Traces of Gloria.

It’s Tuesday, 3.30 in the afternoon, it rains cats and dogs and it storms outside. I’m sitting under a warm duvet and furry blankets, just lit some candles and I’m reading a book about two French farmers “Mariculous Abundance” by the light of Dorus’ e-reader. Phone off. Cats sleeping next to me. Sounds cozy, right?…

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Publicatie op Deyja: Embracing Death 🖤 {Dutch}

Voor het bijzondere online platform, Deyja, heb ik mijn artikel over rouw dat ik onlangs schreef, en waarop ik mooie en waardevolle reacties heb mogen ontvangen, vertaald naar het Nederlands. Deyja is een intercultureel onderzoek naar dood. Een online ruimte ontworpen om de periode van rouw, verlies en verdriet als bijzondere kans aan te grijpen…

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Moods & Words #2

We are told to tread quietlyNot taking up space or expanding ourselvesTo unknown places we could never imagine We must speak softlySay yesDress with elegance and play with flowers We asked for the ancient starsand their shining has always knownWe don’t falter to step firmlyTo be sophisticated ánd rock solid As water we flow to…

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Leaving A Comfortable Life to Follow your Heart is Messy, Scary and Unfair.

Working on the realisation of our dreams can be scary and uncomfortable. We might leave our safe occupations, take the leap of faith, and it could be possible we will discover this is not it. It could be it doesn’t work for us. The dream is actually a complex life which feels insecure and uncomfortable. But, we will never know as long as we don’t try…

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Moods & Words #1

Keep dreaming my girl Believe in this fortress of love This animal kingdom Where blackbirds guard us Nobility sees us And we howl as wolves For our mistakes For our love we just seem to swallow Let’s shape future stones Solid rocks to build us this fortress Without false walls that separate For dreams are…

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Landed on Mallorca: Cold Showers and Heart Warming Soul Food

Words as “new beginnings” have this openness to new possibilities and chances that may cross our path and give us purpose. They carry hope. Who doesn’t love to be in this kind of state when the world looks so incredibly messy and hopeless? Letting go Especially these last days of December which tend to be…

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This Way Of Life.

We live in a tiny home on wheels. Energy to charge our devices is generated by the sun. All our water is harvested from the rain that falls on the roof. We warm ourselves by the fire of a rocket stove. We don’t eat animals. We have bad WiFi. It may sound drastically and extreme.…

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Magical Owl.

Yesterday, the first day of December, felt quite unreal to me. Firstly, because it’s the last month of 2019 before another year (and decade!) will start, a year with some big changes ahead, both at an individual and a collective level. Secondly, we have two more weeks left on the island before we move to…

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The Sports Journalist.

Is it just coincidence or does the universe talk? And if the universe talks, what does it say? Yesterday I traveled back home. I had spent some time with my mom and, like always during my stay, we talked about some things from the past. She was telling about a recent radio show in which…

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Lessons on grief after I lost my dad.

This December it will be twenty years ago since I lost my dad to leukemia. Snowflakes fell down from heaven the day we buried him. For a second the white world looked serene and pure; harmless even. I still remember how unreal it felt and how overwhelmed and lost I was. I couldn’t speak when…

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