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Influencer Lizanne Espinal, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on September 20, 2020 at 1:55 AM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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



 

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


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

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


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


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

 

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

 

So basically you want to grow and serve?
Exactly.

 

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

1. Family

2. my education/ work

3. Friends

4. Hobbies

5. Personal relationships.


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


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


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

 

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

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

 

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

Psychology

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


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

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


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

 


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Posted on September 11, 2020 at 11:15 AM

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

 


Influencer David van Delden: digital artist with an entrepreneurial spirit

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

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



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

 


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

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

 

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

 

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


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

 


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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

 


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

 


How did your inner voice worked in this specific case?

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


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

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

 


What are your strengths?

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

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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


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


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


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

 


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

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

 


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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 


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


 

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

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

 


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


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


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

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


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

Posted on September 6, 2020 at 3:40 AM


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

 

Influencer Danique Zimmerman: confetti and aligned with purpose

 

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

 

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


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


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


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

 


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

 


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


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



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

 


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

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


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

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

 


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

 

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


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

 

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


What are your strengths?

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

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

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

That they felt seen and loved when I was with them

 


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

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

 


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

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


 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

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

 

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

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

Posted on August 29, 2020 at 8:45 PM

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

 

Influencer Stephen Garcia: entrepreneurial and passionate about education and innovation

 

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

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

 


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


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

 


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

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

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

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


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

 


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

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

 

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

 


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

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


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

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

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

 


What are your strengths?

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

 


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

 


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

Entrepreneurial, passionate about education and innovation.

 


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

My dad and mom both in their own unique way.

 


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

 


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

 


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

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

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

 


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

 


 

 

Influencer Amanda Rovelet, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on August 15, 2020 at 11:15 AM

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


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

 


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

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

 


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


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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


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

 


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



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


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


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

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


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

 


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

 


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


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


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




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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


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

 


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

 

More info:
LinkedIn
Mayor Informá
 


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

 

 

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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

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

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

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

Posted on July 19, 2020 at 2:05 AM

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

 

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

 



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

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

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


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

Industry 4.0


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

 



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

 

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

 


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

Connect with Gyselle Meulens-Petronia
LinkedIn

 

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

 

 


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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

Influencer Hubert Cordilai, MYM Skype Book Session, New workhop and this week tips

Posted on June 28, 2020 at 12:50 AM

In this week’s blog (29th of june – 5th of July) we will interview Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 21st of July; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey (our 5th this year) on the 22nd of August and we will share with you some links to motivational videos on “Work Ethic”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Lesa e entrevista na papiamentu.

Influencer Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia: character, spiritual, sharing and serving mindset


 

Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia we met because I had some trouble with a bees nest at my home and through a friend, Russell Wall, we contacted you. As you were talking, I noticed that you were special because you knew about bees, you were very disciplined, on time 6.30 am and hard working and I sensed the goodness in you. When I visited my mom that day Erta Florencia a caretaker of my mom told me, how nice a person you are. She lives in the same neighborhood as you. So Ibi, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and I have 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter that passed away and I have 3 grandchildren, two grandchildren of my oldest son and one from the second son, a baby. I have been happily married for 22 years. I come from a family of 11 children, we were 8 brothers and 3 sisters and my parents were very supportive in whom I have become. My father worked at Shell and my mother stayed at home raising the children. My father once taught me this, he said: “..If your salary is not enough to come by with, find another source of income..”. That has been a very valuable lesson for me from the early beginning on when I started to work and that is what I have done over the years.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I went to school till I was 14 years old and in those days, there wasn’t a lot of patience neither tolerance with students with different abilities and that didn’t master the Dutch language. I am someone that can do anything with my hands. So I started working at Britania through mediation of one of my brothers and after they closed the company, I went to work at the Mijnmaatschappij. As I was very good as a handworker, one of the supervisors that liked me as a worker, suggested me to upgrade my driver's license to also be able to drive trucks, which I did. That came in very helpful, because soon I had a chance to become a truck driver and I did this for over 20 years until I stopped about 9 years ago, when I turned 60 years old.

 


You are a bee keeper. I have noticed your love for nature in general? Where did this interest in bees and nature in general come from?

