Hello and Welcome!
My name is Marina and I wanted to share with you why I do what I do and how I got here.
From the corporate grind to stay at home mum
While I have lived in the UK for over 20 years, I was born in Russia, then moved to Israel, but mostly grew up in New York. After university, I worked in finance before getting my MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. After graduating, I moved to the UK where I worked as a Marketing Manager at Sainsbury's until the birth of my second child.
Fast forward 8 years, and after two careers and four children, my energy levels were at an all-time low, I was snappy and irritable with my husband and kids, overweight, I had low self-esteem, horrible IBS and though I was going through the motions of running a large family, I wasn’t really present in my own life. While I was dedicated to my family and very hard working, I felt totally insecure. I was confused by this stage in life, uncomfortable in my own skin and was seeking direction to move forward. I felt that I had lost my spark and wanted to get back to the vibrant and confident person I had been before children but didn’t know how.
To the other side of the world
Around that time my husband and I moved to Australia with our four young children for 2 years and I began a journey of transformation that changed my mind, body and spirit. At the end, not only was I slimmer and stronger, but I had more confidence and energy then I ever had before. Most importantly, I learned to be present in my own life and to really enjoy it! I was also delighted to discover that the added benefit of this transformation was not only strength on a personal level, but the confidence and motivation to pursue my professional ambitions as well.
I feel very passionately about our own ability to make big changes in our lives by starting with small steps in the fundamentals like mindset, diet, movement and self-care. Upon returning to the UK, I retrained as a Health Coach to learn how to pass on my experiences and help other women become their best selves. While doing this work, I discovered that a lot of women were facing similar challenges and an idea started forming in my mind of a system that could help them get their POWER back. As it turned out, my clients were all women in business. As a businesswoman myself, I discovered that my clients couldn’t move forward in their careers until they took care of themselves on a personal level first.
This is the truth I learned: Before getting organised in your career, you need to first get organised in your head and in your life, identify your priorities and establish a support network, both personally and professionally, to then enable you to move towards your professional aspirations.
From entrepreneur to founder
After studyingat the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I opened my practice and began working with women to make them feel good about themselves again. After expanding to the online world, especially Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, I then began attending networking events leading on to speaking opportunities. Boy do I love to speak to a roomful of interested and interesting women!
With the insights I gained from my personal transformation, and my early work with business women in similar situations, I created PowerSystem, a 5-step process for clarifying goals and removing the obstacles to success to get the confidence and energy to take on the world!
I love speaking and sharing my message from a stage because I get to reach so many women with the message that transformation is possible.
I was so excited to collaborate with 9 truly inspirational women to write The Mind of the Female Entrepreneur, which became an Amazon best seller!
I was thrilled to be shortlisted for the Raices WING Awards. It was an honour to attend the ceremony in Stockholm and to be included with such inspirational people.