SOLO ADVENTURES: 7 MEANINGFUL THINGS HIKING ALONE TAUGHT ME

I've ventured off by myself a few times the past years. Apart from big hikes like the Camino de Santiago and the West Highland Way, I regularly fetch my backpack for a microadventure in the Netherlands. When sharing my enthusiasm for solo adventures with others, I often get lots of questions or confused faces. Isn't…

A MOMENT OF BALANCE AND GRATITUDE: MABON, THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

The Autumnal Equinox. A turning point in time, as it marks the changing of seasons. The harvest is coming to an end. Night and day will be equal in length. This particular moment in time was and still is regarded as a sacred one, celebrated in certain modern pagan traditions as Mabon. Mabon is a…

RETHINKING DECISIONS: WHY IT’S OK TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

I messed up. I didn't think. I just came up with something and did it. Sounds familiar? Of course it does, you're human! A while ago, I wrote something about the new direction I wanted to take with my website. I'd been reading and writing more Dutch and thought it was a brilliant idea to…

NO MOUNTAIN HIDES THE MOON: WHEN A 15TH CENTURY ZEN MASTER COMES TO THE RESCUE

I just couldn't write. The frustration inside me grew larger as the text cursor kept prompting me to fill the empty page with words. Not a single word came to mind. It's been over a week since I've gotten back from walking the West Highland Way and I've had such a great time! Since I'd…

ON LETTING GO AND CREATING SPACE FOR THAT PRETTY INCREDIBLE SELF

The past weeks I was feeling rather stuck. Although I planned a ton of exciting new adventures, I couldn't get myself to undertake any of them. I felt overwhelmed by the tiniest things and was completely drained after a day of work. It was as if my body was telling me "Sorry love, there is…