I help ambitious, creative, spiritual girl-preneurs kick start and design a heart-centered lifestyle and business they love. 

I help vision-filled go-getters like you find clarity and focus among a million creative ideas, and to set up focused, purpose-infused goals & action steps toward a life you've always dreamed of.

Hi!

I'm Rio.

You are a Creative Visionary.

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You get a ton of creative ideas… but it's hard to choose which exact paths to take, and to make decisive actions that lead to focused momentum.

As a creative artist myself, I've been there, in the sea of endless ideas, overwhelm, indecisive roaming, going back and forth... unclear results, feeling a bit icky inside with the uncertainty of whether or not this path truly leads to success and happiness.

I believe that the key to a life and business that moves with forward momentum and flow is to tune into the deepest part of who we are, and to align our thoughts, plans, and actions with our heart & intuition.

At the same time, it is crucial to create nurturing, balanced structured goals and actions that sustain your forward momentum toward achieving your visions— a purpose-driven plan that's filled with self-compassion and mindful self-awareness.

 

This is where I come in!

 

Your True Colours

Are you ready to feel vibrant, radiant, and alive inside and out?

❥ STRATEGY + SOUL = FORWARD MOMENTUM

I help visionary creatives set up inspired goals and action steps that infuses them with energy &  bubbly excitement, and create forward momentum in a life they've always dreamed of.

In my 1-on-1 coaching program, I will help you become crystal clear in what it is that you truly want to create in life, set definite goals, and help you create a balanced life routine which nurtures your dreams.

 

My gentle and intuitive approach honors what it is that you desire to create. I will be your accountability partner, guide, and your best cheerleader throughout the sessions.

My Story

As a Japanese-American with a strict background as a classical pianist, I used to struggle with extreme perfectionism. I believed that unless I am "perfect" in every aspect of my life —from how I look, how much I achieve in life, to how perfectly I perform on stage— I am not worthy of receiving love.

 

On the outside, my life looked "perfect" —best grades in school, graduating from a top university (Bowdoin College) as a pre-medical neuroscience student, surrounded by great friends, traveling around the world performing on exciting stages. However, on the inside, I felt deeply insecure, afraid, and unworthy. I tried to calculate and plan every aspect of my life— Which in the end, only deepened the negative cycle of control and self-restriction.

I developed an eating disorder, which I desperately tried to hide under my "cheery smiles" in my "perfect life". My overworked mind and body eventually led to my health breaking down, and having to stop working professionally as a pianist for a long time.

Over the course of 4 years, I suffered from routine fever and fatigue, partial paralysis in my right hand, and a partial deafness in my left ear. It was one of the deepest points of my life, covered with profound sadness.

It was time. I had to face the pain within, and to accept love into my heart.

Fast forward many years, after countless hours invested in therapy, coaching, and personal development, I am extremely blessed to have found love and balance within myself. I healed from my health issues, and now foster deep, meaningful, loving relationships with myself, with others, and with God, bathed in His unconditional love. I am happily married to the love of my life, and am excited to flourish in my business that truly feeds my heart & soul, surrounded by a loving, supportive community.

+ I am still an ambitious go-getter. However, my achievement and success is no longer what defines who I am.

 

+ I nurture self-love, and relentlessly foster a loving self-care routine for myself, because I believe that my mental and physical health is what allows me to love, and give value to others. In the journey, I actually became a smoothie-drinking yogi, which was a far cry from who I used to be! lol  

+ I make it a discipline to practice gratitude. I no longer take anything for granted, as I've learned that they can be all taken away with a snap of a finger.

 

+ I am a doer and a dreamer. I am keen on journaling, meditating, visualization, and goal-setting to make my visions manifest in reality. 

My journey has sharpened my self-awareness, and shaped who I am today.

 

This is why, today, a passion burns inside of me to empower women to stand in their own self-worth, self-love, freedom, confidence, and strength. I graduated from a coaching academy in 2016, and my mission is to empower you to show up in this world in your fabulous, imperfectly perfect beauty!

+ I am a total dog lover! Yes, dog movies always make me cry. My husband Timo and I are proud dog parents of one white incredibly fluffy ball of love. (A sweet Blonka Zwetna dog from Germany)

+ I've never lived in one location for more than 4 years in my life. I grew up in a jet-setting, globe-trotting family, and my life spans from Japan, Chicago, Maine, Denmark, and currently, surrounded by the beautiful tulips and canals in the Netherlands.

+ My mother language is Japanese, but English has become my main language after immigrating to the States. I am also currently learning to speak Dutch!

+ I believe in a loving God, who is all encompassing, caring, and mighty in power, and One who is above normal human comprehension, yet so close and personal. I believe that the essence of God is present in every one of us!

 

+ I believe that our creativity has the potential to change the world, influence the culture around us, and eventually, to change to the world.


+ I believe that every woman is worthy of leading a life of purpose and freedom that they are absolutely in love with. I believe that you already have all that it takes to show up as the most beautiful, true essence of you— to experiencing the freedom, abundance, purpose, and connection. Your highest self is already inside of you.
 
+ I believe that your business and lifestyle is a natural expression of who you are, and  we can allow it to flow with ease, and not striving.

Up close and personal...
Are you ready to:

+ Define and clarify what your ideal lifestyle and career looks and feels like that you absolutely love
 
+ Set specific personal and career goals that are aligned to your core values and who you are
 
+ Create definitive action steps where you will move forward with momentum
 
+ Create life structure and positive habits that actually stick
 
+ Let go of outdated inner stories that no longer serve you, and replace them with empowering, positive values that propel you toward your dreams
 
+ Tune into your intuitive essence, and lead a life of creative flow and ease
 
+ Build emotional and physical self-awareness to create a lifestyle of balance, and not overwhelm
 
+ Set healthy boundaries in life and work, and set up a self-love and self-care routine that makes you feel refreshed, balanced, and energized
 
+ Build confidence in knowing that you are leading a purposeful life that makes you feel vibrant and fulfilled

professional bio

Rio Watanabe is a pianist and coach. Via her coaching program, she helps ambitious, creative go-getters define and build a heart-centered lifestyle and business they love. She helps women tune into their intuitive essence, break the chains of outdated inner stories that are holding them back, and live a purpose-infused life feeling vibrant, rooted, and alive inside and out.


She is also the keyboardist in Not About Me, a music project which has recently released its debut EP.
 
As a pianist, she has been featured on TBS Japanese National Television, and has been a guest soloist at the Langham Place, London, as well as the Vredenburg Concert Hall in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She is the first prize winner at the Dobrich-Albena Piano Competition in Bulgaria, and was selected as the finalist at the Crescendo Summer Festival gala concert competition in Hungary. She is also the first prize winner of the Klaas Dijkstra Foundation Entrepreneurship Award in music education. She has performed at festivals such as the Portland International Piano Festival in the USA, the "Muziek aan de Waal" Festival, and "Peter de Groot" Festival in the Netherlands.
 
Rio holds a Master's degree in piano performance from Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands), as well as a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Prince Claus Conservatory (NL). She is a Sara James Scholar graduate from Bowdoin College (USA), and holds a Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences (Pre-Med) with a focus on neuroscience and psychology. She also holds a Dutch certification in Music Education, and has been teaching piano privately for 10 years. 

 

She is a graduate of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and is honored to be part of the inspiring collective of coaches as a Beautiful You Life Coach. The Academy is ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited, and is led by Julie Parker, Australia’s leading women’s life coach & speaker.
 
Rio is Japanese by origin, and immigrated to the USA at a young age. She is married to a wonderful Dutchman and currently resides in the beautiful city of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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