My name is Marianela.
I am Uruguayan and global. I love nature and movement. I’m idealistic, active and curious.
I have lived and worked in Uruguay, Chile, Spain, Australia, Switzerland and France (in Paris, where I live now).
I am a certified Coach, a new business developer, a writer (in process) on women’s empowerment themes. My passion is to help women achieve their dreams and projects and to help my clients to advance in their careers, to find solutions, to leave their comfort zone, to connect with relevant people. As an activist, I collaborate with causes of ecology, animal welfare and gender equality.
Before I use to work in sales and I became entrepreneur in 2015, to live happier, more aligned with my essence and to do a job that I was passionate about. If you want to know my story please continue reading.
From business to Coaching women
I enjoyed my lifestyle abroad. I was traveling often, discovering cultures, renewing myself, living adventurously. I had many jobs, while in parallel I volunteered for NGOs, to fulfill the need of contributing and making a positive impact. I also found love, and got married.
But then in the long term, this “emptiness” I was feeling at my work, created an imbalance in my life. Without realizing I focused all my passion, attention and expectations in my personal life: mainly my partner, and convinced myself about the fact that performing a job I didn’t care didn’t matter, as long as I had a salary and my family. I was in a great comfort zone.
But life always surprises us. I lost my father, my husband (I got divorced), my job and my apartment the same year. Abroad. I was literally at zero and a new chapter started for me that made me rethink everything.
Taking responsibility for my own happiness
Being confronted with myself and at almost 40 years old my main thought was: how do I want to live the second part of my life? Which is the lifestyle I want to create for myself? I have a new chance to recreate everything.
I realized how much I had neglected my career and the fulfillment that comes within. I gain consciousness of the pressure I had put on my husband, expecting things from him that were my responsibility. And I understood I shouldn’t expect to obtain happiness from people or external situations. My happiness was my responsibility and I had to create it for myself.
I decided to take some time off, where I traveled, I explored some business ideas and thought about my life priorities and the job I would love to perform.
At the end of that period, I met a life coach and we did amazing work together. I came to the conclusion that there were other ways in which I could make the impact I desired, and that when you don’t find your dream job, you just create it for you!
I eventually moved to Paris, learnt French and became an entrepreneur. How this happened? In short I got a master in personal and professional coaching, studies in professional growth and blend my previous professional experience in business to start working with women who want motivation and guidance to accomplish their dreams and projects. More projects are coming, related to women empowerment and I can proudly tell you that I love my work!
Coaching and personal development opened new perspectives for me. My coach helped me achieve concrete results, facilitated my change.
I learnt that I can live in the present, while at the same time planning for the future, which is not the same than being constantly reacting to situations. As there are things that take time and if you don’t work for them, they will just never happen. So I learnt to be patient.
It confronted me with my profound needs, and made me take responsibility for my life and fulfillment. Ignoring things doesn’t make them magically disappear. And I understood I have to accept and acknowledge all my needs.
It learnt that focusing all my passion in one area of my life while neglecting other was not positive, and sooner or later it would affect me and the people around me. Balance is the key.
I wish I had had this knowledge before and that everyone could access it.
My parents always told me: “whatever you do, choose to be happy and financially independent. It’s the only way you will be free to make your own choices and decisions.” And they were right. But my mother, as well as many other women in Latin America who belong to her generation, was not financially independent, and due to that she left many dreams behind, and suffered.
Being a woman hasn’t prevent me to achieve my goals and dreams, but discrimination, sexism, injustices, have put me in situations I’d rather not be again. Also, I have never been taught to speak in public, to stand for myself, to be a leader. But instead to be nice, polite and well behaved. There’s nothing bad on that as long as you are not hold back by this behaviour.
I work with women for many reasons. It came naturally and it’s a consequence of wanting to change the status quo. I want every woman and girl to be free to be 100% themselves every day. To dare to go to the top, to accomplish their dreams and projects, whichever they are. I want to see more women leaders and to live in a society where I feel better represented. I want to have more women role models and that younger generations get inspired to dare as well. So I’ve chosen to direct my competences and passion towards that goal and to help women learn to believe in themselves as early as possible.
My message to you:
If you want to change your life or to pursue a dream just do it, without thinking about your age or time. As the time is always right when the desire exists. Do it while you are alive.
Work and fight for your dreams: they are worth it.
Take responsibility for your life and happiness.
Live according to your own values.
Pursue your personal and financial freedom.
Invest in yourself, in your future and your education. And look for help if you need it, it means you are courageous.