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Influencer Lizanne Espinal, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on September 20, 2020 at 1:55 AM

 In this week’s blog (21th - 27th of September) we will interview Lizanne Espinal; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 22nd of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Kinetic Sculptures and Jordan Peterson”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Lizanne Espinal: growing and contributing as a “node” in a network

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am 23 years old, I was born and raised on Curaçao and I have been living in Holland for my studies at the TU Delft since 2015. I have a Bachelors degree in architecture and I am now studying Management in the Built Environment also at the TU Delft. My brother, Christofer is also an engineer and studied Chemical engineering in Delft. He lives now on Curaçao along with my parents Jamila and Jorge. My parents were very important for in my upbringing. They both influenced my brother and I differently and positively. My mother is a hard working Law graduate and is supporting mother and my father is someone who always loved nature and the beach and he always took us on hykes in the “mondi” in the week-ends or snorkeling. Because he also worked in toerism and loved nature he always educated us on the environmental issues of Curaçao. Both were important for balancing our development in our childhood years. 

You are a student and you are doing a Masters. In Masters in what kind of specialization?
For my Bachelors I studied Architecture in the Built Environment. This Bachelor was very broad and entails architecture, urbanism and management. After I finished the Bachelor I was quite sure that i didn’t want to continue with architecture but i couldn’t chose between Urbanism and Management since I love both. After long debates i ended up choosing Management in the Built Environment. The focus in this masters lies on management of the whole life cycle of the building. I am happy to report that so far the classes are extremely interesting so I think I made the right choice!

You are or were very active with ABC Compas. What is your involvement exactly with ABC Compas? Can you tell us more about “ABC Compas”?
Well, Delft is know as a student-rich city because of the university. Because of this there are numerous student and study associations for different students. In 2011 the “founding fathers”of ABC Compas paved the way for and started ABC Compas because they felt as though there wasn’t a place for students of the ABC islands to come together and socialize. Eventually the association grew and grew and different types of events are now organized such as ABC goes to Berlin or ABC goes to London, debates, game nights etc.



 

ABC Compas grew through out the years and offered new students a network in which they could ask questions to older students and contact each other when needed for help or just for fun. The association also provided us from the islands with the oppurtunity to mingle with our brothers and sisters from aruba and bonaire. Basically as Delft is not such a big city, ABC Compas offered the possibilities for networking for students with Antillian descent. I first joined as a member, after that I started joined the Social activities committee, afterwards I became a board member (secretary of the board) and then I was in charge of the Social activity committee. At ABC Compas we find it important to give new students the oppurtunity to develop themselves and gain managerial experience further by joing commitees and boards and therefore each person can only stay in the board for two years. So after doing my second year of board I joined the Media committee in 2019. This year I will be involved in a project that is still in the works in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of ABC Compas.


We were referred to you by Heliante Kuster. a mentor in Delft, as she considers you to be very pro-active. As you are doing your Masters how do you manage your time to still be involved in ABC Compass as a voluntary?
At this moment I am not a member of the board and therefore I don’t foresee any problems in managing my time whilst being involved in the upcoming 10th year commemoration of ABC Compas. However, when I was a board member at times, it was quite hectic. There was one year specifically when I was in charge of the social activities, Next to that I also was helping with the organization of the reception of the students who come with SSC and obviously I had my classes next to that.

But I do a lot of planning. I would plan a Monday time sloth for example to work on my ABC Compas to do’s and on Tuesday a time sloth for the SSC’s to do’s and consistent planning makes it all manageable. The moment a board was formed, we would plan the days for our activities and this was very helpful. Next to this the members of the board and committees became some of my best friends and are like family. Because of this I looked forward to going to the meeting and events and I always had fun. This made all of the work easy!


This planning habit where did this come from?
Good question! I remeber getting lectures about planning and the importance of planning back in High School but it never made sense to me. I think this is because high school was relatively easy. It wasn’t until I started my studies at the TU Delft, that I started to do some serious planning. Mainly because the concept of self studying was introduced. I would perhaps have classes on Monday and Thursday and the rest of the time I had to read, design or do other tasks on my own. It is very tempting to fall into a lazy mode, but I soon realized that if I wanted to be serious with my studies, I needed to structure my life by planning my days. So I started structuring my days and started making sure that I was at school at 8.45 am and I aimed to have finished my school work at 7 pm. I would always anticipate what I needed to do the next day(s) and basically “plan”, as I was taught in High School.


Where does this interest come from ABC compas SSC?
Well, since I was in High school in Curaçao, I felt the need to be of service to the community apart from going to school and doing my homework. So I was volunteer and I was a member of “Brigada di Formashon/ Bos di Hubentut”. Brigada is very much involved in the extra-curriculum education of youth and I loved it. I noticed from those days already, that I love doing work as a volunteer. So when I arrived in Delft and I knew that ABC Compas organized events for us, I got involved in it. SSC’s introduction week and ABC Compas were the ones that picked me up and showed me the ropes when I was a newbee in Delft. They paved the way to make the transition from Curaçao to Delft smoother. So I considerd it to be my duty to serve future students like-wise when they arrive in Delft for the first time.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My BIG WHY is: I see myself as a “node” in a network of people. I believe that everything that I do should move myself and also the people around me in the right direction. I believe that contributing in this manner adds value to that network in the long term. Therefore I try to do things that are not only good for me and my development as a student but also good for my other students, friends and family. In the future I hope to see myself still participating in these types of organizations. If ABC Compas or SSC’s opvangweek did not exist, my transition when I first moved to Holland would have been more challenging, my quality of life would have been different. As I have experienced these benefits, I would love to “pay it forward” to the next generations. This is my big why!

 

So basically you want to grow and serve?
Exactly.

 

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
My short term goal is to graduate and get a job in the coming 2 to 3 years. This would be a transition phase for me. Once that is done I will figure the rest of my career out. Next to this there are 5 domains that I consider to be very important. These personal life domains are:

1. Family

2. my education/ work

3. Friends

4. Hobbies

5. Personal relationships.


And as long as I can keep each domain at an 80 %, this means my life is in balance and that is what I am aiming at. Reaching that would mean being successfull for me.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
At the moment as a student, because of the COVID-19 my home has become my work environment. I finished my Bachelors in February and I have only started with my masters now in Septmber. I was not at all accustomed to follow my courses online. Next to this, I find it important to keep a good balans between school and my home life and therefore I would always study from 8.45 till 19.00 at school and then come home and relax. The idea of sitting at home behind a computer all day long with little to no interaction with my peers has been a challenge for me to tell you the truth.


How are you dealing with it?
Well I am brainstorming about this at the moment and I am comtemplating different solutions with my closest friends. I am contemplating using my TV more instead of only the computer to watch my lectures in order to combat eye fatigue. I am also considering getting brighter lights and a proper working desk. Going on daily walks or bike rides after the classes to get fresh air has also been working very well. Next to this I also ask myself everyday what went right, what didn’t go so well in order figure out what I must change in my studio to make “working from home” function better. It is all still “work in progress”.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
For sure! These past two years I have started to look at myself more from the “outside – in’. Whenever I have a problem or dilemma I would seperate the thoughts on this issue in terms of good or bad and I would try to see these thoughts as different personalities. After this I would allow these thoughts to disucss with one another untill it becomes obvious which thought is the prevailing one. That is what I do to develop my inner voice.

Over the years I have developped my inner voice significantly. However, when I can’t figure out my own problems, I often go to my mother as she is the wisest person that I know. I ask her advice on subject matters that I have little knowledge of such as finances. Challenges on a personal level I usually solve by myself and at times with the help of my close friends.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?Of course, I don’t like sitting still and I love being busy doing different things. I am obsessed with “psychology”. My interest in psychology stems from the fact that everyone including me gets stuck in some way and I believe that I need different sources of knowledge to help myself overcome my obstacles when I get stuck. 

Psychology

Somewhere a long the line, I came across Jordan Peterson, a behavioral psychologist that has his lectures online on YouTube. He became very famous because of his clear explanations and his eloquent speech.I absolutely love his lectures and I have watched many of them multiple times. He makes psychology so accessible for those whom are actually studying phychology.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Well since I like psychology I am following a books list Jordan Petersons recommends. On his website he has a list of books of almost all the best philosphers and psychologists of the past that he recommends for further reading. So I have started to read some of these books to increase my knowledge. The most interesting book so far has been The Gulag Archipelago which is the book that helped bring down the russian empire. Next to this I also enjoy listening to Podcasts. I often find myself listening to 2 hour conversations about evolutionary biology, science, politics or phychology when I am doing things like cleaning, the dishes, biking or in transit.

What are your strengths?
I believe that i am quite friendly, humble, and supportive. Next to this I also believe that I am a reliable person given that I have worked for 1,5 years as a waiter and I have never missed a day or arrived late, which on itself is impressive. I am a good planner. I am logistically and administratively very strong. Lastly I believe that I am a teamplayer because I love volunteering for example in organisations such as ABC Compas.


The reason why i consider these my strengths is because it requires effort from my part to be like this, which makes it extra meaningful.

 


Do you have more hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have two other hobbies that I am passionate about, apart from of course psychology that I have mentioned before.

Firstly I love making illustrations. In the Bachelor of architecture you have to be good at producing beautiful graphics. Naturally, if you are designing a building for a client, you have to make an render in order to communicate with the client and for presentations you have to present those renders in a beautiful way.

I wasn’t particularly good at this, so I decided to put in some extra effort because as the saying goes:”A picture says more than a 1000 words“. So I developed my digital skills and started making lots of illustrations and I played around with the different programs during the holidays. After about 3 years of experimenting I got pretty good at graphic design and especially making illustrations. So to conclude a frustration turned into into a lifelong hobby. Another part of architecture that is extremely important is your observation and documentation skills. Whenever we travel we look at building, touch materials to feel different textures and analyse what we see. I decided that I wanted a camera and so I saved up money and with a little help of my parents, I bought my first DSLR camera. Ever since I have been taking pictures and learning about photography. I started taking pictures of events of ABC Compas and I have also done projects with a make-up artist who was looking into building up her portofolio. Next to this I also go on walks in the parks and forests near my house to take nature and animal shots. Photography is a very rewarding hobby.

I am also obessed with kinetic sculptures. Though I do not consider this a hobby yet because I am still learning about it. I have always been in love with crafting and craftsmanship. In my teenage years i loved origami and papercraft and recently I have made different automata to explore movement. kinetic sculptures however are often times bigger and more technical. The main point is to combine sculpture with movement in an artistic way and I find this amazing. I hope that 5 years from now I will have mastered the kinetic sculpture enough to be able to build one myself.

 

If you as Lizanne would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Lizanne but my friends call me Liz, I am a student at the amazing university of Delft. I am always up for a party with my friends. I will tell them about my plants, that is a hobby I developed because of the Covid lock down and I am very proud of my crops, mainly because I was always know as the person who could not keep plants alive! I don’t like sitting still so I am always busy with some kind of project.

 

How would you describe Lizanne in one word or one sentence?
For this year “Growing”.

2020 has been a strange year and I had to adapt and develop myself a lot. After being stuck at home the whole time I had to figure out what to do with my free time and so i set new goals for myself. For example, I made a list of books that I would like to read and started going down that list. Next to that I also started planting in my small studio to learn more about different plants. And I started with my masters in September which was also a new endeauver for me. That why I would describe myself as “Growing”.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Firstly, my parents. I have very good parents, althought both their influences had been totally different. My mother is a hardworking person that works a 9 to 5 job, she is disciplined and she has always focused on her personal growth and I admire her for that. My dad at the other hand has taught me to be myself and explore things. If I would start playing the piano he would join the lessons. If my brother would start playing baseball he would buy two bats and attend the training sessions.

Furthermore “Brigada di Formashon”, they taught me discipline, to take care of my myself and be neat. They taught me to be helpfull.

Finally, I would like to mention a teacher in High School that gave us the assignment to write about our lives. We basically wrote our history from the point that we could remember untill our teenage years.

And of course I can’t leave the psychologist Jordan Peterson out.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Making the right sacrifices to reach my goals in the 5 domains that I have mentioned before. I know that when I set goals, I will be challenged to achieve these goals at times. It is a trade off between what you need to change and how you need to change.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
In my first year I failed one subject matter. This was the first time in my life I failed a subject matter, that entailed big consequences, as I had to wait another full year to re-do the subject. High school wasn’t difficult for me and because of that I never had a filosophy nor theory on how to deal with “failure”. It took me over a year to figure out what went wrong and it was a hard lesson that I finally grasped. I mastered this new way to work on assignments at the university level. During that period at times I taught myself to “take it day by day”, until I overcame that setback. I needed to learn how to apply knowledge and techniques instead of reproducing what I have learned by heart as is required in High School. I needed to be serious and focused in my efforts. I needed to change my working attitude. I needed to plan my work and work my plan, that is when my planning took off to new heights and there is where my grades started to go up. I have now completely redeemed that feeling of failure. It has made me a stronger person.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
This is a difficult question since I am still a student. As management is so broad, there are many options available after I am done with my masters. Once I start working somewhere I will figure out what I want and what direction I will go.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Loyal, dependable, trustworthy and a good mother.


What are your links with Curaçao although you now study and live in Holland? And what makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?
Firstly, I am a bit of an optimist, so I believe that in the end everthing will always be fine, we will get through this crisis. I think that Covid has pulled the rug from underneath our feet and has pointed out all of our insufficiencies. However, I believe that Curaçao has a lot of potential and as long as we have potential half of the work is done.


Next to this I believe that we all have a role to play and as long as everyone assumes their own responsibilty and work together for their own betterment and that of the group we will be fine. As a part of our Masters Degree for example we need to read lots of articles and this is too much for one person to do. So they force us to team up with fellow students and share the reading-load. By sharing the load and exchanging the knowledge of the “quitessence of the article”, the knowledge of every person in the group grows exponentially. This only happens however as long as everybody does there part and everyone the rest is doing their part. By doing just that we can achieve amazing results as a group. I believe that as long as there are enough people as “nodes” in the network aiming upwards, their combined positive mindset and willingness to work together, trust one another, will make it that in the end everything will be fine.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
These questions have forced me to reflect a lot. They made me stretch my thinking about myself. I enjoyed it. 


More info:
- Insta account 
ABC Compas
- Facebook Page SSC Opvang Haaglanden
LinkedIn


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Lizanne Espinal is a passionate, disciplined and focused Engineering student, that is socially highly skilled that is living a balanced life. Because of her excellent planning techniques and resilience, she is able to always be busy doing the things that she considers worthwhile, like studying for her Master Degree in Engineering, volunteering and dedicating time to her passions. Volunteering to help other students is her way, in this stage of her life, to contribute and “pay it forward” the reception what she got when she arrived in Holland. But she also is passionately dedicating time on her three passions, namely psychology, making digital illustrations and creating kinetic sculptures. Her drive to learn and grow, her innate tendency to serve, her collaborative attitude and not being afraid to roll up her sleeves, makes her stand out as a vibrant “node” in her networks. To Lizanne the Arts in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) makes perfect sense to her because via Art one can make illustrations and as the saying goes:

"An illustration explains more than a 1000 words can explain”. For the future of Curaçao her vision that: “As long as there are enough people as “nodes” in the network aiming upwards, their combined positive mindset and willingness to work together, trust one another, will make it that in the end everything will be fine”. For all these reasons we deeply love and respect Lizanne and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao representing the Technology and Arts sector that we defintely hear more from in the future.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

 

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 22nd of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

 Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Date: 22nd of September
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting October: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 2.00 – 4.30 pm


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Kinetic Sculptures and Jordan Peterson'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


How This Guy Builds Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures | Obsessed | WIRED - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP45rjvOHg

 

Dr. Jordan Peterson | 10 Things That Will Change Your Life Immediately - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCRgXjQLvH0

 

How To Beat Fear And Anxiety | Jordan Peterson | Powerful Life Advice - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb9g9mtDHZo

 

Beginning Graphic Design: Fundamentals - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqQx75OPRa0

 

Are We Living In Tough Times? Jordan Peterson - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4L9p2aXuiU

 

How to Make a Kinetic Sculpture - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxdcj2tLQGE


Influencer David van Delden, Skype Book Session, Workshop on Emotion starting October and this week tips

Posted on September 11, 2020 at 11:15 AM

In this week’s blog (14th - 20th of September) we will interview David van Delden; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 22nd of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Digital design”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


Influencer David van Delden: digital artist with an entrepreneurial spirit

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
My mother is from Aruba and my father is from Curaçao and both are still alive. I was born in Curaçao and I come from a family of three children, two sisters and myself. We would go to Aruba every vacation, so you could say I grew up on both islands. I am married to my lovely wife and she as a contemporary dancer and choreographer is very much involved into Curaçao btw, like doing research into dance and music styles of Curaçao and she has also participated in the musical “Claus” directed by John Leerdam and presented in Luna Blou. I have lived in Curaçao till I was 21 years old and then came to Holland in 2001, were I live now. My parents have always been very supportive in all my choices, also when I decided to study “Design” back then in 2001, this was not very common for someone from Curaçao.

