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Where are they now? Alumna Rena Molter

Rena is on a mission: the mission to create a culture of care and happiness. A mission of joy, inner peace, and communion. She sees so many people being super unhappy with their work. Rena is fed up with the high numbers of work-related burnout and depression amongst her generation. She believes that a lot of it has to do with how we relate to our coworkers and that taking good care of ourselves is especially difficult within the culture our society and many workplaces offer. She believes that this can be much better, and she puts a big part of her energy in changing this.

Upon meeting her, she strikes me as the complete opposite. She beams energy and happiness. She also loves what she does. Together with her business partner Leoni, she began a company that creates so much energy and positivity. She’s seemingly unaffected by the forces that keep us ‘mere mortals’ down.

She’ll admit, however, that underneath the surface, a lot of the same processes are at play for her. A whole list of things actually. Work is important to her. That makes her work way too hard sometimes. That also makes her worry that she’s not doing enough. She can also entertain the idea that she has to have all the answers, or that asking for help is a weakness. And of course, while new things are fun and exciting, they’re also scary.

How is it she’s still standing? There are a few reasons. Firstly, she has the tools to build up a great working relationship with her business partner. Together they developed collaborative awareness and are able to use stress for clarity. Rena’s work is connected to her personal mission. And she has the capacity to reflect on herself and has the courage to act on what she sees.

Let’s rewind the clock a bit and look at her story to see what that means.

Tools & Working Relationship

Rena was part of Tribe 10 at Knowmads, graduating in the autumn of 2015. During her Knowmads year, she got into contact with the ‘Blueprint of We’ through one of the Knowmads workshops by Doris Gottlieb. The Blueprint of We is an easy tool to improve (work-)relationships. In short: it creates awareness and gives a language to how you are, what’s important to you, and what you need when under stress. Eventually this can lead to new auto-pilot reactions to stressful situations that actually counteract the stress and bring you into equilibrium. Rena wanted to learn more about it and took the Blueprint of We facilitation training with its creators in the U.S. online.

Rena and Leoni met during the Blueprint training, and halfway through Rena’s Knowmads year, the two of them were invited to join Contorno Consulting (Doris’ company at the time). There they were trained as Genuine Contact Professionals.

After working together at Contorno for more than a year, the time had come for them to go out into the world to start Over The Moon, their very own company. Still figuring out how many things worked, luckily they had already learned to how move smoothly through the ups and downs of business life together.

The Mission

At Over The Moon, they believe that being happy at work comes from two important factors: relationships and achievements. Both are closely-connected. So Rena and Leoni support teams in really looking at what exists already and creating a culture in which people can be vulnerable, creative, and able to shine.

Rena and Leoni believe that people that who feel good also make the world better. Happy people are more helpful and generous, cope better with adversity, deal better with stress, get sick less often, and have a positive influence on their loved ones.

What Is vs. What Could Be

This last year has been an inexplicable ride to Rena. With Over The Moon she has offered workshops in companies and organized learning experiences at festivals and events. It’s been amazingly fun, and – even in the first year – has been quite successful, while at the same time scary and stressful at times.

Everything they did was custom-made, and that took a lot more time to design and prepare which meant that they had to work a lot. It was already hard enough to leave work with such a big mission alone.

That resulted in not having much of a life besides the work. Rena realized that this didn’t work for her. She missed the companionship she had with friends and family before. To get that life back, she needed to be vulnerable and call up the people she had said no to so many times when they invited her.

Doing so many new things feels quite risky to her: There’s just no guarantee that it will work out. It might have seemed like a good plan before. But how to be sure? And what if it fails? Can that happen? Rena has been able to shift her viewpoint on this though. One powerful sentence: Strive for perfection, while accepting the now.

Over The Moon

Through all these experiences Rena has come out stronger and more capable in handling ups and downs. Going through all the facets of setting up a company and working so closely with others makes her understand the tensions of business and people and people in business even better. This makes her continuously better at her work. She sees big opportunities in developing better, healthier and more fun relationships, and at Over The Moon they have the perfect tools to do this. (Please contact them if you want to experience this!)

Over The Moon focuses on building resilient, connected teams, prepared for high performance. They offer retreats, workshops, e-learning and coaching. They do this with brightness and lightness, bringing a sense of adventure and joy back to learning.

Contact Rena to meet her and to work together.

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