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My story might be similar to yours…

I wanted a fulfilled life. I was taught that, in order to create a fulfilled life, I had to do my best at school, get good grades, get a degree, find a job and work my ass off. So I did …

… and it never ever felt right.

My story

Hi I am Simone! Ever since I was young I felt like I didn’t belong. People around me would call me shy and too sensitive. And because of my sensitivity I have always wondered if there was something wrong with me. I was easily overstimulated and at night I would lay awake to sort out all of my impressions of the day. At one point my parents even took me to the doctor because I didn’t sleep. But they couldn’t figure out what was “wrong” with me.

You see, even though I felt a deep connection to the world and all her inhabitants (especially animals) I also felt deeply misunderstood. I would spend hours in my safe little bubble reading books and my imagination was the place where I felt safe and understood. It was also at a young age that I discovered I felt the pain of the world very deeply.
I was the kind of kid that would already start to worry about supper first thing after waking up, because I knew that the meat on my plate was an animal that was killed …. which made me intensely sad.

When I grew older I did my best to be “normal” so that I would fit in. I dialed the volume down and started to show the parts of me that were socially acceptable. I made myself smaller and smaller to fit into a narrow-minded and masculine society.

I did what I thought was expected of me. I always did my best at school, I graduated, found a steady job and worked hard as a teacher. And with every year passing by I lost a little part of myself. I felt stuck in the rat race.

Ten years ago I thought I was burned out and went to see a therapist. This incredible woman helped me to connect all kinds of dots. She introduced me to the term “highly sensitive person”. And with this she opened a completely new world to me. This was also the start of returning back to myself. It took me another six years to build up the courage to step out of that rat race. But I did it!

Now I have created a life on my terms. A life were I can slow down and be unapologetically me. A life where my highly sensitive nature is my superpower and not a burden. I can now contribute to the world beyond myself without emotionally exhausting myself or burning out. I have learned how to love myself and my sensitivity, how to take care of myself, how to set boundaries and how to listen to my intuition.

And I want that for you too!

My mission

It’s my mission to help you find your path so that you can contribute to the world beyond yourself from a place of balance and self-love!

I believe that you are here on this planet to make a difference. To add value to the world with your superpower. To leave the world better than you found it.

The world needs it harder now than ever! Let me help you find your purpose. Let’s give back to the world and start a ripple effect!

Do what you love in a way that only you can

Some fun facts about me!

I am a highly sensitive person (HSP). And very happy with that!

I love reading books. You know, the paper kind. We have a huuuge collection of books at home! I also buy a lot of personal growth books. Love them!

I am a huge introvert.

When I was 27 I traveled the world for a year. From Egypt to Moscow, taking the train to China, traveling through South East Asia for seven months, flying south to find myself in a camper van in Australia and New Zealand, crossing the Pacific Ocean to cycle down the World’s most dangerous road in Bolivia, sand boarding in the Atacama desert and ending my beautiful trip in Peru.

I am a feminist (who is still learning!). I think women can change the world for the better.

I have visited South East Asia many times after my year around the world. Vietnam is probably one of my favorite countries to visit.

Finding myself in new places, eating exotic food, meeting new people, getting to know their culture, learn from them and listen to their stories fulfills me so much.

After my year traveling around the world I became a vegetarian. Later in life I also became a vegan.

I started my small business as an artist and paint maker. I made watercolors. I still do this as a hobby now.

I love to listen to podcasts. No Such Thing as a Fish must be one of my favorites!

I love building communities! I have a community called the Happy Sensitive community. A safe and secure space for (highly) sensitive people. 

Tell me more about you!

Thank you so much for reading my story! Now you know a little bit more about me. I am very curious about you! What is your story?

Are you that changemaker who wants to contribute to the world beyond herself? And do you want to do that from a place of balance and love for yourself?

Then I want to invite you to take the next step! If you feel that I could be of service to you, you can send me an email and we will plan a free mini coaching session!

You can mail me at: coaching@simonemichiels.com , or plan your free session on my contact page!

Lots of love,
Simone

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