Since I was a young boy, my parents were breeding cows, goats, sheep, pork so I grew up breeding these animals. As I became an adult, I also started breeding my own livestock and I started the breeding of bees. The reason for that was, that I used to have some trouble with my health, especially my stomach. I even had my stomach operated and someone recommended me to use honey as this was good for my stomach. The love for bees started then. I once caught some bees and went to a friend of mine whom was breeding bees and he was a very experienced beekeeper, Bebe Fernando. He taught me a lot about bees and that was over 30 years ago.


My love for nature started because as I grew up, I was taught by my parents the names of plants and trees and I taught my children these names. Once, my youngest son went on a camp and explained to the leader of his group the difference between “palu di brasia” and “kibra hacha”. Most people confused these two trees. Growing up with animals and being often in the “mondi” automatically raises one’s interest in nature.

 

Did the use of honey helped your stomach?
Well it eased my symptoms, but I cured and became completely healed when in my prayer's I sought and found GOD.

 

You have told me that the nature has been changing in Curaçao, how can you notice that?
I can see it in the plants, you can also notice that there is less rainfall these past years. The Watapana tree is becoming scarce, you don’t see a lot of Soursop tree, Xiamaruku, Watakeli, Welinsali trees anymore. Nature has really changed.

 

 


You have grandchildren and one of them you take with you often when you go and deal with bees so that at his 11 years, he can learn the craft of being a bee keeper, right?
Yes of late I take my grandson Adael, he is now 11 years old, with me a lot. Actually we started when he was 9 years old. He is a real help and this work requires a good conditioning and Adeal helps whenever and where ever possible. In fact I involve the whole family in this work. They look at what I am doing and this triggers them to wanting to do the same. My oldest son is a barber, he has studied engineering and if he is free, he also stills helps me when needed. My second son has a degree at the UNA and my 3rd son is a designer and very artistic.


We have taken notice that when you work with bees you often prefer not to wear gloves, but you still love and deeply respect bees, why is that? Do the bees sting you at times?
Yes they do, but then again, it comes with the territory. I deeply respect bees because when they feel threatened, they attack and we get bee stings at times. Like one of those times we went to work on a nest and they were aggressive and they attacked me and my wife. So I came back with my son and again they attacked, but we stay put and we managed to overcome them. Do the stings hurt, yes, but we have become immune of their stings.

 

 

You have told me that you also have had cows, goat, sheep, pig and what have you more, but that bees was the one you loved the most and earned the most out of it compared with the husbandry of cows, goats and sheep. Is it worthwhile to care for bees?
From a business point of view a gallon of milk you can hardly preserve it, but a gallon of honey you can preserve and it generates more income. The honey that is retrieved by cutting the seal build around it by the bees and collecting the honey, that is then put in bottles. Honey is a natural anti-biotics just like “Sende Bibu”. It should stay pure because if you add water the fermenting of the honey starts and you don’t want that to happen. You should also keep it in at room temperature and not in a fridge. So I love them for this.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I just love to work, I have a high work ethic. I have always worked hard in my life. Everywhere where I worked they liked me. And furthermore, I love working with bees. If I have an appointment with someone to deal with bees, I just wake up inspired in the morning, eager to get there. Once I have caught the queen and put them in a box, the climax of the whole exercise is when the supporting bees fly and make a certain sound calling the working bees and communicating with them that it is OK to get in the box and all is well. That is what I like the most of this work, that is catching most of the bees in a box and relocating them.

 

 


 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I had and still have such a great work ethic. Once at the MijnMaatschappij in my younger years, I was 16 or 17 years old, they wanted someone to dig a sink put and they wanted to look for a Portuguese guy to do this. Someone suggested to let me do that job. So they were happy with the job I did and my work ethic got noticed. Where did I learned this work ethic from? From my father, as I saw him do a lot of extra things like preparing char coal that gave him some extra income. I use to help him cut the wood in specific manner, that it could be used as charcoal that could be sold.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Well it depends at what time I wake up. I wake up at 2 or 3 am and I kneel down and do my prayers for over 1 hour or so. I communicate with GOD and by doing just that, I get my answers in those early morning hours.


