Every once in a while I eat or drink something, and get really emotional because it’s so good and it makes me want to shout from the rooftops. Cold brew coffee came into my life about two years ago when I was in Bali, and this is the first time I’ve attempted to make it myself! I’m not a huuuuge coffee drinker –as in, I don’t need it to function, and I drink it because I appreciate the taste. I wrote a blog recently, titled ‘ditch coffee, drink matcha.’ And I FULLY take it back. Sorry, coffee. Continue reading “How to: cold brew coffee”
After my best friend flew back to London, I decided it was time for me to create better morning habits so I can have more productive days. That definitely sounds like I’m about to come up with a list of ’10 things happy people do every morning, and you should too’. I won’t. But I might, later.. You know, once I figure out life 😉
Here’s a Kickstarter I am SUPER excited about! Reason number one being that it is invented by a woman (ahw yeahh girl power), and reason number two is that it is going to help us keep our oceans clean, by filtering out microplastics from our washing machines! Rachael Miller from the Rozalia Project launched the Kickstarter on the 29th of March, and within 3 hours she reached her goal of $10,000! At the time of writing, she has raised over $163,000 already!
I promised in the beginning that I would not only share with you the positive developments during my startup journey, but also the hardships and how I’m overcoming them. In this episode I am once again learning that when people give you shit, it isn’t personal. Well, it is and it isn’t. On one hand what people say and do is a projection of their own reality. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know everything that is in our world. And that is totally impossible! This causes us to eat their emotional garbage, and then it becomes your garbage too. Hurray.
To continue along the lines of a great (and hilarious) conversation I had with my best friend the other day: this women is wokeAF (best slang term of the decade if you ask me).
I agree with Jane Goodall when she says life can get pretty gloomy if we keep thinking globally. Living as sustainably as possible can feel pointless at times, especially when you’re travelling and seeing how people in other parts of the world are living. Trash gets thrown onto the street without a thought, reducing the daily plastic consumption can be something the locals don’t even consider. “What’s the point of everything I’m doing back home?” will race through your mind.
What I love about poetry is that everyone reads it through a different lens according to their life history, personal reality and conditioning. I’ve always been so curious about this particular quote, not just because it is ocean related (hah), but because we tend to hear the opposite a lot more often: “you are only a single drop in the mighty ocean.” An example that illustrates this is the pale blue dot narrative, and more so, the misinterpretations of it. This goes like something along the lines of:
We are super tiny and insignificant compared to the vastness of the universe.
The aggregate of all our joy and suffering occurs on just a spec of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Therefore: everything is meaningless and nothing matters in the scale of the universe.
These statements sort of defy logic. Would that mean our significance would increase if only we were bigger? And took up more space in the universe? The full version of Carl Sagan’s narrative is actually a lot more existentialistic, meaning that is up to us to assign meaning to this wonderful thing called life. Sagan actually writes that the distant image of our tiny world demonstrates the folly of human conceits perfectly. (In other words, the foolishness of our conflicts and arrogance towards each other, and not life itself as is often misunderstood). He concludes by underlining our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish this pale blue dot, the only home we’ll ever know. That’s a much more positive message, don’t you think?
“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.”
Quotes from the Pinterestosphere
The last sentence above ties in directly with Rumi’s quote, which I never grasped fully until recently. After stumbling upon it again on Instagram, I decided to dive into it for a little bit. (By the way, anyone else an obsessive compulsive Googler? When you need to know, you need to know, am I right?). Perhaps I’m not trying hard enough, but I’m still not sure if this quote is from a longer piece of work, or even something he’s actually written. Because let’s face it, Rumi didn’t write ‘quotes’, he wrote poems. And since they are translated from Persian/Greek/Arabic/Turkish, there is no way that we can be sure it is an accurate translation of the original. The quote you see most often on the Pinterestosphere is the one on the first picture above. I have found a version that is a bit longer:
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.”
But first: who is Rumi?
