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Influencer Roland van Reenen, March workshop on emotion, MYM Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 27, 2021 at 10:10 AM

In this week’s blog (1st of March – 7th of March) we will interview Roland van Reenen; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of March from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “ANTrepreneurship, Designed”, by Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 13th of March and we will share some short videos on overcoming fear. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

Influencer Roland van Reenen:  a forest farmer, passionate and enthusiastic

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life? Were you born here in Curaçao ?
I was born in Holland but I feel that my heart is closely related to Curaçao. My partner decided that she would love to come back and live in Curaçao in 2015 and when she told me if I would like to come along to Curaçao within less then 2 seconds I said “yes” and never doubted a second. She had a job, ticket and house on the same day, so all signs were on green, to come to Curaçao. I am 56 years old and now a widow as my partner, we were not married but knew each other since 2010, passed away 2 years ago. I have two children, one 24 and the other 22 years old from my first relationship both are living in Holland. My parents are still alive and in good health in their 80-ties and they have always given me a safety net in all the ventures I have undertaken and this gave me a lot of confidence in what I was doing. I have one other brother.

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I have a teacher’s degree, but after earning this degree I got involved in other things like I was in music as a salesman, musician and also a producer. The latter part of my life in Holland I was involved in the organic food sector in Holland. I was a manager in the first organic food supermarket in Holland and there is where I learned my management skills and also developed my interest in farming. We introduced a new method to attract and keep our clients as we introduced the membership concept to the supermarket. Through this new membership concept and the rebates we offered on our products for the members, the organic food supermarket became affordable and this was a breakthrough and quite revolutionary in that time. In 2015 I quit the supermarket I was managing as we were leaving to Curaçao. The director of the supermarket told me as I was leaving the supermarket that I had managed for 17 years, that: “If you go then you have to jump into deep”, which I did literally, I jumped into the deep. In 2013 I already got acquainted and fascinated with organic farming methods and with permaculture and I clicked with it, I thought to myself this is really something I can do something with. I started with permaculture as I was still in Holland and experimented with it for two years before we left to Curaçao in 2015.

 

When I was in Curaçao in 2015
In Curaçao I worked some time at ATV a company that offers tours, but my dreams to introduce permaculture were still alive and kicking in my head and I considered working at ATV as a distraction after while. I became restless and I needed every bit of time to try out what I have been learning and by doing this in Curaçao, I started to learn about the climate, the soil conditions and the wind conditions in Curaçao . In fact Curaçao has very challenging circumstances to work in, if you want to regenerate the soil. I was from 2016 till 2018 doing all sorts of experiments to build a food forest and due to the lack of farmland, I was experimenting with this in the garden of the house where we lived, my labotory basically and...it became a huge success as something did change on a micro level.



The ex-Minister Suzy Romer from the Ministry of GMN heard and came to see my experiments with permaculture, I was invited of by GMN to create permaculture research and educational projects and I organized a course on syntropic agroforestry together with 2 Brazilian experts, Thiago Gemenez and Murilo de Lima. Before that we created a mini forest cultivating first vegetables and later fruits first through experimentation without any course instructions, no meaningful experience in this climate with is dry and wet period in the year with little water at our disposal at a land area close to Dinah Veeris at Fuik, together with Shastri Moesker one of the sons of Dinah Veeris. After a year, I had to leave the project for I was invited by GMN to work as a coach for the Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program Curaçao (ROAP) facilitated by the Maharishi University of Iowa in the USA. But we were able to draw some interesting conclusions from this experiment. The project has been stopped medio 2020 due to the lack of funds by the new minister of GMN.

Back from Kenia
After coming back from a visit to Kenia as consultant, to spread our knowledge to elsewhere in the world on food foresting, I was curious about how this farmland had developed itself since I have left. I was pleasantly surprised to see what I have found. It was still there, even the banana trees, it little bit weak and small in size but it had survived these past 6 months after the project was abandoned without irrigation. Nowadays on a voluntary basis I work one day in the week on this farmland, where we use organic material, mulch, to revitalize the fruit trees that we are cultivating especially the banana trees that are the ones that need the most water. Using mulch is one of the core principles of permaculture and syntropic farming. This made me believe in the potential of connecting food production with the restoration of our environment in a certain way and this offers us a lot of interesting things that can be done and created in Curaçao.

You work at the moment in Curaçao you are transforming dry land into an oasis as plants create rain and can create food, in a year where via the Corona virus crisis it became all the more clear, how vulnerable we are on Curaçao. Can you expand a little bit on this more, when did this started and why now in Curaçao ?
I deeply respect mister Barbolina from “Nos Kunuku” that is also been involved in organizing farming on a different, more organic basis. I started to go to meetings that were held in papiamento and in the course of time by doing that improved my papiamento. I experimented with local farming to master the specific circumstances in Curaçao with the sun, the wind, the dryness of the soil, the low groundwater levels, very little rainfall during the whole year, but believed the level of forestation of the island was linked with the amount of rain. If the forests disappear, the rain disappears. And vise versa, so the biggest challenges are the “how to connect things to one another” while dealing with the lack of sufficient rain and the iguanas. The answer is, to cultivate the opposite of a mono culture and cultivate as much food forestries as possible, meaning vegetables and fruits trees combined with supporting trees. The more we are able to do this, the more rain we will get on the island.

 

What is a a perma food forest?
Permaculture is based on a wide area of disciplines like energy, water management, fossil fuel or non-fossil fuel aimed to make farming regenerative and sustainable. Perma refers to permanent, to make the farming sustainable. If it is not sustainable we will continu to create more desserts, as is happening at this moment all over the world with the way farming technology is being applied. You can consider it a reaction on this (global) development. It is about how to transfrom desserts into vertile land, it is about basic needs. This one of the concepts of food forestry.

Syntrophic is focussing on food forestry with the same goals as permaculture but with a new perspective on the economy and ecology, deeply respecting nature and the environment. By making controlled food forestry economic wise attractive, this makes it very important to consider.

 




This has been a major turning point as with the Ministry of GMN with the help of the two Brazilian experts we organized a first course and had 42 people attending this course that we trained. This has been a wonderful experience. As most people think that we need water for our farming and we believe that if you want water, you should plant. And we have achieved some important results during our experiments because of the harsh conditions Curaçao has. The applied method was developed in Brazil, where you start without an irrigation system but jointy we developed a hybrid system where we use a minimum of irrigation and we proved that it worked. We used a land lot of 15 meters by 15 meters, small but used it very efficiently using only 4 liters per m2 per day as is common in Curaçao but instead of having a few crops only, we planted 50 plants including banana, yuka and papaya close to each other on that same squire meter and after 6 months we stopped with the irrigation based on the advice of the Brazilian experts and after 20 days without irrigation, this ecosystem still was working. Of course 20 days without water isn’t ideally what we should do, but it proved to us how strong the system is, where we only water the plants once a week. I now really believe that we can export this knowledge.

What happened with the 42 attendees to the first course?
Some also are still working based on these principles and we repeated the course and this time with zoom meetings with about 20 attendees, (with attendees from Trinidad and Bonaire). We offer a month of the theoretical part and then with 4 coaches just start implementing. Each week-end we set up a new farm. But as the financing of the project by GMN was stopped what I could notice is that, after I came back from Kenia, I could take notice on how well, what we created, was functioning. I see that there are more people interested now, including people that don’t come originally for the agriculture sector and I see people from the younger generation interested. I am still very active in helping design, consulting and implementing projects. We do collaborate together when we get an assignment as we don’t compete but collaborate with each other, just like the plants that we grow is based on collaboration and not competition. Competition is based on scarcity while via syntropic farming we can prove that there is abundance and in that sense influence the world in how we can provide in basic needs of people. There is so much food that we can plant and that we can do ourselves. I was also involved in the project “Kunukitu di Kas i di Bario” and I believe that this needs to continue.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My drive is the paradigm shift that we need on the island. We should not be competing for the resources, but if we use the resources well, there is more than enough for us all. I firmly believe that we can make Curaçao green via food production. Remember we are a small island and if we could use those lots on the islands that are unused, we can as we go, create a momentum, a tipping point to achieve this.
I have this idea that Curaçao must have been a lot greener in the past with a different climate. This idea was supported when we brought two brazilian experts on the islands and they told me that Curaçao scenery looks like a regenerative scenery. Furthermore when the Spaniards came to Curaçao they use to come for the mahony trees which are tropical rainforest trees. This is what I believe.

We can reverse nature. If we would plant between the wabi trees as a first step, the wabi trees being the pioneer plant, we could then expand it to become a food forest as if you would plant fruit trees and they become bigger then the wabi trees, the wabi trees eventually will disappear. The same goes for the neem trees, this as part of syntropic farming can also be used as the pioneer plant. In permaculture they call the neem tree “hard working immigrants”. As without hard working immigrants the economy wouldn’t work, the same goes for neem trees for the ecology. They can help reverse deforestation. The main neem tree grows on itself, thermites don’t like it and you can make a lot of medicinal products out of it, like anti-moskito sprays, toothpaste..etc...we should see the neem tree more like an asset instead of a liability.

 

How do you create a Ripple effect with the ideas that you are promoting and trying to implement?
Just to be active with enthusiasm and passion. We have given courses to 44 people on synropic farming and now we have an additional 20 people on the second course. People go to my Facebook and they read over what we are doing and this inspired others.

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
That we would have reached a “Tipping point” as far as my community goals are concerned.

Personally I would not want to be too concerned of my finances, because my consultancy work would have become profitable enough and with all those who have gained the knowledge from Curaçao, export our knowledge to countries with comparable climate conditions.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Finances can play a limiting role. At the other hand seeds are free, like most of the materials we use in syntropic farming come from nature. Nature is the cheapest source available. Look at nature as an asset. “The problem is the solution”.

Like organic material from the garden, you can fertilize neemtrees instead of throwing it away in landfill, like we are doing now. It could be used to boost syntropic syntropic farm production, as soon as we change our paradigm and initiatives can become economically feasible. Like using those who are mastering this knowledge as trainees and cheap labor, to make certain projects economically more feasible.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Using my gut feeling has become natural to me. I am not even aware of it when I use it, compared the days where use to be an overthinker. My gut never betrayed me, it is my compass and this can lead to radical decisions like the way I ended up in Kenia for a month. My gut also helped my discover my passion when I was already 50-years old. I am now a self made man with a clear vision and this vision really drives me.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am continuously learning from nature through trial and error and I also love to be challenged by people who know better. That is why I want to go to Brazil to learn more, after I have the two Brazilina experts that I worked with. I also learn from the internet and I believe that knowledge is limitless and being curious to learn more, keeps me young.

What are your strengths?
I am authentic. If I believe in something, I can become very passionate about it and by being passionate, I inspire other people.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Music, I have done a lot in music and now, not as a professional. still play music
I have seen and been through many experiences because of what inspires me. Like, I love the diversity in societies and I was fascinated and inspired by the culture of Kenia. They can be an example for the rest of world in a certain way.

If you as Roland would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer in one word or one sentence?
I am a forest farmer. I love what I am doing. I live in some kind of matrix and if I step out of it to comply with other people their desires that I don’t agree with, it doesn’t make me happy.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career/leven?
The founders of Syntropic farming Ernst Gotsch; Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton.

But also Malcolm X as he transformed from being a criminal, prisoner, radical and freedomfighter for the dignity of all oppressed people. The number of transformations he had been through in his life fascinates me about him.

Spiritually Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi and Osho. They have had many valuable contributions to mankind.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
My physical conditioning. I have been very active in sports in the past, this I need to work on more.
My finances I need to organized and do better on that.
I need to focus more and become less distracted.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
When we left to come to Curaçao in 2015. Curaçao is such a beautiful place in the world and people are very helpful. For example if you would have a flat tire within soon someone would stop and give you a helping hand. This will not happen easily in Holland.

I am completely in love with Curaçao and want to share this with the rest of the world. It is magical and it has healing powers. It is said that in the days of the Spaniards, sailors use to be left on the island because of their illness and when they came back they were completely healed. I myself have changed living here. Like sad songs I am now able to appreciate it and even get the goose bumps now that we are talking about this. In the past I couldn’t listen to it, as I considered it pathetic music.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to have seen the world and I don’t want to worry about my finances. In Curaçao it most be feasible to have 10 % syntropic farming, that has a significant economic impact for the whole island and in itself will influence our climate.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He followed his passion and he went all the way to achieve it, sometimes against all odds.

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 am very optimistic about the future because I can only see opportunities. Our focus has to shift, like instead of looking at what exists, we have to for opportunities in our direct environment. For example during the time of the year when you have a lot of mango’s, we have so much mango’s that they rot away. Why not dry it up and make mango chips. It doesn’t cost a lot and it is not difficult to produce it. The focus in government policies is too much on keeping what already exists. In Cuba after the Sowjet Union collapsed and stopped subsidizing Cuba for 3 year people hardly had enough food, and now they have 90 % food security. I believe that the Corona pandemic is a turning point and I am positive about this. The thing is that I meet so many people nowadays with similar ideas like Mister Barbolina from Nos Kunuku. That is why I am optimistic.







More videos on:
YouTube Channel Roland van Reenen

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Ronald van Reenen, is an enthusiastic, passionate, forest farmer that through trial and error has developed a hybrid knowledge on how to create a food forest even in the harsh climate conditions in Curaçao . This knowledge he believes can be exported to other countries with similar climate conditions and help regenerative farming elsewhere in the world. Finding his passion in the past 10 years has made him a focused person, where he combines the principles of Permaculture with Syntropic farming. With his enthusiasm, his collaborative mindset and now proven knowledge on food forestry, his aim is to make Curaçao within 15 to 20 years from now have 10 % syntropic farming, using every single unused lot on the island. With the slogans that: “To create more rain we have to plant more” and “The problem is the solution”, as most resources required from nature to achieve this goal, cost almost nothing, we are convinced that Roland together with all the others like minded drivers on the island will make, this change on the island come through. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Roland and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Sustainable Agriculture 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 16th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “ANTrepreneurship, Designed for Success” inspired by King Solomon’s best advice for entrepreneurs!, by Lysandro Inacio.

