I BELIEVE IN OUR DESIRE TO BECOME OUR BEST SELFS, TO ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST, IN GIVING BACK AND SHARING LOVE
If you – kind of like forever – felt like you’re meant to live a life that’s different from the life’s you’ve known – from your parents, peers, and what you usually see around you – we share the same root.
Deep down I always knew I didn’t just want to work for money or have a mediocre relationship.
Probably that’s why as a kid I was obsessed with movies, fairy tales and superhero stories. I absorbed the journey’s of our childhood heroes that went through obstacles, hardships and pain to eventually live happily ever after.
WITHOUT TAKING OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE, YOU’LL END UP LIVING A LIFE YOU NEVER REALLY ASKED FOR
Yet without a great level of awareness of what’s possible once you take ownership of your life, I more or less followed the standard path of a good student.
I finished school with an A-level degree, studied economics and entered the workforce as a marketing intern in a solid B2B tech-company where I got promoted twice within my first year.
In between I had little outbursts of my urge to live a different life. That’s why I went to work as an au-pair in the UK after school, decided to go to Bali to finish my degree, and worked as a fundraiser during summer break to sell charity subscriptions in pedestrian areas.
When I was asked to become teamlead at age 26, I felt accomplished and proud. That feeling lasted 2 days.
NOBODY WILL CHOOSE YOU. YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE YOURSELF TO BE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO
While deciding if I should accept the promotion, I started getting more and more nervous. I felt somebody was putting brick stones on my chest and I had no way of stopping it from happening. It was only much later that I realized I secretly was still waiting for my secret quest, my letter to arrive, my mission that somebody would give me and that would kick off my own superhero story.
Yet, at that moment in my life, I decided to take ownership and leave the beaten track. Without knowing what will happen next, I quit my job and started working as a freelancer.
YOU NEED CLARITY, PURPOSE AND GROWTH – OTHERWISE FREEDOM FEELS LIKE A ROLLERCOSTER YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER
The following 2 years I worked in marketing, branding and project management for a wide range of companies and agencies.
I had the freedom of working from home, getting up when I want, decide with whom to work and what projects to work on – and there it is, the one-sided truth of how AWESOME it is to work as a freelancer.
The reality was: I was barely earning any money which made me take any project that came my way, I didn’t know where I was working towards to and I felt I need to know everything that’s related to marketing, so I took plenty of different projects which didn’t allow me to grow substantially.
I didn’t have a clear vision of my life and I didn’t feel like I’m using the time I’ve been giving to make a difference. With the lack of clarity, purpose and growth the nervousness came back.