Monday, August 27, 2012

Recovery Mode

Photo via Instagram
My last post was about striking the right balance. I have to confess that while writing that post I was more off balance than ever. Returning from holidays I was hit by a sledge hammer while on the balance beam. It made me crashing down resulting in the worst concussion. All metaphorically speaking of course but still....I had the symptoms of one. Confusion, headache, nausea, vomiting.....
For the last 3 weeks (which is the average recovery period for a concussion) I have been mulling over what hit me, a painful and very personal process. I am still confused but the world keeps turning and there is no use in lingering. Luckily the store and having to prepare for the Maison et Objet has kept me going. However, I could not have done this without the wonderful support of family and friends. Thank you for being there for me xox.

"We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness."
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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)


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