This book is not a traditional book for entrepreneurs. It doesn’t explore modern business strategies or the latest best practices for entrepreneurial advancement. It doesn’t include a 10-step plan to transform your business into the next big success story. This book contains something much more valuable than that. It contains the best advice given to entrepreneurs by the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. An advice that reveals the right mindset, traits and qualities that are fundamental for entrepreneurial success. This advice is not a new idea or insight but an ancient proverb given more than 3000 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight. One simple, yet profound proverb that contains a proven formula for entrepreneurial success. A formula that transformed an ancient nation in the desert into a center of trade and commerce and made King Solomon the wealthiest man who ever lived. A proven formula that is still evident today and has the potential to activate the entrepreneurial spirit and turn any nation into a prosperous nation!

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

 

Date: 16th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting March the 13th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions 

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 videos on overcoming fear. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

1. Live your dream and share your passion! This is your life. Live, Laugh, Love. 

 

2. Overcome fear| Inspiring One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


3. Invictus by William Henley read by Morgan Freeman | Inspirational Poetry - YouTube
 

4. How to Overcome FEAR | #1 hack for FEAR in 1 MINUTE - YouTube


5. DON'T SETTLE | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


6. Laird Hamilton on Seizing the Day and Overcoming Fear | Oprah's Master Class | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube

Influencer Dinah Veeris, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on February 20, 2021 at 12:05 AM

In this week’s blog (22nd of February – 28th of February) we will interview Dinah Veeris; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of March from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “ANTrepreneurship, Designed”, by Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27th of February and we will share some short videos on Angela Davis, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and herbal gardens. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Dinah Veeris: just “go-on”, fun-lover

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am 81 years old, I was born in Curaçao and I have two sons and 4 grandchildren. I come from a family of 4 sisters and 3 brothers. My mother was 97 years old when she passed away. My mother has meant a lot to me as she exemplified the “fight for life” type of attitude, she used to be a dressmaker, she used to work in the shop of my grandmother and this attitude, taught me to fight for the things I believe in.

When I grew up they used to compare me with Lidwina from Schiedam and I couldn’t cope with this comparison, so I decided one day to change my name into “Dinah” as this name made me feel who I really am. And this name sticked as my first name, dating back when I lived in Sint Martin.

My father on the other hand was the opposite of my mother’s character. He exemplified the “joy for life” and he had a more humoristic way to look at life. He used to make fun out of my mother when we were spanked by her in those days and that softened the pain. So in that sense both my parents made me become who I am today.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I started as a help-teacher as I went to school in a time where boys had more opportunities to study back then compared to girls. Boys were offered the opportunity to go and study in Holland, if you wanted to become a fully authorized teacher. But I was diligent and gradually went to all the different teacher courses that were offered on the island and ultimately in 1972 I went to Holland to study to become a fully authorized teacher. Later on in Curaçao I became a fully authorized graduate in MO pedagogy. After working some years as a teacher and after I got interested in “herbs”, I went to California School of Herbal studies that had a large country estate, and here is where I acquired additional knowledge on herbs.

 

Important to mention
I became a very self aware woman after I went to live in Sint Martin for some years. Living in Sint Martin, I got acquainted with certain writers that I never have heard from before, like Angela Davis and Richard Wright and this was a real shock to me. They basically made me become aware of my cultural history and the history of slavery. These authors made me radically change my look and I became one of the first woman in Sint Martin and Curaçao, that had a afro-look. I really appreciate what my parents have gone through, but my parents never talked about the past.

 

You are a well know brand as THE EXPERT on herbs in Curaçao, how did this all started?
It all started when I was in Holland studying “Theather, stage and acting”. The reason I wanted to learn that is, because I could use it to enable normally very shy students, to transform and become more their authentic selves through “stage and acting”. While I was studying in Holland I had to do a project about culture. I decided to use “herbs” as my subject matter. My mother use to have a “herbs garden”. I discovered that my mother had so much knowledge about the effects of herbs, that it transformed my way at looking at herbs once and for all. I became so aware of how little I knew of my own culture and I got carried away. After interviewing my mother, some neighbors, some people in Banda Abou, some people in Bonaire and Aruba and writing this all down, it meant the start of my career as a local “herbs”-expert.

 

I wrote two books
Back in Curaçao after finishing my studies in Holland, I basically held two jobs, one as a facilitator of teachers and another one, where I interviewed lots of elderly and this ended in two books I wrote.

One with the title “Remedi i Kustumber di nos Bieunan” and “Afrikantje”. And one day I read an advertisement of the California School of Herbal studies and I decided to send them my maniscrupt written in papiamentu of my first book and they became so enthusiastic, that they accepted me at the school. They didn’t know papiamentu, but they could understand the scientific names of the herbs I was describing and this changed my life again. I followed classes from 6 AM till 6 PM and the certainty by which the curriculum was explained by the teachers, that what made me change and become a different Dinah. I was also taught to make how to make the herbs products and when I came back to Curaçao I decided to quit my job, looked and bought a piece of land and started collecting herbs for 5 years, much longer then I originally thought it would take. Helped by “Baba”, a neighbor that one day, just came by and offered to help me. So we started and went to Banda Abou and other places on the island at 4 AM in the morning to collect over 300 species of “medicinal herbs” . This is were the two books are all about. They have been translated in three languages.

 

How important are herbs in the healing of people when they have any kind of disease?
For years since we were living in nature, herbs have shown us how much they can help us. Kings kept herbs and used them when needed and it is mentioned in the Holy Bible. In India you have “Ayurveda” and here as I was exploring and taking interviews from our elderly, I became aware of how much more potential herbs have. Nowadays things have change and it is becoming more and more a way of life, where herbs are supplemented by medicines. This idea that herbs really can help, is always with me as an extra motivation, as I know for sure that it does help and it has a big potential.

 

Is the acceptance of herbs growing according to your experience and becoming more main stream?
Yes, it is becoming more mainstream. I sometimes get visits from doctors to our herb garden and via the questions they ask me, I ask them if they are a doctor and at times they are. I am proud also to see what is happening on Facebook and via App, also the younger generations that are making their own soap and bread. Yes, it is becoming more mainstream.

When my sons were younger they use to tease me that I had become a goat, as we were vegetarian and of course when they had a chance to eat meat elsewhere that was not at home, they would do it. Nowadays, one of my sons has studied “Nature Medicine” and “Ayurveda”, he is now my right hand. I am doing the more practical aspects of our business and he is more into the theoritical aspects. My other son does not work in the business, but assisting me with IT problems and he is my free lance agent.

Is the interest in your garden growing? And do you also have people from abroad that are interested in your work, right?
Basically our garden is open for locals and tourists, especially for tourists on cruise ships, where they offer tours to visit our garden. What makes our garden so unique is not only the story we tell about the medicinal effects, but also the history about the different herbs. We also offered a 3 months long course and which had included a stay at our venue. Because of the word of mouth our popularity has been growing.

Yes, we do get request from abroad especially for tropical herbs that are not easily found. We do some export of herbs. Before the Corona crises our popularity was going up. We would have people from the US, France and Holland with google map just drop by and buy herbs for themselves and for their friends. We would have visitors from cruise ships, we provided our spa product to Hyatt and Ritz Carlton in Aruba and to Barabara Resort & Spa in Curaçao. This was very good for our business. We collaborate with Curmade that is linked to the Postal Services. We are one of the 12 businesses doing that. They can pick up a package at our garden and deliver this any place in the world and they take all the necessary steps also to collect the money for us and they are working very diligently to make all steps move more easily. Due to the corona crisis our income have dropped 80 % and this has forced us to become very creative. We closed down our location at Molenplein, we started with a delivery sevice of our products, we won a 2nd price for entrepreneurs organized by Sambil and this gave us the opportunity to stay at Sambil rent free for 7 months.

We are offering workshops every month on Saturdays, with a new subject matter, and we do get some financial support from the government, but then how creative do you have to be to survive. We barter with Dolphe van Stapele as they were looking for a piece of land and some appartments for their retreats, to start their Ashram and he makes all the films and videos we want in return. We can then offer these productions online to potential clients, be it men or women. We will also start offering a course to share tips to elderly on how to stay and maintain their overall health, as it makes me sad to see how some elderly degenerate because of lack of, for example, physical movement, wrong diet, etc

We also needed to re-negotiate with our employees and lower the amounts of hours we pay them, 4 days instead of 5 days and we are grateful that we have reached an agreement. We had the choice to shut down and where everybody would loose their jobs or re-negotiate their hours.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I love what I am doing and I do believe that we have a mission to fulfill in this life. For me it is to create an environment where we can be healthy and happy as we are achieving our life’s goal. These could be small things that a person needs to change, to be together with others and to be healthy.

 

Apart from your passion for herbs you are also very passionate about nature? Where does this interest come from?
I love to dance, laugh, hiking, swimming in the morning. They all help to keep you healthy. My passion for herbs goes hand in hand with nature. Working with herbs means planting their seeds in the soil, being in nature to harvest, to find lost herbs, walking in the rain barefoots, embracing a tree and open my arms to receive all what nature is providing us

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I have financial challenges due to the Corona crisis and we are doing our utmost to be creative and to keep what we have build up to now. Every challenge we bump into, we try to turn it around into an opportunity.

If it is lack of rainwater because of the climate changes, buy water instead. We have lost some “herbs”, well go look for them to replace the lost ones. Every thing you go through, find a solution and use challenges as an opportunity to learn and reached your goals anyway.


We believe that that attitude is called “opportunity thinking”. 
Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I would go outside and go into meditation under a tree, I might even embrace the tree and ask for help. As I sit there I would hear voices and they would tell me “use that herb “yerba di sali”” and I believe in it. I believe in the Universal Intelligence and this gives me a lot of strength. Sometimes when I am tired I would take a nap and wake up full of new energy to “go on”. This makes me humble and grateful as I am allowed to serve others.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels? I have understood from your website that you have gained a lot of knowlegde from some lederly, where did they gained there knowlegde from?

I study a lot especially in the evening. I brooze the internet and look things up on the internet and see if the scientific names have changed and if needed translate it. I follow online courses. This is how I keep my knowledge up the par.

 

What are your strengths?
Just “go on”, don’t stop and look at all possible options to “go on”.

 

How would you describe Dinah in some words or one sentence?
A great woman.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career and your personal life?
My mother and father. Frank Martinus Arion because of the way he was. Camille Bailey, the director of the school of Sint Martin were I use to teach. During the period that I lived in Sint Martin, I bumped into the author Angela Davis and some literature related to the topics she addressed. That answered so many questions I had in those days in terms of culture. It helped my to get to know myself better, it helped me get better self awareness.
Furthermore my grandaunt, she taught me the joy of reading. She made me read from books up loudly and she used to correct my reading and as I grew up, I went to the library and I became so passionate about reading that when everyone has already gone to bed to sleep at times, I would still be reading. And then one day I discovered that my grandaunt couldn’t read herself, but still managed to instill the love for reading in me.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I want to improve the contact and intimacy with my children and I am working hard on this now.


What was a defining moment in your life?
I would say the day I decide to get divorced. I was in those days a big change for a woman to file for divorce. It took a lot of courage to do this. I couldn’t bare the double standards where men were allowed to have relationships and children outside of their own marriage. I was financially independent from my husband and as the social pressures were strong against my divorce, I decided to move and go and work in Sint Martin in 1969 just some months after the 30th of May. I can recall the 30th of May vividly, as I had to hide my then headmaster of the school were I worked in the back of my car to bring him home safely that day. Living and working in Sint Martin for me was somewhat liberating, as I could express my opinion as I wanted to and they were more pro-change in those days.

And also the Corona crisis nowadays is a defining moment for me. It was and still is, a stressfull period in my life. How can I give up everything that I have build over the years. It isn’t easy. It really changed my whole life, everything almost came to a still stand and the isolation that came because of social distancing. It made me stand still and reconsider hard, what I am doing and what I need to do to still “go on”.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years from now?
They love me.


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?
When I see how many people are working hard and working on improving our nature, like in symptrophic farming, I consider it to be a repetition of how our elderly where farming growing peanut, sesamy, mais, beans, pumpkin, watermelon, melon... Everybody was giving each other a hand. Everybody is giving what they have. I see this being repeated now by some youngsters. Another aspect of this type of farming is that all plants help with their nutritients to help other plants. That is what makes me optimistic about the future.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I enjoyed this interview.


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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dinah Veeris, is an energetic, strong willed, self-aware, passionate, independent, fun-loving entrepreneur and author, whom has become the Number One expert on herbs in Curacao. Her knowledge of local herbs that has been developed over the years, has made Dinah renowned locally and internationally. Her attitude to “fight for life” has made her a person that doesn’t shy away for the difficult but yet necessary steps to be taken during the course of her life. Her love for reading combined with her interest in herbs, as she discovered the great potential herbs have, made her an expert in the history and medicinal effects of herbs. Her entrepreneurial mind and her drive to follow her passion, at some point in time made her quit her job and dedicate the rest of her life full time to collecting over 300 species of medicinal local herbs and at the same time developing her garden “Den Paradera” into an educational and entertaining local and international well known attraction, offering her herbs also for use to local and international customers. With this approach and her determination, we are convinced that Dinah will overcome her challenges she faces due to the Corona virus crises that has affected her business deeply and that she will continue to impact those interested in herbs for years to come. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Dinah and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business (wellness) 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 16th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “ANTrepreneurship, Designed for Success” inspired by King Solomon’s best advice for entrepreneurs!, by Lysandro Inacio.

This book is not a traditional book for entrepreneurs. It doesn’t explore modern business strategies or the latest best practices for entrepreneurial advancement. It doesn’t include a 10-step plan to transform your business into the next big success story. This book contains something much more valuable than that. It contains the best advice given to entrepreneurs by the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. An advice that reveals the right mindset, traits and qualities that are fundamental for entrepreneurial success. This advice is not a new idea or insight but an ancient proverb given more than 3000 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight. One simple, yet profound proverb that contains a proven formula for entrepreneurial success. A formula that transformed an ancient nation in the desert into a center of trade and commerce and made King Solomon the wealthiest man who ever lived. A proven formula that is still evident today and has the potential to activate the entrepreneurial spirit and turn any nation into a prosperous nation!

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

 

Date: 16th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.

 


 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 videos of Angela Davis, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and herbal gardens. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

1. Facebook Edible and Medicinal herbal plants

2. How Did Angela Davis Inspire a Movement? #BecauseOfHerStory - YouTube

3. HET KRUIDENVROUWTJE VAN CURAÇAO - YouTube

 
4. Richard Wright - Black Boy - YouTube
 

5. Notes of a native son: The world according to James Baldwin - Christina Greer - YouTube
 

6. History of the Civil Rights Movement - YouTube


Influencer Berber van Beek, MYM Book Session, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on February 14, 2021 at 7:25 AM

In this week’s blog (15th of February – 21st of February) we will interview Berber van Beek; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 8.30 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27th of February and we will share some short videos on spermaculture and syntropic farming. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebookpage. 

