Monday, August 6, 2012

Striking the Right Balance

Annemarth & Mauk
Yes I have been off the radar for a bit. It has been such a busy year so far. Especially setting up and running my flagship store in Amsterdam has been extremely demanding. Everybody is suffering from less attention on my part. Not only friends and fans but especially my family, my loved ones, two of which happen to be my son Mauk (14) and daughter Annemarth (16). Didn't I change careers to have more (free) time.... I can't help wanting to be successful in what I do whether it was in my previous banking life or now with my art and designs. And well... actually as a single mum I can't afford not to be successful otherwise I would need to look for another job! It is hard and I struggle everyday, mostly with a smile, finding the right balance. But what is the right balance....what is "right", who decides what is "right" and for whom...? It is so personal and there are so many involved that it is seems almost impossible to do it "right" for everyone.....
Aarrrrgh this is what is keeping me awake tonight, a sort of "Carry Bradshaw" column like question. It makes my head spin and so does the jet lag as we just arrived back from New Orleans. We (my kids and I) bounced around the US visiting friends and family (and of course I squeezed in a bit of work here and there) but by the smiles on their faces I dare to say that at least for them I stroke the right balance during this exciting trip (and build some credits along the road).

"I get up every single day and I do my very best with what I am and what I have.."
Elizabeth Gilbert

Friends Steven & Isabel (left) riding the Street Car with Annemarth & Mauk (New Orleans)


  1. I agree, Mariska, finding balance in life can be hard, especially for creatives who are working so hard for their passion. It sounds like you had a wonderful time in the states with your little ones - so pleased! :)

  2. Thank you Will it is great to have people around me who understand and yes we had a wonderful time! xox

  3. Darling you are doing so well and I admire you for walking your very own path in life.
    I bet this trip was just what you all needed, because we sometimes need to break the rhythm and dance to a new beat in order to develop and appreciate what we have.

    Hang on in there and keep your eyes fixed on the horizon whilst stopping once in a while to smell the flowers.

    Big hugs and kisses

    xx Charlotta

    P.S. I have purchased two wonderful prints from Lonneke. Am so happy!!



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