How did you learn the craft to work with bees?
I learned it from my friend Bebe Fernando, he lives in Noord Santa Rosa. I caught some bees in a box and went with them to where I knew I could meet him at Seru Loraweg close to the Water Zuiveringsinstallatie. We met and I gave him my phone number and the next Saturday we met. He told that the flock of bees were mine and that he would accommodate them at his house and that he was willing to teach me anything I needed to know about the cultivation of bees. Then I started to order boxes to be used for the cultivation of bees and from there on I started cultivating bees. As I can do anything I want with my hands, getting use to this kind of work was easy for me and in the beginning, I took along my sons since they were 9 or 10 years old. My wife also helped in this business as we would work from Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday on the bees and the collection of honey. After our hard work, we would go the restaurant the Golden Star to have some fine local food with the whole family.

 

How important is your family for you?
It is very very important. Some colleagues use to invite me to go to a snack after work to have a drink and I would invite them to another snack, my home and I would call it Milva’s snack, my wife’s name is Milva.

 

Adeal, you grandson accompanied you in this interview. So we asked Adael: “What do you think of your grandfather in one word?
He is HEAVY.

 

What are your strengths?
Getting up early and work that is the thing to do. If you just sit and wait, nothing will just fall out of the blue sky.
Furthermore, I am also good at saving money. At MijnMaatschappij., although I wasn’t the highest paid worker, I often used to be able to buy company used cars/pick-ups that the company sold in an auction. Over the year's I bought 5 cars/pick-ups like the one I am riding at this moment. I would fill in a sum and win the auction. After I had won the auction, I would call my wife and tell her to bring the money, she would then collect from the bank the money needed from our savings account and we would pay it cash. Some did win the auction, but they were unable to pay it off. So it did triggered envious reactions I guess, but I didn’t let that bother me a lot.

 

You are a very likeable, friendly person? Where does that come from?
As a watertruck driver I would fill the cistern of those living in the MijnMaatschappij area. And as I would be waiting for that to happen, I would craft with wood some “palu di lele” and “palu di funchi” and I would engrave their names on it and gave it to people I was filling their cisterns. And this is still in lots of people their kitchen and people appreciated me for that. I would also make a wooden handle of bricklayerssoop and machetes, at times triggering people to compliment me on my abilities to use my hands and crafts in such a way.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about the communication with youth. I love to help them where necessary, that is why they love me.


One of my neighbors once told me, that she loves me because of what I have done for her. I have done more for her than her biological father. She wanted to become a nurse at IFE. But her parents were not able to finance this. So me and my wife went to the bank and we borrowed her the money she needed, which she paid back completely in due time after she finished her studies as a nurse. Another youth invited me and my wife to attend her graduation when she got her diploma at Maria Stella College, representing her as if we were her parents.


You know life is fun and it feels great to help another human being. If you don’t help them their lives could be wasted. That is why I just heard on the radio that some Ex-San Fernado students want to restore this institute as a pay back for the education they got at San Fernando. That is great, it is their way to give and express their appreciation for what they have gotten from San Fernando. This is very important. Like the old Roman Catholic “Frere” housing in Santa Rosa is now also in deterioriation. It would be a pity to let it just go without using it.

 


I asked Erta Florencia to give me an example of the kind of person you are. She shared with me a story when you were in the hospital for the operation of your stomach. As she went to see you at the hospital, she saw lots of youth, some from where you use to live and some from where you live now, in the corridors of the hospital and they were crying. Erta thought you had passed away, but it was because they were so worried about you that they were crying. These youth, really appreciate you. Furthermore Erta tells me that if she wants someone to help her at her home, she can always count of you. That is the kind of person you are Ibi.

If you as Ibi would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Aruba) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?

My name is Hubert Cordilia, I come from Curaçao.

 


Adeal what would you say if you meet a stranger in a bus in Aruba?
My name is Adael and I am from Curaçao and we catch and cultivate bees.

 

How would you describe Ibi in one word or one sentence?
I was born in Wetu, I have a twin sister and I am married and I catch and cultivate bees. In the week-ends I bring my grandson to learn to play music.