What kind of businesses are you involved in? And what is your position in Ngrane?
We create Digital Online platforms and websites and we help companies reach their digital goals and this based on a solid business model for their online presence. The core of which is Digital Business model and User Experience Design. Basically we say to our clients, “If it is digital, we do it”. I am the Creative Director at Ngrane. On top of that, we cherish the human connections and relationships with our clients and employees, helping them to thrive at what they are good at. If one can combine passion with what you are good at, this automatically leads to success. The concept of Ikigai inspires us a lot. Entrepreneurship and business has basically to do with relationships, that is the Number One factor. 



This means that you have a culture where the emotional Intelligence is exceptional.
That is so true. Our success with a client is guaranteed if we and our clients are on the same page in terms of emotional intelligence. I would mention employees as well as they also are an integral part of our culture.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?

I came to Holland in 2001 and started studying Graphic Design, first at Utrecht but that study was broad and wide in its spectrum, so I decided to do a second study, Multi Media Arts in Amsterdam. I got my Bachelor's degree with honors with a focus on the Digital or Online products, which is basically what I am doing at this moment in time. I started working at Host.net and worked there for three years. After three years, as I was looking for another challenge, I started working for Indivirtual, now their name is Sentia, as a Visual Designer. They are a web bureau creating websites and platforms and they have clients that belong to the top of the world like Fortune 500 companies like Mercedes etc..After that together with Stephen Garcia, I co-founded Ngrane.

 

We were referred to you by Stephen Garcia as he considers you as part of the diaspora that can still influence developments in Curaçao. He also send us a trialer of 'Kaminda' and mentioned that you have just won awards in your field. Where does this interest in what you are doing now come from especially your focus on the arts, video and photography comes from?
I was always involved in Art.
I played the drum in Curaçao. When I finalized high school I was on a cross road. I wanted to choose between Music which meant going to the Conservatorium or Design. I choose for Design as there were more opportunities in Design. I also enjoyed painting, filming and photography, basically everything that was audio and visual. When I came in Holland especially when I started at Ngrane photography and filming (video) was a hobby. Every person has its way to express themselves like my wife uses dancing to express her self artistically. For me it was photography and video. Five years ago I started experimenting with this in my free time and I started putting a lot of time into this as it was my passion. I took on-line courses, I talked to other creatives in this line like Selwyn de Wind and Brett Russel and my skills level picked upped. So one day I decided to create something. That is how 'Kaminda' started.

 

Can you tell us more about 'Kaminda' and can you elaborate more on the awards you have just won?
'Kaminda'  is a story that all of us from the island have experienced. Curaçao is a small island where it is easy to connect and tap into another dimension with the sea, animals and the nature. Metaphorically speaking the island breathes, every wave of the sea that rolls onto the shore can touch you. This is something that all of us have experienced when we were a child. So I decided to film this theme in a short movie where a nephew of me is playing in the “mondi”. I started a philosophical discussion with Juan Carlos Goilo and that is how it started and we filmed all of this inspiration. When I started this, I didn’t plan to compete or so. It was something I had experienced as a child and that had inspired me and I wanted to tell his story.


As I had chosen photography and film as my passion, I expressed this in a film and as I showed this to some friends they told me, that this story line was special. That is when I started to take it far more serious and involved more people in it, as I needed help to make it a better product. We send it to some Film Festivals and we won two awards, which is awesome.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My BIG WHY is to invest in relationships. I deliberately invest, focus and nurture the relationships I have in my life, be it with my wife, family and other relationships. I aspire to have valuable reltationships around me for the rest of my life. The more you invest in relationships, the more the value of being in this world increases. This gives you happiness. A study in Harvard over 80 years or more shows that the quality of one’s relationships in life and the dependability of these relationships, gives people happiness. There are some in my circle of relationships where I could for 100 % count on, that is how important this is.

In this sense, we need to revamp our educational system.

Our educational system is too vested on preparing students to get the highest grades and increasing the number of students moving up to the next level of classes. Whilst the goal needs to be, to inspire and motivate students with the art of learning. By doing just that students learn their why and they will become more interested in studying the curriculum and learning new things.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?

I feel successful every day. The reason for this is, that we have created a company that already focuses on human connections and influencing people via our excellent client relationships, that I have already mentioned to be my BIG WHY personally and in my business life.

But 5 years from now, we would be successful after we, not me alone, but we have created something that has a big impact in Curaçao and eventually the world. When we have reached certain employees and after we have impacted the mass for a better future and improved the way we live in Curaçao, than we would be successfull.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Connecting with other people that have good intentions, but are not on the same wave length. It always brings up in me the dilemma: “Shall I invest in this person or is it not worth it and let’s just drop this relationship. It may sound a little bit negative, but if they are not like minded that is a challenge. 

I like a culture where we speak out what bothers us. I have learned in the long run this serves both sides best. Stephen and myself have done it in the past, as there have been some misunderstandings, but now we are totally in sync. We have empathy with regards to each other, we set clear boundaries and we have crucial conversations with one another and in Ngrane. A crucial conversation is when there are differences of opinion, emotions can run high and the stakes are high. As the whole organization has read the book Crucial Conversation and are applying the principles, all of us keep each other accountable on this. So if I would be sarcastic, they would correct me if it appeared to be more than a joke, as the joke would appear to be a supercoating of something deeper. The effect this has had in our organization was something I deeply appreciated.

 


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I want to share with you one story related to my Inner Voice. In one of the cross roads of my career, I was applying for a new job and send in an application to Lost Boys and Indivirtual more or less at the same time. Lost Boys had a tall Tower Building as offices, that everyone driving by on the high way, could see. They were a very known company and on one of the floors they had a Game room, that was very inspiring. For a young,  aspiring professional that I was back then, this would be a great place to work for. I also went to meet the CEO of Indivirtual and we really clicked and connected. They were immediately interested in recruiting me and made me feel so welcomed at Indivirtual and at the other hand Lost Boys didn’t react or at least immediately and I was shown the game room by a friendly guy, but there wasn’t that connection that I felt at Indivirtual with the CEO. As I committed myself to Indivirtual to start on Wednesday, the Sunday before this Wednesday I got a message that Lost Boys wanted me as a designer and there was my dilemma. What to do know? I talked to my mother, father and some friends and they all more or less told me to go with my gut feeling. I weighted in the dilemma’s and what made me stick to Indivirtual was the connection I had made with their CEO. That made the difference. I cancelled Lost Boys although they had this excellent workplace, their Game room, and 6 months later Lost Boys went bankrupt. Had I had chosen for Lost Boys, I had to start all over again with my applications ..etc...

 


How did your inner voice worked in this specific case?

I sensed the click that was there from the beginning. The contact person at Lost Boys was friendly but superficial. The inner voice makes me understand why I chose that direction. I understood that it was at moment, about the human connection. The inner voice teaches me to understand my life path, it is more about: “I took this turn, let me understand why, it doesn’t mean the path is bad for me or so”.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot online, I follow webinars, there is so much knowledge availble via YouTube these days.

I also surround myself with people that can teach me something and help me keep up. This is very fascinating.

 


What are your strengths?

I can capture your idea and create something out of this idea, that you can use and be proud of. I am very good at listening to this person, understanding what moves and inspires this person. You have to then take this and put it into a mix with fun and creativity so that they can be proud off.

I am very good in connecting with people. I have this and Stephen has this two to three times better than me. I have learned this along the way.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Apart from my job, it's photography, filmmaking and storytelling.

 


If you as David would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hi, my name is David van Delden and I am an entrepreneur with a focus to helping people and businesses find their passion and achieve success.

 


How would you describe David in one word or one sentence?
A digital artist with an entrepreneurial spirit.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
For those close to me it would be my parents since I was a child, my wife, Stephen every single day and many other persons. For those I am not so close to, it would be Steve Jobs especially his life story, especially the way of not doing certain things. And as I love music, as a child the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix his music and how he disrupted the traditional way of playing the electric guitar.

 


Do you still play the drums?
Unfortunately, I am too busy with other fun stuff, so I’ll save this hobby for a later stage in my life.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Connecting with people, it is a strength but I also believe that there is room for improvement. I need to improve on this even more. Connecting with people, communication is one of the first things human beings start to do and I want to keep improving on this and continue to progress. Furthermore as an entrepreneur I am more an artist than entrepreneur and I want to keep learning and hone this entrepreneurial mindset. For example in photography I immersed myself into that world. I joined communities involved in photography. I was approached by lots of people and they wanted advice, as I made 'Kaminda' with my smart phone. They underestimate the amount of time I spend into honing my skills, it is ridiculous, so one has to decide if they really want to spend so much time in it. You have to get into this world and immersed into it, go through all the ups and downs and tribulations and not just look at the moment when I got the award. The amount of time I spend on it is really insane, so you want to reach this same level it requires you to be a little bit insane. There will be days where you don’t sleep especially considering all the pressures surrounding this to make a master piece and to comply with the requirements, needed to win an award as part of their awardwinning framework. Most people will not bother to go through to this and shale their head and say that I am insane.


What was a defining moment in your life?
I have had different defining moments, but let’s elaborate on this one. As a child I grew up going to church every sunday and I would watch the band playing their music. I was especially interested in the drummer and dreamed of one day being on the stage in the church myself. In my room at home I would listen to music, the music my father loved of the 60-ties and 7- ties, like The Beatles, Funk, Blues and Jazz and I was most interested in listening to the drums, call it a form of selflearning. One day there was an event at the church and we were part of the choir and something happened. The band that usually played at our church had another commitment, so we had no band for the service.


So the music leader asked whom can play the piano, whom the guitar and there was nobody able to play the drums. So I volunteered and we played together all the songs, as I was so convinced that I could play the drums without ever having touched a drum. We played and the lesson learned was: “You can look at something from far away and it might look unreachable, until you try and believe in yourself that you can do it”. Steve Jobs tried to break several walls and his whole life path was one of testing the boundaries of what was possible through sheer imagination. And Steve Jobs was not alien. We can also do it.


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
In my career as an entrepreneur I would be on my way to have a positive social and digital impact on Curaçao/ Holland and the world. Curaçao that is my dream. As an artist I have the same dream. The movie 'Kaminda' was great to watch as it brought us back to our childhood. There were elements from Curaçao that we carry with us until our adult life. The first three years a child is like a sponge absorbing so many things that stick, creating traits that are helping you until this day. As a filmmaker and photographer I am so aware on how I can impact people, something that can be taught about Papiamentu or culture in 15 to 20 years from now.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?

I really appreciate the friendship, love and the value that you brought in our relationship.

 


What are your links with Curaçao although you work and live in Holland? And what makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?
Curaçao is an island and you can go outdoors every single day during the whole year. We are surrounded by the ocean, our nature is unique and we have unique human relationships among ourselves and this is very much engrained into our culture. My relationship with my neighbors is totally different here in Holland compared with Curaçao. I firmly believe that we can spark the collective mind and spirit to work towards a joined and sustainable future.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I want to mention one last thing and again it is about the human connection. I firmly believe in the team effort, it is not because you can surpass others in skills level that you can do it on your own. With a team effort jointly, we can create amazing things. The only thing needed is the team spirit and empathy with regards to others in the team. I believe that if we can unite like minded, passionate people from Curaçao, we can create impactful changes. We just have to surround ourselves with people, where we can learn something from. We need to “be woke” and consciously inform ourselves of what is happening in the world and around us.

 

 

More info or connect:
ngrane.com/
davidvandelden.com
filmfreeway.com/DavidvanDelden
kamindafilm.com/
linkedin.com/in/davidvandelden

 

 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
David van Delden is a passionate filmmaker, photographist, Digital Artist with an entrepreneurial spirit, whom early life experiences in Curaçao has defined whom he is at this moment in his life. Fascinated at a young age in Arts and in Music, he chose for the Arts as he left Curaçao for his advanced studies to Holland. His passion for photography made him spend ridiculous amounts of time and effort to mastering his filmmaking and photography skills, which underwrites his stamina and made him win 2 awards this year for the film 'Kaminda'. His human connections with Loved Ones and clients, his strength, is also a trait where he believes that he has to continue to work on life long. His ideas on the endless possibilities, that can be tapped via team effort, the importance of empathy with regards to each other, the need to set clear boundaries and having crucial conversations has created an unique corporate culture at Ngrane, where he is the Creative Director. Furthermore David is driven as an entrepreneur and artist by an ambition, to have an impact on Curaçao, Holland and the rest of the world. For all these reasons, we love and deeply respect David and we are convinced that he will in collaboration with others, definitely impact Curaçao. That is why we consider David, one of the 250 Influencers on the island representing the business sector and the arts sector.


 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

 Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting October: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Digital Design'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

"One Mind" | Short film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dm_wut89oU

 


Original | Short Film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SBFv_IVFOo


Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS4UE1A_Npc


Everyone Can Be Creative - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTtjETjGDFY

Creative Thinking: How to Increase the Dots to Connect - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYhgIlTy4yY


The Art Of Creative Thinking - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-D9ZNlYFc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Influencer Danique Zimmerman, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on September 6, 2020 at 3:40 AM


In this week’s blog (7th - 13th of September) we will interview Danique Zimmerman; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 15th of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on Creativity”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Danique Zimmerman: confetti and aligned with purpose

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am the oldest of five in a modern family. Born and raised in Curaçao. 'Mucha di Jandoret' and proud of it. My parents (and yes they are both alived) are and have always been supportive of my dreams for as crazy and unattainable as that they might seem as times. I am blessed in that sense.

 

What kind of businesses are you involved in as we know you in business you are also a business partner of Rochelle Monte?
1. I have a communication agency since 2002 called PitchMD with one of my business partners Melitsa Hayer. We have been responsable for creating brands that have resonated and made an impact in primarly the financial sector. Our purpose is to create one aligned conversations in and around organizations.


2. Together with Rochelle Monte and Roxanne Larmonie I am also partner in Business Brainer as you mentioned. We empower entrepreneurs to follow their purpose and create sustainable businesses and through these businesses we are fomenting thriving communities. With the same objective in mind we have developed networks such as the Business Brainer Tribe and Ladies who Lunch.


3. And I am also starting out a project with two fellow coaches Maureen Merite and Darlène Matroos, Beautiful Conversations. Beautiful conversation is a space of sisterhood, where as women we stand and remind and walk with each other as women as we stand in our beauty, our power, our light, our magic, our magnificence.


4. I am also a certified yoga instructor and I just finished a book on meditation for children.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communications with a concentration in advertising from Point Park University and I have a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University

 


Where does this interest in what you are doing now, come from especially your focus on enabling creativity? And how creative are entrepreneurs in Curaçao?
I think the human nature by default is creative. Everybody is. We might believe that creativity is the person that can draw or make a movie or write a story. Yet if you think about it, we are all creating all the time. Creativity is the ability that from your imagination, putting something into existence. That meal you cooked was in your imagination, you made it happen. That outfit you put together for your kid to go to that party, that was in your imagintation and you put it together. We are ALL creative beings. The difference might be that some of us rely on this talent, passion as the source of income.


How I started in creativity: I always knew that I wanted a job with constant change. It was either film making or advertising. I applied for both and finally decided for advertising. I love the understanding of what moves the human being. What triggers us as humanity to do and be...what moves our choices. And besides that I am fascinated by beauty, that which touches and moves.



We live on an island with limited resources...this by definition puts us in a pressure cooker for creativity. Surviving as a human being relies on creativity and surviving on an island with limited resources sharpens this skill set. So yes...we are. Way more creative that we give ourselves credit for.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?

My purpose is to foster empowering conversations so that we see our power and are inspired to live according to this power. A life that we can fully be in love with.


When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?

