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Influencer Professor Dr. Ashley Duits, March Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week helpful tips

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog ( 11th – 17th of March) we will interview Professor Dr. Ashley Duits; we will invite you for our next upcoming Master Your Mind Platform session on the 19th of March at Mensing Caminada and we will share some personal tips as video-links with you. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

Influencer Professor Dr. Ashley Duits: passionate and in search of the beauty of life


Could you share with me some information of your family life?
My name is Ashley Duits. I was born in Curaçao, I have one sister and one brother and I am happily married.

We have come to know you over the years as a very passionate person and scholar in the health sector. You are now a professor from the University of Groningen, the director of the Red Cross Blood Bank foundation and your are the director of the department of Immunology of Curaçao. You were also the chairman of the Raad voor de Volksgezondheid till 2010 when it existed and during different moments represented the interests of SEHOS in talks and negotiations with the government. What other functions do you hold?
I am also an advisor to PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), as a professor I guide PhD students in their researchprojects and I am the educational coordinator of NASKHO.

What is your opinion on the info-biotech revolution that is underway in science?
Because of our ever enhancing capacity to analyse big data, we are improving our ability to recognise certain patterns out of more extensive data, like for instance thousands of birds flying in flocks, their flights can be predicted based on the data patterns that can be derived from how they fly individually. This is fascinating and achieving such knowledge is one of the most beautiful things there is in science. And I love it.


How does science deal with the way the media is now being used to at times sell fake stories?
In one of our seminars “Weerleggen van de grenzen” of last year we dedicated some attention to this phenomena. You can use these same media and two or three well followed internet figures (influencers) as tools, to sell the true story that is based on scientific truth, like for example the need for vaccination of children. We are now living in an totally new era compared to the 50-ies and as scientist we should leave our ivory towers and educate the people with tools and a language that they can relate to, as part of our social responsibility as scientists.

I was passionate at a young age about science and as I got more involved this passion only grew, also in the sense that as a scientist I am now also interested in the bigger picture specifically the philosophical part. Like Immunology that is my specialisation area and also my hobby. I do a lot of reading and researching in that area, but I am also interested in how a Theoretical Physicist perceives reality and I also keep track of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) endeavours , that is awesome. This is really also what I enjoy nowadays.


Did they ask you to become a professor or was this something that because of your interest in academia and science it naturally resulted from being a scientist and educator?
I was asked to become a Professor. It is not something that had never happened before, but it is rather unique to be a professor in another country while living on a Caribbean island.

You are also very much involved in NASKHO, what are the goals of NASKHO and what role do you play in enabling continuous education and learning of health care professionals?
SEHOS is an affiliate teaching hospital and it is one of the 8 affiliate teaching hospitals of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). So students in their second year of their masters for becoming medical doctors need for a whole year to continue their clinical rotations by going to work in an afilliate hospital.
SEHOS offers this opporuntiy and it is unique because it is the only affiliate hospital from the UMCG (and also from the Netherlands medical educational program), that is outside of Holland and I as the educational coordinator am ultimately responsable for this program in Curaçao.
I firmly belief that there is a link between education and quality improvement in healthcare, because it contributes to the improvement of processes being used and therefore structurally improves the quality of our healthcare. NASKHO is (and has been for more than 50 years) a partner with UMCG and SEHOS to maintian this link between education and quality improvement. The NASKHO goals are clearly defined as helping in assuring the clinical rotations, supporting continuous medical education and stimulating relevant medical science on the island.

Does CMC help to improve the quality of the health care?
The construction of a building doesn’t automatically mean that there is an improvement in the care, the people working in this new building are the crucial elements in this.
CMC can provide a framework for and also an opportunity to level up, if ...this proces is well managed and the professionals are respectfully involved and taken along.

How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, publish articles, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes, I continuously do this.

As a scholar and scientist you still are very much into research and with lots of zest, where does this drive come from, did you always knew that you wanted to become a scientist?
I have this drive because I experience it as so much fun to do. Two weeks ago, I was in Dominica for an audit and I had an opportunity to experience how people there deal with problems they have. I preferred walking every day for 20 minutes to the venue where I was supposed to be for my visit, just to get a look and feel on how life is in Dominica. That is awesome and that fuels my drive and my joy for life.

How important are life style changes to prevent and lower the number of people getting chronic diseases?
Life style changes are very important, but complex and difficult, because there are no quick fixes. Just simply advocating life style changes via folders and stuff like that, isn’t sufficient. We have to start simply by really talking to people, know their culture, know their problems and understand how they think and based on that educate them to manage themselves. To effectively deal with cardiovascular diseases will require decades and decades, but it will still require that we start investing right away in things that will not give short term success and results. It requires being there for the long haul and better tuning in into a frequency, that you can effectively communicate with people, understanding them and knowing what works in their context.



Apart from regular exercises, healthy eating habits, self care (enough sleep) how important is the mastering of a person’s mind exercises, like mindfulness and meditation exercises, for the overall health of people?
I belief that the two extremes in science are meeting one another. In the past mindfulness and meditation was called esotheric, but of late its importance has increased. But also ethical issues like limits of treatment of patients based on their quality of life. Ethical discussionsquestions like when to stopstopping the treatment of patients based on their projected quality of life are becoming more relevant nowadays.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
To learn and by doing that to be able to make things better.

What are your other strengths?

I am also a good listener and a reasonable good communicator. I respect people and I use these skills in my work as a scientist. There has always been a movement in science for searching for the beauty of life. Life is fantastic. I can read an article on Statistical Thermodynamics and appreciate its beauty. Like the Nobel Prize Winner Frank Wilczek, an American theoretical physicist. He wrote a book titled: ”A beautiful question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” and this book so perfectly describes my own views on life. Or the author Rudyard Kipling whose moving (alas now very actual again) story “the White Seal” that begins with an opening poem “The Seal Lullaby”, put to music by the famous Eric Whitacre choire, all as part of an effort aimed at understanding the beauty of life. Or Eric Satie a french pianist, his music like the 4 minute “Gymnopedie” is so simple yet so powerful, because of its simplicity. As long as we as scientists and humans remain humble and not complicated you can achieve so much. That is the way to achieve results, that is how one can inspire people instead of an aggressive “in your face”- mentality. As long as you accept what you know and not know, you can inspire people. Funny thing is you can get inspired by science in many different ways. Like by a study on why zebra have a striped skin (to confuse mosquito’s) or that by studies that show that we as Homo Sapiniens have genes from another extinct human species Neanderthalers and that we survived compared to Neanderthalers because we had better communication skills as a group. The Neanderthaler couldn’t communicate so well because of their poorly developed vocal cords. So, emotional intelligence is so much more important than only IQ. It is better to be invited to sit at the table than just go and sit first, meaning being respectful and valueing others.

We interviewed Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria this last week and she has worked with young men at the Sociale Vormingsplicht, drop outs and they lack self reflection skills and EQ. What is your opnion on this?
We are clearly missing something that we had in the past and that is: We are missing a value system and mental framework that ignites self reflection and value education. As religion has lost ground in the modern times, these elements weren’t replaced in the education systems that are offered nowadays. I belief that every society needs these elements. The greeks used philosophy as a valuable tool in this matter whereas nowadays lots of people are only getting an overkill of external stimuli in their lives, becoming victims of streams of (mis)information.

In Health Care though, the preparation and education of future physicians, as part of their so- called professional education, has changed in the sense it isn’t about having exclusively the right professional knowlegde nowadays, but also the need to have the right competencies. CanMEDS for example is an educational framework, that describes the abilities (soft skills) physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
I adore reading, I love movies and music. As a sport I runjog, I just came in from Bonaire this morning and I woke up at 3 am to runjog, because it’s “Me-time” for me, it gives me time to think about things.


You are also chairperson of the roman Catholic schoolboard, what drives you to be involved in such an institution?
Because I see the importance that such an educational institution can have for our society and especially our children, as I value the education of every human being. RKCS has 60 % of all the schoolchildren attending some form of education, so...

If you as Ashley, would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Groningen-Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?

Passionate

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

Always in search of the beauty of life and in the human being.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There wasn’t only one single person. I had several people that inspired me, not necessarily one person. As I believef that everybody is unique, this means being inspired by a role model doesn’t mean emulating this role model. I was inspired by things that people have achieved from f.i. Nelson Mandela and so also Frank Wilczek, tobut locally for example Rob Rojer because of his incredible knowledge and humbleness. I am so grateful that I have met so many inspiring people in my life, that I have learned bits and parts from and also learned from others how “not to do”- certain things.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
A disbelief that it wouldn’t be possible to reach what I have reached up to now, meaning to produce and give input and a contribution to science through peer reviewed channels on a wordly scale, while not coming out of a more western centered culture and geographical area. I am from Curaçao and we are located in the Caribbean Basin.


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
 It wasn’t one moment, but different fragments of moments and I had the luck to bump into knowledgable and good people, whom made it possible for me to continue to grow.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?

I would like to be in a situation where because of my input, we have created frameworks or systems where there is sufficient guarantee of sustainability of scientific quality, education and health, that are not only dependent on individual effort.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That we are very happy, that we can celebrate life in the broadest sense of the word with you. That we have reached beauty together and that we are at a beautitful place in our relationships.











I would like to refer also to two quotes I used in my dissertation, one was from Miles Davies:

“I will play it first and tell you what it is later.” A perfect science metaphor by a master Jazz trompetist.

The other one is from Kahlil Gibran:

“ It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”

That is true understanding at a much broader and deeper level. That is the beauty in science.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Because it is all about human beings. If we can educate our people and understand them better, we are going to succeed, just like that.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Professor Dr. Ashley Duits, whom as a Professor and educational coordinator of NASKHO is structurally helping to improve the quality of our health care for years now. His energy and drive is far beyond average and being a Professor of the University of Groningen living in Curaçao and as an advisor for PAHO has achieved quite a feat also internationally. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.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.

The next Master Your Mind Platform session 19th of March

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of March now at our new venue.

Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “A short history of everything”, by the National Best seller Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “The gift of imperfection, Let go of who you think you’er supposed to be and embrace who you are”, by Brene Brown. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Click to attend.


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share again some helpful motivational video links on self-esteem. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Animated Cartoon Short on Self-Esteem and Relationships - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=85oysKCSs8g

Self Esteem Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxZSRLwQHBs

Self Worth | Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKxgf_RLlU

I'm Not Perfect - A short film on self worth - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRZ8a35uQ7w

What is Self Esteem? & Tips to Build Self Esteem | headspace - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQKY4_HwTqI

Self-Esteem/Body Image - Bridge the gAPP - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl1mtZKFe4w

Influencer Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria and this week personal tips

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (4th – 10th of March) an interview with Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria, we will share some personal tips as video links with you. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplif page.

Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria: inspires, joyfully at peace

Gwen could you share some information of your family life?
My name is Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria. I was born and raised in Curaçao till I was 14 years old, then the family migrated, as one of my brothers because of complications during his birth, needed special care. My mother gave up everything to go and look for the best care possible for my brother whom later died. I still have one sister and one brother. When I was 5 years old my mother and father divorced. Going to live in Holland at that young age, was a big cultural shock for me. A new world opened up for me, as I needed to transform to be able to integrate in the Dutch society.

What was so different in Holland compared to Curaçao?

The way the students addressed the teachers, students were more out spoken and interactive compared to being more submissive in Curaçao; the tools available for students compared to what I was used to in Curaçao, like having limitless internet access and my school even had its own swimming pool; this triggered my curiosity greatly and I became an eager student. I felt free to explore and discover. So this is how migrating to Holland impacted me. As I was attending, what is called the VMBO, from the 3th grade and 4th grade on, I had to do all sorts of internships and I loved this experiential type of education. After the VMBO I went to the MBO and one of my internships was at a social security organization, where I had to attend with clients and learned how to deal with employees and employers and this uncovered my innate social intelligence abilities.

When I went on to attend the HBO, I choose for a specialization in social work. I had myriad of experiences from these internships, like one at the Salvation Army in my first grade; I had to deal with immigrants for Arabic descent, that don’t shake hands with woman; I experienced discrimination, but I was mentored very well and dealt with it well. During especially those years, I learned self reflection techniques, this was mandatory and it little bit uncomfortable at the beginning, but this became one of my basic foundations as a person and professional and it is helping me, until today.

Why is this so important?
Because as it was mandatory, you are forced to dig into your life, so you learn to become better aware of your strengths and weaknesses. In every report related to my interships, this was an essential part, so I got used to doing this, as it was required over and over again. For example you become better aware of your ego, you become better aware of knowing your real self by perceiving yourself as if you are a 3rd person observing yourself. This was awesome and you can also apply this in a group. Both my parents are still alive btw, my mother lives in Holland and I am happily married to Shurendly Lanoy. I have, after years, re-establish contact with my father when I came back to live in Curaçao. In the last 8 months we got much closer.

What are the services you offer and what else do you do for a living?
'Gwen inspires' is my company and it stands for Education and Training others. I am a Mindstyle Coach, trainer and facilitator. I offer workshops, training and coaching with the goal to empower the Man and families.I also work at ACU, one off the biggest credit unions in the Caribbean. I work at the Education department of ACU and working there I fell in love with the 7 principles of Cooperativism and as I firmly believe when people know, understand and live by these kinds of principles, the world would be a better place for us all. 

Do you have business partners?
I started to work as an entrepreneur with Militza Riedel. She gave me opportunities to grow by using the principle of “train the trainers” in the first year we started working together. She design the courses Family budgeting and we have been working together for 5 years now in different projects mostly on “budgetting”. Like the presentation at CITCO during lunch time for example, where she gave me the opportunity to manage the lectures with al the basics from her design with my own style. She has an abundance mentality, which means that she firmly beliefs that there is enough for everybody. She is also an Influencer, you should interview her btw.

