Videos & Blog



October 15, 2018

Prototyping beats Perfectionism – if you want to move forward (Video)

Why prototyping needs to beat perfectionism if you want to move forward in your life! I’m a wholehearted “Imperfectionist”! Oh yes, you heard me right. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have the highest standards for my work or how I show up in life. On the contrary. I’ll always […]
October 8, 2018

The # 1 Reason You’re still Stuck – and what to do about it

The reason you still feel stuck might be very simple, but not so obvious.    Let me be really blunt, here. The number one reason why you still feel stuck is YOU! I know, that sounds harsh. And obvious. And I know you’d immediately reply: “Thanks Yvonne, but if I’d […]
October 1, 2018

My journey to Life Designing & Why I decided to teach it (Video)

In this week’s video I want to share with you what happened in the time “between”. Between quitting my previous career and having no clue what to do next and now, teaching and empowering other people to build up their inner strength, confidence and guidance system.   These past 4 […]
September 24, 2018

Why “Following your Passion” can keep you stuck (Video)

    Thinking about giving your career and life a new turn? Feeling like there’s something missing? Motivation, inspiration or drive? That’s when we often hear the advice: “Just find your passion and follow it!” This seems to be a universal “band aid” for all that goes wrong or lacks […]
September 17, 2018

What happened when I stopped planning my career

What happened when I stopped planning and started designing my career In 2013, while sitting in my nice office in Brussels, I hit a glass ceiling. And, at the same time, rock bottom. Professionally I had reached all I had planned and pursued over the past 10 years. Starting as […]
July 29, 2018

Change your Perspective on Taking a Break

Exhaustion or inspiration – what’s the true reason you’re taking a break?   Every year I’m looking forward to my summer weeks in Europe. It’s my time to connect with my family and friends, to indulge in Mediterranean cuisine, to travel and let myself be inspired, and to slow down […]
July 23, 2018

Stressed out? – Have your Sources of Joy at hand

Even being extremely mindful about our life balance and wellbeing, there might be times where feeling stressed out or feeling overwhelmed is inevitable.    It’s hardly realistic to aim for a state of being where nothing pushes us off track and where we feel balanced and relaxed all the time. […]
July 16, 2018

Why Rejection is a Good Thing

Are you feeling low in energy and motivation because you’re starting out a new business or life venture and all you hear is “No” or “Not now” or “Not like this”?   Rejection is inevitable  – but your reaction is a choice   Even the most determined and committed human […]
July 8, 2018

Speaking up – the Missing Link in Personal Development

The missing link in personal development Always searching, always improving and always exploring. That’s what we’re up for, no matter if we call it spiritual or personal growth, personal development or self improvement. And what an exciting journey this is! Once we dive into this world we realize very fast […]
July 2, 2018

Option Overwhelm – how to Stop the Panic?

How to stop panicking when you feel overwhelmed by options?  Blessed with countless options in your professional or personal life? Options or ideas what to do next or how to move forward? Sounds like a dream! But what seems like a blessing for some, can quickly turn into a curst for others. […]
June 22, 2018

What to Life Hack from Designers to Thrive?

Design Thinking, a wildly popular methodology in product and service design, is an amazing source to life hack from. Just think about this. In the world of design, uncertainty and the need for rapid change and constant adaption are key for innovation and creative competition. Give a designer the challenge to […]
June 16, 2018

When Resilience meets Resistance

How to know when it’s time to give up? Venturing a new career or life project requires a hell of a lot of resilience. Because change never comes without resistance. The resistance we’re facing around us when we’re trying to push this new venture out in the world and the […]
June 11, 2018

Facing Challenges – the quality of your run up is what matters

Feel like a life or career challenge is impossible to overcome? Too big, too complicated, too scary? Then think sporty. Think like a high jumper. You wouldn’t try to jump from stand still, right? You would take a really good run up. And then it’s soo much easier to fly […]
June 2, 2018

How long is too long for a career transition?

This question of career transition and how long it should take came up several times during my trainings last week. And it’s a really good question. Whether you’re about to make the big leap or you’re in the midst of your career transition, most of us would like to have […]
May 28, 2018

Create more balance with your Personal Success Definition Exercise

(Video & Worksheet) Being crystal clear about what success means to you is key to more life balance! When I was asked during an interview about my own strategies how to create a life in balance I immediately thought about the importance of my Personal Success Definition. For me, success doesn’t happen […]
May 25, 2018

Life Designing goes Glamour – tips to create more balance

My interview with Glamour Brasil about “Life Designing” gave me the opportunity to reflect about the meaning of a life in balance and share with the readers how Life Designing can support people in creating a successful and well-balanced life.   A successful Life in Balance – illusion or reality […]
May 20, 2018

The “Havaianas Approach” – how to prototype your life

In Life Designing we often talk about prototyping our career or life ideas. But what exactly does this mean? Prototyping means nothing else than getting things out of our head and into action. Instead of contemplating an idea for weeks or even months you take action and evaluate the real […]
May 14, 2018

How to end your work day feeling energized

In this week’s video I’m sharing with you a super simple but super effective tool how you can maximize your energy and motivation level and feel energized, even after a long work day. The first step is to become aware of your distorted sensation Very often we have a distorted sensation about […]
May 7, 2018

Life Designing “behind the scenes” – change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone

I often get asked how I made this huge shift from spending my days attending European Parliament’s committee meetings, participating at hearings and conferences and representing German interests in the European policy making process to now, 4 years later, gathering people around me in Brazilian classrooms and training centres and […]
May 3, 2018

Career transition – 2 Tips How to Gain Clarity fast

Being in the middle of a career transition or thinking about a career change can feel overwhelming and at one point you might end up feeling stuck or feeling lost about how to move forward. There are so many options out there and the big question is: Which of those possibilities […]
April 28, 2018

Never give up on your dreams – but maybe readjust the path how to get there

Imagine you finally found your calling, your dream job, but you’re ready to throw in the towel because the weight on your shoulders feels too heavy? Then listen to Cata’s story and find out how Life Designing helped her to readjusted the path towards her dream.   Catarina Motta, Co-founder […]
April 22, 2018

Reframing – 4 simple steps how to get your mind on board

Wasting your most powerful and valuable asset, your mind, on creating limitations instead of inspirations is maybe the reason you don’t move forward or feel stuck (again). “I can’t do this. Who am I to try this out and succeed. I need to sacrifice my own dreams if I want to make […]
April 19, 2018

Design Thinking and Life Designing – connect the dots

So Design Thinking is around for quite a while now, widely applied across various professional areas and various design challenges. It’s extremely useful in tackling complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by understanding the human needs involved and by creating innovative and novel products and services. The five stages […]
April 16, 2018

Life Designing: 7 myths about creativity and how to bust them

Life Designing: 7 myths about creativity and how to bust them When it comes to creative tools, like Life Designing, many people think it’s something for a privileged creative crowd, designers, artists, you name it. And that’s so wrong! Creativity is our birth gift and part of our “survival instinct”. It’s […]
April 8, 2018

The most underrated action step in Life Designing

When reaching a point in our life where we start to question our current status-quo, or where we feel stuck or confused how to move forward, we usually seek answers through exploring what’s important to us and what it is that we want to create in the future.  And that’s a really valuable way to figure out how to move […]