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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How water increases your productivity and memory

July 18, 2022

We're having a few extremely hot days here in The Netherlands (and in many other places as well) so that reminded me of some research I quoted in my book Radiant. You probably know staying hydrated is important, but did you know this: "A mere 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy, short term-memory trouble…

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How I finally became whole

July 13, 2022

Coming out of the spiritual closet allowed me to let all of myself be present. For most of my life I had only focused on my rational side. That’s how I was successful in life—I have a good brain and I’m very practical. Then I opened what felt like this door to the entire right side of the building that was …

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Coming out of the spiritual closet

July 6, 2022

Once I learned I was more intuitive and sensitive than I thought, I dove into learning all about my sensitivity and intuition. I went to various workshops to educate myself. One of those was a combination of the creative work and the more intuitive work I was moving towards. It was at the Creative Problem Solving In…

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