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Goalsetting: One step at a time…

Today I am as happy as a bird with a French fry. I’ve installed myself on the balcony, in the sun, with a glass of wine, feet up and my laptop on my lap. What else could a person possibly wish for? It’s these kinds of moments that make me realize that through all the tough decisions and hurdles I had to take the last 12 months, things are really falling into place for me. It’s the little moments like...

Cabbage juice helps support digestive tract

Cabbage juice to help support your digestive tract, alkalizes the body, stimulates the immune system and aids in healing ulcers and G.E.R.D. Cabbage contains a compound called glutamine, which protects the lining of the digestive tract, helps irritated areas because of G.E.R.D. (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or commonly known as acid reflux) as well as promotes healing of wounds and the healing and regeneration of the cells in the gastrointestinal tract. According to Michael T. Murray, ND, studies done at Stanford University’s School...

My time in Barcelona – getting settled in

Balance… and overcoming fear, that’s what this is all about… After two weeks of cleaning, opening boxes, placing and re-arranging the same furniture the very next day, drilling holes, slamming nails in the wall and clean the place (all over again), I’m settled in. The apartment looks amazing, and after the plant shopping last week, an intense jasmine smell fills up my home. All in all, it truly feels like home. My own 60m3 of home, because down the stairs,...

How to create a wave of kindness

I spend my evening with my grandparents, these are the kind of evenings that always turn out to be more valuable than expected. They could very well be the only people that have never judged me or my sister and that will shower us with love unconditionally. I’m not saying they are perfect like all grandmothers mine too lets me know I don’t visit or call enough. We talked about society, values, upbringing, the past, the future and time itself....

My first steps on the path to self-love and healing

A fragment from my first diary dating from my teenage years: “I visited my old school today, looking for some people I know. I spoke to some old classmates and my old gym teacher. He is a young guy, not much older than me and he always seemed interested in me in a way that a teacher really shouldn’t be interested in a student. Even though he never actually did anything to back that idea up. Whatever I wanted to...

My Nazca Adventure

Today I feel very sick, last night I have entertained my roommates in a horrible way, through the thin wooden walls of our shared bathroom. TMI? That’s what my roommates though too. This obviously refrained some of them from sleeping and while some laughed their asses off I still felt terrible for them and probably even more for myself. When I get sick, I’m like a guy, I feel so sorry for myself… After my breakfast with some salty pretzels,...

Never suppress a generous thought!

Once both of my feet were back on solid ground again, I spend a few hours in bustling, grey and crowded Lima. The taxi driver told me there were 12 million people living in this city, astonishing… that’s almost the complete Dutch population. After I explored the most expensive (and safe) area of the city called “Miraflores” I was quickly fed up with the big city and made my way to the next destination by taking a luxury style tourist...

Medicine woman

Finally, it is one of those weekends again: a weekend full of positive calming and spiritual energy. Energy of which you just know is old as time itself and existed long before any human walked this earth. Anyone can connect to it as long as you let yourself, and place yourself in the right surroundings with the right people, or if it’s more your style, by yourself. Usually, when I make some time to connect to these energies I do this...

Cleansing and losing weight in the process

I like rituals, most of the time they come and go, but I have one that I perform every year. It originates from a very old fashioned tradition but transformed in a modern fashion: the fast after Carnival. Carnival used to take place every year before the start of the fast, the forty days before Easter in which Christians could not eat meat. The festival started in Italy but also gained the interest of the Spanish and French who later...

Twenty-nine-and-one-day, a moment of reflection:

This year of my life started off difficult: my relationship did not bring either of us what we were looking for and with pain in our hearts, we decided to follow our own paths. Quickly after that, I felt motivated to again build my own foundations in this life and to refuel creative ideas, new and old. It was a turbulent time, with tears of joy but also of sadness. I learned how to let something go that I’d loved...