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…

Hoʻoponopono

This is an ancient Hawaiian prayer: I love you. I am sorry. I forgive you. Thank you. Hoʻoponopono is a practice of forgiveness. When something happens between you and another person you can feel hurt, guilty or ashamed. When you repeat these words you accept total responsibility for what happened in your life AND for the other person. As the…

life

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver  

carcassonne

I went away to Carcassonne for a couple of days to write (and take looong baths, get a new haircut and drink some wine). I stayed with our dear friends who used to live in our little village, and then opened an amazing B&B in Carcassonne last autumn. It was a treat to be stay with you…

the school of life

  On Friday April 3rd I will give my very first course at The School of Life! The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture and is a place to step back and think intelligently about central emotional concerns. The course is called ‘What is success? (and does it makes…

the nonsense trap

When life gets serious, you realize how much stupid things have come to matter. Trying to decrease my dairy intake or blaming myself not to get up immediately when the alarm clock rings. Worrying about a to-do list, clean house or missed phone calls. I don’t care anymore what anyone thinks of me. I don’t care about…

winter in the pyrenees

One day we have very cold weather and snow. Just a two hour drive and we are in sunny Barcelona surrounded by palm trees. The woman in the middle took her child to meditation. The girl was sitting beside her mother drawing in silence the whole time! And the next day the snow is gone…

picture perfect

I think we often don’t realize how much our lives are based on pictures we have of how things should be. It blurs the mind for anything else, we just try and put the picture together. I think I am quite a free spirit, but again and again I bump into these pictures: “No it…

frenchies

Max came home with his ‘devoirs’, full of – what else – food and nationalism. What to eat as a child: meat What not to drink as a child: cognac The holidays start today, two whole weeks of holidays every two months. Playing in the snow and feeding the donkeys. And the parents are off to Barcelona, giving the…

stephen king

I just finished the memoir of Stephen King. I had never read anything he wrote before because I am not a real suspense lover. But after reading a review about this 15 year old book I ordered it immediately and it turns out to be one of the best, useful and truest books I’ve read in years….