Before we investigate what that means, let’s find out who this Rumi guy was. According to the history books, he was a charming, wealthy nobleman, a genius theologian and a brilliant but sober scholar. The story of how most of his work came into being is fascinating and tragic at the same time. In his late 30s he met a wandering and wild holy man (read: a wise old man, though poor and homeless) who went by the name of Shams. The holy man had been searching for a student to pass his knowledge on to, and so their meeting had transformed Rumi from a rational scholar into an impassioned seeker of truth and love. Through a bizarre chain of events –which you can look up yourself– Shams was murdered by Rumi’s youngest son. This caused him to fall into a deep state of grief, and as a result, he produced nearly 70,000 verses of poetry as a way of coping with it.
Rumi deals with the human condition
What I love most about his work is that it is inclusive. It doesn’t matter whether you are Muslim, Buddhist, Christian or atheist. Rumi deals with the human condition, which will always remain relevant in any culture. Without even reading a single line of poetry, we can already take a lesson from his personal story. The universe seems to have brought together these two opposing characters to remind us to remain open minded towards all human connections. You never know where your next source of inspiration might come from or who might be able to help you grow.
So what does it mean to be the entire ocean in one drop? One interpretation is that you carry your entire world within you: all your experiences, travels and everything you’ve learned from the people you’ve met. It also means that there is a magnificent and powerful source of energy for change and action within you, which -granted- can be hard to believe. Our mind tends to get stuck in the misinterpretation of the pale blue dot narrative. This means that we tend to think of ourselves being so small in the grand scheme of things, and are therefore quick to believe that our actions don’t matter. To compensate, and superficially enlarge our presence to make ourselves feel more important -and thereby less insignificant-, we think that we need outside influences to make us better people. This means that we we obtain awards, degrees and accomplishments for the sole purpose of making other people take us more seriously.
With this self-limiting way of thinking, you are disregarding the value of all your experiences, travels, the people you’ve met: everything that makes you the human you are. Or to summarise that in a cheesy yet relatable way: the things you have learned in the School of Life, which are more valuable than anything that can be taught within four walls. To paraphrase: there is an ocean of possibilities within you, and anything you want to accomplish, you can. You know what they say: if it is important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. And Rumi will say it again: “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
I got a little tired of Bangkok and decided to see my mom in Pattaya, a coastal town where I grew up. Get a tour through my childhood home, and witness a giant breakthrough in my yoga pants journey! Skip straight to 10:42 if you just want the business updates 😉
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This is an interview series with women that inspire me. Women that are doing cool shit with their lives. The Sunshine Sisters of the world! Be prepared to meet change makers, paradigm shifters, visionaries, game changers, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, adventurers, teachers, environmentalists, activists, renegades and storytellers from every corner of the globe! These interviews intend to share real life stories about how these women were able to diverge from the beaten path and follow their dreams. Learn how weaknesses were turned intro strengths and how breakdowns were actually preparations for breakthroughs!
Today I would like to introduce Vivian Raaijmakers from Memories Like Tattoos. This girl is living her dream on the small island of Bali. What I love about her is that she’s showing us how little you need to be truly happy. She ditched her old life, along with all of her possessions in her native country the Netherlands, and became a yoga teacher in Bali. While it can sometimes be hard to live on a tight budget, she’s showing us that it doesn’t really matter as long as you’ve got your health, you’re surrounded by good people, and yes, the stunning island and sunshine easily make it all worth it! Because what do we really need in our lives that you’ll never be able to buy?
Here’s something you might not know about me. I used to be in a rock band. I learned to play the electric guitar at the age of 14 and by the time I was 16 I had learned to play covers of Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Guns n Roses, Dream Theater, Nickelback (sorry), the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the likes. I had also played our self written tunes with my band at a GBOB in Bangkok when I was 15, and we were offered a contract with some kind of producer. I still quite haven’t figured out why, because we weren’t that great! Haha! Continue reading “5 badass women in music”
Since having spent considerate amounts of time living in Southeast Asia (as a grown up, might I add), this has become one of my favourite drinks of all time. As you know, you can pretty much get matcha everything here. Ice cream, Kit-Kats, matcha flavoured almond milk.. You name it! And while it has been ‘trendy’ for many years now, it is still all the rage. Probably because of all the health benefits, energising properties, and the fact that samurai warriors used to drink this before going into battle. Then it MUST be good. This is basically coffee minus the jitters. Oh, and it also contains the most antioxidants of all teas. Hello gorgeous skin!