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Influencer Mira van der Toorn, Workshop on Emotions starting 28th August, Online MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 1:00 AM

In this week’s blog (23rd August– 29th of August), we will interview Mira van der Toorn; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 21st of September (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey - 10 starting on the 28th of August. We will also share some short videos on energy healing. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Mira van der Toorn: love and perseverance

 


Could you share with us some information about your family life?
I was born in Holland and lived for 13 years in Curaçao and 2 years in Trinidad and Tobago, so I have a special bond with the Caribbean. I have been visiting Curaçao for quite some years as I went on vacations since I was 16 years old, as my ex-partner was born in Curaçao. I am the mother of 4 children and I have one brother and one sister, both are older than me. My parents have been important to me as I was the youngest of their children and therefore developed and deeper connection with them. My father passed away in April and I am very much aware of this deeper bond with him. Every phase in a person's life brings up new experiences, as the passing away of my father also triggered a deeper bond with my brother.


Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
I have always been very curious and eager to learn as a child, but I was learning differently than most other children. I am dyslectic, so I am not good at reading nor writing. I did not finish any formal study but I became a sports masseur. As I discovered that I could heal people on an energetic level, I went to the USA and studied and have a degree in spiritual healing. I am now a spiritual consultant where I approach my clients from a holistic perspective. In the USA I developed different things as I learned how energy works, I developed feeling people and seeing the colors in the energy field of my clients. We are living now in an era where intuition, where all of us are born with, is gaining importance and humanity is, fortunately, becoming more spiritual. I teach my clients to discover their own body, as everything is energy and I teach them to come closer to nature.

We have understood that you are involved in energy work and personal development. Can you expand a little bit on this?
I am a Fengshui consultant for individuals and companies, but then the Chinese energetic version is based on how the wind blows and where the sun rises. I am also a personal coach where I coach people from my core and intuition. People come to me with a certain theme, partnership issues, or their work for example and I enable them to focus on the choices that they can make and that helps them to make different choices. They are empowered by me because, in the end, they will have to do whatever needs to be done themselves, I will not tell them what to do. I teach them that they are their Guru. In that process, we learn from one another. What I offer is very accessible as back in the Netherlands, I had to start all over again as a sports masseur, but now I am exclusively offering energy work, that is how I profile myself.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I am as I am and other people need my services. Compassion and love for oneself, it is the highest good that you can offer to yourself. To be able to let others also feel and experience this love and compassion for oneself is my BIG WHY. I do this and in that sense, I am sharing, because “sharing is caring”.


I have noticed that I can take on a lot, I protect myself from darkness or negative energy through Love. Love is the only way to prevent you from getting drained by the negative energies. I use my tools to maintain the quality of the light and every person has something unique to offer as there are so many roads to lead to the same end. On top of that, I have the benefits of my collaborations. In my Agni-tradition tradition, we can call our teacher and consult other colleagues when needed. We are equal, ego-less, and humble and we are not a Guru, making the effect of our services, at least 10 times stronger. I teach people to discover their strengths because then the effect will tend to be more positive and less negative.


What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
To be honest, I live in the moment and don’t look so far into the future. Furthermore, I already consider myself to be successful. I am growing personally and the group that I am touching in 5 years will have grown. My reach will not be limited to the Netherlands only, but it would cover the whole world. I will be successful if I will be able to flow everywhere where I might land.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My learning moments while being able to stay in my loving core and center, during those moments. My father passed away in April of this year and the grieving because of his passing away, has been a challenging process. I am telling myself constantly to allow the pain and in that sense, as I go through this process, I am happy to see that I am growing.

In this process, others might see that what I am doing is a little bit selfish because as I am going through this process all on my own and I am therefore less available for others. I am less able to fulfill other people their wishes, as I am used to. You know where your core wants to go and but to grow, you have to grow through the pain. You can’t deny it and you don’t want to block it and I am sure that I will come out much stronger out of this process. This emptiness needs to be healed in seemed for now my availability for others has become less. But I know that it is my process.

I am also guiding clients with their dying processes. After going through this grieving process I am convinced that I will be better able to do this for future clients because I have experienced this myself. I will be able to feel better what they are feeling and offer better comfort in that process, as it is a deeply emotional process.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
I have more than one method to do this. I meditate according to my method and my 8th chakra is open so I can consult my spiritual guides. But at times I am a little bit stubborn. If I don’t feel like it, I don’t do it, so I am the only one that gets disappointed but then again I am human and we as humans have our sides that are not perfect, call it our dark side. If we were born perfect we would have nothing to learn right? Like the tradition to meditate 20 minutes, yes I believe that 3 minutes is good enough for me to release myself of the tradition that it has to be done in a certain way, as long as it works for me.


How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
I work on my regular updates by visiting colleagues when I feel the need to do it. I stopped with the massages and I am now purely involved as a spiritual consultant. I do my regular updates at least once a year and when on a need-to-to basis. I have stopped with the massages and I am now solely working as a spiritual consultant. I use my common sense a lot and I am very selective in the books I read. I love to stay close to my core so that I can experience the Divine within me. It’s then when I experience total freedom. I am doing this in my way and in everything that I had to do, I experienced resistance. It’s the same when you believe, the Divine is beautiful and God is energy, it is already there and it is the most unique form of Love. Where you find it, be it in a church, that is cultural. I have learned this through self-development and that was so nice and the Universe has created so many possibilities for all these people to be connected with the higher Source. I feel my heart opening as I talking about this right now. The core of people is so important.

 

What are your strengths?
I am always positive. I am a strong person, very eager, and open to learning new things based on my strengths. I can even learn from my “enemies”.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I intensely love to dance. I love my children. I love hiking and being involved with people.

 

Do you hike alone or with people?
I am always surrounded by people and almost do nothing alone. This is a real eye-opener, maybe I should schedule some more me alone time, yes...indeed this is a real epiphany.

 

If you as Mira would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am an open person, open to meet other people. I trust people and if it feels right I will get along with people easily. I am not a scared person.

 

How would you describe Mira in one word or one sentence?
Two things: love and perseverance. I have a strong character but at the same time, I can be very loveable. But if something bothers me I can be very opinionated.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life career?
There is not one person per se that inspires me, but life itself and people inspire me.


What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
I need to doubtless. I need to work on that part of my being. When I doubt, I go into meditation and what comes, I need to accept this and doubtless. This will help me move forward faster.

The most challenging part of this work is the things that confront you on a mundane, worldly level. Everything manifests itself when it’s ready. I have no influence on the moment it manifests itself.

At times I needed to wait a little bit longer. I need to improve this on that level. But in the end, going through the motions is much more important than the doubt itself.

But then again on the other hand the doubt is okay. Our belief system is part of our consciousness and that in itself is an eye-opener for me.

Because all is well, you might feel this doubt and you need to just allow it because it is okay to have doubts. At times I tend to stay stuck in it and we all at a time stay stuck in it. That is why periodically I go to visit my colleagues to get an update. Just like computer software needs an update at times, I need it to cleanse and rid myself of some energies periodically. It is comparable with the cleaning of the clutter in your house.



What was a defining moment in your life?
Starting to do the work that I am doing now, was a defining moment. I am doing this work since 2012. Before that, I had, more often than not, bad health, and the doctors couldn’t find anything. Through self-development and synergistically meeting the right people on my journey, since then I am, healthy and highly motivated in what I am doing.

 

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your life/career?
I would like to combine what city life has to offer with the ae life, with no TV. That I would have achieved a balance and the best of those two worlds, with two houses. I hope that I would have convinced others to come along with me to achieve this and feel free.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That life is fun and they will recall positive vibes. That Mira is so fun to be with. That people would remember me for my smile and remember me for who I am and not for the amount of money I have in my bank account.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of the world as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I have colleagues and connections all over the world and they contact me without me needing to call them first by phone or so. They just feel that I might need some help. It is a kind of telepathic connection and this gives me so much strength, it is better than 10.000 likes on Facebook. This phenomenon can bring along a lot of changes for the good of all humanity. Our work and the network are very valuable. This telepathic connection of “I think of you and I feel you”. They're so much more than the eye can see out there and that is why I firmly believe that we are going to experience some important positive changes in the coming years.

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Mira van der Toorn is a loving, caring, strong, open minded and compassionate spiritual energy healer, that loves life itself and people. Her ability to let others also feel and experience love and compassion for oneself has made her find her niche, where through mouth to mouth referrals her practice as a spiritual consultant has grown over the past few years. Having lived in Curaçao and in Trinidad and Tobago has made her develop a special link with Caribbean, where we will undoubtedly hear more from in the future. Finding her passion, that is the work she is doing now, has not come easy, but it is a perfect example of how living one’s purpose can be so much different before and after a person find it. Her caring and deep involvement with her clients, also in dying guidance, makes her a unique healer. For all the work she is doing, makes us love and respect her and consider her one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing the spiritual sector in Curaçao and in the world.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 the 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 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.

 

Next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” on 14th of August
For more information:

O’dennis Daal: (+5999)5130409
Ivan Kuster: (+5999)6986437
Haydee Hermans: (+5999)5639848


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “Energy Codes”.

 

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 7 and 8 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

 

In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 

The energy codes
Transform your life with this revolutionary and accessible seven-step guide—grounded in energy medicine, neurobiology, and quantum physics—to awaken your true health and potential through energy healing.

Eighteen years ago, health pioneer and practitioner Dr. Sue Morter had a remarkable and profound awakening. While meditating, she spontaneously accessed an energy field—a level of consciousness—beyond anything she had ever imagined. This dramatic experience changed her life, freeing her from years of struggle and pain.

It also set Dr. Morter on a mission to discover how to create such radical transformation for her patients. Through years of advanced study and research in energy healing and medicine, she developed the Energy Codes, a life-changing program that has now enabled thousands of people all over the world to overcome pain, disease, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, and to awaken their innate creativity, intuition, and inner power.

Bridging ancient healing practices with cutting-edge science, The Energy Codes offers a detailed road map to help you experience deep healing in your life. Grounded in practical, accessible exercises, including yoga, breathwork, meditations, and Dr. Morter’s proprietary B.E.S.T. protocol, The Energy Codes will help you activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body, empower your hidden potential, and become one with your true, essential self.

Prepare to change your life by changing your energy. 'The Energy codes' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Date: 21th of September

Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM

Entrance fee: Free

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


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting 28th August

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 28 di Oùgùstus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848
E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409
E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437
E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com

Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on on energy healing.
Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. You're a mass of Energy | Bob Proctor - YouTube
2. Awaken Your Inner Energy Healer With This | Deborah King - YouTube
3. ENERGY HEALING 101 (and 2 effective techniques!) - YouTube
4. Lavender Energy Healing Meditation | Bob Proctor - YouTube
5. The Law of Vibration | Bob Proctor - YouTube
6. Five Days to Understanding Frequencies, Vibration & The Law of Attraction with Bob Proctor 

 

 

Influencer Ruben Russel, Book Session, new workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on August 15, 2021 at 1:35 AM

In this week’s blog (16th August– 22nd of August), we will interview Ruben Russel; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 17th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey - 10 starting on the 21st of August. We will also share some short videos on User Experience (UX), Interface Design (ID), Universal Basic Income (UBI), Permaculture, and Agroforestry. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Ruben Russel: patient, empathic, curious and diverse

 

Could you share with us some information about your family life? How supportive were your parents in letting you become who you are right now?
I was born and raised in Curaçao in the neighborhood of Mahaai and Damacor. I had a lot of support and guidance from my parents. They were very open and supportive, encouraging me to choose whatever I wanted to and they gave me a lot of freedom in my emotional and professional choices. My entire extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents all were very supportive and we spend a lot of time together. We are a very close, inclusive family and this stable family life has also influenced my life choices, as I have a lot of uncles and aunts that have pretty ambitious positions within the society which has helped me understand certain topics better and even if I personally don’t aspire to be like them it gave me the capability to see the diversity in human potential.

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
After graduating from Radulphus College (High School) I came to the Netherlands to study. I have two younger brothers, we grew up together and they too now study in the Netherlands. I studied Entrepreneurship and Retail management, at Avans university of applied sciences Breda. My brothers have chosen to study more in the technical areas and this generated an interest in digital technology. I did a couple of courses on digital technology and how disruptive it can be, I did a brief course on the basics of the Python computer language, Blockchain fundamentals, User interface and Interface Design furthermore, I also did some courses on hydroponic farming and Syntropic forestry. Next to these courses I also exposed myself to many books that cover economics, psychology, sociology, technology, biology as well, basically a very diversified interest and studies. The reason was that I concluded that what I was learning in Entrepreneurship was too limited if you want to have a greater impact. I have to come to understand that it is better to approach things from a multi-disciplinary view and try to shape things and keep shaping things from that point of view. I just started with a master's in Sociology.


We know you to be involved with Kolektivo, could you explain what Kolektivo wants to achieve and what is your involvement in Kolektivo? Is there a difference between Kolektivo and Kolektivo Labs?
I have been involved since 2017 in crypto- and blockchain technology, where I together Fernando Trouw, Luuk Weber we started the Caribbean Blockchain network. The intention was that this network would educate and inform the Caribbean of the potential of blockchain technology. It is an online community that would share information, connect, design and implement thesesolutions. We have had various events and also wrote some articles about blockchain technology and it’s capanility to change our socio-economic outcomes. From this network there were a couple of initiatives that sprouted. Such as, Innovation Ç and CuraDAO.

CuraDAO was an experimental attempt to see if the results of the Viability of decentralized decision-making within Curaçao’s institutions research report. CuraDAO pilot started mid 2019. This pilot would be held with about 40 participants for 5 to 6 months where various members would be able to propose to this digital organization what to forward proposals and projects to the DAO that had 40 members that voted on the proposal which took into consideration the SDG. It was to test and see how people would organize themselves in Curaçao. We stopped the Caribbean BlockChain network. I wrote a post-pilot report about CuraDAO. 

 

Now we have another project on Curaçao, CuraDAI, which is a stable cryptocurrency that is pegged to the US dollar, and it is currently getting some traction. It was launched in 2019 but for a while, it was quiet. The Koletivo Labs as a development team was launched. Luuk launched it and invited me to join together with various individuals around the world involved within the cryptocurrency space. Luuk also launched Kolektivo which aims at creating a sustainable local democratized economy.
Kolektivo will become a digital platform with its community to innovate the economy sustainable projects I don't think necessarily it's linked to volunteer work because basically, volunteers are not aiming to get paid.

