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Herica Ponsiana

Our Positive Woman is Herica Ponsiana, an emotional educator and wellness speaker. She tells us how it is possible to overcome anxiety crises and balance personal and professional life through self-knowledge. “I am a black woman who came from the outskirts, and I had to work very hard to ‘break the bubble.’ I could never have imagined that one day I would work with emotions, self-care, and wellness. That was outside of my reality. This path only emerged when I became mentally and emotionally ill and, to complicate the situation further, I had no idea that I was sick. […] I very nearly suffered a burnout. From that moment on, my search for self-knowledge began and today it has become my life mission,” said the founder of Onemind.



1. How did your career begin?

I started my career in the commercial area and worked there for over ten years. I had the opportunity to experience all areas of sales, such as prospecting, hunter sales, and team leadership. All this trajectory in the corporate world was in the technology segment.


2. How is the business model of Onemind structured?

Onemind is a company mostly formed by women specialists in various areas of wellness and mental health. Our mission is to promote emotional education in companies, preparing leaders and teams on how to obtain tools to prevent illness and stay healthy to better perform their careers. We focus on prevention and health, that is, promoting wellness and self-care in the organizational environment. We do this through training to emotionally empower leaders, recurring meditation programs, experiences, and women's circles. All activities are currently carried out both online and in-person throughout Brazil.


3. What was the most difficult moment in your career?

I am a black woman who came from the outskirts, and I had to work very hard to “break the bubble.” In this fight against the system, I sought to develop my technical knowledge (hard skills) for many years. I could never have imagined that one day I would work with emotions, self-care, and wellness. That was outside of my reality at that time. This path only emerged when I became mentally and emotionally ill and, to complicate the situation further, I had no idea that I was sick. I loved what I did in the sales area; I was one of the best on my team. I also had a passion for developing people. One day the sparkle started to fade, and the meaning began to vanish, making room for constant anxiety and panic attacks, and I very nearly suffered a burnout (exhaustion). From that moment on, my search for self-knowledge began and today it has become my life mission. I discovered that my purpose was to share with people the methods and tools to avoid illness, gain greater emotional autonomy, and live a life with more genuine happiness.


4. How do you manage to balance your personal life with your corporate/entrepreneurial life?

This is an interesting question because balancing personal and professional life can mean many things to many people. For me, it means that I can dedicate quality time to both areas without one compromising the other. As not everything is rosy, we know it is unsustainable to try to balance all the plates, thinking that none will ever fall. This is an important perspective to become aware of because when we recognize ourselves as human, we know there will be days when it will not be possible. This idea helped me a lot in my mental health because to keep all the plates spinning, we need to be well, and that is the main priority. Another tool that helps me is writing down all my roles and having clarity on what is essential in each of them and analyzing what is surplus or lacking for each one. This way, the journey becomes lighter, and I understand that there is no division between personal and professional life; everything is life. It was essential to have a good foundation of self-knowledge to know what I could do better in my roles. I believe that society—and we women—demand perfection, and this pursuit makes our mind and soul sick. Therefore, we need to learn to be our own friends and be gentle on the days when we are not productive, understanding that rest is also important.


5. What is your biggest dream?

To help as many people as possible learn about meditation, emotions, and to gain emotional autonomy. I dream of a less anxious and more compassionate society. I dream that women can be respected and recognize their potential and not negotiate it with anyone. I dream that the black community, especially women, has equal opportunities and takes on leadership positions with self-confidence.


6. What is your greatest achievement?

Having a free mind that is open to learning and adapting when necessary. Another important achievement was learning to love and take care of myself.


7. Book, movie, and woman you admire.

The woman I admire is AMMA, a spiritual leader in India, a woman who is transforming the reality of women in the country. Movie: “Hidden Figures,” three black women at NASA who are synonymous with strength, courage, and overcoming obstacles. Book: “The Power of Now.”

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