My company 'Gwen Inspires' exists 4 years this year, and one of its goals is, to offer educational skills and mindset changes. And all I have been doing these years has to do with my goal. Furthermore I have been working with Ellemieke van Beek we offer outdoors as a trainer/facilitator in outdoor and indoor teambuildings.

Me and My coach and also business partner Elia Augustijn are finally going to start this year with NLP on Curaçao. We will start in March 2019. This practitioner course is for individuals and in the near future also available for companies. 


You inspire people and audiences, when did you noticed that you have this ability first, recently or at a young age?

I come from a family where my mother and my grandmother are very strong women. My grandmother had to raise 5 children all by herself after her divorce and at times had to work 2 jobs to raise them. She is 82 years old and I admire how strong willed she is and she has a great sense of humor. My mother decided to go to Holland when I was 14 years old and is also a strong willed person. She burned all her ships to start a new live in Holland to offer my brother in Holland a better life. So I was influenced at a young age by these wonderfull examples.

People started telling me at a young age about the impact I had on them and so I became aware that I had something special. Then of course, as I grew up in Holland with the educational system they have over there and all these different types of internships, that really shaped me. I once had to work with victims of the human slave trade and because of the color of my skin, as a lot were from Africa, they related easily with me, also proving to me, my inspirational talents.

Were you always interested in inspiring people?

Unconsciously yes, but after so many people told me how I inspire them, I became aware of my power and the name of my company came up 'Gwen Inspires.

Why is it that you spend so much time addressing our men’s and father’s role in our society? Where does this come from?
When I came back in Curaçao, I worked for 3 years at the Marine Kazerne of the Dutch Army stationed in Suffisant, Curaçao (that was the venue that was used) with drop outs of 16 to 24 years old, as part of the so-called “Sociale Vormingsplicht”. Working with these youth, really opened my eyes. During this one year course, I was their personal coach for 4 months working on their motivation, helping creating structure in their lives, stuff like that. What I noticed is, that they lacked a personal identity and they lacked role models in their lives. They distrusted everybody and it is there, that I worked for 3 years with Boys or Men exclusively. I used to discuss themes like menstruation, the importance of integrity, relationships with Women and how to deal with it and I became aware of the myths, dysfunctional perceptions, that they believed in. So I started doing my PG (Pedagogische Getuigschrift), which offers me the formal authority to teach and to develop curriculum. During an internship as subject matter and as a pilot at a school (MTS) during 8 weeks, I focused on the role of Men in our society and in our lives. It is there that I read and studied about the so-called “Boy-problem” and used UNESCO sources.

But I also consider living in Holland from age 14 till age 25 years very impactful, as I grew up fatherless, I got my formal education in Holland and I married when I was 18 years old and divorced 5 years later. Reflecting on my divorce taught me lots of lessons. So both these experiences triggered me to focus on the role of father’s and Men in our society.


What need we Men and Women in our society do differently to achieve more harmonious relationships that is for the good of all?
We need to understand where we come from historically. From the times of slavery up to today, broken families became the norm in Curaçao. Especially the relationships between father and son are challenging. We need to become aware of it (Recognize it) to be able to Release it through communication and other means. After this has happened the healing (Reframing) can start. Then Repeat this cycle. This is what I address in my presentations to audiences and this is also the course outline in my workshops aimed at both genders, Men and Women. If we want different outcomes in the future, we will have to address these issues now, all aimed at enabling mindset changes, so we can have more harmonious relationships.

I checked your facebook page and saw that you are also dedicating time on the need for people to have a personal budget. Where does this come from?
Well I short of roll into this at an early stage in my career and I am still doing this work as I mentioned before when Militza has more projects that  she cannot do alone. And also because it all roles in to other problems for example (relationship problems). Especially the psychological aspects of budgeting, really fascinates me.


How important are mindset changes to create sustainable changes in our behaviors? Are there other ways and means that you use to create support for your ideas?
An inadequate mindset as I mentioned before where lots of our Men unfortunately have to live with, affects their relationships. We are not being taught Emotional Intelligence, that is being aware of our own emotions and feelings, and based on that knowing how to relate with others in a caring and understanding way. That’s why I am a Mindstyle Coach and my motto is 'Bo mente >Bo Arma'. We need to understand that we are not enslaved anymore. We are free and that we can do anything we put our minds to.

What activities have you planned on doing this year?

 I will keep increasing people’s awareness; I will be more consistent on my Facebook page and share practical weekly tips and tools especially for Men and I will continue to offer workshops, breaking down what needs to be done into small palatable pieces. Like I already mentioned NLP activities like master classes with a focus on improving communication and self-awareness/ and celebrating international man’s day.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
Trying to be a better person every day and at the same time by being a better person, influence those around me. I sincerely want people to choose to live a more peaceful life in this hectic world and I am convinced that if you know better, you will choose better.


How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, watching you tubes, follow courses of island, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes I do. I read books and I am continuously following courses. Like right now, I am studying more advanced aspects of Cooperativism. And I have a few other courses planned for this year.

What are your other strengths?
My intuition, when it feels good, it is good. I believe in the God`s power and I am a very spiritual person. I am Roman Catholic by choice and feel in a meditative state during lapses of the day. And of course at the end of the day I selfreflect, all of which feed my intuition. Also I am a people lover. People get several chances in my world.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
Yes, I love dancing, I love dancing salsa. Yes, I like Christian’s Kuster (and his team) salsa parties they are special they have a very relax atmosphere.


If you as Gwen, 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 joyful breeze entering a room.


How would you describe Gwen in one word or one sentence?
Joyfully full of peace and love.




Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career? Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Everybody that crossed my path has had an influence in my life ( good or bad). And I am grateful for that. If there would be one person I would say: Iyanla Vanzant, she addresses the men issues in USA. I use some of her videos to illustrate men-issues here in Curaçao. She is my big role model.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
How to do business and develop a business mindset, How to make a living out of your passion. When you are talented you temd to lose focus so I am still learning this and my coach is helping me with this.

In one episode in my life’s journey for example I was “baby sitting” 2 american youth for a living and this opened a totally new world for me and I learned a lot. This happened after the place where I used to work Sociale Vormingsplicht, lost a big part of their subsidy and this really let me land at the brink of an almost burn out, I had health issues and I stopped working for the youth at Sociale Vormingsplicht, although it hurt. At the other hand, I couldn’t afford it to “not complying” with promises, I needed make to those I coached because I was not able to deliver because of lack of funds from goverment. Because of my self reflective lifestyle, I recognized what was going on with me, so I quit.

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
My first marriage after 5 years we divorced. I was very young. It was a blessing a truly awakening moment. My biggest lesson learned: “Be less judgemental.” It made me a more mature person. As I already explained, I am good at self reflection so I did selfreflect a lot on this. I asked myself, what could I have done differently. So I also ended up concluding that I shoud apply forgiveness, love without fear and love anyway. I can stiil have a normal conversation with my ex and that says a lot about forgiveness. 


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
An even more powerful influencer, especially for my family, those close to me and especially Men.
That I have expanded my courses aimed at healing Men via my program / school.
As a coach, I am focused on families especially on Men, through empowerment coaching to trigger their mind to change continuously, enabling them to have a happier life, that is why I call my self a Mindstyle Coach.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
She has influenced me in such a way that I changed my life, she was the difference in my life.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
My faith and hope that we can do better. And we can’t simply continue doing the same we are doing now and expect another outcome. I firmly belief that people can be changed, if they are handed over the right tools.

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
Addressing Men in our society is not an easy job, that is why I am pleading to others with the same vision, to let us join forces and team up to address this issue.

For more information Gwen Inspires go to:
Youtube channel:www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcHraWK-TdhhGF2Zna31hA/videos
FB fathers of Curaçao: www.facebook.com/fathersofCuraçao/
FB Gwen inspires: www.facebook.com/gweninspire/

"When your Mind is the weapon you are never unarmed!"

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria, whom as a strong woman is addressing one of the most challenging mindset issues in Curaçao, being: “enabling new empowered mindsets of men” in our society. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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.



In this week we will share some personal motivational tips as video links. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplif page.

Iyanla Vanzant Has A Message That Every Woman Needs To Hear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V0DSD0lvvo

PROBLEMS - Motivational video - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v14-5-JYtDM

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - Motivational Video (ft. Jaret Grossman & Eric Thomas) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZ0KbJcav0

Inspiring: Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6OoCaGsz94

Student Motivational Speaker: Josh Shipp - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN60zq491VY

Jack Ma: Attitude is Everything (Best Motivational Speech) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v9mPtkVAoPQ

Influencer Wendell Prince and this week tips

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (25th – 3rd of March) an interview with Wendell Prince. We will also share some personal motivation tips as video-links with you. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Wendell Prince: a positive coach


Wendell can you share some information of your family life?
"My name is Wendell Prince. I was born in Curaçao , I have one sisters and 2 brothers. I have a son and he lives in Holland."

As a former athlete you have always been interested in track and field from a young age on.
"Yes, when I was 12 years old I started. I ran the 100, 200 and 400 meters and did the long jump."


Where did your drive come from?
"My dad was also an athlete and he used to be one of the top athletes of Netherlands Antilles. When I was about 12 years old my dad told me to come along with him with my sneakers and to go with him to the Rif Stadion. We were living at Roodeweg those days, so that was not so far from the stadium. A top trainer/coach from the Southern University of Illinois mr. John Stotlar an American came to Curaçao those days giving clinics in baseball, basketball, track and field. There is where I was introduced to track and field. As my dad was a member of the local sports organization he was very involved and he introduced me to Mr. Stotlar. And Mr.Stotlar asked me to run some 400 meter dash and that first time I was out of gas at the end of the training. That is how I got introduced to track and field. And Mr. Stotlar kept inviting me although I was one of the youngest back then in 1958, in those days OGEM now Aqualectra had chimney stacks sending smoke on the field, we were training in the sand with no starting blocks, so we had to dig holes in the sand to take off when we sprinted, so the conditions were not easy, but that didn’t stop us. In those days I also got help one of the top sprinters those days called Mr. Bloem, he also helped me with sprinting tips.

But it was hard at the beginning and we weren’t members of any club yet. So Anthony Miguel a friend of mine, a specialist in technical numbers as speer and disc, decided to start a club “Olympic”. He became president of the club and I became the vice-president and we got a lot of members from the local neighborhood that competed and the club kept growing and so did also our influence in the Local Track and Field Association, basically we re-activated the Curaçaosche Atletiek Bond, we organized courses to become jury members, and at a very early age I started to coach. The reason for this was, that I developed an interest in books my father had, so before I went to Holland for my higher education I learned a lot, simply by reading a lot on track and field. So I became aware that in other countries they didn’t dig holes as starting blocks. So I decided to import starting blocks, one from Great-Britain and I was unique because I was the only one that had one from aluminium that was very light btw. In 1960 my parents went to live in Santa Rosa, so to train I had to take the bus with my starting block under my arm. But then I also wanted spikes. I told myself that these had to be from a cow leather as via my father I knew that Addidas had these special spikes. They were lighter that other spikes, so I send a letter to Addidas making a request to order these spikes, but they told me that there was already an agent in Curaçao so I should approach the agent and he wanted to stop being an agent anyway, so he helped my approach Adidas to make me the sole agent in Curaçao of Adidas.

This happened and at the age of 16 year I ordered my own special spikes and but also ordered for other athletes their spikes and Adidas bags and I didn’t earn so much with this as I wasn’t commercially motivated. But by 1964, I had ordered so many goods from Adidas that they gave me a golden spike made from Kangoroo leather which became a collectors item as Adidas didn’t make a lot of these spikes. It is now exposed in the Sports Museum. So basically things just happened, I became an athlete via my father, then a coach after I started reading my father’s books and I became an importer of sports goods for athletes and this continued until I went for my higher education to Holland to earn a degree as a head-teacher."


Do you have or had any other hobbies?
"
You know, I was very involved in aviation also. When I was 13 years old I became member of JLB (Jeugd Lucht Briage) and within soon from assistant to sectie commander over 12 cadets. So we got lessons in different subject matters related to aviation like aero dynamics, air traffic controlling and after some years I even became an instructor of sorts because it was obvious that I had leadership talents and I was passionate and very active. Every week I was flying along in airplanes and I got so involved that I wanted to become a pilot myself and even applied to go to the Rijksluchtvaart school, but I failed the test because I was wearing spectacles and in those days you didn’t make the cut if you wore spectacles. But anyways as a teenager I was at JLB during the week-ends and doing track and field during the week until I went to Holland to study to become a headteacher in 1966.



My father was the one whom has mostly influenced me, he was my role model. He himself was a very active person, attending lots of courses like Dale Carnegie, the author of “How to win friends and influence people” And I used to follow these courses as he was following them, so this was very helpfull for me as a leader. So I grew up learning how best to approach people and stop worrying and start living and also evade negativity and focus on the positive side of things and this I passed over to my son also, but also to Churandy Martina, since he was 14 years old, as one of the athletes I had coached over the years, as he was living close to my house in Santa Rosa and we talked a lot in the car going to the training.

Recently I had a presentation for the organization for motor sport and as former Go Cart champion, I talked to a group of 16 drivers whom had passed an advanced driving course. And I elaborated on the mental part of being a go cart driver. I focused, on the mental part of driving, because I am a firm believer of training your mind and of having positive expectations. As a coach I teach self hypnosis as this is one of my other hobbies. At the age of 15 and 16 years old, I was interested in para-psychology and self hypnosis and on techniques on how to visualize better and calm your mind. Some of these athletes meditate, like Shurandy. When I was in Holland, I was once in a trainingcamp and I had to convince a sceptical teacher with some of my co-students as an example that hypnosis exists. This had such a big effect on my teacher, that he always was talking about how hypnosis, when used properly, can benefit people.