Success for me is defined as being able to live in my purpose.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Well, I ask myself, what is the lesson here and then delve in the lesson. I ask, what is the skill that I need to master.... that which the Universe is teaching me.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I am not sure if it is my inner voice I use. When dilemmas show up, I get quiet and allow the universe to guide the process. So what works for me is to take myself out of the equation as much as possible and allow guidance to show up. I have this exercise that I ask for guidance and I have learned to leave room for a third option. Usually when there is a dilemma their is what we want to do and what we don’t. Through a class I have learned to stay open to option three, and option three is the universe guiding and being open to an option that might be behind our limited human experience.


How does that work for you?
I get quiet and when I am quiet I see or hear things, it basically depends and it takes on many shades and forms. I could hear someone talking and i understand that the message is meant for me. The only time when it isn’t clear to me, is when I stand in the way like in the past I would ask myself then ..really?...Not anymore these days.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I apply what I just answered. I try to be open to hear what shows up and what I am supposed to do and when a class shows up oline or a webinar or a book...I follow through. There is infinite guidance available. I try to stay open and listen to the signs and the teachings that show up.


What are your strengths?

I recognize my weaknesses.
I see greatness and beauty.
I see patterns (can use this to create or to disrupt and transform).
I can create what I see in my mind ( I am creative).
I have grown into a space that I can be with “me” with kindness and that way be a space where others also see what is possible for themselves.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I live a bit of a bohemian lifestyle. The carreer, life, hobby separations have all merged together.
I believe in living a life that I am love with. Wouldn’t do anything that I am not passionate about.
I teach yoga and meditation but wouldn’t consider it a hobby. I love to cook yet it is a creative outlet. I am a movie buff, but it is a way to analyze stories and the human condition. Ohhhhh and I love to travel. For me, traveling is the ultimate growing experience. Takes me out of what I know and just by moving into a new physical space it shifts me into a process of learning and discovering new things about myself and the world.

 


If you as Danique would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a being sitting on a rock that is going around in circles attempting to attune to flow and living a life that is full and aligned with purpose.

 


Photo by Damiano LingauriHow would you describe Danique in one word or one sentence?
Confetti.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?

Career...don’t know. Not sure I have one. When I was younger I used to have people whose career that I admired. That is no longer the case. I have people that have inspired me in life.
My grandma is my biggest inspiration. She lived at 102 and was at peace with life. Loving, kind...that is the kind of life I aspire to live.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

All traits are work in progress. Life is a journey.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
There are few. My “Bij de hand” self says being born. I have a list. My parent’s divorce, the trails and tribulations of being in business for almost 20 years and sticking with it, studying in the States, living in several countries around the world, entering grad school to mention a few...

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be empowering people and organizations around the world to lead lives that they are completely in love with.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?

That they felt seen and loved when I was with them

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?

I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao because the human spirit at its core is creative.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview. The questions made me think and therefore re-aligned a few things.

More info and connect
E-mail: danique@pitchmd.biz
LinkedIn
Business Brainer
Danique Blog
Facebook
Instagram


 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Danique Zimmerman is an energetic, creative, multi facetted, spiritual entrepreneur, that lives the life that she loves that is aligned with her purpose. Living a bit of a bohemian lifestyle, where carreer, life, hobby separations have all merged together, she firmly believes that “you should do that what you are passionate about”. Convinced that we as human beings by default are creative, made her discern an edge that entrepeneurs in Curaçao have. Surviving on an island with limited resources, sharpens their creativity, even more than we give ourselves credit for. By embracing change, by recognizing her weaknesses and being brutally honest with herself Danique’s path has been one of constant growth, as is illustrated by being a business owner and going to all sorts of tribulations for almost 20 years. As a creative she loves understanding what moves the human being and at the other hand she is fascinated by “beauty, that which touches and moves”. Her ability to listen to her inner voice and being open makes her offer unique services to clients in diverse areas like helping clients have “one aligned conversations in and around organizations”, empowering people and organizations to lead lives where they are completely in love with. As a coach she helps people to stand in their beauty, power, light, magic and magnificence. Being a yoga and meditation teacher is more than a hobby to her, being an author of a meditation book for children and attuned to Flow, high lights her spirituality. For all of this, we love and deeply respect Danique and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the business sector.

 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

 Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting October: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Creativity'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

"One Mind" | Short film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dm_wut89oU

 


Original | Short Film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SBFv_IVFOo

 


Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS4UE1A_Npc

 


Everyone Can Be Creative - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTtjETjGDFY

 


Creative Thinking: How to Increase the Dots to Connect - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYhgIlTy4yY

 


The Art Of Creative Thinking - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-D9ZNlYFc

 

Influencer Stephen Garcia, MYM Book Session, Workshop on Emotions and this week tips

Posted on August 29, 2020 at 8:45 PM

In this week’s blog ( 31st of August – 6th of September) we will interview Stephen Garcia; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 15th of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on Innovation, Education and Social Responsibility companies. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Stephen Garcia: entrepreneurial and passionate about education and innovation

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have a son David Gabriel Garcia with my loving significant other. I have one sister and she lives in Bonaire. I was born in Curaçao and came to live and study in Holland when I was 19 years old. Both my parents are still alive and my father lives in Holland for medical reasons and my mother lives in Curaçao and visits Holland frequently. Both of them have been crucial to whom I am now. They have been very important in helping me determining my course in life. Recently as part of an assignment in the leaders course that I am doing right now, I interviewed both of them and by doing this, I became even more aware of how much impact they have had on me. It is funny to hear my mother answering the question what had made her successful. She answered:”Her parents and all the people around her”. My father said that following his own path and hispassion made him succesful. His passion is innovation. My father was very young when he decided that he wanted to study electronics. He knew that he had to move from Curaçao as in Curaçao the possibilities to do this were limited. He left Curaçao and went to Holland to follow his path and passion. I can discern both traits of my parents in myself. I am also very passionate. My father worked at Philips and after some years started his own company involved in innovation. They were selling medical equipment. I was always surrounded by entrepreneurship and innovation, however growing up I was unaware of this. I did not consider what my parents were doing as being in the area of innovation, but now I realize how much electronics has to do with innovation.I also didn’t see myself being in innovation. I saw companies like Google as innovative. However, now I also see how building websites can have everything to do with innovation.

My parents always have supported me unconditionally. They believed in me and always supported me to follow my own vision. Now at this moment in time, I am at a place where I am doing what I love to do.

 


What kind of businesses are you involved in?
Our company's name is Ngrane. Ngrane is a full-service digital agency that helps companies with their digital transformation, building websites and platforms that support digital strategies. We advise companies on digital applications and websites. We are sort of a digital agency, a full service digital agency.  As part of our full-service offering we also support our clients with recruitment of marketing and IT professionals and content development including photography, video and copywriting.


On the one hand we are experiencing the workings of MOORE’s law, stating that technology will double on a global scale. Moore's Law states that we can expect the speed and capability of our computers to increase every couple of years, and we will pay less for them. The market is global and odd, because the competition is fierce and it is not only on a global scale, as any group of 11 or 12 years old somewhere in the world can be your competitor offering services at a lower price. At the other hand the COVID pandemic has accelerated the number of request for our services in the past 2 to 3 months as everyone is now forced to invest and digitalize. You can’t sit still as that is not an option and 90 % of strategic decisions for companies is about digitalization and transformation. On top of that we are dealing with new techniques and even the larger companies in a certain sense are involved in experimenting. Finally even in The Netherlands not every company will work every day on a new Artificial Intelligence-project for example, but that i basically the market where we are working in.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and I am now following an Executive MBA course. I started with a regular MBA course, but then changed it into an Executive MBA program. The reason for this is, that my clients are on the Executive level and I wanted to get more acquainted to dealing with bigger companies and clients. After high school at Stuyvesant College I came to Holland to study Biotechnology, that was not exactly what I really was looking for. Here is where the story starts and why I am so passionate about transforming the education system. As all of us are different and unique, going through the different levels of the existing traditional education system can limit you. I have experienced this myself. Being a very energetic kid, made it quite challenging for me.Traditional education requires someone to sit still, not make mistakes and get good grades. In innovation, we need to experiment, try new things, make mistakes and improve.

In the existing educational system they are conditioning you, to look like everybody else. I wanted to become a medical doctor or lawyer as those were one of professions I aas aware I could choose from. We are conditioned to do something that looks nice for our parents. When you are 12 or 113 years old and need to choose, you have no clue.

years old you have no clue of what you want to become, it is impossible at that age. I wanted to become a medical doctor as I was good in certain subject matters like the Beta-curriculum. Nowadays 12 to 13 years old are forced to make a decision. You hardly know yourself. In the meantime we know for sure and that “everything changes all the time”. One second ago was different now and both of us will be different after this interview. The choice of what you want to do professionally as you grow up, should be a dynamic process. I recall that I had this vague notion that I wanted to become an entrepreneur, still I choose for becoming a MD, that wasn’t such a bad direction. But I was very interested in the soft skills side, that I got acquainted with in the Biology class. These days I am involved in marketing, change management and entrepreneurship. The human behaviorial part of doing business were not dealt with at the Commercial and Economy classes I followed. But this is what I am dealing with now in the real world. It was only when I was doing my economy classs at the University level that I noticed that there was a lot of psychology involved in this subject matter and that was what I was very interested in.

An interesting thing happened to me when I was in High School in Curaçao. I once got the highest grade of the class on a subject matter dealing with Behavior. This caught the attention of the teacher and he commended me for this. This changed my course during High School. Suddenly I found myself with 20 co-students at my house that I was helping with their assigments and homework. Not only the teacher but others started to see my abilities and this inspired me and got me to be more engaged with my schoolwork. I liked the idea to be able to help co-students. I liked it so much that I learned harder than anybody else just to be in a position where I could help co-students in their assignments and home work. This had a positive impact also on the grades I got for other subject matters. The other day I was in a taxi and the driver told me that he was not good in learning and failed in school. His high school teacher always used to tell him that. I explained to him that you can be bad in school but still be very good in learning. Sometimes when we fail at school, we might think we also do not like learning. However, many people just have a different way of learning which is not compatible with the traditional approach in schools.


But if teachers don’t differentiate in their approaches this becomes the problem. You can snuff out the inspiration out of a child. I firmly believe that everybody can learn. The educational methods need to adjust to the student and not vice versa. And once a child has a backlog this can haunt him the rest of his life. If a child is a little deaf or if someone doesn’t master the dutch language very well, and if this is not taken into consideration, during exams they will not be able to reproduce the curriculum as well as they could have. Teachers should help children to succeed and it is not about getting high grades, the goal is to learn and not the high grades. At the other hand teachers are educators and they are not always sufficiently equipped to deal with all the aspects needed for child to fully develop itself. I will take me as an example. I once experienced that a teacher, yes I was a little chaotic as I entered the classroom, he took my schoolbag and threw it against the wall. Imagine me now at my work, someone is not reacting on my emails and I would do something similar like the teacher did. I know that not all teachers are like that, but this behavior from teachers is still wide spread and in some cases even accepted. It tells us something of the sytemic character of our educational system. I love the Finland approach were they use the phyolosophy that “they leave no child behind”, implying that they are offering education that fits each individual child, as all have different needs.

 


We were referred to you by Adric Walter as he considers you as part of the diaspora that can still influence developments in Curaçao. Where does this interest in what you are doing now come from especially your focus on innovation and leadership from the heart?
When I was at the secundary school level my teachers were telling me, that I wouldn’t come far and I didn’t fit in what they wanted me to become at school. I was always easily distracted. I wasn’t a role model student and this labelling was starting to affect me. Not being an A-student can make you doubt your abilities.This self doubts affects you in so many other areas of your being and grades in the other subject matters at school. Fortunately for me, my parents always where there for me. My mother always told me that I could achieve anything that I wanted to. I was able to stay on a good course and graduating with high grades, compared to other students that were not so fortunate to have such driven parents.

I now know that there are different types of employees, the artistic ones, the technical employees and the more scholarly types that I am working with. Like some of my employees, like the most talented artistic ones, you can’t expect them to stay engaged for one hour if I would address them, while others like we have economists with a PHD degree, might be more likely to easily be able to listen to a 3 hour long lecture. Creative people think very diversified and are easily seeing and connecting lots of dots to one another. What I firmly believe in is that anybody could be successful given the right support aimed at their strengths. I believe that it is better to make employees better by investing in their strengths, instead of trying to improve where they are not so good at. By doing that, we can stand out in the crowd. As one of the leaders of the company I lead the organization’s innovation and the whole organization from the heart. If you follow your heart everything will work out perfectly. What a difference the education of our youth in our educational system would make, if we would have teachers that lead from their heart as they have the responsibility to enable students to get the max out of their talents and potential. In the business world I think we would make a big mistake, if we would let profits be the only goal that they would aimed for. It is a known fact that 70 % to 80 % of employees are not happy at work and they are also not 100 % engaged in their work. Only a minority of employees are happy at their work. Basically at Ngrane we want to become the number one work place of the world. I have the ambition to continue to grow. In the beginning I wanted to be succesful, as I started building the company, I learned that succes is not the ultimate goal. Every single day I work and meet people and do what we do, this has and still is given me so much joy and happiness. So I have unlearned to strive to reach for things and that I do through my TAO practice and meditations. I have become aware of all that I already have. I have also learned to be mindfull in the moment and even enjoy washing the dishes at home now as this give me lots of fulfillment. It is the same in everything I do as “The river always flows one way”.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I believe that every one is entitled to be successful in their lives. As I said if it wasn’t for the support of my parents, I wouldn’t have become whom I am know. My parents and people around me, including for example amazing friends and colleagues, such as my partner David van Delden and Gino Jacobs from Profound Projects have inspired me in my journey. Basically others are less fortunate and unaware that the treasure that they are looking for is already inside themselves. I dearly hope the best for everyone and believe that the educational system should offer them these possibilities. I believe in creating safe environments where people can grow. This is my BIG WHY. This taxi driver that I met the other day telling me that he is not good in learning or at times I meet clients telling me that their children are struggling at school. Education is the key for success. It is the educational system that has to unlock this potential in children. This I want to change.

 


When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?

I don’t believe in success as the end result, I believe it is in the moment. It is about the journey itself personally and business wise. I can’t see no difference between those areas, it is intertwined. Are you doing what you love to do? Does this gives you joy and meaning. Then these two areas don’t need to compete with one another. In 5 years from now, I want to be more involved in education, I want to have been able to transform our company so that it can create more positive impact in our society and community at large whilst combining this with a sound commercial and competitive base. This is at the moment our journey. For example TOMS makes shoes and every pair of shoes they sell they donate one pair of shoes. TonyChocolony is making chocolades but their goal is to make “slave free chocolates” as there are chocolade producing companies in the world that in their suplly chain use child labor. Patagonia is a very famous clothing brand and their purpose and mission as a company is to preserve our environment and not to be a business aiming profits as the only main objective.


On a personal level I want to integrate this goal even more in my family life at the one hand, as well as professionalise our company with this end in mind. Every time you reach a certain goal, I realize myself that this was not the end of it and that there is more. In this stage of my life. I am aiming to integrate the personal and the business part of my life and live more in the flow of educating our son and by doing just that continue to grow, it is a new phase in our lives. I will be successful if I would be able to find a balance, between the fine line that exist in de-tachment and allowing him to do the things he needs to do to learn and to mark boundaries, I now know for sure that I will not be around him all of the time. He will fall at times and by accepting that, I am also de-taching and growing.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
One of the challenges I just mentioned, it is about finding the balance between de-tachment and setting the right boundaries, it is about learning to discern between the two. That is a challenge.

 


And what else is a challenge?
“Time” is a challenge. I now have someone whom is suporting me and this helps me a lot at work. I am starting to recognize the need to have better people surrounding me. In this phase of our growth, our employees need to be more mature, not in the sense of their age but in their attitudes, professionalism, the quality that they offer, seniority and working autonomously. If this happens in a satisfactory manner, we can scale up. Time is of essence, at the other hand de-tachment is also very important but at times I can sense that I have detached too much and that in hindsight in certain cases I needed to be more engaged. If you just walk away and expect that everything will work out fine without your involvement, that doesn’t work either, so it is all about balance. My significant other also works at a hospital and because of COVID is also making long hours. Both of us are studying, she is finalizing her research as part of her PhD and I am doing my executive MBA and prioritizing time maintains a challenge. One has to deal with this pro-actively and accept responsibility in handling this adequately and improving on this when needed. If happens too often that we let go of this and just complain that my partner is busy etc...and don’t take action. I am of the opinion that it is also my responsibility to take action, when I see this happening.

