Why on earth would you move back to Germany?
That’s what my friends asked me when I told them that I would be going back to Bavaria for a month in the spring. Why would I want to leave a way cooler city in the Netherlands: Amsterdam. A city that gives me so much inspiration, has endless fun things to do and enables me to meet people from all over the world. Why would I go from a city that has it all to a village that, from their perspective, hasn’t got that much to offer?
The answer is: I’m not doing this for others, I’m doing this for myself.
My yearly challenge
After facing breast cancer last year, I want to explore new things and embrace wonderful experiences that make me happy. I made the decision to explore something new at least once a year. Something that gets me out of my comfort zone.
The opportunity to join my global corporate communications team on a short-term assignment was exactly the challenge I needed. Filling out my application I could already feel the excitement I get every time I enter the adidas World of Sports campus.
It is something I can’t describe to my friends but I’m so proud to be here; to be part of such an inspiring organization that has a core belief I can relate to.
Through Sport, We Have The Power To Change Lives.
My favorite moment is when I walk into the office and see our core belief at the entrance: Through Sport, We Have The Power To Change Lives, I know the truth that lies behind it.
My life changed completely when I got sick. I was struggling mentally and wasn’t fit which made me lose my confidence. Something we all face at times, but now in a way I had not experienced before.
It was time for a change. I started going to the gym three times a week, changed my nutrition and got rid of my bad habits (well, almost all). After a few weeks I started noticing the difference.
Because of this experience I have a different view on life and myself. This isn’t always easy, but to overcome things makes it all worthwhile.
With sport back in my life I thought “What’s next?”
How awesome would it be to be part of a team that works with our core belief on a daily basis?
I got the short-term assignment and arrived back in Nuremberg, the city where I had my daughter and that therefore always has a special place in my heart, ready to push myself out of my market-mind and into a global way of thinking.
A great team spirit and some exciting projects greeted me and I jumped straight in, supporting on a video series with our CEO, attending our annual general meeting and seeing our media relations team in action.
Watching Kasper Rorsted being briefed while in make-up and then delivering a word-perfect interview, filming a video across four locations in just 30 minutes and finally an impromptu coffee with my bosses, Jan Runau and Kasper.
I had missed my family life for a month but went home feeling more relaxed and with a wonderful inner peace. I wasn’t worried about what I had missed in the office, instead I had a backpack full of ideas and experiences to incorporate into our Amsterdam set-up to make work even more awesome for me!