Positive Psychology in practice
I wish to invite you to read the impressions of the clients I worked with.
“I have only words of praise for you, Ivana. You are an extremely open person and everything you have done in the few workshops that I have been following you is that you wake up in people, or you remind them that life is beautiful. You are always in a great mood. You express yourself simply, and explain the topic with exhilaration. Everything is absorbed easier in that way. You encourage a person, especially me, that it is possible and that we should always insist on what we believe in, which is definitely living life to the fullest, happy and joyfully from your heart. Thank you for all your effort and all the changes you bring into the lives of the people who have a chance to work with you. You are a beautiful SOUL.”
“I was at Ivana’s workshop at the beginning of the year, the one about planning our best year. I compiled 10 of my most important goals and each was quite a handful. In the period from the workshop, until the group met for the first time, 9 out of 10 of my goals started to realize! I knew that I was pretty close to achieving one of the goals when I came to the group. According to my calculations, it should have taken about a week to its realization, so in the group meeting, I focused on my second goal, just to give it a nudge. I thought it would take at least 2-3 months to achieve that goal. HOWEVER! After the meeting, both of the goals were achieved! A miracle 🙂 The group energy truly helps everyone 🙂 🙂 🙂 So, 2 down, 8 to go 🙂 Thank you, Ivana, and everyone in the group.”
“I am extremely satisfied with the first workshop “What Do I Want to Do in Life?”. It was substantive and it included a wide range of questions that we all have to ask ourselves to reach the goal we want: What do we want? Where do we see ourselves in business development? That was just the first step, and I can hardly wait for the next workshop to see where it leads.”
“The workshop was fantastic! It contained exactly what I need for my further development, and as a bonus, it was filled with positive energy and beautiful feelings. I liked the specific exercises with our own lists, which was complemented by theory. Every time, I am surprised all over again how such work makes me happy, motivated and fulfilled. Thank you, Ivana!”
“With her simplicity and clearly defined tasks, Ivana helps me solve the issues I have in a very interesting way. I have never thought that it would be this simple, interesting, and educational. I cannot wait to apply the methods I have received, and achieve excellent results! I am looking forward to working with her again :)”
“The workshop encouraged me to be more active in personal development and to come to the decision to attend workshops more often and read more on the topic of positive psychology. It was very pleasant and useful to go through the content and become aware of different things, and also meet Ivana and the nice group. I especially liked the simplicity, the energy and focus, and encouragement for introspection.”
“Ivana’s Mindfulness workshops came in a tough time during COVID-19 quarantine. The focus was almost non-existent, stress was getting to me, and I started having trouble sleeping. Ivana’s workshops really helped me to calm myself, to regain focus during the day and when doing the exercises in the evening, I fell asleep pretty quickly. Workshops were perfectly time-boxed – not too short, and not too long, and Ivana gave a lot of useful tips and tricks to help everyone doing the exercises. I would recommend Ivana to everyone, even if you’re not usually the type of person who does those sorts of activities (I wasn’t either). Also, I recommend the meditation video on her YouTube channel, I use it quite often. Thank you, Ivana, and I hope we will meet each other sometime in the future. I wish you all the best! :)”
“I have never attended a similar workshop, and I liked it very much. The exercises were interesting, inspirational, fun, and enticing. I will happily expand them and repeat them. I have already experienced that written words have a greater impact than spoken words, but never in the role of self-evaluation and self-development. The first exercise was unusual, but I was thrilled with the end result. The second exercise was great because it was possible to bring so much from the subconscious level. Ivana explained well that along with the methods learned you could work on diminishing your limiting beliefs. Moreover, I was really impressed with her energy and support, and her personal approach.”
“The workshop enabled me to become aware of some things about me that were blocking me, keeping the status quo of the situation. I was especially impressed by physical and energy-related boosts, as well as visual experiences in the exercises. It gave me a completely new insight into the old situations. I remember the feeling of enthusiasm, the feeling that everything was possible, and a big “Yes, you can do it!” imprinted into me. Thank you!”
“The workshop was excellent, even though it was remote! I have established some new, positive beliefs, I have become aware that my previous habits have slipped away, and what I can undertake next. I really felt as if returning to the right path was becoming a lot clearer. For me personally, the practical exercises helped a lot, as well as an explanation of the strengths and the style of explaining the situations. I am watching and reacting to the situations with more awareness, and I am much more persistent in meditation. Thank you so much, and see you in some other workshop in the future!”
