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Influencer Thakai Doran, This week Book Lovers Happy Hour at Chit Chat Café, Next Master Your Mind-platform session and this week tips

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (10th -16th of December) we will interview Thakaidzwa Doran better known as Thakai; we will invite you to our year’s ending “Book Lovers”- event at Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada on the 13th of December; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of December and we will share some video links on “Resilience” as personal coaching tips for this week. Every single day during this week, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook/share2uplift page.

Thakai Doran, driven, hungry and humble

We have come to know you since 2015 as a very dynamic person involved in different networks especially in the sports networks and with a focus on our youth. You were born in Curaçao and please tell us some more of your family?
“Sure, from my mother’s side which I have grown up with, I have 2 other brothers and 1 sister. I am a father of 2 sons, a 7 year and a 2 year, that I am very fond off and my parents are still alive and I care a lot for them. I have studied in Holland from 1999 till 2008. In 2008, I decided to come to live back in Curaçao, because I wanted to contribute here, but in the early beginnings it wasn’t easy. My passion was to educate youth and that is why I started teaching youth of Tera Kora, baseball. My motivation to dedicate so much attention to our youth was triggered because I believed in the importance of educating our youth to let them become better citizens. I have started first to teach at school “Juan Pablo Duarte” because it was not easy to get a job into sports. On top of my job as a Physical Education teacher, I coordinated 'School sport wedstrijden' with a couple of strong and motivated teachers Mr. Louisa & Mr. Jonis at school. We formed teams to participate at the island games were there were “school against school”- competitions. I was like a busy bee, because I was doing my daily job as a teacher and I was also board member of the local baseball federation as the secretary and 1 year even as the president.”

You always loved sports and your favorite sport is basketball and you still practice this?
“No I do not practice basketball anymore, due to a back injury. But I do exercise at home and swim 2x a week.”

You are the director of FDDK since 2015 and as this was a new organization consisting of an integration of two organizations, this has been a big challenge for you, but as we speak now in 2018 you are still being challenged, but you have grown a lot and are better able to deal with those challenges being in the middle at times of contending stake holders externally and internally dealing with your supervisory board, employees and political arena, while the money available for FDDK is scarce.
“It is a huge challenge, but I am not afraid of challenges. Now I know what it means when they say, it is lonely at the top. But I have decided, that I want a new challenge, so I will be leaving FDDK after 4 years for a new challenge.”


You have founded a foundation 'Curaçao Athlete Development Foundation' that wants to promote track and field because you firmly believe that Curaçao has the talent to compete on the highest levels in sports and furthermore these athletes can become very positive role models for the next generations coming. In fact, some of these athletes were involved in motivational speaker’s assignments to employees of different companies proving that the character traits and attitude needed to compete on the highest levels is something one can use in all sectors of our society.
“Yes, it first started in 2016 before the Olympics in Rio Brazil where I sold the portrait rights of Liemarvin Bonevacia to UTS. After the Olympics, I got closer with Liemarvin Bonevacia, Churandy Martina, Terrence Agard & Hensley Paulina. By that time, we started organizing Motivational talks to local companies such as KPMG, CIFA, AMICORP & MCB. That same year in 2016, I went with Churandy Martina and some of the other athletes to an Financial tradeshow with CIFA to promote Sports & Business. We got closer and closer and in 2017 we organized the first speed clinic, giving back to the kids of Curaçao. In 2018, we started a program travelling with these athletes during the year of 2018 creating content of them during their International games. For all this “content” we collaborated closely with CWM, CTB and the TV 8.”


We have heard that there are plans to create a multi-functional facility enabling athletes from other countries to come for either training purposes or to compete in different areas of sports like soccer, baseball, track and field and what have you more, which can create spin-offs in our economy and on itself can inspire local youth to dedicate themselves to become the best they can be in their preferred sports. This in itself will in a much broader sense also inspire others in all age groups to practice sports as long as they can. You sincerely belief this.
“Yes, the business plan is solid and we also got the financial request approved by APC last year. We also got the approval last year from the Council of the Ministers for the last part that missed. But when something goes through the “bureaucratic aparatik” it will get stuck. So, it is stuck in there up to this moment.

But then, I still believe in this multi-functional facility, but it is primarily for the local community itself and the business case was on generating more income in order to maintain the facility on that level that local and international users can make good use of it. It is a concept based on the idea, that the government doesn’t have enough funds to maintain big sport facilities in a small scale economy and Curaçao is a small scale economy, so we must look for other possibilities and that was it what we tried.”

You have been involved in leadership development and like LMI leadership course offered by Roxana Croes and belief that one should always try to improve one self. That is why you are trying also to keep up with your skills, because you belief in continuous learning and you enable others to grow. For example, you deliberately work to empower employees at FDDK and look for ways and means for them also to develop their leadership skills. You like being involved in community activities and you love meeting different kinds of people, right?
“Since I was a child, I have been educated that to be multi-dimensional in my interests, so it can help you to see and experience other things in life. My parents pushed me into sports activities and scouting, but I have chosen for sports.”

In what way did your parents played a role in your sense of being involved in community involvement?
“This was an instinct of myself. As a person, I am social and like to interact, so it comes with my character that I like to be around people to learn more and broaden my network and knowledge.”


You are of the opinion that you can master your own destiny and should not wait things to fall in your lap. Where did that come from?
“Yes, I always wanted to do something back for sports in my country. By visualizing myself in the position of the director of the local sports foundation of the it could be easy for me, to make changes that would benefit the whole country. Visualizing and working hard on that for 7 years after coming back to the Island, I became the board director of the Sports Grassroots Foundation of Curaçao.”

Is this the reason why you started the foundation focused on stimulating track and field and the reason why you belief that Curaçao can create a multi-functional sports venue?
“The reason that I have started the foundation Curaçao Athlete Development is that it could be a vehicle for enhancing the power of what we have in this world of athletes. If we think in how to make a business out of it, it could help our island, economy, image and the future of the people of Curaçao. One of the things is we need role models for the future and the positive that sports brings along, this gives us hope and keeps us alive.”



If you as Thakai 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 Thakaidzwa Doran. I am driven, hungry and humble.”

Your leadership capacities are obvious but where did this come from?
“It came from a lot of dedication, discipline.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strength?
“Being a young director, I have learned a lot from my mistakes. In my actual situation as director, I wished I could have had all the tools to do a better job. It is a must to, once every 3 month, to get out of your work environment and to get some air to search and get inspired with new ideas. Furthermore, you must have different coaches in order to grow and go to the next level.”


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“My process of letting the position of board director at FDDK is a defining moment right now in my life at this moment in 2018/2019. I have reached my goal and it is like what else can we do. So, I am open now to do other things that still keep that fire in me burning.”


We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opinionated person? Where does this drive come from?
“Wooooowww, I have never stood still and analyze that. What I can say is, that by complaining you won’t get far. I always try to look for a solution in all kinds of situation I am in.”

What are your other strengths?

“I know to choose my battles, I am not easily offended and with lots patience and with faith I achieve a lot of my goals.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or something else.
“It is spiritual.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now? Or can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for short and long term?
“A consulting company is my next step, do the things that makes me happy, I am not aiming to be in a “formal position or thing”- guy or that I have to be General Manager to be seen and appreciated. I am going to be happy and rich in 10 years.”


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“That you have the freedom to choose where you want to go. It could be in Curaçao or somewhere else.”


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“Be yourself, and when you find something that is not challenging anymore, go and look for something else. Do not get stuck in the old mentality that you have to stick in a job for 30 years and after that retire with a pension. Working should be, to love what you do every single day and that is what drives and pushes you out of your bed, as simple as that.”

Go for more to:
Curaçao Athlete Development - Home | Facebook

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Thakai Dorna, because of whom he is, being involved in sports his whole career until now and of late as director of FDDK serving our community especially in the sports area and now on the brink to take a new important step in his personal journey. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.
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.

Book Lovers Happy Hour – are you also coming? 
On Thursday 13th of December at 7.00PM, come and we will share our experiences regarding the books we presented.

Never attended one Chit Chat book discussion? Feel free and you are most welcome.
It free of charge. So, see you coming

Thursday at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing's Caminada!

Register via info@mensings.com
Join this event.



The next Master Your Mind Platform session | Also live via Facebook
Our next MYM-platform session will be transmitted for the first time live via Facebook of Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou.

It will be on the 20th of December.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books '21 lesson for the 21st century', by Yuval Noah Harari (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and 'Innercise, the new science to unlock your brain’s hidden power', by John Assaraf (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Click to attend this session.



Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Reslience”. Every single day during the week, we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

This Is The Best Video I’ve Seen On Perseverance & Resilience: “There’s no dishonor in having a disability” | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day.
larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/08/24/this-is-the-best-video-ive-seen-on-perseverance-resilience-theres-no-dishonor-in-having-a-disability/


Resilience in the workplace - short video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpY8DGYGtY


What is resilience? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcbTmw1Y48I


Resilience - Motivational Video - Steve Jobs - Tony Robbins - Eric Thomas - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJXHWtDY4JQ


What is Resilience? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoNh7RNtQzk


Resilience - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPzGT8U5m-o


Influencer Ivan de Windt, This month Master Your Mind-platform session and this week tips

Posted on December 2, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview entrepreneur Ivan Maurice de Windt, we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session, that will be also be transmitted live via Facebook of Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou and we will share with you our weekly video links as personal motivation tips on the mind, body and heart connection. Every day, during the week, we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Ivan Maurice De Windt, patience and caring

“I was born in Holland 28-12-1980 and I have one sister, I am fond of my immediate family. I graduated in “Finance and Computer Science” at the Manhattan Ville University in the Westchester County in New York and I also had a special interest in Photography.”

