Introducing the unique/special/weird me, the ultimate expert for all you fabulous women, 50plus! I’m here to help you navigate the exciting journey of the next few decades, both professionally and personally. So, what’s on the agenda? Well, buckle up, because I’ve got some game-changers for you!
First up, let’s talk about keeping that energy and strength sky-high for the years to come.
I am the never-ending quest for wisdom enthusiast!
When I’m interested in a topic, I want to learn as much as possible about it. That’s why, alongside my job, I pursued an MBA (with a thesis on Managing Risks for mega projects) and my first doctorate in Information Management (focusing on Communication in virtual teams).
After my time abroad, I planned to take a year off and enrol in some nutrition courses. Well, that year turned into about 4 years, and I ended up writing my second doctoral thesis. Of course, my sabbatical came to an end, and once again, I had to juggle it alongside my work. The yoga teacher training and fitness trainer certification almost felt like relaxation in comparison…
But hey, who needs a typical holiday when you can dive into the world of academia, right? I guess my passion for learning just couldn’t be contained within normal boundaries. So, while others were lounging on beaches or sipping cocktails, I was busy immersing myself in research and expanding my knowledge.
Now, if only there were more hours in a day or a way to squeeze more time out of thin air, I could pursue even more fascinating endeavours. But for now, I’ll continue to balance work, education, and the occasional moment of relaxation. After all, life is all about finding that perfect harmony between growth and enjoyment. Cheers to lifelong learning!
But wait, there’s more!
I am Your nutrition guru, fuelling success bite by bite.
Now, you might be thinking, „What does nutrition have to do with my professional life?“ Well, my friend, everything! I’m here to guide you back to a healthier lifestyle, so you can not only rock your work, but also have a fit body and a super sharp mind for those post-career decades. Even if you decide to work forever, believe me, you will appreciate when your body is in top condition and doesn’t let you down. Let’s make those future years the absolute best of your life!
Now, you might be wondering, „Is she really qualified to give advice as a nutritionist?“ Well, that’s a valid question, and I have to say, you’re right to question my expertise. After all, my deep interest in nutrition started with a bang – a severe eating disorder called Anorexia Nervosa almost took me out when I was just 13. Talk about an unconventional path to becoming a nutritionist, right?
But hey, let me tell you a little secret. During my recovery, I quickly realized that even the so-called „experts“ didn’t have all the answers when it came to healthy nutrition. So, I took matters into my own hands and spent most of my monthly allowance on scientific journals and books. You know, the good old-fashioned way of learning before the internet and Google became our best friends.
I devoured every piece of information out there like it was a buffet of knowledge (pun intended). And let me tell you, the more I learned, the more I realized that the world of nutrition is like a confusing maze. But fear not! I navigated through that maze armed with scientific facts and a touch of humour, because let’s face it, laughter is the best seasoning for any meal. Yes, today I have a healthy distance to all my struggles and try to see it as a tough, but valuable learning experience.
So, here I am today, ready to share my hard-earned wisdom and knowledge with you. Life’s too short to take nutrition too seriously and when you search the Internet, I really wonder what some people smoked? Let’s embark on this journey together, armed with knowledge and common sense. Who’s with me?
But first, let me share another phase of my life with you
I’m the forward-thinking maverick, thinking out of the (shoe)box.
With a background in business administration and experience in global corporate finance, I’ve seen it all. From working with a major player in the automotive industry with branches in Asia and Brazil to navigating the mind-boggling complexities of the „shoebox financial system“ in Beijing, I’ve mastered the art of finding structure and clarity in chaos. No matter how confusing things may seem, I’ll cut through the clutter and show you the way.
You want to know more about the „shoebox“?
Yes, my time in China was a true learning experience and Finance in a shoebox was just one adventure….
On my very first day in Beijing, after I managed to cross a street with 8 lanes (traffic lights? Yes, but they were seen as a suggestion and nobody followed them…) I asked Lucy, the Chief Accountant for the General Ledger or any other Finance documents. She handed me the legendary shoebox, with thousands of receipts from all sorts of suppliers. And that’s not all, because our client, a major car manufacturer based in Detroit (no, it’s not Ford), had their offices just one floor above us, receipts often got mixed up. Back then, when it came to smaller expenses, it was all about cold hard cash. Whoever had cash on hand would pay the bill. And all receipts ended in that box.
I encountered these surprises time and time again (having $100,000 in a plastic bag, sitting under my desk, was quite the „fun“ experience). Alongside analytical skills, it took creativity, composure, and nerves of steel. And sometimes a bit of bravery… Yes, I actually ate roasted scorpions.
As my experience grew, I specialized in mega-projects that were in financial trouble. They would already be in the red early on, even though there were no technical issues. But that’s a story for a whole book. And trust me, it would be an epic read!
I’m a visionary Business Whiz with a touch of creativity.
Thanks to my job in the IT industry, working online has always been part of my daily routine. So, I thought it would be a piece of cake when it came to my own business. Boy, was I wrong…
At first, I did everything myself, which often catapulted me out of my comfort zone: social media posts, website creation, email marketing, shooting and editing videos, creating and setting up online courses. I did it all!
Now, looking back, I can confidently say that it’s worth dabbling in a bit of everything. But if you want to grow successfully online, you absolutely need to delegate tasks. Remember what my professor of organizational management said during my business studies? „Even if you’re the world champion in ten-finger typing on a typewriter, it’s not your job, but that of your secretary.“ Ah, the good old days of typewriters…
These days, I intentionally set aside time to test new tools. Often, I can quickly determine whether something is practical for everyday use or if I should stick to old favourites. Excel is one of those tried-and-true tools that I’m currently adapting as a template for my courses.
And let me tell you, the topic of AI is always on my mind. ChatGPT has become my daily assistant, while image programs like Midjourney or DALL-E 2 can be real time-suckers. Plus, new tools seem to pop up every week, tempting me to experiment for hours on end. It takes serious self-control not to get lost in the endless possibilities!
So, lovely ladies, strap on your stilettos or sneakers and get ready for an exhilarating journey with me. Together, we’ll conquer new heights, embrace our wisdom, and have a blast along the way. Let’s make life extraordinary!