The Heroine’s Journey of Dominika Miernik

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love the flexibility to choose my own hours and schedule my working days. You don’t have that in a normal 9 to 5 job. That’s why almost over 6 years ago I decided to change my career path and built my own coaching practice. I love helping other expat or globally mobile women to create a fulfilling career or business around their international life.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

I feel happy when I’m travelling and discovering new places. I think that happiness can be found in little moments like having a chat with a friend, spending time with your loved one, going for a walk or reading a book. And having an impact through your work. Happiness has different sources.

What is my greatest fear?

I don’t like hospitals so being ill and ending up for one or more weeks in the hospital scares me somehow.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Sometimes I can have too many ideas about new projects and too much excitement to follow all of them. I have to remind myself to park some of those ideas for later on. If not I can get distracted or overwhelmed by them.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

I admire Dr Valerie Young founder of and her “life first, work second” approach to career planning. It helped me to understand that I can really build a career around my desired lifestyle. When you are young everyone asks you “Who do you want to become?” and not “How do you want your life to look like?”.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I love buying shoes, bags and books. I also invest a lot in personal and business development courses.

On what occasion would I lie?

I’m not good at lying. However, if I had to it would be to protect my family and loved ones.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I don’t like administration and all the paperwork when it comes to run your own business. However, I like to learn and know how everything is working so I see it as a learning process and it makes the admin part more interesting.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

In my coaching sessions with clients. I love to see how they transform their careers and find a new direction and clarity, and when they feel confident about their actions. I can say that I’m happy in my work almost every day. Of course, there are challenges and obstacles but I am satisfied that I’m doing what I love and I’m paid for that. And that I can take my career with me and travel.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would love to become an early morning person but I think it will come with time. It would allow me to have more time for yoga, meditation and journaling.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

In 2015 I was awarded as the Best International Coach by The Coaching Academy, the largest coaching school in Europe. It gave me confidence that I was on the right track with my career as an Expat and Career Transformation Coach. Also making the leap from 9 to 5 to online coaching practice.

Where would I most like to live?

It is a challenging question for an expat or a person who loves a laptop lifestyle. I’m from Poland and I lived in the UK and Italy. For now, I enjoy my time between Italy (I’m based in Rome), Poland and Nice, South France. I see myself as a slow digital nomad or flexpat which means staying in one place, city for a few months and working from there.

What is my most treasured possession?

I have two old rings from my grandmothers and they are my treasures. They remind me of them and gave me this magical energy!

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m independent and determined. I remember many years ago when I did a personality test I got the highest score on the perseverance (which can be good or sometimes bad).

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

If I think of Rome and Italy, there is an inspiration here almost everywhere. You are surrounded by beauty, culture, art, good food so it is very difficult to choose. I love my walks in the city centre of Rome. I love Villa Celimontana, which is a beautiful park near Colosseum and I’ve been always fascinated by the Palatine Hill, where Rome has its origins. In Nice is the Old Town and the sea!

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I’m happy everywhere I eat in Rome, especially in the Summertime. I love the atmosphere of warm evenings and eating outside surrounded by Roman architecture. I like variety from a takeaway slice of pizza, a simple trattoria to a more sophisticated restaurant. I’m also fortunate that my partner’s mother is from Genova and she prepares for us a homemade pesto. In Italy, you won’t be hungry!

What books influenced my life and how?

Definitely “It’s Never Too Late To Find Your True Calling” by Dr Valerie Young. I loved the idea of how you can combine your skills, gifts and talents and create a career you love around your own desired lifestyle. This is what I’ve been doing since I read the book.

Who are my favourite writers?

Currently Bernard Cornwell and his “The Last Kingdom Series”. I like historical fiction and biographies.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Right now I can think about Radiohead but I can change my mind on my last day.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

In my childhood, it was Anne of Green Gables. I do not have any specific fiction hero right now. I like stories of strong and independent women that overcame many obstacles and had success in their life and impacted the world.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My grandmother, she’ll be always my hero and her passion for writing, cinema and reading.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

I would recommend “Midnight in Paris” by Woody Allen. It’s a great film. I watched it more than once. Paris, fun, art… you can’t ask for more!

What role plays art in my life and work?

It’s playing quite a big role. Building and growing your business is art. I express myself and my message through writing emails, blog posts, doing a podcast, creating videos. I’m a creator in my business.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My partner, he always helps me to look at my life and business projects from a more realistic perspective.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

With all the amazing globally women who want to work at what they love and have the most of their international life.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

I would love to meet Gabby Bernstein, Marie Forleo. And not from coaching industry Carin Olsson from Paris In Four Months and Francoise Gilot.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I plan to rebrand my website and my business. Now I’m researching new ideas, thinking about my clients, new programmes. I also think to start writing a book in 2020 and I’m gathering information on the subject I want to write.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

You can see me, watch my videos about a career change and listen to The Expat Career And Lifestyle podcast on my website

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion can change and evolve. You can be passionate about different things in your life. I personally want to work with my passions until the end of my days.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

You should invite Joanna Pilatowicz, Emee Vida Estacio, Dr Valerie Young, Gaelle Lecourt, Yelena Mackay.

How can you contact me?

You can contact me through my website or send me an email at

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