With the difficult times we are facing at the moment, it is the perfect time to try something new whilst you are forced to stay indoors and over the next couple of weeks we are interviewing acts that are putting on everything from projects to lessons. Today, we are talking to Emilia who set up a new website with her friend Vas during Lockdown when one of them lost their job and the other had a contract end. I was intrigued to find out more about the inspiring website.
Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hello hello, thanks, sounds like an opening job interview question. I don’t want to bore you with my life story. So will give you some significant facts. I drank my first coffee when I was 5 years old and when I was 6 years old I asked myself the very first ‘Why’ question. Fast forward, 5 years ago, I became a life coach focusing on change process, be it change in career, mindset or habits. That’s where I can ask many questions, my favourite thing to do, as part of my job. However, most of my time in the last 8 years was spent on working in digital communications field across private, public and charity sectors. The daily dilemma here is combining these two fields to serve my clients and other people in the best way possible.
Tell us all about the project that you are bringing to the online world at the moment?
My latest project is called Together We Will Rise, which started just before the lockdown here in the UK. I and my friend Vas set up this community page to support and uplift each other through the challenging times of change. We are sharing videos, articles and stories on overcoming stress, fear, worries, uncertainty or anxiety during tough times of change. We are all in it together, together we will rise!
What inspired the project? And how was the project formed?
The pandemic, also the fact that my coaching buddy Vas lost her job and my contract ended more or less in the same time. So the first few weeks of March have been super challenging for both of us, we were experiencing all range of human emotions from fear and panic to feeling uncertainty about the future, while going through the pandemic change.
When we have little control over the outside environment, the only thing we can control is our reaction, our thoughts and our mindset. We have learnt how to deal with difficult situations, negative emotions, fears and anxiety by experiencing and overcoming many losses in our lives but also we are trained coaches in leadership and growth mindset. We wanted to share our knowledge with other people while sharing inspiring stories from the community because it might make all the difference to someone else’s life in times of need.
Tell us about some of your guest writers?
We invite people to share their stories, videos, or articles on overcoming fear, worries, uncertainty or anxiety to support and uplift each other through challenging times of change. If you would like to write an article on any of the topics above, please get in touch with me. I will be happy to discuss your idea! This is an example of our latest article, this is written by me: https://medium.com/@togetherwewillrise/how-to-feel-safe-and-less-stressed-in-pandemic-lockdown-7242dc774647
What is your website address?
How has it been going so far?
It’s going well, there is always room for improvement as this is my side project I don’t spend my entire time on it, however, we wanted it to be more of a community driven project, we need a bit more support and more videos from people.
With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?
Exactly, with everything happening in the world at the moment, mental health, mental and physical well being should be our priority. When we have been experiencing prolonged stress and anxiety, which is not only taking a lot of energy and mental capacity from us but also, depending on the level of severity, it detrimentally impacts our quality of life. Quite often we get inspired by others, especially listening to their stories and how they overcame hardship or what helped them in challenging situation. It’s so important to have a community and being supported.
What can people expect over the next few weeks from your project?
More inspiration, more interesting stories, more articles on how to stress less, how to lower anxiety, how to feel emotionally better so that we can do what we need to do and enjoy the journey.
If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?
Finally why should people get involved?
I and my friend Vas set up Together we will rise to support each other through the challenging times of change. We are here today to share our love, support and knowledge with you all. In order to serve you best we want you to contribute to this page and send us short videos of yourself or write stories telling us how you overcame fear, worries, uncertainty, anxiety or any challenge during difficult time, so we can share it to our community for other people to get inspiration and hope.