Why did you do photography, while you were studying Finance and Computer science?
“I did this because I love the creative part of Photography and I enjoy capturing the world as it is. Btw, I was inspired to do this because of my sister Lysaye, whom also loves photography.”

When did you came back to Curaçao?
“I came back to Curaçao in 2014 and from February till September 2014, I was spending alternatively three weeks in Curaçao and one week in New York at CITCO. In fact, I started working immediately at CITCO in New York, 15 days after finishing my graduation. In hindsight, I would have preferred taking some time off before I started working at CITCO. In this transition period and transition year, I started setting up a gym as a side job in Curaçao, but after a short while, I decided to dedicate myself full time to the gym, I set up with two other business partners. I decided basically to become an entrepreneur, because as we speak now, I also am shareholder of a Real Estate company together with my wife and alos run an Import Export company currently importing Solo Coco, an organic Coconut oil due to my focus on healthy living. 

This has become my central theme for some time as I developed this interest as I was a student in the US. It originated from my love for sports. I was practicing different sports while in the US, I played tennis and I was involved in swimming and I did some recreational basketball. As I was so passionate about sports in the beginning when I was in the US, it never occurred to me, that I would end up setting up a fitness facility in Curaçao as a business entrepreneur.”

From graduating in Finance and Computer Science, to becoming an entrepreneur isn’t that a major career shift?
“Yes indeed, it was a major career shift and it was one of the most decisive moments of my life until now. I was leaving behind the safety of a fixed monthly salary working in a business sector where I could use my knowledge and skills acquired at the University, namely in Finance, but I wasn’t feeling happy doing that job. I had to overcome a lot of fear and go out, follow my dream and vision and use the road never travelled to get there. I had no direct role models in the fitness entrepreneur sector and what I envisioned was a total new concept in Curacao. I have overcome all of that and this makes me feel very empowered at this moment in time.”

Was this an instant epiphany or did it grow over time, this interest for Cross Fit?
As I mentioned before, I was passionate about sports and from this originated my love for working out in a gym in the US. Then, I got to know the CrossFit methodology as an approach to fitness that made so much sense to me. It incorporates all the ten general physical skills human beings need to stay fit and healthy. Check this link for 10 general Physical Skills | CrossFit www.crossfitrandolph.com/10-general-physical-skills/.


Furthermore it can appeal to all age groups and levels of fitness, from professional athletes, to the elderly and kids. Basically, it is very inclusive and by getting myself more involved in crossfit, I gradually got involved in other aspects relevant for a more holistic approach for our clients. We are just now preparing the launch of a new logo for 5 triple 9, as our theme has evolved and our business model now entails three parts of fitness:

1. a physical;
2. an emotional and
3. a mental part,
that need to be in complete balance and that enables our clients to master the art of their fulfillment.

I said “evolved”, because after going to the motions of getting the gym consolidated, I noticed that clients at times had other issues that were blocking their personal development and standing in their way to fully and consistently grow and become more fit. And this became my mission.”


We know that you are permanently educating your-self in the self-development area? Where did that came from?
““I was always interested in personal development mostly inspired by my mother. She was reading books like “The power of Now”, by Eckart Tolle and “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”, by John Gay. You know, as I don’t like reading my Mom used to read parts of these books and discuss them with me. And then I discovered audio-books and I still don’t read a lot of books, but I do listen to audio books a lot and by doing this via space repetition and absorb the quintessence of these books on personal development. I have a very inquisitive mind. I do a lot of self-reflection and one way to learn is, that every book I go through at times multiple times, I checked out what works. So, when one of my clients is having a need, I really do my utmost to address this need. So, I literally distil practical tips from the books I work through and this adds value for my clients."

Can you give an example on how you work?
Ok, I tell clients for example, to identify their true identity and we will brainstorm on this and then once this is determined, the client must start to live according to this identity and share their actions with 5 accountability partners for accountability reasons and support. Once the client accepts this identity, they will have to live according to their true identity and ask them self what this identity would buy in the supermarket, how would they walk and feel like and this creates a structure for sustainable changes. Basically, we are priming them for their success.

And ultimately if we can’t come up with a solution, we refer clients to other professionals to address their issues. If we can’t offer something specifically relevant for our client, like for example yoga, we refer them to one of our contacts in our network.”


What is your BIG WHY?

“My Big Why is the lessening of the unnecessary suffering I see around me because of lack of knowledge and professional guidance. My aim is to empower clients, our methodology is basically educational. And we tell our clients that if you don’t need us anymore, our work has been done well. But then they keep coming back to us, because they love our ambience, the fun part in our gym and they see that we are modeling the correct knowledge based lifestyle.

But my inquisitive mindset, this love for self-reflection on “what I could have done better” and my caring, my drive to help our customers the best we possibly can, at times becomes my challenge and it can become contra productive. It costs time and this time sometimes comes at the expense of my other goals. Following a leadership course module of LMI with Roxana Croes-Berg, made me aware of this. My challenge is to create a win-win balance between those two polarities.”


Where would you be 5 years from now and do you have international ambitions?
“This mission we have is not limited to Curaçao. What we offer, I haven’t seen around elsewhere in the world. So, we do have international ambitions. But for the coming 5 years I visualize our own location offering all the services I mentioned before.” 


We have come to understand, that you also are an advocate of intermittent Fasting. Can you tell us something about this?
“My approached evolved into a more holistic approach and one of methods we suggest is Intermittent Fasting. What is it exactly? Intermittent fasting is a type of diet where you eat within a specific period of time, and you fast the rest of the time. With Intermittent Fasting, you fast for 16 hours and eat two/three meals within a 8-hour window. Other combinations of fasting are 20 hour fasting and a 4 hour window or 16 hour fasting and a 8 hour. Our body only really exists in two states – the fed state and the fasted state. Either we are storing food energy, or we are burning it. It’s one or the other. If eating and fasting are balanced, then there is no net weight gain. In the “hunters gatherers”-era of human beings, we didn’t every eat the whole day. It is only recently in the “Information” age that we start eating the minute we roll out of bed, and do not stop until we go to sleep, we spend almost all our time in the fed state. Over time, we will gain weight. We have not allowed our body any time to burn food energy. To restore balance or to lose weight, we simply need to increase the amount of time we burn food energy. That’s intermittent fasting. In essence, fasting allows the body to use its stored energy. After all, that’s what it is there for. The important thing to understand is that there is nothing wrong with that. That is how our bodies are designed. That’s what dogs, cat, lions and bears do. That’s what humans do. If you are constantly eating, as is often recommended, then your body will simply use the incoming food energy and never burn the body fat. You’ll only store it. Your body will save it for a time when there is nothing to eat. You lack balance. You lack fasting.

Now before I go any further I would like to elaborate on the science behind this fasting method. Burning off unhealthy fat— and also with other health benefits, including a faster metabolism, better blood sugar levels, and lower risk for certain chronic diseases — this may explain some of the health benefits associated with fasting.

One last remark on intermittent fasting: Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist, has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for his discoveries on a process whereby cells essentially eat themselves. The process is called autophagy, and though it’s essential for your health, By recycling part of the cellular content, autophagy allows our body to cope with starvation and with all types of stress.” Autophagy Explained: youtu.be/FGoLcJxApCA

What would you want your loved ones, family and friends want to say about you when you turn 60?
"I want them to give two-folded answer, proud of me of what I created as a entrepreneur and proud of what I have meant for them on a personal basis.”


How would you describe yourself in one word or one sentence, if you would meet someone in a bus let us say in New York?
““Patient and caring. I can see it in a lot of things that I do, I am very generous in giving other people time and being compassionate. Recently the lady that cleans our home now for 2 or 3 months, told me that.”


What makes you optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“Yes, I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao. II am an entrepreneur and I belief that is what is happening here in Curacao is cyclical. You have to take charge of the situation and create value to the society yourself. My belief is: “You got to buy when the market is down, it is a cycle, that is what I do. I firmly belief in a future in Curaçao.”

What are your strong points?

“I have a lot of patience, I have lots of determination and can see through possible interrelationships creatively between things and that serves me well. I have a degree in Finance, so I know numbers, but I migrated into health, sports and personal self-development area. This ended up in the business model we have now.”

Whom has inspired you the most in your life?

“In the area of self-development, as this is now part of my business model, it was my mother whom I deeply admire and has inspired me. For years on her interest in self-development and self-improvement triggered my interest and enabled me to deal with life challenges by upgrading my knowledge and skills level tools kit.
My sister I deeply admire because of her courage to leave her job where we both worked and follow her passion, being photography. She inspired me to leave CITCIO also and also follow my passion, for as where I worked I wasn’t happy.
My father I admire deeply also because of his business abilities, networks and capacity to get things done.
Finally, my wife because of her ambition, drive and daily work ethic that really motivates me.”

