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!
You can also check out this video clip of ‘I want you to have it all’ by Jason Mraz, this is an excellent summary of my life vision regering this subject!
Follow my writing!
“There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration.”
These interviews entitled ‘Motives’ unfortunately are all in Dutch. Hopefully, you are able to read them because they feature inspiring women and men!