My passion for helping others had started when I was working in my 9 to 5, fast-paced, corporate job. One day I woke up and I could not get out of bed, I was so exhausted and I could hardly put a sentence together. I was terrified. I had no idea what was happening to me until I was diagnosed with work-related stress. I was working so hard for a company where I was just a number and could be easily replaced. Why was I putting so much pressure on myself? Pressure which resulted in me being signed off for stress three times in one year?
I completely lost my identity and I had no idea how to get it back. All I knew was that I had to change something quick otherwise I would get more ill.
It took me a month to recover and I remember coming back to the office and a BIG realisation hit me. I thought to myself “can I really work 9 to 5 for the rest of my life?”. The answer was a clear and loud “NO!”. I truly hated everything about working in a 9 to 5 job. I hated the office politics, how higher management treated dedicated and hard-working staff, I hated that well-being came second to profit. I hated the structure and the authority. The realisation that I could no longer work 9 to 5 was extremely overwhelming. It was like a small glimpse of the real Ewa who was screaming in my head- GET ME OUT OF HERE. The voice I had forgotten about, the true me that was lost for so many years.
I had so many questions in my head, like: so what next? What can I do? I have no other skills, no ideas, where do I go now?
This felt way more complicated than a simple job change. I knew I wanted to find my passion and turn it into a business. I wanted to ensure my new business would go in line with my personality, my values, my interests, my purpose and my strengths. I wanted to build the life I have always wanted. But more importantly, I wanted to reconnect with who I really was.
I tried many tools and strategies to help me find a business idea but I found myself spending my time and money on things that simply didn’t work and as a result I felt more stuck, stressed and exhausted in my 9 to 5 job which manifested in my inner conflict, identity crises and depression. Since then I’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t and I share these lessons with you in my Escape 9 – 5 Programme so that you can find your way faster.
Since leaving my 9-5 job, I have created a successful coaching practice where I have helped to transform many people’s lives. I found the fulfilment, meaning and purpose I was longing for.
I want you to courageously leave behind what is not working for you and dare to have it all. You deserve it and you can have it!
I am a qualified transformational coach accredited by Association for Coaching in the UK and International Coach Federation (ICF). This is the leading global organisation dedicated to advancing the coaching profession through high standards. I also have BSc in Psychology, CIPD qualifications in Human Resources and I am a certified Stress Management Trainer.
I worked in Human Resources for many years. As I quickly progressed to managing the HR department for a medium-sized business, I utilised coaching skills to target the following: performance issues, stress, anxiety, confidence, time management, workload issues, career progression, emotional challenges, mental blockers and self-development.
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