What was your biggest challenge and lesson learned up to now?
“My biggest challenge in what later on became my biggest lesson learned is, my first experiences working with 2 other partners, starting our business. I was the majority shareholder, but it didn’t work out. I was disappointed because in my drive to get my vision implemented, they were not having the same enthusiasm as I did and maybe trusted for too long, that they would go along and see and believe in the vision. But anyways it is a lesson learned and in that sense a blessing. Now I am the one responsible for the decision making I feel like things can move along better and that feels great. I would follow my gut feeling more in the future instead of rationalizing my decisions, self-reflecting too much and overthinking. When something doesn’t feel right according to my gut feeling, I should follow my intuition. Hopefully I will keep following my gut more in the future.”

For more information on 5 Triple 9 go to: 
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2325932334300174/
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2192221717463409/
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2368030360090935/
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2343329752560432/

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Ivan Maurice de Windt, because of whom he is, running his businesses and serving our community especially in the welness and life fulfillment area. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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 will be on the 20th of December
The next Master Your Mind Platform session will be transmitted for the first time “live via 

This session will be transmitted for the first time live via Facebook of Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou.




Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on Mind, body and heart connection. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What is CrossFit? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzD9BkXGJ1M

Exercise and the Brain - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJW7dYXPZ2o

Wendy Suzuki: The brain-changing benefits of exercise | TED Talk
www.ted.com/talks/wendy_suzuki_the_brain_changing_benefits_of_exercise

15-Minute Mind-Body Workout Circuit - Women's Health - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vIAsZUQ_2Mc


Exercise therapy for mental illness - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6JIXnwW03Q


7-Minute Workout - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECxYJcnvyMw


Influencer Saneleo Petronella, This week workshop at Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada and this week tips

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Saneleo Petronella, an Influencer that is very active in our agriculture sector; we will invite you to our next Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada workshop on the 29th of November; we will share some personal coaching video tips with you as video links. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Saneleo Petronella: humble, passionate and dedicated to serve his community

We have been experiencing you as a very dynamic person since we met you in 2015. You were born in Curaçao and you are fond of your family. You went to the Salesian University in Venezuela planning to become a religious teacher (studied Theology, the science of religion). But, because of the difficult and worsening socio-economic situation in Venezuela, you returned back to Curaçao in 2011. Your company is working for a middle-sized company and you are involved in the sales department of this company. You speak Spanish very well and you are a very social person that can connect easily with other people, that is why you started in the sales department.

But, you are also very humble and a down to earth person. You have grown up to love animals and your vision is, that all children in Curaçao also learn to love animals. In your vision, this is a way to learn children emotional intelligence. Give them responsibility to care for an animal and they will develop compassion.

You are now chairperson of KOABA (Kooperativa Agrario Banda Ariba) and they offer vegetables and fruits every single week up for sale. You are a religious person and this gives you lots of strength.
“Yes, I am a very religious person and this combined with some routines like going to church and prayer gives me so much strength.”

You have always been interested also in personal development and you have followed leadership courses at LDI - LMI Curaçao offered by Roxana Croes-Berg and was inspired to do this because of how people can change when they go to courses on leadership and personal development.
“I saw how my uncle Luello Girigorie, now Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs his attitude towards life has changed drastically and this has inspired me and still inspires me, to change myself in a very positive way.”

If you would meet a stranger in the bus and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
 “How are you, a good and productive day to you. I am Saneleo Petronella and I am a servant of our society.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My role models where, apart from Luello Girigorie that I mentioned before, also my grandfather.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“First of all, I had this feeling that I have wasted lots of time in my life, but then again I began understanding, that without these experiences I wouldn’t have had the results that I am experiencing now. Now, I know what my talents are. For me it has always been important to look at my personal journey from the positive side and this allows me to learn from mistakes I have made in the past and use them as stepping stones to continue with my journey. My biggest challenge is being sufficiently disciplined. Discipline is such an important pre-requisite for success.”

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“In 2005 my mother passed away and I felt a big emptiness in me, that I wasn’t able to deal with until 2011, six years later. I found a book my mother gave me in the past, describing in great detail whom I am and what my talents and strengths are. This was a defining moment that changed my life totally.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opinionated person? You influence a lot of people. Where does that come from?
“When I reflect back on my life, this has been the common thread through all my life. It was like this in Curacao, in Venezuela where I finalized my advanced studies, and in all organizations or activities where I participated in. I always wanted to know and go back to find out what are the origins of things, I always looked to explore issues from different angles and this investigative mindset I have always used, before coming to any kind of conclusion. This resulted into me listening to different people and reading a lot. By doing this I always get a deeper understanding of issues, enabling me to explain situations from different angles and suggest specific solutions and this is usually very appreciated by others.”

What are your other strengths?
“My humbleness, passion and willingness to always share.”|

How would you describe Saneleo in one word or one sentence?
“Humble, passionate and dedicated to serve his community.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“My drive is my desire to help others and to see the good in other human beings.”

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now?
“Ten or 15 years from now, I want my company to be stable and strong. My company entails the nursery and construction of greenhouses, but also advisory services to home (non-industrial) famers. I want part of the profit of these activities to go to my foundation that I founded, that aims at giving back to children and our youth, via the love for animals, teaching them compassion and understanding of the importance of agriculture but also the understanding for a sustainable and healthy environment.”

Can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for the short term and long term?
"Short term: To make my company profitable.
Long term: Have enough funds to give back to our society to children and our youth.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
“That they would consider me to be a very humble, caring and successful person.”

Saneleo, since we have met you way back in 2015, you have shared with us your vision on the potential of the agricultural sector in Curaçao. Can you expand on this a little more?
“I belief in lots of opportunities, that exist in the agricultural sector on all levels in Curaçao. Most of our farmers are not using modern techniques and technology in their farming, neither do they use the best way to plan and organize their farming.

I belief that there are lots of opportunities and “ways and means” to improve in these areas. I will mention a few possibilities.
I am convinced that the moment we start to teach and educate a willing traditional farmer to learn the new possibilities, the farmer in due time will see important positive changes, like in:

1. A more efficient production, meaning higher output per crop;
2. More efficient use of water;
3. Better control of the costs of production;
4. Better use of inputs used to guarantee the output;
5. Improved planning of the production;
6. A more diversified production;
7. More financial resources to offer more workers job opportunities.

This is just to mention a few opportunities. This will translate itself into spin-offs, to mention some, like:
1. A higher quality of their products;
2. Improved regulation of the production to prevent waste of locally produced products, because of overproduction of one or more products;
3. More job opportunities in this sector;
4. An agricultural sector that is better controlled;
5. and an opportunity to classify products in 3 categories.

If we would transform and migrate into using these modern methods, like the use of Greenhouses (a structure with walls and roof made chiefly of transparent material, such as glass, agriculture UV plastic or shade cloth in which plants requiring regulated climatic conditions are grown), Container Farming (manufactures farming units from recycled shipping containers), Hydroponics (a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent), Aquaponics (a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals), Aereoponics (is an indoor gardening practice in which plants are grown and nourished by suspending their root structures in air and regularly spraying them with a nutrient and water solution) to mention a few, with the right knowledge we can produce even more, we will have better control over the costs, the quality of the products being produced, better calculation of the prices of the end products (fruits or vegetables) and more uniformity in the products being produced,…. etc etc….
I am just mentioning these points and I am not being complete, because there are more opportunities."


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

“I have taken a decision to become part of the solution of the country and I have decided to dedicate my focus on positive things happening in Curaçao. By changing my lens, this gives me the opportunity to see lots of opportunities and positive developments in Curaçao and it is this that keeps me optimistic about the future of Curaçao. I just wanted to illustrate the vast opportunities that exist in the agricultural sector. For me, instead at looking at our situation from a point of view of problems to be solved, I choose to look at the solutions for the challenges we face. When a country is confronted with challenges, that is the golden opportunity to look for solutions. The moment that - and this could be any citizen on Curaçao - we start looking at solutions, we will start finding opportunities for ourselves, others and for the whole of the society. I firmly belief that agriculture, be it industrial or at home on a very small domestic scale, is an alternative for the challenges our country faces. Let start looking at solutions. I firmly belief that on different occasions we have identified these types of solutions. Let us make use of these so that each one of us can be part of the solution that all of us so desperately long for.

To end this interview, do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“I would like to share a quote that works for me:

"If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined". Paul J. Meyer”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Saneleo Petronella, because of whom he is, dedicated and passionate in serving our society by offering value to our agricultural sector and also starting to take baby steps in teaching children and our youth, the love for animals, teaching them compassion and understanding of the importance of agriculture and teaching them the understanding of a sustainable and healthy environment. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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 Chit Chat workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on the 29th of November.
We would like to invite you to our last Chit Chat workshop of this year.

Title: How to level up your brain power, tips to unlock your brain’s hidden power.

Date: 29th of November

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9 pm

More on: Facebook event




Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Grief”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift.