We interviewed Yolanda Wiel as she was very enthusiastic about using the CuraDAI to pay volunteers.

Kolektivo is in its development stage and we have Gilberto Morisaw, Andy Kirchner, Luuk Weber, and others working on it. Like Giovanni Zanolino, an artist that has a showroom in Otrobanda. He is also in digital art and crypto art (NFT’s) this is digital art linked to crypto tokens.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
It changed a lot as I grew up. The “Why” is being of purpose. It shapes during one’s lifetime and I welcome the changes. My “Why” creates solutions that create more time for people, this has been my “Why” the last 6 to 8 years, to make people less dependent on work to make ends meet and generate and create an economy where people will not have to work that much so that they can spend time on other things.

What do you think about UBI?
I am pro Universal Basic Income (UBI) as it generates more time to focus to do that what people want to do instead of living in a survival mode. I want people to like what they do, instead of working only to pay the bills. I am pro temporary solutions, but I believe that we need to create economic structures where the value we create would not trickle up to places where we don’t want it to go. In the current stage of desperation we live in, there is a better way, but with temporary solutions like the UBI or other alternatives, that is also okay.

Ultimately, we need to allow people to have free time so that they can make time for themselves, understand themselves and they will better understand others, as well and improve others as well, in that process. Eventually leading to harmony.

On your LinkedIn profile I saw that you are also UI/UX designer | 21st-century egalitarian model designer, could you expand a little bit on that?
UI stands for User Interface and UX stands for User Experience designer. It is everything we see on the screen from this zoom session we have the buttons, which colors, and why they should be there where there are. There is a lot of research done on how do client experiences this interface so that it becomes easy to use, you have to be an expert.

The 21st-century egalitarian model designer refers to focusing on the digital era 21st century. Egalitarian means equality in digital ownership. It is a model of how we organize these societies in an equal way, where crypto tokens represent value on the internet. Designing these model “tokenomics” = token economics, which is how to design an economy where it is tokenized, egalitarian, and a move towards a more egalitarian ownership model, that does not only strive for equality but also has an equal outcome. The narrative is very important. It is a reaction to the direction the current economy is heading. These things are becoming more and more important, the gap between those who have and those who don’t is becoming wider. In the past communism was also talking about egalitarianism but didn’t last against its vicious economic opposite‘capitalism’ but these egalitarian ideas will never die out. What we can clearly see and feel now is that egalitarian approaches are coming back all over the world.

You are still a member of the Caribbean Blockchain network?
Not anymore, I was in it for 3 years till end of 2020. The group consisted of Fernando Trouw, Adric Walter, Luuk Weber, Timothy Huizen, Amelia and Shaquile a couple of other people also, the majority of them came from Curaçao. We also have some contacts with people from Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.


What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/personal life, let us say 5 years from now?
Of course, I would continue to be working in this ever-evolving Crypto space, Kolektivo labs, Koletivo , common stack, and token engineering. I would have finished my master in Sociology combining this with all the other things I am involved in, in the Crypto space and also in PermaCulture and Agro-Forestry.

In my personal life 5 years from now, I will continue to understand more about the current situations and future situations, past situations, and societal events. I would spend more time with loved ones, that is also very important.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Recently time management, I would say. Especially working in the crypto space and blockchain. You can get a lot of calls scattered from all over the world and you still need to have a social life. I connect more with people from Curaçao, they understand the situation even better and stay up to date with the pace of changes being experienced in the world and my direct environment.
I deal with it by coping and having a very clean and empty mind. I meditate, I try to do sports to clear my mind and organize my time better and think ahead better, to have more time to think, to organize my thoughts and feelings a bit. I find it important to give time to your thoughts and feelings and not to constantly be busy. If not, you will build up stress and this will have effect on all that you want to do and be.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
I meditate as it is also just like my inner voice. I meditate, whether I am tending to plants, is helpful to sparking and giving space to my inner voice. I can then analyze dilemmas better and take better decisions.

 


How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
I have started my master's in Sociology, I read a lot of books constantly in various fields, sociology, psychology economy, biology. The world is not just an economy, it involves also a lot of other things, it is an ecosystem and I am studying how to make an impact in it. I listen to video lectures, I follow online courses about certain Ui/ XI, Crypto, agriculture, skills share that is a platform for knowledge sharing. You can either watch or create educational videos about certain topics of things you know about and want to share.

 

What are your strengths?
Patience, empathy, curiosity, and diversity.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Cooking, it’s a creative expression of mine, where I can use and create something new different ingredients. I love reading, I read a lot. Planting, just taking care of plants and painting.

If you as Ruben would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? I am Ruben and I was born and raised in Curaçao but a citizen of the world. Nice to meet you.

How would you describe Ruben in one word or one sentence?
Persistent and patient.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career/life?
My parents and siblings unknowingly have inspired me, with their presence. Many thinkers like Peter Joseph, Jacques Fresco, but also friends of mine like Fernando Trouw, Leroy Gilbert, and others like Karimu Corbeek and Yanick Hammen. I got a lot of inspiration from musical artists like Bob Marley and Jah9


What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Time management.
 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I lived in New Zealand for 6 months, I spend a lot of time far away from everyone and I had lots of time thinking and reflecting. This in combination with a good friend of mine that passed away, was a defining moment.

 

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would hopefully want to see that the technology I work with, actually does change our current economic outcomes, contributing towards the same goals even if they have not been achieved yet, it is all about creating more time for people.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I have no idea.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?

It’s cultural diversity and thus its resilience and ability to unite, inspire all the different races, religions, and cultural diversity. I see it as an example for our human future in our hyper globalized society.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Yes, I would like to recommend some books:

• The new human rights movement, Peter Joseph

• The divide, Jason Hickle

• Thinking in systems, Donella Meadows

• The books of Ruiz Mastery of love, Miguel Ruiz

• Yuval Harari and Eckart Tolle

• Dream of the gifted child, Alice Miller

• Gabor Mate’s books and lectures of him.

 


 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Ruben Russel is a patient, empathic, curious, and diverse student, entrepreneur, designer, and citizen of the world, who is driven to create solutions for people, so to “create more time” so that people can spend time doing what they want to, instead of living in a survival mode. As a diligent reader and humanitarian, he believes that it’s better to approach and shape things from a multi-disciplinary view. Being involved since 2017 in crypto- and blockchain technology and of late in Kolektivo Labs, he is an example of a 21st-century egalitarian model designer, focusing on the digital era and egalitarianism in his approach. This means, equality in ownership. It is a model of how to organize societies in an equal way, where crypto tokens represent value on the internet. Designing these model “tokenomics” = token economics, that does not only strive but also have an equal outcome as a reaction to the direction the current economy is heading as the gap between those who have and those who don’t, is becoming wider.

Ruben’s drive, curiosity, involvement not only in Kolektivo Labs that tries to make the Curaçao economy more sustainable but his authentic drive to change the current economic outcomes in the world, creating more time for people, makes us deeply love and respect him and consider him one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing sustainable development in Curaçao and the world.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 the 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 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.

 

Next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” on 14th of August
For more information:

O’dennis Daal: (+5999)5130409
Ivan Kuster: (+5999)6986437
Haydee Hermans: (+5999)5639848


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 17th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

 

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


The body keeps score
“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

 

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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

 Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented by Sidayene van Tys-Senora.

'The body keeps score' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 17th of August
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting 21st August

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 21 di Oùgùstus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848
E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409
E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437
E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com

Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on tUser Experience (UX), Interface Design (ID), Universal Basic Income (UBI), Permaculture and Agroforestry.
Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

1. What the #$%@ is UX Design? - YouTube

2. What is User Experience (UX)? - YouTube

3. User Interface Design Overview - YouTube

4. Universal Basic Income (UBI) explained in less than two minutes - YouTube

5. Crisis, Hope, and Permaculture - YouTube

6. Agroforestry - the future of agriculture? - YouTube


 

Influencer Stacey Mac Donald, Online MYM Book Session, next Personal Journey and this week tips

Posted on August 8, 2021 at 3:50 AM

 In this week’s blog (9th August– 15th of August), we will interview Stacey Mac Donald; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 17th of August(3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” and our next Personal Journey starting on the 21st of August. We will also share some short videos on the World Wildlife Fund and climate change. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Stacey Mac Donald: accessible and outspoken


Could you share with us some information about your family life?
I was born and raised in Curaçao and left for my studies in Holland when I was 17th years old. I have a lot of family in the region of Holland. My parents are of Surinam descent and I have two sisters and a brother. One sister grew up in Holland and the other two with me on Curaçao. With my parents being from Suriname and Aruba, I call myself a child of the Dutch Kingdom. My parents have been very important to who I have become because they wanted all of us, to have a good life and therefore they stressed the importance of our education. Because of this loving and caring education at home, I must say that all of us are successful. My brother is an engineer, one of my sisters is a judge and the other one is a high-rank HR advisor. I am a social psychologist with a Ph.D. degree.

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
I have studied social psychology in Leiden after starting to study Educational sciences, but that wasn’t interesting enough. So I decided to do my Master’s in Social Psychology, as I was interested in finding out how “normal” people behave within society and specific groups of people. I then specialized in “Environmental Psychology”, which closely looks at the behavior of people within the built and natural environment. After graduating within the nominal time, as I had ambitions to distinguish myself, I started my Ph.D. some years later.
The subject matter was: “The conservation of Nature in the Dutch Caribbean (Caraibisch Nederland or BES-islands)”. My study was part of a much larger study done by the “Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV)” researching the challenges these Caribbean islands were confronting (Confronting Caribbean Challenges). It is an old institute where in the past they used to prepare all those that we planning to go, work and live in the former Dutch colonies. It evolved and it is now a research institute and its scope is broader than just the former Dutch colonies. In the study, we looked at how these islands were doing in terms of the conservation of Nature, after the disintegration of the former Netherlands Antilles, as these islands became Dutch municipalities. The main conclusions were, that the success of measures.





We have understood that you are now a Project Advisor at World Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WNF / Wereld Natuur Fonds), you were one of the persons that created a platform to give your input in the Growth Strategy for Curaçao. You have strong ties with Curaçao. Can you share with us some more?
One of the reasons for my continuous interest and involvement is that I always stayed with my interest in the islands. When there is talk about the Brain drain, I always felt that I needed to find a way to give back. So I was always looking for ways for me and other professionals with excellent educational backgrounds to give back to the islands. By doing it, I believe it is not only fun to do, but also important to contribute. That is why my Ph.D. study was aimed at a study related to this region and it is also the reason why I choose to be part of the Curaçao Dougnut Economy Group, why I gave input in the Growth Strategy of the government of Curaçao, why I am involved in Innovation Ç, that is also why I live in Bonaire and still am eager to return to live and work in Curaçao. I have worked 1,5 years at Dutch Caribbean Management Consultancy N.V. on Curaçao. The team of this consultancy had put in lots of efforts to let me grow but also reminded me never to forget the island. If possible return to the island because whatever you learn the island can always use your knowledge and skills.


You were involved in Of Africa, right? Can you expand a little bit on that?
Of Africa is a platform where I was shortly involved in. I liked the idea and initiative of a friend that was also a student when we were studying. This friend of mine was from Zimbabwe and she mobilized students of African descent studying in Holland, England, and other European countries, to work on the perception of what Africa is. Africa is usually portrayed as a victim continent. In the Netherlands in the national media, it is the only thing you see, namely poverty and misery. While there are lots of beautiful developed areas in Africa, where you have big cities and where a lot is changing. By offering this platform to women of African descent to explain what Africa means to them, we felt that together we could work to change the perception of Africa. I was approached to back into the history of Africa from a Caribbean perspective. I wrote some articles for this platform on how Africa still forms part of who we are in the Caribbean. The platform still exists and they are still re-inventing themselves on what could be their best formula, but due to busy schedules, I am no longer involved in this platform. The old blogs are still available and it was a great experience during the time I was still a student.

 

Regarding my work for the  World Wide Fund for nature - the Netherlands | Wereld Natuur Fonds (WNF) on these islands, we focus on the oceans, as these islands are surrounded by oceans. Conservation of the oceans is the guiding principle of WNF here, which also entails the answer to the question of how to make the fishery in the ocean more sustainable, but also it means that all our projects are directed towards the sea and how to bring about necessary changes in that respect.


 

We focus on awareness regarding single-use plastics, wastewater, and erosion on the islands, and we are looking at ways and means on how we can mobilize the communities to become sustainable and empower them to work towards a sustainable society. WNF has been active on the islands since the sixties and since 2010 more so on the BES islands. It took us some time early on, in the beginning, to build relationships and to be able to collaborate with existing organizations and our place within the societies. Recently, WNF chose to become more active and it is investing in projects aimed at starting for example a fishery cooperative.


We have also done different studies on stakeholders' participation aimed at making everything sustainable, trying to be a partner with local stakeholders and trying to be a trigger, and trying to walk just a little faster than they are. We are also helping the local government to have a voice in the Hague, where they lack the resources to do this so that funds are allocated for the islands to invest in nature conservation projects aimed at reaching the islands’ strategic Nature Conservation goals.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I believe it’s important to give a voice to things that they are unable to express. Like “nature” can’t talk to defend itself.
I love bringing people together to collaborate. One of the beautiful things about human beings is their tendency to collaborate. Just look at what happens when there is some kind of calamity or accident, how people work together to help with the issue at hand. I like doing that because “we are serving a bigger purpose”. This gives me a lot of energy. I love to work with individuals who are not necessarily willing to walk in the same direction, and too against that odd, bring them together to collaborate in a way that is beneficial for all. I firmly believe that this is the only way we can make any progress ultimately, just by being able to be considerate towards others and think in terms of the good of all.


What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Hopefully, I will still be working for WNF, but on a broader regional program that would be beneficial to more islands in the region. For example on projects to completely ban single-use plastics, sustainable fishery, and engaging communities to conserve nature. I am already taking notice of this shift and I hope I can work on helping this manifest completely.