When I came back to Curaçao I started a new track and field club called Excelsior and this club also grew a lot. And as I was also interested in computers, I became a computer teacher."



When you were in Holland, did you continue to be an athlete?

"When I was in Holland, I continued doing track and field the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash and relay in The Hague were I lived and studied, but I also wanted to be a coach. So when I came back to Curaçao in 1968, I focused on becoming a better qualified coach and followed my first course in 1976 in Mexico. I was 31 years old and my son was 2 years old. In those days there were lots of trainers coaches from the Russian communist bloc, that went to live in Mexico after Cuba stopped being a communist country. With the help of translators me and Anthony Miguel stayed in Mexico for three months and we stayed in a student complex with very poor sanitary conditions. Lots of attendees left the venue, we stayed and survived these hellish conditions, because the trainers were top and the best of the world. And I really did my utmost to learn as much as possible and all my grades were 10. I was taught far jump, high jump, pole vaulting I even got private lessons so I learned a lot."


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are still at age 74 to still be a coach?
"Well it started first from books and after that first year I went to more advanced courses in 1977 and 1978, so as I grew and I started teaching. In preparations for the Carifta games in Bahamas 1985, I gave my first international course, which included participants from the Caribbean but also from Canada and parts of Europe. But then I also taught at Puerto Rico and that was at the highest possible level there is, where the best meet the best."

What makes you different from other trainer/coaches?
"What makes the difference ultimately is my attitude. I have this drive within me, that I want to be the best. I want to do everything better then everybody else. So I won a medal as best instructor in Puerto Rico. In 1992 I became a lecturor, this is when you pass the practical and theoretical part of the course, and I became what is called director electorate. This is level 1 and gives you the authority to teach in other countries. My mentor until today is Loren Seagrave and he is one of the best in the world and at times we jointly give clinics especially in sprinting to international atletes. I am on the world list of Lecturors for the NACACTFCA (North American Central American and Carribean Coaching association), with Victor Lopez as president whom was the head coach of the USA during the Carifta games held in Curaçao in 2018. I am the vice-president of that association. So I still read, attend conferences, I still teach and have a life long subsciption for the New Studies in Atletics magazine."

What are your strengths?

"Mentally I always want to be the best. I am a perfectionist. I have developed a lot and I am still developing new techniques based on new insights on biomechanics of a human body.

Like in 2012 in Bahamas Frans Bos from Holland had a presentation and talked about “wip from the hip”-technique where athletes as Hussein Bolt and Shurandy Martina used their strength in an optimal form when they touched the ground and he told me that now he understands what drills were used to develop this technique which I called “fast clow” and I also developed and teach."

When would you stop as a trainer/coach in track and field?
"Well, as long I have life and health I will not stop, because I want to be the best I can be and this is what I tell all whom ask me this question."

So you did most of your coaching and training of different generations of athletes during after hours when you were still at work?
"I did almost all in after work hours until 1-8-2011 when I retired as a teacher. It was only once, when I was coach/trainer of Shurendy Martina together with Bob Kitchen from January till August in 2008, I was on leave from my work as we prepared in El Paso Texas were Shurandy was studying until after the Beijing Olympics. So I am passionate about track and field it is such a big part of my life, so that is why I could do most of the coaching during after school hours."

Can you mention some of the athletes that you have coached, trained and mentored?

"Jairo Duzant, Nathanael Esprit, Churandy Martina, Athwinson Luis, Brian Mariano, Curtis kock, Rachmil Van Lamone, Hensley Pualina, Kim Rossen, Dimitir Julie, Aldrich Jack, Nasya Ramirez, Dominique Zwiep, Dudly Boeldak, Nargelis Statia and so many other younsgters that I don’t even remember their names, but they always greet me when they see me and I am proud and they are proud that they have been to my training in the past."

Could you tell us about go-carting and how important that has been as a hobby or interests that you are passionate about?
"This hobby started small. I went to a demonstration of skelters or go carts, that was announced via newspapers when Arie Mulder and Leo Van Veen from Aruba came to promote this sport in Curaçao . I was already very much in speed. I love it. I had a Toyota Sports car that was speedy, so I went for a test drive and this caught my attention. I bought a go cart myself in february 1974, that I loved so much that I kept it in my living room and I bought a station wagon especially to transport my skelter. Those days Koral Tabak had a small race track and I always studied how to best to take the curves and drove rather slowly. By the mid of 1975 we had our first race in Curaçao and there where two distances one sprint and the other one an endurance race. In the spint I came number two behing Pedro Maria from Aruba in those days the best of the best and in the endurance race I even beat Pedro Maria and it was my first race that I won.

We started Curaçao Carting club, but then we were not always able to access Koral Tabak, so we look for a new venue and found one close to the ariport, which was convenient because of the noise these skelters make. It was 38 acres big and we, after approaching the government had to start a foundation “Stichting ter bevordering cart sport” and the government gave us the lease over this property and we build with the help of Curaçao sche Wegenbouw, one of our board members worked at CWM, a race piste that complied with international standards for go-carts. We build a cantine and in the cantine I had long talks with Arie Mulder a go-cart driver that had competed in Europe and I learned so many things from him. He taught me lots of tips and tricks and the rest was history because I became champion 5 years in a row and competed internationally Aruba, Venezuela and Mexico. Later on I used my experience to share it with others pro-bono. What is often forgotten is that the sports requires technical driving skills especially in the curves and it requires a very good conditioning of the body because it requires endurance to become a winner. But as we speak the go-cart or skelter sports has fallen deeply. If there is one thing I would have done differently in this sports, it would be to design more clear and strict rules and what is and what is not allowed to do with the skelters to create a level playing field. Those with money can get an advantage that can’t be bridged by drivers with a less solid financial backing."

Do you still practice the sport?

"Yes, especially when I am in Holland I go with my son in an indoor cart piste."

If you as Wendell, 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?
"
Sport, I am a sports and life coach, I love communicating with other people."


How would you describe Wendell in one word or one sentence?
"Positive, a positive thinker and I always have positive expectations and can keep this feeling up during the whole day."

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
"My farther as I mentioned before. My father knew so many people if I picked him up and bring him to the bank for example people would pass by especially to greet him, he was liked and respected. My humanity and my loving kindness towards other people, I have from my mother, she had such a great heart where she knew so many people and she could relate with so many different kinds of people. But she also always commended me on “me being a technical genius”, because whatever technical challenge came up at home, she would call me and I would fix it, always. So I was fortunate and blessed to have my father and mother as role models.
In track and field my role model and mentor till today is Loren Seagrave. He is one of the most knowledgeable persons internationally and for him to accept me to work with him, I consider a priviledge and great honor. I once, when I was at the beginners level, gave him a small hint during a clinic of a mistake he made and he accepted that feedback and as of that day he invited me to give clinics together with him. He once even trusted my with the responsibility to train a top sprinter from Nigeria in Puerto Rico. This proves to me how much confidence he has in my abilities as a coach/trainer and as a person and also that what I am doing, is appreciated."

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
"
I am a positive and also a honest person. I once had to disqualify as a member of the jury at one of the relay post, my own 5 X 200 meters team during a Waaigat run. No body else was there and I still did it. Integrity is important to me and not every one is like that. I have also experienced trainers, luring athletes away from me. I am in this for athletes, so it do feel sorry for these atheles when I see that their performance dimishes. After Olympic, I started another track and field club Excelsior especially focused on youth and we became so succesfull that we could represent Curaçao with athletes from Excelsior only. But this didn’t happen so we decided to start a new track and field federation and I was suspended as a coach. So I stopped as a coach for a while until an athlete, Nathaneal Esprit approached me to train him and as I am a coach for athletes, I put my pride aside, got over it and decided to become an active coach again. My intentions are always positive and I hold no bad feeling towards no one. I keep smiling and greet also those that might have played some tricks on me."


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
"Well, that what we just discussed when people try to trick me, I use it as a stepping stone to grow and stay on the high road."


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
Thas was when Nathanael Esprit asked me to coach him. He wasn’t making any progress at the trainer coach that was coaching him. That was a defining moment. You know, I used to train and coach his mother. I had introduced weight training for woman athletes, which was unusual in those days, but as I was studying the international developments I knew that in other countries this was happening. So once during Games of the Kingdom of the Nehterlands (Koninkrijkspelen) in Holland, Maurina won from a dutch athlete that was competing at the European level and that was a big surpise and a great moment in her career and my career as a coach."


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your life?
"A better coach at an even higher level. You are never to old to learn. I read books, visit conferences and I have a subscrition for live of a track and field magazine. But I also develop my own techniques and drills and I want to keep sharing my knowlegde and skill with others."

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years years from now?
"When we meet, they feel great. For example once I was in Santo Domingo for the center american championships in track and field, the head coach of the Jamaican delegation came up to me and told me the following: “One thing I never told you, you changed my life.” I had given him a clinic in Puerto Rico.

Another atlhete from Dominica also told me the same. And after one of our joint clinics with Loren Seagrave and a instructor from Nigeria, in the feedback forms the participants told Loren that I came out as the best instructor, while I know for sure that Loren is more knowledgeable then me. But that is the way I am, I love to Uplift my students and hope to impact their attitudes that is very helpful also in other areas of their life."

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
"Stay optimistic because in the end optimism wins. I love helping people to stay optimistic."

Anything else?
"Yes, I am a member of the Hall of Fame for Sports in Curaçao and I have a condecoration as Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau. I want to be a role model inspiring others to also get these same types of recognitions."

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Wendell Prince, whom as an international renowned track and field coach has been and still is so influential in the past generations of athletes whom he has trained and coached. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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 tips
In this week we will share again some helpful motivational video links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Before you overthink, watch this - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICREZm9CtE

How To STOP Negative/Stressful Thinking Once and For All - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRQiarlWJc

Working to Live or Living to Work? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNRldP18bH8

What is the Happiness Advantage? by Shawn Achor - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRy3QrRGFI

Motivational: The Leaders - short film for a great leader - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B365giypZmw

Thought provoking video by Jim Carrey | Alan Watts - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7Bgxn2Ysw

Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (11th – 17th of February) an interview with Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon. We will invite you to our next Master Your Mind event on the 19th of February at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some video-links with you as personal coaching tips on the teachings of LynneMcTaggert. Every single day of the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon: chill, intense and forward going


Can you share something about your family background?
“I am a father and with my significant other Soraya, we have 2 wonderful daughters of which youngest, Solange, was born very recently. My father and mother are still alive and I was raised by my mother and my grandmother. I was born in Curaçao and I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.”

You were very involved in the Downtown Management Organization (DMO), there is where most people know you from and recently made a career switch and started as an entrepreneur, you are now an event organizer. What else do you do?
"
I have been organizing events for almost 20 years now, including the ones I did while I worked at DMO e.g. Punda Vibes, Ban Topa’s, and Noche De Kompras. So starting Enrich is the natural continuation of my passion to create concepts that bring people together and to build platforms to promote creative talent. Next to my own events, the objective of Enrich is to give creative support to other people’s dreams. In more practical terms, I add value to other people’s endeavors by developing concepts, by doing the marketing and by having the relevant experience and network to make these events/projects happen."

We have come to know you as a very dynamic, talented, entrepreneurial and optimistic person and in that sense you are an Influencer in our society since we met when you were director of DMO. What caught our attention was you someway somehow have re-oriented yourself and as an event organizer, you are involved with Kaya Kaya and The Lounge and I am not sure of other events. Whom are the other partners in Kaya Kaya and can you expand a little bit on what the goals are of this event as this event caught a lot of positive attention? How do you explain the success of this event?
"I think the positive reactions to Kaya Kaya come from our bottom up organic approach, although I have to say we were surprised by the amount of attention it generated as well. One of my Kaya Kaya partners, Kurt Schoop, has been involved in the development of Ser’i Otrobanda for over 10 years. He has been relentlessly working on building social cohesion and on beautification of the neighborhood. This laid a strong groundwork for our Kaya Kaya - event. Our other partner, Clayton Lasten, brings his business savvy and innovative way of thinking, to the table.

What helped is that we all bring a positive mindset and that we prefer doing over talking. With our motto “Leave it better behind” we have committed ourselves to achieve lasting improvements for the neighborhood and its inhabitants. And you know, the inhabitants were more than willing to collaborate with us on this. During the preparations of the venue for the Kaya Kaya- event, for example, they helped us with the beautification of the area by painting their houses and with the clean-up. The inhabitants also actively participated as food vendors, and supported us with the production of the street party. Another aspect of Kaya Kaya is that we’re able to create a platform to showcase our talented local artists. We are very grateful that so many people supported our events. This surely motivates us to continue with this concept going forward."