 

Berber van Beek: diverse and enthusiastic

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life? Were you born here in Curaçao? And how important have your parents been to you in who you have become right now?
I was born in Curaçao and I am a “Yu di Pietermaai” and grew up close to the sea. Curaçao is a very interesting, but complex island. I believe that everyone that has played a role in our life, as we grow up, is important. It’s like a piece of clay that is formed and molded by your environment and your family. I was raised with a lot of freedom. There was always room for my own ideas and that has made me who I am right now or whom others think that I am. I have another sister and brother, that just like my parents, don’t live here anymore.

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I have studied Photography in Amsterdam and went to the Photo Academy for one year in Breda. I wanted to become a forest manager and plant forests. From a very young age I wanted to save the world. I didn’t study Forest Management after all, as you needed to have science subjects (Mathematics, Physics) at High School, which I didn’t choose for. But the Environment and Nature have always stayed at the centre of my attention. As I was involved in Photography since I was 14 years old, I studied photography. After my studies I returned back home to Curaçao for 2 years and then went back to Holland.

The boat project
I took a full time job as press photographer for a newspaper “Noord Hollands Dagblad” and got involved in re-building a ship that dated way back from the second world war. This was build in Den Helder and it took us 2,5 years to rebuild a 30 meters an old mine sweeper into a sailing cargo vessel and made it seaworthy. We tested its seaworthiness and we crossed the ocean with it and sailed to Haiti and brought some goods for an Orphanage House in Haiti after a severe earthquake hit Haiti. After we had crossed the ocean and sailed to the Carribean and surpassed whatever challenges we encountered. She is still sailing from the Caribbean to Europe.

Permaculture
During the building of the ship I got involved with Permaculture. I followed a Permaculture design course in Mallorca. When the ship went for the first crossing I was working at a farm in Trinidad where I helped design to transform it into a Permaculture farm.

After the sailing I wanted to learn more about permaculture and I went to Australia where Permaculture was developed. I went there for an internship at the Permaculture Research Institute of Geoff Lawton. After that I visited several Permaculture farms to work and study more. I learned to build dams, make compost, learned water management and I created a food solar dryer. One of these farms was of the founder of Permaculture, David Holmgren. There I saw and touched the handwritten manuscript of Permaculture One, which I consider a priviledge and honor. After following the course in Mallorca I became convinced that Perma Culture is a solution for the world to achieve environmental change.

Returning back to Curaçao
With all this knowledge, I returned back to Curaçao. I have always been curious and involved in ventures where I am trying to find solutions for world problems. I am an idealistic realist with two feet in the ground. If I set my mind on something, I will go the extra mile until I have finished what I planned to do. Like the boat we built is still sailing. Mind you when we finished building that boat, we got a lot of publicity from NOS, Dutch newspapers, National Geographic, and I think we had an impact on the mindsets of people. I believe that we can change people’s mindsets. Like if we want to have sustainable development for the world, this can be achieved through lots of small projects, that can grow and create a snow ball effect. We as human beings should create this snow ball effect. My motto in how I influence people’s mindsets is “Seeing is believing”.

Don’t convince but influence people
It is of no use to try to convince any one. But you can influence the person so that this person can form her or his own opinion and then they can change their behaviours. This has been my experience in the project were we re-build that freight ship that would be sea-worthy. At first there was a lot of people didn’t believe in our intention to re-build the ship and make it sea-worthy. This steady group of non-believers only stopped when we reached a tipping point. You need to have perseverence and never give up and just keep going on. The road is like a ride on a dirt road with all his bruises and bumps, but if you stay the course in the end you can be successful. If you want to change a person, influence the person but don’t try to convince them. If one single person can change the world? Yes by continously taking small steps, it could be even with a smile or the cleaning up of plastic from our beaches, this can compound and reach a tipping point. I sincerely believe that this is possible.

 

You are a photographer and entrepreneur and I have visited your website and it is very clear in what you do, offer and who you are, but still can you elaborate on the goals and impact you hope to achieve with your work?
My goal is via Photography to create awareness and entice people to get people moving towards a more sustainable society, to achieve improvements in the social areas and topics of our community. The red line through my work is “connecting people”, so that this can lead to improvement in the lives of people, culture, nature and the environment. In this I have an affinity to work for those whom are the most vulnerable in our society. This is just one aspect of what I do, but I am also offering photography on a commercial basis and it has a deeper meaning to me. I can take 4 years of preparatory work to figure out and working on the details in a project that I take on. Working on any project I chose to work on, takes a lot of time, but in the end, I want the projects that I work on to have a positive effect on the awareness levels in Curaçao. I am working on a project right now that I don’t want to go into too much detail at the time. I am simulteanously working on the undocumented people on the island in Hidden Voices 2.0. This is a project that came up and couldn’t wait too long to pay attention to. So I jump on it.

 

How important are emotions, in the way you want to express your creativity? Or can you share with us what makes your work unique? And I have read on your website of one of your projects Hidden Voices, can you explain what your goals are and how impactful your photo’s are?
Conviction of being convinced of something is “emotion”. This is very important. I started interviewing some undocumented together with someone else, to offer them the opportunity to share their story that was full of emotion. I started these interviews while I was doing my other project. This because I bumped into these undocumented people living in Curaçao under deplorable cirumstances, while most of us don’t even know that they exist. These were impactfull stories, it touched me on a deep level, as I offered them an opportunity to be seen and heard. And this can happen to us also living in Curaçao. We might end up in a situation were we need people to help us out. We don’t have to treat them inhumanely.

As I can’t stand injustice, I started this project Hidden Voices 1.0 on undocumented Venezuelans on Curaçao. We are now in doing a second project Hidden Voices 2.0 on undocumented people during Covid-19 on Curaçao. We in Curaçao also have our problems of course, but with Hidden Voices 2.0, I showed what the personal daily problems of undocumented people on Curacao are having during Covid-19. I gave them their own voice in the media so they have a chance to tell their story. To make local people aware of how inhumane they can be living here. To give other people that want to come here for an undocumented life the opportunity to read the stories and make a fair choice.

Small steps each day in the end do matter
We may have experienced of late some hopeful signs of better times to come, as I have heard Prime-Minister Rhuggenaath talk about starting with a migration policy. It then makes me believe that if one individual takes small steps each day, it will have an impact in the end. Look at the work that foundations like Human Right Defense, Ieteke Witteween, is doing and the Green Phenix foundation of Sabine Berendse or the work that Roland Renen is doing with Syntropic farming and Henny Barbolina with “Nos Kunuku” based on Permaculture principles. These are all small initiatives aimed at creating changes. But if I can help them bring their work in the publicity via research, scouting, developing the project idea, interviews, photo’s and videos, which requires lots of time, it will be helping their cause. Little inititatives that can grow to become a movement and that in the end will bring about change.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My Big Why is: “Justice for the people and the world”. Since I was very young I use to make banners, it is some kind of “gut feeling”. It has always been like that. It wasn’t via my parents, I was born with this urge. You know when I was 8 years old, I started an environmental group of peers and we would sell some self made books with tips on how to treat our environment in a better ways and donate that to “Amigu di Tera”.

 

Is agriculture gaining interest in Curaçao now that we are in the middle of the Covid pandemic and food security seemed to have gained more momentum?
I don’t dare to say. I came back to live in Curaçao some 8 years ago and what I have noticed is, without having done any scientific research, I can see an increased interest for farming in my own direct environment and my broader group of acquaintences. I have attended a workshop that organized on syntropic farming and it seems that there is a whole movement underway in Curaçao on syntropic farming combined with permculture that might have a positive impact on the island. But I have decided for myself to choose for my own priorities for now, even though the prospects for farming are attractive, I am chosing now for a project that takes time and that in the end will increase an overall helicopter awareness on the island based on my motto “Seeing is believing”. As soon as I have finalized my project, I will chose to spend some more time on Synptropic and Permaculture Farming, as this movement aims to develop further. For now I have to, because of my own priorities, stand at the side line as I suspect that this movement can bring about a whole new shift, where different initiatives come together, help each other were possible and needed, monitoring each others progress, to bring about a bigger positive change.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
It also depends on what and where, like we almost capsized with our boat in the middle of the Ocean and then you go through the different stages of freeze, digest, overthink and act.

But the exception is when I want to be instrumental in changing a situation, like the project Hidden Voices of undocumented people on Curacao, I can go all out and work long hours and it is when I become very passionate.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I will listen to my gut-feeling. That works for me and when I feel it, it is “clear and out”, we have to go that way. But I also live in a society and the community pressures me on how things are suppose to be. This puts me at times in front of difficult choices, which aren’t easy at times.Like deciding on what my priorities are. Do I choose to do the Hidden Voices-project or do I stay the course and continue to work on my project? I would love to finish my projects and then take on a new project.
I decided to do the Hidden Voices-project because it was a short project, with a beginning and end and it was relatively easy to combine with my major project.

 



How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By doing what I do. Following my social media netwerk. Keeping up with what is happening in Permaculture around the world and staying in contact with my networks.

Following other photographers that inspire me, those kinds of subject matters. I am continously learning in those areas that I am interested in and I don’t have enough time to keep up with it.

My biggest dilemma is, at the one hand I still need to do work to earn me a living, but I don’t have enough time to do things I really love to do. This is my inner conflict, the struggle to earn a living. I do also love my commercial work. I do work commercially but deep down my projects are much more important to me. But when I do my commercial photography, I am combining my passion for photography with the need to earn a living.

 

What are your strengths?
Persevernance.


Do you have hobbies?
I like climbing mountains, so up to this moment I have climbed 87 hills in Curacao that are all over 60 meters of height. I am climbing all hills that are higher then 60 meters in Curaçao. That is my hobby. This past week-end I climbed one at Westpunt that doesn’t have a path. I love adventure and love change. I am curious and don’t give up easy and I love self development.

How would you describe Berber in one word or one sentence?
I have no idea. ...maybe “diverse and enthusiast”. I love nature, people and photography.

I live my life and I want to get out of life, what I can get out of life. I live from my heart and I want to do things that I want to do. If I would die at this moment in time, I wouldn’t have any regrets. I love diversity, I like different types of people, I love the interaction with nature. When I am on top of one of those hills, this is when I feel extremely happy, elated.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career and your personal life?
Well I have made a list of people for you. They are Jimmy Nelson, Peter Menzel, Erwin Olaf, Steven McCurry, Sebastion Salgado he is my greates. Also Jimmy ...have greatly inspired me and Dan Elton a journalist in Africa that was stoned at a young age. Darren Dorothy, my first teacher in Permaculture David Holmgrem, Kat Lavers, Annemarie & Graham because of their work, they inspire me. Reid de Jong and his wife Cornelie as they lived in a lighthouse and because of their self-sufficiency almost had a zero ecological footh print. I love people with a strong character. Strong characters create the unusual in this world.

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Patience. I rather have it done yesterday than today.

What was a defining moment in your life?
As a young child, I had this urge for change from “my gut”. I have always been like that. I have always felt innately that we are not to suppose to live like this, this is not good for nature. Yes, I have lost someone I cared for a lot at a young age, I have been in a life threatening fearful situation in the open, windy sea and survived it and I am glad that I am still alive. But it wasn’t a defining moment that happened that change my life. Since I was 4 years old, I had an awareness about our nature and I wasn’t accepting how we were treating nature.
I am happy to see people around me at a later time in their lives make this switch to live in a more sutainable way. That is super cool and I would say welcome on board.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I find this to be a difficult question. It doesn’t matter to me. No one needs to say anything about me. When I die I would have want to have lived my life to the max, with no regrets as to the things that I didn’t do. I do hope that they think back as that I loved them and I took care of them.

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?
I am optimistic because I see a lot of movement A lot of people are changing. “Ripple effect” and “Kaya Kaya” that is into urban gardening, syntropic farming there are so many groups with so many group initiatives to change Curaçao in a positive way where everyone is doing their little part and if they do we will create an effect. It requires stamina because it will take time. But I know it works as.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
There Is hope, if everybody helps some one and live a little bit more conscious we will get there. We have to do it together as a human race.  


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Websites: www.beroots.com | www.studiorootz.com/ 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Berber van Beek, is a driven, passionate, fun-loving humanitarian and nature lover, whom has been a lifelong advocate of sustainable development. Since she was 4 years old, she recalls being concerned and actively trying to bring awareness about the way we mistreated our environment. Having a strong character, she started working on projects like the first one where she re-build with other friends an old mine sweeper into a sailing cargo vessel, that up to this day is sailing. Through her work aimed to have a positive effect on the awareness levels in Curacao, she is “connecting people”, so that this can lead to improvement in the lives of people, culture, nature and the environment. In this she has an affinity to work for those whom are the most vulnerable in our society. Using her passion for photography based on “seeing is believing” principle, she influences and doesn’t try to convince people, offering people the choice to make their own choices, like in her recent project “Hidden Voices 2.0”. But on top of that, she also is a strong believer in looking what is happening around her as she believes that many group initiatives like the ones regarding farming, where everyone is doing their little part and will create a snow ball effect and change Curacao in a positive way. With this approach and her determination, we are convinced that Berber will continue to impact our society with subject matters that are dear to her heart. In this sense, Berber’s work is totally aligned with the goals of Share2uplift. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Berber and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Creative Sustainable Economy sector as a Humanitarian and Nature lover.


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 Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 videos on permaculture ans syntropic farming. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Introduction to Permaculture - YouTube

2. The Reality of Permaculture - YouTube

3. The Permaculture Gardener - YouTube

4. Syntropic Farming at La Loma Viva on Vimeo

5. Syntropic Farming in Tropical Northern Australia - YouTube

6. Crisis, Hope, and Permaculture - YouTube


 

 

 


Influencer Zaira Barrientos, Workshop on emotion, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 12:30 AM

In this week’s blog (8th of February – 14th of February) we will interview Zaira Barrientos; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27th of February and we will share some motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Zaira Barrientos: dynamic, entrepreneurial and joyfull.

