My work was born out of my fascination with the subject of Contribution. When I first started writing and speaking about Contribution, I thought I had found the 'Holy Grail', believing that giving was the route to long-lasting happiness. However, as I explored the subject in greater detail, I realised that, although I was right, I was also 'wrong'. Giving wasn’t the whole story! Through my insights, my work has evolved into what it is today - an authentic expression of who I am through what I do.
The Contribution Evolution is a place where I share my HeArtwork in all its facets - from coaching to teaching, from doodling to writing and many other things that I love. It is my heArtfelt intent that, through my sharing, I will be able to inspire us all to remind us of who we are at our core and to encourage us to be more conscious about how we show up in the world. It is my personal mission to create a life that brings more meaning for me and a positive influence to others.
When people ask me what I do I often get in a bit of a muddle about what to say as whatever comes out of my mouth never quite covers it. We are human beings so how can we fully describe ourselves by talking about our doings? Nevertheless, I will try and answer the question by sharing a little bit more about me.
On the whole, I am an adventurous spirit who is fascinated by why we do what we do. I have been very lucky to have enjoyed a full and varied international career in sales, recruitment and people development and have travelled to many corners of the globe. Through all my 'doing', I have done and seen much in life but I am at my best when I can be of service to my HeArt.
For those interested in official stuff - I am a certified Strategic Intervention Life Coach and was trained through Tony Robbins’ & Cloe Madanes’ RMT training centre and, in addition, I am an NLP Master Practitioner and a CIPD trained trainer. I love to read and learn so as not to remain stagnant and continue to grow and evolve. As I began my journey of inner exploration around the subject of Contribution, I started to think more holistically. Many 'run-of-the-mill' coaching practices work on improving our state of mind, and much of that is very useful but I found that it can bypass an essential part of our being - our state of soul.
In my work you will often hear me refer to our state of mind as a gentle companion to our state of soul. Our mind is often preoccupied with time, efficiency, urgency and outcomes, but our soul doesn't understand these terms. Finding ways to complement and integrate both parts helps us to be more compassionate with ourselves in our day to day life. When we find more love and understanding for our own challenges, we are more likely to a) be more empathetic towards others and b) allow ourselves to become more of who we are and through it, we start to dare show all of our colours. When we live in that place, we are more likely to show up in in a way that adds to the world rather than detracts from it.
Apart from my love for coaching, writing and doodling, I am also a lover of life in general and you'll often find me out walking, contemplating the nature of things. Originally Dutch but married to an Englishman, I am now lucky to be living with my wonderful husband and dog in the beautiful British countryside - a place where my spirit has been able to soar and my HeArtwork allowed to flourish.
Find out more about my work of HeArt, The Art of Contribution, and sign up here to get access to my online video on the subject and learn more about the 5 Components that create the very magic of our existence!