The choice for change: to be what we want to be, do we add layers to ourselves, or take them off?

Hello, you lovely people!

Thanks for reading this, my new blog. I have never written one before, and as I start I am happy to admit that I am not sure where I will go with it. The one thing I am sure of is that I write how I speak: from my heart, with honesty and emotion (and probably not perfect English!)

I want to start this blog by telling you who I am now. Yes, I said now. Because I've changed, I’m not the same as I was.

When I first came to London in 2011 I was 'only' one thing, Arantxa The Human Being. I was dreaming of becoming more than that; I wanted to work for myself, I was tired of working for other people. I wanted freedom and control in both my personal and professional lives. I wanted to become Arantxa The Entrepreneur.

So I thought to myself, what can I do ? I didn’t have a career, I had done a lot of different jobs, but none of them were exciting enough for me to build a career on.

However, I was good at languages. I was fluent in French, native in Spanish, and advanced in Italian… although I would describe my level of English at that time as 'rubbish'!. I also loved to connect with people, to interact with them, help them, and to meet lots of different personalities.

So, I thought to myself, If I start to teach private lessons in Spanish and French on my own, I can organise my work time like I was my own boss. The boss. Oh yes, I love the concept and the sound of this word in English. Even the Spanish word has power- (‘Jefa’ with the 'Spanish j' that you actually say with a really strong 'h' sound). Thinking of myself like that inspired me to turn my dream into a reality.

And my freedom started from that moment!

Today, almost 6 years later, I’m still Arantxa The Human Being. But how would I describe myself now? I´ve realised my dream of becoming Arantxa The Entrepreneur, owning my languages agency ADC Languages and still doing French and Spanish tuition. But I'm also more than that – I'm now Arantxa the MUMpreneur! That's right, I’m a mum to a beautiful little girl, and a mum-to-be to a baby boy who has been growing inside me for the last 5 months.

There are other 'layers' to who I am – I'm a wife to an amazing husband and a lover of exercise, travelling, self-reflection and the sun. And now, I'm also a qualified transformational life coach, a new part of me which I am growing and has many different possibilities for me. !

Whoop whoop! I am almost lost for words when I see the many different things I now have on my list of what makes me, me! #Proud.

This is the most important lesson I've learned so far:

You are not meant to be one single thing for the rest of your life.

Until coming to London in 2011, I lived in a lot of different places doing a lot of different jobs that I didn´t really care about. I could have stayed like that, but the moment i decided to follow my ACTUAL passions (using my language skills, connecting with people and helping them) and became a wife and mother, everything in my life aligned. I learned that I didn’t need to remove anything from my life, or stop anything, to change; no, I needed to add more layers to who I was, to become who I wanted to be. The more variety I have in my life, variety that is linked by this crazy little thing called LOVE, the happier I am.

I want to end my first blog with a few big questions that I asked myself 5 years ago:

  • Do you do what you love?
  • Are you following your dreams?
  • Can your passions become your career?
  • Who do you want to be, and what can you do to get there?

I'd love you to share your answers below.

Look out for next blog. Bye for now!