My Passion & Values
So who am I and what do I stand for….. My name is Natalia, and I stand for integrity, and resilience. My core values have never changed throughout life and they have always been at the heart of everything I do. I’m a bit of a bohemian, I love to travel, and to be my own person, and fitting in with the crowd doesn’t concern me. I pride myself on being authentic and professional, what you see is what you get.
What makes me different from other mentors…my ingredients of course! My working background in London, my extensive life experience, and my resilience, drive, and focus. Throughout life I’ve had periods of struggling with my own mental health, losing my Dad to cancer, daily high levels of stress within the corporate workplace, and anxiety in every day life.
I believe that we shouldn’t try to hide who we are, we should embrace any challenges and work through them.
Working with me you will have access to my wealth of knowledge, and I guarantee that you will not be able to find another mentor who has overcome as many challenges, both personal and professional. I have worked extremely hard to get where I am today and I’m proud of myself, but I couldn’t have done any of this without being resilient.
Following poor grades at school, witnessing violence at home, being split between two parents who were divorcing, being a survivor of domestic violence myself, and then the sudden loss of my Dad to cancer, I now embrace every single day of my life.
I’m a qualified HR Manager, I’ve completed qualifications in Mentoring and Mental Health Awareness, and I’m a Charity Champion for Time to Change. I’ve worked for the most prestigious Investment Banks in Canary Wharf, I’ve travelled alone and visited some amazing places, as well as overcoming my fear of being underwater, and qualifying as a PADI Advanced Diver. All of this took resilience, being away from home, not having a social network to support me, facing my fears head on.
If I can overcome the challenges which I found myself facing, then so can you.
My Personal Journey
After losing my Dad, I packed up my car and moved to London with enough money to survive for a short period. I moved in with friends, and registered with a recruitment agency in Clapham. Fast forward a few years, and with several contract roles under my belt, I very quickly found myself working all hours. I was completely exhausted as well as feeling miserable, and I didn’t feel that I was actually achieving anything. I felt overwhelmed and isolated, and this impacted my self-worth, my confidence, and my life in general.
In my personal life I was going through hell, having been a victim of domestic violence, giving evidence in court, and then being told to relocate to a new location. I was mentally and physically drained, and had lost my confidence, my sparkle, my focus, and my drive. My mental health was going downhill, and something needed to change immediately. I had to escape the controlling cycle i found myself in, both at work, and at home, and I needed to break free, find my voice, and find my freedom.
My Professional Journey
Several months later and following a summer season working in Spain, I found myself back in London. I spent nearly fifteen years there before making the decision to relocate to the South West. I continued to work within corporate male dominated environments as it was all I knew, so nothing really changed. London life had enabled me to find my voice, however I still wasn’t taken seriously by male management.
Ignored during meetings, spoken over, bullied at work, and after raising a grievance then being made redundant, was impacting my mental health considerably, as well as my self worth. Following redundancy and being head hunted for my next role, I found myself in a similar position again, even as the HR manager, so when redundancy struck again just over a year later, this was the final push I needed.
My corporate roles had exposed me to some very unpleasant people, and very unpleasant corrupt situations, and I had witnessed first hand the impact on those younger and less vocal employees around me. Nothing was being done, nobody was listened to, and the ones at the top turned a blind eye. I knew that yet again, I had to stand alone and do the right thing.
After standing alone, speaking up, and then being given the push, I finally left the corporate world behind. I made the decision to relocate to Cornwall for my own mental wellbeing and quality of life. I made the decision to remove any negativity from around me and stay away from toxic situations. Remove anything which wasn’t making me happy, and start living life for me, living by my values. Only I could change my journey in life and the direction I was going in, it just took me some time to realise this. Any regrets…I just wish I had made the move sooner.
Now is my time, my time to give back, my time to pay it forward. We all have a voice, we just need to feel empowered enough to use it.