Influencer Chanella Rosalia

Interview August 2022

Chanella, could you share with us some information about your family life?
I was raised in a house with lots of family members, my grandmother and grandfather were the ones that raised me together with my aunts and uncles. I grew up in Fuik, Porta Blanku, which is close to the gates of Hotel Sandals. If I look back, I can now conclude that the upbringing of my grandmother and grandfather was very impactful in defining who I am today. They were very supportive. I come from a family of 8 brothers and sisters. I am married and we have a smart and handsome son of 21 years old.  The family was and still is very important in my life. I love my family.

Could you share something about any other aspect of your educational background and your experiences?
I went to Kindergarten and part of the primary school at Fuik, but later on my grandmother sent me to the primary school at Pietermaai, St. Jozef Mavo and in the evening went to the evening High School (Curaçaose Avond Lyceum). In those days, I thought that the combination of work and study was the ideal thing for me, to do.

We know you to be a life coach, how long have you been working as a life coach? And when and why did you start, coaching people?
In 2017, I became a certified John Maxwell life coach. Here is where everything started. The story of how I became a life coach is a little bit peculiar. It all started when the Stichting Slachtoffer Hulp needed volunteers to offer a new service line that they wanted to start to offer. I was recruited after different selection rounds and I started working as a volunteer for 7 years working the night shifts. I was noticed by my superiors that I was able to extract lots of information from clients and they suggested I continue to hone my skills. Here is where the idea popped up to do coaching.  One day as a tea lover, we were drinking tea at Barista with two friends of mine, and they suggested that we organize a High Tea Party, that could generate funds for me to be able to pay my down payment fee to become a John Maxwell certified coach. So, we did that and generated almost the exact amount of money that was needed to pay the down payment. I am grateful for the support I got from my friends, they are great friends and in 2017 I started working as a life coach as a side job.

In 2019, I started studying to become an NLP practitioner at Augustijn Institute in Holland, which also entails a way of coaching people. I liked it and after that, I wanted to become a Master in NLP, but the outbreak of the Covid pandemic made it difficult for the teachers to visit Curaçao, so we started doing the courses online. It was a challenge but in the end, I graduated also with a Master’s in NLP and I used the technique of Model drawing as my final test this gave my coaching yet another dimension, by using the drawing of paintings as a tool in my coaching. That is why I consider myself a Creative Personal Development Coach.

What do you concentrate on when coaching a client?
I concentrate on letting my coaches via creativity rediscover the connection between the mind and the soul (the heart). Meaning working from the inside out. As I mentioned before, High Tea started as a way to fund my certification as a coach but I have already organized this event 5 times already except for the two years that we missed due to the pandemic. It is an event where like-minded people can meet up and CRP (my brand) is now well recognized as the organizer of this event.

We know you also to be an organizer of a High Tea-event, can you expand on that topic a little?
We as human beings have more potential than we think we have. I want to empower especially women. That is apart from being a Creative Coach, I also organize a High Tea event. I started in 2017 and it is aimed at enabling people to connect. I have organized 5 events up to now and this year, after COVID interrupted our event for some years, we organize it again.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now and do what you are doing now?
To inspire and empower women, especially in their personal growth.

What are some of the obstacles that you are encountering?
Our people are not open and honest with themselves. They feel comfortable where they are at this moment of their development, so one obstacle is to convince people to become more vulnerable and invest in their personal growth. It is an investment in self, therefore it should be prioritized. To convince people to be willing to invest in their growth mindset and not stay in their fixed mindset.

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I consider myself already to be successful. I have gained lots of knowledge and skills over the years and it is a gift. In the future, 5 years from now, I would like to start a Coaching Academy for young adults that teach them also coaching based on a re-connection between the mind and the soul (heart). They are the ones that are going to take over from our generation sooner or later, and that is why I want to work with them.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
We are dealing with people in Curaçao that are unwilling to change their mindsets. So this is a challenge I deal with. People are going through life in a very left-brain, rational way. We forget the right brain and the creative part that we also have. Like when clients come to me and tell me they can’t paint, I will tell them to challenge themselves and tell themselves that they are perfect candidates to draw this painting and train till they can paint. 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
My inner voice is my compass, I always follow it. I am a very spiritual person, I am a believer and I am a Christian. If I have a dilemma I will reflect on this for two days and after that, on the 3rd day I know for sure what I need to do and I will take my decision. It is a feeling that something is right or not and I consider it a sign from above.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skill levels?
I read a lot. I Google a lot.

What are your strengths?
I am a person that is very intentional in everything I do and I don’t take “no” for an answer. I love challenging and stretching myself.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love reading, swimming, painting and journaling.

If you as Chanella would meet a stranger on the bus (let’s say in Hamburg or Bogota Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
My name is Chanella Rosalia and I am a Creative Coach that inspires and empowers especially women to rediscover the connection between their soul and body so that they can grow in every aspect of their life and life up to their purpose in life.

How would you describe Chanella in one word or one sentence?
A value-added.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
In my life on a personal level, my grandmother has inspired me the most, but also my husband and internationally Mrs. Joyce Meyer. Professionally, Valerie Burton has inspired me the most.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
I have a lot of things going on at the same time and being able to balance these. Furthermore, at times my emotional state can hold me back.

What was a defining moment in your life?
I have had a lot, but the biggest was the birth of my son.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
My success has further expanded and as a coach, I have started a Coaching Academy, where I worked with young adults and with women.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Wow, every person that has crossed Chanella’s path and has taken one of her advice serious, has experienced a change in their lives.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, and recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I am aware that Curaçao has a lot of potentials, and we are blessed. Everything we go through as a country we will have to learn the lessons and whatever crisis we go through, we will grow stronger.


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Chanella Rosalia is a dedicated, creative, determined Creative Coach and event organizer, who loves to challenge and stretch herself on the one hand and add value to others on the other hand. Over the years she has consistently honed her knowledge and skill levels and as a coach, she is already enabling people to step out of their comfort zone, empowering and inspiring them to become a better version of themselves. Her attitude of not taking “no” for an answer, and her mindset of living “an intentional life”, have made her make strides towards all the goals she has set herself to achieve up to now or achieve these goals (intentions). Her drive to inspire and empower women and young adults in their personal growth, makes her stand out as Chanella always achieves what she sets herself to achieve and therefore always creates impact.

For all these reasons and her consistency, we consider Chanella one of the 250 influencers of the island, representing the “Coaching and Educational” sector. 

Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2022

The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2022.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

As Share2Uplift, we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense, we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st-century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage the delivery of the vision;
– Coach and build a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision. These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.

As we will progress towards this goal, we will update you on the progress.

In this week’s personal tips, we will share some short videos on “Coaching”. We will upload one of these videos every day on our page.

Your Creativity Coach: Daily Practice – YouTube

5 Levels of Leadership | John Maxwell (Short Version) – YouTube

The Best Coaching Session Ever… Heather Christie – YouTube

The Six Question Process: Coaching For Leaders – YouTube

Top 10 Coaching Mistakes – YouTube

How To Coach (by asking questions) | Coaching Leaders | Winning By Design – YouTube

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