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Sandra Mammen
Head of Production at Public Coffee Roasters — Hamburg, Germany

If I could change anything in this world, I would extend the childhood of every single kid on the planet. In the city I live in, all the kids are on a tight schedule. They don’t have time to explore anymore, do things at their own pace, discover their individual character. The school system should be more gentle, more open-minded and provide more freedom of movement, time to have fun and the possibility to get to know different people and spend time with animals. If I could change anything, I would make the concept of Buddhism part of our education. The world is way too colorful to spend childhood in a rush between classrooms, soccer fields and piano lessons.

Authenticity requires self-reflection. Only when I know myself–all my positive and negative traits–can I be authentic.

I am not just passionate about fitness, I am a fitness freak. Besides my job in coffee, I teach classes in gyms and fitness camps five days a week. Fitness keeps my life in balance. I love using my whole body and testing my limits. Boxing, in particular, has given me access to a whole new dimension of life awareness. I want to share this with other people. Give something back. It makes me so happy to push my students, make them face the challenge of performing at their best, and see them succeed; see their faces glowing, so full of pride. This is the best part of my job. 

 

My husband is a fitness instructor as well and a few years back we started coaching other trainers together. This way we can spend more time as a couple while sharing our passion. And then there is my son. I try to be outdoors with him a lot, explore nature, play everywhere and with everything we can somehow manage to turn into a toy. I try to teach him every day, that he can do everything he wants if he just believes in himself.

 

I try to teach my son every day, that he can do everything he wants if he just believes in himself.

Being a so called “working mum” isn’t always easy. Hardly ever, really. I have a strong need for self-fulfillment, professionally and individually, and I believe that I can only be a good mom when these needs are met. On the other hand, I feel guilty that I may not be spending enough time with my son. I think a lot of parents feel like this. Especially women, who need to balance work and family life. They can’t live up to their own expectations of being the perfect mom while giving 100% at their job at the same time. 

Luckily, there are special moments with my son when I feel the connection with him more strongly than ever. That’s when I am at peace with the whole world, entirely grateful for my life. I feel endless love, joy–but also a deep fear of losing him. It is scary and wonderful at the same time. 

From my point of view, authenticity requires self-reflection. Only when I know myself–all my positive and negative traits–can I be authentic. Authenticity is the key to a balanced life and mental health. I am a multi-faceted personality. One moment I am the caring mother, an hour later I kick butts in the gym. It makes me laugh when people compare me to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, because they can’t put my personality in a box and stick a label on it