Privately: I hope that I will be able to continue to work and live here, and have a house in this beautiful environment that we have on these islands, where I can help local politicians to grow in their perceptions regarding the importance of Nature. Hopefully, I can help local politicians in growing their perceptions of the importance of nature and this will include also the politicians in Curaçao. Hopefully, I can help governments to look at issues more from an integrated approach, and that I will be able to inform, inspire and support leaders and decision-makers to think and take actions more in terms of the importance of Nature.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
There is a saying that goes like this:
How do you keep the bricks in the wheelbarrow?
How do you keep different parties with different interests on the same page? That is the biggest challenge.
It is all about trust, more than simply the interests of the groups. My trustworthiness is very important and by cherishing this, I hope I can entice people to collaborate. And communication, daring to be vulnerable, listening carefully, trying to understand other people their concerns, and see what can be done about this. That is how I try to deal with this.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
I am easily in an uncertainty mode on what I have done. I will breathe and think it over. I will not take action immediately. I will discuss it with others internally and look for validation of my thoughts, but I will never do it alone, I will consult.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
WNF is a big international organization with lots of internal training and lots of people that work all over the world that you can contact to exchange experiences. Furthermore, if I have to do something that is out of my comfort zone I would rather say “yes I will”, even if I am clueless on how to get it done at first.

 

What are your strengths?
I am a good speaker, I am patient in building relationships and I am empathic and this helps build good collaborations in what I am looking for to achieve.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Nature and also painting and dancing, yes I need this creative outlet.

 

If you as Stacey would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Johannesburg or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name and that I come from the Caribbean and who I am and tell them very soon after that where I work and more of where I come from.

How would you describe Stacey in one word or one sentence?
Accessible, outspoken and stubborn but with a fair amount of patience.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My friends that I know since I was in Curaçao during my school years, all had the same mindset of being ambitious, we all went to study in Holland and we would become successful and it happened indeed. And also Rivke Jaffe and the team of my first employer at Dutch Caribbean Management Consultancy (DMC).

 

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Uncertainty, I would like to rid myself more of this. I can become too emotional in certain situations and you will not notice this from the outside of me, but I will bring it home with me to ponder about it.

What was a defining moment in your life?
The separation of my parents. I decided that this will not have an influence on my studies and it didn’t have as I did everything I possibly could to prevent this from happening.

How do you manage your emotions?
I am not afraid to talk about them and don’t suppress or repress them. I can connect easily to people, it’s a survival skill and I am trying to manage emotions in a very practical way.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
To have an even more positive influence than I have at the moment. I am unsure of what function that would be. In politics or something else ...maybe for an organization as WNF still, but in any case, something for these islands to have an even greater impact.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I am ambitious and I am passionate about what I do for Nature and in collaboration with other people. That I am a bridge builder of relationships.



What makes you stay optimistic about the future of CES, BES as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
At times it is difficult, but to give up hope is not an option. I do see more and more people in organizations and governments recognizing the importance of nature. And that we need big policy changes to be successful. Our islands can become an example for the rest of the world because as islands we are vulnerable but also resilient. If we increase our tendency to collaborate and more towards each other we will survive.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I am curious how people would react and I hope to inspire others to give more of themselves for the greater good of all, to do less for one self only and more for us together.

More information
- Publications on Researchgate
- Stacey Mac Donald  on KITLV
- Co-founder / Advisor Mac & Field


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Stacey Mac Donald is a passionate, ambitious, knowledgeable, bridge builder who is able to connect easily with other people. Her skills as a speaker, her empathy, and her patience in building relationships help her to build good collaborations addressing one of the biggest challenges of our time, namely Sustainability in Nature. Involved as project leader in the WNF, a big international organization, addressing the sustainability of Mother Earth, has put her in an excellent position to learn and leverage the impact that she wants to have in the BES and even much further than that on other islands in the region. Based on the main conclusions of her PH.D. thesis: “That the success of measures to conserve nature and their impact depends largely on the collaboration with the local community”, makes her fit perfectly in what she is working to achieve and that is bringing people together to collaborate, serving a bigger purpose. This distinct quality of Stacey to work with individuals who are not necessarily willing to walk in the same direction, and to against that odd, bring them together to collaborate in a way that is beneficial for all, will definitely put her in a position that she will have an impact. She firmly believes that efforts to ultimately have a sustainable Earth, can ultimately only progress by individuals/people being able to be considerate towards others and think in terms of the good of all. For her effort, vision, and the work she is doing, we deeply love and respect Stacey and consider her one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing sustainable development in the NGO sector.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 the 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 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.

 

Next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” on 14th of August
For more information:

O’dennis Daal: (+5999)5130409
Ivan Kuster: (+5999)6986437
Haydee Hermans: (+5999)5639848



Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 17th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

 

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


The body keeps score
“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

 

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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

 Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented by Sidayene van Tys-Senora.

'The body keeps score' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 17th of August
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting 21st August

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 21 di Oùgùstus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848
E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409
E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437
E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com

Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on the World Wildlife Fund and climate change
Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

1. Be one with nature. WWF roept Nederland op om sámen met jongeren in actie te komen. (180 sec) - YouTube
2. WWF's Manifesto - YouTube
3. What does WWF do? | WWF - YouTube
4. The History of the World Wildlife Fund - YouTube
5. How to Save Our Planet - YouTube
6. The Greatest Speech Of Leonardo DiCaprio | Climate Change | by MirekLeFou - YouTube


Influencer Yolanda Wiel, Online MYM Book Session, next Personal Journey and this week tips

Posted on August 1, 2021 at 6:25 PM

 In this week’s blog (2nd August– 8th of August), we will interview Yolanda Wiel; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 17th of August(3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” and our next Personal Journey starting on the 21st of August. We will also share some short videos on the human mind  Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Yolanda Wiel: someone who cares




Could you share with us some information about your family life? 
I was born, but not raised here in Curaçao. I grew up in Groningen, Holland, and Lloret de Mar, in Spain, and did my primary school there which goes from 1st through 8th grade. When I was 14 years old, we came back to Curaçao to live here and I went to Radulphus College. After finishing High School I went back to Holland for my studies, but I wasn’t happy there, so as soon as I had finished my studies, I came back to Curaçao. I stayed in Curaçao for 2 years and then I returned to Spain, to live and work there. In 2009 I came back to the island and now I am settled here in Curaçao. I am not married and I don’t have children and both my parents live in Curaçao. I have one other sister and two brothers.

As you notice, I have moved quite a lot in my life and because of this, I learned to observe and to be very aware of how I feel and aware if I am letting others influence me. I am emotionally intelligent but that doesn't mean that at times there are still things from the past that I’m still working on.

Do you IoLee (Inside Out Learning Experience Ecosystem), a body sensing therapy?
No, haven’t heard of it. But as you explained how it works, I have developed my process through trial and error which sounds very similar. At times when you are releasing a trapped emotion, it feels like it is going to kill you, but if you allow it to exist and not resist it, it integrates and dissolves, which then makes room for the underlying emotion beneath that pain.

I studied to be a therapist and I’m always working on developing and truly knowing myself. Sometimes I would think that I was done integrating a certain level of growth, but then something new pops up, so there is always work to be done on yourself. To me, self-development is an ongoing process

 

.Could you share something about your educational background and your experience? 
I have studied Art Therapy and I worked with children who have autism for some years. After that, I started focusing on building my therapy practice for children and youth. I had several clients at the closed department of JJIC (former GOG, juvenile detention). And it was more fun than I originally thought it would be. As a therapist, my goal at first was to work with kids and youth before things went completely wrong. I felt like it would be too late and they would already be affected once they end up in JJIC, but as I said it was more fun than I thought. I came to better understand how the young men that are locked up to see life and they are the way they are. They don’t make excuses for the situation they’re in. I understood that they live in a completely different world which not everyone on the island knows what it is like and understands what poverty does to human beings. As a teenager, I grew up going to sports clubs a few times a week and you never get exposed to this other world. They live in completely parallel worlds. These young men base their decisions on survival every single day. They grow up thinking that they will not grow up to be old. They don’t think in possibilities, but in ‘how can I survive this day. This was a difficult realization to process for me. And as I was able to connect with some of them, when I meet them now that they’re out of prison, they are looking to contact me and sometimes we go out to eat and catch up.


We have understood that you are very involved in Good Deeds Curaçao, Curaçao Cares, Spread the Love Curaçao, and part of Kolektivo. Can you share with us some more?
Well, earlier this year I decided to scale down a little bit on my plans for Spread the Love. I decided to focus on doing what I like to do and stop trying to make it a bigger organization. And you know what, life has become so much simpler. I’ve got other and new projects I’m working on now and they’re all great fun! I have so much more work now that I have to guard my time and energy in ways that weren’t necessary before. Before I was usually available for others and of course we’ve always connected through our phones. I’m now learning to prioritize what I want and need to get done, but it’s not easy. I’m the kindness activist! I’m always nice, right?! I don’t want to be rude. I want to be kind, sure, but kindness to myself comes first. Sometimes kindness means ignoring you so I can focus on my tasks.

Good Deeds Curaçao is the biggest project by Spread the Love, and it is part of a global movement. I have organized Good Deeds Day Curaçao three times now. It originated in Israel and it invites people to do good deeds on the same day. The organizations that take part in Good Deeds Day that take place in the Caribbean are coordinated from Trinidad for the Caribbean flavor, but locally we are free to organize the Good Deeds we want within the same theme.

I have been part of the Curaçao Cares team for 5 years . I am in charge of social media, so everything that you see on Facebook and Instagram comes from me.


Spread the Love is an initiative of my own and it is specifically directed towards kindness. I want the people of Curaçao to be more kind and truly integrate kindness into their lives. With kindness, you get to support others, which is a desire we’re all born with. An act of kindness could be something simple like holding the door for someone or helping someone you love with their chores or giving someone a free hug. My main focus is for others to realize that we need to be more self-reliant and take care of each other. To stop thinking that other organizations or institutions will take care of us. If we want to live on a beautiful and clean island, we should stop littering and at the same time understand that we need to buy fewer plastic and foam products. We have our responsibility and, in that sense, the obligation to contribute to a cleaner island.

 

One of the new projects I do work for since a few months is as a steward for Koletivo. This is the reason I looked for ways to learn more about Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. At first, I thought that crypto was meant for greedy people trying to make lots of money, but it is not like that in all of “the cryptoverse”. With Kolektivo, we are using Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology for the community, enabling people to become more self-reliant. CuraDAI is a coin that we have launched and you can only earn CuraDAI by doing good on Curaçao or through a mini-grant for a community project. For example, last weekend I organized a food drive for Good Deeds Day, to benefit the food bank (Voedselbank) and all the volunteers were rewarded with 25 CuraDAI each. They can go spend their CuraDAI at certain shops and do groceries at a supermarket. The volunteers were very happy with this and it is awesome that those who initiated Koletivo want to put new technology to good use on the island.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
At the beginning of the year, after going through the first lockdown, I got this insight that even in a global pandemic we as human beings are not willing to change our damaging behavior. What’s the use of all my efforts then? During the first lockdown, I had fewer things to do, I was not so much in a “making an impact mode” and I liked that. Would my effort make such a difference overall? Before corona, I was thinking big and considering starting a first Spread the Love headquarters, where we would organize kindness projects and people could walk in and learn or make something. But now I’ve changed my plans. I am not going to try and build that anymore and it feels good. As long as I feel good, it’s ok. Now I have more time to work on projects I like. In the past, I loved to guide people in their healing process, but nowadays it is easier to enable people to feel better in a real way. I used to think that therapy was the way, one person at the time, one session at the time and as they move on, the healed person will heal or not damage others. Now I focus on myself and what I want to do, projects I like and love to do. I’m not anyone’s “savior”.

 



What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I am not a career woman and I’ve never had any aspirations of having an amazing career. What I want to do needs to feel right and should make me feel good.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
How to juggle all the different projects and assignments that I have at the same time. It is a little too much at the moment, but it won’t take long anymore.

Furthermore, I want to better deal with standing in the spotlight. Although I have done it more often, it hasn’t become much easier for me. I want to feel less miserable when all eyes are on me.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when a dilemma shows up? How does that work for you?
I usually discuss my dilemma's with a friend. I also look up information about the topics to at least have the necessary information or learn how others dealt with a similar dilemma.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
I am always, literally non-stop, taking courses. At times different courses and workshops at the same time, be it webinars, documentaries, podcasts, you name it. Sometimes I ask myself if this continuous learning will ever stop. Probably not. I am now taking one of the best courses ever, a yearlong training called Leadership for Women by LMI (Leadership Management International).

What are your strengths?
Honesty and value. I am honest about my intentions and my opinions. I like to be authentic and I always try to add value to things, situations, a person, a place. Everything.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to be creative, I love reading, I don’t read a lot these days though.

I am writing a book. I don’t know how to write a book, but I am doing it anyway.

These days, most of the income I earn is through writing. I stopped working as a therapist. It all started with writing blogs, then I moved on to social media and it evolved to writing assignments for companies, governments organizations, and foundations. It used to be a hobby now it is my profession.


If you as Yolanda would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I don’t value stories as much as others, I think. Culture, traditions or where I’m from are stories to me, but they don’t define who I am. I think I would just say ‘my name is Yolanda.’
 

How would you describe Yolanda in one word or one sentence?
Someone who cares.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have no idols or role models, but I could resonate with anything that shows up and that inspires me in my process. One day it can be a cartoon or the next day something else. I once saw a bird at the train station in Holland as I was waiting for my train and it was assertively defending its piece of a french fry. It reminded me to be more assertive as well. Something that inspires me could also be a slogan of some company or the life story of any random person.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Being comfortable in the spotlight. Being diplomatic. I am not always diplomatic.

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I was born.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would like to be happy. To have traveled a lot. To be financially comfortable and be sharing my life with a special man.

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


 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I see so many people that want to make the lives of other people happier, better, and that they are involved in work regarding their fellow human beings. There are a lot of people doing so much good.

I am hopeful, not so optimistic as I would like to be, but I am hopeful. I would like to see more people collaborating and less sabotage.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
That people would be more conscious that other people also want to be happy. That we can all do something very simple to make things easier for our fellow human beings.

Like being in a supermarket I see that sometimes people don’t think about other customers, as they block the aisle in the supermarket with their cart. It’s those simple things that make life easier for others. Doesn’t cost a thing, except being aware that we all want to be happy. And we all deserve it too.

More info or connect:
Website: spreadthelovecuracao.com
Insta: spreadthelovecuracao/
Facebook: Spread the Love Curaçao
YouTube: channel/
Website: good-deeds-day.org/
Facebook: Cura Doet
Facebook: Kolektivo CW
Facebook: CuraDAI
Blog: catchakindness.weebly.com/blogs

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Yolanda Wiel is a caring, honest, authentic, independent, art therapist and lately a professional writer, that continuously tries to add value to things, situations, a person, a place, everything.

