Serendipity – how it can change your life

Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise" (source). Or, as Glauco Ortolano puts it: Serendipity is the faculty of finding things we didn't know we were looking for. Pek van Andel call it 'the art of making an unsought finding'. Life is full of chance encounters, unforeseen surprises and serendipitous information. We often just don't recognize them as such. But life likes to drop little miracles in our lap. Someone recommends you apply for that job that you just did not [...]

2019-07-08T14:02:03+02:00August 9th, 2019|

Why people who ask WHY are more intelligent and creative

Creative thinking can be reduced to a simple 3 step framework for generating and refining ideas: Stop before you start be clear we understand the context & problem Generate create lots and lots of ideas to resolve the issue Converge harvest, enhance and select the best ideas It is exactly at the first step where most people, projects, brainstorming sessions go wrong. We have little time - time is money - and we need to produce results as quickly as possible. So we plunge head on into solving [...]

2019-07-08T13:49:10+02:00August 2nd, 2019|

18 reasons why creative women are sexy

I have recently been told that I have sex appeal. Okay, no surprise, it was a man who said it..., but he also explained what made him think I was sexy. 'It's the creative way you do things', he said. Now, I don't need a man to tell me I am sexy or creative. I know that. But it's nice to hear, right? So here's why creative women are sexy: They are confident about their ideas and the way they do things. They are not afraid to fail, because failure makes them learn and grow and become more confide [...]

2019-07-02T09:34:24+02:00July 26th, 2019|

How to say no

When I help my clients get clear (on what they want, don't want, the new road they want to take, the new life they want to create...), they will find themselves suddenly unable to deal with the usual stuff that they used to tolerate. This comes with the territory of clarity! If you too have gotten clear on certain things in your life, set your intention on where you want to go from here, it is now time to learn how to say NO…to: anyone that drains you anything that is not in line with your inten [...]

2019-06-11T08:18:40+02:00June 14th, 2019|

Inside the box: how systems make you more creative

I am living in a box. No, not really :-) But my house contains a lot of boxes. Many people ask me 'how do you do all the things that you do?' Half the time my answer is 'systems'. The other half of the time it's 'boxes'! :-) A box is a system. An organizational system. It helps you organize your house, your head, your life. Our lives already consist of a lot of boxes. There is work and home, family and friends, me-time and kids-time. When we meet new people we have the tendency to 'put them in a [...]

2019-06-04T08:49:23+02:00June 7th, 2019|

Vote for the best name of my newest painting!

In my last newsletter, I showed my readers this painting which I recently finished. I haven't named it yet and I was asking my readers to provide me with suggestions for the perfect name of this beauty. I have received quite some interesting suggestions. And this is where you come in! It is now your turn to vote for what you think is the best name for this painting. One person, one vote. You can only vote once and only for one name. Votes close on 27 May. The person who submitted the name with t [...]

2019-05-27T10:30:51+02:00May 21st, 2019|
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