What is the best thing that I love about my work?
That it is all up to me! There are no limits to where I work, with hom I work, when I work and how. I don’t have to make a division between work and my social life. I am able to do the things I love and that gives me energy every day. Of course also my colleagues, my tribe. We develop every single day together and individually.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Being close to myself, connected with my core and at peace with myself and with my surrounding. Helping people to grow and contributing to society. To me, my surroundings impact my state of happiness; I found my happy place in La Jolla, California where I feel grounded, free and independent. All this together is for me happiness. I am not sure about “perfect” since to me it is always evolving further.
What is my greatest fear?
To be honest, I don’t feel fear at the moment. I trust that things happen for a reason. There is no choice but to be accepting and take it into your personal development process. I embrace challenging situations and try to not put energy on things that I perceive as negative.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Nothing. When I am not in tune with myself, I’d recognize it and work on it.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
Nobody really. I have never really admired anybody, was never a fan of celebrities and didn’t put much attention on looking up to people. I guess I have never been easily impressed. 😉
I am inspired by people who choose to live their life and make the decision to get connected to their self, find out what they are passionate about and love living it. I do respect people who speak up and don’t easily accept brules and limits that impact one’s own state of happiness.
What is my greatest extravagance?
Travelling. I love to travel. When I was 7, I told my parents on a trip to Italy that I would move there when I was old enough. When I was 13, I told them I would leave Europe when I am old enough. I did and I have been traveling since I was 17. I love being on the road, exploring new places, connecting to new people and cultures, and learning about cultures. I have friends all over the world, which I appreciate so much. Travelling made me the person I am today.
On what occasion would I lie?
I am bad at lying, so it’s hard to say. When the situation would be that critical that it is about life and death and my family or friends are involved and a lie would get them out . . . I’d consider if there is no other way out in that moment.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Generally, I don’t dislike anything because to me everything is a valuable learning. My roles in the NRG Circles are all exciting. With EMMA, finance–related topics are not my favorites but this is also the reason why I can give them away and one of my partners will take care of them. He is passionate about finance–related topics so no need to leave them with me!
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
The happiest … I have peak moments every week; no joke. Last summer I came back from a trip to California and had the feeling I had a breakthrough thought on how we should move further, I was extremely happy. As well, when I booked flights for my whole team to go on our first workation to Las Vegas. I am really happy every day because I discover and explore new things daily. I try to break brules every week and do things differently; that makes me really happy.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
Nothing. I have a lot of things that I want to do like learning how to speed-read and learning Portuguese but I don’t want to change anything about myself. I only want to continuously improve!
What is my greatest achievement in work?
That I could contribute and still can in my roles to bring together those amazing people at NRG Circles and to build further on that. As well as taking over the role Lead Link of the general company circle shortly after joining the organization. It was a challenge but also a lot of fun. Last but not least, I would consider it a great achievement that I was able to bring everybody of my organization to Las Vegas and to be able to work at Zappos for a week.
Where would I most like to live?
My happy place is in Southern California but I also love living in Amsterdam. I love Amsterdam because 51% living there are not from Amsterdam; it is such an international city and a fun city to visit so we have people over all the time. I am planning on having my base in Amsterdam and spending some time of the year in California and possibly also in the Algarve, Portugal. The beach and the ocean as well as the sun are extremely important to me. I am the happiest wearing denim shorts, bikini and a bandana and being outside.
What is my most treasured possession?
My Vespa. She is from 1967 and the coolest scooter in town. 😉
What is my most marked characteristic?
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
My apartment. When I look out of my window I see the harbor, as well as open water. I designed the interior space myself and I love everything about it. Most of the pieces have meaning and a story behind them.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I don’t really have one. I like to be at Blijburg because it has this easy summer vibe and it’s right on the beach. I love going to Ubuntu, which is a beach club in Zandvoort, not far from Amsterdam.
What books influenced my life and how?
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind because Vishen brought everything together and it was on point.
Who are my favorite writers?
I don’t have any in particular.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Save tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My dad: he worked as a police officer and was incredibly passionate about his work. He was always fair and stayed close to himself and was able to really connect to people who committed crimes and was able to solve the cases. He never played any games, just being open and honest and always himself.
Bart, my boyfriend, who is always somehow at peace and does not ever get out of balance. He is not easily influenced by other opinions and would not worry about it. Raema, one of my partners at NRG Circles and daily inspiration at work questioning and breaking Brules every day. Suge, one of my best friends and life inspiration, constantly questioning the status quo with an enormous drive to keep growing and learning.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
I would recommend the documentary about Avicci. I thought it was interesting in terms of that he had been growing as an individual at high speed in his young age and became really self-consciousness.
13th is a worth to watch as well. Both are on Netflix.
What role plays art in my life and work?
I guess it depends what you consider art. I enjoy photography a lot and graphic design. I love taking photographs and learning graphic design basics to get the picture out of my head in a graphic.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My dad, I think. He is a great supporter; he is interested in every step I am taking and wants to understand. My boyfriend is my partner in crime; he is on my side all the time. But also Raema is somewhat a partner in crime; we grow and develop together with NRG Circles every day at the moment.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
The same people I work with at the moment. I hope that they are still more people joining us with a shared purpose and mindset to make this world a bit of a better place.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
Richard Branson and Vishen Lakhiani
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
Building up the NRG Campus to connect people in the energy market who want to make a difference as well as well as building up EMMA Amsterdam to make a change in the textile industry. Both projects are being built up from scratch and a dream come true.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
It is the drive coming from your core. The core is the untouchable part inside your self. Over time layers may have been put on it due to education, traditions, culture and so on. But in essence, if we manage to break through those brules, you get back to your self and find your passion, which drives you. You only get energy from things you are passionate about. This never stops and makes you keep going.