Full interview: Andreia Lungulescu, mentor in SIM’s community

Learning and Development, Career Progression, Project Management, Coaching, Psychotherapy

Andreia Lungulescu is a hands-on People and Organizational Development Specialist, a psychotherapist, and a coaching enthusiast, with a passion for human potential to nurture it, but most of all to champion it.

πŸ’ƒWho is Andreia Lungulescu, and what does she do?

I would describe myself as having a dual career. On one side, I have dedicated the last 13 years of my career to deepen and broaden my Human Resources Consultant expertise. On the other side, I pursued a master's in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, a certification in Co-active Coaching, and, recently, a certificate in Schema Therapy.

The common denominator of these two paths is the human factor, the individual at the core of all successful multinational companies, of emerging tech start-ups, and at the core of tightly-knit communities and loving families.

πŸ’ƒWhen did you realize what you wanted to do?

I cannot actually point out a moment in time and space where I realized what I wanted to do. It was and is more of a life-long process. A sequence of decisions, good and bad, of fortunate and unfortunate events, of trials and errors that helped me understand what I like, what I dislike, what I am good at, and most of all, what profession is aligned with my values and dreams.

πŸ’ƒWhat does work-life balance mean to you?

For me, work-life balance is an ongoing beautiful and surprising triathlon. Some periods, parts are easy. They come naturally because I spent a lot of time practicing and enforcing healthy boundaries between my work and personal life. I love those periods; they give me so much joy and satisfaction. And then, the problematic sections come along, where I need to put in the extra conscious effort to close the laptop and be present and invest in my beloved ones.

Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I am reminded of what is truly important in life. Overall, it is quite a joy ride!

πŸ’ƒWhat does it mean for you to be a mentor?

Being a mentor is a side of myself that I cherish and continuously nurture and develop. It is wonderful and meaningful to give back to the community the care, kindness, lessons, and guidance that I received from strong, influential female leaders, teachers, colleagues, friends, and kindred spirits.

πŸ’ƒIf you were to leave readers with a message, what would it be?

I would say: β€œLife is an endless series of do-it-yourself projects. They should be imperfect and personal because good enough is good enough when they have meaning to you and, most of all, when they serve a higher version of yourself. Keep at it and enjoy the process!”