 


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Well we all have two parts of the thinking mind, one that is what our mind is thinking. That is the part of my mind that is doing the logical thinking and it is doing the math. It is like a tool just as my heart and lungs are tools and it is a little bit overvalued these days and one doesn’t have to take it too seriously. There is another aspect of my mind and that is the part that I am trying to listen to more often and it is a feeling kind of thing, call it my intuition. When I have a dillemma, I will try to discern which part of these aspects of my mind is actually communicating with me. Like “Am I thinking out of fear?” and how can my logical thinking mind help by asking critical questions and what answers comes up? They are really are two separate things. I will listen more often to the intuition part like: “What is the first feeling that comes up in me when confronted with a situation”. If I could align my actions with my intentions, then I know what to do in those circumstances/ situations. It might not be the ultimate solution, but it brings me closer to the adequate solution of the dilemma. It often has to do with a conversation that I have to have with a person. I have just read the Book “Crucial Conversations” where one needs to “Start from the heart” when having a crucial conversation (stakes are high, there are differences of opinion and the emotion can run high) with someone, as it helps you to have authentic conversations that are not based on fear nor other negative thoughts.

 


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?

I read a lot, I read as much as possible. I am now following an Executive MBA-course. I follow lots of online training. I am considering to follow a so-called Inner MBA, that will start soon. This is very interesting as lots of leaders of big organizations as Patagonia and other conscious organizations, will be teaching in this course. For me it is a tool to reach my goal and that it to make my company it’s most important goal, a community serving goal that is what we aim for and where we combine this by also being profitable. I am a big fan of Eckart Tolle and I am being coached by an executive coach and I follow different training. We also learn from each other, as we are a group of friends at the office, where we create a safe environment so that we can give honest feedback to each other. We share knowledge easily with each other without hurting one another. My business partner is David van Delden and I have named my son to him and I build the company with him. I am so grateful to have such a great group of friends where we can be so honest and open towards each other.

You might ask if we have doubts? Yes of course we have our doubts. But we have recently concluded that this is all part of being vulnerable towards each other and other different possible opinions, that is a way of learning. I also learn from my son and my significant other as we challenge one another as you don’t always know how she would react, but being open and transparant you learn to know yourself better instead of walking away out of relationship because you don’t like the confrontation with yourself.

 


What are your strengths?

I am very good in putting myself in the shoes of another person so that I can sense how they feel. It is a sort of awareness.

I am also good at building lasting relationships with other people. In my younger years I have lost some relationships, now I have learned from this and improved very much in this area

When I was 6 years old my best friend didn’t invite me to his birthday party. Maybe this made me decide to figure out what I needed to do to prevent this from happening again. 

But this helped me greatly as I was looking for the reasons why this had happened, getting in contact with other people and how to prevent this from happening again, taught me this ability to connect and build netwerks. In my personal journey I have learned not to look for reasons out of my control

and I was triggered to accept my own responsibility and become a better version of myself. I am facilitating that in my work now and I am using the Pygmalion effect, a type of self-fulfilling prophecy (SFP), to let digital platforms grow exponentially as the more content you can offer the more people you can attract, the more people you attract the more the network grows.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?

I play tennis quite comptetitively, this is my biggest hobby. I like to watch Science Fiction films, the Marvel films, and I love to cook. My father loves cooking. He was once in GoWeekly explaining how to make Shrimps al Rich. His name is Richard. In fact my whole family loves cooking, but I don’t always have enough time to do this.

 


If you as Stephen would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am from Curaçao, the Dutch Caribbean. And depending on the context I might also say: “I am a Dutch Caribbean Entrepreneur with a passion for education and innovation”. Btw, I never start to talk about my work in the first instances when I meet a stranger.

 


How would you describe Stephen in one word or one sentence?

Entrepreneurial, passionate about education and innovation.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?

My dad and mom both in their own unique way.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
All of my traits are still “work in progress”, but if I have to choose just one, I would say “focus”. And most of this is related to my work, as I am very enthousiastic about so many things. Because of the limited time we have, I am forced to make choices as I can’t do everything that I want to do. But I have to create some balance in this. Someone that has inspired me in a big way was Jacob Gelt Dekker. He once told me: “Have more pans on fire at the same time, some will burn but others will come out just great”. And although I have to have more pans on fire, I still will need to focus.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
In fact there were more than one, but if I have to choose one it would be the book written by Eckart Tolle “The New Earth”. My niece once gave this book to my dad when he still was living in Curaçao. I saw it back then and scrolled through it and at that moment didn’t get a clue of what it was all about. Years later as I was looking for books to read addressing the subject matter dealt with in this book, I started reading this book as I recalled that I had once have held it in my hands. My biggest take away from reading that book was that I am not my thoughts, I am not my emotions and I am not my body. But I am spirit. That was a defining moment to me. It hit me and I became euforic for two weeks because of this insight. It was only after these two weeks that I went to work again. I became aware and since that moment I developed the ability to stay in the present moment, I developed an ability to de-tach and the ability to not to act solely based on my thoughts, emotions and my perceptions of the world at that moment. I developed an ability to be observe more and be a witness.

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?

Well, 15 to 20 years from now in a world that is so rapidly changing is far, very far away. To be quite honest I would like to be doing exactly what I am doing now, that doesn’t need to change according to me. I would then be offering the best workplace for my employees in the world at the one hand.

And at the other hand I would like to have contributed in an impactful way to the educational and innovational sector in Curaçao, I would like to be leading in creating impactful changes in the educational and innovational sector.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
On my birthday I would like that people would say that I love to help people, which is something people already say that I am doing. That I have helped a lot of people with their careers and their education and that what they are doing, makes them happy.

 

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What are your links with Curaçao although you work and live in Holland? And what makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
There is more than one reason why I am optimisitc about Curaçao. I believe in its potential related because of the creativity and the passion of our people. Look at how much creativity is shown during the carnaval when people do things that they love to do. Look at the way they express themselves verbally as well as what is created. If this could be channeled in a digital era, overcoming some obstacles, there are literally no boundaries to this creativity, this would become limitless. We once had a physical limitation because of the transportation costs if you were for example not working in Europa close to the markets. But in a digital era this obstacle is resolved. Entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation are needed to export. Their is energy and the potential to do things, but this has to done in a positive manner. People need to be given the opportunities and the resources, based on the required trust and this can be made possible. With people with ambitions, we could produce and export lots of products.

More information:
Website: Ngrane 
Facebook: Ngrane
Insta:Wearengrane
Connect on LinkedIn: Stephen Garcia

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Stephen Garcia is an energetic, founder, owner and managing director of Ngrane. Apart from being an entrepreneur he is also passionate about education and innovation. A father of a son, Stephen balances his personal and business life in such a manner that he can continue to grow and be his best self. His own experience as a student in High School has defined his determination to change the educational system and make it serve diversity by which different children learn instead of forcing children to adapt to the educational system. His other passion, innovation, has of late made Stephen determined to transform his company to at the one hand become the best workplace in the world and at the other hand aim to serve a societal goal while also meeting the bottom line and competition requirements that is so pervasive in the digital world where his company operates in. Stephen is multifaceted as he is also deeply spiritual and believes that success is a journey and not a goal on itself. Because of his dedication and passion Stephen will undoubtedly succeed to create impactful changes in the educational field and become an even more successful entrepreneur venturing new innovations. For this we consider Stephen Garcia definitely one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the business (ICT) and Educational sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

 Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting October: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Innovation, Education and social responsibility companies'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Moore's Law - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWLBmapcJRU

 


Praise by Andreas Schleicher (OECD) for CCR's new book "Four-Dimensional Education" - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLDXaqjaDQ&feature=youtu.be

 


How a clothing company's anti-consumerist message boosted business - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QidRJZ7yrPI

 


Why Patagonia Works - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCjrpVr04hg

 


TOMS founder on one-for-one method: I was bad at math - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gsO3PQXhyY

 


Eckart Tolle The new Earth
https://youtu.be/BDPF-uPEtWM

 

 


 

 

Influencer Maria Mensing, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM

In this week’s blog (24th – 30th of August) we will interview Maria Mensing; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share some motivational videos on STEAM and Education. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Maria Mensing: passionate and dedicated 



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and we have 2 beautiful boys, one of 10 and the other is 9 years old. I come from a family of 6 children of which two of them also live in Curaçao. I was raised by my mother. I was born in Barquesimeto Venezuela and when I was 20 years old, I came to Curaçao.
 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have studied hospitality management in Venezuela and when I was in Curaçao I also got a degree in Busines Management at the UNA.

 

What kind of businesses are you involved in?
I am currently the Owner and Director of Snapology ABC Islands and Director of Mensing’s Caminada, after being a stay at home Mom for 8 years.

When my boys were born I decided to become a stay at home mom, after working in the hospitality sector, as I wanted tobe their main caretaker as they grew up and I stayed 8 years home with them. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I really wouldn’t change it for the world.

My grandfather used to say “Education is the best inheritance that you can give to your children” and I believe it too. So when my kids were born, I was (and still are) constantly thinking on what is the best way to educate these amazing people I was granted the responsibility to raise. I read many books on parenting to find the right approach for my family.

When my first son went to school, I noticed a sharp contrast between the confident happy kid that I send to school and the person I got back when he came back from school everyday. I got an insecure, unhappy kid! I asked myself what happened and I kept looking. I knew that something was not right and through the reading I’ve been doing I learned about STEAM Education, this was eye opening for me, and I became really interested in learning more about it.


On a trip to LEGOLAND I let my 4 years old son follow a one time workshop. In this workshop my son got a 10 minutes explanation about gears and after that he build a machine that used gears. He built this robot and used coding to program it, it was a mindblowing experience for him. After that everytime he saw gears he was like: Mama look... gears! In just 45 minutes he learned about gears in a super fun and engaging way, which turns into long lasting knowledge!

When he left the workshop, he was so excited. Then I thought, we need this approach to education in Curaçao, but we did not have it, I looked for it because I wanted my children to keep developing this way.

Since this kind of educational activities where not offered in Curaçao I started looking abroad that is how I found Snapology in 2016 and tried to get a franchise. At first I went to a broker, but it was way too expensive and therefore not sustainable for a small market like the market in Curaçao. Also at the time one of my boys develop health issues so I let the Snapology idea on the side to focus on my family, but Snapology remained a dream.

In January 2018, things were better so I decided to look again into that dream I had put aside. This time I got in contact with the founder herself Laura Coe, I explained that we are a small community and after 4 months of negotiations in May 2018 I signed the contract and that I consider a Big Win for all of us in Curaçao.

Snapology offers a modern approach to learning. We promise to provide unique and highly relevant educational programs and experiences aimed at nurturing the skills that children will need to be successful in the future. This is why I fell in love with this company, as I was looking for an educational approach that really inspire children to become the creators of the new world.


And like that Snapology started in Curaçao.



I was reading this book by Neil deGrasse Tyson an American Astrophysicists that has this great quote. “Everyone should have their mind blown, once a day” this reminded me about one of the things that shocked me or impressed me the most when we just started teaching Robotics classes, children that literally jump out of their chairs when their robot started to move. They had no idea at first what might happen and this excitement sparks their imagination even more.

It was so exciting to see the children jumping from their chairs, as their minds were blown away by these experiences. Kids crave these positive interesting stimulation. This approach to leanring also encourage them to practice incredible valuable skills such as problem solving, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication. (the 4 C’s)

I have taught classes myself and it is very remarkable and disturbing, when I ask the kids: “What do you think?” they freeze and look at me with a big question mark in their faces. Kids here are not used to be asked “What do you think?” and its sad because they have so much to say and so much to contribute. But we are in a system that is focused on teaching children to obey more than to create, and where making mistakes is something to be ashamed of.


The 4 C’s is also part of Snapology curriculums with the goal to help kids develop their social emotional intelligence. It is a “hands-on”- method and very interactive, socially engaging where the kids are challenged to express their thoughs, and expressing themselves without fear helps builds their self-confidence.

Can I give you example of our kids imagination? 
Once my boys build a tent in our living room, and I said to them: Ok we are camping inside the house! to which they replied: “Its not a tent Mama! Its a Rocket! We are going to Space!”.

That is what imagination does, only a free mind can be like that and think out the box, with no boundaries and endless possibilities.

There is a very interesting study done to understand creativity. NASA had contacted Dr George Land and Beth Jarman to develop a highly specialized test that would give them the means to effectively measure the creative potential of NASA’s rocket scientists and engineers. They found in NASA that only 2 % were considered imagination geniuses.

The test turned out to be very successful for NASA’s purposes, but the scientists were left with a few questions: where does creativity come from? Are some people born with it or is it learned? Or does it come from our experience?

 

The scientists then gave the test to 1,600 children between the ages of 4 and 5. What they found shocked them.



As the age of the children in the study increased the percentage of geniuses got lower. At age 5, 98% are considered genius level, at age 10 drops to only 30%, at age 15 only 12% and in correlation with the results at NASA it lowered to a meager 2 % of adults. The conclusion was the educational system we have now is not designed to nurture to creativity. This educational system was built to deliver graduates that would fit in an Industrial Age world. These days in the 21st century the world needs thinkers, people that will create the new world. We need people that can think creatively, that are flexible and can solve problems.

 

Our teachers aware of STEAM?
Last year we offered an introduction to STEAM to 30 teachers at Snapology. The big majority of them didn’t know what STEAM was. After getting to know what it was, they loved it. But we still have a long way to go, as people don’t like change and the problem is that change will come whether we want it or not, and our children deserve to be prepared.

I firmly believe that STEAM become a really an important part of our educational system. I have seen slowly but surely more and more schools approaching us with interest in our STEAM programs and that’s really encouraging, since awareness is the key. They understand that the brain connections children get in our classes will be there forever. My goal is to empower our community through knowledge and to create awareness about the need of STEAM as fundamental part of the education of our children. Like here in Mensing’s Caminada we have a whole next section of STEAM with toys, which are educational tools.

We are passionate about being able to provide affordable good quality educational tools to our customers and the society at large.

 

We were referred to you by Heinrich Angela as he considers your influence in the area of STEAM education important to take notice of on the ABC islands. Where does these interests come from?
Seeing the need of a different way of education for my kids, I saw how they craved another type of learning than memory learning. Memory learning is not what they want. They want a practical, creative and engaging education, where they are free to communicate and express themselves and be valued at the same time. Our children are innovators, and world needs more of that.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? 
My BIG WHY is contributing to the big changes that are coming. I truly believe that if I can inspire one child to think creatively and seek a future into STEAM, that is a really good accomplishment. I love giving to children a bigger view of the world that is underway and inspire what they could become. I want to contribute to the developing genius minds for the future success of the world one child at the time.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Success is not a destination, it is a journey. In the journey, I feel very satisfied where I am right now. If I can maintain Snapology this means I can keep inspiring children. My mission is to nurture the creativity of children which means changing the world, one child at the time. I enjoy seeing the wonder in children. And would consider a huge success if we could be teaching it in every school in Curaçao!

Success at a personal level would be, my kids. To be able to guide my kids into STEAM. I don’t know what they would become later on in the lives. But Im here to guide them in the process of all these changes that are coming, even when that means learning a lot myself. Its a new world and we as parents have the responsability to be aware to be able to give our children the tools they will need in their life. The other day my 9 years old son told me, that he wants to become a YouTuber. And he explained to me what this was all about. You need to create content, you need to market, you need to do video editing, it requires lots of social media awareness. He explained to me that he needed a much better computer than the old computer he had, so that he could be able to do this and that. It is not just the posting of a video everyday, but there are so many new things involved all the time. So this is to illustrate that becoming a you tuber is no small thing. And I would be successful if I would be able to guide my kids navigate these new waters.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
The lack of awareness about the importance of the educational approach Snapology stands for, hand of learning, STEAM, coding, robotics, the mastery over the 4 C’s is very important for the future of our children and our community.

In Curaçao there isn’t a lot of awareness about the importance of STEAM education. Parents would tell me that their kid can’t attend Snapology because their child needs to practice soccer 4 times a week! I would say why not use one of the 4 days to do Snapology STEAM Education the sport of the brain!