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a 48 years old single mom and I have one other sister and a brother. I was born in the Dominican Republic and when I was 6,5 years old my family migrated and came to live in Curaçao. My grandmother from my fathers side was living in Curaçao and invited our family to come and stay in Curaçao. Without this important decision to migrate and come and live in Curaçao, a decision my mother mostly took, my life would have had a totally different outcome. My father died in 2016 and my mother is still alive and living with me. My mother instilled in us an extra motivation, because migrants didn’t have a good reputation, so as a migrant I worked extra hard just to prove that I can do everything. So my mother instilled in us a mindset that through hard work and perseverance we would make our lives better. The moment I arrived in Curaçao, I went to primary school and immediately started to learn dutch and read a lot of books. After finishing my High School (VWO) I went to Holland for my studies. In the meantime my parents applied to become Dutch citizens and we got a Dutch passport.

 


Could you share something of you educational background and your experiences?
In the primary school level I was always walking with a book in my hand and I read a lot. I was like kind of a bookworm. The idea was that I was able to perform better if I would have a bigger vocabolary. In higschool, my three friends and I decided that we would start talking Dutch with each other as this would help us with our Dutch vocabolary, when we left to Holland for our advanced studies. I wanted to become a Medical Doctor. But when I participated in the system to earn a slot to study medicines, I wasn’t drawn in the early first two tries I made. So I had to follow my Plan B. I was good in sports and loved doing sports. Since I was 9 years old till I was 15 years old, I participated in volleybal, softbal, gymnastics and competitive swimming. So when I wasn’t drawn to study Medicines in my first two years in Holland, I applied for a slot to study at the Sport Academy. To be allowed, I had to make a film of my own sports performance, which was very amateuristic, but anyway I was allowed to start my studies at the Sports Academy. After these first two years I finally was drawn and allowed to start with studying Medicine. As I was studying Medicine, I got in contact with scientific research. I asked for a small grant of a Pharmaceutical Company and ended up during 5 years getting projects funded by the EU and Pharmaceutical Companies and I gained a lot of experiences in asking subsidy and in scientific research. But in my Medicine Study I had some delays, which I later made up. But the experiences with scientific research during 5 years that I was part of an international team studying a rare metabolic disorder, collecting the scarce information that was by then available and also information on medicines on one of these diseases that were patient related, was priceless. In Medicines I didn’t choose the clinical option of the study and before coming back to Curaçao in 2006, I also studied management. After 2006 I did some small upgrades, like becoming an export coach of the Ministry of Economic Development and the most important upgrade was a certification for the training: Mental Health first Aid, for adults and youth. As a red line through my whole career there has always been project management. I do what I like to do and I love what I am doing now. In all the things that I have done, adult re-education is the one I love the most.

 

You are an entrepreneur and driver of mental health first aid in Curaçao and for so far we know you were the first to have been able to collect funds for a major project from the Netherlands for projects in Curaçao, can you elaborate on the goals and impact you hope to achieve with this project?
Yes this has been a breakthrough indeed. I am the first one offering this training of Mental Health First Aid. I love doing these workshops. The first day people come in rather sceptical. And after the first day of the workshop they are like “WOW?” Most are waiting quite some time for something in this area and this comes up and they experience it as a great thing to do. If I would have tried to explain upfront what it would all be about, most would have reacted rather sceptical a long the lines of “What is this?”.

The treshold is low, and the impcat is substantial. Everyone is able to participate whether you are highly educated or if you have no medical background, we have made it accessible. The main goal of Mental Health First Aid is to help someone whom is developing a mental problem. It is also breaking the taboo’s related to mental health problems and it breaks with stigmas.

It was indeed a breakthrough project opening up the opportunities for more projects. By now, 5 projects heve been subsidized in 2 years, which also gave oportunity to the training to almost 800 people on Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire in total. Being able to deliver projects with good results, we notice that we have better conversations with donors, they are becoming more and more enthusiastic towards new initiatives. We have broken the ice and we are in awe of this.

 

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My daugther also asks me this question often about herself. Why was I born and whom am I ..etc...I am telling her go and study Philosophy, ha,ha,ha...

For me it is simple, if you want to achieve something, you have to start with yourself first. I am a person of great Faith. And as a Believer I believe that everything will end up ok. I take small steps, even if it is only one person that I can reach at the time, that is the approach, start small and then the spin-off can spread. The power behind this approach is that you can prove to someone that they can change, that it is possible. I love One-on-One’s. I have done some change management projects in different companies. In that setting you also have a lot of people that don’t want to change. But in One-on-One you enable them to make a choice themselves to change. It also makes you conscious of the fact that if they chose to change or not that doesn’t has to frustrate you. If you start small and the person changes that gives you a lot of energy. In that sense I am a coach, I am not a consultant telling people what they should do. It is up to them when you coach, if they chose to change. So my BIG WHY is to enable people to change if they chose to.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with?
The culture can be paralysing because you hit this huge cultural wall and either you accept it or fight it. You can blame people and keep asking them: “Why do you think in limitations? Why do you have to see the impossibilities first”

Or you do what I try to do and that is trying not to be judgemental. This is my biggest challenge, to not judge!. I was raised with the mindset that by working hard, tomorrow will be better than today.

The challenge is to rid myself of my judgements, put it aside. I do this every time I am in a training. I am correcting myself continously, that I shouldn’t think like that. I should see other people having their own different references.

 


And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am continously correcting myself, when I become aware that I am being judgemental and that I shouldn’t think like that.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am a quick in taking decisions. I am also very good in visualizations of the future I want to manifest, even if the siutation right now is very chaotic, I am able to do that and come up with new perspectives in my visualizations. But to solve a dilemma, I will have different dialogues within myself and I am giving myself feedback from different perspectives. It is kind of a mental preparation before going into a real conversation with someone about the dilemma. Through repetition I teach myself things, an example is the one I mention before as my biggest challenge “not being judgemental”.

My inner compass when it comes to people cpild be better, as I not always select the right persons around me, but then I have noticed that if people don’t fit in my direct environment they often leave by themselves. They don’t stay long, as I see it, it is kind of God’s protection of me. So it corrects itself soon afterwards.

 


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have developed and kept for long the habit to read scientific articles. The past 5 years this has become less, now I am more into webinars, on-line workshops, TED talks. I do this a lot. These days I am reading less scientific articles. Basically I still read a lot and my eyes are at times weary from all that reading. I nowadays even need reading glasses.

What are your strengths?
I am very good in project management and planning so that we don’t get stressed because of lack of planning, I am good at organizing events. I am not good in my administrative task, there I have a back log. I have a very good helicopter view and this frustrates my daugther and employees at times. I also have a lot of compassion for other people and I can feel sorry for other people and try to see how I can be of help. At times this is misused.

I am quick to give people things or to help someone out. My mother is the same. I am a very generous person. If I want to surprise a person I could bring them a cup of soup. It makes them and myself very happy.

 

Do you have hobbies?
I still love reading although my time is hard pressed these days. I do less sports, because of a hip injury, but I still love swimming. I wake up at 5 am and make myself a cup of dominican coffee and just sit in silence and enjoy how the birds wake up. I love good food.

 

How would you describe Zaira in one word or one sentence?
Dynamic, entepreneurial and joyfull.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your live?
My mother and also an aunt of me that is always into making fun in the things life offers, this has helped me a lot. Furthermore some youth leaders from the very dynamic church that I am associated to. They have inspired me so much that I also strive to be meaningful for others.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Patience with employees and patience in general. I train myself often in this, but then I still loose it at times. Listening without being judgemental, not even thinking just listening, that is what I am trying to improve. 


 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Choosing when I was a student in Medicines for the scientific research world. Choosing not for the clinical side of Medicines, this combination of having a medical background, having management experiences and project management skills is a rare combination. This is my unique selling point. This has opened a path that has become my personal journey.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I will be seen as a good friend in all senses of the word, trustworthy with compassion, easy to deal with in the fun and the not so fun things that happen in life. When they look back they will say that I am a good friend.

 

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?
If there are enough people with small grass roots initiatives and they perservere and synergyze with one another, this could grow out to become a movement. This according to me is the only way to have impact and to maintain hope.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Every day to wake up and take notice of some things that you are thankful for. If that is the case, then there is hope, than whatever you strive for must succeed and nothing is impossible.

More information and connect
Facebook.com/Mental-Health-First-Aid-Caribbean-107025360790643

linkedin.com/in/zaira-marina-barriento-martinez-02952925/

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Zaira Barrientos, is a passionate, dynamic, driven, entrepreneurial, fun-loving person that is committed to “having impact”. Her upbringing from her parents and her background as a migrant - at the age of 6,5 years, she moved with her parents from Santo Domingo to Curaçao – has taught her the importance to “adapt”. This gave her a chip on her shoulder to work extra hard to be successful in life and her career. Reading a lot since her primary school days and working hard has brought her to Holland where, when she was studying Medicines, she got acquainted with scientific research. Having a non-clinical medical background combined with management, change management, business coaching and project management experiences, has helped her to offer a rare combination of skills that makes her unique.

Over the past 5 years Zaira has increasing been able to identify local and funds from outside of Curaçao and she has implemented projects that delivered the promised outcomes. Her Mental Health First Aid that with foreign funds was offered to civil servants in government in Curaçao was the first in its kind and in that sense, she is doing ground breaking work. The participants have enjoyed the content, which was accessible and it helped break taboo’s related to mental health problems. Working in Curaçao in a culture that can easily be paralysing, because of its tendency to think in limitations, she is taking small steps preferably in One-on-One settings and striving to rid herself from judgements. With this approach and her drive we are convinced that by staying her course, her impact will even grow bigger and bigger. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Zaira and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business and Educational sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 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 Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

1. WHY? | One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

2. DON'T QUIT | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

3. KEEP PUSHING | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

4. SHOW UP | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

5. The 1 minute that might change your day - Motivational Video ✔️ - YouTube

 

6. PROCESS | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


 


Influencerss collaborating, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book session and this week tips

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 3:10 AM

In this week’s blog (1st of February –  8th of February) we will interview Natalie Daal and Haydee Hermans; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 20th of February and we will share some motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


Golden Village, a spiritual platform to connect, align and create impactfull changes

Influencers collaborating


 

Natalie Daal and Haydee Hermans, as Influencers, dear friends and colleagues we have already interviewed both you in the past. Last week we interviewed Phyllis van den Hout, the 3rd person part of Golden Village initiative. Let us start with you Natalie (founder of Golden Village), we have interviewed you in June 2018 and July 2019. Can you tell us what you are doing of late and also share with us as you are the founder of Golden Village something more of this initiative?
The last time you interviewed me, I shared that I was pondering a new direction, a new venture in my life’s journey. I was planning to move away from the day-to-day tasks at “Klimop”, the afterschool educational institution I started and move on to a more executive, supervisory task. In 2019 I hired someone that I am now coaching to manage “Klimop”. I am still underway to free myself completely from the day-to-day tasks of “Klimop”, but that also has opened up time and space to discover my new direction in my life’s journey. And I have found it.

I have had this “urge” for some time now that I needed to change the course in the type of work that I do. And as my passion is spirituality and I had this “drive” originating deep from my heart, to do this work. As I was pondering, we got the COVID pandemic in March/April 2020 that had so many consequences for us. We were running two locations at the same time and from April till July, we hardly had any children attending our schools, meaning we hardly had any income. This while we still had to pay our fixed costs for the locations that we were using.

 

What is this epiphany exactly, this BIG-AHA-moment?
Because of my habit to continue to do my personal spiritual work, I got this epiphany, to try out a spiritual center at this venue. One of the venue I was renting was adequate for this purpose and because of all the work I do spiritually, I got nudged into this and I decided to just try it out.

Because of the economic consequences of the pandemic, there are so many light workers in the same situation more or less as I am. They have less income while they still have their fixed costs for the lease of the locations that they need to do their work. So we started with this concept to offer a joint location where light workers can rent a part or certain hours of our location for less costs. We named it “Golden Village” and it is based on a cost-sharing concept like electricity, water, the internet, telephone etc....where we share space at our venue for all those that want to offer coaching, massage, healing sessions, workshops, we also have a Physician and what have you more in the spiritual sphere and this is offered at affordable costs. This of course also makes the whole venue more affordable for me.

 

What is the concept all about?
We offer first and foremost a location that they can rent partially. The venue was too big for me to make full use of it. And these days it is a challenge to rent a place all by yourself to offer massage, yoga, ..etc..so I thought “Why not join forces and by doing that making it possible for all involved to rent a space for only certain time slots for a meeting or space partially for massages or coaching sessions for children and their parents, workshops, coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, basically all areas related to spirituality”.

By doing just that, this is a win-win and it becomes affordable for all of us. Coincidentally Phyllis was starting with her P#MP, so we joint forces and after that I involved Haydee. Haydee and myself were offering business coaching services to entrepreneurs and I know Haydee for quite some time now, but of late both of us are so synchronized with one another and she also decided to join forces at Golden Village. So basically we are offering space for rent to people in need of space for their spiritual and personal development activities. But Golden Village is also a village where providers of different spiritual services, light workers are brought together for healing purposes based on a holistic approach. Comparable to the saying: “It takes a village to educate a child”, in Golden Village we say: “It takes a village to heal people, be it either children or adults, but mostly adults”. In this we don’t exclusively offer these services to locals, but we also want to offer this to people from abroad as an tourist attraction for those that are looking for healing. We are actively making an inventarization of all those involved. This because we want to offer in a special link on our website spiritual services, all the contact-info and necessary information for seekers that are interested and looking for healing-services.

What kind of activities do you organize at Golden Village?
On the first Monday of the month some of us, women, will come together and have discussions on spiritual subject matters. Furthermore in the beginning of March we will have our first big event called “Feminine Quest”. We will start on the 5th of March we will have the opening with a key note speaker, followed by workshops on the 6th (a Saturday) and the 7th of March (a Sunday), that will be facilitated by different facilitators. On March the 8th we will celebrate the International Women’s day.

Great initiative, basically you are connecting dots, aligning efforts and creating impactful changes, right?
That is exactly what we want to accomplish. By joining forces we can have a even greater impact on the collective consciousness.

