Name: Joey Velberg
Vision: A world united in diversity
Mission: To support you on the road to your self and to inspire you to live your best life
Core values: Freedom, Justice, Creativity, Curiosity and Compassion
Fully mastered languages: Dutch, English
One of the first conscious decisions of my life was to grow long hair. I thought it suited me, so I went for it. Completely unintentionally, I questioned gender norms at my small-town elementary school. For children and adults alike. That is the essence of who I am: my presence brings change.
I was a very creative child. At the age of seven I started to learn how to play the guitar. And at school I was in the top of my class consistently. Being bright and independent as I was, I was bullied for almost my entire school carrier.
At the age of thirteen, I won a national poetry competition. I got to perform my work live on stage, in front of hundreds of people. As an added bonus, my poem got published. Not long after that empowering experience, I came out to my classmates as queer.
After high school, In continued going to university where I started a bachelor’s in communication science. Around this time, my love for language and music coincided, and I started to write my own songs. During my master’s in urban environmental management, I was very active in student and student/staff committees, so I quickly became a well-known face on campus.
This was a time of joy for me: things were going well, and I was excited about both the present and the future, particularly life after graduation.
After college, I tried a vast array of different jobs. On paper, they all sounded great.. I worked for startups, NGOs, big municipalities and consultancy firms. But they all had one thing in common: I was not allowed to live my ideals. After almost two years of giving it my best shot, I crashed and got into a burnout.
It took me roughly three years to recover. Those years were a very intense time. It turned out that other lingering traumas saw the opportunity to make their way to the surface as well. To this day, working through all that was the most difficult period of my life.
But it was also the most rewarding. Somehow, I knew that I would be okay. And that by facing my demons, I was allowing myself to move closer to a life that was fully my own.
The world at my feet
And I was right. For the first time in my young life, I can now say that I am happy. I am free.
Recently, I made the decision to continue my life coaching practice as a digital nomad. I realized that if I wanted to help people like me, it would not make sense to limit myself to a specific geographical location. My knowledge is available to anyone, hence online activities only.
On a personal level, this life suits me as well. I enjoy living the nomadic lifestyle: not knowing where I will be tomorrow, or next week, or next month. Living on the go makes for some steep learning curves too. And I simply love living light.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope we meet each other soon!
In the course of a decade, I have educated myself to become the professional life artist that I am today. The graph below shows the progress I have made per school of thought. When a beam is not fully lit, it means I am currently working on completing a course. The adjacent list specifies the programs, in reverse chronological order per category (most recent on top).
Urban Environmental Management (MSc)
Communication Science (BSc)
NLP Modelling Assignment (work in progress
Master Coaching Techniques
Introduction to NLP
Polyvagal Theory (work in progress
Breath Work Instructor
Restorative Yoga Instructor