Meet Kristen- a 39-year old teacher from Minneapolis who wanted to take a break from her career -and other responsibilities- to focus on herself.
She always wanted to live abroad, but she was facing different challenges to making it happen. In this video Kristen explains how "Journeys of Self-discovery" gave her the confidence she needed, along with other positive life changes.
"I wanted to make the most of my travel time while I was there, and Sonia connected me to a deeper understanding of travel, finding ways to be more intentional with it. Because travel is a deeper process than just visiting places and seeing things out a list, it's a way of self-transformation".
"It was hard to keep myself motivated and keep myself on track. This program helped me to feel more confident in moving forward, to feel like what I want to do in the world is good, it's right, and it's OK for me to pick myself. Today, I am making this trip, I am doing more of what I see is right -instead of listening to what people think- and I am more connected to the sacredness of everyday life, living in the present moment"
- Kristen Gupta (USA)
Meet Silvia- a professional pilot who is used to travelling and moving easily between countries, but this time she was choosing to live somewhere so she could call that place 'home'.
Alongside this change, Silvia was going through another big transition in her life; from busy professional to full-time mum.
Watch this video to see how "Journeys of Self-discovery" enabled Silvia to embrace the potential of these emotional and physical transitions.
"After 20 years working in aviation I stopped flying because I got sick due to stress. When I met Sonia I was not so confident in being the position I was, being a stay-at-home mother and just static in one country where to raise my children. I had always people telling me what to do and, when and all this stopped, I felt lost.
With Sonia I learnt to stop, slow down, see what's most important and don't do things because I have to, but because I want to. I've learnt than business is one thing, and life is another. I realised what I am capable of doing, not only as a professional but also as a woman. I feel better, I look better and others around me are also better. Every time I see a smile on the face of others,I always say: "Thanks to Sonia"
- Silvia Pusceddu (Denmark)
Meet Marta- after becoming a widow, she got involved in a relationship she knew was not good for her.
She said she will leave him many times, but after one month she was always back.
What gave Marta the courage to get out of this toxic relationship was her willingness to step out of her comfort zone, which also allowed her to increase her awareness and, therefore, be able to make different and better decisions for herself.
Now she enjoys meeting new people, she has more empathy for others and she is more grateful for her life. And because she values herself more, others value her too.
“It was like a drug. I was unable to focus, I was hardly eating, everything supposed me a big effort, the presence of other people annoyed me, nothing else was bringing me joy.Now I am clear, I am confident. I know what I want and I don't let others make me doubt"
- Marta (Spain)
Meet Paola - When she started this journey, she felt lost, but she had one thing clear: she wanted to invest in herself.
Little by little and along the way she started discovering the tip of the iceberg that governed her life.
"I have improved at a personal level by leaps and bounds. In these three months I have embraced the power to feel and share my vulnerability, locate my demons, keep my insecurities at bay, improve my health and open myself to love. I only have words of thanks for you, Sonia. I have taken that leap of faith that I was craving for so long, and the miracle has worked"
- Paola Moreno (Spain)
“I've achieved more life goals in the last 18 months than at any other time in my life. In that time, I've done three trips that I would previously have considered a "trip of a life-time". I never thought I could afford anything like that, and yet I did them one after the other.
But the trips were just the beginning. I became a different person, more calm, more conscious of my strengths and weaknesses. Travel has afforded me new learnings and tools to embrace the day-to-day challenges life can bring. And these experiences have not only changed me. They have changed myfamily. Now, when we travel we feel much more connected - with each other and with the world around us.”
- Helder V.B. (Portugal)
"I used to be a closed-minded person, I thought everything turned around me, the kind of personality that people usually avoid. Last year I made 9 trips (something I had never done in my life) and was able to take my son to Disneyland (an experience neither of us will ever forget). On my travels I connected with people from all over the world, and my communication skills improved tremendously. I learned to talk to other people and understand them better. Now I know how to negotiate better deals at my job and be a better father to my son"
- Aleks Sarci (Serbia)
"It used to be I couldn't meet people, I didn't know how to initiate conversations. Now I travel and meeting people easily everywhere I go!
- Benedict Csaba (Hungary)
"Four years ago, I was hardly traveling but dreaming of many beautiful places around the world. Now I am ticking them all off! Italy, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt... And one of the biggest blessings was to meet the love of my life on my trip to Berlin (Germany). Since then, we have already been in 20 holidays together! "