I want to share a personal story back then when I was 10 years old. My mother enrolled me in an English course and told me that English was the future. In Venezuela back then some people told, that she was wasting her money. My mother insisted. I now speak better English than all of my cousins. I have gotten many opportunities because I could speak English. I am living 18 years in Curaçao now and if I didn’t speak English and I couldn’t have achieved as much as I have achived now. The same goes for the future of STEAM. Our children need to know these skills for any future career they might choose. The challenge thus is to create awareness on the importance of STEAM.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I trust my inner gut, that little voice inside of me is usually right. But of course I also like to analyze the situation and ask for advice to people I trust, just to prevent myself to take a decision out of pure emotions.

When I have a dilemma, ultimately the I base my desicion by answering this: Can I live with it? Can I live with the consequences? So if it’s a yes it’s a go!


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot and I build (LEGO) a lot. I am a certified facilitator for Lego Serious Play (LSP). It is a methodology used by companies to develop strategies and to tap into the knowledge inside of the organizations. I do use this methodology at Mensing’s Caminada with my team and I always have my Lego bricks with me. I also talk to a lot of people, every person is a world.

 

 


What are your strengths?
I am very dedicated, I work very efficiently on my causes.

I am very passionate on everything I do and I know what I can and can’t do. Where I am not good at, I find someone to help to do what I can’t. It gives synergy and adds value myself and others.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
My hobbies are equal to what I love to do. What do I do? Through Snapology I love thinking of a new way to inspire children, at Mensing’s Caminada I look for ways to provide educational experiences and tools at affordable prices. I love to empower adults and children through education. For me all that I am doing, it doesn’t feel like work. It is what I really wake up for in the morning to do.

 

If you as Maria would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to tell them more about you. What would you say?
I am originally from Venezuela, and I have made Curaçao my home. I am passionate about the power of education to transform lives.


How would you describe Maria in one word or one sentence?
Passionate, I care a lot about any positive influence that I could have on the people that I am close to or touch in any way.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My kids, they are my greatest teachers, they are my mirror. If something is right or wrong they will throw it in your face for the best or the worst. It can be hard to swallow, but I encourage them to express themselves in a respectful way, what they think and with no excuses.My sons are 10 and 9 years old and there is a lot of wisdom there. I listen a lot to them because they observe me, and through their eyes and how they see the world, I get to know what I need to do and what is needed.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I tend to load myself with a lot of things and it is at times overwhelming as I can have too much on my plate. I need to develop the ability to say “no” more often.


What was a defining moment in your life?
I was in a car accident in 2003 in Venezuela, at the moment I was planning to move to Italy, I was in Venezuela getting some documents I needed. The car accident was a kind of wake up call for me, as I had time to do some serious reflection, about where I really wanted to be. I came to realize that life isn’t guaranteed and I didn’t want to be far away from the people I love. I began to appreciate the things that really matter to me and I never went back to Italy. I reconnected with whom is my husband today. I am now very happy with my husband and with the family and life we have built together and I wouldn't change it for nothing in the world.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I would still be doing what I love to do and that is still being able to contribute to the community in the way that I can.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
The opinion that really matter to me is the one of those with whom I have a deep relationship, my close family. I wish they would say that I followed my passion and I that inspired them to follow their own passion and stick to it no matter what. That I made it and that I will continue to make it happen against all odds.


 

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Education will always be a pillar of any society and it has been this for the longest time. Being able to be part of the educational experience in the community, through Snapology and Mensing’s Caminada as outlets where the community kids can have access to the latest educational insights, where kids and adults can be inspired and empowered, is a real privilege. It comes with responsibility to be there and be able to provide it.

Crisis is the birth place of innovation and development. It gives me the drive to eagerly look forward for the positive innovations and developments that are underway. It is a time of lots of opportunities also. I do believe in the future of Curaçao.

Curaçao just as the rest of the world has gone through ups and downs and has shown resilience. Now is the time to build and show resilience once again and through crisis you will get the biggest innovations and changes.


What is the strategy that Snapology is using to promote STEAM in our educational system via Snapology?
The school system is very bureaucratic and there are many dynamics and stakeholders that play a role. It is difficult to broaden the curriculum at this point in time for example. That is why it is difficult to introduce STEAM in public schools. We are having more success with partnering with private schools and after schools that are also private schools. Because of the difficulty in getting to public schools, I opened a really wonderful Discovery Center, so the whole community can have access to our programs, we provide weekly classes and also parents can drop their children on Saturdays for creative play.

 

Final note
As I was preparing to leave our interview Maria tested me and gave me 1 minute to build a duck with the lego’s she handed to me. I made a duck yes, I made my duck that didn’t looked like Maria’s duck she had made before and what was the lesson learned? I am free to express what kind of duck I want to create, whatever I build was okay as there is no “one size fits all” situation when we are in a creative mode. This same can also be applied in a company working on improving client friendliness. Not everybody will express their friendliness with the same identical style. That was a great lesson.

More info
Website: Snapology Curacao
Insta: snapologycuracao
Facebook: Snapology ABC Islands
Discovery Center: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftUVzvB-k0M
STEAM video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ptU0LYWXjc

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Maria Mensing is a passionate, positive, dedicated, efficient, driver of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math), via “Snapology”. A mother of two sons, her sons have influenced and still are influencing her greatly as she considers them to be her biggest teachers. Looking and finding the missing link in the education of her sons, made her discover STEAM. STEAM also includes Social Emotional Learning where the children are taught the 4 C’s, namely Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication skills and is the best way to prepare for the upcoming changes in the world, according to Maria. Considering her passion for education in general as the most important inheritance a parent can give to their children and specifically her passion and determination to introduce STEAM in the curriculum of the education of our children at an “as affordable price possible” as the Director of Mensing’s Caminada, has convinced us that she is 100 % aligned with the goals of the Share2Uplift movement. That her efforts are also fully aligned with the thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign (see below). Because of her dedication to education Maria will undoubtedly succeed to enable and create impactful changes in the educational field. For this we consider Maria Mensing definitely one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the educational sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

 Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting September: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 5 sèptèmber di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM)'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

STEAM Education - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdTzVjXXDyM

 


STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7LHsL0iB_w

 


What is STEAM education and littleBits? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A89HCQV5LQo

 


Science! Technology! Engineering! Arts! Mathematics! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXuARvPcNwE

 


STEAM Kids: 50+ STEAM Activities for Kids - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlWImf_rpdo

 


Building with cups - kids STEAM activity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS4QpXf2d0Y

 

 


Influencer Amanda Rovelet, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on August 15, 2020 at 11:15 AM

In this week’s blog (17th – 23rd of august) we will interview Amanda; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August on Skype; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Education”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Amanda Rovelet: teamplayer, curious, dynamic and passionate about education

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I live with my significant other and we have a 7 month’s old son. I have one other sister that is living in Holland. I was born in Holland and when I was 10 month’s old my parents came back to Curaçao I grew up in Curaçao and was raised in a very protective environment. I had what I needed but had no luxury. I didn’t know what real poverty was all about. It was something, that I was totally unaware of. My parents are still alive and were always very supportive in what I do. After finishing High School at Radulphus College. I went to Holland for my studies and after a brief intermezzo with the help of my parents, that backed me up all the way, I regained my footing and in my second turn back in Holland, I finalized my studies. So I am grateful for that.

Where do you work or do you have yout own business?
I started with my own business “Sporty Kidz Curaçao” about 3 years ago together with my business partner. It was a childcare organization. We have recently decided to stop with it, because of the way Covid-19 affected the business. But in a way it also was a blessing as the Covid -19 period made me realize, that I was still not doing what I really wanted to do. It triggered me to re-think what I really wanted to do and we tarted my own company “Major Informa” and this is what I am focusing on right now.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have a degree in social pedagogic counseling. The biggest difference between us and a social worker is that we are trained to faciliate groups. We also have a specialty with a mental or physical disability. A social worker focuses more on the individual level, to help a person that needs. They help them solve their own individual problems, like budgetting as subject matter that is directed towards an individual client. 


When I was a trainee in Holland I got into contact with a house of school. It was a boarding house for youngsters between 12 and 18 years old. When I came back to Curacao, I started working at Huize Sint Jozef, as a Social Worker also a boarding school for between 4 and 14 years.

After 3,5 years I started my own business a Child Care called Sporty Kidz Curacao. I love challenges and after a while I became a little bored. I was missing out on assistance and couseling part that I really love. So I started helping out at the Child First Foundation their after school classes and later on also started giving training at Bos di Hubentut. Especially at Bos di Hubentut I really loved what I was doing, as the approach was kind of holistic, involving with all those involved in the education of a child In conversations with colleagues in Child Care I noticed a need among colleagues for different types of information related to: “How to deal with children that are super active and full of energy or any other kind of behavior where the educators don’t know how to address these. Like, what to do with children and their accessiblity to tablets. Should you forbid it or regulate it. So the answer is, how best to use a tablet that it is beneficial for all. All this experiences triggered me to start with my new company.

 


We were referred to you by Giovanni Eugenia as he considers your influence in the area of education and child development important to take notice of. Where does these interests come from?
My interest started when I worked at Huize Sint Jozef. I started working there when I was very young, 25 years old. When I started, I was full of ambition and I was determined to help those youth, to move forward as our youth is our future, right? But I learned quickly, that there are many things influencing the youth in this boarding house. I grew up not knowing what poverty was. These youth grew up in poverty and in an environment where some didn’t have a bed to sleep in, as they slept with their parents and at times went through a whole day without having anything to eat. They would wear the same clothes where it was obvious that it wasn’t washed for quite sometime, and later I came to understand that they didn’t had water to wash their clothes. This was such a big shock to me that I didn’t want to continue working in at Huize Sint Jozef. I started a child care organization with a business partner with intention to expand it later with other activities for the less fortunate.

The parents of these children are from the middle income class as they can afford paying for the child care. Those that were more in need of chilcare education, their parents couldn’t afford it. And I became aware of the differences between those children that go to a child care, compared with those not going to a child care in their development even after only 6 months. At a child care children have within 6 months their social abilities developed. They learn to get along with other children, learn to wait for their turn, learn not to bite or learn certain basics in hygiene. They learn different things compared to those children at home that only know their morther or grandmother. Like when the child comes to the child care they have to leave their comforter (chupón) out of their mouth so that they can learn how to talk. While at home the mother tends to give the child the comforter as soon as possible.

The biggest challenge then is how to teach the mothers how to educate their children. That is why we started with “Major Informá”. And things changes when you become a mother.

When I became a mother, I becameinsecure, so I experienced what mothers go through and not all has a pedagogic background. So the struggle might be harder for them. I want to be helpfull in educating mothers to answer the questions that come up, when you are a mother in collaboration with the maternity hospital for example. As the children grow older, I also want to prepare mothers and educators to help level out the differences that might develop over time between children as they prepare to go the primary school levels.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I love empowering and enabling people in the educational field. At this moment, it is the joy and satisfaction I experience, when I see that someone I coached or mentored use a tool I shared with them and see that they are able to progress and succeed in their work. It gives me a boost to see that people are better able to manage their lives.

 


When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I would love to see that the quality of Child Care on the island has improved. In my personal life, that I would loved to be financially stable, allowing me too at the same time enjoy life.



What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest challenge has been the financial part of the child care business we recently decided to stop. As a business owner you don’t have a fixed income and at the other hand you need to have an income some way or the other.
Being a mother can at times also be a challenge.
But it is a challenge and at the same time fun to balance the different roles I have. As I come home tired and I see my son I still need to give him and my other loved ones my best self.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I always use my inner voice. I do have a tendency to overthink and this makes me a little bit insecure at times.


How does this Inner voice work for you?
I talk a lot with other persons to create a balance with regards to my inner critic.

I create situations where I feel happy, it could be my me-time when I am playing games or watching TV and then ideas will come up sponteanously. I write them out and discuss them with others. That is how it works for me.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I surround my self with people that I admire, to have conversations that are interesting and that inspire me. As there is this saying that goes: “You're the average of the five people spend the most time with”. I search a lot on the internet to look for useful information regarding children with learning disabilities. Or I google to find an explanation of a word or concept that I don’t know.

 


What are your strengths?
I enable and empower people;
I love to analyze situations;
I love organizing activities and I love collaborating with others to achieve my/our goals.
I can be bold as I have taken bold steps to start my own company or bold steps to change the direction in my career. Taking bold steps doesn’t mean that I don’t have my doubts. I look for other people to share opinions with them, when I am in doubt.
I don’t like doing routine work and I am always looking for challenges.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Education for those with some form of disabilities.


If you as Amanda would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Amanda Rovelet and I live in Curaçao. I am giving training and workshops related to the educational field and I am curious in lots of things, most of all curious about education in general.


How would you describe Amanda in one word or one sentence?
I am passionate about education. I am a curious dynamic teamplayer, always looking to move things forward so that we can succeed in the end.




Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?

My father, he used to work at the Ministery of Development of the Central Government of the Netherlands Antilles and worked on so many projects, that really had a social impact and I wanted to follow in his footh steps.

I am also inspired by Nanny Jo Frost from Supernanny as in this program they share so many educational tips and tops for parents. Again it is the same subject matter, namely education.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I want to become more self confident and self assured.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The moment I left my job at Huize Sint Jozef was a defining moment, although it gave me jobsecurity and a stable income. But I longed to have a less stressful life and be able to enjoy life, my loved ones - like my partner and my family - more. I felt unhappy and stressed in this job and started stressing for example on Sunday afternoon as of 3 pm, my whole demeanour changed as I became aware of the fact that I had to go to work the next day.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Working or being involved in an organization where we offer help to those in need of help, so that we can improve the education of the future generations.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Amanda is a person that loves to help others, which includes helping her parents. She has a BIG heart and she has helped lots of people and she is a role model for her children.

 


We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Irrespective of the things that happened that were not pleasant, lots of organizations are innovating and looking for ways and means to offer the younger generations a break. We from the younger generations are getting our share of “more opportunities”. Because of the lock down, I could focus and re-think what I could do after the lock down. For Curaçao in general it meant opportunities for innovation.

 

More info:
LinkedIn
Mayor Informá
 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Amanda Rovelet is a driven, curious, dynamic teamplayer, mother of a son that was born in December 2019. In her search for finding her footing Amanda is now confident that her passion for education will best be served in her recently started company “Major Informa”. Through this company, Amanda wants to inform and enable the education of all stake holders involved in the education of children and youth. Finding her footing has not been a straight line for Amanda, but at the other hand she has ultimately been bold enough to follow her heart. The need for such support is high in a world full of transformational changes. Considering her passion for education and her courage to take bold decisions when the chips are down, we are convinced that Amanda will enable and create impactful changes in the educational field and for this we consider Amanda one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the educational sector.

 

 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting September: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 5 sèptèmber di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on "The Importance Of Education". Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

What's Education For? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HndV87XpkWg&t=34s

 


Success at School vs Success in Life - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Egxm5QuW9o

 


Why is education important? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHyA3pp4G_Y&t=41s

 


The Importance Of Education - What's The Real Purpose Of Education? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAdi6ZLktc

 


All about Learning. Why is education important? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJbQphVcGxA

 


Inspirational Video- Be a Mr. Jensen- MUST WATCH!! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p5286T_kn0

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

Influencer Dupal Persaud, Book Session, Workshop on Emotion in September and this week tips

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM

In this week’s blog (10th – 16th of August) we will interview Dupal Persaud; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Having a purposeful life”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Dupal Persaud: determined, strategic thinker and result driven

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and my significant other Tiffany Cristina and myself, have a priceless 3 years old princess. Parenting has really changed me as a person. I have 3 sisters and thank goodness my parents are still alive, and I am extremely grateful for that. They have always been very supportive in my journey, although they didn’t always understand it completely. It might sound a little bit like a cliché, but they gave me the room and space to let me do what I considered the best course of my life. If they would have been strict in my upbringing, I would never be where I am right now in my life, as I am very satisfied with the person I am at this specific moment in time.


I come from a mixed background if you look at my appearance. Like my grandmother comes from Bonaire, on the other side of the family tree, my granddad was from Guyana, so I am truly a melting pot creation, this allows me to relate with the Caribbean history and understand how we in Curaçao have a community that is super diversified from so many backgrounds as I can relate easily as I come from a diversified roots. And I am proud of this background as I know where I come from living in Pais Kòrsòu and where we stand here in Curaçao, I cherish diversity. This also is one of the strengths of Curaçao by the way, this diversity in our ethnicity compared with any country that doesn’t have this multi diversity, makes us stand out as we can deal with people from North and South America, and Europe with ease. This gives us a competitive advantage.

