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Wow, it is so incredibly powerful to be able to follow my heart and to believe in myself!

‘I started working with Sophie when I decided to follow my heart’s desire of moving to Florence, Italy last year. She helped me gain insight in what I needed to be able to really take this step. Sophie especially helped me look at my own strenghths and how to (dare to) trust them instead of making mountains out of mole hills.

I quit my job, sold my house and my car and the fear that I expected to feel when taking these steps never showed up. Wow, it is so incredibly powerful to be able to follow my heart and to believe in myself!

And now I’ve been living in Florence for two months already. I live so much more from my heart and feel that I can set up my life here. When I have moments of doubt or fear, I think back of my sessions with Sophie and tap into my own strengths and regain that feeling that I know I can do it!

Grazie mille, Sophie!!!’

– Anneke

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I’ve started believing in my projects more and more.

Thanks to Sophie’s coaching I’ve put to silence (or almost) my tendency to autocriticise that led me to not giving myself full value in what I do, even in work. It has been a really great step.

Among the things that have helped me in making some progress in my own perception of my value in work was writing a list of qualities I have as well as writing clearly what my skills are, which projects I’m actually already doing and which I want to do soon. Putting down these things in black and white helped me to let them feel more “mine” and I’ve started believing in my projects more and more.

– Cristina

This was like more like talking to yourself, through another person

‘[…] However, what I do know — is a really good friend of mine named Sophie. A Dutch girl who has lived in Florence for many years now, she’s the one who introduced me to this world of life-coaching and what it is, and more importantly what it isn’t about. Which is actually almost moreimportant to understand.

A life coach will not tell you what to do, make your life plan happen, give unsolicited advice, or wipe your bottom. Sorry guys!

What will they do? Ask a series of questions and get to know the root of what you are looking to change in your life, and why. You would be surprised how much you already know yourself — sometimes you just need to say it out loud, in front of someone else. Which already goes a long way into making your goals much more accountable, and tangible. An excellent idea for someone who is looking to move abroad and needs to talk with someone, or a person already abroad but feeling ‘stuck’ and frustrated.

I did a half-hour session with her, just to see what it’s like and I left the meeting very intrigued and much more clear-minded. Unlike therapy, which is a different concept all-together, this isn’t about that.  This was like more like talking to yourself, through another person. My own obstacles and goals revolve mainly around career longevity, being more organized in every sort of way. I realize that there are many small changes that I could make now, that would help tremendously, but that I just have constantly been avoiding. It was just one lesson, but I want to go back for more, because we all could use a bit of self-improvement.’

– Georgette Jupe Pradier (a.k.a. international blogger magnate Girl in Florence)

Read more about her experience with Life Coach Sophie and find out what is The One Thing Everyone Should Know When They Move Abroad

Photo: Christine Juette Photography

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‘Through coaching techniques, Sophie helps you to identify your passions and dreams and allows you to outline a new life path.’

– Giulia

She has a calmness that allows the client to be honest, without any fear of being judged.

‘Sophie has a very effective coaching style, combining a sense of confidence, professionalism, and understanding of the client. She has a calmness that allows the client to be honest, without any fear of being judged.

Sophie keeps the sessions focused on the client’s agenda, while allowing opportunity for the client to explore options and related issues. Sophie persisted in focusing on the agenda of the session. She did not let me wander aimlessly to other non-related areas. Sophie’s style emphasized to me the major aspects of coaching. It reinforced for me the importance of following the competencies, as provided by the International Coach Federation.’

– Suzanne Blouin (coach)

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Find the path you really want to take

‘Sophie’s international experience makes her a coach that goes beyond cultural borders or languages. You can relate to her regardless of your nationality or background.

Being coached by Sophie is giving yourself the space and importance you deserve; she helps you find the path you really want to take!’

– Eveline

Exactly thirty minutes later, I was teary-eyed and grateful with a head full of ideas and positive resolutions to improve my life/writing career.

‘I met Sophie at a quiet cafe where she explained the concept of life coaching to me before initiating our session. I will admit that I was extremely skeptical. Sophie asked me to think of a goal or an objective, so I told her that one of my writing projects had reached a dead-end.

Exactly thirty minutes later, I was teary-eyed and grateful with a head full of ideas and positive resolutions to improve my life/writing career. Seriously. Rather than merely doling out advice, Sophie asked stimulating questions, which compelled me to really think before formulating answers. Throughout this exercise she monitored my responses and gave helpful feedback (much like Socratic dialectics, where Socrates would help his opponent arrive at the final knowledge of virtues through deeply questioning his beliefs). Many of us possess a plethora of life experience within us, yet it may become inaccessible under layers of daily stress. When properly extracted, however, it is like having an epiphany.

My initial goal was to overcome writer’s block, but the more Sophie questioned me, the more I realized that there were deeper issues lurking beneath the surface- issues that were hindering my potential. It was like walking down a long hallway and opening one door after another.

Life coaches are not therapists in the traditional sense of the word, but my session (albeit short) was in many ways cathartic. Listening to myself describe the problems and solutions made them real because spoken words hold power. I became suddenly aware of what needed to be done, and the moment I voiced this aloud, it became a commitment.

– C. De Melo (author & artist)

Read the whole article Love Yourself – Hire a Life Coach here.

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Francesco Masciullo

Winner Italian Barista Championship 2017

Francesco Masciullo is a master coffee maker and participated in the National Barista Championship 2017 and won the competition. I’ve had the honour of coaching this champion towards his dream: being acknowledged and celebrated for his exceptional talent which he can now share with other coffee aficionados worldwide. We worked on his fluency in English, presentation skills and how to deal with the anxiety that inevitably comes up when playing at such a high level. Seeing this photo brought tears of joy and pride to my eyes. Love you champ, see you for coffee at Ditta Artigianale, Florence.

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