I love healthy nutrition, get a kick out of experimenting with raw, natural foods and like to analyze the ensuing health aspects; I am very athletic, enjoy traveling, and will now write here about all the things that inspire me, that are part of my life, and today thankfully also my profession.
Yes, I succeeded in jumping into self-employment with SwissCityBootCamp in 2012, and today it has become much more than that. I attempt to assist people who get in touch with me with a consulting and active, comprehensive approach based in the fields of nutrition, sports, health, and cleansing. My emphasis in all this is the joy and the power that are generated through this lifestyle, and also to convey the health aspect and to remain authentic throughout the process. I have managed this pretty well so far, and I believe that the people who have found me appreciate this very much, as I don’t recommend anything that I haven’t tested myself and that I can’t support wholeheartedly.
Now you might wonder how this all came about.
Originally, I worked as a marketing and communications manager internationally for 15 years. It was 2009, when love drew me to Lake Geneva, and where I completed my Masters in Sportmanagement and Technology at the EPFL in Lausanne. After my relationship ended, I moved to Zurich and rejoined the world of marketing at a consulting company. The work however only filled me with joy partially. My satisfaction was somehow lost. The humanity was missing, and I lacked a vision for my life. As sport had always played a vital part in my life, I founded SwissCityBootCamp in 2012, a functional, whole body workout performed outdoors. I planned to manage the bootcamp on the side, so I wouldn’t have to work 100% at my job and to finance a 3-year-long Kinesiology course. The beginning was tough. I hardly knew Zurich and had to establish a professional network in the sports arena. More than once, I emptied my account to invest my money in my company. But suddenly, it took off! The volume of trainings increased from 5 sessions per week to 25 hours per week. All this without employees, while working 70% on the side, and completing a professional training.
What role did nutrition and mental strength play for me during this?
During this time, I concentrated even more than before on my nutrition and its psychological and physiological connections. I discovered that the health application of raw food coupled with regular detoxing seminars would give me the most energy, and so I completed more and more trainings in this field, until I achieved certified Raw Food Chef as well as Detox and Fasting Consultant. With this workload, I certainly reached my limits, and in April 2013 I resigned from my secure job and put all my eggs in the basket of SwissCityBootCamp.
What gave me the courage to take the plunge into self-employment?
I am convinced that there are moments we reach in life, where we have to risk something in order to experience fulfillment again. When one is faced with this, one will find much more strength and confidence than before. Additionally, someone once told me that in Switzerland it will never happen that one can’t cover their basic needs. This was always on my mind and gave me additional courage.
The fear of failure was certainly present; otherwise, I would have resigned from my job much earlier. Long-term fixed employment creates a sense of security that can’t easily be put aside. And even later, there were moments of uncertainty time and again. However, every time I reached a low point, I told myself that I will reach my goal if I put my heart into it and stay behind it with everything I have. I always kept this in my thoughts. “Never give up” has thus become the moto of SwissCityBootCamp.
What was my worst failure?
My biggest failure during that time was that I often bestowed a lot of my trust upon people and helped build them up as well. I might be naïve in this aspect, but I actually like it. I believe that there is good in people, even though my trust has been exploited before. My other mistake is that I was quite averse to conflict. I had to learn how to defend my point of view and how not to avoid conflict.
One of my nicest meetings during this time?
The greatest thing that happened to me and that helped me to find myself even more, as well as to build new business models in this field, that are dear to my heart, was my meeting two wonderful people, who are now my business partners, and with one of whom I now share my life. The three of us have established Wellville, in order to assist people – in addition to sport – with health problems, nutritional questions, lifestyle changes, and so much more in a targeted manner.
What are my visions?
To develop a company that helps other people in a comprehensive way, away from the processed nature of foods and sport, back to how we lived it some decades ago. And my personal biggest vision is to be able to manage the whole thing independently of its location, so I can decide flexibly where I would like to live. I love other countries and to discover new cultures, and I would also like to incorporate this into my blog, at the site Footprints, where I will provide you with some tips for other countries, that I have experienced myself.
What am I today?
I have transformed from a girl, who would flow with large corporations and come back home tired at night, to a woman who stands behind herself and knows what she wants in life. This required an evolutionary process, which I am still a part of constantly. SwissCityBootCamp, Wellville, and my kinesiology training have not improved my confidence and my strength on their own, the path taken, to self-employment, and the many, amazing people along the way all played a part. After all, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
So, I do hope to inspire and assist you with my blog and all other topics.