the school of life – new dates!

This fall there will be three opportunities to attend my class about succes at The School of Life Amsterdam. During this afternoon together we will explore our cultural myths about success and failure and start to form our own ideas about what a successful life looks like. More information and tickets here! “Try not to become…

homesick

It’s a rainy day. It’s a sad day, I’m sad today. It has been almost a year since we moved our base back to Amsterdam. “Let’s do it ‘right’ just here, before we expand again” my husband said. I thought it was a wise thing to say. Every time I give a lecture people ask…

I am doing it!

Yes I am doing it! I cannot believe it! It took me years to come to this point. I went all around the world, the physical and the spiritual one, up and down in myself, through impossibly happy and impossibly sad times, through panic and fear and solitude to collect the experience, vision, understanding and…

2015

Oh man, what a beautiful, crazy sad and crazy happy ride you were! Thank you! But above all I would like to thank ALL of you for sticking along with me during this journey. Let’s see what 2016 will bring!  

autumn

Making a crumble out of the very last harvest, picked from our Amsterdam garden.

goodbye to all that

Is the famous essay Joan Didion wrote when she traded NY for LA. I thought I would never leave the mountain, but after not even two years life is pulling me away. We are nomads, there will always be the feeling there is something else to explore. We will be spending a part of the year in France, but…

happinez

I wrote an article about my first year in France for Happinez magazine. In store now in The Netherlands.

on writing

I changed my ambition at 17. From writing at an early age and wanting to become a writer I went to wanting to become a painter. I changed my ambition at 20. From being a selling painter I went to wanting to become a journalist. I changed my ambition at 22. From being a journalist I went to wanting…

mala

I got this beautiful Mala as a gift from my dear friend Sofia just when I said goodbye to go to Amsterdam.  I never owned a mala before, but owning one makes you realize how interwoven it is with humanity. In so many different cultures and religions it is linked to the divine. It is not…

love for nin

Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see…

ingrid bergman

I saw Casablanca again during Robert McKee’s wonderful seminar last weekend. And of course I fell head over heels for Ingrid Bergman. She just kills me every time. A sense of truth is sparkling from her whole being, telling us she knows life. “I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that…

time

Last year I started research for a documentary about time. Or better about the lack of time. One thing I noticed when we moved to France is how I always felt I had ‘not enough time’. When I read about it, I found figures that state over 60% of working people feel they ‘do not have enough…