She is not distracted by either mobile phones, emails or social media. I know she listens, because she remembers the smallest details of our conversations, even after a long time has passed. She is always 100 percent present, and gladly offers advice if I need it. When the days seem unmanageable and everything is a bit hard, she makes me stop and think that it is okay that things are a bit challenging at the moment, but things will get better and I will be stronger when I come out on the other side.
Tanja is neither afraid nor shy about telling people what she thinks and feels. She stands by her beliefs. She knows exactly what she wants to do with her life and with Serve Global Wildlife. I admire her ability to confront those that she feels have overstepped her boundaries or have said something that hurt her.
When I am in a room with Tanja, she makes me feel relaxed, no matter if I’m sad or happy. We laugh loudly and we cry together so that our makeup runs down our faces. She doesn’t care what I wear, and lets the day go where it will without an agenda. I need to be prepared for a long, tight hug whenever we meet.
What I love most about Tanja is her fearlessness – she plunges into that which she wants and loves without reservation. She is honest with herself and others. She does not judge people and is willing to give everyone a chance. She is not afraid to ask for help with practical things or to ask for advice. When I need her, she is there for me 100 percent.
Posted by Camilla Esmann, July 6, 2017