"so what kind of bird are you?"
"more than one in one person i guess ;-)"
a modern multi-culture kid, born in a small village in the south-west of poland, my parents decided to move to germany when I was 11 years old. in total I lived in this country for 25 years when a new opportunity in my career showed up and so I eventually moved to amsterdam end of 2016. this city is one I would call my home for the first time in my life. these deep changes in life and everything which comes along with it, has inspired and changed me since.
“follow your passions down all those rabbit holes”.. or “do what you love, so it will never feel like work again..”
so let me talk about what i actually do:
#BUSINESS COACH, MENTOR AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
is one of my main portions in my so called job portfolio. why? simply because dealing with all kind of people inspired me since.
to work for 12+ years within the fashion industry and thereof with all kind of nationalities and types of people fascinated me and helped to see other perspectives beyond my own. i find it inspiring how much people can deviate from your own value-system and dealing with diversity challenges your integrity and makes you realize that the ability to listen, being humble and open-minded is among the biggest skills of our modern time. throughout the years of being a manager, a role model, a good friend, a mama, a big sister, a strong shoulder and very often a big pain in the ass, i still strive to do my best to let people grow and make them realize they have huge wings they were unaware of.
strategically building teams, working on big projects, taking people on a journey and seeing human plants grow out of tiny little seeds, made me proud but never bold. i like to have my feet connected to the ground. i believe if you maintain that attitude you realize how much there is to learn and how much impact you have within a bigger scope.
within my experience, i see that very often our biggest challenge is us standing in our way. that is why we need people who see opportunities, give advice and reflect perspectives in order to change our own point of view.. it might truly hurt sometimes if you get a honest feedback but I believe this is the best way to grow. if everything is just fine, you will not change and consequently you will not grow. if you open up to a life-long learning, all of a sudden everything falls into place. only by making mistakes we allow us to grow the most.
very early in my career i had several leadership workshops in business management, one-to-one and team management, change management, situational leadership and intercultural management. but mostly being hands on and using this broad knowledge by working as a manager in intercultural set-ups for several years, made me understand much more.
additionally i am fully certified as a MBTI (myers-briggs-type-indicator) trainer and an associate partner within the scope of intercultural management at the hofstede institute which i am very happy to offer and combine as a package at your company according to your needs.
sometimes a motivational speech and sharing knowledge within 1 to 2 hours only can set the right trigger in motion. and sometimes it’s a set-up of several sessions that can help a team of people to transform and finally steer together in the right direction.
#CHEFS GRACE AMSTERDAM
food for me is the most natural way to connect with people. i grew up in a family that enjoyed dinners together and made it a unique experience creating this beautiful atmosphere around it.
food turned out to be more than that and became my medicine last year as i was struggling with several health issues and so did i study a macrobiotic way of living. i learned that food can heal, it can connect us back to our true inner core and it should be very simple.
and on the other hand that nowadays it is very often the opposite when you try to live healthy. there is so much dogma around food and it seems that a new trends pops up daily telling you to do that or not to eat this. this is not how it should be.
therefore i decided to launch a ‘new world food culture’ experience within amsterdam. fully (plant)based on simplicity - as well as macrobiotic, seasonal and delicious. the idea is to cook a surprise menu that is all about the right combination of ingredients and energy. in my opinion healthy food shouldn’t be too complicated and i am very happy to let you experience that and fall in love with a plant based, good and balanced way of living.
right now i offer pick up service only and will have delivery service soon and hope to find a small place to offer an intimate and cozy dining experience soon. stay tuned.. and contact me if you have questions, i am sure we can figure something out. and of course also if you need a consultation and introduction to a healthy macrobiotic lifestyle!
yeas here we go: the 28th of june something clicked in me and looking back i wanted to write little essays forever and ever but thought they must be perfect from the get go. basically i started to write the first one in february this year but never got it published. and if you look for perfection you don't get anywhere. this idea of perfection got overrated on that day and i thought "f*ck it, just bloody do it" so i wrote and hit publish and boom the first essay was online. and surprisingly it didn't hurt to see it was not perfect at all. learning to let go of perfection is a big lesson for me and doing things according to that mindset makes me grow.
i share a lot of thoughts that end up being little stories. stories i go on and on about in my head and sometimes stories that i don’t have an answer to.. they are pretty personal and sharing this level of personal insights is also a big difficult lifelong study on a PhD level for me :-) somehow i feel this world gets so weird that we need more people who speak up, share their stories and show a human and vulnerable side. there is simply too much fake kind of perfection out there. so i really hope you like reading it and get a bit of a spin for your own day by day or even for your life story.
i decided to mark each headline with a hashtag as this for me became a language of our modern time. we basically create new vocabulary by creating a hashtag. and so do i headline with a hashtag to circle down the idea i am writing about. the add-on of a logbook with a date came obviously from a nautical background and bridges the contemporary portion of the language with something really old, simple and powerful. it seems to be a modern day journal mingling it's way from past, through present and into future. i started myself to paper journal daily and find this a very good reflection to see how i feel and what is going on in my life.