Rania Lababidy is a writer, speaker and coach, working with the education and business world to improve performance, and share the latest in NeuroScience discoveries. The essence of her work is in the unravelling of creative passion. Energy is intuition. Her book Tap into Miracles is now available.
Rania founded KidsMeridian in Paris in 2008 to support European schools in opening up to a more creative education. She holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
Rania grew up in London, attending the French Lycée and then St Paul’s Girls’ School. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and was recruited on campus to the world of investment banking. She began her career on Wall Street. And after a decade in the world of finance, she returned to NYC as a Director with Deutsche Bank. In the Big Apple, Rania remembered to follow her heart…
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How you had the idea of your business?
Actually Life coaching found me 🙂 I was a banker for many years and then thought my work was to save the children… So I went into education. I was living in Paris at the time and every conversation with whomever I was meeting would lead to them saying “We should be paying you for this!” So I thought to myself this is what I Love to do, this is clearly what I’m good at and what I would do for free. My advice is follow the curiosities and your thing will find you too!
Your Role models (any field)?
Dr. Maria Montessori again and again… Her education philosophy is genius. Her alums’ success across all fields is testimony to that. She was nominated for multiple Nobel Peace Prizes. She believed that children are here to lead us to a better world. I believe that too.
What are the important turning points in your life?
When I left the world of finance, that was a big turning point for me. Just my desire to stop doing what didn’t feel good was so richly rewarded by Life. It was my introduction to miracles and the power of choosing Love over fear. At every crossroad, that choice comes up again. From experience, I now know that when we default into fear, we spiral the situation down. The word courage comes from ‘coeur’ in French.
What are your favorites?
Taste : Pine honey
Scent : The Goddess Line Parvati oil
Feel : Silk
Scene : Summer sunsets
Sound : children laughing
What is your current state of mind? Optimistic
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Uplifting and empowering people Every single day… Watching them RISE.
What is your most marked characteristic? Like a lot of Lebanese, my adaptability!
What is your favorite occupation? Writer
What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and generosity.
Who are your heroes in real life? My Mum for sure. She’s such an Amazing woman who has touched so many lives with her intelligence and kindness.
What is your ultimate dislike? I’m so drawn to open-minded people so I guess the opposite of that would be my ultimate dislike.
What you wish for all the time? Happy people going on to make the world a happier place 🙂
What do you expect from the future? I expect a more empowered Lebanon. The spirit of this revolution is raising consciousness around the world for all of us. Here’s to the abundance and joy that this beautiful country deserves 🇱🇧
What is your favorite daily wear attire? Lulu Lemons
What things in life are still a mysteries to you? Life’s perfect orchestration…
What was the last gift you gave someone? Silk pillowcase
What is your biggest fear? To die before I’ve done everything I’m here to do
What would be your super power? Looking on the bright side
What would be a good theme song for your life? My Way!
What would you name your boat if you had one? We had a boat in the South of France when I was growing up called Champ. That was the name of our dog. I think I would call it Champ again!
What is the best purchase you’ve ever made? My best : My first job was on Wall Street. I bought my first piece of art in Soho, a bronze statue of a passionate hug. It’s travelled around the world and been in my London, NYC and Paris homes. It still puts the biggest smile on my face… I can just feel that hug.
What inspires you? People who are passionate. My motto has always been Denis Diderot’s quote: “Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”
What would be your advice for your younger self?
Get super clear on your dream Life. Connect to your intuition and then co-create with intention (or hire a Life coach asap!!)
Define Art? We’re all artists and our Life is our greatest masterpiece. Design it on purpose.
You pick Freedom or Security? I think they’re 2 sides of the same coin. Security can only come from deep within. And when we feel that connected, we trust ourselves and feel truly free (to live, love, self-express and be us)
What’s your spirit animal? Ladybird.
Your advice for a fulfilled, significant, happy life?
That place where the world’s hunger and your deepest creativity meet… For me, that’s the sweet spot.
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