 


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

My father, he was my role model and also Bebe Fernando. Bebe and I have become family of one another until this day, he and his wife.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?

Finding GOD’s word that gave me health and lots of blessings.

 


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I want to be with around my family, family for me is very important.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 years from now?
I don’t know....I am a humble person.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Curaçao is a very special place to live on. I have travelled to for example to Columbia and I have seen poverty that I don’t see in Curaçao. I once saw a child living on the streets in Columbia hanging at the bumper of our bus during a tour. I couldn’t stand this and I asked the guide to stop the bus and ask the boy to get in the bus with us and I would pay this trip for this boy.


I am grateful as Curaçao gave me the opportunity to be whom I am and it gave me the opportunity to travel to Columbia. Furthermore I believe that if we communicate with each other, we can help each others. Like my wife we communicate and she knows everything about me and this makes us help one another.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
My father taught me another lesson and it goes like this. He told me: “..You have to learn the in’s and out’s of the cave of the LION...” He meant the Maduro and Curiels Bank. He taught me to save money. If you don’t save money and something unexpected happens, you have nowhere to go. You have to live a prepared life, like funeral costs if you or one of your family members come to pass away. People ask me how much money the company has given to me, and they can’t believe it when I say “not a thing”. I grew up with the savings system called “Seter” where we saved two guilders a month. Me and my wife were members of this savings system. We have constructed 2 basements for the burial of our family members, in the meantime. My late daughter was buried in one of them. It is all about preparations and having a prepared mindset. I have known of lots of people that got totally lost for small amounts of money. If you have saved the money, then there are no problems, as you have prepared yourself for the worst. My father taught me this mindset.

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia, is a humble, spiritual and dedicated husband, father, grandfather of his family that he loves dearly. Over the years his workethic has been remarkable. His love for animals and love for nature was something he learned from his parents. His caring for his family, the youth in his neighborhood and his caring for neighbors goes far beyond average. In fact, for Ibi it is hard to say “no” when people ask him to do them a favor. Inspired by his father from his early age on, he has always been, until today, a hardworking, family centered man, willing to go the extra mile to add some extra income to his salary. Cultivating bees has been the most rewarding of all the animals that he has cared for. With his wife he lives with a “prepared” mindset, like saving money for the unexpected expenses or investments that inevitably are needed in life. Because of all of this we consider Ibi a role model that we deeply love and we consider him one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the sector Family and Living.

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Our next MYM-platform session in July via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Be Fear Less, A guide to go beyond. By looking within”, by Steven Coutinho. Author also of “Breaking ranks, How to lead change when yesterday's stories limit today's choices”. Steven Coutinho is a Dutch born from Surinam parents, raised-all-over-the-world speaker, author and board executive. He worked as regional managing director of the Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean and these days is Managing director of “De Surinaamse Bank” in Surinam. Steven holds a Masters in Medical Physics, cum laude, from the University of Groningen, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


If you knew you were living in a dream, How would you live? You would fly, soar and discover.
You would live and experience. In times of fear, You realize you can shake yourself awake. In other times,
You are fearless. After starting Vipassana meditation 4 years ago, Steven Coutinho has come to see the world more clearly. He has come to live more fearless. He hopes by sharing his thoughts with you, you too can live more fearless. Less fear about what others think of you. Less fear of speaking up. Less fear of not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. Less time spent in fear of death.

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

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


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

 

WORK ETHIC - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChF3_Zbuems


Work Ethics - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyzwZvVy_e0


How to Develop an INSANE Work Ethic - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hML-7FUdKJQ


The True Definition Of A Strong Work Ethic - Motivational Video - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5avVsKjNyo


The Definition of Work Ethic by Grant Cardone - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQks_zQZo6M


The 5 Am Club Summary | Robin Sharma Book | The 5 Am Club Review - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC6FPxlIEfQ

Next phase of the Share2Uplift movement, Webinar, MYM April Book Session and week tips

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 2:35 AM

In this week’s blog (20th – 27th of April) we will expand on how to move to a next phase of the Share2Uplift movement to connect, align 250 people from all walks of life by the end of 2020 and facilitate to create impactful changes. But before we dive into this, we want to share some important messages with you:

• You are invited to the last webinar “Praktika, evolushon emoshonal” by Carlo Monsanto on Tuesday the 21st of April from 2 – 3 pm.

