Pascale Bruinen is writer and public speaker. On January 1st 2016, after eighteen years of serving as a public prosecutor, she gave up her job in order to follow her writer’s heart. She writes primarily about the power of the human mind, the mind-body-spirit connection and self-healing. Her focus is on how to use your consciousness to steer your health and life in the most positive direction.
Connecting link between head and heart
As a former prosecutor, Pascale is the perfect connecting link between the world of ratio (the head) and the world where all the magic happens (the heart). It is for good reason that her slogan on this website reads: Feet on the ground, eyes on the stars. Pascale brings these topics to the attention in her own unique way: fresh, not woolly and often with a healthy dose of humor.
So far, Pascale has written two books. Her debut, ‘Fortunately, My First Corpse Is Fresh’ (De Fontein, an esteemed Dutch publishing house, 2015) describes her life as a prosecutor and gives a very personal insight into this rewarding but also tough job. Because of her – in the legal world unprecedented – frankness, the Dutch Harper’s Bazaar magazine nominated her for the ‘Woman of the Year 2015 Award’. Her second book, ‘The Year Of The Owl’, (Kosmos, one of the most prestigious publishers of nonfiction in The Netherlands, 2016) is a memoir about her transformation from district attorney to writer. Thanks to an intense spiritual experience after the death of her father, she made a journey from her head to her heart.
From 2012 until 2016 Pascale has written a weakly column about her job as a prosecutor in national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. She has also written articles for Fabulous Mama Magazine and Inspirerend Leven.nl. Currently, she writes for Chapeau Magazine and Mediahuis Limburg, amongst others.
Pascale also gives lectures and workshops because there is nothing that she likes better than inspiring people to follow their hearts and to live their best lives. Her motto? Do everything in life that makes your eyes sparkle!
Don’t only dream it, but actually do it!
Many people dream about a new job, traveling around the world or starting their own business. But for most of them it doesn’t go any further than this because they don’t dare to take action. Negative thought patterns, fears and limiting beliefs block the way. Because Pascale dared to make a radical career switch, she now knows like no other how to overcome these paralyzing fears (yes, she also had them!) in order to realize your dream. Therefore she loves to help you achieve yours by sharing her practical tips and tools.
Fascination for the human mind
When her father died on December 30st 2012, Pascale – a real daddy’s girl – landed in a swamp of mourning. Her grief peeled her like an onion, layer by layer, until only her core remained. In this vulnerable position – a broken heart is also an open and receptive heart – Pascale, the quintessential rational prosecutor who literally made a living trying to prove anything beyond a shadow of a doubt, had a miraculous spiritual experience with an owl that changed her forever. This magical event made Pascale an expert by experience and affirmed everything she so vehemently did not believe in: the interconnectedness of all that is, the existence of the law of attraction (law of nature that dictates that you attract what you consciously or subconsciously think about) and even the possibility of some form of afterlife. This occurrence pressured her to face the fact that there exists more between heaven and earth. And so Pascale’s limitless fascination for the power of the human mind and the mind-body-spirit connection was born.
Ever since, she has intensively studied these fields. Thanks to meditation, affirmation- and visualization techniques, mental rehearsal and the power of suggestion, she has learned how to apply the law of attraction so that immaterial thoughts manifest in everyday sensory reality. Ever since Pascale has started to use the law of attraction consciously, she has experienced miraculous situations more and more often. Small but also bigger dreams came true. But the biggest of all was that she got a contract to write her second book, ‘The Year Of The Owl’. Her life kept getting better and better.
Until one day, when Pascale had to practice what she preached and apply all her acquired knowledge because she unexpectedly had to undergo a major surgery of which the good or life threatening result would only become clear during the operation. In the two and a half weeks leading up to her surgery, she included everything she had learned about physical and mental well-being into a balanced program that had only one goal: to generate the best possible outcome. Thanks to her combination of wholesome foods, exercise, meditation, daily walks, warm social contacts, laughing as much as possible, reading inspiring and uplifting books, loving attention for herself and her environment, visualizations, affirmations and auto-suggestion (a form of self-hypnosis), Pascale was able to arrive top fit and full of confidence in the operating room. She didn’t only get the best possible outcome, but to the astonishment of her doctors and nurses she didn’t even need any painkillers after her surgery (whereas the anesthesiologist had said that she wouldn’t only need a morphine pump, but also extra painkillers via an epidural) and she recovered very fast, exactly like she had envisioned so lively beforehand. This way, she has experienced first hand the self-healing powers of the body. Moreover, she has discovered that your beliefs, your deepest – conscious but more often subconscious – convictions shape your health and life.