As an event organizer you need to be very connected and be very able to deal with different types of personalities. In that sense you are influencing a lot of people in a good sense because Kaya Kaya was also a community building project. When did you start getting interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Where does it come from? This question makes me reflect way back to when I was living and studying in Rotterdam in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. When I was in my mid-twenties, I noticed that parties with the music genres Hip Hop, R&B, (Neo) Soul and dancehall were mostly on the outskirts venues of the city and the crowd was not as mixed as it is nowadays. I wanted to bring change to that. During that time, Rotterdam was the cultural capital of Europe. The city council stimulated creative hubs, for example by promoting the use of empty buildings as an incubator for creative talent. As an island boy, I walked around in awe of all that was happening there at the time. After helping other people on their projects, I decided to throw my 25th birthday party in an old abandoned insurance building downtown Rotterdam. We had the top-floor of the building full with open-minded people from all kinds of racial and social backgrounds and we had a great time! Fueled by this, I took the leap and together with a group of friends started throwing events commercially. Every few months we had up to 1000 – 1500 guests that came to our events in different venues in Rotterdam, usually in the OffCorso.
I still love bringing people together and let them have a good time, while also providing a platform to hone the skills of young musicians, DJ’s and other talents. So when I moved back to Curaçao , one of the first concepts I developed was Groove Lounge. Groove Lounge brings my friends and the friends of my friends together for a hip-hop/R&B/Eclectic party that hosts some of the best DJ’s of the island. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary last November. We all got older and many of us need to arrange a babysitter or recuperate for a couple of days after the party now, but I’m happy to say that the vibe was still there. 


Video: After movie: The Lounge @ Papagayo Curacao.

I sometimes jokingly say, that I’m in the ‘memory creation’ business. I hope that people who visit my events take the positive memories and connections they made during the event with them in other aspects of their lives as well."

Are you a full-time entrepreneur?
"Yes, I am doing this full time now. So next to the organization of my own events, I provide creative support for other people and also coach other entrepreneurs in the implementation, marketing and branding of their businesses."

Where does your drive comes from? What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
"When is I was a kid I used to play a lot with Lego building cities and also spend time drawing imaginary countries on a A4 paper. Back in those days there was no SIMS computer game. By living and actively participating in the social growth of Rotterdam I’ve noticed that what truly interest me is ‘creating stages’ for positive change, especially in an urban environment. In short, I just feel an urge to create and to see things improve. When you know me, you know I’m someone that has a lot of energy and has a hard time to sit still."

In what ways are you trying to keep up with your skills?
"Mostly by researching the internet on topics that I need to learn more about. Perhaps even more important is that I regularly hit the streets to connect with people in my branch so I can experience what’s going on." 

As an entrepreneur, you should possess lots of courage, you do this easily. Where does this come from?
"Who said it was easy? We all have days that it is not easy to get up or face a challenge, and that’s ok. As long as I’m making steps, as tiny as they may be, I get there eventually while enjoying the journey."

What are your other strengths?

"I can visualize how I want to experience an event and then work back from that to make it happen. In other words, I can “visualize to realize”. I also thrive under pressure and am highly adaptable to change, which comes in handy as an event organizer."

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
"When I was young, I loved playing with Lego. Now I share that hobby with my four-year old daughter Jazmine. We are building an awesome Lego city together, even with her Elsa and Moana and other Disney Lego’s that seem to keep appearing. Besides my family, I love sports, basketball especially. Next to watching the games, I’m interested in the ways teams function, the plays behind the scenes and the development of talents. I also like learning about city development and the history of the world, especially why and how things have happened."

If you as Raygen, 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?
"Hey, I am Raygen. Where is the party at?"


How do you see the future of Willemstad?

"The best way to predict the future is to create it. Willemstad has a hardware and a software side. The hardware consists of its buildings, its harbor, its streets and its parks. The software part is what I love to do, by giving the hardware “taste” with the right events and encourage a good mix of functions, so that people like to visit the area and feel connected to it. There are currently many developments in the Willemstad area that runs from “Bapor Kibra” to “Piscadera”. I am optimistic that with continued focus and effort, we can make great improvements in that area in the short term."

Someone once told me that “Curaçao is the island of the future, and it will always be that way”. This triggers me, because I refuse to believe that we cannot achieve better things for our island. I prefer to think that the best way to predict the future is to create it ourselves. This is absolutely possible. We have so many creative and capable people on this island.

Do you have another subject matter that you are passionate about?
"
Another subject I naturally gravitate towards has to do with youth. During my time at Luna Blou, together with Angela Roe, we brought young talent together to guide them and to give them a stage through the Luna Yen Open Podium event. In a broader sense, we need to hone the skills of our youth, for example through better education and afterschool programs. Not only for their own development, but for the development of our community as well. Currently, we are not doing that sufficiently, at least not in a way that is feasible for people with lower incomes."

How would you describe Raygen in one word or one sentence?
“Chill, but also intense, with a perspective of going forward and making things happen."

Who is a positive role model in your life?
“My mother. She had me when she was 15 years old. Nonetheless, she raised me and started her own company. She is very good in what she does. I’m really proud of her and hope to have inherited some of her determination and strength."

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, defining moment that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths and turned out to be a blessing?
"
That was back in Rotterdam, when I decided to come back to Curaçao . I was still organizing events, but noticed that times had changed. Friends moved away, had babies, my relationship ended, and my events were less successful. After some self-reflection, and a good talk with my mother, I came to the conclusion that the cheese that I’ve been eating had moved and I decided it was time to come back to Curaçao .

My time in Rotterdam taught me how to be an active participant in a time that the city was booming. I took this mindset back with me when I came back to Curaçao in 2005. I gave myself 10 years to prove to myself that I could be successful in bringing together city development, culture, night life, youth and art. Those 10 years have passed already, and I am happy to see the results of the projects that I was able to work on and I’m now blessed to be involved in Kaya Kaya.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
"A couple of years ago, I stood at the Plaza Fort outlook at the Punda side of the harbor enjoying the view with an American that comes regularly to the island. Standing there the American said: “Curaçao is the most developed underdeveloped island I have seen in the Caribbean”. In my opinion he nailed that remark. We have one of the most beautiful Islands in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage city full of potential. But still we haven’t succeeded harnessing its social, physical and economic power.

In 10 years’ time I’d like to stand on that same spot, look out on the city and enjoy how far we have come.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
“He did it his way.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao ?
"
We have everything that is needed to make the island thrive. I meet and work with a lot of young people that are focused on making their communities better. Overall, we just need to be more critical of ourselves, not by bashing one another or by pointing fingers, but by setting higher expectations for ourselves and the people around us."

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"Well, one last thing I will say: be careful what you wish for because you can be overwhelmed with opportunities. The question you have to ask yourself is when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”. I’m still learning to say “no” to myself and I’m hopefully getting there soon, because by saying “yes” on too many opportunities, can overwhelm and stray you from the path to reach your goals. What I’m learning myself is to work together and to share opportunities, considering that one person can’t do everything in one lifetime. By sharing, others can take on the opportunities as well and together we can make the pie called “Curaçao ” bigger and more fruitful for all."

For more information on what Enrich offers, go to:
www.facebook.com/Kayakayaparty/
www.facebook.com/GrooveLoungeEvents/

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Raygen Zuiverloon, whom as an event organizer is creatively connecting people in a positive way and helping them to create a positive memory, modeling through his actions positive societal changes. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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.


Master Your Mind Platform book presentation

This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the book 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster). Click to attend!




Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links related to the book “The power of 8”, by Lynn Mctaggart. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

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

Lynne McTaggart - How to do intention: Useful Tips - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJMZKZNiJc&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart- Highlights of The Middle East Peace Intention Experiment - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Abvdw1NLo8&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart: How to conduct a Power of Eight group - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTORJd3s3Ws&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Dr Dacher Keltner discuss the vagus nerve - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-1HhWRcIyQ&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Wes Chapman: How a Power of Eight group session transformed his life – YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QduyIeb8w How he overcame his depression?


Influencer Tamira La Cuz, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (4th – 10th of February) an interview with influencer Tamira LaCruz, we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session now at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some personal coaching tips as video-links. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Tamira La Cruz: a bridge-builder, diverse and global

Tamira could you share with us some of your family back ground?
“My name is Tamira La Cruz, I was born in Curaçao and I have one brother Marco and a very large and dear extended family in Curaçao, the Netherlands, the US and the Dominican Republic. My parents are still alive and have been very supportive in my career. “

Have you ever worked for an employer?

“Yes, I worked for Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) for 4 years at the start of my career. I received a scholarship from them. We have maintained in contact over the years especially with Ron Gomes Casseres and we try to connect and talk to one another every 90 days. About three years ago I went through a transformational phase re-inventing my “niche” as a professional and I am grateful for having been able to talk with him. Ron is a kind of an accountability partner for me and on top of that his more experienced and analytical mind and his quick answers to my questions, where only a few words are enough, that challenges me. There is wisdom in age.“

How long have you now been an entrepreneur and what are the services that you offer to your clients?
“Since 1995 I am offering two things to companies. MarkStra Caribbean helps companies grow their market and therefore their company by looking into new opportunities and help them turn this into reality. Nowadays, most of my clients are international clients; they have a larger business strategy and research system. In the last three years, I diversified from private sector clients to also multi -lateral international agencies that give advice to governments. We help economies and the companies within them to become more competitive, innovative and more export oriented. I also work as an export coach for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”


When we first met, you were a member of Rotary Club, so you are in that sense also giving to the society.
“I am fortunate as a person, first of all to have the parents that I have. When I was 14 years old back in 1979 and I read in the magazine Seventeen that there was a summer camp in New York I really dearly wanted to go to this summer camp. I am grateful my parents’ courage, because at the age of 14 years, they put me on an airplane and I went to New York. This was 40 years ago in New York and the USA, where just some years after the abolishment of the segregation and only 11 years after Martin Luther King had been murdered. They never took me to Disney World, but they had a lot of courage to send their 14 year old daughter to a summer camp in New York. It was life-changing.

I was also fortunate to get a scholarship from MCB to attend Boston University, after I finalized my secondary school. In that sense MCB recognized my talents, which our system doesn’t necessarily do. I later got my MBA from to the Wharton College in the USA... I did an exchange at IESE Business School in Barcelona, worked in Chile (still under a dictatorship) and volunteered in Colombia and Guatemala (both with internal strife). Al these experiences were life-changing.

I appreciate this so much that I am now, as we speak today, very passionate about offering young adolescents (16 to 17 years old) the opportunity to go to exchange programs, or participate in any international opportunity available to them. I consider it a way to pay it forward.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I try to pay it forward what I got and I am passionate about that. “

You are trying also to keep up with your skills?

“I do lots of reading, always with a special focus on companies and international agencies, their methodology, identifying best practices. I love meeting new people, new behaviors and new ways of looking at things."

I have always perceived you as an opinionated woman and you are not a shy person, right?
“I try to speak based on data, logic and evidence based. It sometimes comes across as ‘critical’.”





We have heard that you are very innovative in what you do, where does that come from?

“In Curaçao, for historic reasons, we value and listen to opinions of professionals working in rather conservative sectors like accountancy, lawyers, tax lawyers, civil servants. They are wired to think in terms of ‘maintaining what there is’ and to ‘group think’. In my profession, I am constantly looking for new developments and opportunities and see if I can create value for my clients. And after doing this for over 30 years, adding international insights, it becomes ‘automatic’ and I have gotten increasingly better at it. This skill stands out as unique amid the sea of conventional thinking, based on the same premise, in Curaçao. Working outside of Curaçao, I also realized that we can be more transparent, opening opportunities for people with different expertise. To me it is obvious that people with my mindset are not valued.“

What are your other strengths?
“I have always been ‘the bridge’, everywhere I am, and also in Curaçao.”


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

“I am very much involved in organic perma culture and natural farming. I lived in Spain in 1993 and saw that they were growing things in a very arid climate comparable with Curaçao. This inspired me. So after I came to Curaçao and I talked to my father to join me in setting up a project. He said: ‘Go read this book first’. After some ‘debate’ and hesitancy I did read the book and have been reading and experimenting with organic gardening ever since. I am now also on the board of Soltuna, Agricultural Marketing Foundation.”

If you as Tamira would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
“That is tough; I would ask them first about themselves and then tell them that part about myself that fits the conversation and context.“


How would you describe Tamira in one word or one sentence?
“A bridge, diverse and global.”





Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My mother is the daughter of immigrants and an extremely very pro-active woman. When she was 28 years old she started the first club for women in Curaçao back in 1963 by passing the articles of law at a notary to formalize it, during a time when woman couldn’t even sign certain legal documents. She is a big role model for me. My father used to be a civil servant, but still had lots of initiatives like he started a chicken farm back in 1970-ies and later sold it. When I met the new owner some time ago he told me that this farm, when he bought is, was way ahead of its time and still is. So both my parents are out of box thinkers, way ahead of their time. I respect them dearly.
Ron Gomes Casseres as my former boss and also Orlando Cuales. I worked for Radio Curom Z-86 when he started to localize radio and transformed radio in Curaçao in the beginning of the eighties. I think both are 20 years older than I. I have a few more mentors of that same age difference. It’s the sweet spot, I think.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“I am a business economist by profession and when I came back I started my company in 1995. Although I was helping companies in their growth strategy as part of their marketing strategy, many people thought I was doing the creative and design part of it. That is why I started 10 years ago to re-positioning myself to a business strategist and am now a recognized economic and private sector development expert for SIDS. It took a lot of effort because Curaçao is not known by multilateral agencies or countries for economic development programs and experts, and because my experience on the national policy level in Curaçao was and continues to be limited. It is often required to ‘break through’ internationally. I cannot tell you how many times I got rejected in Curaçao, for the simplest things. However, I had invested in acquiring current knowledge about competitiveness (Global Competitiveness Index) and red carpet (World Bank Doing Business), both of which proved to be perfectly timed. I am, after all, well-versed in finding new opportunities and building bridges. All the work I have done in economic development is with international consulting agencies because I built the bridge.The lessons learned: invest, be more responsive than your competitors, show off your uniqueness and diversity.“

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?