COCOON - A Short Film About Grief & Loss - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WY_rbQJUV4

The Grieving Process: Coping with Death - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsYL4PC0hyk

Why You Shouldn't Mourn The Death Of A Loved One | Neale Donald Walsch - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v9NDLWC_CZ0

How grief feels | Robbie Stamp | TEDxLondon - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GfthkyzW5s

Looking at the Other Side of Grief | May Jones | TEDxGreatHillsWomen - YouTube
hwww.youtube.com/watch?v=cTJRjx9yHGU

Grief is Good | Joe Primo | TEDxAsburyPark - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=snbc6jg0Oro


Influencer Mishane Arrendell, Upcoming Chit Chat Workshop and helpful tips on Time Management

Posted on November 18, 2018 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (19th – 25th of November) we will interview Mishane Arrendell; we will invite you to our next Chit Chat workshop on the 29th of November at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some video-links on “Time Management”. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Mishane Arrendell, passionate and never gives up


Mishane is a very dynamic person. She was born in Holland and she has lived there for 15 years including when she went back in Holland for her studies. She has one sister and one brother.
“I am the middle one, my sister lives in Jacksonville Florida and my brother lives here in Curaçao. Both of my parents are still alive. Last but not least I have one child, a daughter 10 years old, but it is always full house as we have 6 cats, 2 dogs, 2 fishes, and 2 guinea pigs. So, I have my hands full.”

Mishane you like reading books and you want Mensing's Caminada to be a trend setter in different areas. Mensing is now more than just a book shop.
“I love meeting different kind of people, we are very active in branding Mensing as a business that is bigger than a bookshop. Books were my life as a child and young adult, unfortunately, I have less time to read right now so I try to keep up by attending workshops and other book events. I try to meet as much authors as I can or people that love to read. That is one privilege I have working here in Mensing. I would like Mensing to become a meeting place for the whole family and be a platform for writers or anyone with a good idea. To give them the opportunity to showcase their book or idea. It is also very important for me that Mensing is a place where you can learn, develop yourself and where information can be shared. Hopefully this effort will bring “like minded” people together for all age groups, like children, teens, parents, adults, but also our seniors.

You are of the opinion, that you can master your own destiny and should not wait things to fall in your lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. Where did that come from?
”I was raised that way, to give a lot of yourself and be involved in order for something to succeed. My parents worked long hours, so I don’t know better.”


You are trying also to keep up with your skills and you enable other to grow. Is this part of your social responsibility as Mensing?
For example Steven Coutinho the former regional director of RBC Caribbean shared with us, that you were the one that made him transform his original draft of his book “Breaking Rank” to become more accessible for a broader audience.

“Yes, I consider this a part of our responsibility. Breaking Rank changed my life, even though the first draft was not an easy read, but I enjoyed the journey the book took me on and it gave me the opportunity to meet such an intelligent and inspiring person. We do promote a lot of products to help people grow in all kinds of areas, for example some would like to grow spiritually, another one wants to increase their productivity or to be more happy. To keep up with this, I grow personally and I am better in understanding the needs of our clients. Another example of our social responsibility is, that Mensing is offering speakers involved in personal development, to address audiences from all walks of life enabling them at the one hand, but at the other hand also attracting different audiences to visit Mensing.”


You are also very supportive to the ideas of Share2uplift to “Connect dots and align efforts of 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life”. Is this a deliberate policy?
 “This is a deliberate policy. I want Mensing to become a platform for speakers (authors or others) and I want people to grow in all areas of their lives so I will support any organization that wants to connect people and I will always seek ways and means, to work together. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

If you as “Mishane” 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? “That is a good question, because I will always skip myself and focus on the person in front of me and ask “WHO are you?” But if I have to, well….. I would tell them about my work, I love my work and my daughter, the two things I get out of my bed for, every single day.”

How would you describe Mishane in one word or one sentence?
 “Passionate and I never give up.”

Your leadership capacities are obvious but where did this come from? “I like to lead and be an example for others. But I don’t like to lead all by myself or in the traditional ways. If I am in a job where they expect me to lead traditionally, I won’t succeed. I want people to be involved and try to give back the responsibility wherever I can. I look for the strengths and good qualities in people and try to give them the freedom to develop that quality or qualities. This comes from within, it is hard to explain. But it has always been there, it is something natural.”

Whom are the persons, that have inspired you the most in your career?
“I meet so many people in my career that inspire me, but I am inspired the most by people whom have persistence and that belief in what they want to achieve and just go for it and do it. The one person I would like to mention is my very good friend Arthur Kibbelaar, he has been my guide and coach throughout my career and personal life. Lately I have been inspired by some authors like Steven Coutinho the author from the book “Breaking Rank” and Gerry Lewis author of the book “Shine”. But also people like Haydee Hermans from “Soul Garden”, whom inspired me to consider the concept of Mensing being more than a book store and Emeli Colen from “Black Curaçao”. They just do their thing and follow their own course and they have made their passion their work.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strength? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
"I took some time before I could find my strengths. After finalizing my secondary school exams (VWO diploma) I wanted to become an accountant, can you believe that? But I knew that after going through the first study year, I knew that this would end in a failure, so I switched to a more general curriculum, that contained “Economy” as a Major and that went well. But at the end of my studies, I ended up working for a firm of auditors. But again, I knew that I wouldn’t end my career here. Then a friend of mine, recommended me a job, that was available at that moment and I ended up becoming a GM for a large brand in Curaçao. So, after 3 months of working at the firm of Auditors, I made a switch and went to work for retail company and this really felt good. This was someone external that from the outside in, saw my strength and just like that it “clicked”. The biggest challenge at that time was to convince everybody else, that I wasn’t out of my mind, switching jobs and go from a renowned audit firm and go to work for a retail company. But then I learned an important life lesson. I should follow my internal compass and gut feelings and not worry too much about what other people think I should do. Because I was happy at that job and it was a success. If I would have stayed at the audit firm, I would have become a miserable and frustrated for the rest of my life. So, I thank my friend Michael Oleonor for what he saw in me at that time of my life."

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opinionated person? You influence a lot of people while you work as the director at Mensing and you have very good people’s skills. Where does that come from?
 “I like to connect with people and like to meet new people. It gives me the opportunity to learn and grow.”

What are your other strengths?
“I am very persistent and flexible (yes, I believe that being flexible is a strength) and I am a good communicator. And just being myself, I think nowadays it is very difficult to be yourself as everybody is expecting you to be something or do something. People like to label other people. You are the director so you have to do this, you have to do that. I don’t want this and I don’t have to do anything. I don’t want to be part of that show or any show at all. I just want to genuinely be myself."

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Well, I am still looking for my BIG WHY.

What do you love doing? And maybe that is what will where you can identify your BIG WHY and meaning in life?
• “I love selling products personally to people and make them satisfy their needs. This really makes me happy;
• I went from a renowned audit to a retail firm because I could combine serving customers with meeting people and helping them to fulfill their needs. This makes me feel very fulfilled;
• I feel great and accomplished when I reach the goals that I set myself to do;
• I feel my best and I feel free, when I am at the beach, close to the sea, reading a book. My dream house would be a house close to the sea;
• I feel at my best when in the morning after dropping my daughter at school I have a timeslot of about half an hour, that is exclusively for me, to either read a book or call and talk to a friend.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now? Or can you share with us what are your personal goal for short and long term?
“One of my personal goals is to get my daughter through our old fashion educational system as good as possible, and by that, I mean, I sincerely don’t want her to lose her way because of the heavy burden and pressure that nowadays is being put on our children.

On the other hand, education (the way children are now being taught) doesn’t say anything of whom you really are and what you can achieve.

Our educational system labels people. I belief it is important that my daughter starts appreciating her own talents and that she will able to see herself as whom she really is and not as the society expects her to be. This is one of my most important personal goals in my life for the coming years and I belief that I will busy with this venture the coming years. 10 years from now, I want my daughter to be an independent self- confident person.”

What would you want your daughter, your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 to 20 years from now? “That I have always stayed loyal to my core values and principles, no matter what.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Oef …that is a tough one… Of late, we have to make a lot of efforts, to stay optimistic, but I believe that with the right people and the right mindset, we can make Curaçao a better place.


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“Take away: The best day of your life is the one where you decide that your life is your own. No apologies, no excuses, no one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift of life is yours and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Mishane Arrendell deeply, because of whom she is, genunely being herself. But we also love her for serving our community by offering authors, speakers and innovators via Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada a platform for like minded people. But also aiming at reaching all age groups. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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 Chit Chat workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on the 29th of November

We would like to invite you to our last Chit Chat workshop of this year.

Title: How to level up your brain power, tips to unlock your brain’s hidden power.

Date: 29th of November

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9 pm
Tickets nafls 45 p.p. (available at Mensing's Caminada).

Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Time management”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What Stephen R. Covey Taught Me About Time Management.mp4 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vDyG5lKbH08

Using the Eisenhower Matrix - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=suGXZ1869qc


Time Management - 10 Productivity Tips and Tricks That Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FsEr8owBOc


How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=go5XyuI7DkA


20 Quick Tips for Better Time Management - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzNZh-HolUU


How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zyZunxqIEM

 

Influencer Shirley Treurniet-Martis, this week MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (12th-18th of November) we will interview Shirley Treurniet-Martis; we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind Platform session on the 15th of November and we will share with you some valuable video-links on how to “focus” and every day we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Shirley Treurniet-Martis, a Charismatic Leader


Shirley, we have come to know you as a very dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society. You are involved in so many organizations during all these years. Shirley could you tell us something about you?
“I was born in Curaçao. I am married and have 3 sons and have 9 grandchildren. I come out of a family with 5 sisters and 6 brothers. I have lived, worked and made my career in the health sector all these years. I have been the director of Wit-Gele Kruis for years and now I am on the supervisory board of Besteda, IFE and Thuiszorg Bandabou. I was in the Supervisory Board of SEHOS from 2006-2012.

