The Heroine’s Journey of Goldie Uttamchandani Nanwani

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  
Listening to people and even though I am accompanying them to reach their goals, the hidden gift for me is learning from their life experiences.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? 
Being at peace in my own mind with the ups and the downs of life
What is my greatest fear? 
Losing my biggest strength, my breath.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 
My resilience towards challenges that seem unattainable. I can sometimes shock my own self.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 
So many people from my teachers to my colleagues. Though I admire the most every client I have had, for finding the courage to face their own mirror and giving me the privilege to show them this mirror.
What is my greatest extravagance?
To travel to places unknown to me and eat a home-cooked meal in another person’s home, in their city.
On what occasion would I lie?  
To protect someone that matters deeply to me, but it doesn’t settle well in my stomach to lie or be lied to.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 
The lack of recognition coaching has for the youth population in Spain.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  
I coached a teenager for 5 months and the results she produced in such a short period made me really happy and grateful towards the job I do.
If I could, what would I change about myself?  
I don’t want to be the multitasker that I am, I have realised I perform better when I am fully present on one thing at a time.
What is my greatest achievement in work?  
Motivating teenagers in over 100 schools for more than 5 years all over Catalunya.
Where would I most like to live? 
I love where I live, I consider myself very lucky to be in Barcelona. I would like to wake up to view the ocean in years to come.
What is my most treasured possession?
Materially speaking it would have to be my white Parker fountain pen, gifted to me by my father when I was 11 years old.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I am told by many that I see the glass more than half full all the time.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  
A running route in the mountains called Carretera de las Aguas. I find it embraces the entire city in a capsule from one end to the other and being up there makes me feel so small and also very big, depending on the day.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
There are many restaurants I can think of but nothing like being in the home of a dear friend, where there is no limit on the time you must get up from the table.
What books influenced my life and how?
Shantaram always stands out, probably because a) I couldn’t believe I was able to finish a book that seemed never-ending and b) the wisdom Gregory David Roberts spreads in his writing is not forced, but rather organically placed in the entire book and there are many quotes I love but one I particularly connected to as my biggest lesson “the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life”.
Who are my favourite writers?
There are plenty, though mostly I am a fan of poets. From Victoria Erickson’s rhythmic fire to Rupi Kaur’s soft and strong aura to the classics like Neruda or Frost, I love them for their individual caress they leave on me.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
My playlist would consist of a potpourri of emotions from 90’s gangsta rap, some Prince, 1997-98 RnB and of course some classic Bollywood to finish the day so I can die dancing in my own movie.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Invisible Woman, Sue Storm – for being the one heroine who raises her children in parallel to being a hero.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 
Both my parents who with their own inspiring life stories are deeply responsible for my way of being. I also want to mention taxi drivers who I feel are the most underrated rockstars in our society. I have learnt so much from all cab drivers from across the world. They drive us to our destination but their journeys are often left unfinished.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
A long list I have but to choose one, I would say Rain Man
What role plays art in my life and work?
I don’t paint or draw but I am a writer and this craft for me has always held a strong presence in my professional life, especially in the form of poetry.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
So many people who touch my life in quiet unsaid ways, because I know they are praying for me, sending their energy to me and those are the angels that I may not see but being the best version of myself is proof that they are my fans.
Whom would I like to work with, in 2018?  
Teachers from all over Cataluñya who choose coaching to be an option for those students who require a hand to hold temporarily, until they are able to fly. I would like these teachers to formally recommend this from their schools to the parents of these children.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
I am looking forward to meeting more coaches from other countries and learn about their client experiences.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?  
Book 2. It is already looking fabulous in my head.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
@coachgoldieuttam on Instagram and on LinkedIn.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
We all have a positive nucleus inside of us and no matter how poorly things go in life, there is always a candle burning deep inside us.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Many many I know. To name a few:  Anjalina Chugani, Myra Uttamchandani, Sangita Anand, Morgane Gaubier, Alefiya Akbarally, Rashmi Nanwani, Sonali Veggia
How can you contact me?

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster,  the founder of the Heroine’s Journey 

The Heroine’s Journey Conference 2018 – Rome

The Heroine’s Journey is coming to Rome. We are bringing The Heroine’s Journey  Conference to the vibrant city of Rome on 12-14 October with a transformative and properly entertaining three-day event on the most important ideas we teach. Our conference aims to transform lives and build the best kinds of connections. It is designed to equip participants with a toolkit of creative entrepreneur skills that can revolutionise relationships, careers and self-understanding.

What to Expect

Our conference is hugely memorable and distinctive. For a start, you are not being taught in entirely standard ways. Peter de Kuster and his team of coaches on stage don’t merely lecture to a passive audience; they invite almost continuous interaction, getting participants to look inside themselves, to complete a variety of exercises and to share their stories with others.