“When my significant other died 2,5 years ago. I started to look at things differently because I received a warm bath of empathy not only from friends, but also from relative strangers because I could sense their humanity. I became more empathic and I now deliberately connect with people on a different level now. Also, I deliberately try to be ‘diplomatic’. I omit and delete phrases, word choices, that are unnecessarily suggestive. That was a great lesson."

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your businesses?
“Retired.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
“She lived her life and she was fortunate to have a great one.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“We still have great areas of strength to uncover and to learn to put to use to the growth of our country. If all had been discovered and uncovered, there would be no way forward. I also know that we still have Spirit to fight. I wrote that article ‘A dozen and four reasons to choose Curaçao for business’ a few weeks ago. Check this link: 16 sterktes van Curaçao voor zaken en privé.
Tamira La Cruz | Jan 17, 2019.
It was published by several local papers to coincide with the BB4B Forum (Bon Bini for Business). The greatest reward was how Yu Di Kòrsou reacted. It gave everybody a much-needed ‘aliento’. I realized we were not emotionless about our country and circumstance. That is a great thing!”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“We need to appreciate whom we are and not “waltz over” our diversity that has created whom we are on this moment in time, but recognize this as our strength that adds value to our country.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Tamira LaCruz, whom as an entrepreneur is modeling to other entrepreneurs how a local entrepreneur can work and thrive by working mostly in foreign markets. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society by her example.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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.

The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation
This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).

Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share some helpful motivational video links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What Is Synchronicity? Ask Deepak Chopra! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pb1NC-Tcbw

Your Daily Habits Killing Your Chances Of Success? | John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQ0_D8qzGM

Tony Robbins on the Best Piece of Advice He Ever Got - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=if1AeoHbZ8k

Tony Robbins - Best Story Ever - Inspired a Pimp! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KQ7egNyYU

Tony Robbins - Life's Too SHORT - #BelieveBites - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRW3K_N-Tw

Purpose and Meaning | Dr Wayne Dyer (The Shift) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b53A1cBlPk

Influencer Vicky Trinidad, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on January 26, 2019 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog: an interview with Vicky Trinidad; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 19th of February; we will share some personal coaching tips as video links with you on ‘Being non-judgemental’. Every single day we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/ share2uplift page.


Vicky Trinidad: a sunshine, dynamic and all round


Vicky, we have heard from people, that you are a very dynamic, talented and a driven person.
Can you share with us some of your family back ground?
“I was born in Curaçao and the rest is a little bit complicated and a long story. I grew up with my aunt since I was 6 months old. This aunt is the sister of my father and I call her my Mom, because she is my mommy (Iris Trinidad). My biological mother went to live in Holland and my father went a little later to Holland and they were already separated. Both of them, I didn’t hear or see a lot of them.My biological mom uses to send me cards, one of my birthdays and one on Christmas. She did this till I was 13 years old. But I never had an address or a phone number of her. I don’t know so much about my biological mom. I know from my father’s family that I have 2 sisters and one brother.“

But you know, I am very fortunate because I grew up never feeling that I missed anything until I was an adolescent, I started asking questions about why “this” and why “that” about my biological mother. There are two words that I almost never use: “Hate and dumb”. I don’t judge people and therefore don’t judge her. She must have had her reasons and I don’t blame her for not being involved in my education and my life when I grew up. I’m not the one to judge. I wasn’t there and I could never walk in her shoes to know why she never took care of me. So, there is also nothing to forgive. When she made her a choice, at that time, I guess that was the best choice for her to make. You will never know what that someone was feeling when they took their decision.

I met my older brother by coincidence, when I was 15 years old and once I lived in Holland I went out and looked for my biological mother, curious to know whom she was and to find out if I looked like her or something. In October 1997, I finally met her. And it turned out that I had another brother, younger than me. So, I finally came to understand that I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters, from different fathers and “it is like it is”. I love them all and I talk to them all. My Mom (Iris) was and still is very supportive and so is the rest of the family here in Curaçao, but also in Holland. Whenever I have a crazy idea my mom gets a heart attack first and then she sees why I’m so excited. And together we talk about the options. My sister Jo-Ann in Holland, is my Number One fan, she always tells me, how much she admires me. I have a boyfriend now for almost 4 years and he supports me in my craziness and my hectic live and work. And his family too He even comes up with ideas for me”.

You have studied and worked in Holland, right?
“I went to Holland in 1997 when I was 20 years old. I went to study Ergotherapy, but ended up studying “Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening” with a certificate in “Ambulante en Medische Zorg” because Ergotherapy had a lottery system which I missed. I also combined this with a Sociaal Juridische Dienstverlening. In those days, I wanted to look good and show to the world that I could handle two Majors. But you know that didn’t work out at first because especially after I became sick for 4 to 5 months, I changed my plans. I went to work for a Telecommunication and Technological firm. And I was challenged after being hired as a telephone operator after two months when the secretary of the director asked me to help them out with his PowerPoint presentation which I have mentioned on my CV that I have mastered. Which in those days was still very unique. But, I didn’t master this as well as they thought I did, but my boyfriend then, he is computer whiz kid, helped me out on the phone and after two days I delivered and the director was very happy with what I did with his PowerPoint presentation.”

Does this typifies whom you are, not afraid from the unknown and challenge, having courage?
"Yes, for sure. Because after, that they offered me, after working there for some time, to work for them for an indefinite time, but I decided to go back to school and finish my studies, because I thought I would look good in the eyes of others. Btw I don’t do this anymore, pleasing others. If and when I say “no” it is a “no”. But back then in my early 20-ties, I was like that. “

You used to work for SSC as a mentor?
“Yes, I started in 2004 and stopped in 2011. I loved working there because helping others, especially students to get their education in the best of possible ways gave me great satisfaction. When I left to Holland for my advanced education, I went without any mentoring. And I met a lot of other students those days all complaining about the mentoring via SSC. So, I decided why not help out by giving a helping hand as a mentor. “

Where did that caring for others come from?
“Well, my Mom is a dedicated and caring schoolteacher and she always worked to let her students become the best they can be, giving extra curriculum during schooltime and in the afterschool hours. So, she empowered them and never left a child behind. I was fortunate enough to have her as a mother, so she inspired me and that explains how I am. In a sense, it is “monkey see, monkey do”. You know when I go around with my mother these days, we meet ex-students and their parents and they still express their appreciation for how my mother had impacted them when they were a student.”

You decided to come back to Curaçao although your future was unsure? When did you come back?

Since 2012 I was planning to come back. In the year 2011 one of my best friends, Vaneska Vis, a colleague at SSC, decided to move to Bonaire. And then my Sister Jo-Ann also left in January 2013 to live in Bonaire too. We used to live together in a big house I bought. So, when they started to leave Holland, I myself started to think about coming back to Curaçao. I sold my house and with the intention to save more money. What happened at that time is that I got sick in the beginning of January 2014, I had Breast Cancer stage 3. Another long story. The best thing is: My mom came to Holland and stayed with me till the end of my treatment. So, I decided to stay longer in Holland because Health Care is somewhat better than Curaçao. The thought to coming back still in the back of my mind.

By the beginning of 2016 I started to look for jobs and in February 2017 I packed my bags and I was back in Curaçao on 21st of March 2017. Life is short. And after having survived Cancer you really know that life is. That I’m here telling you this, is a miracle of sorts. So, when you get an opportunity to do something, do it. Because tomorrow you might not be here. I missed my family so much and my Mom is getting older. The other thing was that my boyfriend was also in Curaçao. So, the question was, Why not?!"


Your are project leader of CURA DOET and in that sense involved in making lots of volunteer work possible. Would you explain to us what your work is all about? How many full timers and part timers are involved in your overall work?
“I have one of the best jobs. Because I haven’t had a day that I wake up and say: I don’t want to go to work. When you love your job, it doesn’t feel like working. From filling all forms to get the “subsidie” till completing the project is my job. Curaçao Cares Foundation is the main Foundation and CURA DOET is one of the projects we have. We try to connect NGO, Companies and Volunteering together. CURA DOET is the biggest volunteering Action on Curaçao with 6.500 people volunteering. The job gives me a great feeling. Grateful to see every project crystalizing and all those happy smiles. We 4 now working together with 1 super intern. We all work freelance. We all have our own company. Beside us, we have a great board who supports as all the way. I can say I have learn from the best, Janis Vinck.

It is fun to have all those different types of contacts, their stories, my colleagues, my office hours that are not 9 to 5 working hours. You know a job title is not my thing. When I came to Curaçao I started to spread my CV around among friends and people I knew, visited network opportunities. I took a job in helping organize Carifta as volunteer, I was motivated to help Curaçao strengthen its reputation for being able to offer a good organization of the Carifta games, but for me it was also an opportunity to network and to showcase my skills. So, as I don’t belief in formal application procedures, this was an excellent opportunity to show to people what I was made off. I was also helping ACECollege (offering MBO and HBO-education) in 2017 with their rooster, teaching some classes and helping out in their afterschool programs and helping SOAW in writing project-documents, tools and curriculum for youth. But the main thing, my strategy to show case my skills worked perfectly because in July 2017 Curaçao Cares Foundation approached me for the first time and then by the 1st of October 2017 I was called again and offered the job as project leader of CURA DOET as the budget for SOAW dried out and in a sense, I considered this to be a present from heaven. I gradually stopped my work for ACE college in December 2017. But I still do some side jobs like in 2018, I also worked for a medical specialist from Colombia as a side job. He is applying Stem Cell Therapy, but I quit at the end of the year.

I am the secretary in the board of Curaçao Zoo and vice president for the Football Federation UNDEBA. It’s my way of giving back to the community. Beside this I’m an Education Consultant at Bircham University. I have my own foundation call Stichting Exprys and in my free time I help other to write projects. I have a lot of ideas and hope I can do a lot for my community."


What are the outcomes that you are aiming for CURA DOET?

“Last year I aimed for 225 volunteer projects and we ended having 250 projects and we ultimately ended up with 303. This year 2019, I aiming for 310. Why? It is great to expand and grow but you have to keep the quality of the projects in mind. But we already have over the 330 projects. We know that the overall awareness on the island is growing, but the way projects are handled and how volunteers are managed in the interpersonal relationships area, also needs to mature. Another thing is they need to be there for each other and we need to learn that we don’t need to wait until Christmas to start the preparation and caring for each other, they can work on the preparations during the whole year. We need to learn and feel how nice it is to do something for somebody else. Through radio, television, Facebook and Instagram we are going to promote this. If you are not the focal point but others, you will benefit anyway.”

What kind of activities are you supporting?

“It’s a little too much to answer. It’s from diving with turtles and clean part of the ocean around Curaçao, Cleaning up the beaches, Helping schools with painting their school or classroom, going out with the elders, taking care of the homeless, touch up kindergardens, Helping the zoo, Scoutingclubs, helping Sport federation to maintaining their “facilities”, painting with autistic children, taking care of our Archeology etc.
Go to www.curadoet.com. See the list.”


What are the challenges of the volunteer organizations?
"I would say to be open to meet other new people and to deal with the financial limitations and create something creative with it."

How do you experience the willingness of people to be involved as volunteer?
“Well I can say that a lot of my friends and my family are helping. Before they were like: why should I, because they thinking they have a lot to do at their own home, so why helping others. The minute I explain the benefits to them and they get in touch with others and hear their story, they change. And this is what happens to others. 

I am a connector, it is about give and take and be aware that you are not the center of the world the whole day and I am very aware of that.

I always say: No matter what happens is life, you need someone or you WILL need someone to help you. Today is their turn, tomorrow is yours. Money is not everthing in life. Lifting others up and helping other is best way to show that you care and that you don’t expect anything in return.
I always say: No matter what happens is life, you need someone or you will need someone to help you. Today is their turn, tomorrow is yours. Money is not everything in life. Lifting others up and helping others, is the best way to show that you care and that you don’t expect anything In return.”

Can you explain your relationship with Curaçao Cares? And with the donor funds supporting CURA DOET?

Reda Sosial supports us in Curaçao. And from Holland Oranje Fonds. In Holland you have NL Doet, and so all the other island participates. It’s a Koningrijks ding. Union. The greatest thing is that it happened on 2 day on all 6 island and Holland. In 2 days more than 300 projects are being help. CURA DOET 2019 is on 15th and 16th of march.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“To be a better person and to be a better me every day. To be a useful person. Last year I found an old Friends-Book and way back in those days, I was already thinking and feeling that I wanted to be a useful person for my community. I didn’t wright that I wanted to be an advocate or a doctor or accountant. I just wanted to be useful for others, helping others. And It is exactly what I still love to do and doing it. I got this from my Mom. She is always ready to help someone. Look what she did for me when I was a baby. She was young, wasn’t marry and she could have travelled the world but instead of that, she chooses to take care of me. And time after time I have seen how she did this for the family. My role model.
I love to wake up and see myself happy, feeling and knowing that I did a great deed and someone is overly happy because I help them. I love what I see in the mirror. They are no problems, I see solutions.”