• You are invited to participate in this week’s Master Your Mind –platform presentation on the book Emotional Intelligence EQ 2.0, author Travis Bradberry. This session will be via skype from 7.30 – 8.45 pm on Tuesday the 21st of April.

• We will share with you some motivational video-links related to the power of the heart. Every day we will upload one of the videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to come far do it together

In last week’s blog we explained, why we formed an alliance with Miguel Goede’s initiative Vision 2030. He set-up a virtual platform where like-minded people can connect, align and collaborate to create (off-line) impactful changes aimed at the Vision 2030 that is being developed now. His initiative is totally aligned with the goal of the Share2Uplift movement: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020”.

In this week’s blog we will answer some of the questions that we believe some of you might have, to further explain what we have in mind to reach our goals by the end of this year.

 

Why should I, as an Influencer, participate in the Vision 2030 platform?
We believe that Influencers are people that are more than average pro-active in achieving their personal and business goals and are always on the lookout for new opportunities to increase the achievement of their goals. We believe this virtual meeting platform offers you the possibility to search and maybe find someone that you can relate with, which might add additional value to your effort either jointly or any other way. By doing this you can furthermore help in the realization of the vision 2030 for Curaçao in the sector you are involved in, serving the good of all.

 

Will participating in this platform Vision 2030 require lots of extra effort from me?
What we expect is that we want you to stay as authentic as you can be in what you are doing. We only are facilitating an opportunity where you via a small effort/investment in time, can explore whom else might add value to you if you would consider connecting and aligning. Hopefully if this is a win-win collaboration this might add value to both or all of you involved, accelerating the achievement of your goals and/or adding value to the good of all as part of the vision 2030.

 

Whom determines the Vision 2030 in the different sectors?
All who are interested to form part of this platform can give their input and help co-create how we want Curaçao to be in 2030 in different areas. This will not only be via input in the vision, but later on also in helping to implement projects that help achieve the jointly developed vision. Reporting on the progress will inspire others to also join and help create a growing momentum of people who in an organic way are working towards a shared vison for Curaçao in 2030.

 

Who is leading Vision 2030?
The leadership of this platform is organic, people decide on a voluntary basis when and how to collaborate. This makes the leadership in the journey to reach the vision 2030 situational and based on every participant their strengths and based on complementing each other in your competencies. Participants can team up with one another to create value related with the Vision 2030 goals, for the good of all.

 

Vision 203 does have volunteer facilitators who help facilitate periodic meetings with the members of Vision 2030 in the respective sector that you are working in or interested in. The overall facilitation is done by Miguel Goede. He started with this initiative.

 

What can I do, other than subscribing and filling in my profile?
You can:

• give input in the vision document;

• be part of a project group that works in getting a project implemented with the vision 2030 in mind, preferably close to what you are already doing;

• explore if there are partners to collaborate with that are helpful in achieving your goals that might coincide with the vision 2030 and contribute for the good of all;

• consider to recommend others to be part of this platform so to increase the ripple effect and momentum.

 

For more questions please contact us
Ivan Kuster
Uplifting BV
Emailaddressen: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com
Facebook.com/share2uplift
Facebook.com/ivan kuster
Linkedin.com/ivan kuster
Cell: +59996986437

 


Free Webinars
The fifth and last webinar on the 21st of April offered by Carlo Monsanto, titled: “Práktika, evolushon emoshonal”.
Time: 2 - 3 pm local time in Curaçao or EDT (US).
Charges: Free
Language: Papiamentu

Join Zoom Meeting
zoom.us/j/338318044
Meeting ID: 338 318 044

 

E-mail: carlo.monsanto@iolee.life
Website: www.iolee.life

This is the fifth and last of a series of 5 webinars that Carlo will be offering on the Inside Out Learning Framework (IoLee) on-line and Uplifting BV will co-facilitate this webinar. This webinar will be directed especially towards those working in the educational sector, but all others that are interested, are most welcome. In this webinar Carlo will further expand on the experiential learning and practice of IoLee.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in April via Skype
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 21th of April (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “Emotional Intelliigence 2.0”, by Travis Bradberry

