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Judith – Conscious Living Coach

With somskat we are on a mission to slow down the fashion industry. But more importantly, we want to create more consciousness in our everyday lives. In the new blog series we introduce people who are an inspiration to us, who live consciously, inspire and make a difference through their being, their art or their beliefs. We talk to Artists & Designers, Introverts & Empaths, Inspirators & Visionaries or Sustainability Enthusiasts.

Slow down and start taking a look inside.

Judith Knuvers
is a Conscious Living Coach
from Amsterdam.

She is founder of the platform Leaf and coaches her clients to embrace a new, more conscious, slow way of living. She inspires with her conscious thoughts and shows ways how to find your inner peace in a hustling and complex world.
I was able to talk with Judith about her way of living, inspirations, beliefs and perspective on the future of society.

Thank you for your time, Judith and for sharing your perspectives and grounding words.

www.leafgreenliving.com

[somskat]

Judith, why are you doing what you are doing today?

[JK]

I am Judith, currently living in Amsterdam. I started working here for a brand two years ago and I really loved it. But I noticed very quickly that I was working more than I should. I was constantly thinking about the job and felt really driven. At some point I realized, I am getting too focused on work, I felt there is no other way than taking the next career step.

At the beginning of 2020 I realized that I was doing something that I didn’t actually want to do. I was moving away from myself.

So I started to focus on myself and what I wanted to pursue in life. I always had this idea of my own business, so I created the platform Leaf. Here I could share my journey, my experiences and how I was navigating it. Then Covid came and this was the perfect opportunity for me to figure out what slow living really meant for me. Over the summer, I created an online course and used the time to figure out whether I liked it – and I really loved it. The connection with my clients, to share what I have learned and to show them a way how they can use it in their lives. I realized that this is what I wanted to do.

I show people how they can slow down and consciously create their lives. I think many of us are just unconscious about what they are actually doing.

I support them in living the life they desire.

[somskat]

What would you tell people who feel they want to change something?

[JK]

Especially in the society in which we are living in, everyone is constantly busy, we don’t give ourselves the time to think. So that’s what happened to me. I was too focused in doing, doing, doing. So what I would say is to try to slow down, finding these little moments, where you can tune in with yourself. Because the answers that you are looking for are already inside of you. Rather than always going, going, going – rather try to sit with yourself.

In my last job I was offered a promotion, but which I didn’t get in the end. All people around me where really upset for me, but I was totally fine. I noticed I didn’t even want the particular job I was offered. So that’s how I found out, that I was not truly thinking about whether I really wanted it. So I recommend people to ask themselves, how is this actually making me feel. And do I want to feel like this in my actual life? Slow living starts there, to take these moments, tune in with yourself, step away from the daily hustle to see whether you are still on the way that you truly want to follow.

How am I actually feeling?
How do I feel about what I am doing?

[somskat]

How do you integrate slow living into your personal life?

[JK]

Right now I am kind of experimenting. I have my own business and I can ask myself – What do I want my day to look like? What I learned is that I like to intuitively see how I want to move through my day. My morning rituals are really important to me. When I still had my employed job, I woke up at 6 am to have enough time to meditate and to journal: This has changed so much for me, because it just prepares me for the day. The way you start your day has such a big impact on how you move through the day. I love the work from Lacy Phillipps (To be magnetic), by kind of hypnosis sessions she helps you to rewrite your subconscious beliefs. I think it is incredible. For example, I always felt that I was not good enough. This is a negative belief that affects how I show up in my daily life. With her work I figured out how to rewrite this subconscious belief and change my attitude.

In the morning I do meditation, journaling and then a hypnosis session. I try to bundle my routines, it works best for me to do all of it in the morning. And I work with a coach for 1,5 years now that I have sessions every two weeks. I try to intuitively feel if something is right for me.

[somskat]

How do you stay focused? How do you make sure to not be distracted by other persons or things around you?

[JK]

The most important thing is boundaries. For example one big distraction are incoming calls, messages and notifications. Almost every day I just put my phone on sleep mode so I don’t get any notifications. Now I can choose when I want to communicate with someone. Otherwise, it is so easy to check incoming messages and it totally takes you out of the flow. I am always there for my friends when they need me for whatever it is. After having an intensive call with friends, just take a moment for yourself. After calling a friend, ask yourself:

How did I feel before the phone call?
Which state was I in?
How do I feel now?
What was I doing before and do I still want to do it now?

Try to bring awareness back to the moment.

How do you define success in your life?

[JK]

Usually success is about hard work, making money, working long hours. But for me success is about what I do and who I am. How am I showing up as a person? The more that I can live in alignment with who I am and to show up the way I feel like, that is success for me. Some time ago I realized that all the work I have to do is to come back to myself and find that alignment. The more I can get to that point of being myself, the more I speak of success.

What does creativity mean to you?

[JK]

It is doing what I love. That’s how I get inspired. When I do what I love, that’s where the inspiration comes.
Creativity is being in the flow.

How do you make sure to stay inspired?

[JK]

Definitely podcasts. I love hearing people talk. I used to read a lot of blogs and magazines, but when hearing people talk you hear their excitement which makes me really excited about it.

Even though I feel less inspired by Instagram due to the multiple ads I try to intentionally go there for inspiration and still not get too much sucked into it.

[somskat]

If you could solve any issue of sustainability, what would it be? How can we live more in harmony with our planet?

[JK]

I show people how to be more conscious and aware. I think that is the first step. We have to become aware of the choices we are making and why we are making these choices.

In general, it is about all the choices that we make – whether food, fashion or living. For example I love what you are doing as a brand and I think it is so great that there are more brands showing a different way to do it. For me personally, I also had to look at the choices I was making and how do I feel about it. It all starts from within us. If the people are not willing to make the change, it will be difficult.
In the end, there are two ways. Firstly, brands have to evolve who are making products people want to have, regardless. This will make it easier for people to choose for the sustainable product instead for the conventional one, because they simply want it. And secondly, it needs to come from within. We have to want to make the change.

It all starts from within us.

[somskat]

What advice would you give your fellows to live the life they want to live?

[JK]

We have talked about the concepts of conscious and slow living, but what do they actually mean? For me, slow living is the opposite of what we have been doing so far. What I mean by it, is that we slowly learn to embrace this new way of living that is everything our current, busy way of living is not. What this will look like, can be different for everyone. You can decide what slow living looks like for you.

I found the answers while tuning in with myself and slowing down for myself, instead of watching other people and their lives' journeys. Try to look at other people for inspiration but not to let them guide your life. I know many women who love a fast-paced lifestyle, but this doesn’t mean they cannot create these conscious moments where they can tune in with themselves. Align with yourself, listen and make sure, that you are still on the right pathway.

[somskat]

Do you think the pandemic has changed the way we treat time and especially time with ourselves?

[JK]

I think it definitely has changed. A lot of people have realized what is really important to them. But I do wonder what will happen when we once moved back to normal. The easiest part would be to just go back to “normal”, because a lot of people feel that they haven’t been able to do certain things for such a long time.
The other scenario would be that we are a lot more appreciative and mindful with our lives.

What I really love is that a lot of people started to talk about when they had an off-day, when they were feeling down which I know they didn’t do before. Somehow it opened up the conversation about us as persons. We all have shitty days.

[somskat]

Thank you, Judith, for these inspiring thoughts and words, we can learn so much from it.

[JK]

I am learning myself every day. Thank you.

Make sure to have a look at Judith's work.
We truly admire her approach of sustainable and conscious living, which is a true inspiration.

www.leafgreenliving.com