I've been blessed to live as an expat/immigrant for over two decades. I started my journey alone, and was fortunate to marry a global soul along the way; together we have three cross-cultural kids. At this moment, the five of us are living in the United States, and continue working/traveling between Brazil, Europe and our home in Connecticut.
I’m originally from Limeira, a city in the countryside of Sao Paulo state, in Brazil, and have enjoyed life in Japan (Yokohama and Nagoya), in the United States (Boston and San Diego), Brazil - twice as an expatriate in my own country (Sao Paulo), Switzerland (Zurich) and most recently, back to the United States in Stamford, Connecticut.
As you may guess, I feel the most comfortable within the international community. Still, I have deep roots in my beloved Brazil; it’s there that I recharge my batteries every so often.
For the last seventeen years, regardless of where I call home, I maintain my cross-cultural self and Brazilianess through the practice of Capoeira, an Afro –Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It keeps me grounded, humble and inspired.
As a Japanese-Italian-Brazilian, with some Portuguese blood, one might expect that navigating through the world should have been easy.
Not so fast!
I started this global life as a non-skilled immigrant, working in a factory in Japan as I learned Japanese and English, and in retrospect, international living skills.
Initially, I struggled with my pride to have to work in a low level job. In my native culture, it was easy for me to secure more qualified positions, and having to work with my hands on the factory floors really hit me hard.
She won’t last a month – I heard some of my co-works say.
I had decided to live in Japan for a few years to save money for college and learn languages.
Due to my maternal Japanese grandparents, I was able to legally work in Japan, and found a job even before I left Sao Paulo. My new employers paid for my trip expenses, therefore guaranteeing that I would stay with them for a while. This arrangement benefited both parties, as I couldn’t have paid for the trip myself.
My new company, Fuji Products, picked me up at the airport, provided dormitory facilities and transportation to and from work – a perfect way to arrive at a new place when alone and unable to speak the local language.
This is where the joy comes in. Life always provides the necessary answers if one keeps on searching. And with the search comes a certain knowledge that when shared, multiplies.
The skills I learned during those initial hard days in Japan kept on serving me, as I moved from one continent to the other.
My mission is to motivate and inspire global individuals to achieve fulfilling and successful lives, regardless of current home locations.
Feeling equally excited about our next vacation and our to-do list is possible! It takes learning new skills and partaking of the knowledge already out there shared by others who have traveled the paths we are now choosing.
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My Coaching Methods & Techniques
Assessment - Clarity- Mindset - Skill set - Goal setting- Action planning - Enjoy!
Accountability, Stickability & Support