New Beginnings, Family Expansion, and Some Mental Gymnastics to Close the Week.

New Beginnings, Family Expansion, and Some Mental Gymnastics to Close the Week.

There is so much to write about lately and yet it has been a bit silent on my blog. So many blogposts and articles have been written in my head, not on paper or screen. Do you know that feeling that you want to do all these things you want to do, and then you [...]

7 Tips to be more Resilient, Self-Sustainable and Free People.

7 Tips to be more Resilient, Self-Sustainable and Free People.

If the COVID-19 crisis hadn't started one year ago, we wouldn’t have discovered how fragile our systems, such as economy, healthcare, food and livelihood, are. Also, in my case, I wouldn't have recognized how life on the countryside is the best what happened to me. In fact, I have become very grateful to live on [...]

Toilet Dreams and Nightmares.

Toilet Dreams and Nightmares.

Warning: this blogpost will be a shit story! It was seven years ago, when I first saw an eco-toilet. On Ibiza. This toilet didn’t use any water to flush the poop away to a place unknown. Instead, it stayed there, in a deep hole and we used sawdust to “flush”. The poop, toilet-paper and sawdust [...]

Working on Our Dreams is Damn Scary & Uncomfortable.

Working on Our Dreams is Damn Scary & Uncomfortable.

It’s happening now…living off-grid on a piece of land on the Balearic Islands with my man and two cats. We've just started life from scratch. There’s land, water, solar energy, a compost-toilet and an old tiny shed which my partner is converting into a tiny home, and that’s about it. The rest we make ourselves.  [...]

Eating Animals, but at What Price? {Editor’s Pick on Elephant Journal}.

Eating Animals, but at What Price? {Editor’s Pick on Elephant Journal}.

"Oh, how I wish this information would be taught at schools, even starting with kindergartens. The fact is, waiting or pushing for a change from the top is very difficult, also having in mind the amount of money and high politics involved in conventional agriculture and industrial animal farming. There is still too much demand [...]

How Starting a New Life in the South of Europe Changed My View on Food.

How Starting a New Life in the South of Europe Changed My View on Food.

In this Spanish village where I live, it wasn’t toilet paper that people were stacking away during lockdown, as people did in the Netherlands, my native country. No, it was flour. Flour to bake bread, cakes and pizza. As we all had to stay in our houses and my only weekly visit was to the [...]

Eat Together without Phones on the Table and Other Lessons I Learnt from Starting an Eco Community.

Eat Together without Phones on the Table and Other Lessons I Learnt from Starting an Eco Community.

‘Community living’: to live with like-minded people, share food, ideas about life and necessities, support each other, work on projects together, have somebody around to have a chat or a drink with and respect everyone’s space. It’s a way of life which can be valuable, joyful and a way to learn from one another. Experiment [...]

The Painful Contrasts in Today’s World.

The Painful Contrasts in Today’s World.

We live in an exceptional contrasting world. Unlike power and vulnerability which, if practiced consciously, strengthens each other, the contrasting forces in our world weakens the whole and therefore some important issues, such as climate breakdown and health, aren’t getting any easier to solve.