“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. “

– Antonio Machado

Being a lawyer, becoming a psychologist

I know what it’s like. You know what your goal is, you want to do things differently and you just can’t seem to get there. The world seems more complex than ever and it’s hard to get a grip on reality.

 

I am a lawyer and used to work in the financial sector. When the financial crisis hit, it seemed to exacerbate the existing wellbeing crisis. Like many others, I was struggling with the pressure. Things had to change, but I couldn’t figure out how. Can a person really change?

 

With that question in mind, I went back to university and completed a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology.

Vertical development

Still, many questions remained unanswered. Until I discovered the research of Robert Kegan (Harvard) on ‘constructive developmental theory’.

 

Adults can still grow and evolve, moving through clear and distinct stages that increasingly expand their ability to see the world. Whereas a child’s development appears to happen automatically, adults cannot simply sit back and wait. It is a challenge to consciously invest in your own development.

 

It is also incredibly rewarding and gratifying. Development means seeing different perspectives and being able to look at life differently.

  • About me

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  • Family

    I have a husband and 3 daughters. Parenting comes with varying degrees of success, the required self-deprecation and an immense amount of joy.

  • Training

    Master of Organizational Psychology, Master of Laws, Growth Edge Coaching, Immunity to Change™, Deep Democracy, Appreciative Inquiry, Mediation

  • Food!

    I love everything about food: eating, cooking, baking and even brewing. Always tea, never coffee.

  • Sports

    Every day. Mostly jogging, often yoga and sometimes hiking.

  • Study

    Eternal student. I like to understand how things are made up or how to apply something. Non-fiction and training are always present in life and work.

The koru in koruconnect

I was introduced to the koru during a trip to New Zealand. The koru is a symbol used in Maori art, based on the new unfurling frond of the silver fern, native to New Zealand.

The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.