My name is Ladina Meier and I am the founder of Keola. I grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and currently reside in Mallorca, Spain. As a grown woman I wanted to excel in life. I spent a decade chasing a perfect life by focusing on career success. My dad always asked me: “What drives you, Ladina?”. Ignoring this question wasn't that hard until one day I finally breaked free and I decided to face it. - This is my story:
I studied tourism and always dreamed of traveling. In fact, I packed my bags and wanted to travel from my parent’s house to my grandmother's at the age of 3.
As a grown woman I wanted to perform in life. My dreams became bigger.. I started running with the hopes of going faster and further. I had an extraordinary job and I managed to reach all of my goals at a fast pace.
It can be extremely frustrating when you realize that your daily life feels like a cage. You feel like the pressure from the outside world is taking over and everyone else is ruling your life.
Working hard made me suffer. I learned the hard way again and again how dissatisfaction can lead into real physical pain. While stress, pressure and fear took over my life I experienced bulimia and burnout before the age of 26. I forgot about that little girl inside of me who dreamt of freedom and traveling the world.
A voice in my head kept screaming, “Just go Ladina and leave everything behind!”. And that’s exactly what I did. I traveled. Escaping the ‘normal’ inspired me and left me dreaming again.
I never understood why ‘normality’ was so different from what our perfect world is. And so, I lived minimalistic, out of a suitcase as a "modern" nomad, for the following 2 years. I was searching for answers. What does it mean to be alive?
I was seeking freedom. It was clear that it was about escaping societal pressure and its boundaries and I realized very soon what I was actually looking for was the possibility to develop myself.
It is not about going somewhere! To truly fight these damaging feelings of “being stuck” I needed to find the limiting beliefs in my head that were holding me back. It is about realizing what actually drives me to feel empowered. It’s not about the places. It’s about every new lesson of life, the people that cross your way and the relationships you choose.
The first step is always the hardest, especially when you don’t know where to start… and this is exactly why I’ve put together this community of strong-minded women. The problem I faced was that in a superficial society I often felt like people don’t understand your thoughts and you end up feeling like an outsider. It took me years of traveling to find an uplifting community where you can find other open-minded people who support one another and share from the bottom of their hearts. I know that if I was given the possibility to talk about the ideas, visions and questions that kept me awake at night, my journey would have been much easier.
First part of the KEOLA online program: I will guide you through a mindset exercise to figure out where that dissatisfaction and stress is truly coming from. This is an extremely powerful exercise that helped me focus on living my dreams. It requires 30 minutes or even less per week and it is easy to learn for yourself. Like every other "healthy habit" our challenge is to repeat it over and over again. This is why I offer this mindset routine as a live-practice via zoom.
Second part: As a community invest extra time in personal growth with our monthly self-development workshops, led by a professional life coach.
To feel empowered I needed to keep working on myself. It's about leaving my comfort zone. It doesn't matter if it's in the gym or while traveling. It is all part of our self-development journey.
KEOLA means "to be alive" in Hawaiian and it represents my extraordinary life-journey. It has become a powerful community of power-ladies that came across my path over the years and still do everyday. I believe every person and every life is extraordinary as it is - we don't need to chase anything. It is one decision away: FINALLY stop dreaming and start living.
"Look at yourself in the mirror and smile, because this is life and you decided to live it!" With Love, Ladina