My Story – In 1081 Words
I started practising ballet when I was 6 years old.
At 10 I passed the audition to enter the most prestigious dance school in the country where I would dance, dance, dance and then dance some more. I was in love with perfecting movement to the sound of music, especially with the piano played live, every day, filling up the whole studio and being heard through the streets of a typical old Lisbon neighbourhood. That felt like a true privilege.
At 12 I was considered to be too fat for ballet.
At 13 was dismissed from school, for being too fat at an absolutely normal weight for my age.
At 14, started to play bass in a covers’ band.
At 20 went to Mexico to study wild monkeys in their natural habitat, the Mexican jungle.
At 22 I moved to Uppsala in Sweden, after only having seen snow for the first time with 18 years old.
Going back to Portugal after living 6 great months in Sweden was… a little difficult.
At 24 got a corporate job at a multinational pharmaceutical and for a brief moment thought I was sorted out for life (haha).
From 25 to 27 I went through a spiritual (r)evolution.
At 28 I was finally given the chance to learn to meditate.
Opened up to all kinds of alternative sources of knowledge, I went as far as taking a 5 weeks aura reading course.
At 29 I moved back to Sweden to study more about the science behind meditation, yoga and other healing practices.
That’s when I became a Pilates and Yoga teacher, at 30.
Then came some praise.
In the next four years, much has happened. I created a business teaching yoga and coaching people on life changes and positive living, lived in a beautiful waterfront house, and then decide to change it all again for the sake of exploration of the non-comfort zone and subsequent self-development.
Today I’m an international management consultant working primarily with leadership and communication. In the first months in this role, I have travelled four continents, talked in front of hundreds of people, and create many new connections.
I feel nothing but excitement about what’s coming next!