From Paris, France
What’s on your mind right now?
All the great things I have left to do, all the great people I've met along the path and excitement about all the possibilities the future holds.
Describe yourself in one sentence?
An idealist passionate for making things come true.
How would you describe the glass ceiling you had?
I've come to realize that the glass ceiling that blocked me was not external but internal, it had more to do with my own self-limits than other people's judgments. It was I in fact who blocked myself.
How did it affect you? How did you feel at the time?
I felt trapped where I was. I felt powerless when I believed that I had to get through life by accepting that things would always be the way they were.
How did you realize you had a glass ceiling?
I probably didn't realize how stuck I was until life started changing. I suddenly realized that I was evolving and little by little those changes brought on a world of possibilities. Eventually I truly felt free.
How did you break this glass ceiling?
It was a personal journey when I decided that I was the reason I was not going where I needed to go in life--it was not life itself that was stopping me. Once I realized that, I understood that it was within my power to change everything I wanted in my life and that nothing had to be the way it was. Today if I face an obstacle I medidate and detach and realize how little of it is actually real.
How do you feel about where you are today, after breaking your glass ceiling?
I feel free-somehow I feel reassured because I know deep down that no matter what everything will be OK. Whatever else I tell myself is not the truth. I know that in my moments of crisis and doubt belief will always pull me through. That reliance on myself I've learned to build on my belief has set me free.
What advice would you give to someone going through this glass ceiling?
The first piece of advice I would give would be to ask yourself is it really true? If you really ask yourself and meditate on the question you will probably realize that the real answer to the question is almost always "no." The problem is that we too often realize that psychological barriers are just that. So we fail to go for things because we take our thoughts and projections to be the truth. Start by asking yourself if things could be different from how you actually see them and you'll realize that most of what we accept as truth is no more than a single perspective.
What are your upcoming projects?
Creating a movement to make entrepreneurship more accessible to women, to vulnerable women and young women to make them less vulnerable and to allow them to pursue their passion.
Tell us about something, like a quote that inspires you?
If you don't like something change it. Just remember what Cindarella said, even miracles take a little time. So along the journey be patient with yourself and the world.