In today's fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, COVID 19, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us to manage, adapt, and strike out ahead of the pack. By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction—it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things.Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential:

 

1) Self-Awareness

2) Self-Management

3) Social Awareness

4) Relationship Management

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a book with a single purpose—increasing your EQ. Here’s what people are saying about it:
“Emotional Intelligence 2.0 succinctly explains how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way.”
—The Dalai Lama

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

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

 


 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with this virtual 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.

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational vidoes related to the power of the heart. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Creative Power of the Heart - Learn to Master Your Life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=syRUwLViih4

 

The ANCIENT Technique To Making Tough Decisions | Gregg Braden | TRY IT NOW!! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=exHp3L_c2Lg

 


Creating brain and heart coherence will change your life
www.facebook.com/DrJoeDispenzaOfficialNewsFanPage/videos/1094594870734146/?v=1094594870734146

 

The Heart's Intuitive Intelligence: A path to personal, social and global coherence - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdneZ4fIIHE

 


Gregg Braden - How to Harmonize Heart and Brain [London TCCHE] - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvIpjh9pSM

 


The Power of Intention - Video
www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/the-power-of-intention-video


Vision 2030, upcoming webinar on Tuesday and this week tips

Posted on April 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM

In this week’s blog (13th – 19th of April) we will expand on a platform called “Vision 2030” we joined that will help us to connect, align Influencers and further the steps we planned for the Share2Uplift movement in 2020. The Share2Uplift goal is to: “Have 250 Influencers connected, and aligned, creating impactful changes in all walks of life by the end of 2020”. Furthermore, in this week’s blog, we will invite you for the 4th webinar of Carlo Mosanto on the 14th of April from 2 – 3 pm “Praktika, evolushon emoshonal” and we will share some interesting video-links on consistency and habit creation as part of the Personal Tips we share with you every week. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook page.

 

Enabling connections, alignments and possibilities to create impactful changes via 'Vision 2030'
On the 20th of February 2020 Miguel Goede organized an event at WTC, looking back at a vision document called '2020', written in 1997. The thinking then was, to co-create this vision for Curaçao and work to materialize it. Go to www.curacao2030.net/Reflect 2020 Report 5.0 S.pdf for the report). Miguel Goede with his colleagues at Arthur Anderson back then, did what they could, but many didn’t understand what this was all about and not much of that vision materialized. That didn’t stop Miguel Goede to start a new initiative aimed at creating the vision 2030, which started on-line and virtually on the 30th of March 2020. As mentioned in our interview with Miguel on the 2nd of March there are lots of different challenges that we will be confronted with (Please, download the eBook "Society 5.0; We and I” see my book Society 5.0) and given the impact the COVID-19 will have on the whole world order.

We decided to embrace this initiative and we consider our alignment with Vision 2030 to be beneficial for share2uplift’s goals in different ways, while at the same time modelling what we stand for and that is connecting, aligning and creating impactful changes.

1. First of all, Vision 2030 offers a virtual platform where those from different generations and walks of life interested and willing to contribute “bottom up” to a vision for the different sectors of Curaçao for 2030. This effort is being facilitated by volunteer facilitators;

2. Secondly, Vision 2030 plans to invite the “diaspora” also to give their input, which will be relatively easy to do, because of this virtual platform;

3. Thirdly, after solidifying the first two steps, it is the intention, to ask participants of the different sectors, to identify projects that they could start working on;

4. Fourthly, it will be imperative that the progress will be reported periodically and this in itself because of its “agile” character will make the movement grow. as long as the volunteer facilitators and those really interested to reach certain goals, keep doing what they volunteered for.

 

What are we doing or going to do?
• We are facilitating one of the sectors called Family Neighborhood Home & Transportation.

• We will promote and contribute to “crowd funding” of the platform Vision 2030 that is created for the costs.

