Hi, i'm Suzanne! But you can call me Sue.
In a nutshell | Suzanne
Personnality type: ENFJ, Enneagram 7, Multi-passionate, Positive
Favorite asanas: Handstands + Arm balances
Can’t Live Without: Chocolate, Chaï lattes, Yoga pants, Sunny days, Teaching
Favorite activites: Hiking, Yoga, Dancing, Anything outdoors
Best Advice: Don’t let fear hold you back
Describe yourself in one Word: Caring
Secret Talent: Plant Queen
More Stuff I’M into: Cyclist, Social Justice + Environnement, Feminist, Dog lover, Nutrition enthusiast, Journaling, Interior design, Graphic design, Traveling
I grew up in Brussels, from an Irish mum and an Egyptian dad. Let me tell ya, with that combination of parents, things weren’t always easy at home (different cultures, different religions, different languages, immigrants). I had to figure a lot out myself as a child because for my parents most things in this little country were new too.
I always had a creative side and an inclination for beauty. So I naturally studied architecture. And though I loved it, I hated the job. Long hours, poor pay, no life, unhealthy habits and no recognition. It was exhausting. But I was tough and I wanted to have a career so I pushed through. I was 26 years old and thought I had life figured out, and knew exactly what I wanted and where I was going. Well….
Until things fell apart.
I felt lost, burnt out, depressed. Something was missing and very wrong. I decided to make a change and quit my job. It came as a bigger shock when my then boyfriend of 7 years left me at the same time. What the hell was happening to my perfectly figured out life??
I had no job, no boyfriend, no place to live. And no clue what to do next… This was the most painful and challenging time of my life.
But it made me grow. So damn much!
I rebuild myself. Step by step. It took about 18 months before I felt good and happy again. Learning to discover who I really was, not what I had learned or who I was expected to be.
Looking back on these times today, I am so grateful for this experience. My world expanded so much more.
That’s also when I dipped my toes into self development and personal growth. I have never stopped since.
Fast forward a few years later, I made my long-time dream come true: to live abroad. I live in Canada and New Zealand, and traveled with my new and current partner.
After 2 years away, we decided to settle (for awhile) in Brussels. I knew I wanted a different life, a different career. Something more meaningful, but still wasn’t quite sure what that would like.
When I moved back, I also discovered I had a chronic illness. It was another rough patch. And I started going to yoga classes to move my body, feel better and have space for myself. It took me some time, but I eventually came to realize how peaceful and glowing I felt every time I left the studio. And that was rippling into other areas of my life.
In 2017, I decided to transition from my work as an architect to become a yoga teacher and a wellness entrepreneur. My regular yoga practice had changed my life not just physically but mentally and spiritually. Yoga helped me to overcome rough and emotional times (burn out, depression, confidence issues), to manage my health issues and overall, to find more balance, peace, ease and self-love in my life. And getting fitter was just the icing on the cake.
I knew that if yoga and mindset work could transform my life so powerfully and deeply, it would be possible many other struggling women out there. That’s when I felt my calling. My mission. What I’m good at and what I love transmitting. Helping women that are in similar situations ie. overachiving-perfectionist-people-pleasing-nurturers find their balance (work-life-family) and their power so that they can blossom and live on purpose.
So I trained to become a certified yoga and meditation teacher at Arhanta Yoga Ashram in the Netherlands in 2017 (200hr Hatha Yoga) and I have not stopped learning and teaching since.
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