Haydee we interviewed you way back in December 2017. Haydee can you tell us what you have been doing since December 2017 and tell us some more about “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”.
Well, I’ve went through so many changes, that I don’t even recall the kind the person that I used to be. But anyway I decided to join the Share2Uplift movement after I left my job at a local bank. It was May 2016 and I started Soul Garden Curacao. I was always driven to help other people and I was always looking to be in nature, so I started helping people as I worked from my garden at my home. I became a John Maxwell certified coach since 2012 and started discussing self help books and books of John Maxwell in Master Mind groups. With a friend, Sherlyne Eisden, I started presenting books at Mensing’s Caminada and at first started with paper in our hands, then we migrated to powerpoints presentations. We started with only a few people and later the numbers of people increased. I have done this for over 3 years and later got Ivan Kuster involved as a presenter. Later with Ivan we offered workshops together and in the meantime I started renting Soul Garden as a venue where people offered different types of activities, including once and while “high tea” events. I studied Temple Index of Functional Fluency (T.I.F.F.) where one learns how to measure the effectiveness of a person’s behavior, but most of all I went through a big personal transformation as I was involved in so many different things, like book presentations, workshops, individual One-on-One coachingsessions with different coaches as a coachee and while going through this journey, I released the old beliefs, emotions and behaviors that became less useful for me.

How did you got involved with focusing on “emotions”?
I have been presenting workshops at Mensing's caminda and during one of these workshop, where I was presenting the book titled “Dodging the Energy Vampires” there was a full house and we, Ivan and I, became aware that we were discussing the problems and not addressing the solutions. There this idea originated to offer a “tailor made experiential personal journey on the emotions” for every individual attendee. By the end of 2018 and the beginning of 201, O’dennis Daal, Ivan Kuster and myself, decided to team up and there is where “Emoshon kiko eta? Ki efekto e tin?” started.
In this journey for the attendees of the Personal Journey’s we focus on the mastery of their emotions, their intentionality, their energy and their intuition. We launched it on the 5th October 2019.

In 2016 I also rolled out “Sister Power Foundation” together with 3 other ladies. We started with 10 people at our first event in January 2017, from that moment on, we gradually have grown. Organizing activities every third week of the month for women only, charging Ang 10,- per person. There were times the attendance was almost 80 people, as we were always able to present an interesting speaker. Later we scaled the maximum number of attendees down to 50, due to the logistics to make the essence accessible for all attendees.

 

My transformation was also fueled by reading hundreds of books, attending numerous workshops and seminars locally and abroad. Implementing, what I learned and putting into practice was the key to my transformation. This made me change my perspective on life, especially the books addressing emotions. In 2020 as part of my own personal journey with a never ending curiosity, I started a yearlong training presented by Ilse Daal called “Emotie in beweging” that will end in February 2021. At first I thought I was reasonably clear and clean in terms of my energy and emotions. But during the training, I became aware of different trauma’s and pains that I still had, that were hiding somewhere in my subconscious mind. By going through this training I was able to clear some these emotions. Furthermore, as a trainer of the Personal Journey’s (we are facilitating the 7th group that vary between 3 to max 5 attendees), I also learned a lot. Lots of people are un aware of the relationship that exists between emotions and spirituality. I have learned to apply what we were teaching in my own life, especially with regards to my emotions and my spirituality. And this makes me feel very confident.

 

Seeing people transform from a person that does not know themselves so much to a more joyful, peaceful, whole and confident person and more aware of their purpose and the meaning of life is the reason I do it all. Such a fulfilling feeling to take people on this journey.

 


Haydee can you also tell us why you joined Golden Village?
I am a strong believer in spirituality and I got this urge or call with the message that those involved in spirituality needed to join together, so that jointly we can leverage a bigger change. With this in mind I decided to join Natalie and Phyllis. There is also another reason, Soul Garden this year is turning 5 years old and since January 2020, I felt like I needed to move Soul Garden away from my home. So Natalie’s Golden Village initiative came at exactly the right moment and I decided to move certain activities to Golden Village and gradually step by step started to stop working from my home and moving to an office away from my home.

This happened in October 2020. The idea is that Golden Village becomes a spiritual community where people can re-discover what they have inside themselves. It is like this metaphor, in Thailand where the Buddha was cemented and the cement broke off and the Gold beneath it became apparent. This is a great metaphor for what we want to achieve, remove the programming and the cover life has put on people and let their gold that is beneath it all to come to the surface. Golden Village consisted and still consists of a string of synchronicities between Natalie and myself. She would dream about something and I would see the design. This all took place with such a speed that in December 2020 when we decided to start with activities, we saw three “wara-wara’s” (these are the local version of “Eagles”, and as you know Eagles fly high) landed in the middle of the garden where we were having a meeting at that moment in Gaito. For us it was a sign that we needed to fly higher, as the higher we can soar, the more people we are able to help. This was the helicopter view that we will need to accomplish Golden Village. At last the things are all falling into place, my personal experience, knowledge and skills that are gradually becoming so much clearer to me.

 


What is it then that you have to do?
Bring all knowledge and experience gathered in the field of self-development, spiritual growth and healing together and be the transmutor, the catalyst and the helping hand for all to learn that joy, peace, love, growth and contribution, is what we all strive for. With this intention I provide tools, coaching, mentoring and healing through workshops and one on one sessions. Being the catalyst I also provide the next step people can take by referring to the customers to other healers or sessions. Being a connector I will be one of the magnets to bring all the practitioners in the holistic field to Golden Village so we all can help the customers in our own field of strengths and gifts. Especially now that I feel the urge that together we can do much more since it is not only one session with one person that does the miracle but it is a combination of various sessions that helps the customer to live their highest version and more joyful life.

 

What are you offering in the Golden Village?
I offer one on one coaching on emotions, energy, intention and intuition. Furthermore, I do mentor on Marketing from your Soul. Further I recruit renters for the Village so that they can offer their services. In March Ednellla will start to give messages at Golden Village once a week. And we hope to have at least 10 people renting Golden Village on a monthly basis to offer their services, since the 3 of us are very much aware that we can’t offer it all by ourselves.

 

On the long term the intention is to attract all the different spiritual areas. You name it, massages, coaching sessions for children and their parents, workshops, coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, Qigong, Mirror work, basically all areas related to spirituality. As there are different areas, rooms in the Village, all those involved can rent a room or time slot, which includes the outdoors to offer their services. The intention is, to eventually create a Golden Village community, so that Light workers, spiritual Warriors, Coaches, Seekers can join together and by doing this generate a greater force to create positive changes on the island.

 

The goal is to offer a spiritual platform where spiritual people can connect align and create a bigger impact on the collective consciousness on the island and therefore for the whole world.

 

 

Natalie, Phyllis and I form the right combination because each of us play our own role in the triangle we form. Natalie holding the helicopter view, being the manager of it all, bringing her spiritual experience, knowledge and connections to the table, Phyllis being a do-er keeps us on track and awake to the mission, goals and purpose we are going for, and I am the idea generator, the creator, the connector, the marketer and the one bringing my own experience of spiritual growth and my network gathered over the years to the one stop spiritual center of Curaçao.

 

 

One of the ideas we came up with is to start with the sessions twice a month called: “Spiritual Warrior Awareness”-program and we are now also “Feminine Quest” week-end, where women can connect, celebrate and gain knowledge of themselves as women, their femininity and trigger their so-called “Inner Goddess” within them.

 

 

Except for the Feminine Quest all other activities are for both man and woman because we believe that it is very important to engage man in spiritual growth also.

 


Can you tell us some more of this “womens”-weekend in March?
On the 5, 6, 7 and 8th of March we are organizing a “Feminine Quest” with some 8 speakers as Natalie pointed out. With my background as a marketing expert, I will have the task to market this event.


Can you give us the names of some of those speakers, faciliators during these days?
We will have Rudolf de Wit, Reina Joe, Dionne Christian, Gretna Provence, Elianne de Haseth to name a few.

Where can we get some contactinfo of you?
In the meantime we have a Golden Village Facebook Page, a Golden Village group and a Golden Village website.

 

Influencers of Curaçao collaborating
Golden Village is a platform that consists of enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated spiritual light workers, that decided to collaborate for the greater good. The initiative that is far bigger then the venue that they offer as they say that: “It takes a village to educate a child”, in Golden Village live by the saying that: “It takes a village to heal people, be it either children or adults, but mostly adults”.

By working together in at times wonderous ways and synchronistically, they are now manifesting their goal which is: “To offer a spiritual plaform where spiritual people can connect align and create a bigger impact on the collective consciousness on the island and therefore for the whole world”. For their collaborative attitude and for the impact they are aiming to enable, we dearly love and deeply respect Natalie Daal (founder), Haydee Hermans and Phyllis van den Hout all “Influencers” that we interviewed individually as Influencers and we consider them part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the spiritual and business sector.


 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 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 Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 20th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


1. CONSISTENCY | Sensational One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

2. 1 Minute To Start You Day Right! - ONE MINUTE MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube


3. GO FOR GOALS | Awesome One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


4. PRESS | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


5. CHASE A DREAM | Amazing One-Minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

6. DISCIPLINE | Best One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


Influencer Phyllis van den Hout, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 10:20 AM

In this week’s blog (25th of January – 31st of January) we will interview Phyllis van den Hout; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 20th of February and we will share some motivational videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Phyllis van den Hout: bold, couregeous and witty  

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born and raised in Curaçao, with a father from Curaçao and a Dutch mother. I have one older brother. Like most families, we have had some turbulent times growing up, but I must say that because of these experiences, I feel that I am now a stronger, more resilient and better person. Although my parents are not actively involved in what I am doing now they have provided me (consciously or unconsciously) with the right set of values to navigate in this life. And of course I have picked up some of my own too along the way. I am the mother of two beautiful souls, who besides making me crazy, are also making me a better person every step of the way.


Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences? You are lawyer and Life Consultant?
I went to Amsterdam when I was 17 years old to study English Language and Literature, and I have lived and worked there for 8 years, after which I came back and worked for six years as the deputy manager of CIFA, which is the association representing the international financial services sector in Curaçao. At the same time I was studying Law, which I finished in three years and then I started to work as a lawyer in 2010. In 2017 I started my own law practice and even then I felt I was missing something. My motivation to study law was to help others. However, I have always felt and feel more and more that the legal issue is but a small piece of the “problem’, which cannot be solved from the legal perspective only. So I was misisng something. And since I always was interested in the human and the emotional side of the story, I got certified as a mediator for conflict resolution outside of court, and in 2020 I started working as a transformational life coach as well.

 

You are an entrepreneur and what kind of services do you offer?
I am not your traditional lawyer! And although I still offer traditional legal services, where I specialize on employment matters, that is now becoming a minor part of my focus. Besides the legal aspect, I offer mediation sessions and workshops, I work closely with people (in groups or 1-on-1 coaching sessions) to achieve massive mind shifts, which result in massive positive changes in every area of their lives. However, at this point I am in the process of transitioning myself and my business to cater to high achievers and business icons to reach the next level in their success. This enables me to combine my talents and leverage my zone of genius in order to offer my clients that which will have the most powerful results for them.

You are now involved in a venture to launch Golden Village. Why did you team up with Natalie Daal and Haydee Hermans?
I believe in collaboration. I believe a human being is one integral entity. The segmentation we experience now, of work on the one hand and private life on the other; the body on the one hand and spiritual and mental aspects on the other, is something made up by people. And we are not benefitting from that segmentation. Everything is intertwined and connected and we should take care of ourselves that way. Since I myself have always been very much interested in my own development as a human being, I have been walking around for a few years with the idea od starting a centre in which every aspect would be catered to.This idea crystalized when I met Natalie. I can’t explain what exactly happened, but since I have been trusting more and more on my intuition, and I just took a leap of faith and started this venture with her. And while Golden Village is developing, we ourselves are evolving at the same time.

Everything is intertwined and connected, since I myself am very much interested in my own development as a human being in all areas I have been walking around with the idea od starting a centre in which every area was being catered so I was doing the labor part helping people find their way in employement matters as an employees or owner whatever and I was doing meditations at the time doing practicing spiritual development etc...etc...so then this idea was crystalized when I met Natalie, I can’t epxlain what exactly happened but I started to trust more and more on my intuition and I just took a leap of faith and started this venture. I see that as Golden Village is developing we ourselves are evolving ourselves with the village.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I think all and all in the past, of course the experiences we have in our lives lead up to something, they lead up to one Big Bang, if we let it flow We all have a mission on this earth, something we came to accomplish before we leave. I am convinced that by finding out what that mission is and by actually living out that mission, we become whole individually as human beings, or rather spiritual beings. Only by becoming whole individually, we can become whole collectively. So we need to take that step for ourselves first. We need to allow ourselves to be authentic and break free from all the rules, the traditions and all the regulations that have been set up for us, consciously or unconsciously, out of fear or illwill or whatever it is, and stop playing small and step into our power. By helping others finding and achieving their mission in my own unique way, I accomplish my own mission in the process.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am at the point of my life that I am looking at the different segments of my existence and everything I am doing as an expression of me (the lawyer, the life coach, P#MP, Golden Village, the mother, the friend, etc), taking all that and re-inventing myself into one powerful being through which I can support others even better. When a person starts living in his power and allowing himself to be truly authentic, the people that are the closest to them do not always understand. You are changing, evolving, rocking the boat and people don’t like that. You are stepping out of your comfort zone and now, for the first time, you feel that you are alone in your journey to reach your potential. This is what I am experiencing and those are my challenges. Most of all, I am confronting myself now, for the first time with all limiting thoughts that I have been holding for all these years. My biggest challenge now is to be completely honest with myself and break with those beliefs that have been holding me back until now.

 


How are you dealing with thise challenges?
By spending time with myself, getting to know my true self, to really listen to myself and what it is that I need at any moment. I luckily have like-minded people around me, whom I can brainstorm with and who challenge me to grow. I look for these people, I welcome them in my live. Furthermore, I meditate, spend quality time with my kids, spend time in nature and really make it a point to enjoy life. After all, it is all about staying on that high vibration, that frequency where everything is manifested.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
When I look back at my life, I can say that I have always unconsciously trusted and worked with my intuition. I welcome the answers I receive from the Universe. I have always depended on my intuition and now I am doing it on a much more conscious level. I am an impulsive person and I work with my gut feeling. I know that I am on the right path or taking the right decision (like starting with Golden Village), when I get cold feet but at the same I feel electricity, that deep excitement. I then know “this is it” regardless of the feeling of fear that arises when I step out of my comfort zone. That is when I take that leap of faith.


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

There is not one moment in my life during which I am not busy working on some program or course. I am always looking out for further development of my skills by doing workshops, following courses online or embarking on a new venture. Now, with more and more possibilities online, I feel like a kid in a candy store! There’s always something to do and I am always looking out for the next level: a bigger, better, bolder action.

Where you did you get this curiosity?
It is this basic urge: the need to grow, to expand, to keep expanding, to not stand still. I have the innate urge to live this life fully and completely. Since we don’t know how much time we have been given, I take any moment to move, evolve and grow.