 


What kind of business are you exactly and what services do the company offer?
I work at Inova Solutions and what we offer to the Caribbean and Latin American market is “Business Transformation”. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and as a tier 1 solution provider we offer all Microsoft products. We operate as a global business because our competitors, operating in the same markets, are global enterprises and the fact that we can sit at the table and offer better solutions. It is all about the great value and quality of service that we offer. Being a local company, executing professional work, working efficient and staying flexible makes customers choose Inova Solutions as their trusted supplier. I work in a team were online meetings and working remotely is part of our daily life, we have built a resilient modern workplace and were working like that before the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

During the start of the lock down, we were busier than normal as the market was forced to adapt to a new normal and digitalize, as business must go on. Continuing business in the traditional way was no longer possible. For us, we took our devices home and continued to work from home as we do not depend on the office infrastructure. Shifting to working remotely in 2020 was neither a CEO nor CIO decision, it was the effects of dealing with the pandemic that forced the transition upon companies that needed to continue doing their business at that moment. We were able to respond almost immediately by offering business continuity solutions to the public sector, private sector, and other organizations. This entailed modernizing and implementing a secure remote work environment. In two to three months a transformation took place that would normally take 2 years. It was something incredible and in sense a curse, the pandemic, and a blessing because of the transformation that took place in such a short period of time.



Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I went to study Information Technology in The Netherlands, I started studying this in Curaçao as I thought it was possible to study IT in Curaçao, but it didn’t match very well with what I wanted to do, so I shifted and went to Amsterdam. But I stopped in my 3rd year, as I came to realize that this was not the only thing that I wanted out of life. I want to achieve a lot more. Way back in 1997 my father bought 2 computers, 1 for him to work on and the other one was for his children to use. We also had internet connection. So, I was fortunate, at a very young age, to have a computer I could use as a tool to access more. This triggered a tremendous curiosity in me for the IT-world. I am quite handy and love playing outdoors. I had a fantastic youth growing up, but I always stayed curious about IT and stayed in that field. But I realized that this was not the only thing that I was interested in.

It was a life changing moment to stop my studies. I started a course in investment in Curaçao when I was on vacation on the island. This opened to me a new world of possibilities to grow and become financially independent. Choosing for this, taught me so much more than a school education would ever be able to offer me, as I decided to invest time in knowing more of what I considered necessary to grow and become a person that is significant and of ever growing value. I learned about dealing with real life cases and talking to amazing people that are successful on areas that were interesting, significant, and valuable to me. This path I choose also involved talking to people that made a change to others and had a significant and fulfilling life by serving, and this was for me a much more fulfilling path. My parents supported me in this. Somebody once asked me if I have no regrets to not having a degree. I told him none whatsoever. The universe is abundant enough to have put us together and let our paths cross and it is giving us the same opportunities to grow further. In my opinion there is one obstacle though to my growth and that is “Time”, time is a currency that cannot be bought. I am very aware of this constraint.


Professional experience:
After I stopped my studies in The Netherlands, I went to work for several big Telecom companies and worked in different departments gaining lots of experience and in 2011 I decided to come back to Curaçao and join a recently started family owned company. We were delivering supplies to the hospitality sector. From an employee in the IT world, I joined the business world and there I had the freedom to decide whatever I considered the best for the business and learned through trial and lots of error, learning from life lessons and all else you need to know to grow the business. I was forced to develop my entrepreneurial skill and personal skills to excel in our society always aiming for the best. As soon as the airplane landed, this was the next thing I was involved in. I knew what I had to do but was insufficiently aware of how hard it would be to make it through it. The lesson I learned almost immediately was, if you have tried 10 times to make a sale with no results, I had to adapt and became much more result oriented. After this period, everything I did, that did not end up with a greater result, for me was a waste of time. I became absolutely result oriented and this gave me a shift.

 



We were referred to you by Adric Walter. We have understood that you are a JCI board member and you have been involved in different activities as JCI member. Where does this interest come from?
I am grateful for what JCI has meant and still means to me. Participating in the Creative Young Entrepreneurs Award connected me with the JCI organization. A great deal of my personal skills development is due to the JCI-organization, who’s aim is to provide development opportunities by empowering young people to create a positive change in the world. It is a global organization that aims to serve humanity by developing leaders. My biggest take away in being part of the JCI organization is, I learned to serve humanity by leading in every sense and in every way possible. By being in the JCI –board, by participating in projects, courses, attending international conferences that opens up a worldwide network that you can tap in, gave me a supplementary education opportunity.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My Big Why is to have a purpose driven life. Whatever I do, must have a meaning to me and for me to have fulfillment, I need to be exemplary, a good role model for my own and future generations. What do I mean by that? Becoming a parent which I already mentioned, was a life changing moment, gave me a soft spot that one can only understand the responsibility involved if you are a parent, I believe. My beautiful intelligent child is keeping me sane and helps me define whom I want to become for her, for my partner and family, and my surroundings. The question is; “What am I going to do about it?” This is what I use, to share with others. People need to have perspective in their life to reflect on their mindsets that might limit them because of fear, materialism or living in a limiting environment. That is a mindset of limitation. For me it is important as my drive is, to chase my 10-years older version. It keeps me sharp to be the person I want to become, ten years from now. This is my inner goal. It might seem to others that I am very self-centered by doing this. However, it creates the space to fill my cup of tea first and be able to serve more and more people so that they can reach their purpose and find their meaning in life. It is an evergreen process, because ten years from now I would again be chasing a ten years older version of myself. So, this never stops for me, just like the world keeps on spinning, I will always try to stay one step ahead. I can serve more people by improving myself first and the more people I serve, the more it motivates me to improve. It is an infinite look.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
First, allow me to give a definition of what being successful means to me. The amounts of time that I fall must be lower than the number of times that I get back up on my feet.
That is one of the success formulae that I use. Another way of looking at success is: “...As I grow older, I want to make more mistakes but less of the same mistakes. I do not settle for the ordinary and I sincerely belief that I am crazy enough to make a difference in this world. I am a shaker and mover and I literally question the status quo and I am determined to shift the status quo for the better.
Within 5 years we would then be discussing the value I offered through serving. If I would have increased this significantly compared to what I am offering at this moment, then I would be successful personally and business wise.

 

 
What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Most of my time goes to my work and I work in a global minded professional environment, we have more affiliates in the Caribbean and we have a diverse group of people we work with in our line of business. We move fast and how we operate happens in a problem-solving mindset. We benchmark our output on the international level.

The moment I leave the office, go home and continue the day, I end up on an island called Curaçao and I bump into an isolated limited mindset environment and feeling. I live in a bi-polar environment with two realities, where there are big differences and it requires a big mindset shift because of how big the differences are between these two realities I live in. The upside on the other hand of this challenge is that it gives me the same comfortable feeling in a uncomfortable position as it gives me the space to grab, pick and choose what functions and implement it to create a better future. I can pick out of both these realities and let me develop the best of what I think of, or do of what I believe in. I feel comfortably uncomfortable in this position that allows me to create what I believe that needs to change and be implemented.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Honestly, I have more conversations with my inner voice then I have with other people. My inner self talk is not only about dilemmas, it also happens with achievements, doubts, anger, happiness, fulfillment and everything that happens. There is a lot happening in my mind. How do I deal with it? I have a power circle, that is a group of people where I can echo this inner voice with. To cross-check if that what I am thinking is ok or not. This is how I stay connected.

On top of that, if I need a perspective that is totally different, I can reach out to a person that can offer me this different perspective. I value people who have independent minds because they have the tendency and courage to tell you their perspective on the topic at hand from a different angle and I appreciate that a lot.

Once I feel that I am the smartest person in the room, I look to add smarter people or I humbly leave the room. I have the gentle courage to do this, I know this for myself to be true as I am working to improve my average constantly.

 
How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
In this world we live in right now, it is mainly webinars, seminars and I read books that have a sense of knowledge that I can apply. I do not read about fairy tales, I do it with my daughter and it is nice to have. I am fully engaged in books as it is experience in a nutshell. You gain lots of time learning where and how not to screw up, so I read all types of books that have a great sense of meaning that are helpful to me and to others.


What are your strengths?
I am by nature very optimistic, so talk options and possibilities with me. By at the same beat, I am also very realistic. Options and possibilities also need to be somewhat achievable. We trust optimism and being realistic I try to see the good in anything and look of ask for the solution.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have a lifestyle; I have become a morning person. I align my habit to the 5am club. My day starts at 5am in the morning and I take time for myself to prepare for the day, read a book and stick with my workout routine to stay mentally and physically fit. After that, my day starts for the rest of the world. It is a lifestyle that contributes to all we just have discussed, and I love doing this. There is no excuse not to do something very early in the morning. This gives me in terms of time, an additional extra month on a yearly base and I tend to do this as much possible.

I love music. I listen to music during the day as long as the rhythm and melody inspires me and fuels my emotional senses to stay in balance. Especially when I am very focused to include the human aspect in the tasks I am involved in. Music gives me this fulfillment.

I also love cooking. I love creating a variety of flavors that triggers your taste buds. I do not always do it, but when I am in the kitchen, I enjoy all of it.

 

If you as Dupal would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Driven by challenging the status quo, I am extremely curious and I want to know how I can be of service to you.


How would you describe Dupal in one word or one sentence?

Determined, strategic thinker and result driven.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have to think of this for a moment......A small fact that had a big impact on me... it was a teacher that taught us computer programming and he told me: “.Dupal simple is good..”. Afterwards it became clearer to me what he exactly meant to say and this gave me a lot of peace of mind. Because in programming the opportunities are endless. What I was trying to do is, making it the most comprehensive application possible. He explained to me “no, don’t do that. As long as you keep the things simple, you are good”. That triggered within this epiphany: The process to making things simple, is complicated, but always try to keep things simple.

In my family there were also some people that I had long conversations with that had impacted me. One of them was with Billy Hoogenbergen, my uncle in law. Billy once told to never ever change to be the person that you really are. Maintain this in whatever you do. I was still a teenager when he told me that. This was before I went to The Netherlands for my studies. Meaning always stay authentic while you progress in life, and never ever lose it.

Another person that definitely inspired me was my grandfather from my father’s side. I never met him since he passed away before I was born, but from the stories that reached me about him, he took care of his family members so that they could progress. He left Guyana and came to Curaçao and started a business here and he helped lots of families to have a better future. He inspired me to understand that “...your current situation is not your end destination...”. And this I could recognize in my father and I took this trait over.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
The ability to understand that not everyone can see things that I see. This is teaching me to become more patient, more understanding, broadens my ability to see deeper perspectives, and sharpens my vision.


What was a defining moment in your life?
The most recent defining moment was the day I became a father. Everything that I thought was important or relevant in this life, all became insignificant because there is a human being that for always will carry forward whatever you present to her. This was a next phase that moved me to refocus, re-shift, re-align and understand the valuable key aspects of a purpose driven life.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Managing assets, because I want to have more time to spend with my Loved Ones since time is the only commodity that I cannot control. It is another shift compared to what I am doing now, but it is the path that I want to follow.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That it was not always easy for them to understand what I was thinking or doing, and at the end they noticed that I always do it with the best intentions, with all my abilities to be a better person in their surroundings. I made a title of a document, let us call it a book named “Let me tell you how I did it”. I cannot predict if it will be a book, but they will be able to read or see anything I failed and accomplished, from the simplest to the most adventured, complicated journey Dupal ever touched.

 

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
First of all my optimism is in my own hands. If I want a better country, I am the first one that must work to make this place a better country. This optimistic look is the same mirror we can look in and see ourselves in. I constantly reflect on this check and balance view.

Secondly, I have a 3-years old princess where I want her future to be brilliant and it is my responsibility to make this happen. On top of being an optimist by nature I have a deeper reason to comply with the vision about the future and do it for her, for the next generations.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Curaçao is not the center of the world. If we want to portray Curaçao as the center of the world, we must make sure that we deal with the matters at hand with the importance and seriousness that is aligned to make this country, the center of the world. By innovating our economic pillars, by having the courage to do things that we have never done before. See, this is the only way that we can state that we have given it our best to create a better future for Curaçao. And then let the world determine if indeed we truly are the center of the world.

We should not let ourselves be the self-fulfilling prophets in this. Keep on going, let us keep challenging the status quo by executing things we have never done before that will give us the results we all desire.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to share this moment and I am open to any person that wants to exchange ideas or give any feedback, they can contact me and I always appreciate an honest feedback.


Connect with Dupal Persaud
LinkedIn

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dupal Persaud is a driven, curious, strong willed, focused, authentic and purposeful father of a 3 years old daughter. Her birth was one of his many defining moments in his life, as with parenthood came new responsibilities his family. As an early riser (5 am) Dupal is involved in a never-ending chase to emulate his 10 years old version and becoming his best possible version. Living with the clear objective to max the development of his abilities has at times made him choose for the path least travelled. Going through the leadership possibilities offered by JCI has honed and still hones his leaderships skills. From his grandfather, father and JCI Dupal learned and accepts that his purpose is “to serve”. Working in an ICT company that is competing in the Latin American and Caribbean markets and living in Curaçao with its diverse cultural mix, has made him aware of his bi-polar environment with two realities, which challenges him to be uncomfortable comfortable living in both worlds and pick and choose what can be implemented as a solution to create a better future and to serve, measuring his success in the increased number of value added to the people being served. In this sense Dupal stands out at his young age (36 years). For all this, we deeply love and respect Dupal as one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the private (ICT-sector) business sector.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting September: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 5 sèptèmber di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on “A purposeful life”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


The vision - How to develop a purposeful life. - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vbZ2ZPYsRU

 


How to live a purposeful life - The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem – Weekly Challenge #58 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E91toMQ1W94

 


The Meaning of Life - Sam Harris - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=srxDtefn740

 

3 Steps to Living a Purposeful Life (Thought for the day) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcM1zxTqfeI

 

Ikigai: The Secret to a Purposeful Life | Emily Bidle | TEDxYouth@ASIJ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDbYVlJntYU

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes on Living with Purpose, Part 1 | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIDMgUsw2Mo 


 

Influencer Giovanni Eugenia, Book Session, Workshop on emotion starting september and this week tips

Posted on July 30, 2020 at 2:45 PM

In this week’s blog (3rd – 9th of August) we will interview Giovanni Eugenia; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Occupational psychology, mindsets and happiness at work”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Giovanni Eugenia: dedicated and driven


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao in 1984. My mother was always very caring and always motivated me to become the best version of myself that I could be. My mother never told me not to do something, but she told me to try it and give it my best effort. I have one sister who also always helped me when I needed her support. Growing up I always tried to “compete” with my sister on the academic level. She was a straight A student and I made it a challenge for me to also reach that academic level, and personally I believe I did quite well. My father, although not living with us, was in the picture. He was a hardworking man, not afraid to get his hands dirty as a car mechanic and, despite him not being around all the time, I did learn from him as well with regards to the do’s and don’ts of life. Since December of 2019, I became a father myself of a beautiful boy which lightens up my day every day and together with my loving partner, we try to provide him with the things we ourselves did not have, but also especially with the things that we did have, which is the love and support of our families.

 

Do you experience nostalgia now that a lot of our students are going to Holland for their advance studies?
Well, not in that sense, I do remember that when I left to Holland for my studies in 2002 we were addressed by the Minister of Education of that time and she told us not forget to come back to Curaçao to help build up the country and when I came back to Curaçao in 2009 I had to overcome a lot of obstacles, it wasn’t easy to settle in back on the island. I did learn a lot in Holland and in the end that is what really matters.


What kind of business are you exactly in as an entrepreneur and what is services does your company offer? Do you have any people employed?
Since 2012 I run my own HR/ARBO consultancy business which provides training, psychological support for employees, occupational health support and company policy advisory in the area of Human Capital Development. Despite not having people employed, my goal is to provide employment opportunities to both experienced as well as starting professionals in the field of occupational health and training in the future. As an Occupational Health Psychologist I want to make employees in the company also to feel happy and satisfied and it isn’t easy for a lot of our local companies to look at employees in this way, but there are a few. In the beginning of my career here in Curaçao it was challenging and after I met Arthur Nivillac, whom at that time had started Optima B.V., we decided to collaborate with each other, and things started to work out for me.


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?

We were referred to you by Adric Walter and you was referred to contact me synchronistically by Glenn Helberg (both we have interviewed as Influencers) the day I contacted you, so we were meant to meet and connect.

