Holiday Survival 101

sticky December 18, 2015

The Holidays are coming, whether you want to or not ;-) I know the Holidays can be exhausting. Not only because we usually put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get things done as perfectly as possible, but also because it often means spending large chunks of time with a lot of people. Whether or not you love them t…

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Why being in survival mode damages your health

December 6, 2022

A large part of my life I lived in survival mode. I kept pushing through because I thought that was expected of me. Plus it was similar to what everyone else was doing. It never occurred to me that I was only getting by and trying to get through another day. Until I realized that I had to make a change because my bo…

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Why your emotions are the gateway to more joy and flow in your life

November 22, 2022

We’re often too busy to pay much attention to how we’re feeling. When we’re on a deadline, it seems our emotions can only get in the way of a good result. Over the years I learned the opposite is true. After the early stages of my personal growth, once I had sorted my physical health and took myself off aut…

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Are you one of these four people?

November 15, 2022

Burnout is one of the things we're often convinced won't happen to us. That's what I thought too, right up until the moment the doctor told me otherwise... Reports released yesterday by the Dutch bureau for statistics CBS and TNO show that 1 in 7 employees is coping with burnout complaints. Globally that number is e…

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I never thought burnout would happen to me

November 7, 2022

My parents had warned me I was doing too much. I thought they were being obnoxious. I was convinced I was doing fine. I was running on adrenaline (though I didn’t realize it at the time) and as long as I kept going there was no problem because I didn’t even have the time to wonder about that. One Friday at…

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One of the most fun things I ever did

November 1, 2022

Writing my Young Adult Fantasy novel Poisoned Arrow was one of the most fun things I ever did. One of the hardest, too. The idea came to me when I lay in bed one night—right before I fell asleep. These three sentences came to mind: They do it again. I’m so tired. Did I turn them on? I got up and wrot…

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How to reduce the stress of business leadership

October 11, 2022

One of the hardest things in life is to trust and follow the flow. I believe life is happening for you—not to you. And when you really believe that, it’s also true when shitty stuff happens. Except when the proverbial sh*t hits the fan, things start to feel really personal. And it becomes much harder to keep tha…

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I thought there was something wrong with me

October 7, 2022

I used to get drained by being around other people and I thought there was something wrong with me. I didn’t respond to situations the same as the people around me. I seemed to be bothered by things others didn’t even register. No one understood. I’ve always known I was different than most people and to me …

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The hidden energy drain in your skincare

September 6, 2022

Our energy is precious, and it's such a waste when we get depleted by things we can prevent. As a sensitive soul I tend to notice all the little things that cost me energy. As a result, I’ve compiled a list of Hidden Energy Drains in my book Radiant. One of the important energy drains is skincare. It’s also o…

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Why I take an annual summer retreat (and you should, too!)

August 8, 2022

I’m taking my annual summer retreat so you won't see much of me on here ;-) (I usually take four weeks off in August). But I felt inspired to share this personal story, that led to the decision to have my annual time-off. When I only had my Flowerdoctor website with the line of essential oil essences I had created…

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The power of left & right brain to merge head & heart

July 27, 2022

I started out using mostly my left brain. I did my MBA in the US, then I started my corporate marketing job. Even though there was quite a bit of creativity involved, it was mainly about the numbers. Of course, when it came to an ad campaign the work was more creative but mostly my job was both practical and strategic …

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