What are your strengths?
I’m bold. I say what needs to be said, even if I am the only one saying it out loud, while others only think it. I honestly care about people and I am interested in their journey. I think it is a good combination because I dare to ask the questions to get to the bottom of things and support others to get insight in themselves, even if it might hurt. I refer to this combination as “tough love”. In my connections with other, I believe in honesty and openness in the interest of growth. If we are always telling each other that we are right, not telling each other what we did wrong or where we could have done better, we are not being challenged, we are not learning and thus not growing. So I cherish friends who can be a mirror to me and who can tell me where I can change and what was my part in any situation. One book that depicts this beautifully is the “Spiritual Partnership” by Gary Zukav.

 

Do you have hobbies?
My hobbies are growing, studying, reading, playing with the kids, going to the beach, having fun and doing crazy stuff. Forging deep connections with people over dinner while having a good conversation...that is my definition of an ideal evening.

How would you describe Phyllis in one word or one sentence?
Bold, couregeous and witty.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Anyone who steps out of their comfort zone and creates massive extraordinary results for themselves against all odds, by being their authentic selves. These, to me, are the most inspiring people.

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Dare to be vulnerable, by being honestly and brutally me.


What was a defining moment in your life?

My father’s death last year. I realized that his presence and what we have been through together over the years, has had a big impact in my life. I now need to incorporate this experience into that which makes me what I am today in order for me to be of even better service to others.


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

That I stepped up and I overcame my fears.

 

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?
I believe that this is a vital time for people to be creative, to reinvent themselves, to leave behind everything that is not helpful anymore, to start gathering all the things that give you power and give you life. It is a perfect time for people to start to reflect, regroup and come back even stronger.

 

Tell us something about PEM?
P#MP (pronounce PEMP) is a movement that inspires people to break with limiting believes, to stop being a victim and live their power. The content of the different projects is based on the coaching programs I offer. Since working with my coaching clients, I have seen so many great results that I wanted it to have a bigger impact, to make it accessible and have a greater impact.

Anything else?"
This is a great initiative and I feel honored to be part of it.

More information or connect
justacuracao.com/
fortacuracao.com/ 
linkedin.com/in/phyllis-van-den-hout-47b217133/
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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Phyllis van den Hout is an energetic, curious, fun loving, dedicated lifelong learner aimed at wanting to get the best out her life. Multi-facetted as she is, in terms of her study background and career path, her deep interest in the humanity of her clients especially their emotions, nudge her in her journey to focus of late more on One-on-One Transformational Coaching and offering of Transformational workshops enabling her clients to become whole. While being able to be brutally honest at the one hand and while at the same time caring deeply for her clients, she helps her clients to get a deeper understanding of their lives. This she is doing without excluding her legal background as an attorney, her focus on employment matters and her mediator background, leading her to bundling of the services she offers to serve the transformation of her clients even better. Her spirituality has been driving her to look for like-minded people that could help her in her endeavor to expand and grow her own spirituality and that of the island. This has led her to join Natalie Daal’s initiative to start the Golden Village, a concept, a venue where all kinds of spiritual experiences are offered based on collaboration. Her success with her coaching services and her urge to also be a social responsible entrepreneur, led her to form PEM. A program where she offers the same services to those unable to pay for these services. For all these reasons we dearly love and deeply respect Phyllis and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business (Coaching) and Spiritual 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 Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 20th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 motivational videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. OPRAH WINFREY | Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Circumstances! - YouTube

2. STOP NEGATIVE SELF TALK - Listen To This Everyday - YouTube

3. STAY THE COURSE— FOCUS | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube
 

4. YOUR VALUE - Powerful Motivational Speech - YouTube

 

5. STAY THE COURSE— PATIENCE | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube
 

6. KEEP PUSHING | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube
 

Online meeting on Impactful collaboration, MYM book presentation, Register for Personal Journey on Emotion, this week tips

Posted on January 17, 2021 at 5:20 AM

In this week’s blog (18th of January – 24th of January) we start inviting all those who we have interviewed as influencers and anybody else to give us some suggestions on how to enable and trigger more collaborations to have impactful changes in all walks of life in Curaçao. We are announcing a Zoom event on the 23rd of March were we will discuss these suggestions and also invite all to take notice of Vision Curaçao 2030 and contribute in whatever way to this vision for Curaçao; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 19th of January from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “Rich Dad, Poor Dad, what the Rich teach their kids about money”, by Robert Kiyosaki.
And we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 20th of February and we will share some motivational videos on “How to release and overcome trauma’s”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

From connection and alignment to impactful collaboration

Photo by rawpixel.com - PxHere

Our focus in 2021
This year we will focus on “enabling alignments and collaborations to create impactful changes in all walks of life in Curaçao”. This we will do, while we will continue to connect with and interview new Influencers active locally and our diaspora. Up to this moment 18th of January 2021, we have interviewed 128.

On-line Zoom meeting on the 23rd of March titled: “From connection and alignment to impactful collaboration”
In collaboration with Vision Curaçao 2030 that is an original initiative of Dr.Miguel Goede, we will start organizing as of the 23rd of March, online meetings twice a year. As Vision Curacao 2030 is offering a bottom up vision for Curaçao it offers all involved, a unique opportunity to take notice, give their input and contribute towards the achievement of the goals and vision of Vision Curaçao 2030.

The idea in these on-line meetings is to during the preparation to: “Jointly look at how we can accelerate alignments and collaborations, to create real impactful changes in all walks of life in Curacao”.
Day: 23rd of March
Time: 2 - 4 PM via Zoom.

 

What is our intention?
We want to create interest, inspire and enable those we have interviewed to take notice of the categories of Influencers we have interviewed up to now. Inspire and enable them to explore possible collaborations that can add value to their own future endeavors.

How are we planning to achieve this?
We will approach every single Influencer with these following questions:

1. How can we create more interest for and enable more alignments and collaborations among those we have interviewed and all others that they consider helpful, to achieve impactful changes on the island?
a. What suggestions do they have?
b. We will send a questionnaire that they can fill in to send in their feedback.


2. Have they taken notice of Vision Curaçao 2030 and how can they contribute to the realization of this vision?
a. What suggestions do they have related to this Vision Curaçao 2030 and its 5 moonshots?
3. Are they willing to participate in our on-line meeting on the 23rd of March from 2 – 4 pm local time.

For the 23rd of March we will of course, welcome all those willing to contribute to help further our goal to enable alignments and collaborations creating impactful changes.

Stay tune we will update our progress regularly to you.

 

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.


Our next MYM-platform session on the 19th of January 2021 via Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of January (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will jointly present “Rich Dad, Poor dad”, “What the rich teach their kids about money”, by author Robert Kiyosaki. In Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dads: his real father, whom he calls his ‘poor dad,’ and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his ‘rich dad.’ One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other’s education was “street smarts” over traditional classroom education and he took the path of entrepreneurship…a road that led him to become one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Robert’s poor dad struggled financially all his life, and these two dads—these very different points of view of money, investing, and employment—shaped Robert’s thinking about money.

 

Robert has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people, around the world, think about money and investing and he has become a global advocate for financial education and the path to financial freedom. Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 36 million copies in English and translated editions around the world.

 

Rich Dad Poor Dad will: 
• explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich

• challenge the belief that your house is an asset

• show parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money

• define, once and for all, an asset and a liability

• explain the difference between good debt and bad debt

• teach you to see the world of money from different perspectives

• discuss the shift in mindset that can put you on the road to financial freedom

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

Date: 19th of January
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Moderator: Miguel Goede
Presenters: Jeanine Constansia-Kook, Enrico Viscaino, Natalie Daal, Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 20th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 videos on on “How to release and overcome trauma’s”.. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. Rachael Campbell: 5 Simple Steps To Releasing Suppressed Emotion - YouTube

2. Three Ways Trauma Can Change The Brain - YouTube 

3. Bessel van der Kolk on Interoception & Yoga - YouTube 

4. Peter Levine on "How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness" - YouTube

5. Treating Trauma: 2 Ways to Help Clients Feel Safe, with Peter Levine - YouTube

6. THE KEY TO OVERCOME TRAUMA - Dr Joe Dispenza | London Real - YouTube

Influencer Rocher Cyrus, MYM Book Session, Workshop on Emotion and this week tips

Posted on January 10, 2021 at 2:15 AM

In this week’s blog (11th of January – 17th of January) we interviewed Rocher Cyrus; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 19th of January from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Skype presenting “Rich Dad, Poor Dad, what the Rich teach their kids about money”, by Robert Kiyosaki; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share some motivational videos on “Developing new habits” as we at the start of a new year. Every day of the week we will upload one of these links on the Share2Uplift Facebook Page.

 

Influencer Rocher Cyrus: determined, innovative and educator

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life? Were you born here in Curaçao?
I come from a family of eight children and was born in Suriname, but have strong ties with Curaçao. My grandpa worked for the Shell and my dad was raised on Curaçao and went to school here. I now live in Curaçao and I am 38 years old, married and a father of a lovely daughter of 3.5 months old. Both of my parents are still alive and the live lessons they thought me are invaluable.

 

What was more precisely, what they taught you?
They modelled in their actions what they considered valuable and that is the biggest lesson I learned from them. I am now trying to apply that. “Actions speak more than words”.

 

Could you share something of your educational background and your experiences?
I went to the University of Curaçao to study accounting and concluded my thesis on Corporate Governance with Dr. Miguel Goede PhD.

Subsequently, I continued my accounting studies through the United States and became a United States Certified Public Accountant (US CPA). In addition, I also obtained my Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the Certified Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) from the United Kingdom (UK). Having an educational background from different regions (Curaçao, UK and United States), enabled me to take the best of these regions.

 

You work as a CPA-er running your own firm now called “Global International Management”. Furthermore we have noticed that you are very internationally oriented and have worked in different countries in the region? Can you expand a little bit on this?
I gained over 10+ years experience as an auditor within the “Big Four” firms KPMG and PWC working in the Netherlands, and Dutch Caribbean serving clients all over the world. However in the end, I choose to return and settle on “Dushi Kòrsou”. I identified a need for qualified finance professionals in the so-called underserved regions like Surinam, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and some Latin-American countries. This triggered me to start my own firm, Global International Management 8 years ago. Our main objective is to drive innovation through technology, education, connectivity and we serve South America, the (Dutch) Caribbean, Netherlands and Belgium.

 

Technology: We introduced technological tools in the above regions that make the work of accountants and financial institutions more effective and efficient. One of these tools is confirmation.com, which is being used by nearly all audit firms and banks in the above regions.

 

Education: We have Artificial Intelligent (AI) learning tools that individualize learning for students who want to become US CPA’s or CMA’s. Basically, every student is getting personalized feedback, which increases their retention and learning curve, all with the help of AI. We serve over 300 students from the before mentioned regions that are using this innovative new way of learning and partner with 2000+ International Universities. Further we provide online and on-demand training for (finance) professionals and companies ranging from topics such as Cybersecurity, IFRS, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Leadership and other hot topics. This market is growing rapidly due to the impact of COVID on traditional learning models.

 

Connectivity: Leveraging our technological tools and specific type of educational choices enables us to serve clients and students all around the world. Currently we are assisting US based companies in applying for COVID-19 relief funding that is made available by the US Government. This is one of the main reasons why US CPA’s are currently most in demand according to a LinkedIn 2020 job report. We hope that more local accountants and students on Curaçao would choose to become US CPA’s to help us serve this huge market of USD 9 trillion in relieve funding and other international opportunities that can be managed right here from Curaçao.

 

Before the Covid-era, I was also a frequent speaker in New York at the Yearly Cybersecurity Awareness event organized by the Association of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

 

As an innovative entrepreneur, you also invested in Curaçao Business Magazine, why did you do this and I have taken noticed that it is also available in other regions?
In general, accountants speak the language of businesses. We have a good overview about what businesses are struggling with. I concluded that it was a natural fit that as accountants, we are in a good position to talk about business and I decided to take over Curaçao Business Magazine in 2018 from the prior owner. In addition, we have an exclusive collaboration with the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce connecting us to South America, other parts of the Caribbean, the Netherlands and the US.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I was born and raised in Suriname which is a developing country. Becoming a United States Certified Professional Accountant (US CPA) provided me numerous opportunities. Based on this personal experience, I want to provide the same chances to others. We have students from wealthy countries such as the Netherlands, Bahamas and Cayman Islands which we value. However most of our students come from countries such as Venezuela, Suriname, Jamaica and other developing regions. It feels so great to see that once some of these students completed their studies and become US CPA’s or CMA’s that they are starting to work in the largest financial centers of the world, such as New York and Singapore. This is the main reason why I am such a strong promotor of education.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?Personally, I am successful, if I stay healthy and have a good relationship with family and friends, while spending as much time as possible with my daughter as she is growing up. Professionally I would love to see that we grow with the same pace like we did in 2020. Yes, I said it right “like we did in 2020”. Since the start of our company, we focused on everything “online” and finally it is paying off due to the impact of COVID.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Most of the challenges that I am dealing with, have to do with changing the mindset of people in order to embrace innovation. I have a strong believe that we deliver value with our technological tools and services and that it is a matter of time for us to become mainstream. This is keeping me focused.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, always listen to your inner self. Combine that with a dose of commence sense, speak to other experienced professionals that you can rely on for some wisdom, but at the end always trust your own inner voice. This also helps to deal with the consequences as you made your own decisions.
For example, based on our history in Surinam and Curaçao, we are very oriented towards the Netherlands in my profession as an accountant and therefore we could miss out on much larger opportunities. The US Financial Market is the largest in the world and the US is far more influential than the Netherlands in the financial industry. I followed my inner voice, researched the facts and decided to study to become a US CPA. It was the best decision and allowed me to identify and serve “international niche markets” right here from Curacao. As I also worked in the Netherlands I am able to compare and take the best approaches from both worlds

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have an inner drive to keep learning. That is one of the main reasons why I am the channel learning partner of some of the world’s largest learning organizations in our niche such as, Becker Professional Education and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. We have a learning catalog with over 1000+ courses which are being updated regularly. This helps me to choose what I want to learn and to stimulate my life-long learning as a professional.

 

What are your strengths?
I am determined and don’t give up easily and never too scared to learn by trial and error. I love technology!

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I do play soccer, basketball and also piano. In the good old days, I used to play in several bands on Curaçao.

 

If you as Rocher would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a people’s person, and I love to hear other people their life stories to understand them better and connect with them.

 

How would you describe Rocher in one word or one sentence?
Determined!

