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…

Why does everything start with light?

My world is dark right now but so much light comes in from unexpected places, to show me the way. We think we need to heal and rescue the person we love, but we have to heal and rescue ourselves first, because through that we heal and rescue each other. There is no other way to be together and…

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….

happy new year!

Happy New Year to everybody!!! I have made quite some new years resolutions, some of them I already let go of (no chocolate…), others I am keeping. Because I am definite to welcome and nurture the new in our lives. It is time for more change, even though it is not yet clear what that change will…

shopping

Yesterday we went down the valley to get some shopping done. Something we are not really fond of and so we don’t go often. Coming home we realized how different ‘shopping’ actually has become now! This is what we bought: An axe. The old fashionable one broke after three times ! A christmas tree! A fridge….

anaïs nin

The famous French writer, Anais Nin, named the experience that so many women I know are having right now: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”