• We will invite all 90 Influencers that we have interviewed up to now (end of March 2020) to join Vision 2030 and by doing this enabling them to see how they can connect, align and keep on influencing their circles of influence. Their efforts would still be aimed at reaching their goals, but at the same time we will suggest to them to also relate their efforts to the vision 2030 sectors. That is now being created and formulated where they can help to co-create this. It is just a matter of looking for the smallest common denominators and then see how the collaboration can be expanded. By doing this we want to accelerate a possible Ripple Effect to ultimately reach our 250 people that are connected, aligned and are creating impactful positive changes in all walks of life by the end of 2020.

If you are interested to join to connect, align and create impactful changes go to the website www.curacao2030.net/ via the homepage and register.

Free Webinars
The fourth webinar on the 14th of April offered by Carlo Monsanto, titled: “Práktika, evolushon emoshonal”
Time: 2 - 3 pm local time in Curaçao or EDT (US).
Charges: Free
Language: Papiamentu

Join Zoom Meeting
zoom.us/j/338318044
Meeting ID: 338 318 044

E-mail: carlo.monsanto@iolee.life
Website: www.iolee.life

This is the fourth of a series of 5 webinars, that Carlo will be offering on the Inside Out Learning Framework (IoLee) on-line and Uplifting BV will co-facilitate this webinar. This webinar will be directed especially towards those working in the educational sector, but all others that are interested, are most welcome. In this webinar Carlo will further expand on the experiential learning and practice of IoLee.

 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with this virtual 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.

 

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some interesting video-links on consistency and habit creation as part of the Personal Tips we share with you every week. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

 

Consistency is KEY! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLKwvmy5mJ8

 

Simon Sinek on Intensity vs Consistency - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5OV3RmXhbg

 

How small habits and a two-minute rule can help your productivity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GECcjrYHH8w

 

What is the Compound Effect? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=krweO8-CtMk


The Power of Habit - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQLHwSphu-M

 

How Long Does it Take to Form A New Habit? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0K63eqDCQs&t=32s


Social Support Groups, Group of 8, Webinar and our week tips

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 1:20 AM

In this week’s blog (6th of April – 12th of April) we would like to explain, based on an article from the Mayo clinic -an American not-for-profit organization academic medical center - the reasons why social support groups are very relevant in these trying times with a worldwide corona – virus crisis; we will share with you every day a video of a participant explaining the benefits they have experienced from participating in a “Group of 8” in Curaçao, hopefully enticing others to subscribe for 3 free on-line lessons to become a facilitator of their own “Group of 8” of family, friends or peers that can support each other. We would furthermore like to invite you to the 3rd free webinar “Práktika, evolushon emoshonal” by Carlo Monsanto on the 7nd of April from 2 - 3 pm and we will share with you video links on “the Power of 8” based on the Lynne McTaggart approach. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

The group of 8 an excellent tool to beat stress

Before reading this article: We have now 3 “groups of 8” in Curaçao: Curaçao Intention Group No.1; Splendid 8; Amethyst. View their story! subscribe yourself to become a facilitator of your own “Group of 8”.We are specifically offering you 3 free on-line lessons to explain the concepts more in depth.Subscribe via : sixtaivan@gmail.com or or cell +5999-6986437 

 

In an article written by the Mayo Clinic staff in June 2018, (Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress - Mayo Clinic) they addressed how a strong social support network can be critical to help people through the stress of tough times. As we are now in the middle of a worldwide Corona virus crisis, the lack of social support can lead to isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety. Since supportive family, friends and co-workers are such an important part of our life, we would like to enable the forming of on-line new “groups of 8” based on the Lynne McTaggart principles. “The group of 8” is in a sense, a social support network.

According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have demonstrated that social isolation and loneliness are associated with a greater risk of poor mental health and poor cardiovascular health, as well as other health problems. Other studies have shown the benefit of a network of social support, including the following:

• Improving the ability to cope with stressful situations

• Alleviating the effects of emotional distress

• Promoting lifelong good mental health

• Enhancing self-esteem

• Lowering cardiovascular risks, such as lowering blood pressure

• Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors

• Encouraging adherence to a treatment plan.