Involved in different organizations, she is enabling people to feel better in a real way, but on the other hand, she focuses on what she wants to do and doing projects that she likes and loves to do, actively adding value to our society. Growing up in different countries and cultures has taught her to observe and to be very aware of how she feels and discern and respect diversity in people. After focusing on building her therapy practice for children and youth, she discovered that clients at the closed department of JJIC (former GOG, juvenile detention) were more fun than she originally thought it would be. These clients live in a completely different world, which not everyone on the island knows what it is like and understands what poverty does to human beings. These youth, live in completely parallel worlds. Yolanda has evolved of late and she is now a professional writer and through her involvement in different organizations she is and will continue to add value in whatever role she will be involved in the short, mid, or long term, because “Yolanda cares”. For all these reasons, we love and respect Yolanda and consider her one of the 250 influencers of the island representing the NGO sector and Business-sector.

Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 the 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 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.

 


Next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” on 14th of August
For more information:

O’dennis Daal: (+5999)5130409
Ivan Kuster: (+5999)6986437
Haydee Hermans: (+5999)5639848



Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 17th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

 

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


The body keeps score
“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

 

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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

 Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented by Sidayene van Tys-Senora.

'The body keeps score' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 17th of August
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting 21st August

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 21 di Oùgùstus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848
E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409
E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437
E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com

Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on the human mind.
Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. The Power of the Human Mind - Motivational Video by Eddie Pinero - YouTube

2. The Neuroscience of Perception - YouTube

3. The Mind - Motivational Video - YouTube

4. This Is How Your Brain Powers Your Thoughts - YouTube

5. Unlock Your Superbrain With Jim Kwik - YouTube

6. YOU ARE A GENIUS - The Motivational Video that Will Change Your Life, Change Your Mindset - YouTube


Influencer Chantal Wiertz, Online MYM Book Session, Webinar and our next Personal Journey

Posted on July 25, 2021 at 8:00 PM

In this week’s blog (26th – 2nd of August), we will interview Chantal Wiertz; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 17th of August(3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” and our next Personal Journey starting on the 21st of August. We will also share some short videos on self-confidence. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Chantal Wiertz: “I am unique. On my self, for my self”

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in the Netherlands and my family moved to Curaçao 10 years ago. My dad passed away 13 years ago and my mom decided to come and live here with us. I have two younger brothers that now live in the Netherlands and I have one older sister living in Curaçao.

How supportive were your parents in letting you become whom you are right now?
My parents especially my mother, were super important because my mom was always there for me when I needed it and she always told me that there is a solution for everything. I am understanding now more of the things she taught me, now that I am older and am understanding life better. I am glad of the space she is giving to me and gave me.

Anything else of your family life?
I am not married and I have no children. My family is very close to each other, especially after my father passed away and my sister and I are best friends. I talked daily with all my siblings. And as I have said, I have a special bond with my mom. And regarding my brothers the distance doesn’t change anything, we are truly a team. One of my brothers is in the marines and the other is in the army.

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I went to High school and didn’t finish it, as I was always really focused or not at all, so my grades have been up and down and the last year I dropped out. I am now back at school and really curious about what this school year will bring to me. But school education, doesn’t define me, it does make things easier, so I don’t recommend anyone to drop out, but if it isn’t for you, it is not for you.

 


We have known you to be Miss Universe Curaçao and you participated in the Miss Universe contest of late. How this all started?
I started modeling when I was 10 years old. After that, when I was about 14 years old, a modeling agency started helping me to get jobs and this could be anywhere in the world, in any country. So through this modeling agency, I visited China, Singapore, Japan, Miami, Sint Martin to name a few.

In 2019 I decided to participate in this Miss Universe Beauty Pageant contest in Curaçao, because I wanted to show people that women can be beautiful, but also smart. And I am smart and intelligent. I didn’t win the contest, but I became the first runner-up and became the Miss Universe Curaçao 2020. I participate in the Miss Universe International contest 2021 representing Curaçao and the way this happened was rather funny, as I was called and told that this year (2020) there wouldn’t be a Miss Universe contest in Curaçao and they asked me if I wanted to represent Curaçao in the Miss Universe International contest 2021.

I didn’t hesitate a lot to agree, but then after I had said yes, I started feeling scared and awkward yes after 10 minutes or so, but I did it anyway and in hindsight, I feel grateful for the opportunity I was offered and the lessons I learned during the preparation and participation in this International Beauty Pageant Contest.

 


What are the lessons you learned from participating in this International Beauty Pageant contest?
struggled with a lot of emotions and I felt ashamed sharing emotions at first. I learned to deal with emotions thanks to the opportunity I got to be coached by Soul Garden Curaçao, Haydee Hermans. I was taught to deal with my emotions much better and accepted being myself. I learned that there is nothing wrong with being myself.

Any emotion I feel, be it shame or any other emotion I might feel, is telling me something and by going through this coaching process, basically, step by step it builds me up, to accept myself for who I am. I now have much higher self-confidence and I master my emotions better.

What were some of the take aways to participating at the Miss Universe International Pageant contest?
Participating during those ten days was something else, it was an amazing experience and I went through this all just by being myself “no matter what”. There were representatives of 74 countries in an era of a ranging world pandemic, with the scrutiny of all the mass press. Under these circumstances, we were all united and that was a very empowering experience.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I don’t ask myself “WHY”, I ask myself “WHY not do it”. I am deliberately planning to take a step to go to a bigger virtual platform with Equine. Even though I am close to the end of my 2021 Miss Universe Curaçao reign, my presence and promotion of Equine, will not end. It is what I am doing, as I have a message that I want to bring out with my platform. I will work to create even more substance and continue to share my core message. Equine is a form of Assisted Therapy using horses as a therapy.

 


What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
It is all about a mindset. With a goal in mind, you go for it with dedication and discipline.

My goal is the ranch with our 6 horses. We have the ranch as a family, that is my mom, sister, and myself. We have our horses for the children and offer equine horse therapy. I will be working for myself and my family. If you built something like that and work on it with dedication, you will attract more people to come to Curaçao and visit the ranch I believe.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Coming back from the pageant contest and being the best version of myself representing Curaçao, now that it’s over, will be a weird feeling. I use to be buried at home and then because of the miss Universe Curaçao work, I was always working, always away from home at times a lot. So I will have more time now.

 

How do you deal with it?
To be honest and not give up, giving myself space and time, because it’s struggle.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Well, as I look back, I can now say that my self-talk tended to be very negative and I tended to be hard on myself. Haydee Hermans from Soul Garden enabled me to change that. I am deeply grateful for that. I now have an uplifting, elevated, healthy relationship with myself. Whenever a situation shows up, I will say, don’t panic, stay calm, and think. When I have my “me-time” for example when I spend time with the children with my horses, I can be who I can be. The children are honest and they never lie.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Once I am busy working out, I will listen to podcasts. I read whatever there is to read, follow the news as well and my sister and my mom also help me to stay updated on everything.

What are your strengths?
Being dedicated, disciplined, being honest and I like to keep things straight. Honesty is super important in any relationship.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Cooking, baking and spending time with my animals, and spending my time with the children.



If you as Chantal would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hello my name is Chantal, I am from Curaçao and I am 22 years. I moved to Curaçao 10 years ago and I like to tell them a little bit about Curaçao.


How would you describe Chantal in one word or one sentence?
“I am unique. On my self, for my self”.
“You can celebrate your uniqueness” is my slogan on my platform. See my Instagram and Facebook page.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There are so many people that inspired me to do better, so I have not one particular person. I would say my family and some friends. Furthermore some people I met during the pageant contest.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Insecurity my inner voice tends to go back to the negative, it is awkward and as I reflect on this, I conclude that I have nothing to be insecure about.


What was a defining moment in your life?
When I realized that is there is only one person, that can let you make it or not and that is yourself. The realization of that insight was a defining moment.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
Ten years is a long time, I am not sure. I am just going to focus on myself and what I want, and as I move forward step by step it will become more clearer, figuring out what I want and don’t want, like everybody else is doing.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
They are happy with the person that I am.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
Knowing that we can decide our future, I can choose to be happy. I can decide to let things get to me or not, it’s my choice. Nothing can define me as a person, only me. So I believe with this mindset the future of Curaçao is bright and more people are taking notice of this mindset.

Connect with Chantal Wiertz
- Insta
Facebook
Chantal Wiertz - Miss Universe Curaçao 2020

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Chantal Wiertz is a smart, young, beautiful lady who has grown steeply over the last 2 years. By courageously overcoming the limiting beliefs she held beforehand, she took up the challenge to represent Curaçao in the Miss Universe pageant contest. Her participation in the preparation and participation in the Miss Universe Pageant Contest itself has helped her leap forged. Her increased mastery over her emotions stands out and whatever un elevated emotions come up. Her growth has meant becoming her authentic self, accepting herself as she is. Her life’s slogan is: “Be your authentic self no matter what". In her plans, her dedication to her continuous development and also to Equine Therapy stands out. Coming from a close-knit family, that is a real team, helps her to stand firmly into whatever the world will bring her. For all these reasons, we love and respect Chantal and consider her one of the 250 influencers of the island representing the healing sector.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 


 


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 webinar of Emotions “Simia pa empatia” on 14th of August
For more information:

O’dennis Daal: (+5999)5130409
Ivan Kuster: (+5999)6986437
Haydee Hermans: (+5999)5639848



Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 17th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

 

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


The body keeps score
“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

 

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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

 Chapters 5 and 6 of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented by Sidayene van Tys-Senora.

'The body keeps score' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 17th of August
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting 21st August

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 21 di Oùgùstus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848
E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409
E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437
E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com

Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on self-confidence.
Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. CONFIDENCE - How To Develop Self-Confidence (Motivational Video) - YouTube
2. THE SKILL OF SELF CONFIDENCE - MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube
3. The most important skill - Believe in yourself Motivational video - YouTube
4. BUILD YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE - Inspirational Speech & Motivational Video - YouTube
5. Self Confidence - Motivational Video 2019 [Must Watch!] - YouTube
6. Oprah on Believing in Yourself | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube

Influencer Sharnon Isenia, Online MYM Book Session, next Personal Journey and this week tips

Posted on July 18, 2021 at 1:25 PM

In this week’s blog (19th – 25th of July), we will interview Sharnon Isenia; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey. We will also share some short videos on topics Ryan Holiday has written about. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Sharnon Isenia: a knowledge eater who gets things done

 

Could you share with us some information about your family life? 
I am married, I am 56 years old and we have a 12-year- old son Thomas and we live in Emmastad. I have 4 other siblings. My parents have passed away and both played an important role in who I am today. My father was a very disciplined man and selfemployed before and after his retirement after serving 25 years at the Isla Refinary. My mother was the binding factor in our family and a very strong woman that taught me to deeply respect women. She grew up in a family of 11 children and an even larger extended family. I have inherited aspects of both my father and my mother. In 1982 at the age of 17 years old I went to The Netherlands for my studies.

 

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
In The Netherlands, after I graduated from the Verkeersacademie Tilburg, I went to study Human Geography and Spatial planning at the University of Utrecht and got my Masters degree within two years. My thesis at the University of Utrecht was a multidisciplinary study of the so-called Evaluation of the Urban Renewal of the Schippers Kwartier in The Hague. I worked on this thesis with two other students whom were working on graduation as sociologist. The intention was to demolish some old houses and construct new houses. We needed to evaluate the urban renewal and give suggestions how the social management and aftercare should done after the renewable had taken place, as this neighborhood had its social challenges. Different people that use to live in the neighborhood, were moved to other parts of The Hague and also to Zoetermeer and more houses were build than before based on a higher building density. Migrants from Surinam and Antillean came living in the neighborhood whilst people that didn’t live in that neighborhood before came living in that neighborhood leading to several increased social tensions in that neighborhood. The lesson learned was not to concentrate people of the same social background in the same neighborhoods and prevent gentrification. But it was quite an experience for me to do a thesis on this subject matter.


 

After my graduation, I returned to Curaçao and started working at Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing as one of the first employees in 1990. I was a projectleader. Our office was located at first in the Hoogstraat in Otrobanda and then we moved to Scharloo close to the Executive Council of the Island Government of Curaçao their main government offices. I have worked and known different Heads at the Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing. I did a vast array of projects in Pietermaai, Otrobanda, Sint Jago and Punda. The first one that I did was the writing of a policy note on parking for the innercity. This was also the design of/ and the founding of a Parking l Authority Curaçao, PAC. It was a great experience.

One interesting projects we worked on was the neighborhood improvement of Sint Jago. This project was unique as we worked from scratch together with DROV, DOW, FKP and with other stakeholders. The overall setup of the urban renewal organization for the innercity of Willemstad consisted of several projectteams at the bottom they were action area bound. For the overall middle management above there was one workgroup and on the top for the strategic management there was a steering group installed, which was chaired by the lieutenant governor. We tried to involve all stakeholders and there was a high willingness to collaborate especially in the beginning.

 

In the first year, we worked on the first three pillars (physical, economic and social), namely the physical infrastructure of the neighborhood. I worked under Maarten Smit as director of Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing. One of the first things he did was to have all the relevant budget items for the innercity to be managed by the Secretariat. If you have funds, people will respect you and you become an interesting partner to deal with. Furthermore, in the first three years of our existence we fell under the responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Wilsoe in those days, and in that sense, if there would be issues that needed to escalate, this was great if the chairperson is the Lieutenant Governor that stands above all other parties. Maarten Smit was the secretary of the steering group where decisions are taken by decreed. We were respected and things could be done result-driven and we got things done.

I was also involved in the construction of the Renaissance hotel which included the parking garage and the development of the Riffort area. After that, I went to work for USONA. I started doing an MBA at ICUC, the former Curises at the UNA and as part of my thesis, I did a survey for the evaluation of the Urban Renewal Organizational structure and the work with stakeholders. I concluded that there is a need for a coordinating organization when the public and private sectors work together. Unfortunately in the NBO, Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing got eliminated. Furthermore, I have also worked on the reconstruction of Brionplein and other few physical projects like reconstruction of Caprileskade, Handelskade, Gouvernementslein, Molenplein etc.

We have understood that you are very involved in the Curaçao Doughnut and green economy initiatives. Can you share some more with us ? 
I have been involved in the Curaçao Doughnut Economy initiative and helped organize 10 workshops in 10 (neighborhood) centers (Sentro di Bario) like Otrobanda, Barber, Buena Vista to mention a few. We did also meet in other places like the meeting room of Aqualectra, a day-care for children, at a school with Kura di Arte and the University of Curaçao. We met with different groups from young, adult entrepreneurs too public servants, which included green initiatives. The baseline study report is based on Kate Raworth’s model of the Doughnut Economy. It is actually a measurementtool with 21 indicators that is applied in the measurment of existing levels of sustainability for each indicator in improvement of the island development. There are two main categories 12 social needs and 9 planetary limitations. The city of Amsterdam is the first pilot city in the world using this model.