How do you keep your skills up to date? 
“I like to read books. Nowadays these are E-books. I like to read about the human being. Why we act like this? Why we think like this? The psychology part of it and the dynamics between people is so interesting. My skills? I'm sometimes terrified of myself, because I can easy do something I never did before and learn it easily. I’m a very quick learner. And that is why my job must be interesting, because for me the money is not everything. I can’t see myself in that office from 9 to 5. I like to see movies and documentaries. It doesn’t matter in which language, as long as they have a subtitle. In Curaçao I haven’t follow any courses yet, but when I was in Holland I went to too many of them. I love meeting people. I invest first I my family, friends and I love to network and share with them my ideas. “

What are your strengths?
“I can see the positive sight of something easily while others will not see this;
I can talk easily to a stranger and maintain an interesting and entertaining conversation
I love to challenge myself;
I can organize like nobody else can;
I easily motivate others and I have great sense of humor.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about apart from singing?
“How did you know about my singing? Well, I am not singing anymore these days. I used to be in the M.I.L.-choir when I was going through my secondary educational education with Tania Cross, I used to sing in the church choir. I use to love singing in a group not solo, but never aiming to make a career out of it like Tania Kross and other singers famous singers too and I used to sing in the church choir. I use to love singing in a group not solo but not to make it a career out of it like others has made it; it was not my ambition. I love to dance, but lately I am not going out so much; I love the theater and “theater sport” . I did have my own group in Holland: A-Talents.I love photography; I love watching movies and series. And I am a motivational speaker.
Btw, I will write a book before I turn 45 years old. I already know the title of this book: “Greetings from Penstraat”, that is where I was born.“


If you as Vicky, 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?
“Easy: I would answer…Hi. I’m Vicky. What brings you here? Where are you travelling to? I love doing lots of things, but people call me sunshine, dynamic, multi-functional, an octopus, “WOW” and connected.”

How would you describe Vicky in one word or one sentence?
“Dynamic or a sunshine, but it is not easy because I am so much more than just one word. One will never know me by just describing whom I am in just one word.“

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

“My Mom, my Sister Jo-Ann whom is now back in Holland for her advanced studies in Psychology. There are so many. You know I’ve seen a lot and I’ve spoken with so many inspiring people and everyone has touch me. I’ve had a lot of interesting works like working as a Social Working with Prostitutes and in a Psychiatric Clinic, close- setting. So, all my clients or patients tells their story and every story made me think. Sounds Cliché, but so it is.”

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“My way of thinking is this and how I feel is this: Everyone who crossed my path has taught me something. My friends are my friends, because I look up to them. They have supported me through hell and backed me. I have with every one of them, a different relationship. This is also true for every person that I ever met. There are some unforgettable moments. There are other less “pleasant” moments. But, my “number one”- role model is my mom. I look up to her how she took care of me (she was 28 years old when she decided to do this) and she was always by my side. She is just a great example of how a good woman should be and how an unconditional mom as a person can be. And because of her, bad models are just lessons learned.“

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
"• Fighting and beating Cancer;
• Another moment was when I started doubting in myself during the time that I was for 1,5 year unemployed. I became depressed at last because of the overwhelming financial challenges I had;
• When I decided to be single, just to get to know myself better. And I can tell you that I am my best company, when I am alone. Me, myself and I. Me-time offers me the opportunity to do the things that I want to, like going to the movies when every else calls it off, I will go to the movies. I consider my freedom of choices as something very important;
• Fighting my thyroids hormone issues and accepting myself as I am. But because of all of this, I have grown to be the person I am now.

Whatever happens is life: Life will go on with or without you. You have to stand up, dust the dust off and keep going forward. When you hit the bottom, you can only go up. My logic is not yours. My quote: Despite how open, peaceful and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deep as they have met themselves (think about it).”

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
A defining moment was the period I was depressed. Those were 1,5 frustrating years. I bought a house in 2006 and even went to Curaçao in December 2006 to celebrate and then in February 2007 I was laid off based on the LIFO principle, Last in first out, from De Haagse Hoge School. Everywhere I applied for work I was considered overly qualified. The economic recession during those days hit its peak. The main reason I got so depressed was I was unable to oversee a solution for my financial challenges of paying my mortgage and fixed monthly payments in the end running arrears and I couldn’t see the end of the tunnel, until via a psycho therapist and a financial advisor after recognizing that I had an issue we finally were able to get back on track. During those days, the help I got from my sister and friends was so important for me to get back on track. I am eternally grateful for the help I got. My sister and a friend finally moved in my house and the worst was over by 2010. But I renewed my talents and I learned that I can stumble, get to the bottom and come up back.
I think It was a lesson to learn so it prepared me for the Cancer-period.I believe that things happen for a reason and there are no coincidences in life!”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
“Happy, in good health so to keep helping others. I already have my company and foundation. I’ve learned not to plan too much. I don’t even know If I will still here. So, I live my life happy, graceful, grateful and there are always things on my path to do.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
“She was good!!!! She was happy!”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I think I see Curaçao in a totally different way than others. I see possibilities every step I make. There is so much to do. I don’t want to be rich, I want health and help others to realize a lot of projects so I can help my community. If we keep on waiting for things to happened, it will never happen. Go out and change it. A small act can change the world. Stop playing the victim and do something for you Island.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?

“We have to stop thinking in boxes and categorize everything and put it in a box. If you keep thinking this way, you will never think out of the box and see out the box and appreciate how beautiful it is. You will only see problems. Life is a challenge, but it is a beautiful challenge.
(I made up this quote whahahahaha)". 


As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Vicky Trinidad, whom is influencing our NGO sector as an Influencer and a very dynamic project leader of CURA DOET. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society. We will definitely continue to hear from her in the future.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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.

The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation
This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.

Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share with you some valubale tips as video links on 'Being Non-Judgemental'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video’s on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Judging Others is Dangerous: Powerful Story - Video - Don't Jump to Conclusions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEuqMlv02aw

Think For Yourself - Stop Being Judgemental || Dont Judge || Eye-Opener - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjPtgzx1JRY

Judging and Shaming | Brendan Buchholz | TEDxYouth@ParkCity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCj44WmgcLE

Tips for practicing non-judgement - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjRe2l0fQFg

How To Be Non-Judgmental - Happiness Vlog - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=su1uslmjWNA

Non-judgement. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Non-judgmental Awareness - Habits of Mind - - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vKE8IiK3O1U


Influencer Gilbert Martina, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Gilbert Martina, we will invite you to are next Master Your Mind Platform session and we will share with you some valuable tips as video-links on 'Consistency'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video’s on Facebook.com/share2uplift.

Gilbert Martina: humble, reliable, ethical and warm



Gilbert we have come to know you as a very dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society. Could you sharte something about your family?
“I was born in Curaçao and I have one sister and one brother. I am a father of two sons and my parents are still alive, my partner has two daughters and one son, so I have a family of 5 children.

I have lived, worked and made my career in Holland becoming a program manager of an insurance company Delta Lloyd in Holland for 3 years for large changemanagement programs, but I decided to come to live back in Curaçao where I started as Managing Director for Ennia Health Insurances (Amerfoortse: 2003 - 2006), Chief Operations Officer at Ennia Insurance (2006 – 2013) and Senior Managing Director Ennia Insurance (2013 – June 2017) for 14 years. As of february 2018, I became director of HNO (Hospital Nobo Otrobanda) and we are now going through the most decisive phase of transition these first months in 2019.

I am also the President of the Supervisory Board of Refineria di Curaçao in one of the most deciding phases of the history of the refinery in Curaçao.

As such my responsibilities are huge, but I believe I'm very capable and prepared to deal with these challenges, because all of my past experiences have prepared me for this moment in time.”

You are of the opinion, that you can master your own destiny and should not wait for things to fall in your lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. Where did that come from?
“My mother and grandmother always told us that work will not kill you and that if you love what you do, you will not work for one day in your life. So do everything with passion and love.”


You like reading books, watching motivational YouTubes and you love meeting different kinds of people, you are very active meditator and this gives you a lot of mental peace. Would you like to expand on this, why are you so opinionated about this?
“We all are human beings and a human being has two parts, a human part (mind) and a being part (soul). The human part is relative, it has a beginning and an end (birth and dead), but the being part (soul) is absolute, it is eternal. Where as the human part is fed by tangible / material things, the soul needs only 3 things which are not tanglible being: FAITH, LOVE AND COMPASSION.

Meditation helps to foster and grow our soul which will increase our consiousness and decrease the influence of the mind, that becomes isolated (EGO). The ego never has enough, but if what you have today doesn’t satisfy you, what you will have tomorrow will not satisfy you neither, happiness isn’t an experience (external driven), but an internal state. The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of it’s youth, that’s why it is essential to educate and develop not only the objective intelligence (math, reading, etc) of our youth and all human beings, but more importantly also the subjective intelligence being the consiousness. Intelligence without consiousness is a menace to every society."

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
“Yes, family and friends, cooking, soccer, traveling and get in touch with different cultures, nature, the ocean and spiritualism. I am also trying also to keep up with my skills and I enable others to grow. In that sense I am also a people’s manager and a servant leader.”

You are an abled communicator, you can connect with people and you can connect dots and align as part of a deliberate effort, right?
“Yes, I can, I see myself as an “builder of bridges” connecting people to make a difference for the good of all. That’s is always my objective, the general interest thus the good of all.”

If you as Gilbert 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?
“Hello, I’m Gilbert Martina, I would like to know what their purpose is an human being and afterward I will tell them about my purpose, which is to help and serve and how we can help each other.”

How would you describe Gilberto in one word or one sentence?
“A humble, reliable, ethical and warm person.”

Your leadership capacities are obvious, but where did this come from?
“I would say a gift from our dear Lord.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My mother, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Barak Obama, Denzel Washington, Mother Teressa. Yes, Denzel Washington also inspires me.”

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“I did not have negative rol models, I don't identify with people with unethical behavior.”


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?

“The biggest lesson in life is always follow your own compass, and that wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it and right is right, even if no one is doing it.” We always have to do the right things in our life.”

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“I do not categorized events in my life as good or bad, my life is a journey loaded with experiences so every experience, that manifests itself, I have to deal with it and do the right thing.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? What are your other strengths?
“Humbleness.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or somehting else?
“It is definitely spiritual: to touch and light the life of as many human beings as possible.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“Where ever I’m needed to make an difference for the good of all.”

Can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for short and long term?
“My focus is primairy to help and serve and to be passionate about what I do.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 to 20 years years from now?
“That I have been an example for them and the community.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“Find out what your purpose is in this lifetime and dedicate yourself 100% to that purpose, all your needs will be granted to you.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Gilbert Martina, whom is influencing our health sector as Transition Manager and director of CMC, is deeply involved in the future of our refinery and is enabling meditation of our youth at schools. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society. We will definitely continue to hear from him in the future.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020


As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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.

The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation 
This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.

Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).

Personal coaching tips

In this week we will share with you some valubale tips as video links on 'Consistency'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video’s on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


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

Consistent Effort Over Time - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf3oMy7-e-I

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

Why Consistency Beats Intensity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kEM-2d3dqc

Consistency & Flow - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXZfWGvJj_k

Success Stories- Power of Consistency - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOTtp7wEf70


Influencer EmyNiaFeliz, New: Book sessions January at Chit Chat and this week tips

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (14th – 20th of January 2019) an interview with Æmy Felicia better known as ÆmyNiaFeliz; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind book presentation as of the 19th of February starting at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some valuable personal video links as personal coaching tips on “modernity”. Every single day in the week we will upload one of these video links on www.facebook.com/share2uplift/.


Æmy Felicia or ÆmyNiaFeliz:
Inspirational, passionate, talented with a committed heart


We have come to know you as a very dynamic, talented, opinionated person and Influencer in our society since 2018, when we saw you at Hóben Òn musical in June 2018 at Kura di Arte. You were highly recommended by motivational speaker Eldrion Regina. Your name is Æmy Felicia, but you are better know as ÆmyNiaFeliz. Why do you brand yourself with that name? We are just curious about the name and how it came about.
“When I was a child they use to call me “Nena” derived from Nena for “little girl” is spanish and “Nia”. At school they would call me by my family name Felicia, but also Feliz (happy) and after some time it became Nia Feliz. I kind of like the NiaFeliz meaning a happy girl and that also became an affirmation of sorts for me. Meaning, I am a happy person and I am trying to make lots of people happy. So, this sticked with me and became my artistic name.”
 

You have a wonderful voice and your lyrics have an underlying educational message. What also caught my attention was your explicit opinion on sex only in a marriage and your belief in God.
“Basically, as a teenager I made this conscious choice and that was since I was at school. Then when I was almost 17 years old the foundation “ATM” (Apstene Te Matrimonio, advocating not having sex until marriage) approached me to become their spokesperson and aiming to reach our youth with this message. I shared their opinion and I had a tough time. I had to deal with bullying and other challenges, but I had and still have this courage to hold my ground, because I firmly belief that sex should come with the right timing so that It doesn’t become a curse instead of a blessing. I know that it is a natural thing and that abstinence doesn’t guarantee a happy marriage, but I have met so many people that have experienced the disadvantages of having sex before their marriage or prematurely that I still am of this opinion.

One of the other reasons I decided that I should wait until marriage is, because I consider having sex with a partner as a gift not to be taken lightly and therefore it is a precious thing to be shared with my future husband and I also wanted to take good care of my body. There are lots of people that don’t belief in a marriage as an institution because it doesn’t guarantee a happy marriage. But I have reliable reasons to believe in marriage and still am a big advocate of this. And you know when I meet young people that are willing to listen to the arguments pro and con’s, the number of people that side with me grows. But it was tough and still is and I sincerely believe that it has its value to wait with sex till you are married.


“Regarding my belief in God, God is very very important to me. Everybody has faith in something and for me I have come to know God personally and I have a very close relationship with God. We, as human beings, have a tendency to judge other people even though we don’t know them. I am of the opinion, that we shouldn’t judge nobody and we shouldn’t let anyone tell us whom God is, everybody should figure it out for themselves by seeking Him through His given word which is the Bible. Every single day I try to live my life trying not to be as judgemental as I use to be. I am not completely free of judgments, because it is a protection we all have, in order to bring light to our blind sides and peoples true intentions. But I am doing a lot better then when I was much younger and you know I now feel so much better because of this.”

