At times life can be truly challenging – personally and professionally. Although most of the issues are usually not life threating, they can be very upsetting. Apart from talking to close friends and family, traveling in particular has always helped me to take a “balcony moment” – to look at my life and everyday challenges from a distance. Not only has discovering other cultures helped me to appreciate the luxurious life I live back home, but it has also taught me very different ways of how to go about it.
A couple of years ago I went on a trip called “Journey for Change” to India to meet Social Entrepreneurs with ten people from around the world interested in social impact. I was overwhelmed and energized by the eagerness to learn, discover and reflect of this group of socially engaged people. The learning experience was incredible and getting to know people from various countries with a common interest was a huge inspiration. After this trip I decided to dedicate one week every year for a “learning-journey” with people from around the world to take an intense “balcony moment” diving into a topic I am interested in.
My next trip was a one-week immersion course to transformation in Costa Rica to discover new ways of how to live a happier life saying “yes” to the challenges that show up. It was hosted by the American couple, Arial & Shya Kane, who have built a large and inspiring international community of people who are interested in discovering new ways of how to approach life’s challenges in a practical, light and happy way. I got to know the Kanes through a friend from Hong Kong, who had been visiting me in Hamburg to attend their weekend seminars in Hamburg.
Yesterday I returned from my most recent trip, which was professionally oriented. I applied for the W50 Program, a scholarship of the Banco Santander and the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) for 50 women from around the globe. For one week we were provided with a tight schedule of excellent classes on strategy, leadership, corporate governance and personal development. Also this group of smart, ambitious and open-minded women from around the world has provided me with new perspectives, knowledge and solutions to professional and personal challenges.
I want to encourage you to find your journey on a topic you are interested in to learn, share, reflect and purely enjoy life with an international group. These intense one-week experiences have helped me to grow personally, look at life differently, learn new things and meet incredible inspiring, knowledgeable and fun people.
I do not expect life to become less challenging, but I have discovered more efficient perspectives and ways to look at it. On top of that, with every journey I became more aware of myself – my needs, strength, fears and culture.
So go online and find YOUR one-week journey. And don’t forget to share it … I am still looking for ideas for my next “balcony moment”.