Project Peace of Happiness – the story behind…..

My first “peace of happiness” Leiden, Netherlands, April 2018 Have you ever felt so strongly about something that you just had to pursue it, whatever the outcome? Well, that’s why I have just started “Project Peace of Happiness” THE BACKGROUND STORY Several years ago, I worked as a project leader for young refugees. Since then, and with the current situation in Syria, where so many children have died or have had to flee to, for example, the island “Lesvos” in Greece, I have wanted to do something but didn’t quite know what or how. Then,... Read The Rest →


“Ecoute, écoute-la cette petite voix Ecoute-la bien, elle guide tes pas Avec elle tu peux ėchapper Aux rêves des autres qu’on voudrait t’imposer Ces mots là ne mentent pas C’est ton âme qui chante ta melodie à toi.” By the french singer-songwriter Zaz From the song “Comme ci, comme ça” “Listen, listen to that tiny voice Listen well, she’ll guide the way Help you escape the dreams that others impose, She knows, Her words will set free Your soul that sings your melody.” Free translation by Gemma

The strenght of vulnerability

As I was working through this concept of vulnerability, I suddenly realised that it was something that has been the underlying theme in almost all (if not all) of my artwork. Early on in my work, however I did not really “own my own story”. That is, I felt weary about it. It was all too personal. Now I realise that it is exactly that which makes me, ME. Also, if we don’t own our “vulnerabilities” we let ourselves become a victim of them. It is acknowledging and accepting who... Read The Rest →


“I stumble and fall, and I constantly find myself needing to change course. And even though I’m trying to to follow a map that I’ve drawn, there are many times when frustration and self-doubt take over, and I wad up that map and shove it into the junk drawer in my kitchen. It’s not an easy journey from excruciating to exquisite but for me it’s been worth every step”. Brené Brown, author of “Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead”.... Read The Rest →

Powerdag voor vrouwelijke startende ondernemers

Inspirerende dag voor startende ondernemers, georganiseerd door Vrouw en Passie. Met wat lichte vooroordelen over een bijeenkomst met alleen maar vrouwen liep ik gisteren het gebouw van Seats2Meet binnen. “Vind ik dit wel leuk? Wat van typetjes lopen hier rond? Toch niet alleen “webshopdames” en “vriendinnengroepjes” hoop ik? En “Oei, pas IK hier wel bij?”. Drempel…drempel…drempel! Gelukkig viel dat reuze mee! Een sprankelende inleiding door Lisa van Smart&Sexy brak het ijs. Daarna volgden boeiende lezingen en workshops zoals “De weg naar Free Publicity” van Janneke van Heugten, een vakvrouw op... Read The Rest →

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