Interview with … ME! By EmpowerME.nl

Good morning! What a happy day. The interview I gave a couple of weeks ago is finally online.

Tamara Heskes from empowerMe.nl interviewed my about my view on entrepreneurship and the power within us.

If you are interested to read it, here you go:

Interview for empowerme.nl

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Empty fridge

Friday morning. Someone is ringing my doorbell. My alarm did not go off and I am heading towards the door in my pajamas. A handiman is standing at the door ready to do something to my heater. The heater has been waiting for it. I certainly haven´t.

I love the excuse “my alarm did not go off”. Blaming the alarm is in most cases easier than explaining the strange circumstances of your awakening. Either you forgot to set your alarm the day before, slept through it or you turned it off in your sleep. And I guess in some rare and analogue cases it might actually be possible for the alarm to misteriously malfunction. But nowadays most of us use their cell phones and their built-in alarm function. They always work. Yep, my alarm even starts when my phone is turned off!

Back to the story. My alarm did not work.

With the guy in my kitchen I start brushing my teeth and setting up some water for morning-tea. We are having a brief conversation. He with his face dug deep into my heater. Me checking out the fridge for something edible.

Him: “When was the last time they filled up your water?”

Me: “Don´t know.”

Him: “I guess it must have been last year September.”

Me: “mhm” while staring into the empty fridge. All I can see is a shrinkly old lemon, a black banana, an apple I don´t remember I bought, mustard in a tube, a glass of yam and some yoghurt. Disappointment.

Him: “It seems like your heater has troubles with it´s pressure. Have you noticed anything?”

Me: “No, not really.”

I getting a sense our conversation is not headed anywhere. So I close my fridge full of empty hopes, turn on the radio for the guy´s entertainment and start my computer. At least I am capable of making tea. All tea requires is hot water and… well tea bags. And sometimes I even forget to buy those. That´s when my situation gets a bit out of hand i´d say. And the sad part is: it´s not even a lack of money. There just seems to be some inner resistance against being organized. I always find it fascinating to see how long I can manage without buying groceries. I can tell you – it´s a while!

In the case of my empty fridge: I ended up making a smoothie using the apple, banana and lemon as well as the yoghurt.

I could totally write a recipe book: “How to live off of scraps.”
Happy friday everyone!

Happiness NOW

“Wow, it´s so nice here. I have to come again some times.” Or “We had such a great time. Let´s catch up soon.”
Do you know that feeling when you visit a new restaurant, or generally a new place, or you hang out with a nice person for the first time?

It seems like such a normal thing to do and sometimes it might just be an expression of how much we are enjoying ourselves. However, many of us try to extend the good time we had into the future without fully experiencing the present.

What do I mean with that?

If you are already thinking about when to come back to this place, whom to bring and what to talk about, maybe even what you could do better next time – it´s not possible to live the moment to the fullest. E.g. you are hiking alongside a beautiful lake and your mind goes: “Next time I should bring food. We could make a picknick here. Oh and let´s ask Linda and John if they want to come along. Their dog would have a great time. This could be our small hide-away. Let´s come back at least once per year.” Wow. You have build a whole imaginary future for yourself based on a snippet of your current experience. Are you then REALLY enjoying the moment and living this experience to the fullest? Nope, you are not even present. You are living in the future. And you probably missed a great chance to experience happiness NOW. In that very moment.

Many times when we do something without having any expectations we get surprised by how much fun we can have. If we give ourselves to the moment and allow ourselves to experience this moment without clinging to the fun parts we can actually have EVEN MORE fun! Nice.