AnYes van Rhijn

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name is AnYes van Rhijn and I’m the owner of Successful Women Academy Ltd. I’m French from Dutch origin (both my parents were Dutch) and I grew up bilingual and bi-cultural. I left a toxic relationship that left me completely broke at 57 but instead of stepping into victim-hood I decided that this was an amazing opportunity to reconsider all my choices in life and in business. That is why I arrived in London three years ago at 58 with just two suitcases, eight weeks of house sitting, and without any income or savings, to rise from my ashes. There has been no turning back for me since.

  1. What is your business about?

I’m a Women’s Empowerment Coach and my focus is on empowering the next generation of female leaders in business or career.  I’m on a mission to help as many women as possible reach their full potential professionally and personally so that in doing so they can become role models for other women to do the same. I have two branches to my work:

  • I help entrepreneurs and business owners create, on their own terms, the successful and fulfilling business that will sustain the life they desire.
  • I help companies, who believe in the benefits for their business to have more women at the top of their organisation, to empower and retain their female potential thus creating a pipeline of women to promote to senior and board positions.

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  1. What made you get into this line of business?

Around 40 I had that nagging feeling that there must be more to life. I turned into an avid Personal Development addict and came across coaching. I became an Executive Coach at 48 and worked in Leadership Development and Change Management for eight years. When I reconsidered all my life and business choices at 57, I identified that what I was really passionate about was to help women reach their full potential which made total sense given I’m a walking example that it is possible.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I’m a morning person and I’m grateful every day again for the gift of a brand-new day that I’ve been granted and that makes me wake up without any problem. Yes, I have a morning routine that I’m addicted to: As said, I wake up naturally between 5:00 am and 5:30 am. I start by journaling in my bed, I then meditate. When I wake up I start by drinking a glass of water with half a lemon juice and half a tsp of baking soda. I then prepare my “morning elixir” (half a lemon juice, 1tbsp cider vinegar, 1 inch grated fresh ginger, 1 garlic clove, 1tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp honey, all of the above being organic). I then do ten minutes of Qi Gong, take a shower, prepare my breakfast, go for a 45-minute walk and then prepare my day in the planner/tracker I’ve designed and will soon be selling. As you may have guessed, self-care is a priority for me.

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

It isn’t one that wasn’t given to me directly, but one I once heard and made mine: “Don’t let anyone tell you your dream is impossible!”


  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

That is a very challenging question as there are so many that have influenced me at various stages of my development. One of the things I strongly believe in is that our choices create our reality (hence the core of my work being centred around the notion of “Conscious Living and Making Conscious Choices”). Therefore, I would say that currently I would recommend “You’re the Placebo” by Dr. Joe Dispenza.

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I will be starting a private six-month group coaching program on October 15, 2018. Topics: Clarity, Confidence, mindset, relationship to money, self-care and work-life balance.
Maximum 15 participants. A 90-minute recorded weekly group video coaching call and a private FB page for continuous support. Full payment £997 or six instalments of £197. Early bird bonus if signed up before September 30, 2018: two one-hour 1:2:1 coaching calls with me. Registration is open. For more information set up a discovery consultation with me at: Successfulwomenacademy

  1. What is one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Everything we do is fear based whether we’re conscious of it or not. My simple definition of fear is that it is the anticipation of something that may happen but that probably won’t. So, the first thing I do to change my mindset is to always ask myself what I’m afraid of. From there I deconstruct the fear by asking myself if it is a fact or an anticipation (it almost never is a fact) and by finding counter proofs of that fear (i.e. situations where I succeeded in what I’m afraid of).

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

You may have noticed how I spell my first name (With a capital Y in it that highlights the YES part of it). That is because I say yes to life and I live in a world of possibilities. What I love most about my work is to help others (women in particular) see that if they can dream it they can make it happen. In essence, I help women realise dreams they didn’t know they had.

  1. Your favourite quote?

Exactly what I said in the previous paragraph: “If you can dream it, you can make it happen” (I have no idea who said that so can’t give anyone credit for it).

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Thank you so much AnYes for sharing your story and business with us if you would like to see more from AnYes then please go to  Entrepreneurs WebsiteCorporate WebsiteFacebook Business PageFacebookLinkedin, or Instagram

If you would like to be featured as a women of wisdom you can APPLY HERE, there is a small charge of £30 to be featured and 50% goes to charity. This month’s charity is The Faye Knowles Foundation you can read more of their story HERE

Have a wonderful day.

Michele x 


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