I have travelled the road less travelled, the road well travelled, and a lot of whacky paths in between.
One of the life-changing paths started with a personal development course in 1999, which caused me to delve into the exciting world of personal development, where I develop an insatiable thirst for knowledge and wisdom, along with physical mind-body practices like yoga and meditation.
As an Australian Army Major at the age of 29, I decided at one point that the box I had learned awesome skills in was just not big enough so I resigned, skipped countries, and took up a role as a Consultant to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. My leap of faith lead to five amazing years consulting to mega sports events across the world.
But it was in 2007, where I finally found the courage to leave my cushy consulting work to follow my true calling of helping people to tap into their full potential. It was time to set up a Coaching practice, with Bali as my main base.
Fast forward a few years and I have now coached CEO’s, elite athletes, world record holders, actors, UN workers, business owners, entrepreneurs and everything in between. I have also presented seminars to companies like Chevron, Aspire Zone, FINN Group and the SWIRE Group. Plus I run adventure retreats abroad and now authored three books (The Guidebook to Happiness, The Guidebook to Optimum Health, and The Guidebook to Authentic Success).
In the end, I just love seeing people tap into (a lot) more of the potential I know they all have. With 20 years of strategic planning skills, plus skills as a NLP master practitioner, reiki master, personal fitness trainer, hypnotherapist, and Coach, I am fascinated to find the little things we can start doing or stop doing, to unlock our latent potential.
Half-Japanese, half Belgian, born in the UK, raised in The Netherlands, a Third Culture Kid or a Ha-fu as they say in Japan, I spent most of my life trying to fit in and belong. My biggest discovery was that belonging and happiness come as a result of knowing and accepting who you are – and that in fact, we have our greatest impact and are happiest when we show up as ourselves.
And so my coaching journey started many years ago. Initially to understand and heal myself, later on much more to serve others. My personal path has been one of learning to deal with depression and high sensitivity, lack of confidence, fear of failure, cultivating courage and ultimately self-acceptance. I’ve matched personal experience with formal coaching training at “Het Europees Instituut” (The Netherlands) in 2013, and later on with Carl Massy in 2015.
Driven by the desire to make a contribution to the world, I worked in international development for close to a decade. This desire ultimately led me to take the plunge and follow my passion – to work as a coach and help people rise to the occasions of their lives and have their greatest impact on the world.