Why the people we meet and the experiences we make shape us to become who we are today (intro)

My Oma’s garden, her B&B and my childhood stomping grounds

I believe that every human has an extraordinary story to tell. Unfortunately, not all are told, written down or recorded for generations to come. But they are out there and have been for as long as there is life on earth. We all arise from some place, are shaped by what surrounds us, carry some piece of baggage, overcome obstacles, and carry onwards. Some of us are luckier than others. For example, somebody like me who is healthy and born into the 1st world, somebody who’s life has been filled with curiosity, positive change, and lots of powerful connections. One thing is clear to me, learning about stories of others, how they experience life, can change you forever. That’s why I’d like to share stories which changed my life and what I learned from them. But at the same time, I’ like to inspire and encourage you to think of stories which shaped your life and share them with others. So that the stories are kept being told and don’t get lost in the universal nirvana.

My fist story is going to be about a female entrepreneur born in 1929 in the Austrian Alps, the oldest of 6 kids who left her small village and family behind to begin a new life in another country and to become the owner and manager of a Bed & Breakfast which she ran for over 45 years. This extraordinary woman is my grandmother Emma, known to me as Oma for more than 30 years. I can’t wait for you to meet her, share her story, how she influenced me and my learnings from her life story with you.

But before, I begin my series, I want to encourage you to go out there and do something new today, walk down a new street, shop at a different store, sit on the other side of the bus, shake up your routine and tell me what you experienced. What could go wrong? A new interaction? A new experience? A new connection? I can’t wait to hear about it!