~Sets her mind to making dreams, possibilities and promises achievable in real time ~
Based in Belgium, Mina is a Greek Maître Chocolatier who translated her passion for creating chocolates into her hand-crafted brand, MINA Handmade Chocolates. In each creation, she pays homage to her Greek roots and celebrates the delicious moments of her life; so, every bite is a taste of dreams kept alive.
Lockdown ~ The upside
A busy bee with solid routines, Mina cherished the calmer schedules during lockdown, enjoying time with family. She had more time to look within and see how far she had come along. Mina shares, “I pursued one dream and studied communications in the USA and found another; both passion and dream for creating chocolates.” Mina credits her schooling years in Greece and her maternal grandmother for making her listen to her voice. She shares “they promoted and supported the pursuit of my dreams and free expression.” Mina continues “dive in the deep water and swim. Believe in yourself, accept the drawbacks as learning experiences and move on. Work towards your dream.”
The flipside ~ Lockdown
Mina had to make certain adjustments at work and this included reduced or no help for the chocolate production. Taking on additional responsibilities at work and home came with its fair share of melting moments. A certified NLP Practitioner, Mina dipped into her personal development toolbox to guide her through this period. Lockdown took away the socials and travel. For Mina, a people loving person who enjoys hosting and organising events, this made the tough times, tougher.
Solid routines kept her steady
Over the months, Mina personalised her routines and applied them to optimise the best in her. She understood that no two days were the same and between walks in nature, self-talk, dance, daily affirmations and meditation, she found her balance. Mina shares, “I also gave myself the time to read”, a sacred me time moment. Selfless, Mina, the Queen of Hearts, did not keep the success to herself. Instead, she shared her favourite reads, custom playlist with friends and family to keep them motivated with a positive outlook.
What’s the best self-talk you have had or are having with yourself?
“I love you, Minaki! You are doing a great job. You are fabulous. Be patient. Your dream is happening.”
What would you say to the earlier you?
“You did you best and more than that! I am proud of you. This is what you knew. Now it is time for a change. Love yourself first, relax and breathe. All is well.”
What would you say to the new you?
What superpower did you gain during lockdown?
“Patience and calmness”
~ Growing in Lockdown: Real Stories by Real Women is an inspirational account of women around the globe who grew in strength, skill, self-belief and spirit; both sensationally and soulfully during the Covid 19 Pandemic lockdown. The messages of these women serve as stimulus for our soul as we step into and beyond the new normal. ~