About

Natalia

About Me

So who am I and what do I stand for….. I stand for integrity and I stand for 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. I’m known for always smiling, and for always seeing the glass as half full, and see everyone as an equal. I truly believe that a business wouldn’t be a business without the many people who choose to work for them. 

What makes me different from other Personal Development 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 You

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.  

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 my 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 qualifying as a PADI Advanced Scuba Diver along the way. The most rewarding of all though……. volunteering at a local hospice. Am I bragging, no not at all, I’m just letting you know a little bit more about me, but more importantly, to let you know that if I can overcome everything life has thrown at me, then so can YOU!

About 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 needing to move 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. A few days later I was reading the newspaper, and under the classifieds section I came across an advert asking people to sell timeshare in Spain. The decision was easy, and following a call with an agency, my ticket was purchased and my case was packed! One thing about me is that I will always make as many changes as necessary to ensure my happiness. If this happens to mean a one way ticket to Spain in order to recharge my batteries, then so be it!

My Professional Journey

Several months later and following the summer season in Spain, I was back in London. I spent nearly fifteen years there before making the decision to finally leave and relocate to the South West. I still continued to work within Corporate male dominated environments across Bristol and Exeter, and nothing changed. London life had enabled me to find my voice, however I still wasn’t being taken seriously by male management. I was ignored during meetings, and bullied at work, and after raising a grievance, was made redundant. Following this I was then head hunted for my next corporate role as an HR Manager, but being made redundant again just over a year later was then the final push I needed. 

My corporate roles had all exposed me to some very unpleasant male senior management, and what concerned me the most was the impact those members of management were having on employees and their mental health. 

What Next

In 2018 I made the decision to relocate to Cornwall for my own mental and physical health, and I now live within walking distance to the beach. I made the decision to make changes within my life, remove the things that weren’t making me happy, and remove any negativity surrounding me. Only I could change my journey, my path, and the direction I had been going in. Any regrets… I just wish I had done it 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. 

Pop your details into the contact page and let’s get talking https://hopeandfreedom.co.uk/contact/

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