Videos & Blog



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 […]
April 2, 2018

What Life Designers are reading

As Life Designers we are striving to understand how we can create a Life Design that helps us and people around us to thrive. And as Life Designers we know that just chasing one positive emotion after the other isn’t enough to experience a fulfilling and meaningful life. It is […]
April 1, 2018

The 5 key attributes of successful Life Designers

Being a Life Designer requires a special set of skills. I am talking less about technical skills, or methodologies, or tools and more about a certain way of acting and thinking. Simply put, I am talking about a certain way of living. To become a successful Life Designer and to create a unique future which is […]
March 29, 2018

Why “you-centred” design isn’t self-centred

This video goes out especially to all of you who are always putting the needs and expectations of others first. And those of you who are always supporting other people’s Life Design while forgetting that actually you have design aspirations yourself. Creating a “you-centred” design doesn’t mean you exclude or […]
March 29, 2018

The single question in case you feel stuck or lost

The single, most important question to ask yourself in case you feel stuck or lost might not be the question you think it is. When finding themselves in these kinds of difficult situations most people immediately want to jump to the solution. They become stressed and anxious to move forward. […]
March 29, 2018

Life Designing, why it’s maybe NOT for you!

Do you always have everything figured out? Do you never feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward? Well, in that case you really don’t need to learn about Life Designing. Because then you already ARE a Life Designer. Congratulations. If not, listen to my story. It might sound […]
March 27, 2018

What’s a “you-centred” design process?

Design Thinking, the cornerstone of Life Designing, is a user-centred design approach to create products and services which truly meet our needs. Life Designing is aiming for exactly the same result, creating solutions around your needs, values, aspirations and around how you’re wired. Only when you take yourself as the […]
March 27, 2018

Life Designer vs. Life Planner

Life Designer or Life Planner – do you know the difference? Many people ask me: “Yvonne, what exactly is a Life Designer?” Well, to explain this we have to take a look at what it isn’t. Approaching life with the mindset and behaviour of a Life Designer is the opposite […]