Hi, I'm Nadja


I Help People Rewrite
Their Personal Mythologies

What the heck is a personal mythology, you ask?​

This is as mythical as it sounds, only - the dragons are usually inside them, which makes for a very interesting questing experience 🙂 BLAH BLAH BLA BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLA BLAH BLAH BLAH. BLAH.

How do you know if your personal mythology needs a rewrite?

  • Have you ever xyz?
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  • Have you ever xyz?

Where do our personal mythologies come from?

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Our DNA

Our personal mythologies start even before we’re born. We’re handed a legacy combo that’s filled with the stories our parents, siblings, grandparents, and family members – or lack of some or all of these – have lived. We’re expected to be a clean slate, but the truth is that we’re handed a full plate.

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Our Society

And while we might try to put our stamp of originality on our lives, we’re usually only allowed so much individualism. Our childhood is riddled with people, institutions, and belief systems that give us conflicting messages. X, but Y. Y, but Z. And it’s not like this has an ending. By the time we hit adulthood, there’s a whole new set of people, institutions, and belief systems telling us what to do and what to think. There’s an unspoken thinly veiled threat hanging over our heads all our lives. Don’t rock the boat, it says, or you’ll find yourself thrown overboard.

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Our Parents

Society might revere the visionaries and the doers, but don’t expect it to support them on the way. You’ll die if you don’t, but that’s just one the inside, and we can all handle that, right? You’ll die if you do, but that will be a far more public death – you’ll risk disappointment and ridicule from the people around you. And so, we choose social safety and stay put. We’re well-trained. House-trained.

My story

As a creative person and an alternative thinker who never did fit in anywhere I found myself, the first part of my life was that of an outcast. I refused to conform, but I was so locked into my own prefabricated personal mythology that I was trapped. XYZ.

Thankfully, not for (too) long. Shortly after I hit my 30s, I started hitting one emotional rock bottom after another, and realised something had to give. I quit my job, took my then 10yo, and started travelling the world. Since then, I’ve made more money than what I ever did working in an executive role for a Fortune 500 company. I never have to be away from my son again, whether it’s a few hours during the workday or a few days during a business trip. I get to share in his life all day, every day. I’ve met my soulmate and discovered the meaning of a happy relationship. I live in a beautiful house in an ancient city in the country of my dreams. And I do what I love, when I want. My personal mythology, which was always about being a prisoner, has been transformed into absolute and utter freedom.

HOW I CAN HELP YOU

I don’t know you yet, but I can almost bet that my life has resembled yours in some or other way.

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For the first 30 years of my life, it seemed as though I was collecting every bad experience known to humanity. I’d joke – cynical as hell – saying life must be preparing me to become a kind of human catalogue of what can happen when things go wrong. Friends would say it simply means life is preparing me for something big. I didn’t really believe them. Because the payoff, surely, couldn’t possibly be worth my happiness, my sanity, my peace?

And then I rewrote my story. Suddenly, everything changed. I do mean everything. I was no longer a victim of my circumstances. Instead, I became the author of whatever story I wanted my life to tell.

I’ve been in the trenches and I transformed it into a xyz. Empowerment has always been a big thing for me. It’s why I studied psychology, why I studied education. It’s the reason I’ve worked as a therapist, a coach, a mentor, a teacher.

It only took three decades, but I finally know why I served as the leading guinea pig of bad experiences: I survived it, I learned from it, I healed from it, and I transformed it.

 

WHAT I OFFER

What clients have said about our work together

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