If I look back at my educational background, I can say that I consider having followed the fast lane towards getting my master’s degree. I did my primary education, then went to the VWO (Maria Immaculata Lyceum), after which I moved to the Netherlands to study at the University of Leiden in 2002.

With regards to my professional experience I can say that I was blessed with the possibility to work on many projects with numerous professionals. 

In 2015, I worked as an interim HR Advisor for Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland in Bonaire where I was able to learn so much. I have also been working with Optima Arbodienst already for almost 8 years and we have provided support to numerous companies, big and small on Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and St. Maarten. I was also involved in the Global Entrepreneurship Week organization which focuses on stimulating the entrepreneurial mindset within our community.


Furthermore, I was both President of JCI IOBA Curaçao in 2018 and National Vice President of JCI Dutch Caribbean in 2019, an organization focused at developing active leaders within our community. Next to that I am a collaborator in the Curaçao Tech Meetups organization which focuses on leveraging technology for our island to grow and develop more.


We have understood that you are especially interested in human behavior. I have understood that this interest in human behavior has spiked after the protests in Willemstad on the 24th of June. Where does this interest come from?
Well, funny story here. I went to the Netherlands with the primary intention to study ICT. During that time, they offered a mayor-minor system where you could do two trajectories at the same time. So, I opted to go for Information Technologies and Psychology. But within the first month I felt more and more interested in human behavior, especially because I was learning a lot about my own behavior. The great thing about understanding my own behavior, is that it helped me to help other people. By looking at the root causes of the behavior, you can help people overcome many hurdles that might be in their path.

 

And indeed, after the events of the 24th of June in Willemstad, my interest sparked even more. The reason for this was that, all over social media, people were talking about the displayed behavior by some protesters and also about the mindset of Curaçao. I could see a lot of judgment, but not many people were talking about the core of the problem that might have led to the displayed behavior. Where did all that anger come from? Is it history, family, friends, unresolved traumas? Without this knowledge, it is very difficult to work on practical solution to deal with the destructive behaviors we witnessed. So, I made it a personal action to find out even more about human behavior, so I can further give my contribution to the development of a united Curaçao where we work towards the growth and development of our community. Based on discussion in Vision Curaçao 2030 as part of the sub group Health and Wellbeing, I sent out an invitation via Facebook for all those interested in behavioral aspects of our population, to start to investigate the causes of the mindsets or the way some of us think in Curaçao. We had 15 people interested. We have met twice already and we started in the group to collect more information on everything that has been written about this subject matter related to behavior within families, children, you name it, in Curaçao. All of this with the end in mind to suggest and work on solutions that could be implemented in Curaçao.

So I ended up approaching Glenn Helberg, he has been president of OCAN for years and also Sinuhe Oomen. They had offered this report to the dutch government in 2008 addressing a lot of these issues, the root causes of certain behavior and the report included recommendations. There was no follow up in the sense of execution of the recommendations. This has made me even more convinced of the fact that whatever we come up with needs to be independent of the involvement of the government if we really want to achieve change.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Might sound very cliché, but basically, I want to be able to be one of the contributing factors of the positive development of Curaçao. I look around and I see so much potential, yet often times I believe we limit ourselves by not taking risks and by not thinking big. Basically, I want to be able to leave a Curaçao behind, where future generations, including my own son, can live on an island that is filled with opportunities for everyone and with a lot of positivism.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
On a personal level, I would consider to have been successful the moment that I could have created a positive impact on the lives of people who are in need of “a break”, especially young people who are trying so hard to reach their goals but who are still struggling due to the system. Think of for example young professionals who are not getting jobs, or whose skills are not being acknowledged because some people are unwilling to do things differently.

 

On a professional level, I would consider being successful that moment when the importance of my profession as an Occupational Health Psychologist gets the recognition it deserves here in Curaçao. Together with some friends and colleagues at Optima Arbodienst, we have accomplished a lot already in this regard. But I would like more companies to see the added value of working with an Occupational Health Psychologist to help them create a healthier atmosphere within their business.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Referring to my previous answer, one of the biggest challenges I have is to get the acknowledgment of the importance of my field of expertise within the business community. Often time companies are willing to invest in new buildings, equipment, financial advisory, legal advisory, but the investment in human capital is often lacking. So, getting to that point where more attention is given to the human aspect, with the support of an Occupational Health Psychologist, is my biggest challenge.

The way I’m dealing with this challenge is by trying to create more awareness on the matter and by working with like-minded individuals to help support the ones that are willing to do things differently, to reach their maximum potential.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I do make use of my inner voice to evaluate dilemma’s. Often times I refer to it as my gut feeling. So far it has worked quite well for me, but next to that inner voice I also believe that it is important to surround yourself with positive people who believe in your purpose and who are willing to give you an honest reality check whenever needed.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
With all the technological developments, there are a ton of ways I try to keep my knowledge and skills up. Online workshops and videos, articles that I read online and even looking at relevant issues in the (social) media. But next to that, throughout my almost 11 years back in Curaçao, I have formed part of many organizations as previously mentioned and have met many people with whom I can have interesting discussions with on a wide array of topics.

What are your strengths?
I consider myself to be analytical in nature. I like to know, I like to learn and I like to provide solutions. Next to that I also consider myself to be very creative. For example, I taught myself some graphics designing, I follow cake decoration and fruit carving videos on YouTube and I created my own computer desk based on one of my favorite movies, The Avengers.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
In 2002 I started dancing salsa here in Curaçao based on a nudge I got from my dear mother, just before I left for the Netherlands. Arriving there, I continued taking classes and ending up as a performer in one of the most well known salsa dance groups of that time, Salsa Dance Squad. I remember dancing 4-5 nights a week, just to get to know more people and get better at the dance. I also remember going to congresses in the UK, Paris, The Netherlands and Miami and dance all night long. Although I do not dance as intensely as before due to an injury, I still consider dance to be my passion.

Next to that, anything that involves artistic expression fascinates me. That is also why I am a huge fan of video games due to the immersion it can provide within an artistic fantasy world that was created out of the imagination of a person.


If you as Giovanni would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hi, my name is Giovanni Eugenia, born and raised in Curaçao and I am a very dedicated person who loves to help people and who enjoys smiling and seeing other people smile.


How would you describe Giovanni in one word or one sentence?
I am a dedicated, driven person with a hint of silliness.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
The primary persons who have inspired me in my career are my mother and my sister. My sister as an inspiration to do my best on an academic level and my mother as a role model of someone who worked very hard to provide us with the best education possible, the best care in the world and an amazing love that I cannot even describe.

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
A trait or rather an ability that is still a work in progress is the ability to detect my own boundaries and to say “no”. Especially with the birth of my son, finding a balance between career, helping and personal live, has become very Important for me.

What was a defining moment in your life?
The moment my son was born was definitely a very important moment in my life. It gave me an additional sense of purpose. Something to fight for and someone to be a good example for. I want to be a role model for my son, so that has definitely pushed me to try and create more positive impact.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be in a position where I can look back and feel fulfilled with what I have accomplished. I feel so great to meet people that I have helped in one way or another expressing their gratefulness for what I have meant for them after years. Hopefully, I can also have expanded my business so I can also provide more starting professionals with coaching and training and opportunities for development.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
You made a positive difference in my life and in the life of others.

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Despite the challenges encountered during the Coronavirus lockdown, I was able to see a lot of people who were willing to give their time and even money to help the ones who are more in need. Like the “Voedselbank” and the number of free on-line courses being offered. Even after the lockdown, I still see many people trying to work on sustainable solutions to help our community recover and become even stronger. It is the hard work of these people that gives me hope and that empowers me to continue contributing wherever I can as well.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
As a small community, we need the help and support of each other to be successful. Next to that, we need to start thinking out of the box and start to be more creative and innovative. Curaçao has so much potential, so I believe it’s important for us to start using this potential more effectively and efficiently. Let’s learn from the “old” and embrace the new for a brighter future.

And it doesn’t matter who you are. I mean I am just your average person, born and raised in Souax. I have experienced many challenges and have encountered many disappointments, but by surrounding myself with positive people and by working hard I was able to also accomplish many things.

 

Connect with Giovanni Eugenia
LinkedIn


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Giovanni Eugenia is an energetic, creative, bright, dedicated Occupational Health Psychologist, owner of his own business. Father of a son that he and his significant other welcomed in December 2019, has been a defining moment in his life. His curiosity and his attitude instilled in him via his mother to be “his best version” during his life, has driven him to study psychology, as he was interested to understanding himself first and later on, be able to help others understand themselves better. This curiosity and his resilience has made him stand out, as getting his drive back in Curaçao after he graduated in 2008, which was not easy. Especially in an environment in Curaçao where few employers value “employees”-satisfaction and wellbeing on the workplace. His curiosity and his drive to create a positive impact on the lives of people, made him hone his leadership skills in the Jaycees organizations, while also serving the community as an active Jaycees member. By working in collaboration and through sheer perseverance Giovanni has found his footing in Curaçao business wise, until the 24th of June 2020 events in Willemstad, triggered his curiosity again BIG TIME. Looking for answers where all that anger came from? In search for practical solutions to deal with the destructive behaviors he witnessed, Giovanni invited via Facebook interested people to join a group to explore, to collect more information and in the end come up with practical solutions. Seeking to understand and at the other hand implementing practical solutions in collaboration with other like-minded people and not per se depending on the government, makes him a stand out again. In this sense, Giovanni is 100 % aligned with Share2uplift movement and Uplifting BV & associates in enabling mindset changes in all walks of life on the island. For all this, we deeply love and respect Giovanni as one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the private business sector, focused on enabling mindset changes for the good of all.


 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting September: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 5 sèptèmber di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on “Organization psychology, mindsets and happiness at work”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

Occupational and Organisational Psychology | A Student View - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AyuItmJFrU

 


Occupational therapy as a career - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nZABabqFDs

 

Most Motivational Video - Change Your Mindset - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzqoZ3hjPp8

 

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CHPnZfFmU&vl=en

 

Identify: Growth or Fixed Mindset? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vz6HU1LlOU

 

What makes you happy at work? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRMe6sBQ3XA

 

 

 

 


Influencer Joan de Windt, MYM Zoom Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 5:10 AM

In this week’s blog (27th of July – 2nd of August) we will interview author Joan de Windt; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September  “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Mental slavery and micro-agressions”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Joan de Windt: humble, caring and passionate


Joan, can you introduce yourself and share with us some information on your professional background and in what kind of business are you in?
I was born in Curaçao and now live in Hilversum, Holland. I graduated from the School for Journalism in Utrecht, and worked for more than 25 years as an editor for around seven different public service broadcasters and I am now self-employed. I am a mother of two twin daughters in their twenties now and I am a writer, speaker, trainer and very passionate about the two workshops I offer, one on "WEG with mental slavery" and the other one "WEG with microaggressions" workshop. The workshop over micro-agression deals with racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, islamophobia and so on.  I also publish biographies for living people so that their greatgrandchildren can honor them and know them.

 

What is the quintessence of the book and why is it important to know your roots if you are from African descent?
The book is meant to make the truth known about history, which they taught us in school. There, we were mainly learned that our ancestors were slaves, taken from a poor continent where everybody was sick and hungry or at war. We were not told that Africa possessed wealthy kingdoms with people that were highly skilled in art, education, industry, etc. Knowledge is power, free yourself from mental slavery. It is important to know your roots, to become aware of the way our mindsets have been conditioned in the past. Our bodies can be free, but we can mentally still live in slavery if we are not completely informed as this will hamper our ability to fully develop our talents. Slavery has had a big effect on the self-worth and self-image of our ancestors during 350 years of slavery and 150 years of colonialism. We were told by others whom we really are and the message was basically “You are less, dumber and others know better than you”. This is why we have to rid ourselves from this information and go to look for our own roots with the right information of whom we really are.

 

We presented “Weg met Mental Slavery, een doorbraak in uw denken” on the 21st of July in the Master Your Mind-book presentation. As we are in the middle of a global “Black Lives Matter” discussion, after the death of George Floyd in the month May of this year. Joan, your book explains so many aspects of what we are dealing with, at this moment globally. Your book deepened our awareness on mental slavery and which included suggestions on how to deal with it, as it is sometimes so hidden in our subconscious mind. The issues at hand are still very relevant and that what made it for us so interesting. How do you see and experience what is happening now with "Black Lives Matter" movement as this is exactly 5 years after you have published your book?
My father was one of the first generations of students from Curaçao that came to Holland for their studies. We also for some time went to a boarding school here in Holland and we experienced first hand what it meant to be a curiosity as non-whites. From curiosity within 55 years that I have lived here, the sentiment in Holland shift to more open racism. Some natives feel threatened. According to some demographical projections, in 2030 in Amsterdam there would be more people living from foreign descent than native people, so we have seen fear growing in this society. What makes Holland and for that matter those European countries that have had colonies different compared with the situation in the USA was: After the abolition of slavery and Colonialism, some of the people from the former colonies migrated and came to live in the “mother”-land. And this makes racism in Holland and some other European countries more subtle. More subtle compared to the USA, where former slaves and the white people just lived together, but side by side and former slaves didn’t needed to migrate to the “mother”-land. The situation in the USA is different and much harsher towards blacks. In Europe it was less open, more subtle. Some have a hard time to see non-whites as humans.

 

Are you at this moment involved in the “Black Lives Matter” movement in Holland?
I have been involved in my younger years in emancipation and awareness movements. But now I take it more easy now as I can’t suppress a feeling at times of “...been there, done that...”. It seems to be so repetitive and I don’t like repeating things and routines because they would make me feel bored. At my age, 61 years old, I think it is up the younger generation to step up and I don’t want to be a big old bore. So I follow the movement from a distance.


 

Is there a difference according to you in the way mental slavery is dealt with in lets us say Curaçao and in Surinam according to you and what might be the reasons according to you?
In Surinam you had big plantations and lots of slaves, with a wide social distance between the blacks and whites. A great deal of the owners didn’t live in Surinam. In Curaçao on the contrary the plantations were much smaller in size and you had more cross relations between the owners and the slaves with lots of contacts. They were the kooks of the household, they took care (“ja-ja’s) of the children of the owners and their gardens, the slaves almost became their family. This is why you can find a lot of descendants of these owners whom's last name were related to the owner of plantation as children born out of wedlock were still recognized by their fathers. This in the Surinam context hardly ever happened. There also were a lot of free slaves in Curaçao and they could marr. Anyway it was a big melting pot. In this social context in Curaçao it wasn’t safe to talk about you and me. The social status differed depending on how white the color of your skin was and other white traits (hair, lips, eyes....etc.). Unfortunately the more black your skin color is, the more difficult your life will be, the less chances you will have compared with others with lighter colors of their skin. This was vividly illustrated in a documentary of Angela Roe and Selwyn de Windt “Sombra di kolo”, where it was shown that we in Curaçao don’t like to discuss this issue although it is also an issue in Curaçao. Not only in Curaçao btw, in Ghana where most of the slaves from the transatlantic come from and in India we also see that although only 11 % of the world population is white, others try to do everything possible within their reach to “whiten” their color and appearance.

 


In the book you also present a 7 steps approach to deal with mental slavery and other practical tips. What are experiences with these steps?
The 7-steps entail: 1. Accepting that you are influenced unconsciously by mental slavery; 2. Exploring and finding these, unconscious, believes; 3. Discuss this with other participants openly; 4. Re-program these mindsets in power sentences; 5. Forgive and detach; 6. Make a pledge to change and stay changed and finally 7. The healing phase.

The attendees experienced this as something special. In the meantimem, I have polished the 7 steps, remember this book was written 5 to 6 years ago. Furthermore when you are in “live workshops”, all of this flows much better that the steps mentioned in the book. There are so many ways through ceremonies to deeply touch people’s their souls, combined for example with drums and incenses. And when they pledge by touching their hearts, it really impacts the participants deeply.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?Success for me means being able to inspire and help 10 times more people compared with the number I am helping now. With the technology now it is do-able.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
As I am becoming older, I am becoming wiser and I have notice that there is nothing more satisfying than being of service to another human being. This is so satisfying, so I am a volunteer for 4 hours a week to the 'Luisterlijn' that is open 24/7. Anyone in distress can call and have a chat with one of the volunteers. I have noticed that there are lots of lonely people in Holland. The other day I talked to an elderly man that has not been outside of his house for 4 months because of the Covid 19. Talking with him via the 'Luisterlijn' was his only life line. The most challenging conversations are people in mental distress and I was taught. not to interfere when they talk, just listen and just by listening this caller felt an enormous relieve. I just commended the person at the end of this conversation and that was all I had to do to help. I felt great.


