As long as I can remember I have always found joy in helping people. Cliche? Perhaps... yet isn't there always a bit of cliche in simple truth?
Growing up in Belgium, in a small town where everybody knows one another, helping people is just something one witnesses on a day-to-day basis. It is never questioned or analyzed, just lived. Interestingly enough as time goes by and we 'grow up', obtaining financial rewards and social status often pull us in different directions and this was most definitely the case for me. Graduated from culinary school and later obtaining a degree in business management I was ready to take on the world and conquer all possible titles in the shortest amount of time. That in itself would grant my satisfaction in life....or so I thought...And so it begins:
As I packed my suitcases at 19 years old and left Belgium for the prestigious life in Paris, I was certain to obtain happiness through wealth and corporate status. I joined the team of the luxurious and world famous Hotel de Crillon and worked many a long days among highly driven and competitive individuals. Promoted every year I seemed to be well on the way to achieving what I had set to obtain. Yet I couldn't understand why happiness and satisfaction didn't come with the rise in status and title. How much hard work would it take?
After 4 years of working myself into exhaustion I decided to take a year off and fly as far as possible: Australia. Packed my same 2 suitcases, yet again said my goodbye's to family and friends and started this new adventure. I was certain that if Paris couldn't fully provide what I was looking for...than Australia would.
My oh my, it was indeed a magical place and time. Traveled the whole country, made new friends, many of which I am still in touch with today and partied like a rock-star... Yet I discovered that even though life was fun, something was still missing. How could that be?
As my year of fun and adventure came to an end it was time to pack my bags once again and make my way home. My real home: Belgium, to gather my thoughts and decide on my next step. When an opportunity presented itself to come to the United States to once again work in hotel management I grabbed it, and yes packed those 2 suitcases again and said my goodbye's. I figured if Paris and Australia couldn't provide what I was yearning for than certainly the USA would. Off to the land where dreams come true.
8 months after arriving I obtained my first promotion and salary increase, working even harder than ever before, my body was screaming out to slow down. Since I refused to listen, my body made me. I was under 30 and the Doctor was astonished to diagnose: shingles... The staff looked at me puzzled and strongly urged me to make a change in lifestyle. 10 days later I was back at it and making up for lost time by working even harder.
Yet again my body urged me to listen and doctors scared me with a breast cancer diagnosis, still under 30 years old it was a very uncertain time. I decided to make a change and truly search for my calling. As I made those changes it became apparent that I was misdiagnosed and that the breast cancer symptoms were created by stress.
All of a sudden I remembered being hypnotized when I was 5 years old and how fascinating it was. I made the decision to change and leave the world of titles and employees behind to take on a simple 9-5 type of job that allowed me to go back to college. An intense time of training, study and practice including lots of room for personal development have led me to now be a clinical hypnotherapist. I find myself in a world of helping people, a world of relaxation where personal growth and happiness is the main focus. A world of change.
Changing the world one hypno-session at a time; To share all that hypnosis has to offer. To allow individuals to explore a world within the subconscious mind, gaining access to old belief systems; ready to change associations that no longer serve them, into new ones through positive suggestions and idea's, assisting them to overcome obstacles, on their journey to complete happiness and satisfaction. It may lay where you least expect it, but trust that it is up for grabs.