I'm Aja, a personal, creative and business coach. My mission is to help you design a life that thrives. I do work I love, create my own schedule, travel around the world and indulge in simple pleasures. In short, I am thriving. But life (and business) wasn't always this ideal. It wasn't until I developed a clear vision and growth mindset that things got interesting.
I went to business school at Stanford University after a few unfulfilling years working in finance. I used those amazing two years to create a philosophy and plan for my life. Of course I graduated, got nervous about not making money, and ended up working as a fashion marketing executive in New York!
It wasn't a bad move. I loved the city and even met a nice guy, but kept having a nagging feeling that I'd never be satisfied if I didn't at least try to carry out my plan. My intuition was telling me that I need to go down a different path to truly happy.
My partner is German and was in the U.S. on a diplomatic assignment so when his post was up we had the big relationship talk: does he stay in the states or do I move with him back to Europe? Or do we split? We said we’d think about it and regroup in a few weeks.
Yet, when I walked into the office the next day and stared at my soulless desk under the assault of artificial lights I made a spontaneous decision right then and there: I'm leaving Corporate America. I’m going to Europe with this wonderful person and will use the adventure as an opportunity to carry out my plan.
And if it all blows up in flames? So be it.
Well, it didn't blow up.
I called a meeting with my boss and put in my notice on the spot. This was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my entire life – despite the financial, professional, and personal risks. I trusted my heart over my head and it paid off.
We took a year-long sabbatical and traveled to half a dozen countries on our bucket lists. Then we settled in Berlin and I started a successful business and brand strategy consultancy and launched this life, business, and financial coaching platform to support others who have similar aspirations.
I draw from my diverse professional and creative background and my own experience to support fellow thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs in their pursuits. Everyday I honestly feel like I’m living a dream – and I want you to know that you can live yours.
You can design a life that thrives — one that gives you freedom, fulfillment, and financial success.