Juan Carlos Goilo was involved in Amsterdam with the pilot and as he is also from Curaçao, he helped create a collaboration with the city of Amsterdam, where Curaçao became a pilot island for the Doughnut Economy. In the first phase, an overview was made, a picture you can call it, was taken of the situation in Curaçao. The report on the first phase was finalized in March 2021. It was an overview of 95 initiatives of which 27 ideas didn’t have a project owner yet and the intention is to have these projects implemented. As we are in the middle of the start of a new government, it is unsure what will happen next with this report, as there is a need for some funds to move this approach further.


There is a Think Tank at work that is enabling presentations to different stakeholders, like TNO presented their ideas to a group of different stakeholders which also included stakeholders from The Netherlands, exploring what the stakeholders are doing and exploring possible collaborations among the stakeholders. The Doughnut Economy Initiative has a website consisting of over 60 members in Curaçao and The Netherlands. The intention is to have that the Chapter in The Netherlands focusing on Curaçao specifically. In the process, we also had a member of KREA, Corina Regales, participating. Joeri Oltheten started a foundation Stichting Curaçao Doughnut Economy and the foundation is looking for funds to move the initiative further.

As Indigo Blue Consult is owned together with my wife Elly, I am working on a Moonshot for Curaçao. I am a great advocate of promoting Curaçao as an excellent place to explore the space. I have written an article on this. The idea is not completely the same as the old project that failed, but it is inspired by this old initiative. What lessons can we learn from the first initiative? The reason why I believe in this is, that space exploration is an industry that will grow enormously in the coming years. And we still have an excellent geographical position. This could be the next economic boom comparable to the 20th-century boom that Shell created when it started its operation on the island in 1917.


The intention of this is based on a called book “Moonshot” that is written by Mariana Mazzucato. Based on a different type of stakeholders approach, stakeholders work together and work in the same direction, collaborating to make Curaçao progress. By doing this we can achieve some pretty awesome things in Curaçao. We would love to have her visit Curaçao btw. If we can lure the right investors to do this, this is possible, as the transformation of the government to deal with the challenges of this new 21st-century era, will have to be lead by the corporate private sector.

Can you tell us some more about your experiences?
I have been involved in research on the traffic impact analysis and compatibility of mobility on “living” and “the living environment”. Like the planned extension of the American consulate in Willemstad that just was announced in the press recently and a land development project in Banda Abou. After I left my job at USONA, I participated actively in the Bedrijven Platform Milieu (BPM) and participated two years in Greentown Curaçao, I was involved 2 years in “Think to Do Institute”, where we organized a conference about the possible consequences of Brexit and after that, I ended up in the Curaçao Doughnut Economy Task Force.

I was also involved with the Island Innovation platform created by James Ellsmoor, in 2018 Cinex had brought to the island and afterwards he organized the first Virtual Island Innovation Summit.
Coming September there will be a 4th Worldwide Summit Online, which offers excellent opportunities to showcase some initiatives of Curaçao on that platform. Ex-Minister Steven Martina of Economic Development, Vanessa Toré for the Ministry of MEO, and Runy Calmera presented on this platform. I am working to become an ambassador for this platform. The summit last year in 2020 had an attendance of about 10.000 participants and 500 speakers. It was a ten days event.


I am also been a member of ISISA since 2014, which is an association of small island studies. This is a network of researchers that meet and exchange research that was undertaken on small island state economies. Recently they had their first virtual summit meeting. I have written an article that Curaçao is the 1st world’s islanddoughnut, which is published in the July edition of this year in their Newsletter btw. Small islands can’t just copy-paste solutions that work for bigger countries, but I myself advocates for customized solutions for small islands. Last there was a Transportation Symposium held Virtually at the campus of the University of West Indies in Trinidad for example, where the applicability of electrical cars and other renewable energy applications were discussed.which is an association of small island states.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I want to get things done. Despite I have an intellectual backround I don’t like the idea that plans remain an “air castle”. Like the parking policy we developed the Parking Authority with the parking meters became real, with the involvement of contractors..etc. we just got it done. This is something I learned from my father; get things done. He was a very practical man, that designed houses, also worked as a carpenter and as security officer for about 25 years at the Isla Refinary. I come from a family where we have different very practical members. It is about the relationship between certain abstract things and practical things and that is what I do. You have a vision and I want to make the vision come through. I want to get things done as a project manager and I have done a lot of projects, I love being involved in projects.

 

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
We are a small island and I am expanding my wings outside of Curaçao, not necessarily the Caribbean but small islands in general because I want to be exposed to more contacts, that can lead to assignments. As a consultant, you have highs and lows in the work you do, with the necessary uncertainties that come along with this. If I would have recurrent income as a consultant, I would consider myself to be successful.

I have written an article based on a book titled “Mission Economy, a moonshot guide, which entails a long-term plan and it is about an Island innovation opportunity, namely Aerospace opportunities for Curaçao. I hope I can make people aware about the opportunities and the existing potential that Curaçao have above other destinations with this vision. As I have said I want to make visions happen, I want my dreams to become reality, just like the way evolution takes place.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Having recurrent revenues. With the two of us we manage and these Covid times we are not supported by the NOW-arrangement. But constantly working on acquisition will stay a challenge, always. It requires a lot of constant time and effort. Don’t forget the Curaçao market is not a big market. That is why I have to re-invent myself and expand from my original field of expertise. I had to leave the comfort zone of my cocoon and diversify my service offerings to different sectors and other markets. I am into mobility on the land, sea, air and now going into space as the 4th dimension of mobility. I’m always been a generalist and not a specialist with a holistic view to future, I aim to achieve sustainability and to be creative. In all this, networking is very important. So I invest a lot in networking in Facebook, Linkedin, and the different platformorganizations I am involved in. My goal is to connect with at least 100 people a year and maybe 10 of these contacts would be worthwhile further exploration for possible deeper collaboration and conversions.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
II love watching movies, in a real movie theater with a big screen and I love feeling all, like the sounds and all the visual effects. I am not a Netflix type of guy. I like the “Fast and Furious no. 9” and Starwars, Science Fiction mostly. As I am watching a movie, it brings me to another world and it expands my world and imagination. I used to go to the movies every Saturday, it inspires me, it brings up a lot in me and gets me out of my reality but after that, I can see things better and see things that I didn’t see before. That is how I use my inner voice.



How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
I am very active in my groups, networking. I read a lot from the internet and try to discern what is fiction and what is not. That is why I like traveling also, if possible we will travel 2 or 3 times a year. The last time we traveled was December 2019, we went to visit New York and visited Planetarium of Neil deGrace Tyson. Then in March 2020, Covid became rampant. As a geographer, I like to explore and travel. This inspires me and I don’t like monotony in work. I love change, I love learning from history and love working on projects for the future.

Upcoming agenda activities 
I have subscribed for the 2021 International Climate Action Challenge of the Green Team Academy, which is a 90-Days challenge and training, which starts in August ’21. It is organized by Joan Gregerson living in Colorado USA. In April ’21 the Green Team Academy of Joan held an ‘online’ workshops for the 3rd Annual Earth Summit, which Sharnon participated too.

I have also subscribed for participation in workgroups as part of the Curaçao action plan initiative against Climate Change. This initiative is setup and carried out by the Meteorology Department of Curaçao (MDC), under supervision of the secretary general Marva Browne, which is representing the UNESCO. The execution is based upon the recommendations of the Curaçao Climate Change Road Map as result of the Policy Assessment, which has been done with local stakeholders.

What are your strengths?
Perseverance and consistency. I have been involved in the cooperative movement for 28 years via ACU. After 28 years, I finally had an opportunity to influence policy matters on “cooperatives”. This was something that I started all by myself and even visited Spain and Italy for that matter to study cooperatives.

For “Moonshot Curaçao” it was the same, you dig into the subject matter and with the space exploration possibilities for Curaçao, I will do the same. I might even visit New Zeeland someday for this matter. It starts as a dream and then the ideas evolve as you talk with different stakeholders. If you are lucky some stakeholders might have the same interest and then you move some steps further in making the dream come through. This is its incubation time. So this is my strength. And I am always thinking outside of the box.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love sports. Like fitness for my health, I love to watch soccer, major league baseball. I am a fan of the Yankees, the national soccer team of Brazil and Real Madrid. I admire excellence. I love traveling and I love watching movies.

 

If you as Sharnon would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in new york) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am Sharnon and I am from Curaçao. 

How would you describe Sharnon in one word or one sentence?
A knowledge eater, I am curious, I am eager to know more. I don’t like a routine job, as it frustrates me. Because I am curious, I am always looking for new things to learn and grow. It is for me as normal and comparable to drinking water every day.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My father, my mother, and my grandmother. My mentors like Dito Abad he is an architect urban planner, where I used to be a trainee and he worked on different islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, he inspired me. My wife also inspires me a lot.

 

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Communication in word and writing. My Dutch spelling will always be a challenge for me.


What was a defining moment in your life?
The day I met my wife, our dreams are more aligned with each other. Dreams come through in unexpected ways.


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would be an independent financially stable consultant, that collaborates with the politicians, but I would not be into politics.

 

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


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
Sharnon Isenia is an ambitious, practical consultant that wants to make vision(s) come to fruition. Starting as a Spatial Planner expert, he worked Boeli van Leeuwen in his book “Geniale Anarchie”, said that Curacao is always on its way to perish, but some way or the other, Curacao always survives. Like a miracle that pulls us back on our feet. I don't know why exactly but certain people, certain individualists like Dr. Da Costa Gomez, seem to play an important role as they are always at the right place, at the right time, and achieve results that benefit the island. As a collective group, things are not going that well. I would compare it with the national Brazil soccerteam. They often win because of the brilliant individual actions of someone. You need to have some people who are excellent and to get the things just done, like Kenley Jansen in the Major League Baseball.

PUBLICATIONS
Moonshot
- Moonshot Curaçao: Mission Economy
- Antilliaans Dagblad: Moonshot Curaçao

Green economy initiatives
- Wat betekent een Circulaire Economie voor Curaçao?
- Green Town Curaçao: presentatie Kickstart
- Antilliaans Dagblad: Wie zwijgt stemt in 

Doughnut Economy 
- Curaçao: the world’s 1st ‘island doughnut

 

Connect with Sharnon Isenia
LinkedIn 
Facebook 
- Facebook Isenia Mar Sha 
- Indigo Blue Consult


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Sharnon Isenia is an ambitious, practical consultant that wants to make vision(s) come to fruition. Starting as a Spatial Planner expert, he worked on different projects as an employee and now as a consultant. Always aiming to get things done, preferably with the involvement of stakeholders, and using his perseverance, consistency, and tendency to stay practical has helped him during his career. Re-inventing himself over time, he has now diversified his service offerings to different areas, sectors, and other markets, not only focusing on the market in Curaçao. Through networking via Facebook, LinkedIn, but especially also via different organizations he is or was involved in, like Bedrijven Platform, GreenTown, “Think to Do”, the Doughnut Economy Task Force, the Island Innovation platform, ISISA an association of small island states, he is having an impact. With his drive to learn from the past, to help create a new future, he relentlessly connects with new people, and his ambition to promote space exploration opportunities in Curaçao as a Moonshot makes us confident that he will keep on having a greater impact in the future. For all these reasons we deeply respect him and we consider him one of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sustainable business sector and an expert on Mobility.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 


 


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 MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Haydee Hermans. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in August

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 14 di Ougustus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos om topics Ryan Holiday has written about. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Ego Is the ENEMY by @RyanHoliday - #BookVideos - YouTube
2. “Stillness Is The Key” By Ryan Holiday on Vimeo
3. Ryan Holiday - Follow the Process - YouTube
4. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday - YouTube
5. The Ryan Holiday Notecard System - YouTube
6. How to Feel Like You Have Enough: 3 Lessons From The Stoics | Ryan Holiday | Daily Stoic - YouTube

Influencer The Suit, Upcoming Summer Course on Emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 12, 2021 at 8:10 AM

In this week’s blog (12th – 18th of July), we will interview “The Suit” as a fictional character representing a great collective effort; we will invite to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey. We will also share some short videos on snorkeling in Curaçao. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer “The Suit”: a posititive initiative for Curaçao

 

“The Suit”, could you share with us some information of your family life?
We were born in Curaçao and we come from a steady nest and we have a higher educational grade, that is what we want to share as we are not into getting any personal glorification. Everything we do is aimed to serve the public interest. We don’t want one person to be in the spotlight, so we will call ourselves for this interview “The Suit” or “The Suit Ocean Team”, as of late in 2020, we produced a 30 minutes long movie of the underwater world in Curaçao. The title: “Curaçao underwater kunuku”. This was a project that was supported by the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and and we have involved between 50 and at times 100 volunteers, to get this project done. “The Suit” swam from the Eastpoint of the island in 8 days to Westpoint, skin diving while making videos of the underwater world of Curaçao at the southern side of the island. “The Suit: is a fictional character, it is a Swim Suit and everybody can be a” Suit”. This fictional character is doing this for the country. A beautiful film showing how beautiful our underwater world is. We couple people with organization and made this movie. We have a lot of footage and we only used 30 minutes for the film.


 

 

Could you share something about your educational background and your experiences? We have known you to be very active in organizing events. Can you share with us some more?
We are involved in so many non-profit organizations, as our greatest passion is to serve our fellow human beings, there is where you are more likely to find us. There is so much more that we can do and that is why it is what we do, we connect people to create projects that serve the community. We always say: “The more musicians you have playing in the orchestra, the better and the more beautiful the music they make”.
But this is also the problem, the more we do, the more the public looks to find us, while it isn’t about any individual on itself involved in these different projects, but it’s all about the results we achieve with our joint efforts and it is about serving the community, that is what it all about.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now? What were you born for to do and be?
Well, that is too much of an honor to say that we were born for what we are doing now, we wouldn’t dare to do that.

We were always very good at what we are doing now since our Kindergarten age, we were able to analyze, organize and help in implementing projects. We are good at formulating new goals where together with others, we aim to serve the community. The 30 minutes movie by “The Suit” is a swim from the Eastern tip of the island to the Western tip of the island and that is a 100-kilometer long swim for Curaçao. 




