A Little Update – All About My About Me

For those of who who have eagerly been awaiting this day: I’ve updated my About Me page! Click on any of the links to go there (in this text, in the links session, on my image there –>) and see what is new.

I promise I will update more and write more. It’s just that every time I think I’m doing better, something else gets in the way. This time it’s a mild case of the flu and a large case of a terrible band currently playing outside on the grassy field near my house.
I reckon it’s to celebrate the new primary school’s first anniversary. However, they’d be better off playing the original version as opposed to this… In Dutch we would call it kattengejank (“a cat’s howling”).

So far, I’ve heard them severely abuse Ed Sheeran‘s Perfect as well as Narcotic from Liquido.

Kind of ironic, this, seeing as I share my personal playlist on my new About Me page – it’s filled with (good) music. Good and diverse, so go check it out!

That’s all I have to share right now. Life’s been pretty dull with the flu and work being just the same.

How have you all been doing? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Heart Warmer

This Heart Warmer truly does what it’s picked for: warm your heart.

Chloe Meineck has developed a Music Memory Box which helps people with dementia to… live again. And laugh and enjoy themselves and for brief moments, get lost in lovely memories of moments long passed, but forever cherished.

How it works? Family members can gather photos and items with lots of emotional meaning for their loved one with dementia, and add computerised chips to them. These chips/items, by putting them in the centre of the box, can then each be linked to a certain song, so when next placed there that same song will play.

And these songs have remarkable effects on the person with dementia. Someone even described using the box on her mother as: “When we use the box, we get her back for a moment.”

Inspiration for this box came when Chloe noticed how her demented great-grandmother would suddenly open up and reminisce over her past when certain songs were played in her nursing home. Chloe’s great-grandmother would seemingly come alive again, sing along to the songs and tell stories of her past.

Watch the full story here:

We should never underestimate the effect music can have on our minds, bodies and souls. And in this case: our memories.

I wish I could have had a box like this when my grandfather was still alive. All the stories he could have told me or those stolen moments won back again, even for just a fraction of time ❤ I am happy more and more people can benefit from this!

I wish you all a warm, happy and musically filled week!




If you want to read more about this wonderful story or learn more about the Music Memory Box, please go here
Status Update

A Very Quick And Frustrated Status Update

Do you know that feeling when you have to say goodbye to something, or someone, yet you really don’t want to?

Last week, my beloved Acer with Windows 7 and a similar old version of everything Office-related, decided it was time for retirement. I know, it’s sad. But I have to admit that my poor old (and its even a grey one) laptop served me very well for nearly 9 (!) years. So I reckon it is justified that it has decided it no longer wants to run fast, load pages like it used to, be a little distracted now and then, making everything freeze up…

I felt a little… like a betrayer as I used my dear Acer to buy its own replacement, yet also a little excited, because everything new is good, right?


I just spent two whole days trying to get that stupid Windows 10 to work FOR me instead of AGAINST me and I swear it’s a conspiracy of Microsoft to drive innocent people like me crazy as fast as possible!

And then when I thought I had it figured out, my Outlook went all psycho on me, and with Windows 10 and Outlook ganging up on me together, it’s needless to say the battle took hours.

But I persevered (do I ever give up?). I broke down the total AAAAAARGHHHHHHHHH Windows 10 Start Up Menu, who kept changing back to default after I’d adjusted it (read: after I spent ages adjusting it, hoping I’d end up enjoying it after all). I also broke down Outlook’s barriers by channeling my inner nerd and with a little (read: A LOT of) aid from Google.

I think I am okay now. I think.

Not sure yet. But… I am no longer screaming and desperate to throw my new Acer out of the window. After two days of owning it.

Adjusting can be difficult. What would make transitions like these easier, are programs that actually work as promised!

Anyway, the real reason I wanted to write this post was to let you all know I am still alive, yet a little less active than normal. I am not only stuck in transition laptop-wise, but also writing-posts-wise and job-wise. Seems like things are picking up for my coaching business, which is good, but also takes a lot of time. And that leads to me wanting to make a new, less-stressful posting schedule. Which I’ll get to if freaking Windows 10 will just stop playing games with me.

So you see: everything is connected in life. “In a circle, in a hoop that never ends.”

For now, here is a lovely video to help calm your nerves (in case you are also at war with Windows 10 and/or Outlook):

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Planning versus Relaxing – Heart Two (of Two)

“Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower”Hans Christian Andersen

I can’t relax. I try to, but my mind is constantly busy thinking. Of my plans for tomorrow. Of all the work I have to do. Of new ways to draw clients in.

And so on.

Even when I deliberately take time to lie down and meditate, I need a goal for my session: no goal = no success. I need to focus on something or my mind wanders. Quickly. Stealthily. And continuously.

And so on.

In my head, the word must seems to be a must: I use it in almost everything I tell myself. You must go to bed early tonight. You must do abs exercises before meditating. You must work out three times a week.

And so on.

This is daily business for me. You can probably imagine how every now and then the pressure I put on my own shoulders becomes too much and I put my feet down and just… stop.

On those days I transform into a cranky, rather recalcitrant and downright stubborn woman. On those days, I stuff myself with chocolate of all kinds (especially the kinds I must avoid), drink beverages that do nothing good for my body and that I planned to skip during the week, and my focus is all over the place, but not in the least on getting back on track.

And so on.

This Fall caught me off guard: not only did I find out I probably have Seasonal Affective Disorder, making me feel down because the sun is down a lot, too, I also feel a lot of self-inflicted pressure weighing me down.

Because here is a secret: even if I tell myself a task or chore is written down only so I won’t forget to do it, in reality my mind turns the task into a must: it is written down, black on white, so if I don’t do it I will be a failure.

And here is another secret: it’s all very nice to make daily to do lists, but what we usually forget about are the unexpected happenings in life: a sister who’s desperate for a babysitter. A cousin who needs something. A new client.

All wonderful things, but they only added to the pressure of the MUST DO-lists in my head.

Without planning I feel I would be lost. Going on a holiday without an itinerary? Not me! Going shopping without a list? I wouldn’t dream of it!

But life is not about planning every single minute of your day. Life is about enjoying yourself and what you do. Life is about breathing, taking in the World around you, and being at peace with yourself.

And so on.

So I threw out my endless list of chores and focus only on what I want to do rather than feel that I must. I schedule my remaining tasks so that each day leaves plenty of room for unexpected visits, meditation or fitness. Or all of them.

Or none.

Because life is about living. And you can’t plan that.




How could I not? 😉

How do you make sure you don’t get overwhelmed by tasks and chores?

End of Heart Two
Planning versus Relaxing – Heart One appeared on Thursday, November 22nd

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Earworm of the Week

With my Autumn Update comes new content. You need to change to stay refreshing. During the past… years I have posted many Earworms. They started as the endings of my Sunday Summaries and ended up becoming a solid section of my blog on their own.

But once again, it is time for a change. Therefore, this is the last Earworm of the Week!

Just want you to know 😉

Can’t play the video? Click here to visit YouTube for the clip!

NOTE: I know the video is of low quality, but it still beats the “audio-only” clips.