„I highly recommend Ivana as a trainer. She is truly a motivated trainer and inspiring professional. She is extremely positive and it’s a pleasure working with her. Ivana conducted different trainings for us (Resilience, Wellbeing and Positive Psychology) in which she showed our employees different ways and tools that can help them in overcoming the challenges we face every day. She succeeds in transferring her positive energy and willingness to learn onto our employees even in an online environment.“
„Ivana is a very professional and competent trainer. She approaches every training subject with lots of enthusiasm. The ability to make the training interesting and to make participants active and involved is one of her best qualities. It is easy to work with Ivana since she is open for new ideas, and has a broad knowledge that she selflessly shares. She is cooperative, organised, reliable and client oriented. Ivana is certainly a trainer that you would like to work with.“,
„I had an opportunity to participate on several training programs conducted by Ivana and I was really impressed by her training skills, excellent preparation and ability to keep participant’s attention and concentration through all day. Ivana is very confident, spontaneous lecturer, fully committed to the group with great ability to adjust content and methods to attendees. She has profound level of knowledge in communication skills programs which are suitable for various types of participants – from managers, sales people, administrative personnel to service support engineers. Ivana runs trainings in English and Croatian without any difference in verbal quality. Considering all mentioned, I fully recommend her as an excellent choice for educational programs in communication skills area.“,
„I highly recommend Ivana as a trainer and as a person. She is a true professional,highly motivated and very much driven by the passion for helping others. The training that she conducted for us was quite focused, practical and most importantly conferred many benefits to the participants. All aspects of her engagement were clearly defined and she did a great job in carrying out all her commitments towards our company. It was an immense pleasure working with her.“
„Attending Ivana’s trainings and workshops “Resilience” and “Resilience for HR and leaders” was an inspiring experience. She manages to switch on my will to think and rethink which always opens my new internal windows. Her approach is concrete, business and human oriented and always seasoned with her positive energy and open communication.“,
I had a pleasure to participate on a workshop on the topic of Positive psychology held by Ivana. The workshop was really great, useful, full of real-life examples and all in all very interesting. Ivana is a great coach with a lot of experience and she definitely motivated me to think about the topic of positive psychology and to use it in everyday life. I highly recommend Ivana and her workshops to everyone.
„I highly recommend Ivana as an excellent trainer and a coach. I attended her online workshops for management about wellbeing and they were more than successful. She motivated participants to actively take part, give their suggestions and ideas and implement her input on wellbeing into everyday routine. Her ways and methods of presenting are simple, comprehensible and filled with extremely positive and motivating energy, so that anyone can relate with. After each workshop where Ivana provided us with many useful examples and proven hints from other companies, our team was packed with ideas how to improve wellbeing of our employees and how to boost the employee experience. Thank you, Ivana, and we surely will continue cooperation with you.“
Sanda Berženji, Head of HR at Alca Zagreb
„Ivana held a workshop for a hi-tech company I lead. After a tough year with COVID- 19 and earthquakes in Zagreb, the people felt exhausted and stressed. We called Ivana to help, and she held a nice workshop where she presented a different way of thinking and a very practical set of tools positive psychology has to offer. She is a very positive and inspiring person herself and the team loved it. Mainly introverted and very smart and creative, they clicked with the story and started to use it in practice daily. Thanx Ivana, we’re looking forward to the next one.“
“Dear Ivana, I have just read your book “How to Love Life”. Your book is the most beautiful thing that I have had the good fortune of holding in my hands. Beautiful!!!! I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart, and I truly wish for you to continue living the spirit of the Camino and feed us with such and similar positive stories. Good luck in your further endeavours ♡”
“It brightened my days while recovering from covid-19 infection. Even though I was home, I wondered far away, walking to Santiago with you, which is calling onto me as a spiritual path/a way of turning to myself. In any case, this was mostly cheerful, easy-to-read book, but still deep and honest, pulling at the reader’s sleeve to get them on the way and continue with personal development with even more vigour. Thank you, and good luck in your future endeavours and spreading positive vibes. This year really needs such a smile and positive disposition in the media more often. It is beautiful to feel your enthusiasm with which you accompany your book to the readers and the continuation of its journey through all of us.”
“Dear Ivana, I bought my husband your book for Christmas “by chance”, with the wish to widen his horizons a little, and I have read it. In the beginning, I was not in a very cheerful mood, so it seem a bit too “pink” for my taste. Still, I continued reading. And then… Well, thank you, Ivana! I am never on a first name basis with unknown people, so I apologise if I have shown disrespect by it. That is the last thing on my mind. Still, by travelling with you, I felt as if we got to know each other, and as if we were close?! It is not that we are all that similar, at least not at first glance. Still, I felt the need to contact you and tell you that I am happy to share a city with such a nice and kind person like you! Perhaps it is because we share some similar values and thoughts, or because you opened up so much that I have read it as: “Do come in”, or perhaps that is how I interpreted it. Anyway… I wish you loads of good fortune and happiness, and I want you to know that you made me happy!”
