Even if your comfort zone extends a lot further than many other people’s – as is the case for me – it is still a bit scary to get out of it. Somehow I have been extra triggered lately to step out of my comfort zone.
I used to think that emotions were annoying, useless and non-productive. I was so focused on achieving results, that I became a master in ignoring and repressing my disappointments, hurts, sadness and other negative experiences. However, repressing emotions not only takes a lot of energy, but it also prevents you from feeling positive emotions.
Sometimes everything suddenly changes. The transition from one state of being to another rarely seems to be gradual. I don’t know why the transition to something new is usually a shock.
My trip to Jordan turned out completely different than planned when my relationship unexpectedly disintegrated on the first day. I combine this very personal story and life lessons with Jordan travel tips in this blog.
Is 'home' a location or a feeling? Inspiration shot April 2019 Whenever I hear "home is where the heart is", I joke that "home is where the wifi is." 'Home' is more of a feeling than a certain place for me. What does home mean for [...]
Since 1994, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao has had a special place in my heart. Every now and then I organize workshops or retreats on the island. After my recent writing retreat in March 2019, I discovered many new places, which I will share in this blog.
If you and I walk down the same street, we will see different things. There are lots of details and we make different analyses and come to our own conclusions. That’s why I like social media so much: when someone posts authentic things, those posts reflect how that person sees the world.
Do you need to make money before you can be free and follow your passion? Or is it better to actually turn what you are passionate about into something profitable to achieve that freedom? It’s a chicken and egg dilemma. I have always been a huge believer in doing what you are passionate about – because that doesn’t feel like work. But to be honest, I notice that many people experience financial worries that may take away some of the pleasure.
Every time my plane is about to land on this island in the Dutch Caribbean, my heart makes a little jump. For more than 2 decades I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this special island, but in the end, the love always seems to win. No matter how sure I was that I never wanted to go back, as soon as the airplane doors open, the warm, humid wind embraces me and I know I am home.