You were born in Curaçao, you have 1 older brother. Your parents are very supportive in your career, right?
“My parents have always been very supportive. But as parents it could be strenuous for them at times. When you stand for positive things like I am and take the road less travelled in the way the world goes around, you will be challenged. So I have people that have other opinions on the things I stand for and that is also a challenge for my parents at times. I am still their daugther and they care for me, so it is a challenge for them also when I go through my struggles . But I am very proud of them. They never gave up on me. They know how the world goes around and how nature works. They know that I am up to something special, that will benefit the majority of people and that by taking the road less travelled, at times I will be challenged, but in the end those whom take the road less travelled will be set free, as the Bible says.”

As an artist, you are trying to inspire youth and send a message to them in a way that resonates with them. In that sense, you are influencing a lot of our youth. When did you start getting interested in becoming an artist?
“Well, at the age of 4 years. I was in the car with my mother one day, when she asked me what I would want to be when I grow up and I gave the most innocent and honest answer that a child can give, that was 'an artist'. You see I recall loving everything that has to do with art from a young age already. As I grew up, it changed of course. But this calling came back and I now feel that this is what I want and need to do. I used to be a teacher and 3 years ago I decided to become a full time artist and motivational speaker. Not an artist because of the fame and glamour, but more in the sense of being 'artistical' because of what art can do and offer.”

What is your big why or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I saw a lot of broken people that were suffering in so many ways, basically because of their ignorance. And when you are ignorant your spirit dies in a way. Your living, but you are not alive, because of mental poverty. By being “artistical' I want to address this, so that more people can live a more fulfilled life. I know God put me on this earth to fulfill a purpose. We all are like weapons and God gave us all talents we can use it to either destroy or build up. As I became aware of my talent, I came to understand that with music, a vision, words and actions I can influence lots of people. So, I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to become an artist.”

You are a full-time artist and how do you deal with this responsibility?
“Well, one day, one step at the time and at times one hour at the time and at times to tell you the truth, it is overwhelming. At times, I am puzzled on how to handle challenges, but then at the end of the day looking back, and it’s done, you feel happy because of the progress made.”

Where does your artistic drive comes from?
“It comes from my core in which God instilled a combination of reason, a responsibility for the wellbeing of the human race and the need to create, some of my God-given abilities were also inherited from my parents and my uncle on my father’s side. I am very aware of how much power we have as human beings, especially when we are effective with our talents. When we are effective, we are a weapon and a source that can help and uplift others. And in this world where we have billions of people all of us have something that everybody needs.”

How big a role does Faith in God plays in who you are right now?
“God’s role in my life is everything. God is the reason that I am whom I am right now. If I didn’t have faith in God and believed solely in Him, I wouldn’t be able to do the things that I do right now or be the person that I am today.”

Apart from singing, are there other ways and means that you try to share your message to greater public/ audiences?
“Yes, I am a motivational speaker and I am pretty good in creating things. I do everything that has to do with visual art, I am a painter and of late I am role modelling a healthy life style through my social media outlets. This latter part was originally not my intention, but as I was sharing with my followers me going to gym #aemygymlife and exercising, people started to like this and felt inspired and also started going to the gym. Some said that they would start this year 2019.”


What is the secret of this success up to now?

“My faith in God and God within me. It makes me do things that are for the good of all, makes me love my fellow human beings and makes me persevere, which is not always easy.”|

You are trying also to keep up with your skills?
“Yes, I am trying to work on different areas, like my singing, piano, playing the bass, the gym, knowledge, wisdom, my spirituality, read from the Bible yes basically different areas and also keep working and practicing on the things that I like to do and come easy to me at first. I like reading books, I love to watch educational YouTube’s and basically everything that adds to my knowledge. One of the things that I have worked on that didn’t come easy to me was, that I am basically a very shy and introvert person. I came to realize, that this was a big disadvantage to me, because people perceived me as being arrogant or antisocial which in reality when you get to know me it is totally the opposite, and this made it difficult for me to connect with other people to promote my talents, just because I was an extremely shy person. So to invest in networks with different people didn’t always come easy to me. That might sound strange because the moment I am on stage, I am totally in the moment and all my shyness falls away because of my stage presence. But I have worked on this, slowly but steadily, just by confronting and overcoming this shyness step by step and this made me changed 180 degrees overtime from where I use to be, to where I am know.”

What are your other strengths?
“My main strengths are perseverance, stamina and my ability to go the extra mile; I am good at visualizations; I have the power to convince and I like helping others to become their better versions of themselves for example when I was at school I used to help fellow students who were about to fail to perform better so that they could pass their exams.”

We believe that you have another strength also, you have “a lot of charisma.”
“Well if you say I have... ” (Æmy blushes)

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about apart from singing?
“I like painting, I like to design clothing, do graphics, I like playing the piano and the bass guitar, I love writing songs and making music. I love to watch and analyze movies. I love reading, I love dancing choreography and in December was the first time, I am 30 years old, that I have danced with someone (couple-dancing) at a house party in front of people I don’t know, it was the first time for me in that setting, so it is never too late to learn new things or do something new.”

If you as Æmy 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 I am Æmy, I am an artist in music and arts, I am an entrepreneur and I love people.”

How would you describe Æmy in one word or one sentence?
“Well, people say that I am inspirational and talented so I’ll add that to the sentence. I am inspirational, passionate, talented with a committed heart.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“In music, it’s Juan Luis Guerra since I was very young, I love His music and ways. I also have an African Musician that I have followed since I was a kid but he no longer lives. My parents, they have inspired me with their unique talents in all areas particularly to deal with different kinds of people in and with love.

Martin Luther King & Nelson Mandela and Tula. I admire them because in spite of their suffering they stayed pure. It might sound like a cliché, but it is hard to fight for a cause and be resisted strongly and still, in spite of all the resistance, persevere. But also my great-great-mother (our 5th generation) whom survived her first husband whom died and then was married again and again lost her 2nd husband and still manage to someway somehow raised her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and never gave up. When she passed away at age 96, it wasn’t because of any illnesses; she had been through so much but still lived a healthy life and died peacefully. It was just that she was ready to go home, by then leaving the family comfortable behind. She was a really wise and strong woman. Btw, there were not always positive role models, but even with negative role models, you can look to find their positives and learn from that.”


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“Not everyone comes to you because they love or care about you or want to help you get further or grow, some come for the wrong reasons. And you should be aware of that.”


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?

“First of all, three years ago, I decided to become a full-time artist. By doing just that, I lost my financial security, so no guaranteed income per month, no pension for my old age. I chose for the unknown where nothing is certain. Some thought that I was out of my mind, but I took this leap of faith and just did it. And once you do it, the fear factor lessened.

A second defining moment was related to something I expressed in the song: 'Dolor no ta dura pa semper'. It reflected a period in my life that the pain was so intense that It affected me physically. What it was exactly, I am not there yet to share this, but this turned out to be a blessing for me. Because the song came out of that pain I’ve experienced. And this song resonates with lots of people. You can’t stop from going through suffering, but you can decide how long you will suffer, because that is a choice and it isn’t easy btw, but it is still an option you can choose for.”


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?

“I would be established, with a solid foundation, it would be rolling and productive and all my initiatives are doing great and would have won international recognition and be an established brand. I would have grown in different areas of my life. I firmly belief in that thoughts create our reality and that there is only one thing that can stop us and that is God himself not a single human being at the other hand can stop us.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and othersto say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
“I love Æmy for what she has meant for us. The feelings and emotions would be so overwhelming when they try to express themselves, they would not be able to do that because words would not be able to express them. I would also say, just bless God for have known me, because it He who deserves the credit for me being who I am.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao
"Because of people like you and me, we keep fighting for the positives in Curaçao. We have people that really care about people, there might be only a few now, but I have faith that it will grow. By doing everything they can to be selfless to make Curaçao great for the next generations to come. This is what makes me optimistic about the future of Curaçao.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“We should remember and take this to heart and apply it the best way you can:
It is all about love and what you did with true love. Everything is love. How you treated and loved others, how you loved yourself in order to share love with others. There will be no darkness or evil when there is love, so disseminate love in others.

To finalize this blog the transition of SEHOS to Curaçao Medical Center asked you this year to make an inspirational song for the transition. That I consider a 3rd party endorsement and recognition of your talent and your positive messages, right?
“Yes, people saw my talent and they believed in the positive person and messages that I sing. I belief in unity, I belief in collaboration based on each person’s unique strengths. We need to respect every person’s strong points. We can then help each other. To get a message to reach far we need other persons and it is not about “me” shining, but “the message” shining and if we are all humble with our strengths, that will serve all of us well.”

Information Æmy Niafeliz: www.facebook.com/Niafeliz/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/niafeliz/
NiafelizProductions
Representative, Booking & Production Agent
Willemstad, Curaçao
Mobile: +5999 685 6300
Phone:: +5999 686 8662
Whatsapp: +5999 515 5613 and +5999 510 8367

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Æmy Felicia or ÆmyNiaFeliz, whom as an artist is influencing a growing number of youth and people of all ages. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society. We will definitely hear more from her soon.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
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.



The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation
This will be on Tuesday the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).



Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share with you some video links on “modernity”. Every single day we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Social Media: Advantages and disadvantages - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmf5OJ6KM9Q

How the Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO0v_JqxFmQ


What is MODERNITY? What does MODERNITY mean? MODERNITY meaning, definition & explanation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vGgqmInwwlk


How the media affects youth | Oda Faremo Lindholm | TEDxOslo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjnclEhy960


The Problem With Our Phones - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDcm6twPEJA


Advantages and Disadvantages of Mass Media - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fp45l7Wdcw


Influencer Darrel Hoek; our list of influencers and coaching tips on self reflection

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (7th till 13th of January 2019) we will interview Darrel Hoek; our list of Influencers we have identified up to now and we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on self reflection. Everyday during the week we will upload one of these video’s on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Darrel Hoek: dynamic and inspiring

Darrel we have come to know you as a very dynamic, inspiring, ethical person and Influencer in our society since 2015. As the CEO/owner of KlikoLimpi you have been evolving as an entrepreneur for some years now. Could you share some personal facts of you and your family?
“I was born in Curaçao, I have one daugther and I now live happily with Dulcine, my significant other. My mother who is a former administrative worker and civil servant, always had a side business while, she held a fulltime job. She sold cloths, towels, underwear and did also catering. When she did her sales and collected payments at the end of the month, at times we joint her in her car, while she was driving around. So in that sense, I had a role model. She has always been and still is very supportive. She triggered me: “To be honest with myself and with others”. I still appreciate this very much.”

When did you decided to become an entrepreneur?
"
Well this dates back since I was very young. I was always saving money. The savings I used to buy books to sell and at first I wasn’t very successful in my sales abilities. Nobody wanted to buy my books, no cousins, no neighbors, no one. They used to tease me, by calling me a “salesman, selling Insurances”. When I was in Holland for my studies I used to buy clothes at a whole sale outlet and sold these, just like I saw my mother do as I was growing up. During those days the business was impressive, you know and I had a real appartment and not a simple studentroom, so I needed to earn the money to afford this appartment and I was succesful in doing that. In 1995 I came back to Curaçao after I received a very attractive job offer. As an entrepreneur over the years I have slowly, but surely honed my entrepreneurial skills going through what they would call the School of Hard Knocks — or University of Hard Knocks. Meaning the (sometimes painful) education one gets from life's usually negative experiences, often contrasted with formal education.”

When did you start with KlikoLimpi?
“I got this business idea via a friend, Ton Marten from Bonitha Blokhutten on the 16th of August 2006 and it became operational on the first of April 2011. It took me 4 years of preparation, to get started.

Basically I am very grateful for Ton to keep on insisting, after my initial scepticism. First of all it was totally out of my original HRM-background and I didn’t want to import business ideas that worked in Holland “one on one” in the Curaçao environment. But then I decided to look at this with an open mind and...... the rest is history.”

Have you ever worked for a boss?
“Yeaah. In Holland I had worked different jobs as a student and started my career after my study as a HRM-professional. I was very happy with this job. In Curaçao after I came back also, but not for very long. The organizational culture didn’t fit my urge to feel free. The culture basicaly was limiting me to grow. I had and still have this inexplicable urge to learn and grow. So I quit this this job and embarked as a consultant for a company in Barbados, Trinidad and finally Suriname.”

Where does your entrepreneurial drive come from?
“I think it is a calling and It had to manifest itself someway or the other. When I quit my job to become a consultant I was young and unprepared. I was a qualified HR-expert, but being an entrerpreneur was something totally different. In fact, I went totally broke twice. The last time I went broke I was in Suriname as an entrepreneur. Because of scarcity and as someone not born nor raised in Suriname, eager to earn money to survive, I saw opportunities where others, living there, didn’t noticeut that was also a big learning moment for me.

I discovered that I am a survivor. I can fall, but I will always rise again. When I started KlikoLimpi I experienced also a lot of problems, but this time I kept believing in myself and I was convinced that one day we would turn the tables and get back on course and even expand this business and create other spin-off businesses. As we speak, 2019 will be a break out year. I have other business ideas that are now still in the incubators phase. Some will become operational very soon this year.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I always wanted, in hindsight, to create my own playground with the things I initiate and by doing just that, serve other people. Like yesterday I climbed back on one of the trucks of KlikoLimpi and worked and this feeling of doing this whenever I feel like...call it freedom that is what I really cheerish.”

What kind of services does KlikoLimpi offers?
“We wash kliko’s of companies and households.”

How many employees do you have employed now?
"After hiring 43 different employees, I am very proud to say that we have 5 employees at work at KlikoLimpi of which 2 are full-timers."

