Who am I?
Passionate, curious, global, nature lover and an idealist who acts.
I grew up between Montevideo and Punta del Este, in Uruguay; where I studied International Relations and languages, in order to travel the world and work in an international organization to make an impact.
But finding a job in an international NGO was not that easy. I got different jobs until at 26 I landed in a bank, got an MBA and realized: that life was not what I wanted.
Two years later when the bank closed, I had a “now or never” moment to accomplish a lifetime dream. I left Uruguay to experience the world and to be out of my comfort zone in order to know myself better and learn what I was capable of, alone.
I then lived and worked in Santiago de Chile, Sevilla, Madrid, Brisbane, Geneva and Paris, where I live now, developing a job I love.
Still dreaming, idealist and adventurous. Still working for my dreams.
The breaking point
I enjoyed my lifestyle abroad. I was traveling often, discovering cultures, experimenting, renewing myself, living adventurously. I had many jobs, most of them sales related, while in parallel I volunteered for locals 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 was making money and I had my family.
But life always surprises us. I lost my father the same year my husband and I divorced, and after I lost my job and my apartment.
I was at zero. A new era started for me that made me rethink everything.
Taking responsibility and creating my own happiness
My eyes stopped looking outside and around and started looking inside. What have I made, what do I have, what I have created for me, who’s going to support me now? Where some questions I asked myself.
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 partner, 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.
Almost one year later, I left a temporary job I had, and the city where I’ve lived for the last 3 years and took time off. I traveled, I explored some business ideas and thought about my life priorities and the future and lifestyle I desired.
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, became an entrepreneur, got a master in personal and professional coaching and started working with women who want to accomplish personal or professional objectives. More projects are coming, related to women empowerment and I love my work!
Coaching and personal development opened new perspectives for me. My coach helped me achieve concrete results and facilitated my change. I wish I had had this kind of help before and that everyone could access it.
I learnt that while it’s great to live in the present, is better to act with purpose, which is not the same than being constantly reacting to situations, as I was.
It confronted me with my profound needs, and made me take responsibility for my life and fulfillment. Made me grow up.
It put in evidence that focusing all our passion in one area of our lives while neglecting others is not positive, and sooner or later it affects us and the people around us. Balance is the key.
I grew up in a contradiction. My parents always told me: no matter what you do, be happy and financially independent. That’s all that matters to us.
But she, as well as many other women in Latin America, was not emotional or financially independent, and left many dreams behind, and suffered due to that.
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 to be and it has prevented me to be myself, many times. And I know I’m not the only one to experience this.
Also, I have never been encouraged to speak, to stand for myself, to be a change maker, to be a leader. But to be nice, polite and well behaved. The opposite to my male cousins, who were grown up to be entrepreneurs.
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 women and girl worldwide to be 100% themselves every day. I want to see more women leaders. I want women to be visible. So I’ve chosen to direct my competences and passion towards that goal.
My message to you:
There’s no perfect time or age to start changing or to pursue a dream: you can do it while you are alive.
Work and fight for your dreams: they are worth it.
Put passion in every area of your life.
Take responsibility for your life and happiness.
Live according to your own values.
Pursue your personal and financial freedom.
Look for help when you need it, it means you are courageous!