You might ask, who are those idiots to, first of all, come with this idea, and go through the sacrifices and run all those risks to do this for the island. Starting at the Eastern tip of the Island at Oostpunt, have you ever been there, the waves are high and there are sharks there and still, we have done it. We wanted to make a movie that would continue to serve Curaçao not only as a promotional film but also for science, we put our footage available for science at Stichting Carmabi and for educational purposes for new materials. Of late Greenkidz used parts of our footage for their drive towards a more sustainable environment in Curaçao



Before this movie took on this movie that is now gaining increasing momentum, you have also walked 1500 kilometers in 8 months, to promote people to donate on regular basis money via standing orders to the Ride of the Roses. Can you expand a little on this project?
The Ride of the Roses which “the Suit” also co-initiated started years ago was collecting money but those revenues were not structural. So we started the project to hike 1000 kilometers in 2018 due to the 15th anniversary of the Ride of the Roses, intending to promote enough standing orders to stabilize the income from Princes Wilhelmina Fonds, which uses their funds for cancer research. We are aware that even if you develop a successful concept, you have to be constantly creating new concepts. This walk was first planned to be 1000 kilometers, but after we reached the 1000 kilometers mark, against all advice we got, we decided to continue our walk and we reached 1500 kilometers and succeeded in collecting enough standing orders for the Princess Wilhelmina Fonds and by doing this, stabilizing their income. And what happened last year, the Corona Pandemic forced us to postpone the Ride of the Roses in 2020 and because of the effort to collect more income from steady standing orders, we were still able to support the Princes Wilhelmina Fonds.


We finished our walk on the day we would have our next Ride of the Roses. We had a lot of organization involved in this walk but also later in the movie we made. Every day we knew where and how long we would have to walk. We had built a good governance structure around the project, dealing with our finances, but also a marketing team, a promotional team, an operations team, financial advisors, etc.... By getting so many people inspired to be involved, we achieved great team building. “The Suit” is good in conceptualizing things before anyone else sees what we see. As long it is in the best interest of the greater public and not for profit, this inspires us.

By doing these projects we connect people and this is important. But the goal is to connect people via community-building projects. The more musicians you have in the orchestra the better and more beautiful the music. It is different if you have 3 or 20 people playing in the orchestra. “The Suit” loves to build big orchestras. We also use the highest standards in terms of Good Governance, transparency, and integrity.

We can recognize the power in every one of us in a team and by teaming up and believing in each other we are reaching our goals. But you got to believe in each other. If we trust someone and this person can sense this as we can touch and connect at a deep level with this person, this triggers the blossoming of this person.

 
How many people were involved in filming the movie? How long did it take to prepare and finish the movie?
Well, we had camera’s on our bodies, but also divers and boats accompanying us, we had on the film set between 50 and 100 people involved one way or the other. The movie titled “Curaçao underwater kunuku” is now out since December 2020. We are invited to present it on International Platforms. We promised that we would do three things and we delivered on the promises.


We would make this movie that could be used:

- to promote Curaçao underwater world for skin divers;
- by Carmabi for their marine biology research and
- by the educational sector. Like GreenKids has already used some of the footage for their work to increase the consciousness for a more sustainable environment on the island.

We worked months in harmony on it with 16 to 18 people in the organization at the Curaçao Yacht Club, planned and executed it. The spirit was always to think of solutions. We are always open to other people to improve our plans. We trust people to do what they thought was the best way to do certain parts of the project and are just interested if we are reaching our goals yes or no. We have plans not dreams and we mobilize lots of people.

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
We will still be serving the public in general.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Mind over matter.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you? How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
We are just simple servants, serving the general interest. In the spectrum from individual interest until the general/public interest, we are involved and working for the public interest, everybody needs to benefit and there is no personal interest involved. Everybody knows what we are all about. We are always in a thinking mode and we are always looking for at the one side “what are the needs?” and at the other side “what are the opportunities?”. If we can be of help, we will put time, our creativity, and our efforts into that. We saw that the tourism sector needed some attention, so we visited CTB and offered them to make this movie promoting skin diving as this requires fewer investments and efforts to do it than compared with scuba diving, so we could reach a far greater number of people. Because of the criteria we used and our firm belief in what we can do, our experiences in the past, CTB was enthusiastic about this initiative and they trusted us and we told them “don’t worry we will do it”. We are creators, and offer options to choose from and we allow others to think along with us. We won’t impose our thoughts/ideas on others, but we co-create. Whatever we think of needs to address the public interest and we feel honored to be allowed and able to serve.

What are your strengths?
We never give up.

 

If you as “The Suit” would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
We are the most ordinary citizens that exist and we are part of this community in Curaçao, where we can serve and we get publicity not because we are consciously looking for that publicity, but because of what the things we achieve.

How would you describe “The Suit” in one word or one sentence?
It is an honor and a pleasure to serve mankind and actively participate in nationbuilding.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
We have and still are involved in a wide range of sports, we don’t drink and we don’t like competition with others. We dearly want to understand people, like if a person is upset, try to understand why he is upset.
We developed the concept for the movie and wrote the storylines and now the movie is being translated into languages, including Portuguese, French, and German.

We want also to enable people to capitalize on their power from within, there is where we invest our focus and attention to give people a tour in their minds.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Always be aware, that we make more mistakes than we do good. We are not free of making mistakes.


What was a defining moment in your life?
When we were born. Our name we had no influence in it, but who we have become is what we can determine ourselves.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
Optimism is an attitude. Let us search for and find the power from within and help each other grow. Growth and focus are needed to move on and move forward. Let the thinkers do the thinking and let the do-ers do the doing, but help, support, assist, and come up with sustainable solutions for whatever emerges.



I
s there anything else that you would like to add?
There is still so much more, “The Suit “wants to do work that benefit the whole, serving the public interest.
  

More information:
- Video Playlist on The Suit on YouTube
- Website The Suit
- Follow The Suite on Facebook 
- Insta 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
The makers of the film “The Suit”, Lawrence Mensa Foundation, are exemplary social entrepreneurs who cherish “not for profit”- projects aimed at serving the public interest. Using creativity and skills to connect large amounts of volunteers, they create, analyze, professionally organize collaborations on a, for Curaçao, unprecedented scale. The foundation has helped individuals as well as organizations as Princess Wilhelmina Fonds’s efforts on cancer research. Their latest project: “Curaçao underwater kunuku”, which is a 30 minutes long movie of the underwater world of Curaçao’s south coast, “The Suit” is a fictional character, that swims from the Eastern tip of the island in 8 days to the Western tip of the island at Westpoint. They are skin diving while making videos of the underwater world of Curaçao on the southern side of the island. The way this movie came to fruition was remarkable as it symbolizes the power of mobilizing a group of people for a good cause, namely a film to be used to promote skin diving to the island, to also share their footage with Carmabi for Marine Biology Research and for schools for educational reasons, like Greenkidz has used to increase awareness for our underwater-environment.

 

As a collective they are inspiring, connecting people heart to heart, relentlessly working on new projects, that are having increasingly major impacts. Their collaboration is based on delegating and respectfully accepting other collaborators their specific knowledge that enables synergy and makes the whole stronger and by doing just that the Lawrence Mensa Foundation is bringing about impactful changes in our society.

In that sense, their leadership style totally represents the leadership style we want to enable. For all these reason’s we dearly love and deeply respect the Lawrence Mensa Foundation. We consider them part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing social entrepreneurship creating value for the greater public based on a collective collaborative effort.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 


 


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 MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Haydee Hermans. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 14 di Ougustus.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos short videos on snorkeling in Curaçao. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Diving Curaçao 2019: sharks, turtles, seahorses and more! - YouTube
2. Curaçao - our best of snorkeling HD - YouTube
3. Curaçao Playa Grandi - Playa Piscado, Snorkeling with turtles - YouTube
4. SNORKELING AROUND THE SHIPWRECK - TUGBOAT BEACH - CURAÇAO ATTRACTION - YouTube
5. SNORKELING - PLAYA JEREMI - CURAÇAO ATTRACTION - YouTube
6. Underwater Mushroom Forest found in Curaçao? #shorts - YouTube

  

Influencer Andy Kirchner, Summer Courses on emotion, Zoom MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 4, 2021 at 1:30 PM

In this week’s blog (5th – 11th of July), we will interview Andy Kirchner; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 12 pm session # 1 (especially for those of you in Holland) and at 4 pm in session # 2. We will also share some short videos of Simon Sinek. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook-page.

 

Influencer Andy Kirchner: a pirate, facilitator, ecosystem builder 

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born on Curaçao, November 21st 1976, my first 12 years I was a single child. My brother was born in the Netherlands in August 1989, and my sister in Curaçao 1994. My parents are very down to earth yu'i Korsou who have lived most of their lives in Fuik. They believed the right path in life was school and work. The entrepreneurial look on life is somewhat foreign to them, but they are very proud of what I do. 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences? We have known you to be a public speaker, you were once in our first webinar we organized back in 2016, founder of 2nd Life Curaçao, The Recylced Pirate, of late a life coach, ecosystem builder, social entrepreneur and you are involved in InnovationÇ and CuraDAI. 
As a teen, I wanted to become a social worker and work with teenagers to find their path in life. During my studies, I got my first experience of the hustle selling t-shirts, promoting parties, importing music CD’s. I dropped out of school at a young age due to lack of motivation and guidance. I would say I struggled for most of my adolescence with my “Why” and had no clear purpose in life. In 2012, I had a life altering accident, I lost a person dear to me, fighting for her last breathe in my arms, and 24 hour later I was paralyzed from the waist down. In those 24 hours my life changed and it has been my motor to the rest of my success.

During my rehabilitation, I learned to walk again, against all odds and in 2014 out of necessity I started a small business endeavor 2nd Life Curaçao to try to live independent again. The welfare I was receiving was soon less than what I could create upcycling other people’s “garbage”. I won a price with that, and people started to notice me. My first coaching client was in 2015 and many followed after that. From small business owners that needed advice on how to build or expand their business to people that were dealing with some rough patches in their life. That’s where The Recycled Pirate | Life Awareness & Innovations came in, I wasn’t just recycling my life, I was recycling my community’s life.

I wanted to become the support system that I couldn’t find, and worked and studied day after day to become an ecosystem builder/facilitator that could help, guide and support people on their path. I am an entrepreneur, and I believe that without the social, we are just empty shells trying to fill something that doesn’t exist.

I want to break old views on “what’s supposed to be” to” what can be”, if we think the box away. Innovation Ç came just at the right moment, during the first lockdown in 2020 and gave me the opportunity to develop myself more. We managed to build a vast network of young professionals and freelancers and we are in the phase of launching “Kolektivo”, a project to create an impact economy for Curaçao with a seamless payment system that will make “doing good” profitable in a way, we haven’t seen before.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I want to be the best me I can ever become, because that’s what the universe deserves from me and that’s what my island need from me. I want to create a safe place around me, where people feel comfortable sharing their fears and celebrate their successes. It’s a very selfish reason, I am creating a better world for me to live on for me, but to do that I need more emotionally developed people around me.
 

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I am already successful right now, and have been in the past years. I survived two major impacts in my life, and I came out a better person. That’s all the success I can desire for myself. Now I want to create a community for people who want to achieve more in life, than make money and buy a house. I want to make sure that I set something up for future generations that can continue the work and be proud that there were some people who did think about the consumption economy and create something more sustainable, a regenerative economy that respects the people, the environment and a more diverse economy.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
It’s always a challenge to make ends meet, especially when you have physical challenges like me due to my spinal cord injury. I have learned to not pay too much attention to these challenges, for it’s easy to get demotivated when you are in pain or disappointed because you can’t do something. So, I accept whatever is ahead and I know upfront that I will come out a better person.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I think it’s what I said before, I can’t change my physical situation, but I can change how I deal with it. I value myself and my time more, so I really invest in myself, for myself, with myself. Conversations with myself are the most valuable conversations I can have. Only the few people that I have met, that have encountered death come close to the way I experience life, and still it’s a conscious choice to consistently choose truth and growth. You have to be willing to be that honest to yourself and embrace that you do not know all the answers. Nor will you ever.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I learn every day. I work with people that I get to guide and teach, and I learn from that. I work with people that guide and teach me, and I learn from that. I’m just as much the most knowledgeable person in the room as the least experienced, sometimes within the span of 10 minutes. I am weirdly enjoying it.

What are your strengths?
I’m hungry for knowledge, I’m always willing to grow and develop, and I know when to let things sit and simmer. I have become very versatile and patient, but with an urgency. I am very honest about myself, I know my strengths and accept my lesser strengths. I am OK with who I am, and I am even better with the potential I embrace when the opportunity comes knocking.



Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
With my passion project of The Recycled Pirate, I can create my own merchandise. My merchandise is my way of coaching the world. "See what you can do from an island in the Caribbean if you put your mind to it?" "See what you can do even when the odds are against you?" And I get to do that with my own quotes, that I write! People are wearing my t-shirts around the world and when they are wearing the t-shirts, somewhere, somehow, someone will be influenced by what I wrote. That is very dear to me.
 

If you as Andy would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am an emotional Intelligence officer, a facilitator and coach who brings people and projects together to a higher level of consciousness.

How would you describe Andy in one word or one sentence?
In personal life? A Pirate. I walk my own plank! Professionally, a Facilitator who makes sure values are honored.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Mostly regular people, no one famous. Luuk Weber, my business partner and co-founder of “Kolektivo”, for sure. He’s so motivated and dedicated and just like me, he wants to do good and inspire people. Simon Sinek, might come a close second.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Pfff, too many too mention, is everything an answer? The first that comes to mind is financial management. But I want to improve everything about myself, not because I’m not satisfied, I am, but I know I can still do so much better.

What was a defining moment in your life?
May 19th 2012, seeing my friend pass away in my arms. And the day my bonus daughter asked me to be her dad in the middle of La Granja.


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I don't know, I hope to be happy and satisfied with my accomplishments and that my partner and I are preparing a new adventure for when our little one spreads her wings. Careers don’t matter that much in my emotional spectrum.

 

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

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
Don’t look at what’s going wrong, look at what you can contribute. This is an amazing time to live in. We have more knowledge accessible than ever at the tip of your finger. Look up what you can do to create a change today. I’m 44, the environmental challenges have been there all my life. People cry wolf about the economy for decades, yet there is more wealth today than a decade ago. Stop listening to the narrative and become the change you want to see. We have work to do!

