Hi friends, it’s time to meet Janneke.
Janneke is a certified health coach, health blogger and team manager at an international company. She currently lives in Tel Aviv (Israel). Janneke is my good friend, and has lived in Israel for 3 years now on a partner visa. After her and and her boyfriend sadly broke up (after 6 years) her partner visa will now end, she will have to go back to the Netherlands soon to pursue her dream: bring her knowledge about coaching into practice. Janneke recently completed her health coaching course and has started a blog (http://www.janshealthdepartment.com).
Why did I choose to interview Janneke? I find her such an uplifting spirit. She never complains, works hard and doesn’t linger on obstacles she encounters. She is very independent and ambitious, allowing her to take over a team manager position in an international company with an office in Israel. What struck me most is her positive attitude after she broke up with her boyfriend; she managed to find herself a new place to live and chooses to look at her new situation from a different point of view: one of enjoying life to the fullest as a bachelorette in Tel Aviv.
What are your top 5 daily habits to stay focused and healthy?
- I drink lots of water (with lemon). It keeps me alert and focused and makes me feel better in general. Moreover, it makes my skin to glow and my hair looks much healthier when I drink more than enough on a daily basis.
- I work at least 9 hours per day and sit in front of the computer most of that time. To counteract the negative effects of sitting, I prioritize an active lifestyle. I run 3 times a week, do yoga, swim in the sea or when I have a less active day, I make sure to walk at least for 30 minutes on such a day. During my lunch breaks I always take a walk with my dog.
- I start the day with a to do list and make sure to finish the most important tasks first.
- I listen to music a lot, also when I work. It gives me positive energy.
- I take mini-breaks at minimum every hour during my workday. During those breaks, I stand up and walk around, I stretch, I cuddle my dog or reply to friend’s messages.
What kind of kind of food do you think everybody should stay away from? And what food should everyone include in their diet?
Stay away from processed foods, mainly deep-fried or sugar-coated foods and soda’s. I would say the best is to eat as unprocessed as possible; fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, low-fat yoghurt and milk, fish and low-fat meat, eggs, nuts, healthy fats like olive oil etc. Try to not eat out too often, but certainly not deprive yourself of a little treat once in a while.
What is your ultimate career goal and how will you achieve this?
My ultimate goal is be an independent health coach with a business that I can manage from anywhere in the world. I would like to develop an online health coach program where I do one-on-one talks with my clients through Skype or FaceTime. It would be awesome to be able to go where-ever I would want to and run my business meanwhile. Above all, my ultimate goal is to help my clients be healthy, happy and confident in their own skin and have them in turn inspire others do reach the same goals.
What did you learn during your time in Israel?
Wow, I’ve learned so much. Most of all, I learned a lot about myself. When you move to another country you have to step out of your comfort zone. This kind of situation gives you a lot of opportunities to learn who you really are and what you want out of life. I learned that I’m a very strong woman with willpower and that I can dream big.
On another level, my time here taught me that you should never trust the media and try to open your eyes for the different perceptions people have about a certain situation. There’s never just one truth.
What will you miss the most here in Israel?
I am in love with Tel Aviv. This city is not very pretty at first site, but it is not a superficial city at all. I love the ambition and the creativity of the people here. Many young people try – and often also fail – to open a business and try to get more out of life than just to be satisfied with a mediocre job that doesn’t bring any happiness. I love the summer vibe here. The warmth, being able to wear flip-flops all year round, the ease of meeting up with friends. Going to the beach for an end-of-the-afternoon dip in the Mediterranean sea. I will miss all of it.
Most of all, I’ll miss all the amazing people I’ve met here and became friends with. I’m already thinking of when I should be coming back for a visit!