“Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards”

We’ve heard all the quote ‘when one door closes, another one opens’. There are many things that we know rationally, but only by experiencing them, the lessons really stick. If we don’t learn something the first time, life will give us the same lesson over and over again until we understand it. I believe that the secret of life is to recognize and learn the lessons as quickly as possible. Life is a game. Always find the silver lining of the cloud. Even seemingly unrelated things can contain powerful life lessons. I have collected some special examples for you.

How the book ‘Caribbean’ changed my life


How the book ‘Caribbean’ changed my life Some books are special. Not only because they are good reads, but because you read them at a special time in your life, or in a special place, or both. Some books really make or mark a change in your life. [...]

How the book ‘Caribbean’ changed my life2020-05-19T07:57:49+02:00

Prescan: useful or just a medical adventure?


Prescan: useful or just a medical adventure? When a friend asked if I wanted to join him for a two day medical ‘prescan’ trip to Germany, my first reaction was ‘no way!’ Why would I put my healthy body through all kinds of medical procedures? But then I [...]

Prescan: useful or just a medical adventure?2020-04-05T13:26:35+02:00

How to light your fire without a burnout… Energy management for people with a passion


How can you follow your dreams without ending up in a nightmare? How can let your passion guide you, without the risk of being paralyzed by disappointment? How can you achieve huge results without depleting your reserves? This book is for strong, passionate, driven people, who want to find sustainable ways to keep focusing on their goals without ending in collapse. It is a personal account with sound advice on how to balance your feminine and masculine side. To let go when you need to, yet to persevere when you have to; and to know the difference.

How to light your fire without a burnout… Energy management for people with a passion2019-12-17T06:59:21+01:00

How pizza brings people together


How pizza brings people together Food adventures in Naples, Italy “Why is a woman like you having dinner by herself on Valentines Day?” asked a waiter at the famous pizzeria. When I replied that I like traveling by myself, he made me share a table in the crowded place [...]

How pizza brings people together2019-05-13T05:23:18+02:00

Silent storm


Silent Storm This is going to be a strange contribution to this yearly tradition*. You see – I can’t and really am not allowed to write about the thing that is occupying me most at the moment. My father – whom I am caring for this winter in [...]

Silent storm2019-05-19T07:11:51+02:00

Peyote Whisperer?


Peyote Whisperer? When I told my friend Randall Rodrigues about my weird connection with a group of Peyote cacti in Amsterdam, he said: “So you are like a Peyote whisperer?” I laughed it off, but in the days following his remark I explored this strange connection and concluded [...]

Peyote Whisperer?2020-04-05T13:27:36+02:00

Connecting the dots tattoo


Connecting the dots tattoo I never thought I would get a tattoo. And still I do have one now. Got it in Japan, of all places. No regrets! Better even; my tattoo is my daily reminder of a very important decision I made. The idea was born after a Tantra [...]

Connecting the dots tattoo2020-04-05T14:34:50+02:00

How I stole food during the Survivor TV show


How I stole food during the Survivor TV show And why you should steal, too. Rules are good. They keep our society organized and decent. But sometimes you have to bend, or even break, the rules. When you are really hungry, for example; but that is not what [...]

How I stole food during the Survivor TV show2020-04-05T14:36:26+02:00



Choices Many people feel stressed or even paralyzed because they have too many choices. Lately I have been asked to contribute to seminars, webinars and masterclasses on this topic. I came to the following analysis/exercise. Map your choices on two axis: how much do you enjoy [...]


Watercolor life lessons


Watercolor life lessons I love new perspectives by looking at the world trough the eyes of others. Especially if they are really good at something I know very little about. So when I met watercolor artist Vladimir Marcos Merchensky Arias from Buenos Aires I was eager to learn [...]

Watercolor life lessons2020-04-05T14:38:41+02:00
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