I am also very active in the Roman Catholic Church in Curaçao. As such I still have lots of responsibilities, but I belief that I have been prepared to deal with these challenges, because of all of my past experiences. I am of the opinion, that I can master my own destiny and should not wait for things to fall in my lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. But my faith gives me lots of strength.

I have always liked to hone my knowledge and skills levels. I have studied from being a nurse till graduating with a master’s degree in Nursery. I love meeting different kinds of people and I like helping people. I love reading and this has always been my passion since I was young. I always was leading and I like organizing conferences. I also enable others to grow. In that sense, I am an abled communicator, I can connect with people and I can connect dots and align as part of a deliberate effort.”

If you as Shirley 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 would introduce myself as passionate helping people in need, caring, I am good at listening and counseling in the palliative care. I still feel the “nurse” in myself. And last but not least, I am a professional born with the mission to lead especially in the healthcare sector.”


How would you describe Shirley in one word or one sentence?
“A charismatic Leader”.

Your leadership capacities are obvious, but where did this come from?
“After 6 years that my mother had no children, I was born and after me 3 younger brothers and sisters were born. Because of that, I had to be their role model, as my father would always say. I was born with this mission I guess.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“In fact there were a couple of people that inspired me, they were Nurse Jos Wouter, Rigoberta Pieters and Souer Coleta. I looked up to their leadership, caring and professional skills. They have taught and inspired me a lot.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
• “I had experienced big challenges in my career, like after one year working in the Homecare, I was asked to take over the management of the whole Institute. That was a big challenge;

• During the years, I had also passed through many different board of directors during my career which at times used all kinds of unfair tactics towards me, but I survived many of those challenges, as I worked as the director for 36 years;

• I managed the growth of the organization. When I started, we were only a group of 28 nurses and when I ended as director there were 230 people working with me in the Homecare;

• Another Big Lesson learned was, when I lost one of my sons in an accident. It was during that moment I knew, that I had really profound faith in God and I accepted everything in a very peaceful manner. My faith gives me a lot of strength to do all the things I do;

• Ultimately as a last defining moment in my life, I would like to mention a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing. The moment I had to stop working at Homecare as the director, I had a small pension. The blessing was, that I started on my own as a consultant. I had never thought before of working on my own as an entrepreneur. But it was a blessing, because I knew for sure that my God would provide in all my needs. And it so happened.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people, while you have worked in a variety of postions of responsibility. You have very good people’s skills. What are your other strengths?
“People say that the peace that shines from me, is what they admire the most I me. I am furthermore a very down to earth and simple person.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or something else?
“Yes, I love what I am doing after working for many years and I still believe I am not done yet and I am working consistently and diligently to accomplish my mission.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“My goals for the coming years are to see the transformation of nurses to be accepted as professionals in Healthcare and that is what I am striving now.”

What would you want your sons, your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years from now?
“I hope, that they will look at me as their role model and most of all things, that my children and grandchildren to appreciate me as their mother.”

What makes you stay optimisitc about the future of Curaçao?
“I love my Island and I am still hoping to see a new Leader born, to lead us to a better future. That is my prayer.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Shirley Treurniet-Martis deeply, because of whom she is, serving our community especially in the health care sector during her whole life basically and still relentessly working on her mission. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.


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.



The next Master Your Mind Platform session
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “Thinking fast and slow”, by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being”, by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).



Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “How to focus”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

5 Tips to Improve Concentration and Focus - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GUucjDeGp4


How to Improve Focus - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQsI693QcoM


How to Focus - Learn How You Can Focus Without Getting Distracted - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9e3MCPxFFU


How to Improve Your Concentration and Focus at Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI-oPZnPRqI


How To Improve Your Concentration - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc3fqkwHWJA


How To Stay Focused - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhbYBb0huMs

Influencer Caprice Augusta, Next Master Your Mind-platform Book session and this week tips on Fear Release

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (5th -11th of November) we will interview Caprice Augusta another Influencer; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session and we will share some videolinks as coaching tips with you, on 'How to release fear'. Every single day we will upload one of these videolinks on our Facebookpage.


Caprice Augusta, extra-ordinary social and dynamic

Caprice Augusta, owner of Coupe Caprice is a person that we have come to know over the years as very dynamic and entrepreneurial. She was born in Curaçao and she has one other sister from her mother’s side and she has 4 other sisters from her fathers side and one brother. Her mother is still alive and she meets her on a daily basis at her beauty salon. Caprice has a grown up son, which she is very proud off and whom is doing well at his studies. Coming December he will finish his bachelor in Fiscal Law and Economy and he will start with his masters next year as Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He has team upped with UoC, to offer master degree courses in Business Administration in Curaçao.

Caprice, at an early age you decided to become a hairdresser and started with your hair dressers and beauty salon as an entrepreneur.
“Yes, I started when I was still at school doing hairdressing at a location closed to the playground of the school. I consider it a gift and it is my passion. Basically I have planned to stop in my early forties, but I was not able to stop, because it gives me so much satisfaction. You know what really makes me feel great is, when people leave my beauty salon Coupe Caprice, that they leave happy first and fore most, because we offered them our best services. But also, that I am always open to talk and share experiences and advice with my clients.

You know my mother was my biggest role mother in terms of relationships. Although my mother and father divorced when we grew up, my mother has always encouraged us to remember to call my father when it was his birthday and give him a present, reminding us to take notice during Christmas and New Year and other special days in the year. She never bad talked about my father with us and this ultimately resulted in both of us having a good relationship with my father. This I have appreciated very much. This is also how I raised my son, because I raised my son mostly all by myself and this, in the end, resulted in an emotionally balanced son in the end. He is now mature enough to take his own decisions regarding his father, with no bad feelings. That was a big lesson that I have learned from my mother.”

Caprice what are you hobbies?
“I like going to the gym, I like meeting different kinds of people, I use to love motor biking, but sold my motorbike. And my mother was very pleased with that, because she was so worried that some serious accident might happen everytime I went for a ride. Of late I have become very active in the Curaçao Body Building and Fitness Federation (CBBFF)  as a Chairwoman. I am actively religous and learning to understand the Bible as I am taught by people that know the bIble very well. It makes me understand the word of GOD better, as I apply what the Bible is teaching. It this way GOD gives me lots of strength. In a way, it boils down to Faith, everything boils down to Faith in GOD, that gives me so much strength. I have always been very entreprenrial, because I am of the opinion that I can master my own destiny and should not wait for things to fall in my lap. By deciding to be like this, it also meant working long hours at times. I firmly belief that GOD the Divine has given us human beings incredible powers. And that we are the masters of our life if we choose to use these powers.”

Where did that come from?
Caprice: “I was fortunate enough to grow up in an environment that was very business minded. My grandmother in that sense was my role model. She was from Jewish descent and my father was also a business man, that had a big business. If you grow up in that kind of environment it affects you. My grandmother use to say: “Buy for ten cents and sell for 25 cents” that is in a simple way the essence of her business filosophy. My grandmother sold numbers and she used to have people working for her all year long making “ayaca” and selling this to Henderson and Zuikertuintje supermarkets. All of this had a lasting effect on me and condioned my to also be entrepreneurial.

As hairdressing and managing a beauty salon is my passion, I have been honing my skills by attending different courses continuously at times also abroad, to keep my skills levels, up. When you are in the business of a beauty salon, you have to keep yourself up to date. For example the last two months I have earned three certificates of courses, that I have followed. I have been doing this for almost 30 years now, either going to New York or following local courses. That is what it takes to stay on top of my game. That is what I have been doing for years.

“As an entrepreneur I have ventured also in other areas of business, because I will not always stay active as a hairdresser. You know in a way, I am a dreamer. At night, in the very early hours of the morning, I can wake up and wonder what I can do to create a new business idea. I pray a lot and it is in those early hours of the day, that I feel oneness with the Universe and that I am at my most creative and rid myself of ideas that are of “no benefit and use”, to me. The ideas that come up are not necessarily for my self I also share this ideas with others to follow up.”


If you would meet a stranger in the bus and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
“I would be the first one to start talking and they would come to know me as a very very social person and not me at not being shy.”


You are very socially involved in the past you have started a project where you taught some young hairdressers to share space and collaborate. Can you explain more about that project.
“That project was an incubator’s project. This idea I got from a Japanese friend and he told me that Curaçao is very expensive and he suggested to try to emulate something that happened in New York, where a group of hairddressers team upped and shared space, to reach an overall lowering of the costs of their businesses. This is what I now do with Coupe Caprice, we share space, but I also started this intiative with some hairdressers to team up and share spaces at Marshe Noboat Waaigat. I faciliated that they got courses and in the beginning there was a lot of enthusiaism. And more people started to belief in this incubator project, even MCB beliefed in it and we won a price, but then it didn’t worked out in the end. My biggest lesson was, we didn’t have enough people participating in this Incubator project, that wanted to learn how to fish.”

We have always loved coming to your salon because of the neatness of the salon but also you are very disciplined in your time management and get along very well with your employees. Is it these leadership skills that you developed over the years running your business that you now apply also as a chairwoman in the Curaçao Body Building and Fitness Federation?
“Yes, I am always challenging myself and becoming chairperson of CBBFF is one of them.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My grandmother because of her business mindset, that inspired me a lot.”