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
With “Kolektivo” we are building a unique opportunity for Curaçao. The world will be coming out of “pandemic mode” soon, and just like after the 2nd World War, people will want to rebuild. This is the moment to put our hands together and our egos to the side. We, Kolektivo, are creating an abundant system that can regenerate itself. We have started with what we eat and how we consume, with a food forest and are taking it a step further with a community coin. We believe in the communities that are planting forests around the island. We believe in the communities that are creating a better tomorrow unselfishly. With CuraDAI,  the community coin, we are aiming to create an impact economy that will make doing good profitable and support these communities.


Contact information of Andrew ‘Andy’ Kirchner
www.linkedin.com/andykirchner
www.instagram.com/therecycledpirate
www.twitter.com/andykirchner
www.therecycledpirate.com

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Andy Kirchner is a “pure sang”- entrepreneur, public speaker, ecosystem builder, social entrepreneur that over the years has developed different brands. Be it his passion “The Recycled Pirate”, creating for example his own merchandise like t-shirts with his own quotes sold to people all over the world. Or of late, more an emotional Intelligence officer, a facilitator and coach who brings people and projects together to a higher level of consciousness in “Kolektivo”. Exemplifying the change he wants to see, Andy has beat the odds after surviving two major impacts in his life and turning challenges in life lessons and in that process transformed into a better person. With the latest venture “Kolektivo”, Andy as co-founder is building a unique opportunity for Curaçao creating an abundant system that can regenerate itself by starting with what we eat, how we consume, planting forests around the island, creating a better tomorrow unselfishly. With CuraDAI he is aiming to create a community coin that will make doing good profitable and support these communities. For all these reasons we dearly love and deeply respect Andy and we consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sustainable business sector and coaching sector.

 

Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

 


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 


 


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 MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Haydee Hermans. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. 


Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 12 pm – 2.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 4 pm – 6.45 den e session # 2.

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 7 di Yuli.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos of Simon Sinek, a British-American author and inspirational speaker. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


 

 

1. Simon Sinek: How to Be at Your Best Each Day - YouTube
2. Simon Sinek | Why You're Failing to Inspire ANYONE - YouTube
3. Simon Sinek - How to Turn Business Competitors into Rivals - YouTube
4. Simon Sinek's Top 5 Rules For Success (@simonsinek) - YouTube
5. How to Get UnStuck | Simon Sinek - YouTube
6. Simon Sinek | Start with WHY to inspire action (Super Quick Version) - YouTube

Influencer Mike Euphrosina, Summer course on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on June 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM

In this week’s blog (21th – 27th of June), we will interview we will invite to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 9 pm session # 1 and at 2 pm session # 2 (especially for those of you in Holland). We will also share some short videos on diversity and integration. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Mike Euphrosina: empathic, good listener and enabler of integration of diversity



 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
My grandmother is from Aruba with an Indian background and my grandfather is from Curaçao with an African background and his grandfather, as I was told, was a slave in Curaçao. Their 4 children, my mother and two of her sisters were raised in Curaçao and the oldest sister was raised in Aruba in my grandmother’s family. I have no sisters nor brothers, I have one son and I have a significant other.

 

Were you born here in Curacao?
I was born in Curaçao and I’ve never seen my father, never felt or smelled him. He was a Shell employee originating from the Caribbean island of Grenada and from creole- French descent.

 

How supportive was your family in letting you become whom you are right now? 
I lived together with my mother, grandmother and the middle sister of my mother. They taught me that “Nothing for nothing”, that doesn’t exist. You have to work hard for your own success, because there won’t be anybody else behind you with a bag of money or success. So be smart, work hard, stay strong and develop your sixth sense. Mind you, I’ve been raised first hand by 3 emancipated women and 7 other individuals from the inner circle.

My grandmother became blind in one eye and was unable to care for me after school. Both my mother and aunt had to work for their income. They decided to send me to Aruba, to the eldest sister and I stayed for 3 years on Aruba as a child. From my 4th year, I’ve learned to deal with homesickness, loneliness and incomprehension. This horrible period in my life ended at the age of 7, when I returned back home, to Curaçao.

My mother was a Shell employee. Every employee had the opportunity to be a member of the social club Asiento. When I returned to Curaçao the only solution for after school moments, was to get involved in Asiento. So I was introduced in a variety of sports, such as swimming, waterpolo, football, tennis, bowling, etc. during many years. Sport was the solution for many problems, I realized myself many years later. I learned discipline, developed a fighter’s mentality, self-respect and respect for others, acceptance to win or lose, empathy, social interaction, importance of good health.. etc.

As I grew up in a collective environment with aunts, uncles by marriage, cousins, nieces, neighbours and family friends, I realized later in life, that I was brought up by far more people than in an average family.

In these circumstances I learned to listen carefully to others interpretations of facts, so I learned unconsciously to make my own choices, being the only child.

 

Are you married and do you have children?
I’m divorced and have a wonderful matured son who’s trying to keep our family name high as he’s till now the last in the row of the Euphrosina’s.
Sometimes people ask me, if I miss the presence of a father. To be honest I don’t, for the simple reason, I don’t know what it means, having one.
But the moment I divorced, I asked my son, he was 13 at that time, to help me to stay a father for him and he allowed me to be a father to him.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I visited the Sint Thomas College in Otrobanda, next the SEHOS. I’m a “Otrobandista”. The “fraters” taught us more about the Dutch culture, then about our own island, as you all know. We were already being programmed unconsciously to many norms and values of the Dutch. I was doing well as a student with high grades, so my next step was to attend Radulphus College HAVO. In my third grade my mother decided in 1971 to move to the Netherlands. She had met her future husband and we arrived in Schagen near Den Helder in the northwestern part of the Netherlands. My first year at school was a year full of novelty, new experiences, different climate, people, customs, you name it. My new Surinamese friend, Romeo and myself, where the only two afrohair black people in Schagen at that time. You can imagine we were “hot” and “worth seeing”. People wanted to touch our hair and our black skin, as if we were painted. But like many of us, my first year was not successful in school, I had to acclimatize and that’s common for newcomers.

After my HAVO I passed the tough physical and mental test for the Academy for physical education and sports at the University for Applied sciences in Arnhem. That was the best time in my life. I’m really proud for having gone through this education as my backbone and foundation. It gave me the knowledge of all that is known about human beings in anatomical, physical, psychological, pedagogical and philosophical matters. And beside that, nearly all types of sports, as needed for a future teacher and lecturer in sports. Sport as a tool for education, as a vehicle for personal development!



After 4 years living and studying in Arnhem and 8 years in the Netherlands with a lot of knowledge and social- and business experience, I remigrated to Curaçao in 1979 as a teacher in Sports to contribute to the development of my beloved island.

 

Only when you are abroad, you really experience what it means, to be a real Yu Di Kòrsou (YDK). My first employer was Maria College Mavo and 5 years later MIL. My professional goal was, to create youth awareness for the possibilities in sports to reach personal goals. And you know what…… it worked for a lot of them! How do I know? Because during personal encounters, they told me about their personal development in life.

An example is Sinuhe Oomen. There are many more examples of these (future) leaders, both men and women!

 

The soul of my personal development due to my sport education is, that I’ve learned to inspire, to coach and to train individuals and groups to rise above themselves. This because they have learned to believe strongly in themselves and in others, as a team. By the way,

the word TEAM means Together Each one Achieve More. Once you experience that you can do more than you expected before, a new world with more possibilities will open for you.

During “extra curricular”-activities I had the opportunity to work as trainer/ coach and organizer in different fields of sport with talented youngsters and together with

inspirational coaches like Wendell Prince in Athletics, Remy Sillé and Etienne Siliee and others in Triatlon, Egbert Ridderplaat in Swimming, Football Canicius boys with Shon de Wind (RIP), Basketball, Volleyball and Softball teams Maria College and MIL with my colleagues Ineke de Groot en Henry Lopes Ramirez (RIP) etc, etc.

Also to be mentioned is one of the first commercial gyms in Curaçao “Dans la Rue” with my friends and also Masters in Physical Education, Harold Samson”Sampie” (RIP), Rein Persaud and others.

 

How long have you been a business owner and coach?
In 1990 I migrated back to the Netherlands to study Political Science in Nijmegen. It wasn’t what I expected and I quit after 1,5 years and started looking for a job. My new challenge was working at the Province of Utrecht and the City of Amsterdam as a policy officer for “Sports and Minorities”. My job was to offer subsidized possibilities for sportclubs to become as diverse and inclusive possible in their memberships aimed at integration. I trained and coached them in their attempt. Antilleans, Surinamese, Moroccans, Turkeys and asylum seekers were introduced as new players or new Boardmembers in Dutch sportclubs.

In 1992 at one of my organized “sensibility” projects, I met a specialist in Intercultural Communication. After his workshop, my whole life was turned upside down. I recognized my own background in a nutshell. I told him my experiences with colonialism, prejudism, discrimination, cultural differences, exclusion, etc, etc. and 3 weeks later I joined my new employer “Kontakt der Kontinenten” in Soesterberg.

This 8 year’s journey, took me all over the world. I became a business consultant and specialized in Intercultural Communication & Collaboration, Inclusion & Diversity and Personal Leadership.

In the meantime I joined the Royal Tropical Institute( KIT) as a freelancer for over 18 years. Being a trainer, coach and consultant for both organizations, I had the opportunity to experience all organizational levels, from board to workplace. I’ve worked with multinationals like: Shell, KLM, Tata Steel, ING, RABO, L’Orèal, Volvo Cars, Take away, etc. Dutch Municipalities, Dutch Police Force & BES islands (local and national level), Red Cross, Lector for University of Utrecht and Universities for applied sciences, etc.

Also NGO’s like VluchtelingenWerk, many antillean organizations, housing corporations, KNVB for “Coaches professional Football league” and NOC/NSF “Topcoach in Sports” etc. I participated in conferences of SIETAR (Society of Intercultural Education Training and

Research). In 1997, I was one of the organizers of a SIETAR International Congress with 600 participants from all over the world in Curaçao, “building bridges between countries”, with co-host Freddy Curiël and Aco Henriquez (RIP).

 

After a burn-out in 1999, I started my own business. On the 1st October 1999, I launched PC&O People Culture & Organization as a business owner and this is what I have been doing since.

 

We have taken notice that you are a specialist in Intercultural Communication & Collaboration. This in a world that is becoming more and more a global village and both of these themes are essential in people getting along with each. Could you tell us how you ended being specialized and dedicated to it?
That’s true! To give you an example. I’ve been working since 2009 till 2017 on a regular basis in our Kingdom. I’ve been working on different issues related to Intercultural Communication & Collaboration on all the six islands, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Statia, Saba and the Netherlands. I experienced a lot of prejudism on both sides, from the Netherlands to the Caribbean and vice versa but also among the Caribbean islands. Every country or island has her own strenghts, but also her own weaknesses. It’s so demotivating, that because of prejudism, we don’t make things profitable for all parties.


We can easily be complementary to each other. One plus one is three, as added value! The Diversity philosophy says that eleven goalkeepers can’t win a match, but eleven different players with eleven different qualities can! This reality inspires me to stay focused and dedicated, because I’m doing the right thing for mankind! But diversity won’t work without Inclusion and Inclusion needs Diversity. As human beings we all want to be respected, accepted and appreciated.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now and doing what you are doing right now?
When we as human beings admit, that we always point the finger to another, realize that at the same moment your thumb is pointing upward (God or Allah) and three other fingers are pointing at yourself:
1 Who are you,
2 Where are you,
3 What’s your goal.
Only when you are able to answer these 3 questions you have the right, to point not 1 but 5 fingers to someone else.


 “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”

 

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
In my personal life when my precious ones, girlfriend and son, are proud of me for what I meant for them and others. In my business life, when we will experience that there are more and more examples that personal leadership leads to more Inclusion and Diversity for all minorities.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? 
My fight against polarization, for the acceptance that a multicultural society is not a threat but an enrichment. Life is not black and white, but there are millions shades of gray.

 

And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
To walk the walk and talk the talk!

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Of course, see my three fingers method. Ask yourself the three questions and be conscious that you’re not “Don Quichot”. Have a daily “look in the mirror”, in the morning (what’s your goal today) and in the evening (for your feedback).

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By reading, participation in workshops, (international) conferences, training and coaching of others and myself.

 

What are your strengths? 
I am a good listener, empathetic, helpful, disciplined, righteous, straight and honest. What you see is what you get!

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Traveling (more than 44 countries), contemporary Jazz and Lounge music, I play congas, bongos and batá, gardening, sports, Netflix, cooking.


If you as Michael would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer and how would you describe Michael in one sentence?
Hola, me llamo Mike, soy de Curaçao i vivo en Holanda, soy specialista en procesos Interculturales. Soy quien soy i a sus ordenes.


 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Nelson Mandela, Paulo Coelho, Jane Elliot

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
The polarization of many societies and therefore the exclusion of many minority groups.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I became father, my visit to Robben island where Mandela was kept prisoned and the meeting with Padre Pio in Rome.

 

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
One year to go for my penshonado status. After becoming a penshonado I hope to continue with my awareness and personal leadership coaching and trainings because it’s a never ending story. Also it’s my personal aim to keep sustaining the future meaning the youth there where it’s possible. And if it’s still a challenge maybe a book for the last call.

 

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


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçaoas we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I’m still positive, because throughout all centuries we survived as a small island and still others, rather than ourselves, see the many possibilities we still have. That’s why I’m a very proud YDK.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”

- Albert Einstein

More info or connect
www.pc-o.nl/

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Michael (Mike)Euphrosina is a good listener, empathetic, helpful, disciplined, righteous, straight and honest. His study to become a physical education teacher taught him the value of coaching and training. After some years back in Curacao as a teacher at the high school levels and he returned back to Holland and after a brief stint studying political science which was not his thing he discovered his passion, that is being a diversity and integration consultant, coach and trainer in a world where the main thing seems to be to emphasize the differences between people. He is an advocate of looking first one self and then explore collaboration in spite of diversity, of which he firmly believes that this creates greater value because of the synergy. Since 1999 he has as an entrepreneur and business consultant and specialized in Intercultural Communication & Collaboration, Inclusion & Diversity and Personal Leadership. Because of how he has touched the lives of many during his whole career and his continued efforts to disrupt the polarization that is happening in many societies, given his knowledge and experiences, we expect him to continue to influence lots of people, teaching them how much sense it makes to work on integration, rid themselves of prejudice, while there is so much diversity in the world. Therefore we dearly love and deeply respect. We consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the leaderships development, coaching and training sector with an emphasis on the integration of diversity.


 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


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


Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Jeanine Constansia-Kook. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Jeanine Constansia-Kook.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. 

Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 9 am – 11.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 2 pm – 4.45 den e session # 2.

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 7 di Yuli.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos on diversity and integration. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. Diversity, Tolerance and Acceptance - YouTube
2. Beauty in Diversity || A Short Film by Nawal Amir - YouTube
3. We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED - YouTube
4. Embracing Diversity - YouTube
5. Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons In Friendship and Love | Maryam Elassar | TEDxAmanaAcademy - YouTube
6. Diversity - YouTube

Influencer Izzy Gerstenbluth, Book Session, register for the summer workshop on emotions and this week tips

Posted on June 13, 2021 at 9:05 AM

In this week’s blog (14th of June – 20th of June), we will interview Izzy Gerstenbluth; we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 15th of June from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting “Sapiens” plus “De meeste mensen deugen”; we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 9 pm session # 1 and at 2 pm session # 2 (especially for those of you in Holland). We will also share some short videos on public health and epidemiology. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Izzy Gerstenbluth: driven, passionate to make things better

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and have two daughters and one sister. I was born in Curaçao. My parents were very supportive in letting me become who I am right now. They were main building blocks, together with the social environment in Curaçao, where I grew up. What I experienced when I grew up triggered me to study Medicine, as there was no equal access to health care for those from a lower social status and there was also a clear racial divide back then in the 1960-ies. My parents and growing up in a multi cultural islands where I had to talk at least 4 languages defintely formed me to be who I am now.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences? long have you been an epidemiologist?
I am a medical doctor and later specialized to become a public health physician and an epimediologist. I have always worked in the public sector at GGD of the Ministry of GMN and my late father used to call me “an idiot” for doing that (btw my daugthers agree with him on this. Why? I earned far less compared with other medical professions and certainly worked and made longer hours. I have been in the board of different international boards, as our work was more appreciated elsewhere than in Curaçao. Over the years we have been neglected and our department doesn’t even have a budgetline in the budget of the government, even though lots of important people that could give our work more recognition, are not doing anything to address this un sustainable situation.


How long have you been an epidemiologist?
In 1993/1994 we worked on a major Health Survey in Curaçao, where we concluded that the way we were spending money in the health care, needed to be re-directed. This survey became a best practice example of what is essential national health research and also that this should be the foundation to implement adequate health policy. There was a long time in which the full report of our study, The Curaçao Health Study, Methodology & Main Results, was the first book you encountered upon entry of the library at the main headquarters of the WHO in Geneva.


As we have a relative small population of 160.000 people, when we took a 3% random sample of the adult population of the island (about 2500 people), this was manageable, where other countries had to overcome a lot more to do such an extensive study. Because of the sheer numbers of people if you needed a sample of 3%. For Curaçao although managing 2500 respondents was a hell of a job for us, we pulled it off. This resulted in me being asked to speak for different audiences all over the world. I was even invited and installed as a boardmember of the “Council for Health Research and Development” (COHRED) in Geneva. I was apointed at the end of the 90-ies and stayed on till the beginning years of the new millenium, giving an opportunity to the next generation to take a seat. Years after this I was elected by my Peers in the American continent to serve three years on the Advisory Council on Health Research in the Pan American Health Organization. It was great experience to participate in these platforms because, here is where smaller countries are given an opportunityy to have a seat at international fora and make their voices heard. It was a place where the needs of smaller countries could be brought forward instead of having to accept the agendas of larger countries who had the power. It is no coincidence that COHRED’s slogan was: “Countries first”,It was a wonderful experience to be a member of the board and to actively participate on an international forum directed specifically towards using research for development in the broadest sense widening my own knowledge and understanding the power and importance of essential national health research no matter the size of a country. On the other hand it also created some embarrassing moments, when asked to recount the follow up of our own work in terms of implementing new policy derived from our findings because that is when I had to admit that until today the government has not done much with the recommendations made.


 

Over the past year the world has and is still been affected by the Covid Pandemic and you have become a very public figure over this past year, as a spoke person of the “Crisisteam” in Curaçao. How has this affected the way you look at public health in terms of “lessons learned” now after this past year?
The past 1,5 year has proven that we lack an adequate public health structure. We, at the department of Epidemiology knew this for a very long time and this was painfully shown during the Covid pandemic. We did manage to weather the Covid pandemic up to this moment rather well, as the number of active covid cases are down and over 74 .000 people are fully vaccinated against Covid. But because of the lack of a structure it cost us considerable more time and effort to get things done. My department of Epidemiology consists of three persons, myself and two other staff members and out team together with some additional help literally worked day and night every single day during 7 days a week. There were times when we went home at 3 am in the morning to come back at the office at 7 am.

 

Has your view on preventive health changed over the years, especially after the Covid pandemic that we slowly but surely seem to climb out of its worst affects locally?
What you can see is that we do build a white elephant, this new hospital CMC, as in the old hospital SEHOS there was so much des-investment going on and the SEHOS building was in-efficient , that in the end we had no other option then, to build a new hospital. But by not following through on the results of epidemiological studies and the proposals for policy derived from those we keep placing the horse behind the wagon. We do not invest in creating conditions for healthier living, and keep putting money on the back end of treating disease. And in these times of retrenchment in the budget, the dilemma between the lack of enough funds for the financing of health care and the political desire to have a high qualitative care becomes more distressing without even then investing in adequate cost benefit or cast effectivity analysis.



Over the years we have cut in the health care budget on the wrong budget lines, according to me.
SVB is cutting costs in retirement and nursing homes, this while our population on average is growing older.

While clinical specialists are not being addressed and these specialists obstruct efforts to cut in their income, as their renumeration is based on the volume of their work, this creates perverse effects as their income is determined via the number of medical interventions they do.

The costs of our medicines are much higher than the costs of medicines in Holland and in Aruba because of the central joint purchase of medicines between entities .

Of course there is also waste, but more importantly there are persisting inequities in health and health care that are not being adequately addressed.  We see now is that a Task Force aimed to lower the costs in the health care is using incorrect figures to propose budget costs and there is no deliberation or actual involvement of any stakeholders. Where does that leave the health care if cost cutting is done without an idea of what the costs could be in the long run and primarily fueled to be able to pay for the white elephant and actgually proposing that public health should be driven out of the clinic!.

 


And what about the wellness branche?
The question is: what exactly is “Wellness”? Public health can be defined as all that is needed to protect and promote the health of the population we serve. Health care is just one part of all of this, and it takes place at the end of the line. Our health depends on jobs, education, sound and safe neighborhoods, healthy living conditions, a healthy environment and equity. All of this based on an integrated policy. But if we invest so much money in a new hospital, that then necessitates upkeep, this leaves almost no money left for other essential parts of this integrated policy. This has not been a priority over all these years and like I have said my department of Epimediology doesn’t even have its own separate budget line .

We have documented proof that low- social economic class is a major underlying determinant of chronic diseases while obesity is a common underlying risk factor for the most common chronic illnesses on our island. Those of lower social economic background do not have the understanding nor the means to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

And even if you start now with the children of these adults from the lower social economic bankgrounds it will take a generation to see a change in the epidemiological lay out. In the interim period the costs of healtcare will still be very high because all those with chronic diseases will necessitate treatment. So where do we cut in the health costs?

Even though this is a challenge I am an advocate to approach public health in an integrated manner where we create the pre conditions that people can develop a healthy life style.

This also may include unconditional cash transfers to people in need instead of e.g. food packages. Now, coming back to “wellness”: while public health states that we need to re-engineer our society to create the conditions so that people can develop healthy life styles, wellness submits that there is nothing wrong with our society. “Wellness” basically says that society is not the problem, but that it is you who are unable to cope with the stress of our changing society and therefore we will teach you how to deal with the stresses.

That is not public health. That is a coping strategy or a gimmick if you will and the foundation of a new line of entrepeneurship.

You sound like Rutger Bregman advocating a universal basic income for every one?
I am also a sceptic regarding our democratic system. I am an advocate of giving people more authority, I might sound like like a rebel. But I have seen too often that what the systems we currently employ does not work.

I want to help make this a better place to live in. I was raised in a jewish tradition and one of the key ingredients in that tradition is the obligation to make the world better. A world where we value each other and we do good deeds without fighting among each other. Personally when I see that injustice is being done, I stand up against it especially also there where we can collaborate and team up forces, to create a bigger impact.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By reading as much as I can ( scientific articles -medical & Public health- as well as books in general and philosophy journals) and interacting with professionals of a wide variety of areas, by participating in teaching of young professionals and participating in conferences and networks. Regretfully due to the demands of leading the COVID response there has not been a grat deal of time for many of these.


 What are your strengths?
I have this enormous drive to make things better, to enable people to become their best. I am telling people around me in the government in positions in which they could make a difference that I am on my way out, forget me. I will retire soon and it would be such a big pitty if whatever we have built , would totally collapse. This is not because I am irreplaceable. Far from it, but we do not plan for sustainable systems, we do not take care of ensuring continuity and improvement over time on the island. Programs run as long as those who initiated them carry them. 

Too often do these programs fall apart after the primary mover is gone. My drive is to identify young people that are willing to shoulder the burden of the work that needs to be done in the public health area. It is not about me, I am all in to create a structure, that will be sustainable and that there will be some young doctors and health professionals that will continue to do the work without me and maybe even conclude that what I have done was “shit” and that they will make it better. This is my BIG WHY.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Reading, some sports but truth be told: I have not done much of that in recent years and my family.


If you as Izzy would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer and how would you describe Izzy in one sentence?
Hi, my name is Izzy and I come from Curaçao.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There are so many of them...but I would say some ordinary patients, during the time I was working as a general practitioner. They were telling me about their lives and although they had nothing, they were brilliant in surviving and they kept helping others. I deeply admire those people that usually are not the ones being honored or decorated but do so enormously much for others and remain invisible.

I have so many good friends that have and keep on inspiring me, with their own passion, knowledge, integrity and humanity.

I am inspired by the students I have had the honor to accompany, by young people who are eager to learn and by their own drive to make things better, not in the least by my own nephew and nieces as well as my daughters who challenge me to keep up with them.

And of course I was inspired by my parents my sister and my wife. My two daughters. They are both very critical and I am proud of the fact that we always had a lot of humor in our relationships. They are more principle centered that I am and far more disciplined than I am, but not dogmatic in their beliefs .

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I would love to learn to force myself to become more effective as in this moment in time, because of lack of sufficient staff. I am all over the place as there are so many things that interest me.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
My student days in the Netherlands This is the time you define yourself, choose your path, sharpen and polish who you are. The friends you make, the bonds you foster, the things you undertook together, remain essential for you. These are the people who remain among my best friends.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now on your Birthday party?
That they still love me.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I hope that we are able to create, and this is something that I am really passionate about, an independent structure that is strong enough, able and capable to refresh and renew itself and that is able to develop capacity and retain capacity to take care of continuity of our intentions.Built upon a foundation we created to manage funds for research (ISOG -2000), we created a new foundation called Curaçao Biomedical & Health Research Institute (CBHRI). The intention of 'Internationale Samenwerking en Onderzoek in de Gezondheidszorg' (ISOG) was to be able to finance a next Health Survey. This never happened and we want to enable and sponsor young students to do their PhD regarding subject matters that are relevant for Curaçao and the other islands of the Dutch Caribbean. s and we would guide them in this. By enabling them to do their PhD’s, we would not only increase their qualitative level, but also the overall level in Curaçao. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring some of our youth with brains back to Curaçao, the reversal of the braindrain. Not only offering the possibility to do research, but also if we would be able to give them a job. We as CBHRI were the first that obtained a direct NWO grant for a joint project together with the Universities of St t Maarten, Aruba and Curaçao, that is not via an academic entity in the Netherlands but as primary lead academic institute. This is important because if we are succesful this would enable us to acquire more grants for essential research as regretfully there are not enough funds for research and thus no opportunities our own young promising students to further their skills , create posts for them and help us elevate our level on the island as a whole and so help ensure a stable development of the country. as much as possible. This is what I will be doing 5 years from now.

 

More info:
Curaçao Biomedical & Health Research Institute (CBHRI). 
Profile Izzy Gerstenbluth on CBHRI
- Publications on Researchgate 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth is a passionate, visionary and highly skilled epidemiologist that has caught the attention since he was a student in Groningen, Holland of many in the seventies. Triggered by the lack of access to medical care for those of lower social economic status in Curaçao, he decided to study Medicine with the intention to bring about changes in the health care system in Curaçao. During the past 35 plus years Izzy has relentlessly worked towards bringing about changes aimed at focusing on the primary health care and in preventive medicine, often seen by others as being rebellious. The Health Care Survey “Hoe gezond is Curaçao” his department made in the early 90-ties, caught international attention and this lead to Izzy being invited to become a board member of the “Council for Health Research and Development”. Izzy stayed in that board till the beginning of the new millenium and later was appointed as member of the Advisory Council for Health Research of the PAHO for 3 years. His vision on the need for an integrated, multi-sectoral policy approach that can have a real impact in the lif e styles and lives of especially those from a lower social economic class has seemed “too far out” for many in government, but after all these years, it seems that the re-prioritization of funds, is the only sensible way to improve the overall health of the people and keep the system affordable over time. At this moment, Izzy is best known because he is the spokesperson of the crisis team dealing with the Covid pandemic in Curaçao, which is managed well, although the department has remained understaffed until today. For the future, Izzy has a clear vision aimed at enabling and retainment of young bright medical students, to further work towards the improvement of the quality of the health care sector especially in Curaçao. Because of all this and his continued ambition to be of service in the health care sector, at times putting in extreme efforts, we dearly love and deeply respect Izzy and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Health sector.


 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


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


Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of June (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present to you the book “Sapiens” and “ De meeste mensen deugen”.


“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur. 
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster. 
Moderator Miguel Goede. 


One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
In this first volume of the full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind’s creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.



Instant New York Times Bestseller. "The Sapiens of 2020." —The Guardian

"Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective." —Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens


If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad.
It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

 

But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

 

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic—it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.


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

“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Moderator Miguel Goede.

Date: 15th of June
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. 

Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 9 am – 11.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 2 pm – 4.45 den e session # 2.

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá 7 di Yuli.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos on social dialogue. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. What Is Epidemiology, and Why Should You Study It? - YouTube
2. What is Public Health? - YouTube
3. What is Epidemiology? - YouTube
4. What is Public Health? - YouTube
5. MPH FAQ | What is Public Health & What General Jobs Are Available? Is Public Health a Good Career? - YouTube
6. A day in your life with public health (full length version) - YouTube