“Simple, fun, easy-to-read, and full of beautiful ideas that can be implemented into our daily lives, suggestions for a bit happier life. But again, it has layers, it is complex, it makes you think about yourself (if you are ready to recognize yourself in the descriptions) and reminds us of so many situations that most of us, if not all, have found ourselves in at some point in life. Whether we read it as a travel book, memoirs, a self-help book, a guide for a pilgrimage lasting several weeks, or for pastime, there is something for everyone. Thank you for sharing your and other people’s intimate life stories throughout this book. And thank you for the tips & tricks from positive psychology. Very appropriate for this year. :)”
“I have never thought that this book, which I got as a present for Christmas, would calm me down so much right now. We are all distraught, in fear, shocked and scared. It would be difficult to find inner peace at such times, but each of us can find a way to get away from sad and traumatic topics at least for a while. I read a quote the other day: “Breathe. Hug a person next to you. Drink hot tea. Hug your pet. Inhale the fresh air. Call a person you love. Read a book.” That is exactly what I practice these days – and it really does help. Give it a go too. And this encouraging book has certainly helped. Well done, Ivana. And not a moment too soon! Love your life because you never know what it brings.”
“Dear Ivana, congratulations from the bottom of my heart. You have written a wonderful book, such a title is nowhere to be found, as well as the content I am certain that your book will entice many lives to walk the way of joy and light! You are helping people, and that is wonderful! I am celebrating with you Best regards.”
Coaching with Ivana’s guidance was truly one of the best decisions and investments in my development. The entire process was planned carefully and in detail. Ivana is very professional and experienced, but also simple, friendly and easy to talk to, and I highly recommend her to everyone who wishes to work on their personal development (both professionally and personally), who wish to learn how to lead their team better. During the coaching sessions with Ivana, I opened up to her completely, not holding back, as if I have known her for a long, long time…, She helped me see what I was doing wrong, what I had to work on to improve myself in that field, how to struggle less in achieving the set goals i.e. tasks, and again, to achieve them with superb quality and success. I received support from Ivana in various segments of my life and career. She made me think about my actions, what was it that I thought I should have done differently, how I should have acted differently.
I congratulate you once again on the book that won me over from the very first pages. I have read a lot of books about the Camino as each of them brings me a bit closer to my Way, which shall surely come, as soon as the circumstances allow it. I have heard about you only recently and started following what and how you work, and in the flood of “gurus” I can feel your honesty, authenticity, and that you give yourself completely, without holding back. You transferred your feelings, emotions, experiences on paper so easily, and still, you linked them with positive psychology so deeply, realistically, with ease. It is clear that positive psychology is your calling and passion, and that you enjoy it. The book is so good, and it touched me so deeply because I really felt that you have given yourself and bared yourself completely, and that is not something you can fake! I find your positive attitude and sense of humour in some situations really amazing! Because it is so easy to whine. One should find the good and positive in not so great situations. All in all, the book is an excellent manual for all who want to grow, whether they are interested in the Camino or not. You have given out a bunch of useful and practical tools, and it is up to us to try them out and use them.”
“Dear Ivana, I have just finished reading your book. Beautifully written. Well done! I walked the Camino in the summer of 2019, and your blog and the lecture at Bogdan Ogrizović library helped me a lot while packing. I am certain that we will see each other at one of your training programmes.”
During the first session, Ivana already helped me resolve several issues that bothered me. I got the space to express myself, to say how I felt. I was looking for some answers, and she helped me understand and see the solutions. I like a lot that she combines different knowledge in her approach and she found a specific way to get rid of my negative emotions on the spot. We completed the entire session with an exercise that gave me a sense of stability, and I saw things with a more mature and beautiful perspective, which I still have. I am happy that she was the one I contacted when I needed support. Thank you, Ivana!
Working with Ivana was extremely constructive and useful. Through subtle guidance, she navigated me to set up a clear goal for myself and my future, and by gradually asking questions she lead me to build clear plans of how to realise that in phases. In my case, it referred to creating a new workspace. The sessions motivated me a lot and gave me clarity in action. I managed to realise that plan. Her support helped me realise it and inspired me.
Working with Ivana was pleasant and useful. Ivana is an excellent coach. She does not impose her opinion but guides me to realize my inadequacies on my own and find a solution. Working with Ivana brought me happier and more joyful days. Thank you.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."