I have worked in corporate environment, with high responsibilities positions for 11 years. First in a strategic and lobbying position in the international telecommunication regulations field, working for a french mobile operator, within the ITU. Then, as a project manager in real estate development, and finally as a project manager in urban development, dealing with strategic and high risk projects. You can see my corporate path here if you are curious. That is what Linkedin is made for!
As far as I remember, since high school there has always been this underlying question: "What am I doing here" or its little sister "How come I put myself in such a situation. Again."
It was showing a clear problem of misalignment between my studies, work path and work environment, and... myself! I had always taken default decisions, projected by authority figures around me. Parents, teachers, managers... I though they would know better, because I did not really know myself what were my alternatives. I was not evolving in a open-minded out-of-the-box human and professional environment, so I did not know how much I did not know.
I was still very successful from the outside. And a comfortable salary.
So far, many many people would resonate with this right? And also the follow-up: I ended up completely burned-out.
After quite a journey, in september 2014, I quit my corporate life and sold my flat, and took a break to travel, meet people, open my perspectives and figure out another way of living my personal and professional life.
I had to heal first. I was exhausted, insomniac, I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, and also bits of depression.
Even from this place of high vulnerability and vacuity, I knew one thing deep inside : something else was possible. And I knew I had what it took to create a life on my own terms. But first, I needed a break. A proper break.
A year later, I was feeling ready, I decided to move for 2 months in Ubud, Bali, which is an international location independent hub : inspiring entrepreneurs, start-up or social business founders, coaches,... And this is why I got there. I joined an accountability group in a very popular coworking space. (the story that led me there is here)
Surrounding myself with this variety of people living a work life on their own terms and redefining success opened my eyes broadly and changed my life forever. I also have fully understood the power of a community of like-minded, stimulating, supportive and inspiring people. Here, in the middle of the ricefields and next to the volcanoes, everything fell into place. My whole program took shape.
It took me more than a year to refine it further, adjust to the needs of the people I wanted to help with my work : people with a story similar to mine, the lovely misfits, the ones who question the statut quo, seek, try, move forward, ... During and after this time I have given many talks, workshops, coached people, started fruitful collaborations... Each experience was giving me more motivation and clarity on how to share this game changing vision with you.
I help people creating a fulfilling, efficient and flexible work organisation and work life, by taping into self-awareness.
Contact me if you want to know more or want to know if we are a good fit to work together!
More things about me :
I am a former streetluge and classic luge world champion et multiple times french champion. I have also raced in world cups in open category (with men) for a few years, with pretty honorable result.
Overall I am a boardsports fan and also a yoga and meditation enthusiast. I love deep conversations about psychology, sociology, science, philosophy,... As well as fine food and fine wine :)
I love to travel on a roadtrip mode with my car.
I am a TEDx speaker, a returning speaker at Freedom Summit, and Agility by Design conference, a returning guest facilitator on the program Women In Transition in Bali and Poland, an "in-house" coach for remote workers on Remote Work Hub and Coworkees platform, and one of the speaker at 2018's Freedom X Fest.
I have also co-authored a book called Freedom by Design, on entrepreneur and location independent lifestyle, alongside with Casey Fenton, co-founder of couchsurfing, as well as other inspiring entrepreneurs and coaches.
(This part needs an update... there is now much more to the story!)
They are talking about me with warm words and I am so thankful for them!
DEREK LOUDERMILK - business coach, speaker, AUTHOR, adventurer
"Helene was really great at helping me prepare for a big conference I was speaking at. We went over all the ways to maximize my time and effort for the event. She helped me brainstorm lots of ideas and then we were able to see which ones would be most effective. She was great about checking in on my progress and holding me accountable so that I could be succesful."
RENEE MARTINA - FOUNDER AND OWNER OF HUBUD COWORKING SPACE AND WIT RETREATS
"Helene really spoke to women who wanted to curate their own careers with great balance and integrity. She has accomplished a great deal in unlikely circumstances, so she has a lot of 'street cred'... literally and figuratively!"
JOAO PERRE VIANA - FOUNDER OF WALKING MENTORSHIP AND CONSULTANT
Hélène is a truly happiness at work activist ! She will guide you trough a vibrant process of reconnection with life/work fundamentals. Smooth but straight to the point without loosing grip with reality.
I recommend a chat with Hélène to discover in more detail what she does and experiment her uniqueness energy, you will not regret a minute of your time.
Sherina shamdasani - psychologist and life coach
I met helene in one of her productivity workshops in Barcelona and felt inspired by her authenticity and positive vibe. I took her online course too, which made me connect with my inner self and figure out my own natural rhythm and how to adapt it to my current lifestyle. It helped me get a sense of awareness that has lead me to live a more balanced lifestyle that best suits me.
JUSTINE mace - TRAVEL AGENT
" I highly recommend coaching with Helene. I was really unhappy with my job and was completely lost in my future projects… Thanks to her support, I’ve learned a lot of things about myself that I did not know. The coaching enabled me to understand what kind of professional life I was really looking for. Thanks Helene for your positivity thinking, your encouragements and your efficiency…. I achieved with success my professional projects!"
MARIE corvisart de fleury - SHIATSU PRACTICIONER
"I would like to thank Helene for her work. She practices coaching with passion and with a brilliant relevant eye. She always has an appropriate question helping you to discover the right issue. She is riding on our unconscious mechanisms and help us with ability to be aware of them. She has got many magic and fun tools (as Mary Poppins !) to work on it ! She is doing her job with so much love and patience that I just wish everybody to meet this lovely person. I wish you the best"
Petra hu - Theta healer
"I did a coaching session with Helene because I wanted to develop a healthier relationship with money. Helene helped me approach my budget in a realistic and relaxed way. She helped me realize that it’s not about making cuts, but making space. Seeing time, money and personal fulfillment in a holistic way gave me a more empowered financial mindset, flipping the way I used to see money as something I could never have enough of to something that helps me create the life I desire."