I was lucky and lived in Holland. Here art therapists can become personnel recruiters, account managers, export managers, marketing sales managers or communication specialists. Curiosity and openness are enough. After 13 years in the Netherlands I marry a Dutchman and move to Germany.
2006, the most important year of my life: my daughter Elisa sees the light of this world. Six months later a move to Mexico City, the most criminal city in the world. Learning Spanish and realizing that riches make people pretty poor.
After two years, return to Germany and separation. Life crisis. Full-time single mom, lack of childcare, part-time job in the office. Realization: disrespect and a lack of meaning in life can demotivate even highly engaged people like me. The will to change: I transform my whole kitchen into the storyboard of my future life, inspiring my entire circle of friends. Aha moment: I’m really good at this. Decide to become a keynote speaker. Train as “GSA Certified Speaker”. Set up my business alongside a part-time job and already existing freelance work as a communications consultant. Full of energy and in a good mood I defy the triple load. From now on, I love every crisis.
HAPPINESS IS MY ENERGY SOURCE
and becomes my theme. Befitting my life’s path I notice international differences in the feeling of happiness. Dutch people are happy. Mexicans don’t have much to laugh about, but they do. Why doesn’t Germans? I’m going to check this out. Take unpaid leave, borrow money, make appointments, and go. Thirteen countries, 300 interviews. Two months later a book contract in my pocket, job cancelled, free! Germans “SPIEGEL” and Amazon bestseller, book sells 70,000 copies. Talkshows, interviews, public stage performances. Idea for a second project, this time accompanied by TV. Question: Do people in happy countries also work happier? Two months, 30 companies in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Answer: Yes. Book contract. “Acht Stunden mehr Glück” (Eight Hours More Happiness) released in autumn 2018.
For keynotes in German-speaking countries, though, I spend an extra hour in the air.
I LOVE THE FUTURE!
Because today I live with my daughter in Stockholm, with which I’ve fallen in love forever. I’m diligently learning Swedish, pay now only with mobile phone instead of with German coins and practice sauna bathing with cannonballs through holes in the ice. I’ll spend the rest of my life in a red wooden house in the Swedish archipelago. With mosquitoes, sauna and 9G WLAN … letting my artificial copy doing my speeches.
For everything in between, you’ll just have to endure the suspense. So will I.