 

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

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
To remain focused and not to get distracted.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When my daughter was born this year and when I started my own business 8 years ago. As I said the best decision I ever took in my life.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Hopefully nearing an early pension and by that time our company have become mainstream and a house hold name in the world of accountancy.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I supported them in every way I could.

 

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?
As an entrepreneur and business owner I should stay optimistic. I believe that we shouldn’t waste a perfect crisis.
We needed this crisis in order to re-invent ourselves.
So, let’s go after it. Also, happy to inform that all our FinTech tools are eliminating paper which is also good for our environment.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I hope that this crisis will teach us that we need to embrace change in an early stage, in order to be able to anticipate another crisis.

 
More information or connect

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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Rocher Cyrus, CPA CGMA, is a balanced, energetic, innovative, dynamic, collaborative entrepreneur and educator, working mainly in an international market. His BIG WHY? “Future proofing business professionals and companies through lifelong AI learning, leading to high level jobs, opportunity and prosperity, even for the worlds’ largest and most prestige financial markets. This is his contribution to the society helping individuals and businesses succeed.

 

Driven by a strong desire to innovate he took the bold step 8 years ago and started “Global International Management” and he also acquired Curaçao Business Magazine 2 years ago. As managing director, he drives innovation through technology, education and connectivity. His diverse study and working background, enabled him to identify and serve “niche markets”. His company is the official channel learning partner of the worlds’ largest accounting organization representing the accounting profession (AICPA), Becker Professional Education and the Business Learning Institute (BLI), serving South America, The (Dutch) Caribbean, Netherlands and Belgium.

 

Currently he and his team are helping US Based Businesses to apply for the USD 9 Trillion Covid-19 Relief Stimulus Package that is being approved by the US Government. He is a strong advocate for more local US CPAs/CMAs in order for us to be able to cater to the largest financial market in the world namely the US Financial Market. For all these reason’s we dearly love and deeply respect Rocher and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business (Financial) 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.


Our next MYM-platform session on the 19th of January 2021 via Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of January (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will jointly present “Rich Dad, Poor dad”, “What the rich teach their kids about money”, by author Robert Kiyosaki. In Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dads: his real father, whom he calls his ‘poor dad,’ and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his ‘rich dad.’ One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other’s education was “street smarts” over traditional classroom education and he took the path of entrepreneurship…a road that led him to become one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Robert’s poor dad struggled financially all his life, and these two dads—these very different points of view of money, investing, and employment—shaped Robert’s thinking about money.

 

Robert has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people, around the world, think about money and investing and he has become a global advocate for financial education and the path to financial freedom. Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 36 million copies in English and translated editions around the world.

 

Rich Dad Poor Dad will: 
• explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich

• challenge the belief that your house is an asset

• show parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money

• define, once and for all, an asset and a liability

• explain the difference between good debt and bad debt

• teach you to see the world of money from different perspectives

• discuss the shift in mindset that can put you on the road to financial freedom

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

Date: 19th of January
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Moderator: Miguel Goede
Presenters: Jeanine Constansia-Kook, Enrico Viscaino, Natalie Daal, Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 videos on the developing new habits. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. The Power of Habit — Animated Book Review - YouTube

2. Creating Big Improvement Through Small Habits - James Clear - YouTube

3. How To Change Bad Habits And Create New Ones - YouTube

4. THE 20 SECOND RULE - HOW TO BUILD A NEW HABIT - YouTube

5. Accomplish Everything With Mini Habits - YouTube

6. BJ Fogg | The key to make positive habits (Shortened Talk) - YouTube


Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

Posted on January 1, 2021 at 3:30 AM

Looking back and looking forward


Photo created by dashu83 - www.freepik.com

Where do we stand at the end of 2020?

We have:

• Reached the mark of 127 Influencers we have interviewed. Look at the list of the Influencers, some are more than one person we reported on;

• Organized 9 Master Your Mind-platform sessions in 2020 (see list of the books we presented below) and started for the first time to let more presenters present parts of a book as we launched this concept during the Global Enterprise Week in November;

• Continued to offer different types of workshops aimed at enabling greater personal mastery to those interested and we are currently facilitating the 6th group of participants in their “Personal Journey, Emoshon kiko e ta?” and preparing to start Personal Journey - 7 on the 9th of January 2021. We have on average had 4 attendees in our Journey’s offered as a joint workshop by Soul Garden Curaçao, Master Your Mind- Consultancy and Training and Uplifting BV;

• Decided to collaborate and be an active member of Vision Curaçao2030 initiated by Miguel Goede, as our efforts need a vision for the island.The vision is an effort of all those willing to actively work towards achievement of the vision”, according to Miguel Goede that took the initiative to start with it.



What is our goal for 2021?
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and creating impactful changes in all walks of life during 2021.”

In 2021, we will focus on enabling collaboration aimed at “creating real changes in all walks of life”. We believe that we have over 250 Influencers connected simply by now having interviewed 127 Influencers, some were more than one person and we assume that at least twice this number of people one way or the other are connected and aligned. Our challenge in 2021 to leverage and enable collaboration aimed at “creating impactful changes”, now also as part of the Vision 2030 initiative.


What activities shall we undertake to reach this goal?

We will continue to:

 

• Interview Influencers, including diaspora living elsewhere in the world, willing to constructively connect, align to create impactful changes in Curaçao;

• Consolidate the “Community of Practice “Emoshon kiko e ta?” of all those who have participated in one of our Personal Journey workshops, where they can learn from each another experiences as they are using one or more of their acquired “toolkit” and we share new content on every 2nd Tuesday of the month;

• Present books in our monthly Master Your Mind-platform on-line sessions on every 3rd Tuesday of the month, increasingly via group presentations of books to accelerate the increase of insights of participants interested in personal growth;

• Offer weekly “group of 8”- sessions where via group entanglement, participants can balance their personal energy while focusing on personal, group or country intentions;

• Offer daily group meditations;

• Offer a myriad of workshops aimed at enabling those interested in their own personal development especially those interested in the mastery of their emotions via “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”;

• Actively be involved in Curaçao Vision 2030 efforts to manifest the vision which includes 5 moonshots (priority areas) in the coming year(s).

Stay tuned for these new activities in 2021.

 

New activities in 2021?

We will:

• Offer “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery”. By doing this we will create a ripple effect, where more people are able to enable others with mastery over “Emotions and living Intentionally”;

• Scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact by consciously seeking more virtual platforms to connect and align with and by doing this, accelerate the possibilities to align create impactful changes in Curaçao which will include the involvement of our “diaspora”;

• Consciously look for collaborations with other persons, groups, networks that are working on addressing emotions, mindsets and behavioral changes in Curaçao and by joining forces put “Emotions” on the national agenda as it is a subject matter that needs priority attention.

 

 

List of the books we presented in our Master Your Mind-platform sessions 2020

1. Permission to feel, Marc Brackett

2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

3. A new Earth, by Eckart Tolle

4. The power of Now, by Eckart Tolle

5. Weg met Mental Slavery, by Joan de Windt

6. Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

7. Setting boundaries, by Nancy Levine

8. Soar, by T.D. Jakes in collaboration with the Global Enterprise Week, Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña, Soul Garden Curaçao, Master Your Mind-Consultancy and Training, and Uplifting BV

9. Inner bonding, by Margaret Paul


Personal Coaching Tip
This week we will share some videos on 'New beginnings'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook page.

 

Create Your Dream Life in 2021! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9jLzYxZu6k

  

New Year 2021 Motivation Video - A New Year - A New Beginning �� - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bGXkD_GeM4

 

Inspirational Video - New Beginnings - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYZA7VatKgo

 

New Beginnings And A Happy New You (Motivational Video) | ProofHub - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te2jlxT9G18

 

Creating Big Improvement Through Small Habits - James Clear - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tegUOP__jU

 

How to maximize your morning routine - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cSTjLtaJ0M

 

NEW BEGINNINGS - Motivational Video for 2016 - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU1_OhWAIUY

 

Influencer Joeri Oltheten, MYM Book Session, Workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on December 27, 2020 at 10:25 PM

In this week’s blog (28th of December – 3rd of January) we interviewed Joeri Oltheten; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 19th of January from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Skype presenting “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, “What the rich teach their kids about money” by Robert Kiyosaki; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share some motivational videos on “The Doughnut economy”. Every day of the week we will upload one of these links on Share2Uplift Facebook Page.

 

Influencer Joeri Oltheten: an unorthodox creative collaborator

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life? 
I was born in Holland 40 years ago this year. I always thought that at 40 years I would have become serious, but that is not really the case. My mother is from Curaçao and my father is from Holland. The funny thing is that my father is from Holland and he hasn’t lived in Holland for the last 20 years and my mother was born in Curaçao and she hasn’t lived in Curaçao in the last 50 years. So I come from a family of migrants you could say. I grew up in the Netherlands and also lived in Peru and also lived in Curaçao for a couple of months only, attended Kindergarten and in Peru I went to the primary school and then we went back to Holland. I have lived in Leiden and Amsterdam. And in 2016, I decided to move to Curaçao as my fiancée and now wife, was expecting our first child and we decided that our child needed to be born and raised in Curaçao . That was 4,5 years ago. That was not the only reason, as I also wanted to contribute to Curaçao . Because I grew up with Curaçao in my heart so to speak. My grandfather was Guillermo Rosario. There is where my love for Curaçao and Papiamentu came from. My mother is also a writer and translator and my father is an anthropologist. So the love for culture, people and language was something I was born with and really instilled in me from a very young age. Yes, my parents definitely contributed to who I am today. From my mother I think I got my connection with the people and the importance of doing social work, work for the community to be able to connect with all kinds of people from all walks of life. My father taught me to be adventurous, to dare to do things you have no experience with. To go the extra mile.


Is that the reason why you are an entrepreneur?

It is funny because my parents are not entrepreneurs, they never were. I don’t come from an entrepreneurial family from both sides of my family, they are more artists, they are more creative entrepreneurs you could say, but I do think that all of my family are “smart asses”. People who think they know it better and instead of complain about their boss think that they better do it by themself. If you think you have a better understanding of reality, go ahead and try to make it work. Then if it doesn’t work, you can then only blame yourself and no one else.

I have one older brother that is 1,5 years older than me and it helped me a lot because I could just imitate him as a child, because he was out there being the pioneer and I could just learn from him and adapt.

I have two children now, a daughter and a son. In Curaçao they say, you are ready when you have both a son and a daughter, let’s see if that is true. Having children for me is the most spiritual experience I have ever had in my life. To be able to help these creatures find their way into the world is truly amazing and it helps you to, not take yourself too seriously. You have no other choice even if you think, you are that important as the next minute, you are just changing diapers or they are just peeing in your face. So I think it is a good way not to take yourself too seriously.

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I have studied Business Economics at the University of Amsterdam, as I didn’t understand economics and after finishing my studies, I realized that I had to do more research, because the idea of economics or the way they saw it wasn’t working, that is they way we did it on a country level (macro) and on a business level (micro) as well.

Can you tell me more about it?
The word Economy I have understood, comes from the greek word “oikonomia” which means running a household either of a family, the state or country. It is about getting along with each other and how we are making use of the resources on the planet. When I was living in Peru, I was confronted with a large inequality between the poor, the “have nots” and those who had. And nobody could explain this to me why this was like that. I thought that by studying Economy, I would learn more about this system. Which wasn’t the case. The study was more about making money, stocks and for countries the GDP. What I learned didn’t say anything about whether all stakeholders involved would get a fair share or not. It was about mathematics and numbers with no attention to social aspects of an economy. Although the greek word meant running a household, we never discussed people, nor psychology, nor sociology nor history. When I had finished my studies we had a big recession. It was in 2008 and a lot of students where fed up of the economics, that they were being taught. Normally in science one would look at different angles of a subject matter, but not in the case of Economy. What we were taught and our text books was a different reality.

Doughnut (economic model)
With every new recession the inequality has become bigger, the damage of the economic system on the environment has become bigger and there is an ever growing gap between the “have’s” and “have nots”. This was not in alignment with the mantra’s that we were taught, that growth would benefit all. Crises has always been the reason for looking at new ways for designing society and economic systems. The doughnut economy that originated from crises helps people to think different of their own reality and is working to create also a social society that is inclusive. It is not merely about creating a green economy as this could still lead to exclusion and an unequal distribution of our wealth. The doughnut economy aims at making the social distribution of wealth inclusive. I have lived in Peru and I have seen how Sendero Luminoso which started with good intentions based on their Marxist Leninist ideology, fell victim to the same power structures and the created new elites, thus basically made the same mistake.

That is why I am an advocate for the introduction of the Basic Income and the Doughnut Economy as it works with networks and is based on sharing. We are now living in a time of great access for a lot of people to Smart phones and the internet. Nowadays with these new means of communications it is much easier to explore collaborations and to focus on the world wide market, for business opportunities and to influence other changes that we need to have. And you can have that impact yourself.

I have seen from your presence on the internet that you also have an artistic part of you, could you expand on this?
My grandfather was a writer, politician and poet. My mother is also a poet and translator and from my mother I got interested in different languages. From my father’s side of the family I got my musical talents. DHe is in music and different family members of his family are professional musicians. So music and words come relatively easy to me. I can’t sing that well, but then came Rap music and I could use words in a rhythmical way and express myself. So I started rapping in the early 90-ties. I used casettes and I would send them to my cousins in Curaçao with music from Holland and they would send the casettes back with music from here. When I was 17 years old, I started rapping in English then in Dutch and then I got more serious and people came to know me under the name “Pharao”.
This is a funny story btw. I once arrived late at the studio for some recordings and they asked me why I was late. I was honest and I told them that I had visited a museum. I went to Nieuwe Kerk where they had an exhibition of Black Pharao’s. So they never had met a rapper that came in late, because he had to attend a museum so they decided to call me “Pharao”. I was for about 10 years involved in recording music, doing shows and making really nice videos. In the beginning I felt great saying things in my texts that I was angry about. Then I became aware and more conscious of the effect this had on my audience. The texts of the music became more positive and I started using my texts to reach and uplift my audiences and contribute to their state of mind, which is powerful tool that could even be live changing. Nowadays this artistic side of me is still important ,but now I do it on a semi-professional basis, along side my other businesses.

