I consider myself a dreamer with robust and entrepreneurial roots. Passionate about healthy eating (yes, I love eating well!!), sustainability, outdoor sports, natural therapies, see plants growing, animals, photography, a warm tea in front of the fireplace, family lunches, etc. In short, I thrive on the thought of living by itself and on the idea that what I do for a living is aligned with my life purpose – helping others! I am curious by nature: I love to explore, read scientific articles, listen to podcasts and videos about the latest developments in conventional medicines and natural health. I think sharing knowledge is one of the most powerful tools we have, therefore I dedicate my time and energies learning how to grow Semente, how encourage awareness and how to inspire the ones that reach out to me seeking for guidance. I am a wanderer soul, I do not deny it; the desire of meeting new cultures that inspire and enlighten one's life journey, unsettles me from time to time: from Spain in Erasmus, to Ireland for study, France by bicycle to raise funds for Greenpeace – aimed at scientific research on climate change – and Southwest Asia where for 5 months I had the opportunity to edify a new palate, new ways to understand life's innate fluctuations of fate, a different mindset and learn with eastern religions and philosophies that for everything there is a solution and that not even death means an end.
Got my General Nurse degree in 2008, but have worked manly as an Occupational Health Nurse since. The 4 years in college were revealing in several aspects and made me confront some personal issues – trust, self-esteem and appreciation before others; let's say I was "forced" to explore a new path to get out of a vulnerable situation. If it wasn't for a combination of will, strength, curiosity and support, I believe I would had taken a lot longer to get where I am!
When I started working, and from my personal experience, I felt that healthcare required a holistic approach; so I read, asked, watched everything I could to understand how this approach could be possible. I made official that I would deviate from the conventional healthcare services when I decided to enroll in Massage Therapy (for 12 months), Auriculotherapy and Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Natural Cosmetics, Stress Management, Sustainable Food Production and Professional Training courses.
I started Semente Natural Therapies in partnership in 2013; at the time, Semente was dedicated to alternative therapies (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapies, Naturopathy, etc.) with articulation with Psychology, Nutrition and other services in favor of holistic care; there was a really good energy amongst the professionals who worked there! Several educational and collaboration activities took shape during this period; including (and the event I am most proud of) a Health and Wellness Fair - Feira Salutar - that took place on 19 | 20 September 2015, which I plan to re-edited soon.
My passion for healthy eating and nutrition led me to join and complete the Nutrition and Health Coach course in August 2018 at the Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health - with whom I maintain an excellent rapport even today. I designed my first Health Coach website, attended several cooking workshops, Coaching Masterclasses, supplementation and functional food lectures, health events, etc. Ireland was undoubtedly a second home, but 2020 arrived and with it the time to return home; So, here you find me and so I hope you’ll become part of my journey.