07.02.16wonder, wander

A different world.

What are the people living here thinking?

Are they debating the big life questions, like you and I?

One month into the new year that is 2016, and let’s be honest a lot has already happened in this ‘new’ year although to me it still feels fresh, I’m reflecting on last year’s travel and planning where to go next.

On my latest adventure I visited Istanbul. A magical beast of a city.

It’s where Europe, the Middle East and Asia collide. A melting pot of experiences, smells, tastes and people. A melting pot of culture. The more I think about it, the more this place fascinates me. Different worlds can co-exist so closely to each other, but each part still keeps it’s authentic identity. The Bosphorus providing a natural ‘boundary’ as it were.


wander pomegranate wander





While sipping on some fresh pomegranate juice and wandering the cobbled streets I was reminded of the beauty that is this world. It is truly an extraordinary place. And with the turbulent times of late I can’t help but think we sometimes make a big mess of it all. We should be preserving the people and the world we live in, not destroy it.

I don’t really believe in coincidences but whilst I was exploring this magical place I saw Oprah’s ‘Belief’ series popping up on social media, fascinated by the religion I was surrounded by at the time it made me dive into Oprah serie’s when I got home.

Let me just clarify I don’t automatically link belief with religion. It just happened that I was amongst religion at the time. I’m not religious myself but do like to think I am spiritual. Again, to me the two are vastly different. This is a very personal thing and probably something to explore another time, anyway I digress…

This series made me realise how much I don’t know about what is happening on this planet.

What are their driving forces?

What do they believe in?

Whether you agree or disagree, you must admit it is interesting. Fascinating even. People ‘believe’  in different ways, it has different shapes and forms. And even if they believe in the same,  the interpretation can be different for different people. The same goes for culture, and language, and food, and traditions. And for so much more.


wonder wonder wonder





And this is the very reason I love to travel and explore. Istanbul was a great reminder;

I need to feed this part of my soul and be open to the wonder around me.

And look up, always.

You you never know what you might find.

Where are you planning to go next, lovely?

28.09.15I am fine

I wonder lovely, how are you?

How are you really doing?

When someone asks you this questions, how do you respond?

How often are you being honest about how you feel?

Do you pretend to feel better than you actually are?

Or do you play it down because you don’t want to come across as a high-on-life-hippie?

How often is your default answer: I am fine?

Do you ever want to get away from it all, even just for a moment?  To be alone with yourself and your thoughts and feelings. To escape but not really escape, and carve out a little ‘me-time’. continue reading

19.08.15finding my voice – part ll

If you read last week’s post you might remember that one of my main drivers to re-write some of my pages was the lack of authenticity. They were no longer serving me and in much need of a change.

It made me realise how much I have changed over the past year and a half or so. The words on my About Me page once reflected who I was at that point in time. However they no longer rang true. My Work with Me page is up there, but it doesn’t really say much. You can almost say it’s non-existing. I simply didn’t know how to capture what I am offering my clients and I just left it. It felt empty in a way because the authenticity was missing and I couldn’t find the words.

I wanted to be able to express me, in all it’s glory.  And this is where it got scary. Because to be authentic and show yourself, you actually need to show up you see…

I’m always very good at talking about this with my clients but when it comes to lil’ old me I apply different rules.

You could say this is kind of hypocritical, and I should practice what I preach. I agree. And if you know me, you also know I am not a hypocrite. The thing is though, showing your full self is plain scary.

continue reading

11.08.15Finding my voice – part l

You know this feeling of when you have something to say but you don’t know how to say it? You can’t find the right words or the words don’t come out properly. You find it hard to capture the essence of your message. You think about it so much that you’ve lost your trail of thoughts and what you were trying to say in the first place.

What if people think I’m stupid?

What if people think I’m silly? 

What if my message doesn’t resonate?

What if I don’t know what I’m talking about?

What if, what if…


I don’t write as well as others out there 

They know how to always say things better than me

Why would I even bother? 

There is so much stuff out there, it will just get lost in space.

Why would anyone be interested in what I have to say? No one will ever visit my site.

This is how I felt for quite some time. I felt I have so much to say but with all these thoughts floating around in my mind I didn’t seem able to tap into that sweet energy.  continue reading

04.08.15Are you a fixer?

Do you recognise this?

You see someone close to you going through a hard time. You want to step in. You want to take away their pain and carry their burden. You are desperate to help. You give them advice. You encourage them. But nothing changes. You try again and again. And again.

Because of the caring, loving person you are, you are involved now too. Without the other person asking for it. You’ve already taken on their troubles and made them your own. But nothing changes.

You want the best for this person. You could see their potential. You can see them feeling better and happy. It is all within reach. Why doesn’t she see what you see? (I’m using she here for simplicity)

This is something that keeps coming up not only with my lovely clients but also in my circle of friends. It makes me smile that the people around me care so much about others that they’re literally willing to put their life on the line for someone else. continue reading