Where does your interest come from to be an entrepreneur, can you tell us more about this?
I think when I started it was because of a lack of other options. I had finished my studies, but I couldn’t find a position that I was looking for as it was difficult to match my interests and the jobs being offered. So I started working at a small company of a friend where we had 5 to 6 people working during 2,5 years. I learned how to run a business and I learned what “not” to do. I got into ethical conflict with the owner as I truely believe that you should be true to your principles. I then started Cinqo, my own business with a colleague of my in 2008 in October and that was just when a recession started and people asked me: “Why do you start right now in October?” I was let’s just start and I was doing what I use to work at. I gave it a try and we were involved in soft ware development in 2008 and helped clients in recruitment etc...

In the beginning we were aiming at a very diverse client base. In 2015 me and my fiancée decided to come and live in Curaçao. I took Cinqo with me and now we have the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Chamber of Commerce, ACU, CTB, SOAW as clients. Our missionis to help others thrive. We do project management, strategic consultancy and business development. We work with organizations that want to reach the next level. We select companies we work with as we have evolved from anything goes at the start, to have a plan and goal so that clients can recognize and understand who we are. In the end people do business with people, it boils down to that personal aspect. We work for clients that are social, innovative, creative or culturally active and by doing that contribute to society as a whole. That is how we select who we want to work for.

What is the relationship with Ngrane?
We work with them regularly, it’s a nice organic collaboration. We see each other as friends who help each other in a business sense. There are so many creative innovative pioneers on Curaçao and Curaçao could use their skills and this could help to create a digital more enabled society. They are great to have in the doughnut economy.

I have understood that coming to Curaçao was a deliberate choice, could you elaborate on this a little more? Why Curaçao?
I grew up with Curaçao in my heart. In knew when I was in the Netherlands that I always wanted to make an impact and be at service to the community. In Holland many things were saturated or difficult to change. While in Curaçao everything seems to be possible. I felt it would resonate with the person I am to come and work and live in Curaçao . My fiancéee was really enthusiastic about this idea.

Leaving from living in a small appartment in Amsterdam I had a chance to start with Wintertuin in Curaçao. Wintertuin is a literature organization which does lots of work in literature and story telling and the idea was to start some projects in Curaçao. I set up the foundation Wintertuin Curaçao and my first project became “Kurá di kuenta”. It is about stories of the elderly and it fits with our oral tradition. We have an aging population where a lot of people live in isolation. We have done “Kurá di kuenta” 4 to 5 times and it is a great thing to do. We started our interviews of the elderly at Birgen de Rosario and the first 3 editions were about elderly clients from Habaai, Nos Lantèrno, Richardushuis and Mi Amparo. During 6 months we intervied people on multiple subject matters like love, friendship, 30 di mei, spirits, Wega di Number.


Once we earned their trust and confidence they were so willing to share their experiences giving us a clear social perspective of culturally how did we do things in the past. Things that are still relevant today teenage pregnancy. It has become an interesting read if you want to learn more and want to know more about our island. This was one of the projects. Now we are focusing on the neighborhood level, asking questions to the residents on how they were formed and what their history was.

On purpose I have chosen the neighborhoods with a not so good reputation and they deliver the best stories and these neighborhoods also need some positive attention. Neighborhoods like Koraal Specht and Fleur de Marie, with stories about immigrants and the time when the bridge in construction came down and this reflected through the eyes of the participants to help them to become authors. It is so fantastic to see them come to the stage and see them read a part of the book that is their own story. It is so awesome.We were brought up to sit still, sit neatly etc...and there is so much to share and if we value those lessons we would value ourselves and also pass this on to the next generations.

We have also organized festivals and an international writing course, were spoken word artists from Holland and Belgium were presenting their poetry skills and enabling local artists and for me that is very special.

You are seeing lots of opportunities for the creative entrepreneurs in Curaçao , could you expand on this as also a representative of the creative sector?
I see possibilities in the creative sector and the wellness industry.I see that our people can be very creative and as they can make anything during carnaval. Look at their outfits and hairstyles, creativity is in the blood of the people of Curaçao and they do it with a lot of intrinsic motivation.

It would be a lost opportunity if they don’t think that it can be a means of income. Most of these creatives have a job and on the side they do fantastic creative work. In Curaçao we don’t have a history to promoting creative things with our children when they grow up. We are being stimulated to become an accountant, a doctor while although we are a small creative island we can supply and export to the unlimited need in the world for music, design, games and clothes. These are all craft business opportunities you can export through the internet and it needs more attention. If you combine this with the tourism industry, tourist are looking for something more authentic so we can offer these products when they come here, because it is typical Curaçao and not just some other place in the world.

I grew up thinking that these people are so creative and we have such a tiny population, what if they would see themselves as professionals and if they would develop their talent, build their networks and as we speak different languages and understand their background, how much more successful wouldn’t they be.

I would like to also expand on another business venture that I am involved in, Wawuya.

It is a business where me and my partner are using plants, moringa that is growing on the island to make moringa oil.

The elderly knew that it has medicinal properties and the younger people are not aware of it and they use more synthetic products. When I visited Dominica once, I became aware of all the benefits. It is a great product and via Wawuya we now have 40 points of sales in Curaçao and in Bonaire. This product fits in the wellness pilar of our economy. The moringa of Curaçao has charasteritics beneficial for the health of your skin, your immune system and hair. This business is aligned with the dougnut economy, it grows easily on the island and we pick the seeds or people pick seeds for us and bring it to us. We pay a price per kilo and it gives people whom lost their job an income. I believe that we could do the same with sentebibu, Mango products, Chimichimi. I believe via Wawuya as producer of final natural products made out of plants, we have so much more to discover. Curaçao will benefit of this on top of being an excellent wellness destination.


Could you tell us some more of Cinqo Consultancy?
What I see now that because of the corona crisis we need to be able to create a new economy based on the principles of the dougnut economy. With the Ministry of MEO and some other people from different barios we will provide workshops starting January in neighborhood and see what people feel about this aimed at inspiring them and engage them. Cinqo is helping organizations and projects that promote sustainable development and that are now aligned with the doughnut economy.


Is food security a part of this?
Yes, food security is an important part of it.

We have had a dependence mentality and now we are forced to become more self sufficient. We need to find new ways for agriculture like Permaculture and syntropic Agroforestry. In syntropic Agroforestry it uses the plants that grow in a tropic climate like the plantain, casave, avocado and other plants that grow in our region and mimic the natural eco-system that can become self sufficient. In that situation one can grow crops in a couple months time creating jungles literally right here in Curaçao . With that type of innovation we are looking at new ways to solve old issues. The same can done with what we are doing with our housing energy needs. We need to create more momentum to make it possible to support each other and create an inclusive regenerative distributive island to grow food that all of us eat. The boycott of Venezuela made it difficult as we lost our supply line for fruits and vegetables. But sometimes you need a crisis to find new solutions. We have shown to have resilience to deal with all kinds of crises. With my initiative I really want to connect the dots from different generations to work on one common goal.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Create a better world by doing what I can to make this a better place for each other. Meaning to look for ourselves and our neighbors and be more aware of this. In Curaçao , the differences are big whilst the distances are so short. It gives me lots of satisfaction to contribute to other people’s well being. It is to help myself, people and all living beings to thrive.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Personally I want to be a good husband and good father. I want to help people that I value and love to see their smiles on their faces at times.

Professionally, that would be to launch a new business and if we can continue the doughnut economy that respects and is good for people and nature.

If with Wintertuin Curaçao we would be able to help artists to take a next step in their development.

If Wawuya would have expand their product portfolio and export to Europe, the USA and other places in the world. Recently I made a song for the film “Buladó.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Every day has its new challenges, but then again that is life. It is important to enjoy the process it is not about the accomplishment itself. It is about learning from your mistakes, be open and don’t be judgmental and fail quickly. I have made lot of mistakes in my life and it is a great way to learn. To forget about it consciously but to remember to do it better the next time. Nothing is easy but it nothing is impossible. Challenges are a motivation to try again and to fail better next time.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I use it for sure, although it is difficult to distinguish sometimes between your intuition and sometimes your sub conscious mind. When I grew up, I was afraid of heights. And one day I decide to go paragliding and this made me become aware of the fact that your mind can play tricks on you. Is from your gut and heart or from your mind? If it is from your heart/gut that is your true voice.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I love to read. I always loved reading. I read a lot of non fiction. I try to keep up with my line of business and read books of other economists. I read about people working on projects in societies that are also working on creative projects with other entrepreneurs. I follow seminars digitally, I listen to speeches that inform and inspire me. As I am also involved in Wawuya, I read about scientific research related to that, to give me a better idea of what we can do with Wawuya.

I love reading a good old book the most.

What are your strengths?
I am not afraid of fear. I like to confront myself with fear. I go out of my comfort side always. I believe that courage will always be compensated for. I am a team player. I like to take initiatives, l like to work with people with skills I myself don’t have. I focus on things I am good on to work with others so to achieve common goals.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love music, literature, sports like playing soccer, but I have no time to watch it. Playing domino, that is a thing from Curacao, spending time with nice people, chilling at social gatherings and having good conversations. I also love to travel which because of the corona crises is a challenge at this moment.

 

If you as Joeri would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a creator, someone that creates experiences and who tries to help to create a better world, always creating. It keeps me going. If they would throw me off an airplane in Mexico for example, where I landed I would create with other people.

 

How would you describe Joeri in one word or one sentence?
An unorthodox creative collaborator.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My mother, she has always been inspiring and my father. To see their love and dedication for the family, the unconditionally love to experience this as a child.

I also like Bob Marley and Malcolm X because they were people who weren’t afraid to speak their mind. They weren’t afraid to take risks and in their own way they were trying to work on creating a better planet without compromising their principles.

But I am also inspired by people from the neighborhood that help others with an open heart and an open mind.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
My focus is usually caught in different directions and sometimes I admired people with that focus on one thing and one specific goal. But at the other hand the more spread your attention is the more I see it as a characteristic of my versatility broadness of what I do as it gives so much satisfaction to be involved with different walks of life. Well in fact its a big contradiction and it will be a battle for ever for me.


What was a defining moment in your life?
Going to Peru that was very important. I grew up in the Netherlands were they have different cultural norms and values. And trying to find my way at a very young age as there is not one way. I have learned that there are different approaches to life.

The second one would be dealing with birth of my first child. To be responsible for another human being for 100 % special changes your outlook of life. At least it did with mine.


Where do you want to be 20 years from now with your career?
Hard to tell for that long a period. I don’t really know. For 5 years from now I have plan for the world is going to develop where the needs are and I like to be flexible. 5 years ago I started a business in moringa oil. I tried things with other companies and failed. There was a lot of trial and error. I would say that I would be involved in social creative, innovative projects and people. It will be a focus not too much on the form but the goal in itself as the from will follow the goal in these projects.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I am real person I am this guy that you see that no matter what the circumstances is there for them.

I try to contribute as much as I can. I don’t care too much what people think of me btw. If they feel my authenticity of who I am and what I do, this can inspire them, you only realize yourself only any way.

 

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?
Everything that could have gone bad went bad in this past year. Just the fact that we survived so far means something to me. We have had black outs, lockdowns, no sales of alcohol, the corona crisis, the economic consequences of the economic down turn and still 9 of 10 people still have a positive attitude that gives hope. Everything starts with a thought. The way people think is promising, if we can joint forces and trust each other in the process, the basis is there to survive and create things. I once met this lady doing a cleaning job and she told me that if she would win the lottery she would throw a party for her friends, do something nice for other people despite all the adversity. We try to make the best out of every day life. If we can improve the infrastructure and foundation of our people we can become more successful at what we are doing. For example I see lots of creative people working together like David Van Delden, Stephen Garcia, Gino Jacobs and Boudino de Jong. It requires a team to make and sell the product. When people complement one another and based on a supportive system that enables them to work together, we can all can thrive and make progress.

More info or connect:
Cinqo Consultancy: cinqo.nl/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joerioltheten/

Hófi Wawayu Facebook: facebook.com/hofiwawuya/about/
Website: hofiwawuya.com/

Wintertuin Curaçao Facebook: facebook.com/wintertuincuracao/

Pharao Facebook:facebook.com/pharaocuracao/

Curaçao Facebook:  facebook.com/curacaodoughnut 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Joeri Oltheten is a value driven, energetic, dynamic, multi-facetted artist and entrepreneur. As he is driven to creating a better world, earning his Business Economics degree at the University of Amsterdam didn’t give him an answer to some real-life issues, like the widening gap between the “have’s” and “have nots” and the environmental challenges in the world. In 2015 he decided to come and live in Curaçao as he grew up with Curaçao in his heart. He is always looking for opportunities to create and add value, based on the principles of the doughnut economy as it dealt with inclusiveness and advocates the circular economy. Starting Wawuya as producer of final natural products made out of plants aimed also for the export, he is “hands on” contributing to the doughnut economy in Curaçao . As owner of Cinqo, he is helping out different local clients and as an artist, he uses words and music to uplift people via his Rap-songs. Through Wintertuin, a literature organization, he started different projects in Curaçao like “Kurá di Kuenta” with stories from elderly and stories told by inhabitants from neighborhoods. He has organized festivals and an international writing course, were spoken word artists from Holland and Belgium were presenting their poetry skills and enabling local artist to present their work. As a creator living his purpose of making the world a better world, we have so much more that we can expect from Joeri because of his possibility thinking mindset and his tendency to collaborate as a team-player “pure sang”. For all these reason’s we dearly love and deeply respect Joeri and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business and the Creative 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.


Our next MYM-platform session on the 19th of January 2021 via Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of January (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will jointly present “Rich Dad, Poor dad”, “What the rich teach their kids about money”, by author Robert Kiyosaki. In Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dads: his real father, whom he calls his ‘poor dad,’ and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his ‘rich dad.’ One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other’s education was “street smarts” over traditional classroom education and he took the path of entrepreneurship…a road that led him to become one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Robert’s poor dad struggled financially all his life, and these two dads—these very different points of view of money, investing, and employment—shaped Robert’s thinking about money.

 

Robert has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people, around the world, think about money and investing and he has become a global advocate for financial education and the path to financial freedom. Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 36 million copies in English and translated editions around the world.

 

Rich Dad Poor Dad will: 
• explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich

• challenge the belief that your house is an asset

• show parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money

• define, once and for all, an asset and a liability

• explain the difference between good debt and bad debt

• teach you to see the world of money from different perspectives

• discuss the shift in mindset that can put you on the road to financial freedom

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

Date: 19th of January
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Moderator: Miguel Goede
Presenters: Jeanine Constansia-Kook, Enrico Viscaino, Natalie Daal, Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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 videos on the doughnut economy. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.