"You are your best investment"

Bijgewerkt: 18 feb 2020

It all started when she posted a photo of the Take Care of Your Selfie sticker in her Instagram stories. We started chatting and decided to go for a coffee, it was love at first sight. She appeared to be French, an extra gift to me (as I love speaking French) on top of her amazing energy and character. Sabrine is like a whirlwind of positivity when she walks into a room. Very conscious and the most positive mindset I have ever met. She not only became a precious new friend, we are also working on a collaboration (which will be offered soon!). I am proudly presenting Sabrine a.k.a. Sabou:

Picture: Espérance

Sabou, was there a specific moment in your life when you felt self-care is very important?

“I think I have been introduced to the idea of self-care when I was working at Nike, Inc. A fast-paced environment, challenging responsibilities, nice perks, checked all boxes. You have to know that I am a very happy and passionate person. I am literally pouring my heart out with every possible situation, I have no boundaries (haha). Of course I discovered there are some downsides to this. It came around 2017, when the whole company went into a reorganization. My responsibilities changed to more administrative work (which is my nemesis, knowing I always have my head in the clouds, dreaming and creating). Morale was pretty low, and I didn’t recognise myself in and outside of work. I was feeling down and useless, I lost a lot of weight, and honestly dreaded going to work. That’s when I realised I had to do something to keep myself sane, both physically and emotionally."

"It was at that moment I acknowledged I had to be responsible and take actions towards my well being. My passion for dance and marketing helped me move to Digital Marketing team where I stayed for almost a year. Mind you, it was an amazing experience, and the learnings have been tremendous. However, I still felt like I wasn’t fully in tune with who I am. That’s why I resigned in November 2018 to pursue my dream. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have anything lined up yet. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to teach and share my passion of dancing with as many people as possible. I had (and still have) a strong faith and an extreme determination to make it happen. By January 2019 I had three weekly spots in two schools, my own studio to teach three more weekly classes and a part time job as a digital marketer for one of the schools I was working with: I was ready.”

What does taking care of yourself mean to you?

“I feel like society and magazines have always written about how treating yourself was a way to take care of yourself. Going on nice and expensive holidays and buying expensive food, jewelry, bags and clothing. Everyone is free to do whatever they want to take care of themselves - however long term wise, I don’t think it’s a healthy relationship to treat yourself with external things. How about just being and connecting with ourselves instead?"

"I believe in that sense taking care of yourself means being responsible and doing whatever it takes to be able to live with yourself and to be the best version of yourself. That doesn’t mean being selfish! It is being mindful enough of your emotional and physical states of being. I believe that this is always done through the heart: connecting, listening and understanding what our minds and bodies are going through is essential to find and achieve our own state of happiness. It’s also going through the motions of life without being so hard on yourself, but rather being compassionate and loving to embrace and accept all that it is that makes us who we are.”

“Taking care of myself means being aligned and in tune with myself with who I am as a person, what I stand for and with what makes me vibrate. It is defining who I am as a human being and how I want to live my best life. Work that needs to be done constantly, every minute of every day. Not just when you’re feeling down or on the verge of a breakdown.”

What do you do when you feel the need to take care of yourself?

“I listen to some good music and start dancing, or I take a long stroll in the park. I find comfort and calm in movement. It helps me oxygenate my brain first, but also helps me clear up my mind and get some new perspectives. Walking for example helps me focus a lot on what is essential: breathing and being mindful of my body, senses and surroundings. I immediately find my zen again!”

What is your TCOYS tip to other people?

“Whatever you do in life, always try to be conscious and aware of why and how you’re doing it. This will help you to get a closer connection to who you are as a person, both physically and emotionally. Be curious about yourself: write, blog, vlog, journal, create voice notes, walk, dance… Find your own routine that will help you get in touch with who you are and what you stand for. You are your best investment. Don’t forget to embrace yourself: be compassionate and loving enough towards your actions, don’t judge yourself.”

Sabrine Ewies is a professional (Afro) dancer and teaches at different locations in Amsterdam but also abroad! Follow her dancing journey and schedule on Instagram. Stay tuned for our collaboration by subscribing to our newsletter (in the pop-up).

Editor: Sophie Schoteldraaijer

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