That’s why Pascale likes nothing better than sharing her knowledge and experience with others so they too become aware of their enormous mental power. In doing so, she hopes to inspire people to make their dreams come true and to optimize their health and well being.
For the thoughts you have today, create your reality tomorrow.
‘Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right’- Henry Ford.
Photography: Suzanne Rensink
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I’m the author of Het jaar van de uil (The year of the owl) and Mijn eerste lijk is gelukkig vers (Fortunately, my first corpse is fresh).
I started writing in 2011 to vent my creativity. I quickly noticed how happy it made me. What I especially enjoy is when I get to change people’s perspectives, or have them tear up from laughter or a much deeper emotion. I want my fruits of writing to deeply touch those who catch them. That’s what does it for me. But writing has given me more. It has introduced me to people that I now hold very dear, it has added balance to my life and I am now a much more open person. Thanks to all this, I am much more receptive to all the good things life has to offer.
On October 25th 2016 I published my second book, Het Jaar van de Uil (The Year of the Owl, Kosmos Publishers), a true story. It deals with a very remarkable experience after my father passed away. An experience that threw my personal and professional life upside down and marked a paradigm shift in my thinking. Whereas first I would believe nothing until proven true, since that experience I believe everything until proven false.The book describes how I left the mourning process as a different person, and that my father’s intensely sad death also quite unexpectedly led to beautiful things in my life. This personal development process has been of incredible value to me, and above all, it made me see myself anew. No longer was the real me in hiding. It was a major catalyst in my decision to leave the Public Prosecution Service and instead go where my heart would take me. So my second book is not only very comforting and hopeful, it’s also very personal; a fairy-tale-like true story that I love to share with others. The book gets very good reviews (you can check them out at the ‘Writer’ page of this website).
My first published book appeared at De Fontein Publishers in 2015, Mijn eerste lijk is gelukkig vers, (Fortunately my first corpse is fresh), a very personal insight into my life as a public prosecutor with true stories from the exciting world of criminal law. This book received considerable acclaim, generated quite a media buzz and is currently in its 4th edition.
Freelance writing activities:
- Chapeau Magazine, a magazine about the good life in Limburg and the Euregio
- Christie’s Real Estate Maastricht
- philharmonie zuidnederland
- Slachtofferhulp Nederland, a national organization for victims
- InspirerendLeven.nl, an inspiring online platform for conscious living and spirituality
- WijLimburg, an online platform for entrepreneurs
- Heart Systems Nederland, an organization that offers training in NLP and communication
- Wonen Meerssen, an organization that rents houses
In case you are also interested in my writing skills and in need of columns, articles, editorials, advertorials, blogs, interviews, brochures, editing or otherwise, please contact me at email@example.com and together we’ll explore the possibilities!
From September 2012 until January 2016 I wrote a weekly column about my former job as a public prosecutor in the Algemeen Dagblad, the second largest national newspaper in the Netherlands. I also wrote four articles about Young victims and perpetrators for Fabulous Mama Magazine, a glossy magazine for parents of young children.
For more information, reviews of my books and digital reading opportunities, please visit the ‘Writer’page on this website, but you can also view my official author page on Facebook. You can find the link at the bottom left of my website (PascaleBruinenOfficial).
Tip: you could also check out my websites www.coolcolumns.com (where you’ll find lots of columns) and www.cruisecraver.com (an infotainment site about cruise-vacations).My website has a link to both blogs, but you can also find them on Facebook.
Next to that, I am an inspiring speaker with a passion for connection. Writing is a beautiful yet lonesome profession, so I combine it with giving lectures. I give motivational speeches, as nothing fulfils me more than inspiring people to follow their heart and make the most of their lives. Just like I do. If you want to book me as a speaker, please contact speaker agencies ZijSpreekt, Speakers Academy or Huibers Booking Agency. For more info about the available options, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, please see the ‘Speaker’ page.
