Bijgewerkt: mei 19
I met Liseth at an event of Seasandstories. Liseth was showing one of her first collections of her vintage label Serendipity Vintage Dreamer and I was speaker at the event. Afterwards we connected and go for regular coffees ever since. Liseth is power and serenity at the same time, like yin and yang. She has a soothing energy and also built an inspiring new fashion brand within a few months. I hope you love her words as much as I do.
Liseth, was there a specific moment in your life when you felt self-care is very important?
"I used to work very hard, go to the gym at night and festivals in the weekend. I never really listened to my body, I just kept on going. Then, when I was 25 I got an hernia. I was hardly able to walk: a sign from my body to take a step back. To recover I choose acupressure, to treat the cause instead of the outcome. It took quite some time to recover. The biggest lesson I got out of this time comes from the acupressure practitioner, who taught me to slow down."
What does taking care of yourself mean to you?
"It’s about not having any “I have to's”. It’s about making choices. I choose to spend time with special friends and my sisters to have the most beautiful conversations. It’s a merge of structure and spontaneity. Structure to reach my goals and spontaneity and good energy when it concerns people. I really find it important to surround myself, personally and professionally, with people with shared values and beautiful stories."
"It’s also about choosing a job that is close to me and my personal values, something I truly believe in. I decided to start my own business last year, something which is close to my heart and my values. In entrepreneurship it is all about finding balance. It’s about being able to give 140 percent and at the same time knowing when to take a step back to rest and recover."
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What do you do when you feel the need to take care of yourself?
"I turn inwards by practicing yoga or meditation to feel what I need in that moment. I adjust my agenda to what I need and talk about it with my loved ones. I also share why I reschedule a meeting if that’s what I need in that moment, I believe it's important to show vulnerability and honesty."
What is your TCOYS tip to other people?
"Check out of everything that you created, in order to turn inwards. Feel what you need, feel what’s important to you and what the life is you want to create. Turn towards silence, spend time alone, zoom out to observe what the choices you made and what life you created so you can see what you need to change."
Bonus question: what is your TCOYS tip during Covid-19?
"Since the outbreak in Holland I decided to start every single day with some fineness.
Depending on what's I need that day: a work-out, a walk in the park or I take my mat to do some exercises. This gives me peace and space from which I benefit all day long."