They used to call me the Writing Machine.
I would always find an excuse to write a long text.
“It might contain some essential background. Might be good for your editing,” I would joke with my editors.
Of course they would return the “favor.” Whenever there was a sudden blank space in the newspaper they would call me in. They knew I would always have something ready in the pipeline.
I loved every single moment of being a journalist. The media industry gave me a chance to write.
Doing what you’re passionate about and being paid for it is not work - it is a gift.
I knew I wanted to be a journalist since I was 11.
One summer I found a book on my aunt’s shelf recounting the last days of the Vietnam War through the eyes of an American reporter. It felt heroic and meaningful.
That sense of purpose held me when I left my native village, Sacamas, in Transylvania, Romania.
I joined the Foreign Languages section of the National College Decebal in Deva, Hunedoara, to study French and English.
Four years later it was the same need to write that held me when I was travelling long hours by night train from Deva to Bucharest to study journalistic creativity and get myself ready for the big exam.
The moment I got accepted to the Faculty of Journalism and Sciences of Communication (FJSC) at the University of Bucharest was a life-turning point.
Two years later I received a scholarship to study journalism in Grenoble, France. It was there where I came in contact with the Czech culture for the first time.
Two years later and two months after I graduated FJSC I moved to Prague.
I started to write for the Czech Business Weekly in the summer of 2005. I was taken on board as a full-time business reporter in March 2006.
From a freelance reporter I grew to become a financial markets specialized reporter, chief reporter and, ultimately, in January 2010, deputy editor in chief.
Stepping out of the media world in April 2010 was painful. Yet necessary. There are moments in life when you need to do the right thing.
Soon after I founded Media Education CEE, a Prague-based PR and training agency. I wanted to share my passion and idead with anyone interested in media training and in sustainable media relations. This was the beginning.
In 2011 I held the position of president of the Czech PR Klub for a year.
In January 2012 I was also elected the first chairwoman of the Marketing Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham) for a one-year term; in December 2014 I was re-elected to lead the same committee for a two-year term.
Entrepreneurship is a life journey taking you right there where you need to be and teaching you precisely that what you need to learn.
In August 2012 I graduated the Leadership Development Intensive course at the Scherer Leadership International Center in Warsaw, Poland.
On December 13, 2013 I graduated the one-and-half year intensive course Trainer of Personal Development with Veva Czech Republic. Thus I became a certified trainer of personal development. I was now able to offer my clients not only my media expertize, but also much deeper, more insightful learning techniques thanks to using the Enneagram, a complex and dynamic system of personal development.
In February 2016 I graduated the intensive course Facilitator of Systemic Constellations with Jan Bily.
In December 2016 I graduated the internationally certified Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) in the Narrative Tradition with Enneagram Worldwide.
Thanks to these unique tools I can now leverage my media and PR background in order to spend the rest of my life helping people to raise their self-awareness, develop emotonally intelligent personalities and communicate better.
“Trust the process,” would say Eva Velechovská, the founder of VEVA Czech Republic and one of my cherished teachers and mentors. And I would add: and enjoy the journey.
A heartful THANK YOU to all my partners, mentors, clients and friends who constantly challenge my boundaries in entrepreneurship and life.