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“Well I have had to learn that in the end. It is all about choices and making the right choices is something that I have come to learn.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts ? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“My biggest lesson in life is that some 14 years ago, I almost lost my legs. My legs as a hairdresser are of course very important for me. I was reaching the summit of my success as a hairdresser and had build myself a good reputation. What did I do? I asked somebody to treat my shin-bones of my legs and within one day my legs were swollen and it is then, that I discovered GOD and accepted Jezus Christ. I immediately concluded, that turning to GOD to save my legs was the only solution to this big challenge. I prayed a lot and was helped by different pastors that prayed for me. I have experienced what is said in the Bible: “If two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by the Father in heaven”, that is why group praying is so powerful. It has been a very emotional lesson for me. As from that moment on, I have developed myself and worked on so many of my weaknesses and this made me the person I am today in November 2018, a much more whole person. This was in a way my biggest blessing, that I personally have experienced and I am giving testimonials to others of this blessing and gift of GOD. I am sharing everything I know now with others. And btw, I never get into argument over religion, because I firmly belief that all us have this One God.

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people while you work in your beauty salon and you have very good people’s skills. Where does that come from?
“I have been brought up in a way that to achieve something you have to move and work hard. You have to be dynamic and you have to be willing to help other people. I love sharing. If I get an epiphany that can help other people I will share this. I have been going to beauty markets in New York for years and I share tips where to go and what to attend with colleagues that I invite to join me in a visit to New York. When they thank me, I always tell them, that ultimately it is their own decision to follow up. Be grateful and proud for that decision.


Anopther example of sharing is Patrick Bradley. Check this link: P-Element Haircare Products & Classes By Patric A.Bradley | Hair | Makeup | Beauty & Haircare Products|Naked Relaxer. He is my master teacher as a hairdresser I have brought him to Curacao in Kura Hulanda as another way of sharing knowledge ans skills.

I am also very much involved and caring for trainees and I have 2 employees with an AGO background working for me. I belief that one needs to help where ever possible. whenever possible. It will help to transform these youngsters in becoming self confident citizens.”

What are your other strengths?
“I am very very social, in a way extra ordinary, dynamic person and entrepreneurial. People might not necesseraily like me, but they want to stay close to me to see what I am doing because I am always up to new things.”

How would you describe Caprice in one word or one sentence?
“Extremely social.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Or where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“Within 5 to 10 years from now I would be able to retire because within soon I would get involved in the real estate business.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years years from now?
“I don’t think they would say something bad about me, but I don’t know what they would say.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I am optimistic about Curaçao because people like me, women like me, will take decisions that I belief in. Why? I am a small business owner and I have gone through many challenges and went through so many things and still stayed a float and I am still alive and kicking. I am confident, that I can be of use in the government of Curaçao some day. I think Curaçao needs this and we need to do this in collaboration with opposition parties if the party I will be part off is in a coalition government. We need to work together. I have political ambitions and I have the courage I think that the country needs, to take the necessary decisions that need to be taken.

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
I my spare time I love working in my garden and taking care of my orchids.

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Caprice, because of whom she has become and her willingness to share and drive to serve the community. We will defintely hear more of her in the not so far future. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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.


The next Master Your Mind Platform session
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books 'Thinking fast and slow', by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and 'Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being', by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).

Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “How to release fears”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

How to Overcome Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUEK9Sab4Vs


How to Release Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN6R85WSNM8


Overcoming Anxiety, Fear and Panic - John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrrtSSSlDEs


Secret to Overcoming Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpRIb42LfMI


How To Overcome Fear And Anxiety In 30 Seconds - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxl2l-QBD0s


How To Overcome Fear - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsPJUXfNAcA


Peace at schools, November Master Your Mind Book Session and this week tips on anger management

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will expand on the need to teach “Peace” as a subject matter at schools; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 15th of November; we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Anger and Anger management”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Peace as subject matter at schools

In their book 'Vrede kun je leren', by David van Reybrouck & Thomas D’ansembourg published in Brussels in June 2016, these two authors promote the idea to teach peace as subject matter at schools with the same dedication and focus as language, mathematics or teaching how to drive a car. They wrote this book after terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris in 2015 & 2016 and are advocates of teaching “Peace” at schools as subject matters, just as children and youth learn gymnastics and personal external hygiene. According to them, the teachings should be centered around these scientifically proven techniques:


1. Mindfulness:  Our brain can change just as muscles can change if triggered. People that meditate often their brain structure can change after some weeks just like playing piano can change the brain’s structure;

2. Non-Violent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication is an approach to nonviolent living developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. It is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms themselves and others when they do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. NVC proposes that people identify shared needs, revealed by the thoughts and feelings that surround these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies that meet them. This creates both harmony and learning for future cooperation;

3. Compassion: Is deep involvement with another human being their experiences because of their shared humanity. It involves self-compassion meaning how we look at our self in times of trouble. It is an important explanatory variable of resilience and mental health. Just as empathy, it can be developed. Check Karin Amstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion | TED Talk | TED.com This charter was written by philosophers and religious leaders and contains less than 300 words and it was signed by millions of people. Also check: Let's relive the Golden Rule | TED Talk | TED.com.  She has also written: Twelve steps to a compassionate life.

“Recent scientific research prove that these techniques lead to improved self-esteem, improved learning achievements, and improved mutual understanding. It improves what they call the internal (mental) hygiene of the individual as also the society. If sitting “still” for 10 minutes a day, can be sufficient to create more internal peace, they belief that it shouldn’t take decades and decades to introduce these techniques. Sustainable peace is only possible if we start with the painstaking time consuming work of working on the internal hygiene of our youth. If we belief that violence starts in the heart and consciousness of people, peace should also be addressed from the inside out.” According to these authors.

“We know that our physical health is the result of a healthy life style, regular care and exercise, healthy eating habits and sufficient rest. Few people know that the same is true for our mental health. Living in peace with yourself, despite setbacks, resistances and everyday frustrations is also related to mental internal hygiene. Just as brushing our teeth and taking care of our hair and skin is an issue of physical hygiene and has improved substantially in the past decades, we have not gained any improvement in learning healthy rituals related to our mental and psychological health, because of the secularization, this has become worse because there is less time spend on contemplation, meditation, quite time etc in the world….So we take good care of our bodies, but we neglect and pay almost no attention to our internal peace.”

The authors firmly belief that we have this ability to change on a personal level and this is within our reach, but it is equally powerful as it is unknown. This profound personal change could be the key for a sustainable change within our society and they want to inspire people to explore and discover their inner world.


“The ability of everyone to work on oneself, the central role of introspection, the importance of a daily ritual, the advantages of a certain discipline and inner-work, is a pre-condition for our activities in the outer world. The depressed state of so many people in the world is the result of the silence within our societies on the inner world and the extreme focus on materialism. Look at the encyclical Pope Francis: Laudato si' (24 May 2015). 

If a person doesn’t learn to mindfully stand still to admire something beautiful, it will not surprise anybody that everything will be something. to be used and unscrupulous be misused.” According to Pope Francis.



“Terrorists are either mentally disturbed or mad and seriously socially disturbed.” Marshall Rosenberg said after 9-11-2001: “We have often concluded that actions aimed to punish lead to retaliation by those being punished, and that actions aimed at the desire for peace, lead to peaceful actions. In both cases these actions are the basis for a cycle that can last for years, generations and centuries long.”



The authors end their book by stating:

“Education won’t work and efforts will be worthless, if we don’t try introduce a new paradigm on human beings, our lives, the society and our relationship with our environment. We should prevent that people come in a position where they have nothing to lose or nothing to gain. Every human being should develop an inspiring peaceful inner world, so that they don’t feel excluded making others pay for this frustration and/or regret. Stop the addiction to materialism, overcome the division among of religions by becoming part of the solution or stay part of the problem?”

We as the core group of Share2Uplift support this school of thought and belief that we should introduce these three principles in our educational system. We will explore ways and means to actively enable the introduction of these principles.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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.


The next Master Your Mind Platform session
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “Thinking fast and slow”, by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being”, by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Entrance: Free. Click to attend!

 


Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “anger and anger management”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Anger Management Techniques That Work! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EWnj-m_BPI


Anger Management Techniques - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsVq5R_F6RA


Anger Management - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZB9KEXolXI


How to Manage Anger: 5 Ways to Manage Anger - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8O0elCuywM


How To Handle A Bad Temper | 9 Tips To Control your Anger - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwlwSByGOWY

 

Tackling Anger - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWgUQYP7JY


Influencer Michiel van der Veur, invitation for upcoming workshops and this week tips.

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s (22nd – till 29th of October) we interviewed Influencer Michiel van der Veur; an invitation for this week workshop at Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada on the 25th of October on Communication and for a 2-day’s workshop on 'Happiness' on the 27th and 28th of October and we will share some personal motivational video-links on 'Procrastination'. Every day we will upload one of these video’s on Facebook.com/share2uplift.


Michiel van der Veur, a sensitive, but strong human being, willing to be of service to the world


Michiel can you tell us something about whom you are?
"I was born in Holland and I have one brother. I came to Curaçao in in the year 1999, when the migration to the Netherlands was on its peak, and I have worked at the Ministry of Finance, KPMG, SOAB and since 2007 I am an independent consultant and advisor. I like swimming, going to the gym, and love reading books."

