My name is Anne-Marie. Do Your Thing is my personal vision and driving force in life. I also believe it’s my gift to the world. I like to inspire people to find and do their thing, even more so finding out what’s holding them back. To see people live their lives to the fullest is my ultimate pleasure and goal. Because no matter where you come from, life is too short to just be unhappy.
A few things you should know about me
- I grew up in the area of Leuven (Belgium), known for Rock Werchter, Father Damian and the KULeuven university.
- I have been playing music since I was 6. I play rock & blues on piano and drums. I recently also started teaching piano to children and adults.
- After studying programming and Webmaster at MediaCentrum KULeuven, I made my first website in 2001. I worked on webdesign projects for big brands in an internet agency, did a few independent web projects for KULeuven (dienst Studieadvies, dienst Communicatie) and then started working for myself for all kinds of businesses.
- In 2008, I started collaborating with other entrepreneurs and freelancers, which gave me the freedom to work location indepent, travel and then go back to university to study psychology.
- I now run (another) location independent business called “Do Your Thing”, dedicated to helping others find their thing and also guiding them on how to turn their talents into (location independent) business ideas.
- The times are always changing and we cannot control this, but today there has never been a better time to 'do your thing' and write your own script of life! That also means you'll be more motivated and able to give the best of yourself to the world!
Positive psychology for better living
As a life and business coach at Do Your Thing, I would like to give you a flavour of positive psychology, inspire you to travel more, maybe even start your own business and overall have a more adventurous life out of your comfort zone, where you can develop yourself and grow even more.
Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology. The focus of positive psychology is on personal growth rather than on pathology, as is common among older frameworks within psychology and used in psychotherapy. It’s the scientific study of what makes life worth living. Positive psychology wants to complement, rather than ignore or replace more traditional areas of psychology, adding an emphasis on positive human development. It’s as concerned with strength as with weakness, as interested in happiness as in sadness. It’s interested in healing.
By adding aspects of positive psychology in coaching, coaching still isn't psychotherapy and certainly not a replacement for mental or medical care. As long as someone's still keeping up with life quite well (and physically and mentally healthy), we could work together. Otherwise, it's better to contact a psychotherapist, because then, coaching is probably not the best option.
Although “positive”, I didn’t want the baseline of Do Your Thing to be “positive psychology for a good life”, but rather “positive psychology for better living”:
- Because our focus should not be on the destination (“a good life”), but on the road (“better living along the way”).
- Because life will never be perfect and there’s always room for improvement.
- Because to grow is to make mistakes, and that’s okay.
- Because if we don’t make mistakes, we are hardly learning anything.
- Because sometimes it’s okay not to grow and taking a moment (a few days, weeks, months, maybe years) to just stand still.
- Because good days have common features: feeling autonomous, competent, and connected to others.
- Because people want to be happy. And better living can be taught.
- Because happiness leads to desirable outcomes at school, work, your social relationships, even to good health and a long life.
- Because money makes an ever-diminishing contribution to well-being, unless it is spent on other people.
- Because the heart matters the most. Schools explicitly teach critical thinking, but should also learn unconditional caring.
- Because better living is hard work, and there are no shortcuts.
- Because ultimately don’t we all just want to do our thing?
- What's your thing?