find your own fuel, this spark which re-ignites the fire within you. You also need to know what helps you unwind and declutter your mind. I realised that most of the time when I don’t feel passion or I don’t know what to do next, there’s just too much on my mind. That’s why I am talking about finding balance.
What is the story behind your InspireMe bracelets? Why you decided you would like to have something special, that will remind you of who you are every day?
The reason why I reached out to Aga from InspireMe was the will to have a custom made reminder of my Inner Hero. This Hero, or rather Heroine of mine reminds me of my strengths, my abilities and shows me how much more I am capable of. Remembering about this Heroine, and my special symbols, helps me to stay grounded and authentic. Whenever I wonder what to do, what decision to make, which way to go, I always take a look at one certain photo which includes both of my power symbols: an Indian girl and a black cougar. This image reminds me of who I am, how I got to where I am, and how far I can go. It also reminds me what I need to take into account when making an important decision – my inner strength, courage and most importantly my inner voice which has been guiding me for a while.
What are the symbols that remind you of the “deep inside you” ?
My power symbols, as mentioned above, are an Indian Girl and a Black Cougar. However, to be able to incorporate those symbols into bracelets, Aga and I had a great talk about the story and the symbols themselves. We both agreed that we need to find colours and smaller symbols which would reflect the bigger picture. We agreed on earthy colours (beige, brown, green, gold) mixed with my power colour – red. The symbols we used are: a heart with imprinted paw (so so amazing!!), a cougar, leaves, and pendants which symbolise feathers.
Why do you think, the bracelets can really give you the courage?
It’s not the bracelets themselves but what stands behind them: the journey I took to find my Inner Heroes, the process of growth and deeper understanding of myself, the process of fully accepting and embracing my flaws, the permissions I’ve given myself – permission not to be perfect and not to always have all the answers. I have always had strong personality and I have always followed my truth, however discovering my Power Symbols helped me feel more complete and more certain of the choices I have made.
What inspires you the most in life?
People and their stories. I deeply regret that as people, especially in the western cultures, we have lost the ability to tell stories and ability to listen to stories. I don’t think there’s anything more inspirational and uplifting than stories of courage of other people, stories of amazing achievements, stories of tearful reunions, stories of strength, perseverance and creativity of other people. This is why I love books and interviews with amazing people, because they have always made me go “wow!” and think: “If they can do this, I can do anything too!”. A great example of inspiring interviews can be found all over the internet but my “go to” would be those done by Oprah (oh so obvious) and Marie Forleo (check that Woman out!). I adore good people and people who are inspirational, and the world is filled with them, you just have to pay attention. And there’s also music… a huge part of my life, my source of energy, good mood, smile, motivation, calming sounds. I pretty much have a song/playlist for every single stage of my life. My life without music (and dancing!!) would not be the same.