Talks are peppered with films, art, pieces of literature, pieces of music and visual prompts; all the senses are properly stimulated to keep the mind fresh and receptive. Furthermore, there is an enormous emphasis on friendship. We are not merely seated quietly on our own, isolated from other participants. We are guided to mingle, form smaller and larger groups and reveal meaningful things to one another. It is impossible to leave after three days without having made quite a few firm friends.

Conference Leaders

The Conference, led by The Heroine’s Journey founder Peter de Kuster together with a team of coaches specialized in working with creative people  takes participants through a three-day immersive experience.

Programme Details

Day 1 FridayThe Heroine’s Journey:  Career Management for the Creative Person. 

We begin with a look at what the life and career of a creative professional is, how it can be taught – and what we can acquire of it in the days ahead. We consider our particular position in history: living with the desire for creative fulfilment and career success – and we propose that The Heroine’s Journey has a distinctive set of answers to the opportunities, disappointments and dreams of our time.

We identify that a core task of any creative professional is to achieve self-knowledge. To this end, we take you on a journey around your own mind, paying particular attention to the stories you tell yourself about you, your creative work, your time, your money, your self promotion, your relations. Which of these stories brings you to what you want and which of these stories has to be rewritten, transforming in the process your business and life?

Next we consider your meetings with others – clients, friends, business partners. We admit to our longing for sincere connection with others, but also to the challenges of finding this.  We learn about the art of connecting, about ways to listen to others fruitfully and how to overcome barriers to intimacy. We teach strategies that help remove excessive superficial contact from our lives, and put all these into practice at a social event with our newfound acquaintances to close the day.

Day 2 Saturday Morning The Power of your Story

On our second day we study why we have the creative career we do – and how our early experiences give us scripts of what, how and whom we are passionate about in our creative career. We learn that there are always more possible paths in your creative career than we initially believe and that we can broaden our unconscious scripts of how we can make money doing what we love by understanding our past stories more clearly.

We also look at the techniques that can make creative careers work in the long term. The Heroine’s Journey firmly believes that passion is ultimately a skill, not an emotion. We learn about how to communicate, how not to sulk, how to allow others to get close to us, how to understand and explain our distinctive way of creating, how to promote ourself and our creations, how to negotiate conflicts through humour and how to deal with conflicts and awkward desires.

We’re reminded that many of the answers we need are within us already, waiting for the correct story to extract them.

Day 2 Saturday Afternoon Creative Confidence

We move on to consider the emotional dimension of our work; what impels us to want to do a certain sort of creative work, and why it is often so hard to align our emotional desires with our practical requirements. We explore our working personalities and sift through our authentic interests.

We consider a variety of blocks and inhibitions which prevent us from pushing forward with our hunches, with particular attention paid to parental and societal expectations.

We pay particular attention to the idea of creative confidence. The difference between success and failure often hangs on this almost humiliatingly small and elusive concept that standard education never touches. We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow professional fields, but we overlook the primordial need to acquire a more free-ranging variety of confidence which can serve us across a range of tasks in professional, but also in personal, life.

Day 3  Sunday They Created Happily Ever After

Passion has a natural and deep appeal. Most of us long to be more passionate and creatively confident, unruffled, at ease and capable of reacting with quiet good humour to life’s setbacks and irritants. But we are often still only at the very beginning of knowing how to be passionate and confident. This morning will give us a range of the most effective answers.

Next we consider passion & happiness. A passionate life is close to, but at points importantly different from, a happy life. It draws upon and exercises our higher capacities, for example, tenderness, care, connection, self-understanding, sympathy, intelligence and creativity. We investigate how to orientate our lives in a more happy direction.

In our final hours together, we go back over the journey we have been on and recap its most fundamental lessons.


Friday 12 October
14.00 Doors Open
15.00 Introduction
17.00 Break
17.30 The Heroine’s Journey
19.15 Close and Welcome Drinks Reception
Saturday 13 October
9.00 Doors open
9.30 The Power of your Story
11.00 Break
11.30 The Power of your Story Continued
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Creative Confidence
15.45 Break
16.15 Creative Confidence Continues
18.00 Close
Sunday 14 October
9.00 Doors open
9.30 They Lived Happily Ever After
11.00 Break
11.30 They Lived Happily Ever After Continues
13.00 Close

Who Should Attend The Heroine’s Journey Conference

The Heroine’s Journey Conference is ideal for those looking for an in-depth experience that covers three main areas of our creative lives; Career Management, Creative Confidence, Happiness.

What you can expect:

  • A rich programme drawing from the key insights across our core curriculum

  • A learning experience combining lectures, films, music, art, exercises and continuous audience participation

  • Three-days of engaging content written and led by storyteller and writer Peter de Kuster, supported by inspiring coaches specialized in working with creative professionals

  • Daily educational programme and curated morning and evening social activities

  • An opportunity to make new friends in a community of like-minded individuals

The Heroine’s Journey Conference 2018 – Rome

Early Bird Price:

Euro 999 (Standard Price Euro 1099) excluding VAT

How to book:

Send us a mail at 

Fri 12th Oct 2018 (14.00)
Rome Hotel de Russie

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