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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!

Creativity, art, paint, pigments and color run through my veins.
When I was little, I was always creating. It was my safe bubble where I could “hide” from all the outside stimuli. It was something that I needed as an highly sensitive kid. And something I still often need as a highly sensitive adult.

I was the kind of kid who you would find in the cold basement of the house with jars of paint, a piece of plywood and a fretsaw making Little Mermaid art. Defying my fear of the big black spiders living in that basement.

As a young adult I left art; “Go do something that helps you pay the bills”, was the message. So I did. I was not happy (this is the very short version of the story).

I don’t think I need to explain I came back to art. It was the best decision ever! Creativity, whether it is talking about it, using it, reading about it or helping people uncover their creativity, is still one of my biggest passions.

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!

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! Together with my friend Stephanie I run That Creative Space. A membership for artists.

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?

You can mail me at: coaching@simonemichiels.com

Lots of love,
Simone