Christine is a 36-year-old lover of life who defines herself with many labels. An artist, personal development coach and trainer, she is also present on Instagram with a personal page @christinerotsen and a page dedicated to interviews @lifeeverywhere_media.
But Christine is also one of our customers, and not only! She was selected from among others to be an Elia lingerie model for a photoshoot. Indeed, at Elia lingerie, we've always been keen to feature our own customers in our shoots. With the idea that THEY were the best representatives of the brand and its values. We felt it was our duty to showcase every body type, every morphology, every singular career path and every beautiful woman.
So today, Christine takes a good-humored look back at her job, her relationship with periods, and what has changed for her with the Elialingerie menstrual panties . But she also gives us her little life lesson.
What's a coaching session like with you?
"A session with me lasts about 1 to 1.5 hours. There's a lot of exploration because what I actually do is not advise. I don't advise, I don't live life in people's shoes, in fact. So what I do in exploration is really to go and understand how the person sees life, what is their representation of reality? And then we work with different tools, from my toolbox, and the idea is that when I feel blocked in my life, it's because I have a representation of my reality that's blocking me. So my job, as a coach, is to go and find out, to shine a little light on the places that are in the person's shadow, and to say to them, "This is how you see life, what do you want to do, what do you want to change? And that's when change takes place, so we're really talking about beliefs: what do I believe? What do I see? And when I switch my beliefs, it's going to change my behavior, my way of dealing with others, my relationship with myself, my environment, etc. But it's really at the level of the mind. But it's really about my perception of life.
What's your main business?
"Right now, here's what's happening, is that I'm very active on Instagram. It's a medium I really like, I m'm having a lot of fun on it. There's the visual, at the same time the text and so on. So what I do on Instagram: I have two accounts, there's my personal account @christinerotsen. Right now I'm doing a series called "Master your energy", so every Tuesday I launch a little episode with a personal development key to mastering your energy. And there's an account on which I do interviews, called @lifeeverywhere_media. On this Instagram, every Monday I do an interview with an inspirational person who comes to tell the story of their life, in fact. So who comes to tell their life story, their vision of things, what they transmit, what they embody. And why? First of all, I'm really keen to give people the space to express themselves, which brings us back to the notion of self-expression, and because I find that in the idea of listening to testimonials, well, sometimes you can get answers for yourself. It's not always about coaching or personal development, but sometimes people really are inspiring. The main message I pass on, the bottom line, is really to get to know yourself. Life is a tool for self-knowledge, and the more I get to know myself, the more I can m'align in my life."
What is your relationship with your periods ?
"I already had my periods very early. I got them at I don't know, maybe 10 and a half, but that's still early. Well, I think it's early. And I think I had them and I knew what periods was all about, but I had to put up with it. At that age I had it. I think I was subjected to it for a long time, because I think we are, or were (and this is changing), in a society that demonizes periods, blood and so on. So I think for quite a few years I was subjected to it, and I was in pain too, so there you go. And then, above all, with regard to my cycle, I learned, I got informed. I also got to know myself at that point, we're coming back to self-knowledge. And so I understood that my cycle lasted a certain number of days, that the energies of each day were different, and that if I adapted my schedule to my cycle, it might be more pleasant to live. I also realized that 3 days before I felt like eating lots of sugar and cakes, and now I do it and I don't feel guilty. So, in fact, now I live my cycle better. So on the days of periods, there are the symptoms you can expect, extreme tiredness, etc. But my professional career means I'm able to cope better with my cycle. But my professional career means I can adapt my schedule to that. And I've de-demonized this idea of blood, of "it's dirty, help me! No, in fact, it's life expressing itself, that's what it's all about. And I think that in fact, every month I thank my body for working, after all.
What do you think of Elia's menstrual panties?
"So many good things, but really. I've already tested them, so I'd say they're comfortable, they're practical and they're effective. So they're really effective depending on the time of year. I mean, on the day of the periods the flow is different, and there are different models to adapt to that, and that's really nice. And they're beautiful too, the Simonea little dedication. But they're pretty, so you can feel beautiful when you've got your periods, you don't have to be out of it. No, what I also wanted to say, which is really important to me, and why I'm so happy to be here today, is that I love all the values that Elia stands for, and the ethical side of things. In terms of design, manufacturing and shipping. And at the same time, it's not just there to look pretty: it's Made-in-Franceit's eco-responsible. It's all for me, it speaks to me. I think it's really important.
Any final words?
"It's hard to make a mantra but hey, I guess what I want to say is live your life, not someone else's."