If you would meet a stranger in the bus and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? 
“I would answer that I am, above all, a human being. I am always struggling a bit with this question, since people expect to hear what work you do or what position you hold. I find that this information is almost irrelevant as to who I am, plus I do not feel that I am a director or consultant.”

We have come to know you as a person with a very strong sense of justice and you are very socially involved. You are also involved in helping start-ups to reach another level of maturity in their development. Why are doing this?
“Currently, I am a board member of the foundation Youth Vision 5000, which facilitates social entrepreneurs to reach their goals aimed at improving the well-being of the lives of our youth.

I also help start-ups, because I believe in sharing of wealth and I believe in supporting people in their development. By helping entrepreneurs, I hope they will become more self-sufficient, and successful entrepreneurs contribute to the development of the local economy.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I am here to facilitate people and societies in their growth.”


You are very involved in leadership development now, what have you done, or did you do on leadership development personally in the past?
“I believe leadership is not linked to a managerial position, but to the way we steer our life. I would be a very bad manager, but I am consciously and continuously shaping and evaluating my life. My personal actions on leadership development therefore include meditation, a search for my Big Why and a willingness to confront my deepest emotions.”

You are also involved in enhancement of leadership development in Curaçao as one of the core group members of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition? Why do you believe that this platform offers a chance to develop different leadership skills in Curaçao?“Because the Whole Island Leadership Expedition is not a standard solution. It sees leadership as both a combination and exchange of personal and societal development. It is based on personal interaction and sharing experiences, which I believe are crucial to personal development. Finally, I believe our society needs new solutions, the old ways have been tried, re-used and tried again. We have nothing to lose in trying something new.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“I am afraid that by mentioning names, I will forget people. However, I have been lucky to meet a lot of different people and have learned something from all of them. I am grateful for the opportunities to learn I have been given over my life.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
"A defining moment was the day I was informed, that I was to be laid off as civil servant in the morning and knew I would be hired by KPMG in the afternoon. As of that day I am sure I will always have enough income to provide for myself.”


Do you apply continuous learning as a principle to constantly improve yourself?
“Yes, I do. However, I am not always emerged in courses or books. For me, continuous learning is a process of self-evaluation, perhaps even to the extent of self-doubt.”


What are your strengths?
“I am serviceable, loyal, solution oriented, and creative.”


How would you to describe Michiel van der Veur in one word or one sentence?
“A sensitive, but strong human being, willing to be of service to the world.”


What are your future plans? Can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for short and long term?
“I would like to master life and live to be a 100 years old. I want to balance my personal needs and development with helping people, societies, and humanity grow.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years from now? "
"I hope my loved ones, family and friends will conclude I have tried to be the best version of me, possible. I hope other people will at least acknowledge that I did not do anything to hurt them deliberately.”

What were 5 of the most Influential Books that changed your life?
“ ‘Conversations with God’ by Neale Donald Walsch because he voiced how I have always felt about my connection to the divine. Many of the books by Geert Mak, because he manages to bring individual stories alive centuries after the person passed away. I recently read ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari and was impressed by his ability to present such a clear story about human development over the past 70.000 years. ‘The Book of Negroes’ by Lawrence Hill because it showed me that humans have a superhuman power to deal with even the biggest set-backs. And finally, ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson, because it made me turn the pages laughing.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Michiel, because of his humbleness, his deep humanity and drive for continious personal growth and his drive to serve the community and world at large. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share 2uplift is totally aligned with his ambition and his short and long term goals.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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.




Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on Thursday the 25th of October

We would also like to invite you to our next workshop:


“Connect, elevate and inspire when communicating. How creating safety and being respectful make all the difference.”

Date: Thursday the 25th of October

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada. Contact for more info!





This coming week-end Workshop on “Happiness” on the 27th and 28th of October

In this practice “hands-on” workshop you will:

• Clear your lenses and pre-judgments;

• Choose your to do’s;

• Get tips on how to make it stick,

• So that you can start implementing "as of the next day”.
Send us an email at soulgardencuracao@gmail.com or call us 5639848 (Haydee) of 6986437 (Ivan).


Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some personal video-links on ”Procrastination” and every day, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

A Procrastination Hack (that actually works) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vQ8jtgc_zZE

Break Free from Procrastination in 3 Steps - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTcVvdQsRiE


How to Stop Procrastinating - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvcx7Y4caQE


How to Overcome Procrastination | Brian Tracy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPcLkAqS_GE


How To Stop Procrastinating And Finally Get Work Done - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEHmbCPhaNg


How to Stop Procrastinating - Solving The Procrastination Puzzle - Timothy Pychyl - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kcWpC9UQzE


influencer John Cijntje, This week Master Your Mind-platform book session, Upcoming Chit Chat Workshop and this week Tips

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (15th- 23rd of October) we will present an interview we had with influencer John Cijntje CEO of Autobusbedrijf Curaçao NV (ABC-NV); we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October at Biblioteka Nashonal; we will invite you for our next upcoming workshop at Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada on the 25th of October; we will end this week blog with some personal video-links on 'Well-being and Martin Seligman P.E.R.M.A.-model' and every day, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


John Cijntje, a servant leader

John is the director of ABC-NV and he was born in Curaçao. John has 2 sisters. He is married and has a son whom is turning 14 years old soon. He holds a masters degree in Business Administration at the RUG Groningen and after writing just one job application letter at SOAB, he was hired and started his career as an organizational advisor at SOAB, where he worked for almost 11 years.


What are your hobbies?
John: “I love practicing yoga, I love reading and watching lots of inspiring and educational You Tubes. I seldom watch TV.”


John after SOAB, what was your next career move?
“After SOAB a a organizational advisor I went to Selikor NV and became a Project manager. In fact I switched seat, from being an advisor at SOAB, I became an implementor at Selikor. Because of my abilities to communicate and motivate people in due time at Selikor I got switched and promoted to become Operations Manager. That was a big swith, because from having no employees to manage as a Project manager to become Operations Manager with the responsibility of over 200 employees was a big swith in responsibilities. But I took the challenge and after some years I applied to become CEO of ABC NV. I am always working on further improving myself and I don’t shy away from challenges. After a long but thorough application procedure that took 1 year, I was selected to become the CEO of ABC-NV out of a group of 5.”

What were defining moments in your life that later on became a blessing of sorts?
“When I was an adolescent, as a teenager I had to deal with a lot of uncertainties. So I took solace into reading and I read a lot. At the age of 18 and in my early twenties I read a lot of self help books and this triggered me to look at my strengths. By doing that, I was able to turn those uncertainties and challenges into opportunities to grow. My biggest strength is my communications skill and as a people manager I have this ability to walk my talk.

During all these years people started noticing my unique abilities and talents to be able to influence lots of people as an excellent communicator. And as I mentioned before in my late teens, early twenties I started reading about self-help books and I was since then into continuous growth. And people started taking notice of my abilities. In the beginning I wasn’t that aware of this. It is like scouts for professional sports that can spot talented young players. Well something more or less comparable happened to me. Other people took notice of my abilities and after becoming more conscious about this I started to cheerish these strengths and consciously further develop these abilities.”

Another defining moment in ABC-NV of late:
“There was a strike and we as the Management of ABC-NV were taken completely by surprise. I use my communication skills and inate wisdom to respond and listen to what was meant to be said by the the group of strikers, non members of the oficial union and I didn’t react in an impulsive surpressive way and this change the course of events. We were able to start a dialogue and solve all the issues that we were able to solve. That was a big lesson learned, meaning seek to understand (respond) first before you react.“


What are your short term and long term business goals?
“My short term goal: I really want to transform ABC-NV to become a model company in terms of corporate governance and let it become a strong broad base employees driven company and so that it can become the best it can be.

For the longer term being CEO of ABC NV is not my final stop. I want to grow further and become my best self and I will not limit the role I want to play to only Curaçao as I want to start my own company in the future. Basically, I want to be help transform other organizations in Curaçao and internationally especially in the Caribbean. As a professional myself I firmly belief, that we as professionals should not be self-serving only, but use our abilities and knowledge to serve the society and the good of all humanity. So that is my long term goal.”

You are now very involved in leadership development in Curaçao as one of the coregroup members of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition? How does this platform offers help to develop leadership in Curaçao?
“The Whole Island Leadership Expedition is an initiative in its incubator phase for leaders who want to collectively make a positive impact in Curaçao and the world) is unique in, that It helps participants to share experiences with other leaders and share how they look at things and themselves. It helps to look at how leadership can help solve our different societal challenges and it is a way to be of service to the greater good/community.”


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I was very inspired by Nelson Mandela when I started my reading journey. After reading a poem in a book about Nelson Mandela, where in this poem, figuratively the Robben Island expresses her inability to break the spirit of Nelson Mandela as a prisoner, this inspired me a lot.”


What were 5 of the most Influential Books that changed your life?

“In my case I can mention 3 books which made me stop and think about myself and my purpose in life.

1. 'The Robben Island' because there is where I met Nelson Mandela and that inspired me a lot: The strong focusing, responding to circumstances, on courage and perseverance to do things no matter what;

2. 'The Sky is the limit', that explains that our goal is to gain wisdom and experience and all of that is an inward proces. You are responsible for this yourself.

