My Art

Sketching, doodling and copying cartoon characters have been part of my life since primary school. Singing and dancing, i.e. the passion for musical theater followed in high school together with the knowledge that a non-artistic education would bring me financial stability. Therefore, I chose an international career in the hospitality industry after having obtained a bachelor in hospitality management from the Glion Institute.

Once I was back in Zurich, Switzerland, my passion for the arts led to an industry change and a masters in arts administration from the University of Zurich. A career at the opera house Zurich followed, where I learnt that the people back stage are as important as the ones on stage. In my rare spare time, I kept developing my acrylic painting and drawing skills.

Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas
‘Value Beauty’

 

I was subsequently a freelancer, supporting individuals or groups in the performing arts with their project and production management, organisational, and process development. The joy to work impactful with people and the desire to spend more time as a producing artist, brought me finally to Vancouver in 2014 where I got certified and accredited as coach  and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner from Erickson International College and the International Coaching Federation.

Original Drawing stitched on Canvas
‘Value Freedom’

 

Being a professional coach enables me to combine all my experience and skills in service of individuals and teams, while at the same time actively draw and make art prints. I have joined the Malaspina Printmakers studio and organization as a board member and artist on Granville Island.

Original Oil Monotype Print on Paper
‘Ocean’s Peace’

 

My abstract ‘Doodle Art’ ink pen drawings and oil monotype prints are all inspired by people, nature and values; aiming to trigger a smile and the viewer’ imagination. 

Visit me in my online Esty shop!

 

 

Touched By Art

You just have to go for a walk in your city.

There you’ll find street art, installations and statues. Open your eyes, look up and discover different styles of architecture, colors, materials and textures.

+ Which object or building is your favorite?

+ Why did you chose it?

+ What is the story behind it?

+ How can it brighten up your day or become an inspiration?

 

‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’
Twyla Tharp

Enthused By Food

Fish Tacos

Recipe delivering the Hawaii-Aloha-Chill feeling!

It’s not only easy as pie, but also gluten-free 😉

What you’ll need:
A blender – otherwise you don’t have to continue reading.

Chunks of a local/safe/’meaty’ fish (I recommend already skinned/gutted – except you’ve been a student at Glion Hotel School!). The amount depends, of course, on the amount of people you’re delighting with this.

Marinade for the fish:
1-2 limes or lemons juiced
0-2 cloves on garlic (you know my opinion on this)
[if you go for the garlic: get Chlorophyll tablets!]
2 hot chili peppers or 1 jalapeños or simply chili flakes
1 tbs cumin (again totally depends if you’re a fan)
1 tbs herb salt (nix Aromat my dear Swiss friends)
-> put everything in the blender & let the fish swim in it for some time

Corn tortillas (small soft ones)
I know it doesn’t make sense, as the recipes is called “Tacos”…yet see it with some Hawaiian relaxed attitude…if troubles persist – eat first & then check again how you feel about it.
Thinly sliced Napa cabbage
Sprouts

Salsa:
Option 1 – buy it
Option 2 – make it yourself while you are frying the fish
-> put following in blender: tomatoes, avocado, onions, lime juice, more garlic, cilantro, opt.: papaya & more chili

Note: I’m sure that by now I’ve convinced you that Chlorophyll tablets are essential & only prepare this for a date if you’re a) not intending to kiss b) immune to the odors c) already madly in love…

And then:

Well, easy – just fry the fish (you’ll manage – even if you haven’t gone through hotel school) after it had been sitting in the marinade for an hour.
Heat the tortillas in the oven, pan or (heaven forbid) the microwave – wrap them in a kitchen towel & put them on a warm plate, or have them in a warm glass bowl lined with kitchen towel and put a lid on it.
Toppings in small bowls, fish and tortillas on the table – Done.

p.s. I’ve actually been introduced to Fish Tacos by my friend Katy. I remember it very well, as we took the “whole lime” in the Salsa very literate & put the whole thing into the blender…there was a lot of peel going on there 🙂 🙂 🙂 

The image above is from one of the famous Fish Taco Food Trucks – it was an excellent lunch incl. the company (you might have guessed…it was this guy).

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ok, maybe he was more interested in my fish taco than me…

Dazzled By Nature

Visit a botanical garden. 

Immerse yourself and take time noticing the impeccable designs of all around you. Learn about the difference between trees, bushes, flowers and succulents.

+ Which colors are predominant for which season?

+ Which is your favorite flower or tree breed?

+ What is the one thing you will remember from this visit?

Seized by Education

This talk was ten years ago, every word is still true today.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

I’m committed working with youth for them to discover their vocation and life vision; supporting mastery in the interplay of the physical, emotional and rational mind for a purposeful, fulfilled life and a creative, productive community.

Participating as a coach and offering pro-bono sessions in the program ‘Chance to Choose’ run by S.U.C.C.E.S.S is one way of doing this.

