Sunday, October 21, 2012

Life is a Marathon (ok make it a double:))

Because we need to burn 3 Michelin Star Chocolates!
With 3 Michelin Star chef Thomas Buhner of La Vie and his
agent Lise Timmer
Sleeping in Walhalla (yes that is really the name of this hotel!) 
Having my wall papers photographed for the website
Photo shoot at my home for Dutch Glossy
tools for the shoot
Make-up please!
My own line of scented candles made in France has arrived!
Sunday morning: breakfast in bed for my kids....
Feet up!
Life is not all about pretty pictures. In my last post I was writing about peace of mind, and yes I am continuing to try to live a life less stressful and not too much anxiety for my doing. What helps me tremendously in times of emotional and/or work related stress is running. Over the last year or so my running habit slowed down and so did my overall energy level. It was a downward spiral and it was quite a mental and physical struggle to get myself out of it. Before the summer holidays I promised myself to take a turn for the better and I kick started my daily runs while on holiday.
Running helps to clear my mind, to focus and feel happy. A friend pointed me to the Nike+ running app which I have been using now for about a week. I love it because I was quite clueless about my distance, pace, calorie burn etc. Click here if you want to know more about Nike+.
Running supports me in running my life's marathon: JUST DO IT!
Above are some snapshots of last fortnight's 'marathon'.
Wishing you all a fruitful week ahead! x

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Peace of Mind

Happy designs at our Store: Challieres bird lamp made in Paris
Our Challieres bird lamp and the Store mentioned in LINDA wonen!
In love with Skyler Chen's water color portrait (and yes bought it!)
Love my routine: Running in the beautiful Vondelpark
Blown away on my way to the Store: Amsterdam = biking!
Addicted to coffee breaks.....
At work with Sally preparing for new production (pillows)
Just love Feinedinge handmade porcelain from Vienna (available from my Store)
Always nice when my designs are featured (Het Parool)
Designing for charity project (Stars, Food and Art)

According to Wikipedia "Peace of Mind" may refer to "the absence of mental stress or anxiety, and the presence of serenity, calm, quiet, comfort of mind." Pffffff ok got it, try to work on that one every day. There are victories here and there sometimes small, sometimes big and failures some futile and some that spiral me back into spending the night with Mr Insomnia. But overall my journey is continuing positively up hill.

The Store is doing great, we are working hard on our new website to be officially launched towards the end of this month with the new collection. I would not be able to accomplish all this without the wonderful support of friends, family, fans and a great team of people! G R A T E F U L !
Here are just some snapshots from my daily life. Want to get more frequent updates follow me on Instagram and/or facebook!


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