My very first training with TCI was a weekend event back in late 2012. I was not in the best place at the time in terms of career and confidence and somehow found myself on the TCI emailing list with an invite to ‘Create Your Extraordinary Life’. How could I possibly decline an offer like that! At the time I was struggling to believe that it was possible to create something extraordinary for myself, but I decided to come along for the weekend and see what I could learn. And I was blown away! I attended on my own, but the kindness, insights and tools shared really did overwhelm me and I left with some great new things up my sleeve and new connections made. Little did I know at the time that this would soon become my own business and something I get to do for others!
I came from a mixed, but mainly corporate background in terms of work and had travelled and worked in several different countries since leaving my native Sweden almost 10 years earlier. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people and looking to understand and make sense of both differences and similarities, the same was true in my previous job. What I did not enjoy in my old job was the cut-throat mentality and lack of investment in mentoring and learning in the wider team I was working in. It’s almost impossible to foster strong and healthy culture without true investment in the growth of staff.
I now work part time in my own business The Bridge Easy Relocation and coach expats through the transition of moving far away or back home again after many years overseas. It’s close to my heart as I know so many expats who suffer grief, not fitting in, relationship problems and homesickness without knowing how to tackle it. With the coaching tools and techniques I’ve learned at TCI I’m able to help people through these common challenges very quickly. I mainly work with female expats in their 30s or 40s who are looking for support around key decisions around their move as well as helping them through the famous ‘fork in the road’ (“Should I stay or should I go?") that often comes up for expats who have lived away from their home country for an extended period of time. I’m based in Melbourne, but have had the great privilege of working with clients from all over the world (South America, Europe, Asia and the US). Super exciting and varied work made possible with technology and some creativity!
One of my greatest business moments was when my online support program that I had created from scratch sold to a new client and then weeks later getting the feedback from that client how helpful it had been for their move. That product was my first little ‘business baby’ and I feel so privileged that it’s now serving people near and far with key decisions and strategies around their move.
My plan for the future is to keep growing my business to a full-time role (for me and additional staff) and support as many expats as possible with amazing coaching tools so they in turn can help even more people around them. Moving far away is such an exciting and life changing experience, especially when you’ve got the tools to tackle the challenges that inevitably will come up!
I think my success mainly comes from my commitment to follow through partnered with absolute resilience. I’m a long distance runner since many years and I think this has really served me with plenty of proof that is applicable in business as well. It takes time to run a marathon. It takes training, nutrition, rest, dedication and support from those around you. And other than being resilient through things that hurt a little, you need to be a little nuts for taking it on in the first place! But that feeling when you cross the finish line (or sign up your first client, sell your first program or whatever success is for you) that feeling inside can’t be compared to anything else in this world!
Thank you TCI for introducing me to a whole new world where I can drive my own bus and help others do the same!