What I have found:
I believe that what often keep us from living a life with passion and purpose, is not our external circumstances, but the fear of not being good enough.
It’s been my experience that this fear will not be silenced (at least not for long) by fancy titles, great achievements or the acknowledgement from others.
I have discovered that when I have the courage to show up, participate and contribute despite this fear, I make a difference for others.
What I’m passionate about:
I’m passionate about helping people set themselves free from their limiting beliefs and behaviours and empowering them to use their passion, skills and unique point of view for a purpose greater than themselves.
Where I come from:
I grew up in Denmark and hold a Master of Laws from Aarhus University in Denmark, a Master of European Intellectual Property Law from Stockholm University in Sweden and I co-authored the “Handbook on Danish Copyright Law” (only available in Danish).
For 7 years I worked as a lawyer. I worked as a policy maker in the Cabinet Office of the Danish Ministry for Business and Growth, as legal counsel for a rights management organization and as an associate with one of Denmark’s top law firms. Yet, despite my success and achievements as a lawyer I never felt fulfilled. Adding the emotional turmoil of a divorce to my unfulfilled state of mind was the final straw. I had just had it with the life I was leading, being successful on the outside but utterly empty on the inside.
So I decided to quit my job, sell most of my belongings and make my childhood dream of riding a motorcycle come true. I took unpaid employment in a motorcycle repair shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn the art of motorcycle maintenance and bought my very first motorcycle – a six year old BMW F 650 GS Dakar. From Buenos Aires I embarked on a 53,000 km (33,000 miles) solo motorcycle journey to New York. It was this outer and inner journey that laid the foundation for changing the way I lived – from trying to fit in and having the right stuff to following my passion and using my skills and abilities to help others.
As the irony of life would have it, almost 7 years after I had quit my legal career I was offered a job as an in-house lawyer on a fixed term contract in Copenhagen. At the time I needed a break from the talks I had been giving for a number of years about my motorcycle journey. I had been sponsored by BMW Motorrad USA to speak at their motorcycle dealerships across the US and I wanted to find a new way of sharing what I had learned during my travels. So, I decided to take the job.
To my amazement, I found myself enjoying the work despite not having spent a second thinking about law during the past 7 year. New legislation had been implemented that I was totally unaware of and my legal knowledge seemed rusty at best. What had changed, however, was my approach to my work. My fear of not being good enough and of making mistakes had been transformed into focus and personal power through my inner work during my motorcycle travels. I was able to be in the workplace and do my work in a way that honoured my natural abilities and strengths (and my quirky personality) and I knew how to set healthy boundaries.
A year and a half later I left the legal job and began to write my book ‘The Journey to Me – Finding Freedom in the Awkward Realities of Existence’ which was published by the publishing house ‘Informations Forlag’ in Denmark in 2016. At this time, the book is only available in Danish, however, an excerpt in English is available by clicking the link below.