 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I need to be more pro-active in selling my workshops as since the Covid-19 shutdown “live” workshops stopped, I need to be more pro-active and find alternative ways to offer these workshops.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I would try to listen to the soft inner voice that isn’t so loud after I had or during my meditations. I meditate in the morning and evening, at times guided meditations from Deepak Chopra. On YouTube one can find many beautiful things.

 


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am a maniac in reading books and watching YouTubes. I am always busy and that keeps me updated.

 


What are your strengths?
I love to laugh at myself and the world.

I am very good in putting things into perspective.

I am also good at being there for people and I am good at listening.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about the 2 workshops I give. The one on Mental Slavery and the other one on Micro- agressions. I love doing that.

 

If you as Joan would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? How would you describe Joan in one word or one sentence?
I love to laugh a lot.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Hmmm,... I have to think about this. Well, I would say Jandino Asporaat ...I really admire him a lot ...I love the character “Judeska”, but I really admire his business insights. He manages his own business and he invests in Curaçao, visits schools in Curaçao to motivate our youth and he also organized a fundraising in Holland to help feed the poor in Curaçao.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
My biggest goal and purpose is to develop loving kindness towards people and be as loving possible towards other human beings.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
The publishing of my book, I am so proud of this and also the fact that I gave birth to my two daughters, so I more or less completed the narrative of having my own house with a garden (“huisje, boompje” and my own family (“beestje”;). So I am happy.

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Well, I don’t think that far way at this moment in my life and do want to be able to offer the workshops as long as possibly I can.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now when you are celebrating your birthday?
“She was a good mother”. You know the education of children is a challenge.

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of liberation from Mental Slavery?
Although change is moving slowly, I do believe that the new generations are picking up the cause and the global character of the 'Black Lives Matter' makes me stay optimistic about the future.


Connect with Joan de Windt
LinkedIn  | Facebook | E-mail: dewindtjoan@gmail.com | Afro Magazine
The book 'Weg met Mental Slavery, een doorbraak in uw denken' is available on Curaçao at Mensing's Caminada.

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Joan is a mother of 2 children, self-employed, energetic, spiritual, caring person and available for those in need. She is good in putting things in perspective, loves to laugh and loves to spread loving kindness around improving the humanity of others. As a volunteer at the 'Luisterlijn', she dedicates at least 4 hours a week to helping others, complete strangers on the phone, illustrating her altruistic nature. As an author writing the book  'Weg met Mental Slavery', 5 years ago was one of her dear wishes in her bucket list. By addressing all of the relevant issues regarding 'Mental Slavery' has given everybody, a clear overview of what we should take notice off if you are interested in this nowadays “hot” subject matter related to the movement 'Black lives matter' As a writer, for offering the 'WEG with mental slavery' workshop and the other one 'WEG with microaggressions' workshop, which is intended for everyone who wants to live in harmony and work together without racism and Afrophobia, for all this, we deeply love and respect Joan as part of the diaspora and consider her one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the Arts and Cultural sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting September: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 5 september di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on “Mental Slavery and Micro-agressions”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Jane Elliott - One Race - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_lxLJwngsw&feature=youtu.be


Nelson Mandela Speech That Changed The World - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0w7EnExt5U


How microaggressions are like mosquito bites • Same Difference - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDd3bzA7450

 

Emancipation from Mental Slavery | Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills | TEDxCulverCity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkXseTHxusw&t=781s


Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. How Is It Different From PTSD? | AJ+ Opinion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rorgjdvphek


Examples of Workplace Microaggressions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjgozDwAjqg


Influencer Gyselle Meulens-Petronia, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 19, 2020 at 2:05 AM

In this week’s blog (20th – 26th of July) we will interview Gyselle Meulens-Petronia; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind book presentation in the 21st of July; we will invite you for our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at thr 22nd of August “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “4th Industrial Revolution”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Gyselle Meulens-Petronia: Making it happen, open, enabler

 



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and have a family of five children, three of my own and two bonus daughters from my husband’s first marriage. Both live in the US. From the oldest daughter, we have two grandchildren and these are not far from our youngest daughter. So we truly are a blended family. 

I have one brother Renzo and my parents are still alive and very supportive, in fact they are a great help in the extra hands the care taking of my three children (all younger than 10 years) require. They have been very supportive during my whole life and I can still clearly remember that one day I told my father that I wanted to become a leader. He told me that: “Whatever I felt that I wanted to do in my career, I should do.” Those words always resonated with me from that moment on.

I was born in Holland, both my parents are from Curaçao and when I was 7 years old, we came back to Curaçao and when I was 17 years old, I returned to Holland and studied Fiscal Economy at the University of Groningen.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
After I got my degree I started working at KPMG-Meiburg in Holland. During some years working, I decided to continue my academic career and studied at the University of Leiden, the “Cost effects of Tax Increases” and went to work back at KPGM after finalizing my studies. After some years working, I started asking myself if this was all there is in my career?


So I made a bold decision, I decided to follow my heart and choose for a completely different career in arts. I became the financial director of Luna Blou, Dana Kibbelaar as the Artistic Director, and focused on the performing arts parts and at the other hand I became an event organizer bringing events to Curaçao. I maintained a link with my fiscal expertise and after 11 years at AIC, 4 years ago I decided to start my own company “Scale Forward”, which is what I do now.

 

What kind of business are you exactly in as an entrepreneur and what is services does your company ScaleFWD offer? 
The main goal of ScaleFwd is to enable (tech and financial related) solutions. We engage in applications / solutions that we are of the opinion that will bring an added value for the island. But we also look for financing for companies who would like to scale up. Besides that we build a bridge between Curaçao and the States through the necessary contacts and networks.

For instance 3 years ago, we organized a start up-bootcamp in collaboration with BrainCoral Labs. We brought Founders Space to the island. Founders Space is one the top accelerators of Silicon Valley. One of the world’s leading startup innovation hubs. The founders Steve Hoffman and Naomi Kukubo came to Curaçao and they liked what they saw in term of our start up tech companies.

 

Over the past 10 years that I have been in San Francisco, I have developed quite some contacts. What we do is, we offer the possibilities to companies to scale up especially related to the technology side of their business. The idea is to bring local companies in contact with companies in San Francisco. Together with the owner of BrainCoral Lab, Natasha Chatlein we enabled a weeklong action-packed bootcamp. This bootcamp's sole goal is to help the companies scale fast by giving them actionable insights into their product-market fit and business processes, as well as access to a powerful network of top advisors, growth hackers, lawyers.

Through ScaleFWD we enable and that is bringing companies to a next business level based on improved efficiency through technology and through contacts in our network.
We are now living de in the 4th Industrial Revolution era. There are so many changes taking place, in so many areas at this moment. This is really an immense change at the moment. The traditional pillars Oil, International Financial Sector and Tourism in Curaçao will not be the leading pillars of our economy in the near future. So, I believe that we will have to enable people, to learn new skills to make it possible to easily make the shift and adapt to this transition, as the changes will be inevitable.


How does going back and forth to the States affect your effectiveness to offer services to the Caribbean area?

By travelling back and forth to San Francisco over the past 10 years, has made the differences clearly visible to me. It is clearly an added value to live in both these worlds. The changes we have experienced in San Francisco (they are part of the Silicon Valley) are going so fast like Airbnb concept, Uber,..you name it, everything that has to do with efficiency that technology can offer. By being often in these two worlds, in San Francisco were the lines between the technological and the physical are blurring and the willingness of our business contacts to be helpful, their global perspective and sharing of constructive suggestions without holding back - they believe in “sharing is multiplying”-, it clearly shows me the differences in the worlds we are living in. In Curaçao technology is almost non existent compared to San Francisco were technology is so pervasive. 


In this, I would like to mention the need to re-visit our educational system as I believe parents should play an important role in this, together with the government and other stakeholders in this sector. We would have to rethink the landscape of our childrens educational curriculum. This should entail a different set of skills and mindsets, like more stem, science backed technology, math but also a critical mindset which for most of our children is not something that comes in naturally. We just need a much higher level of engineering in our educational system considering the pace the world is changing due to the 4th Industrial revolution.

Industry 4.0


How important is innovation and digitalization for Curaçao and the Caribbean and what is FinTech exactly as we are in the middle of transformational changes driven by Artificial Intelligence in the midst of a global pandemic?
FinTech is Financial Technology is digitalization of the banking sector. Its core is to provide technology to make financial services more efficient and readily accessible for anyone. It is clear that adminitrative jobs, front desks and more bookkeeping tasks will be digitalized. I am happy that the COVID-19 pandemic triggered many companies to digitalize faster than they were planning to. More than 70 % of children between the age of 4 to 6 years don’t know what their future job will look like, when they become adults. As we in Curaçao are way behind in technological sense, it gives us opportunities to access the tools that we need, as long as we have good leadership to guide us to get these tools that will bring us this new technology driven tomorrow. In COVID 19 we have seen that technology can help track who has COVID, enforce social distancing and enforce high risks persons to quarantine for the well being of all.

 



And when do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Business wise I will be successful if I would have enabled people in the educational sector to pick up STEAM and put technology in the curriculum. Coding should become as normal as picking up a book to read. That it would be normal for a parent to let their child follow an online course on how to make a video game. Snapology for instance is an outstanding program available in Curacao, that is doing a great job in terms of getting kids to engage with engineering. We need more of this. We need it to be in the schools! We need companies that can support this massively. But mainly it is up to us parents to involve our kids in these types of programs.
Those kids are our responsibility. Be it in a platform or so, parents should take the lead in this because government on itself will not make the changes, as government if doesn't feel the pressure(s) from group(s) to change the educational system, it will not change.

 

Personal success would be, doing more of the things that I love to do, that is to enable others.I know I cannot lead where I have not been, and I cannot teach what I do not know. For me there is no effort involved with helping others. That’s something that comes natural. I call myself an enabler in that sense. I love to make things possible. That triggers me. Empower the human being and power up whatever they would like to achieve.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I love to make things possible.I love to look at new things. I love Innovation, I love people that can re-invent themselves. I am always at the forefront of: “Okay, let’s try something different”. My BIG WHY? I am actually a real enabler.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront? 
My challenges are within myself, Be a better version of yourself. Everyday in everything we do. it is about overcoming my self. The obstacles I put for myself and overcoming these fears which can be all sort of fears. they can be big or small fears. To overcome them is not easy at all. It’s about rewiring your brain. Develop mantras and affirmations that build you up. Like the bo'oponopono mantra "I am sorry - Please forgive me - Thank you and I love you" is one of my strongest mantras I use whenever I feel an instant fear. And then I use mediation to look deeper into this fear. Meditation allows me to sink slowly into a deep space of relaxation, surrendering to the present moment and dispelling fear in the process. That takes practice and dedication.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I am very connected spiritually. The older I have become, the more I use my gut feeling instead of my left brain. If my intuition says “No” like taking a flight on Sunday or Monday, I will follow my intuition. This has become even more clearer for me with the birth of my children. I value my intuition.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Between 3 and 4 am, I wake up and read all that is important for me and go through my virtual conferences especially lately and by 2 or 3 pm, I am done. That was my day in terms of work.

 

What are your strengths?
I am a very open person, it comes easy to me to talk and engage with other people. I am strong in communicating with others. I am an enthusiastic person and I love to explore new things, new worlds. 

I am not a people’s reader, but I come close to being one, as I can sense other people’s energies. I am a good humored person by nature, if something didn’t go well today, I would sleep over it and the next day pick it up again with the same or even more energy.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about Women in general. It’s inspiring for me to read and learn about other Women and their driving force. The things that make them unique and at the same time powerful. Because being a woman myself and putting on so many roles - a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur- I know is not easy. I have grown so much. I am close to being as authentic as I can be. I have been inspired by other great women and leaders like Oprah Winfrey. I had this desire to meet her personally and talk to her which happened and that was one of my top manifestation moments in my life, as Oprah is a very spiritual and warm person. She was watching me right in my eyes and gave me her undivided attention when we talked. It was awesome. An unforgettable moment.

 

If you as Gyselle would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am Gyselle from Curaçao and I am enabler.

How would you describe Gyselle in one word or one sentence?
Making it happen, open, enabler.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?

My father. He is a very humble man and open and very social towards people he know but also to strangers. He has taughed me a lot about communicating with people. 

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
On my way to be as close as possible to whom I am. I am almost there, but I don’t feel that I have reached it yet. I am working on this every single day via my meditations as my foundation and through reading.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I became a mother, all of a sudden I realized, that when I didn’t have any children, I thought that everything was possible. Now that I have them, I am much more aware that I need to guide them, be supportive, listen to them because every day they teach you lessons and let go of the person that I am myself. It is a continuous learning process. Apart from my career and trying to be the best wife and mother possible, my children look up to me and this is a responsibility that I have as a parent, which is huge and awesome.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be able to say “No”, without any reasoning. “No” as a full sentence, just being very comfortable saying that.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Whenever they were in touch with me, I made them feel happy, good or better.

 

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
My kids, they make me stay positive, this upcoming generation I am convinced that if they get the tools, they can make the turnaround the island needs.

 

Connect with Gyselle Meulens-Petronia
LinkedIn

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Gyselle Meulens-Petronia, is a wife, mother of 5 children, grandmother, energetic, spiritual, visionary, warm hearted enabler of innovation that has a strong affinity and involvement in arts and culture. Apart from being a business owner (Scale Forward), Gyselle is passionate on enabling people and companies to be better versions of themselves, with a special attention towards the next generations. Living her life between San Francisco (Silicon Valley) and as of this year New York and Curaçao, has made her a fervent advocate of the necessity to focus more on tech, math and science in the curriculum in our educational system. As we are living in an ERA of the 4th Industrial Revolution, those whom are between 4 tot 6 years old will live in a totally new world, completely dominated by technology and science and for most of these children, we have no clue in what kind of jobs they will be working, when they become adult. Gyselle firmly believes that our new normal should be that our kids should find learning “codes” and following an On-line course on how to make a video-game, as normal as reading a book. Just like working collaboratively with no holding back, as the transformational changes in the coming years will be inevitable and it offers opportunities. This requires leadership necessary to bring to the island the tools required to play a role in this new world of Tech and Science. As Gyselle is trying to be the best she can be in all her roles she has in life, her drive to enable others and companies to be better versions of themselves, for companies this means to scale up via tech and have a collaborative and global perspective, her clear vision to influence the curriculum of our educational system to prepare the future generations with the right knowledge and mindsets is remarkable. Because of all of this, we deeply love and respect Gyselle and consider her one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the Business (Innovation) sector.

 

 


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

 

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


 

Our next MYM-platform session in July via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Weg met Mental Slavery, zelfhulpboek een doorbraak in uw denken”, by Joan de Windt.

 

Joan: “..The book is meant to make the truth known about history, which they taught us in school. There, we were mainly learned that our ancestors were slaves, taken from a poor continent where everybody was sick and hungry or at war. We were not told that Africa possessed a wealthy kingdom with people that were highly skilled in art, education, industry, etc. Knowledge is power, free yourself from mental slavery..”

Joan graduated from the School for Journalism in Utrecht, and worked for more than 25 years as an editor for around seven different public service broadcasters. In her free time, she completed her propaedeutic year in Law at the UvA and followed a social psychological training (SPSO) in Utrecht. She has given the workshop "WEG with mental slavery" many times. At the request of many, she also developed the "WEG with micro-aggressions" workshop, which is intended for everyone who want to live in harmony and work together without racism and afrophobia, and the many other ways in which Afros are excluded as the so-called "Other". Joan: “Dit is het eerste en enige zelfhulpboek voor mensen die afstammen van de tot slaaf gemaakte afrikanen, in het Nederlands taalgebied.”.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting August: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 22 di Ougùstùs di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on the 4th Industrial revolution. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? | CNBC Explains - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9rZOa3CUC8

 

The 4th Industrial Revolution and Standards - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIwLtYIoPDg

 


World Economic Forum | Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0DMFadnioo

 


Globalization 4.0 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vORRyZQDR8Y

 


The World Economic Forum Founder Shares The Biggest Threat To The Economy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlPHamvvNf8

 


What is fintech? | CNBC Explains - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EoNrg_DR3s

 


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