I am now the leader of my own life

Henrike was able to live her dream when the odds seemed stacked against her.

She created a business that turned over just shy of a million dollars and is now living a life full of freedom and peace, helping others through coaching.

Henrike Schreer
Henrike SchreerLife & Business Coach

Ten years ago, Henrike Schreer began her journey with TCI in pursuit of living a life she truly loves.

From Germany To Australia, from broke to living a life financially free; Henrike was able to live her dream when the odds seemed stacked against her.

She created a business that turned over just shy of a million dollars the year that she left to pursue living a life full of freedom and peace, helping others through coaching.

"I've learned so much about myself and how to really be the leader of my own life. And this is what we need to become"

Henrike Schreer
Henrike SchreerLife & Business Coach

What do you do at the moment?

Within the past 10 years I have managed to build a fairly big business. Two and a half years ago I decided to step away from that for a bit.

I took half a year off and went traveling overseas with my son. Over there I asked myself “What do I actually want right now?"

So now I'm prioritising having a fairly relaxed, chill, no pressure lifestyle that looks after my wellbeing because I had such a busy lifestyle in my previous business.

Currently I have a bunch of life coaching clients that I take care of. But in my free time I am slowly building a larger e-course that I will eventually start marketing and selling.

What does an average day of work look like to you now?

I have some elements in my business that are very flexible so I can do them whenever it fits in between other things. I'm also supporting a few businesses with their marketing. And then there are some set appointments per day, like sessions with clients.

Often that amounts to maybe four or five hours of very specific work. And if I feel on the day that I want to do more and have the energy for it. I do more.

For example, as a woman, we go through cycles. There are certain times of the months that I was taught to push through in my old jobs. That used to leave me physically drained and I'd just push myself to that eight hour mark because I have to.

But right now when I have a day. I just don't.

What was going on 10 years ago when you got to the point where you started a life coaching course with TCI?

I’m actually from Germany and I arrived in Australia in August 2010. I had deliberately chosen to leave my old career behind where I was working for a tech startup in Berlin. It was a good career, but I was lacking purpose in that.

My husband at the time got offered a job lecturing at ANU in Canberra.
And so I went with him and made the sacrifice to tag along to a place that I wasn't keen on at that stage.
In return, I wanted some time for myself to really redefine what I want.

So I did, but I wasn’t actually that happy.

I eventually came across coaching because I had been reading some self-development books and then met a fellow coach from TCI at a networking event.

I started saving, enrolled into the next course that I could get into in June, 10 years ago.

As I was studying, my business wasn't doing that great and on top of that, my husband called me to tell me that he was leaving me.

So here I am without a job and with a kid, in a foreign country, paying off tuition fees without a profitable business.

However, during the year of coaching at TCI we had been primed to show up in our excellence, so with that I made a very deliberate choice.

I asked myself; Do I want to fall apart and be the victim here?

I said no and decided to show up as the best version of me to really drive this process and develop a vision.

Sharon once said, “when my back is against the wall, the best in me comes out”. That was a thing that really stuck with me.

A lot of people find it tough to start, they tell themselves they don’t have the perfect moment. What do you say in regards to that, how did you dive into it?

So at that point, I had no choice.

I was on the verge of broke, looking at my vision board I had made which had pictures of all these beautiful things. Beaches, rainforests, camping trips, traveling the world, traveling Australia, a successful business.

I said to myself that sooner or later, I probably won't be able to afford much anymore. So I better buy an old car and take my son on a road trip up north.

A friend of mine recommended a place called Krishna farm and so I take my tent and my kid. Three days, come three weeks, come four weeks and I'm loving this place, volunteering at this organic farm.

It was basically my vision board come to life. I asked the guy who was leading the farm whether he’s ever thought about doing a yoga retreat centre here?

He said yes, but they had neither the time or people to do it.

I said "I’m free, If you have free accommodation for me, would you be able to have me here and we try and do this together because I think my coaching clients would love this place".

I'm thinking won't pay rent, I get free food and I get to live almost everything on my vision board. And in return, I can create a business.

So that's how it started. We didn't have money. We didn't have experience and we basically didn't even pay ourselves in the beginning. I was actually mentoring people in my car at night, near the temple office, where we had the only bit of wifi on the farm.

We built a business that by the time I left, was turning over just shy of a million dollars with 14 staff.

What would you say to someone who's inspired by your story and is thinking about becoming a coach and joining TCI?

Do it and be in it for the long haul. It was the best decision for me.

I've learned so much about myself and how to really be the leader of my own life. And this is what we need to become. You can't be a victim in your own life and try to lead other people.

It's going to be a steep learning curve and you're sometimes going to absolutely hate it but you're going to be so grateful to yourself that you did it anyway.

Don’t expect shortcuts. Don't expect to know everything just like that. If you want to be lazy and just want to lean back and get rich quick, forget about it.

If you're willing to do the work, you will absolutely love it.

"We built a business that by the time I left, was turning over just shy of a million dollars"

Henrike Schreer
Henrike SchreerLife & Business Coach

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