Because people around me often tell me that a well-chosen remark I made or a column I wrote has got them thinking, or inspired them to take a new step on the road to greater happiness, I would also like to do this for a greater audience via my web site.

The verb to inspire comes from the Latin verb “in spirare“, which literally means to blow into or breathe into. However, the Latin word “spiritus” also stands for ‘soul’. So in a figurative sense, to inspire means to breathe soul into someone or in other words, to animate. Here you will find everything that inspires me and that I would love to share with you! It can be a minor thing, like a touching photograph, but also something major, like for instance a story about someone who changed their life around.

I, myself, am a prime example of the latter category; after nearly 18 years as a public prosecutor I quit my job on 1 January 2016 to focus on my career as a writer, speaker and other activities. In other words, a full-blown career change. I can tell from the reactions I get from family, friends and colleagues that there are many people who would love to follow their heart, but have not (yet) found the courage to do so. Fear – for instance fear of the unknown, failure, financial difficulties – is always a bad counsellor. I was no exception in having to face this many-headed monster, but eventually I found a way that allowed me to make my dream come true. In my lectures I give practical tips based on my own experiences that show you how you too can work on a parallel career in a sensible (so low-risk) manner in addition to your regular job. From time to time, I will give advice on this subject on this page as well.

So read on and be inspired!

No greater gift

"There is no greater gift that you can give or receive than to…

Listen to your heart

A good friend made this especially for me. So touching but I…

Follow my writing

So nice to receive a reaction from Deepak Chopra!

Will this image be a rare sight during Dutch winters to come?

Just because it’s a grey day outside and I feel the need for some colors…



This one speaks for itself…


Awesome autumn…Let’s all be quietly thankful for all the beauty that our trees, plants and flowers have given us so generously these past spring- and summermonths. They now are entitled to rest, in order to save  their strenghts so in five months time, they can again enchant us with their blossoms.


Always let your heart speak out…


Let’s celebrate autumn!


I don’t know whether this picture in itself is very inspring, but it is at least very true for me…You should always make time to read a good book. And that’s indeed an inspiring thought, I hope. :-))


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Explore all the things that make your heart sing and enable you to make a life, not just a living

Find security in the wisdom of uncertainty by letting go of the attachment to any outcome

In case there’ll be rainy days – which will be inevitable, at least in Holland 🙂 – I’d love to share this with you: A rainy day isn’t a bad day unless you think it is!

In dark times, we need light. So be extra nice to each other. Not just today, but always.

“There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration.”