In 2011, I moved across the world with nothing but two suitcases. My (now) husband had been a foreign exchange student at my high school, and we decided it was time to end the “long-distance“ part of our relationship right after I graduated.
After arriving in Germany, I did a year-long internship at a private school and worked with kids ages 5 to 12 in small groups to help them improve their English skills. I’m not sure if I should count this as a success as an expat or a fail as a tutor, but by the end of the year, I was the one who had become fluent in another language.
Matthis and I were both 19 years old when we got married in 2012.
I then did a three-year-long work/study apprenticeship and acquired the German equivalent of a degree in business/office communication “Ausbildung zur Kauffrau für Bürokommunication.“ I continued working full-time until my first child was born in 2017.
After my son’s birth, it felt as if I had been reborn, too, and was witnessing the world through fresh, new eyes. I decided to start a weekly blog in my early months as a mother to capture my thoughts and give them a worthy home.
It wasn’t long before stumbled upon a parenting approach that would prove to radically change my life.
In 2019, my daughter was born, and what had already become a great inspiration for my everyday life as a mother, continued to grow into something more.
In 2020, my blog gradually shifted to an Instagram account, where I started sharing the information I was learning, as well as my own imperfect journey in applying it. At the end of the year, I took a RIE® Foundations Course and received a certificate in the field I’m most passionate about: Respectful Parenting.
Since then, my account has grown to more than 10,000 followers, and I was given the incredible opportunity to write a weekly column for my local, German newspaper. Lots of other projects are in the works — and we added another baby to our family in 2021.
In all that I do, my heart burns to inspire and support families in building deeper connections, respectful relationships, and healthier homes — from the inside out.