I’m always looking for all things beautiful and positive; messages that touch me or make me happy; whatever brings a smile to my face. Because: “A smile is the shortest distance between two people.”
Now, these can be all sorts of things. A beautiful photo. Optimistic newspaper articles. An interview with a super zealous person. A life-changing book. A beautiful saying. Loving acts or gestures. Meaningful initiatives. Or a nice exchange with a stranger. In short, this is where I will share everything that inspires me or gives me hope and happiness.
On this ‘Inspirer’ page you’ll also find my interviewseries entitled ‘Drijfveren’ (‘Motives’) in which I talk to successful and inspiring women and men. I ask them why they are successful, what makes them happy and what they think that life really is all about. This series is in Dutch.
Photography: Roy Wanders
Following my Dutch Law studies in Nijmegen, I stayed there for another two years to teach International Law and Law of International Organisations. I then left for Los Angeles, working as a litigation paralegal at a major law firm that specialised in (gee!) entertainment law (for anyone over 40: think “LA Law” but without handsome Harry Hamlin).
After saying my goodbyes to the city of angels I worked for some seven years as a lawyer specialising in personal injury cases. In that capacity I’ve assisted numerous victims of medical, occupational and traffic accidents.
In 1998 I made the switch to the Public Prosecution Service to become a public prosecutor. I’ve taken countless suspects to criminal court, directed the police in criminal investigations and I ensured that many victims were given a voice and were successful in their damage claims. My professional affinity was victim support and sexual/domestic violence; portfolios that I’ve managed for many years.
Yet, as of 1 January 2016, I decided to never again wear the black robe, as it was time to move on.
Twenty-five years as a legal professional left me curious about other pastures. Greener or not, my recent personal development brought me new challenges that I’m intending to tackle. Writing is one of those challenges, an activity I’ve long considered more than just an enjoyable pass-time. At first, it was mostly a counterweight to all the sad and horrible things I dealt with as a public prosecutor. But after some time, writing became above all a beautiful way to connect to others; an urge that has increased ever since. This website, my blogs and my Facebook pages will hopefully strengthen that sense of connection.
Photography: Roy Wanders
Photography: Roy Wanders
What else is there to know about me:
I live together with a wonderful, caring man that I love very much. Our family has three children: I am mother to a son, daughter and a bonus son (thanks to my partner). All three of them have moved out by now. Fortunately, I keep myself busy enough to not suffer from empty nest syndrome, but that’s not to say I don’t appreciate them visiting. We regularly lure them in with promises of good food (sons) and shopping sprees (daughter, preferably with me paying for it).
The words energetic, open and emphatic are no mismatches when it comes to labelling me. I try to avoid vague uses of language and I really like humour, especially self-mockery. I have no qualms with taking a pioneering role thanks to my passionate, enthusiastic and service-oriented mind-set. I also have really good knowledge of people, I’m a good listener and I’m not afraid of putting myself out there. My generous ‘goodwill’ factor means I’m happy when I enable others. I like being creative and innovative. I simply devour whatever book is in front of me, a home with no books is like a body with no soul. I’m also not too shabby at speaking English, French, German and Italian, and my Spanish does OK.
I have a large sense of justice. This feeling permeates my life and work in wanting to do good things for others in whatever way possible. So, unsurprisingly, my motto here is “Work is love made visible“.
I’m someone with a deep belief in the mind-body-spirit connection. My years of legal experience have shaped me to think business-oriented and analytically, but I’m also a feelings person to the core . On one hand, I like staying at home, but on the other hand I have strong wanderlust and I enjoy being social. I’m ambitious, but not at any cost and certainly never at the expense of others. I just as much love the hustle and bustle of a major city (which energises me) as I do the serenity of nature (which I respect).
In short, contradictions galore and I’m proud of it.
One remarkable experience after the death of my father has sparked my interest in anything to do with personal growth and spirituality. Whereas first I would believe nothing until proven true, since that experience I believe everything until proven false.
My remarkable career path resulted in being nominated for the Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s Woman of the Year 2015 Award (Dutch edition).
Curious? Please feel free to browse around my website.
Photography: Suzanne Rensink
“Feet on the ground, eyes on the stars.”