She’s a gem of a boss lady in my interview with Mara Michels revealed a woman of depth and relatability who is not only talented but founded her own Media, Public Relations and Personal Branding company. Read the exclusive interview today on the blog!
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING EXACTLY?
My business involves purpose coaching and branding. I have a coaching & brand consultancy. I strongly believe that we are on earth for a reason. It is my aim to help people find their purpose. We start by figuring out why certain things or aspects are happening in your life. Once that is all figured out and you feel empowered we go over to brand consultancy. It’s where we’ll be focusing on you as a brand. We help you answer questions like: Who do you want to inspire? What will be your message or your marketing strategy? How do you want people to proceed you and what will your unique selling points be? From there on we start looking into a PR strategy and how we can implement this strategy. The implementation of this strategy varies to organizing an event or lounge or organizing a workshop to engage with your target group. I receive invitations from different sorts of groups, organizations or a single person who wants to find out their purpose.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?
Ever since my childhood, I have always ask myself the question who am I? Especially because I didn’t know who my biological father was. I was raised by my stepfather. And this search drove me on a path that I started to research my ancestors, my culture, my history, all to answer the question who am I? When I was 18 years old I came to the realization that I am here for a reason. I knew I was destined to be part of a better world and to work towards these goals. As a firm believer of the law of attraction, I attracted like-minded people on my journey. Which let me to the South-East organization in Amsterdam. During my studies, I volunteered as an empowerment trainer at the South-East organization in Amsterdam I held that position for eight years. In 2000 I started to organize lectures, workshops and held different radio shows to inspire people and to tell them that we can do so much more. That we have so much more in our system then we tend to think. After my studies, I started to work for the Government here in The Netherlands. I did that for a couple of years with great pleasure but I didn’t feel it was my true purpose. And so I combined my skills; Empowerment and Public Relations. I love to teach the things I have learned and share that knowledge as well. By the time I hit 30 years I officially started to work for myself.
HAVE YOU FOUND OUT WHO YOU ARE AND THE REASON THAT YOU’RE HERE?
Yes, I am here to spread the message, by telling people they have a purpose and that everything happens for a reason. There is no such thing as coincidence. We are all co-creators and we are part of the universe. We have the power to create any possibility in life. It’s already within yourself. In 2007 I received a vision; Where I saw three ancient faces saying: “Tell purpose to all”. I wanted to find out what the dream meant and I started to do some research. I bought two books: A dream book and the book called The Power Of Now by Edgar Tolle. Those books changed me allot and brought me to the place in which I am now. Telling people that they have a purpose, that they are gifted and to start living your full potential. I help people by exploring their gift and help them implementing daily self-love rituals.
WHAT SPECIFIC ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Know your purpose and be committed to that purpose and develop your skill(s). To me, that becomes an obsession. I will talk to people about it, I will read books about it or I will go on YouTube and find video’s that help me develop my skill. I breathe it and I live it. So make it your obsession. Put your hours into it and commit yourself to become better at your skill(s). Start working towards that goal. Do it! Just start doing it. And don’t worry about how people will perceive you. You stand the best chance when you let it come from within to the outside and not the other way around.
MY GREATEST OBSTACLE AND HOW I DEALT WITH IT:
That would be, me not acknowledging me, for who I am and my self-worth. There was something in my self-image that thought: I am not worth it or I would think other people will accomplish it. This is an issue that I am still working on. So every day and with every decision I make, I try to do that with full awareness. The self-love routine has been the biggest gift I gave myself. Because it’s one thing to talk about love and self-love. It’s another thing to practice it.
YOU HAVE MENTIONED A FEW TIMES – SELF-CARE ROUTINE – CAN YOU GIVE A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU DO THAT?
I read a book called The Love Language by Gary Chapman about the 5 love languages. I decided to nurture my own love language. I also was inspired by the book The Supreme Gift by Paulo Coelho, the book is about the bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:4 -7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres”. Then I started to ask myself: Am I doing this for myself? Am I patience for myself? Am I kind to myself? I try to be less hard and critical towards myself. So every morning I start by being grateful. I do love affirmations to bless my day. And I take some ME time, and I am proud of the steps I have made.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT…
I am proud of my radio show. I am also proud of the people I reached and all the people I have inspired. It makes me proud to see them shining and doing really well. It’s amazing, to be able to help them and lift them off of their baggage so they can continue to live their purpose. I am proud of the projects and other things I always wanted to do and did. For example, I always wanted to work as a teacher and I did it and it was great to work as a teacher. It turned out to be an amazing experience.
I AM INSPIRED BY…
Everything inspires me. Well, I love books I am a bookaholic as they call it. Books make me very happy. I get inspired by cities and when going for a long walk. Music inspires me. People inspire me. I believe everyone is a messenger and people who are authentic inspires me. Laughing inspires me. My platform inspires me. So everything is always inspiring me.
HOW I PREPARE FOR SUCCESS:
You prepare by preparing yourself. Making sure you take good care of yourself. Doing the things that make you happy. Taking care of yourself from the inside and the outside that too me is preparing for success.
DID YOU WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? WAS IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR YOU?
No, I didn’t write a business plan. I do see my website as a business plan in that way it structures my services. Everything I know now I learned along the way. For every new project, I do write a business plan and this book that I am reading now helps me doing that by putting it down on one piece of paper.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES TO BEING A WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER?
It’s a belief system. But I did realize that by bringing my feminine side I would land more new projects. So the advantages for a woman is by knowing she is a sensual human being and that she is awesome and a true superwoman. And that she only has to tap into that power to manifest everything she wants…
MY FAVOURITE BUSINESS TOOL IS…
A website, online marketing, and social media. Those are the tools I use to share the message.
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN IS…
It’s not about hard working it’s about receiving and putting yourself in the right vibrations, feeling it and visualizing it. Be in the abundance energy. If you are in the abundance energy you will attract that. When you create you are already in the flow to receive anything on your path. By Abraham Hicks from YouTube.