Ilana Jankowitz is the Founder of Mindful Money Coaching, based in Zurich, Switzerland. She is happily married and has two young adult children, both of whom are pursuing their life’s passion.
What were your initial years of growing up like? Tell us about your life before starting your corporate journey/venture/initiative.
I grew up in South Africa with a mom who was married at a young age and had to look after five children. I knew what it was like to go without. I knew that I was different from the others. Because we didn’t have money, I consciously vowed that I would never let my children go through.
After I got married, I gave my two children everything. I got myself into a lot of debt. I would max out one credit card and use another credit card. My husband and I fought about the money that I was spending.
Having undergone my own money coaching transformation, I’m the type of a coach that really walks my talk in every way. I’m extremely passionate about my work and my clients, and love nothing more than to go above and beyond in supporting their ongoing transformation.
Tell us something about your organization. What is it about and how is it helpful for people?
My program is designed to transform you into a strong, positive, and empowered person who has control of their money stories and lives a life of purpose and fulfillment.
Was there any turning point in your life that changed your journey? If so, what was it? Please tell us the backstory behind it.
My spending had a negative impact on my relationship with my spouse, and that was the moment that I realized I needed to make some changes. When I reached that point, I had the realization that my spending habits needed to change and that I needed assistance in doing so.
While the global pandemic of COVID-19 is associated primarily with adversities, it has also brought about a true boom in startups, with successful entrepreneurship in many countries. The pandemic has impacted all of us in one way or another. Would you like to share your experience on a personal and professional level?
My experience with the epidemic has taught me the need to be inventive in all that I do. I was successful in expanding my company. In order to keep providing assistance to my customers, I started offering webinars and classes online.
What has been the response of the consumers towards your venture?
A favorable response was received, to say the least. When I first started offering Guided Group Coaching, my clients were overjoyed to have the opportunity to meet other women. There were a number of podcasts and online communities that asked me to deliver a talk.
How has your life changed because of your venture?
The coaching changed my life so much that I felt like I was a new person, something that I wanted to do for other women.
Would you like to share with our young budding women entrepreneurs the change you would like to see in the world if given an opportunity?
I like them to be transformed into a strong, positive, and empowered person who is in control of their money story and lives a life of purpose and fulfillment.
Give a motivational message for the audience/women who are reading this.
Your money story does not need to define you. Your money story is just where you started. It can change and you can have freedom like I have. You do not need to have fear of money, you can live life and live it abundantly.