sticky October 4, 2019
We often hold an obscured view of the past. A view that is clouded at best.
Research shows that most of the time things didn’t even happen the way we remembered it—let alone we can judge the reasons for what unfolded correctly. Or what that person’s true intentions were.
Yet it matters.
Our experience, o…
December 29, 2022
Another year has almost gone by. It feels cliché but time does seem to go faster and faster. I know there's a scientific explanation for that: the older you get, the less new experiences you have which makes the passage of time feel more rapid.
In the spirit of personal growth I like to reflect on the year and deci…
December 20, 2022
It’s been said that 90% of disease are caused by stress. According to McKinsey Health Institute, globally one in four employees are experiencing signs of burnout. Stress hormones weaken the immune system, increase aging and the risk of (chronic) disease.
Here are some common signs of stress:
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…