 

Where is the foundation of social networks based on? It nurtures the mutual relationships in the group by:

• Stay in touch. Answering phone calls, returning emails and reciprocating invitations let people know you care.

• Don't compete. Be happy instead of jealous when your friends succeed.

• Be a good listener. Listen when your friends are speaking. Find out what's important to them.

• Don't overdo it. Be careful not to overwhelm friends and family with phone calls and emails. Save those high-demand times for when you really need them.

• Appreciate your friends and family. Take time to say thank you and express how important they are to you.

• Give back. Be available for family and friends when they need support.

• Remember that a goal of building your social support network is to reduce your stress level, not add to it.

 

If you want to improve your mental health and your ability to combat stress and also live your life more intentionally, subscribe yourself to become a facilitator of your own “group of 8”.

The facilitator only needs to be willing to facilitate the discussions in the group, but also facilitate the formulation of “an intention” in that session, where the group will focus on.

In the “group of 8” participants are also helped to formulate intentions for either individual group members, their family members or the society at large, so that they can live their lives more intentionally and more pro-actively.

We believe you need intentions and goals. Why? Because focusing on intentions does not mean you give up your goals or desire to achieve.

Goals are focused on the future. Intentions are in the present moment.

Goals are a destination or specific achievement. Intentions are lived each day, independent of achieving the goal or destination.

Goals are external achievements. Intentions are about your relationship with yourself and others.

By setting your intention first, and combining it with goals, you will become a Creator who enjoys both the journey, as much as the destination. It is about activating a part of your receptivity, putting out that which you intend to attract and call into your life, and that is the power behind it, instead of “living on the fly of the moment”, which is comparable with getting on a bike with no direction as you start your day, week, month.

In conclusion, taking the time to start a “Group of 8” is a wise investment not only in your mental well-being, but also in your physical health and longevity, but also to start making more pro-active choices and become the master of your destiny in these rapidly changing times.

What do we offer?
We are specifically offering you 3 free on-line lessons to explain the concepts of the “Group of 8” more in depth. You can then start making more friends or improving the relationships you already have, by starting your own group. Whether you're the one getting the support or the one doling out the encouragement, you'll reap rewards.


To subscribe: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com or cell +5999-6986437 and we will communicate back to you and see how we can arrange an on-line course based on the Lynne McTaggart approach.

 

This is an effort of Lynne McTaggart herself to recruit members for new to be formed groups of 8 all over the world.

For more information on Lynne McTaggart go to:
Lynne Mctaggart power of eight - Facebook Search  

Check her website www.lynnemctaggart.com

Check also her weekly global meditation via this page aimed at reversing the corona virus threat every Wednesday at 12 pm till 12.20 pm.

 

 

Free Webinars
The third webinar on the 7th of April offered by Carlo Monsanto, titled: “Práktika, evolushon emoshonal”

Time: 2 - 3 pm local time in Curaçao or EDT (US).

Charges: Free

Language: Papiamentu

Join Zoom Meeting

zoom.us/j/338318044

Meeting ID: 338 318 044

E-mail: carlo.monsanto@iolee.life

Website: www.iolee.life

This is the third of a series that Carlo will be offering on the Inside Out Learning Framework (IoLee) on-line and Uplifting BV will co-facilitate this webinar. This webinar will be directed especially towards those working in the educational sector, but all others that are interested, are most welcome. In this webinar Carlo will further expand on the experiential learning and practice of IoLee.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with this virtual 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.

 

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share with you video links on “the Power of 8” based on the Lynne McTaggart approach. Every day we will upload one of these Lynne McTaggart video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Lynne McTaggart - The Power of Eight - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYGRztyR24

 

How To Conduct a Power of Eight Group - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTORJd3s3Ws

 

The Power of Eight Intention Masterclass 2020 with Lynne McTaggart - YouTube
https://youtu.be/CfkCd2vxIvY

 

How To Do Intention: Useful Tips - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJMZKZNiJc&list=RDCMUCeHhBlJ9kST90jJKBZDi6vg&index=4

 

Lynne McTaggart discusses the effects that Power of Eight groups had on two participants - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4SGp4VPpRo

 

Intend for something that never happens - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYvfNqtfZcI