comfort zone

How (and why) to beat your inferiority complex

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt Some years ago, I was asked by the women’s network of an international bank to speak at their monthly meeting about creativity, finding your passion and work-life balance. When I met the two women, I was impressed by their professionality, their corporate position and the way they seemed to manage their own work life balance. When I am in such meetings, I have a tendency to fall back into one of my default settings, whi [...]

2019-09-03T10:02:21+02:00September 13th, 2019|

What is your excuse?

I was sitting at a restaurant with my friend, telling her about my latest idea: setting up a business or structure that would allow non profits and charities to use a pool of corporate employees to help them with their projects. Not a new idea, but, at the time, a non existing one in Luxembourg. I had done some research, gotten the facts, written a first draft of the idea. I got all excited and so did she. 'You should do it.' she said. '???' 'Yes, you should really do this! It's a great idea, yo [...]

2019-05-27T14:26:12+02:00May 31st, 2019|

Let’s have more micro adventures!

In the past years I have been on quite a few big adventures. I have driven 4000 km with a trailer tent all through France to Barcelona and Bilbao in Spain. I have driven another 4000 km with that same trailer tent all through Denmark and Sweden. And although those were wonderful, adventurous trips, I found myself quite in need of 'less' this year. Less driving, less locations, less mounting and dismounting tents, less doing, less responsibility, less kilometers, less planning, less organising, l [...]

2018-11-22T19:12:37+02:00July 27th, 2018|

Do you eat alone in a restaurant?

When I was in my early 20ies, I lived in Paris. I had a job which got me to travel from time to time to places like Milan or Amsterdam. I would often find myself surrounded by people during the day but alone in the evenings. Most of those evenings I spent with a roomservice club sandwich in my room watching television or reading a book. Because I did not know any restaurants and didn't feel comfortable going there on my own in a foreign city. Years later, when I got to travel more, roomservice f [...]

2018-12-03T16:05:14+02:00September 17th, 2017|

How to inhabit your discomfort

I read this sentence somewhere recently: Inhabiting the discomfort of the unfamiliar can let a truer, stronger voice emerge You know how some things, like sentences, words, images, situations, jump out at you sometimes? What do you do when that happens? Here's the thing: when something jumps at you like that, it's your intuition talking. It's ringing your doorbell to say: pay attention! Look at this! This is important! You need to get this message! So I looked at the sentence. Picked it apart. A [...]

2018-11-22T19:07:40+02:00January 20th, 2017|