We all deserve to know how to change how we feel about our personal history, to learn how to look at things differently and develop solutions.

I believe that coaching should be part of a teacher’s training and part of any secondary school curriculum. The benefits range from fostering confidence, awareness, focus and improve overall health, communication and team work. That leads to a state of productivity and balance, from which not only the individual profits, but also their families, friends and work colleagues. Also, it leads youth to choose a career/profession that truly is in line with their values and their ways, rather than pursuing a path because of an external belief or society pressure.

Feeling very passionate about this, I have developed a youth program myself that I call ‘360 Degree Life’. It guides participants through seven modules, with the goals of increasing life skills and creating a long-term mindset of resourcefulness. This is achieved by passing on and applying techniques from the area of coaching, neuro-linguistic programming and the performing arts.

Research has shown that we don’t even know today what sort of professions will be part of our lives in the future. What we do know is that a creative, resourceful, confident human being is more likely to succeed and thrive in any given new, potentially challenging situation. Isn’t this the mandate of education and what we want for our youth; to be safe, succeed and be happy?

Get in touch if this struck a cord, and you like to discuss a potential cooperation. I’m curious to hear your input.

 

‘It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.’
e.e.cummings

Enthused by Others

Colleagues, professionals and organizations that I can highly recommend in their area of expertise and because they are great people!

 

Human Resources & Recruiting
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting Inc. – Creating Engaging Workplaces
www.verticalbridge.ca // sreder@verticalbridge.ca
Sandra Reder
President & Founder

 

Global Consulting – Doing Business in Asia
www.allisonboulton.com
Allison Boulton
Owner

 

Philantrophy
Giving Well –
 Your Roadmap to Philanthropy
www.givingwell.ca // info@givingwell.ca
Sharon Davis and Tina Labarca
Co-Founders, Consultants 

 

Therapy 
Healing Anger 
www.healinganger.ca
Alejandro Proaño 
M.Sc.; M.A.; A.C.C.

 

Some of what I’ve been reading and watching that enriched my life…

Books – Fiction

+ The Century Trilogy / Ken Follett

+ The Maddaddam Trilogy / Margaret Attwood

+ The Monuments Men / Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

 

Books – Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming

+ Guide to TRANCE-formation / Richard Bandler

+ Frogs into Princes: Neuro-Linguistic Programming / Richard Bandler

+ Social Intelligence / Daniel Goleman

+ Emotional Intelligence / Daniel Goleman

+ Drive / Daniel Pink

 

Video, Film – Documentary

+ Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret / Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

+ The True Cost / Andrew Morgan

+ Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation / Stefan Haupt

+ Ivory Tower / Andrew Rossi

+ Glen Campbell – I’ll be me / Trevor Albert and James Keach

 

What have your seen, read or heard lately that you that you want to spread the word about? Drop me a line, I’m curious!

 

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao-Tzu

 

Grabbed by the Idea of a Space

What led to the idea of creating the Star Cluster Space, a co-working, learning & community concept.

‘If you aim for the moon, you land among the stars’ and form a cluster with other stars, part of a constellation. You are part of a group. The urge of being part of a community is ingrained in us, situated in our mammal part of the brain. it has a huge importance and positive intention, as it ensures that we stay safe, survive and thrive. In all days of our ancestors, being expelled from the group was one of the biggest punishments. As an outcast you were always suffering hard ship, in the worst case scenario quick death. In today’s age, it’s the same mechanism that let’s us want to be part of a family, a tribe.

Having a traveler’s heart with a strong curiosity for cultures, languages, ethics and behavior made me study hotel management and have a career with Hilton. And that’s when I first encountered the community feeling. It didn’t matter in which country or city, whenever I walked into the staff entrance, I felt part of a micro-cosmos. I belonged, no matter what time of the day it was or in which department I was working. As teams you encountered the funniest, stressful, surprising, exciting, horrible, useful and beautiful things that became our shared memories.The glue that not only connected us, but forged live long friendships and became the foundation of my resilience. Everybody knew, when the going gets tough, it will be tough, but you’re going through it together. It’s immediate, face-to-face, real time experience.

When I left the hotel industry after six years, I didn’t realize at the time that the next industry I joined runs according to the same principles. Now I’d say that it is harder to find the difference between a theater and a hotel rather than listing similarities. If you wonder why I left a successful career in the first place, here’re are the reasons: I have a very strong creative side to me and the second best thing to being on stage myself was to become part of the world where my passions lie.

Also, I believed that it would give my work/life more purpose, i. e. that sense of fulfillment.Well, I was partly right. When you become part of a producing opera house/theater, you do play a crucial part in making the performance happen. Bringing such a special ‘product’ to people, reaching them in person, on an emotional level through music, singing and dancing carries purpose. What I also experienced again was this sense of family or community.The same thing happened where as an overall team (with lots of different departments, type of people, languages and nationalities) you were pulling on the same rope, honoring the motto ‘the curtain has to go up’ – no matter what. I don’t know if you can imagine what that means, but let me share with you that it’s not exaggerated to say that every possible, highly emotional, complex, unthinkable situation occurred. Me being a storyteller by choice probably subconsciously knew that it would give me material for a lifetime!