What is the secret of this success up to now?
“Loyalty, I can best describe our organizational culture as “a group of ants”. We work like “ants” and help each other like “ants” too. We have had our challenges, but these workers stayed loyal to the company.

This year end, we gave them an increased bonus compared with the year before. They had on average only one day of sickness leave, over the whole year.

You know when you and I met each other in 2015, at that time I had broken my left hand while continue working on my truck as I was learning the skill how to attract the right kind of employees for KlikoLimpi. So I have come from very far. We also have very loyal customers as we have gone through different challenges. “Loyalty” is our most important company value.”

What are you doing to keep up with your knowledge and skills?
“I like reading books, watching you tubes, follow courses, I invest in networks and people that might help me further with my business(es). I am a people’s person and connect easily and that is why I love meeting different kinds of people and I have a vast network. I am a good story teller, I inspire others, connect with people to get on board of my ventures, where needed.”

Why is this so important for you?
It gives me so much inpiration and new ideas. By doing this I learn a lot and grow in different areas that I am interested in. But, creating new jobs for others also give me so much satifaction.

What are your other strengths?
“I have this ability to take an idea, I pick up and translate this in a very practical way and make it work by applying this. This is based on the University of Hard Knocks experiences.

I am able to live with less, I don’t mind not having fancy stuff. I can and have sacrified the short term benefits to reach my goals. This is one of the strategies I used, to overcome the issues with KlikoLimpi. You know this year we are going on vacation after a very long time.

Another strength I learned after my bankcruptcy in Suriname, I came back to Curaçao and I rebounded as an entrepreneur. I started selling marinades, fish and shrimps while preparing KlikoLimpi. I still had an enormous curiosity and I belief that is the key to my ability to bounce back. I am always finding a way to make it happen.

I am also a people’s manager and I connect easily, creating over time an increasing local and international network and this has created a “goodwill factor” that has and still is serving me well. I am very grateful for this.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
“I love doing sports (crossfit, biking and diving) and I work consciously on my overall life balance, which includes regular meditation. I love reading books. When I was a child, I use to read a lot. Like my parents had a subscription to National Geographic and had an Encyclopedia collection. So I ended up spending more time reading these books, because I preferred that over being teased by other children because I was stuttering. Because of this reading habit I could fantasize a lot and this kept me going and kept me focused on achieving the goals/projects that I set my mind on to achieve. In due time, I developed the skill to turn a dream into an actionplan and now also take the necessary action steps to make it work. I could reason very well and although my environment was not directly supportive, because we have no extensive family entrepreneurial tradition, through all my experiences and curiosity I kept my essence pure and developed a skill to set boundaries regarding whom I work with and whom not. I am very good at this now.”


If you as Darrel, 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?
“An adventurer, I also create a future for others and myself. I have big dreams, but at the same time I can stand with both my feet on the ground.”


How would you describe Darrel in one word or one sentence?
Inspiration, inspired by others and inspiring others.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“I had and still have different mentors. Once I discovered how important mentorship could be for me, it taught me that I am not alone. There are people that belief in you and whom are willing to guide you;

- My mother of course, as she modelled entrepreneurship;
- Inspiring leaders I come to know from books;
- Other business leaders and I have also learned from negative role models btw.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
“My decision to come to Curaçao from Holland. If I would have to do it again, I would decide to stay in Holland for my flourishing career, I would have probably become an entrepreneur at a much later stage. I would have prepared myself much better then the way I decided now to become an entrepreneur. I would have looked for a senior entrepreneur to mentor me and develop an ability to be more careful in the partnerships that I decided to work with.

Another defining moment was the moment I couldn’t find work as a consultant due to lack of network etc etc. It later turned out to be a blessing, because Ton insisted that I should explore the idea of KlikoLimpi. I am very grateful for this.

This year I will launch some other businesses that are spin-offs from KlikoLimpi, that will create additional employment opportunities. I can’t go into too much details yet, but we are on track to make this year 2019 our break out year, with new businesses.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
“I would, based on a balanced life, then have moved away from operational tasks and to become a person more involved in managing some businesses, but also helping and inspiring others - based on my experiences and contacts - with setting up and developing their businesses from scratch.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
 “He did it his way”. Don’t forget that I became an entrepreneur against the tide of most people in my direct environment discouraging me and telling me to stay away from the unknown and to avoid taking risks.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I firmly belief that Curaçao has lots of opportunities and different opportunities than the usual suspects. But to create value out of these opportunites requires a different mindset. Look for other opportunities far different then we are accustomed to look at. We need to be flexible with ourselves. I have come from far, from being HRM-consultant to a director of KlikoLimpi, right? You have to be willing to take 8 steps back before you can move forward. You need to have a supportive direct circle of influence surrounding you like Dulcine, my significant other is very supportive in what I am doing. You have to have a curious mind, I invest a lot in upgrading my skills and knowledge in areas of my interest. You have to get over your fears and self imposed mental boundaries. I once forced myself to learn scuba diving inspite of my initial fears, because I thought that one day this might become helpful in one of the business ideas that I am exploring.


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"Yes, I would recommend starting entrepreneurs to:

- Stick to the dreams that you have, if it feels like the right thing to do;
- Look for people with relevant information and knowledge to mentor you;
- Invest in learning the skills and knowledge needed to forward your goals. I have become an expert in areas that were initially totally different from my areas of expertise, but now I am an expert;

2019 will be my break out year, after working year in year out on my dreams. It is like building a pyramide, layer after layer. At times having my doubts, but then as I am very good in fantasizing or after reading a book, this inspires me to pick myself up again and stay in the course.

KlikoLimpi is and has been a social and employment project. But I build and honed my entrepreneuerial skills doing this and this is now benefiting me to create other businesses that will also create new employment opportunities. My plans will also generate and/or save foreign exchange and I also have regional international ambitions."

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Darrel Hoek whom as an entrepreneur has been growing, consolidating and expanding. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at value and jobs in our society. 2019 will be his break-out year and we will definitely hear more from him soon.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.

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 tips

This week’s personal coaching focus on self reflection. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page. 

Psychological Resilience - The Value of Self-Reflection - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vehqXjf3S8M


Self-Assessment: Reflections from Students and Teachers - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkFWbC91PXQ


Simon Sinek on How Reflection Informs Personal Growth - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ky-mKuhKgU


ASCD Shorts: Self Reflection with Baruti Kafele - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmiNKJidwUQ


CGI 3D Animated Short: "Reflection" - by Hannah Park - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM6dGqYGLhs


Self-Reflection - Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndd6AfdjQAg


Influencer Roxana Croes, up to 250 Influencers and this week personal coaching tips

Posted on December 30, 2018 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (31st of December – 6th of January): an interview with Roxana Croes. We will publish a list of all the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on during 2018 and we will end with some video links as personal coaching tips. Every single day in the week we will upload one of these video links on Facebook.com/share2uplift.


Roxana Croes: Caring and Inspiring

We have come to know you as a very low profiled dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society. As the CEO of LDI (Leadership Development Innovation) you have been offering Leadership Management International modules on leadership for quite some years now. Can you share with us some details on your family and how you started as an entrepreneur?
“I was born in Costa Rica and raised in Curaçao. I finished VWO at Radulphus and completed three years of law at the university (UNA) and then quit studying law. I have one brother and I am happily married to Stanley Croes.”


You are an entrepreneur that have during the years slowly, but surely mastered your skills and gained insight in the market to become an organization, that successfully offers leadership development programs to an increasing number of attendees, from all walks of life and business sectors. You have inspired many to become a better version of themselves and continue to personally grow and hone the leadership skills of many. I am one of those you inspired. We met in 2011 as I started following LMI-modules and got so carried away with Leadership development that I followed 6 modules for the next few years. Basically, since 2011 I have been one of your mentees and you keep triggering me and inspiring me. In 2014, I had the opportunity to experience LMI’s world conference for that year in an inspiring setting in Kauai – Hawaii. I joined you as the winner of LMI’s ‘Client of the Year’ award. During that conference, I committed to dedicate myself to Leadership development on Curaçao for the rest of my life and started the Share2Uplift movement in 2015. 
Where does this come from? What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“It is an inner calling to positively impact the lives of others. It began many years before I even started with my current business. It makes me happy and fulfilled when others discover that they have in themselves all they need to be happy and successful.”

During all these years that you have been associated to LMI in their yearly events with associates from all over the world either in their regional conference or world conference you have consistently won numerous awards for growing your business in this small sized market.
Check this link:www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA-VpMHQaXI


That is no small feat. When did you start offering LMI courses in Curaçao?
“I heard for the first time about LMI in 1998, I saw an ad in the newspaper which immediately got my attention. I worked for a short period of time for the LMI licensee and in 1999 began offering SMI personal development programs. I did this for approximately 3 years. In 2006 I became an LMI licensee.”

When did you get interested in becoming an entrepreneur?
“I worked with three family members; my mom, my brother and my husband, who owned their own businesses therefore I got some “training” in becoming an entrepreneur even before I considered becoming one. I also did freelance and volunteer work for several years, organizing and supporting organizations and events.”

When did you start with LDI?
“January 2006.”

Have you ever worked for a boss?
“Yes, however for short periods of time, after I finished school. I like the freedom and the challenges of having my own business.”

What kind of services does your company offer?
“We offer LMI (Leadership Management International) programs. The LMI programs were developed in the early sixties by the late Mr. Paul J. Meyer, who held the firm belief that all people, regardless of their gender, personality, social standing or level of education, could develop the necessary characteristics to achieve and live a lifetime of success. The programs are offered in small groups over the course of several months to allow participants to bring about changes in their behaviors and attitudes and to achieve their personal and professional goals. My work is to assist participants go through a process of self-discovery. Recently we have also been offering a workshop on Emotional Intelligence.”

How many employees do you have employed?
“4.”

What is the secret of this success?
“Self-knowledge: Since I was a young adult I have been interested in better understanding myself, others and life in general and I have continued to pursue this interest.

- Perseverance: I do not give up on myself or others. It may take a few days or a few years, but I do not easily give up.
- Courage: (to be outside my comfort zone) I used to be insecure, shy and reserved and my work consist now in working with many people.
- Continuous Growth: I continue growing by attending personal development programs, reading and listening to inspiring materials on a regular basis. I also meet weekly with my Master Licensee, and I have a group of LMI peers (the Master Mind & the Right Stuff group) with whom I meet weekly. I am always learning. I ask many many many questions. I focus on my strengths and I acknowledge my weaknesses.
- Mentors: I have several mentors that I have been meeting with for many years. It has helped me tremendously because they challenge me and help me to see things from a different perspective. A Great Team: I am fortunate to have a group of committed people who are eager to do a good job.”

You are trying also to keep up with your skills and you enable others to grow. You like reading books and you love meeting different kinds of people. Why is this so important for you?
“The more I know, the more I know how much I do not know. I enjoy growing and empowering others to do the same. I know how much it has transformed my life.”

What are your other strengths?
“I am becoming more conscious of my inner dialogue (self-talk) and “I am doing a better job in managing this inner dialogue and my emotions. I am continuously making the effort to pause and reflect. I realize that things don’t always are the way they seem to be. I am learning how to be kind with myself and others when mistakes are made and at the same time challenge myself and others to do a better job.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
“For many years I have been interested in preventive/natural medicine (for mental, emotional and physical health) It has served me well in my own life and I also like to share this with others. I have also been practicing meditation for many years. Understanding my mind has been a lifelong interest and pursuit.”

If you as Roxana 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 tend to be reserved and would not easily share a lot about myself with a stranger, unless he or she would be interested in the things I am passionate about. Then we can have a very long conversation… “

How would you describe Roxana in one word or one sentence?
“Someone who wants to live a life well lived and who wants to share with others what she discovers so that they can find more happiness and success and love life even more.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My mother, my husband and LMI founder, Paul J. Myer.”

Were they always positive role models or were they also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“All human beings have both positive and not so positive traits. There is always room for improvement.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“When my husband and I lost all we had (stability, income, business, home) and we had to reinvent ourselves. During these challenging years, I learned to trust life, trust others and myself, because no matter how big the challenges, there was always a way out. Without the challenges I would not have personal experiences that now help me to relate to people going through similar challenges. It is also because of the challenging times that I once again considered LMI as a business venture and rediscovered my talents and strengths.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“In 5 to 10 years I want to have an organization with an inspired team of associates who will continue to positively impact many lives for many years to come.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“She inspired me to live a happy and meaningful life.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“The people. We have many talented, creative people doing a lot of good work. I have the great good fortune of meeting many of these people in my work.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“It is important that we each continue to make a consistent effort to grow as human beings so that together we can have a positive impact on those around us, especially the younger generations. Every little effort that we do, to be the best version of ourselves will help our community and the world at large. Each of us can be the change we want to see in the world.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Roxana Croes whom as an entrepreneur has been offering mostly leadership development programs for years and has been inspiring hundreds of people. Roxana has been a mentor, coach for me (Ivan Kuster) since 2011 and triggered me into choosing for leadership development as my new career path. Roxana by inspiring others is serving our community for years now in an ever increasing way. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. 
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 tips

This weeks’ personal coaching tips theme is compassion. Every single day in the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook page Facebok.com/share2uplift.

Human: The Circle of Compassion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhlgXvO5BXk

Dalai Lama - Why compassion? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFY4KgOAwzs

Compassion is Natural. So Why is It So Hard For Us? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2h1Ioug-ss

40 Acts of Compassion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi9KdrP34oE

The Compassion Exercise - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF6MMCdUzII

The Science of Compassion: Kindness Is a Fundamental Human Trait - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vmWIRembP-E