"Why can't you be happy with what you have?"
- "You have your own business, and isn't that what you always wanted?"
- "The kids are doing well"
- "And didn't you just go on a girls' weekend?"
...is what your mom, or that one friend often tells you, and they insist they mean well.
And, depending on your hormones, you either smile and nod, or start ugly crying because no one in the world seems to understand:
You have big, bold goals.
You know that you have the talent to reach them...
...but you feel utterly stuck about how to get there.
That's where I come in.
I am dr. Marianne van den Broek, MD, Ph.D, psychiatrist. (it’s a mouthful…I know)
I help ambitious female entrepreneurs uncover their genius and move past the fear and self-sabotage that keeps them from
But I didn't start out that way...
I started my career working in medicine.
I was the only one from my class to get into med-school. Then, I secured a spot to do my Ph.D research. And third, I got to train to become a psychiatrist.
All this time, I knew inside that the job wasn't a great fit.
But, and I’m sure you recognize this: it took something life-changing to finally make the decision to leave my career in medicine.
You know…the one I had been so busy building for 17 years that I pretty much neglected everything and everyone else…
When my son was born, I had post-partum depression. I couldn’t sleep, felt terrified all the time and was convinced that me being my sons mom was the worst thing that ever happened to him.
I finally had the family I had been dreaming of, and all I could do was cry.
After a couple of months of despair, I got the help I needed. And once I was sort of back on my feet, I decided that this was not the kind of life I wanted to live. Not the kind of mom I wanted to be for my son. And so I took the first steps to build a business.
Soon thereafter, I was pregnant with my daughter...
Starting a business with 2 kids under 2, while finishing my specialty training in psychiatry and combined with my demanding job as a medical doctor?
Not the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life…
But I was determined to make it work.
I spent my days working in the hospital and my evenings behind my laptop doing online courses. I wanted to learn everything there was to know. Get all the help I could get.
I even had a coaching call or two with a crying baby in a sling, only unmuting my sound quickly when I had a question and then muting myself again so no one would hear…
The day I could officially call myself a licensed psychiatrist
was also the day I handed in my resignation.
I felt so ready to take the leap!
So, when business didn’t exactly take off, I felt crushed.
Not to mention embarrassed.
I couldn’t understand why,
- after all that business and marketing training
- and despite the fact that I was a highly skilled professional
- and even though I had the vision board and Abraham Hicks on repeat…
…it just wasn’t working?
I thought that being psycho-analyzed on a daily basis while training as a psychiatrist would have been enough in the self-development department to last me a lifetime.
Turns out that was only the beginning.
- I had to rediscover who I was.
- What my true, natural talents are.
- And all the ways I was standing in the way of my success.
I had to learn a new way of thinking, feeling and believing.
Clear the things that were ingrained in my system about success, about making money, about being visible, about being both a mom and an entrepreneur, and the list goes on.
It was all worth it, for sure: