About Burning Out And Rising Up

I’ve been terribly lost these past months. Heaps of energy loss, mixed with a pinch of existential depression, and a whole lot of questions on what the hell is going on in the world. And, what my role in all this is. After all, I’m just a tiny nobody behind a laptop (I’m not, I know I’m not, but knowledge doesn’t always translate to feeling as you’ve probably experienced yourself once or twice or a million times over). Periods like these are not new in my life. Nor do I consider them as bad. They’re the growing pains that come [...]

How It Is To Be Jasper Kok/Guru Gian; An Interview

How It Is To Be Guru Gian/Jasper Kok From looking and being 'normal' to feeling and being connected to the self and your mind; this conversation with my good friend Jasper hit all my favorite topics. Guru Gian's tip for more happiness and staying connected to yourself: Develop a relationship with your mind and ensure your mind is serving you (instead of controlling you). Perhaps the easiest way to get started with this is by meditating. Simply sit quietly and breathe long deep breaths in and out through your nose for 3 minutes every day. You'll be amazed by the inner [...]

Who Am I? Who Should I Be? About The F*cked-Uppedness Of Identity

I have this new obsession. It is one that made my friends look at me with utter amazement and wonder if they’d ever really known me at all. It is one that is making me stare in the mirror and ask myself: "Who am I?" Because my obsession is….[insert drumroll here]…watching makeup and beauty vloggers on YouTube and buying and playing around with makeup and facial peelings and dry brushes and cuticle creams accordingly. I will not get into the fact that makeup is apparently a whole lot more of an art and science than I had ever imagined. Neither will [...]

How It Is To Be A Woman In Today’s World

It took me some tears and a spontaneous call with a friend to get there but I finally found clarity on what it means to me to be a woman. Hint: like with most things in (my) life, it's not always easy but it sure is interesting!

Being Happy Is Highly Overrated. Or Is It?

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” - the Dalai Lama I’m personally not a big follower of guru’s and (often times only so-called) spiritual leaders but when the personification of Yoda tells me that the key to life is being happy, then I’m first in line to give that hypothesis a go. And so I did. Over the years, I’ve done everything you could possibly imagine to indeed be happy. I’ve zoomed into all sorts of yoga, did endless meditations, went medium visiting, did lots of traveling, quit my corporate job and started for myself in the most meaningful way [...]

What I Talk About When I Talk About World Peace

Here we go with vlog #2. It's still scary. It's still a bit awkward. And the lens I used made my face look weird but's me talking about what I talk about when I talk about WORLD PEACE. And no matter my silly insecurities and hangups; there's really nothing that matters to me more! Let me know what you think! Also, here's the direct link to The Everyday Guide To World Peace:

What Is The Meaning Of Life If It Isn’t 42?

Do you ever get hit by a lightning bolt of clarity and ask yourself: What is the meaning of life anyway? Yeah, I got a ton of that in the past weeks… I got struck down by a serious cold and it turned me hyper-philosophical and introspective. And it made me wonder (in the most Carrie Bradshaw of ways apparently…), is there a point to all that we as human beings are doing? Because when you think about the fact that the distance between Earth and the edge of the observable universe is 14 billion parsecs and that if even the Millennium Falcon only did the [...]

Are You Ready To Go Rogue And Choose Yourself?

Are you ready to choose yourself? You’ve heard of the very demagogue-y decision to remove all climate change information of the White House website haven’t you? And how several U.S. government agencies were asked to limit communicating certain information to the world? And how employees of these and other agencies decided to set up private ‘rogue’ Twitter accounts? Only to ensure the ’truth’ would still be out there once even more restrictive directions come in from the Oval Office? Check out the @rogueNASA Twitter header: Man, I think that’s sooo cool! This is what it's like to choose yourself! Because what could be more important [...]

What Your World Could Look Like If Connecting With People Was Easy

Connecting with people...what does that even mean? For the past weeks, I've felt oddly demotivated and unenergized; like my battery just didn't want to recharge. Which is fine...but not really the go-getting entrepreneurial mindset necessary to make this World Peace thing happen... Anyway...somewhere last week I began to receive snippets of clarity and peeks of renewed energy. Little bits of thought and feeling around everything that I am and that I'm doing. And, even though I would love to run with the credits, these snippets were not triggered by my own hibernating brain, but by a whole host of other [...]