Yet, after seven exciting years in the performing arts; the pressure and working hours took its toll. I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t fulfilled.  You can imagine that admitting to myself that this wasn’t it (although I so believed it) was a truly shitty moment. It took several month to work through that experience and I had absolutely no idea, what to do next. It was not until I was recovering from a foot operation that I was researching the option of leaving Switzerland (again). That’s where I literally stumbled across coaching and after months of not knowing anything, it became clear in an instance. That was the missing purpose piece; being of service and working impactful 1:1 with people. I cannot even begin to describe the joy, relief and exhilaration that came with that clarity. The program of Erickson International College struck a chord with me and therefore, moving out to Vancouver an educational sabbatical just felt right. The path of coaching and neuro-linguistic programming proved to exactly right, and it led me to stay in Canada, as a self-employed coach, consultant, artist and storyteller.

Guess what happened when I started working as a coach from home in a city that is not my hometown? Exactly. I started to miss both, being part of a community and the in-person interaction with others. I felt I’m doing something very meaningful, but the cooperation and community was missing. Wanting to bring all three (and more 🙂 together and seeing that there are others looking for the same, gave birth to this idea of creating the ‘Star Cluster Space’ a co-working, co-learning & community concept.

We believe everybody deserves to belong to a community; be it to connect with others through work, play, learning or just to show up in person and feel part of it. Star Cluster Space is based on this principle and uniquely combines co-working with education, entertainment and creating a community across all ages.

The facilities and programs are based on the input of the community members in entertainment, hospitality, art, visual design and professional services. People that work from home, on the road, in small teams, as new arrivals to the city or starting out their business. Being true to the nature of a community it strives to bring together people from youth to senior age; from apprentices, to entrepreneurs, to retirees, to artists, to professional, to academics and people in transition.

Star Cluster Space achieves this by combining its facilities with especially created programs and initiatives that actively foster productivity, cooperation, compassion and connection. Becoming a member means much more than ‘just’ renting a desk or an office. It means that you become part of the cluster, the constellation. We from the team see it as our mission you becoming involved, grow personally and getting the most out of your membership. Star Cluster Space aims to become the place where innovation sits right next to education and entertainment, where the atmosphere ranges from a theater, a library, a laboratory, a working garage to a space of drive, wonder and welcome. Think a community center merges with a co-working space, a theater and a hotel where people work, cooperate, connect, learn, and socialize in person.

I’m very grateful and excited that the project is gaining momentum. That is why I’ve chosen now to tell you all about it. I invite you to engage in the project, if you’re sitting there nodding your head. Let me know what came up when reading this and would you like to know more, share ideas, give input? I invite you to become part of the Star Cluster Space community!

We are envisioning to be part of the future of Granville Island.
Either like us on Facebook or sign up on the website: www.starclusterspace.com to get news.

 

 

‘There is nothing like a dream to create the future.’
Victor Hugo

My Doodle Art

All my pieces are inspired by people, nature and values.

Recently I have started print making, and I have absolutely fallen for oil monotype prints including a technique called Chine Collée 🙂 I am honored to work at the studio of malaspina printmakers on Granville Island in Vancouver.

If you like to see more or buy one, check out my Etsy online shop:
DoodleArtbyBee.

Imagine your very own drawing is greeting you every day, making you smile and give you inspiration! I love doing personal commission work and the price is the same. Drop me line to discuss what yours might look like.

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‘Pathway to Change’
Brigit Elisabeth Eichenberger Oil Monotype Print
Festival of Lights
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‘In the Forest’
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‘Island Shores’
Coach Bee's Doodle Art
musical duck in Paris.
Brigit Elisabeth Eichenberger Doodle Art
‘Value Fun’
Coach Bee's Doodle Art
time to move on
Coach Bee's Doodle Art
Summer peace

The Benefits

You are becoming aware of your patterns, way of working, motivations and beliefs. Also, you will learn how to work with emotions productively, rather than be run by them. You  become and stay productive on all levels (physical, emotional, intellectual) in any given situation.

Fact is that people in transition are at risk being not their most productive self.  A transition might be a change of career, setting up a business, taking on a new role etc. With it comes uncertainty and fears. Fear in a person can result in the most unproductive behavior for the business and themselves.

I support people in a transition, not because I think they cannot make it themselves. I work with them, because I believe they will make it through faster, more successful and even have some fun. Humans operating at maximum productivity live in a state of personal confidence, contentment and motivation.

Combined with the structural element of a solid administration it is a major key to business success. It ensures operational efficiency, which leaves time to focus on business development.

My coaching and training techniques will help pull your many skills, abilities and experience together to create a plan to achieve both personal and professional goals, consistent with your deepest beliefs and values.