I'm Tessa and I'm
here for you
To Face The World
A B O U T T E S S A
Tessa is an inquisitive and driven person with a passion for personal development, research and guiding others in their transformational journey.
From a young age, she has been interested in the human mind and what it is that lets people do what they do. It has led her to her own practice of self-discovery.
She has found some of her answers in coaching, breathwork, yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda.
She began a daily contemplative practice at age 17 and now guides others in their development, teaching them tools and skills to enhance their experience of life.
Tessa holds a BSc in International Studies and an MA in Organizational Anthropology and Human Management. Additionally, she followed many extracurricular university courses in Positive Psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, and Human Flourishing amongst others.
She is a certified Effortless Coach, trained as a yoga teacher with a special focus on Ayurveda.
Born with a rare visible and vascular syndrome called Sturge Weber, Tessa knows from experience what it is like to live with a visible facial difference and how to deal with medical setbacks. Through this, she has come to see how precious life is, but also wildly questioned its meaning.
A B O U T T O F A C E T H E W O R L D & R E S E A R C H
Why I started To Face The World
In the fall of 2019, I initially started To Face The World out of a research project for my thesis trajectory. I conducted research on the experience of people with a visible facial difference on the job market. I started my Instagram @tofacetheworld as a method and means to come into contact with others with a visible facial difference. I shared my own experience and connected with individuals to hear theirs.
Through interviewing over 50 individuals, I came to two main conclusions.
Instagram as a method for research
My academic conclusion was that lookism has tremendous effects on the way we hire new employees and that lookism is a fairly new field of research that needs more thorough exploration.
Secondly, and more important personally, is that interviewing all these beautiful people made me realize I want to guide others in their experience of their body and their bodymind relationship.
I succesfully completed my MA and I continue to write and research, which I share mostly on Instagram.
B E F O R E T O F A C E T H E W O R L D
Before starting To Face The World, I was deeply invested in my studies. I was not solely focussed on my formal University-education, but spent significant time delving into my personal contemplative practice.
Through my medical setbacks at a young age, I came into contact with Ayurveda and yoga at age 17. I began a daily contemplative practice out of a need to heal my own body. Where Western medical doctors had no answers anymore,I decided to find my own. For a decade, I immersed myself into different traditions, schools, methods and techniques. I thoroughly investigated the human mind, balanced living and what it means to live a contemplative life. I wanted to have a holistic view of what was out there. I would rise at 5.30 AM to practice meditation and yogic posture each morning for about 2,5 hours, read books, study ancient texts, travelled to study with teachers. I wasn't even thinking of transferring it to others.
Towards the end of my University-studies, I was doubting the direction of my life. On top of it, I got the news that my eyes were not stable and I developed a severe hip injury.
Going through the pain, I noticed many things in my practice and life had shifted. I got stuck.
I realized my dream was to start my own business and that I was ready to transfer all my experience, that my strengths lie at guiding others.. I changed my practice, my personal life and work, and I decided to transform To Face The World into my coaching business as it is today.
Heal through Embodiment
Today I invest my time in guiding you on your path.
My deep studies, working life and personal life have led me to defining moments. With both hardship and ease, I have learned that with the right tools, techniques, vision ánd trust in yourself and your intuition, you can use these defining times in your life to your advantage and grow beyond.
If I can find it, you can find it too.
MSc degree in Culture, Organization and Management
BA in International Studies
RYT Yoga 200 hours teaching certification
Effortless Coaching Trainning
Ayurvedic Nutrition Training
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