3. 'The power of your subconscious mind', because it shows how changing your thought patterns can produce dramatic improvements and turnarounds in your life.”


When you turn 85 years old on your birthday party, what would you want your family and friends, to say about you?
“That I was always working on improving myself and using that knowledge to serve the community and the greater good.”


How would you to describe John Cijntje in one word or one sentence?

“A servant leader.”


As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect John, because of his servant and transformative leadership style and drive for continious personal growth to serve the community at large. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share2Uplift is totally aligned with his ambition and his short and long term goals.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

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.


Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 18th of October, at Biblioteka Nashonal di Korsou.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books 'Why Nations fail, the origins of power, prosperity and poverty', by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (presented by Dr. Miguel Goede) and 'The power of eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a small group to heal others, your life and the world', by Lynn McTaggart (presented by Ivan Kuster).


We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 18th of October.



Our next Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on Thursday the 25th of October

We would also like to invite you to our next workshop:

'Connect, elevate and inspire when communicating.
How creating safety and being respectful make all the difference.
'

Date: Thursday the 25th of October

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada. Contact for more info!



Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links personal video-links on ”Well-being and Martin Seligman P.E.R.M.A.-model” and every day, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.



What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing? - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF7Ou43Vj6c

How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzKryaN44ss&t=15s

Beyond Happiness: Flourishing-PERMA model - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vWavCPydQ5k

What is Positive Psychology? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qJvS8v0TTI&t=9s

Dr. Martin Seligman - YouTube on P.E.R.M.A.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l36oDgU09r0

Well-Being Defined - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vGCKHX4Lr9o


Influencer Martin van den Blink, upcoming Master Your Mind Platform book session and this week tips on Happiness

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week blog (8th - 14th of October) we will present to you an interview we have had with Martin van den Blink, one of the founders of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform session of the 18th of October; we share with you some personal coaching links on 'Happiness' and each day in the coming week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Martin van den Blink, everyday in everyway expanding my boundaries

Martin can you tell to us where you were born and tell us something of your family?
“I was born in Holland, where my parents soon after I was born, left to Curaçao because my farther was a teacher at Schroederschool. I grew up in Curaçao where I feel totally at home. Being in contact with nature, walking bare footed in the hot sand, the blue sea in Curaçao gives me a feeling of being infinitely connected with it. I was at the Peter Stuyvesant college and before graduation, let’s say about half way at Stuyvesant, our family moved back to Holland, where in Utrecht I got a masters degree in History. I specialized on the history of the Caribbean Basin and my final thesis has focused on the relationship between Curaçao and Venezuela in the first half of the 20th century. In those days we also had a refugee problem of Venezuelans, because President Juan Vicente Gomez brutally surpressed all opposition. The most important issue is, as is still the case in these days, the human dimension of this drama that is unfolding in Venezuela. I can’t close my eyes for this. I have carefully concluded, that after all these years now in the 21st century, we didn’t grow after all these years. In those years the refugees were immediately expedited often to other countries in the region and this is happening again now.”

What makes you relationship with Curaçao so special?
“If you have grown up in Curaçao and then went to Holland back for further studies, you will always have a navel string kind of relationship with the island. That feeling has never subsided and after living for quite some years in Holland, my wife Maya and myself decided to return back to Curaçao with my son Siddhart (now 14 years old), just like my parents did by the way with me. Siddhart was also only a couple of months old. We decided to start all over again in Curaçao. Siddhart is a fantastic son, very much into sports and has a highly developed feeling of rightfulness. His greatest strength is, that he has a tenacity to keep trying until he has mastered any new ability/skill. My wife was one of the founders of Greenkidz, a highly succesful venture to teach schoolchildren environmental issues, I am a director at Balance Consultancy Group and I enjoy every single day of the intensity on the island. I can really immerse in nature on the island. Curaçao has a special energy that makes the connection between myself, life and the world much more natural and easier then other places in the world.”


How important is personal development for you?
“I consider it important that I keep taking steps to further develop myself personally. On the physical level I do a lot of sports and I am long distance kajakker. Together with two of my friends we formulated a goal, to bit by bit expand our boundaries with kajak-trips. So we have been to Klein Curaçao and later from Bonaire we kajakked to Curaçao. Ultimately we undertook three real big kajak trips: One to Venezuela and two to Colombia. On these trips you must be able to keep your ultimate personal composure: the enormity and the forces in sea surrounding you is overwhelming and beautiful at the same time. It requires lots of mental strength and teamwork to undertake such expeditions and to succesfully finish them.”

On a “sit-on-top kajak”, you are literally sitting in the water and especially during the long nights when the sea is turbulent with at times stormy winds, it requires maximum stamina and persistence. I have come to learn, that I can really enjoy this immensely, even though this at times can be physically very demanding. The oneness with nature becomes like a meditation, I can immerse totally in the greater whole of things. Knowing that you are one with the evolutionary Life Force that surrounds you, gives you such a deep sense of peacefulness and confidence. 


How would you describe the analogy between kajakking and life in itself?
“In life you can choose to go and be pulled by the currents of changes, that will never stop and if you don’t watch out, you can easily become a victim of these changes. As a coach, consultant and business owner, I deliberately choose to take the lead over my life in an environment where change is inevitable and I deliberatey create an environment that inspires me and challenges me. The most important factors are my own freedom, the people in my environment, that is what inspires me in the work I do and the circumstances, that give me energy. From Andrew Cohen I have learned, to ” Don’t avoid anything” and that you should “Confront everything”. Being an entrepreneur feels to me, like jumping out of an airplane and on your way down discover the parachute to make you land safely. That is a real challenge and this made me tweak my business model to such an extent, that I now collaborate mainly with people that are free, whom are passionate about the idea that from a totally independent position, it is perfectly possible to collaborate on a higher (spiritual) level, instead off collaborating simply and only to earn money. Collaboration in this way generates new, innovation, synergy and a drive to strengthen each other. That creates a sustainable connection with a sense of unity among each other, that according to me is far greater and bigger than work on itself.”


What drives your choices in life, or call it your BIG WHY?

The reason and drive for my choice is, because of my evolutionary understanding of the theory of Spiral Dynamics that indicates or is telling us that the world moves on with or without you. This requires you to choose based on your own choices, you choose to become the master of your own destiny and very specifically add value to the world based on all your potentials. You can add value as a coach, consultant, fellow co-creator, citizen of the island, husband and father, friend and as a human being. It is a choice.”

What is the biggest boundary that you are challenging now?
As one of the founders of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition (The Whole Island Leadership Expedition is an initiative in its incubator phase for leaders who want to collectively make a positive impact in Curaçao and the world) it is exactly that what I consider important. To meet people as they are developing their potential and strenghts, show this in Curaçao first and let it sprout suffisient roots here. When we where kajakking to go to Colombia that was a challenge, I now experience the Whole Island Leadership Expedition as a real and my Biggest challenge up to now.

It requires courage to start this journey on our own compass without exactly knowing or able to predict where we will land/end our journey. Every little step we take will have to fit our needs and what we stand for. It requires trust of those that are in this journey with me, that they will do their best and utmost for themself and for the island, each one of us in their own way and manner, but than based on an ego-surpassing-perspective. And that is what we need on our island that will ultimately benefit all of us.”


Martin last year November/December via your cousin Marianna van den Blink, we expanded our own personal boundaries because of Marianne’s excellent facilitation in a workshop called “Discover your core (Ontdekl je kern)”, we were able to uncover some of our blind spots. We have heard that she is coming back to Curaçao, even though she has a very busy schedule in Holland. When will she be here exactly?
“Yes she has become widely popular in Holland. I highly recommend people to attend.
• She will be offering the Basic course on the 30th of November and the 1st of December;
• The next level of her course (in dutch it is called “verdiepingscursus” is on the 23rd and 24th of November;
• The full course that she will also be offering, will start in group 1 on the 16th of November,
• The second group will start on the 17th of November.”
We highly recommend these courses, for more information on these courses contact Martin via Landhuis Zuikertuin, Zuikertuintjeweg z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao
T: +5999 737 8831
E: vandenblink@balancecaribbean.com
W: www.balancecaribbean.com
M: +5999 528 8833 Skype: balanceconsultancygroup

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Martin, because of his tenacity to continuously expand his boundaries and his extensive experience working as a reputable consultant in Curaçao, other Islands in the Dutch Kingdon and in Holland. He is now expanding his own personal boundaries to manage his ego and connecting that for the good of all. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share2Uplift is totaly aligned with his ambition short and long term goals.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.
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.


Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 18th of October, at Biblioteka Nashonal di Korsou.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books 'Why Nations fail, the origins of power, prosperity and poverty', by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (presented by Dr. Miguel Goede) and 'The power of eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a small group to heal others, your life and the world', by Lynn McTaggart (presented by Ivan Kuster).

We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 18th of October.




Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links related to Happiness. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

How To Be Happy - The Secret of Authentic Happiness - Martin Seligman - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp8xN1K-ITs

10 Habits of Happy People - How To Be Happy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0JCvebcAw

3 Ways To Be a Little Happier Every Day - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=789O-vkIBSI

Tony Robbins--HOW TO BE HAPPY - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXafk_iC8m0

Five Ways to Become Happier Today - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLhpyzVTc8A&t=16s

The science of Subjective Well Being, a.k.a Happiness. - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vPbjK3MmjL0



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