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Influencer Lisette Van Lamoen-Garmers, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Lisette Van Lamoen-Garmers; we will invite you for our upcoming next Master Your Mind – platform session on the 20th of August at Mensing Caminada and we will share with you some motivational video-links on “Restorative practices.” Everyday in the week we will upload a video-link on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Lisette van Lamoen-Garmers: "Dare to choose"



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married, we have 4 sons, and I come from a family with 2 brothers. So both in my parental family as in my current family, I was and am a sort of Queen of the family. Both my parents passed away in 1983, in the same week. I was 22 years old. They were very supportive, both from their own perspective. My mother was a teacher and taught me discipline, my father was a very wise man, who used to read lots of books. He was not easy in his realtionships with other people. He used to challenge me by asking lots of questions. We used to have discussions, he didn’t preach to me and respected my opinions. Through the years we developed a special relationship with one another.

This has helped me greatly to deal with my oldest son, as a baby. As he was a hot tempered little baby, I worked hard on him, as I didn’t want him to be like my father. He has grown up into a smart, educated and composed adult, he earned a scholarship in Track and Field as a sprinter and went to the USA, but due to injuries he had to stop with Track and Field. Otherwise he would have been right up there running with Shurendy Martina competing internationally. As I was tough on my eldest son, this helped me with the upbringing of my other sons, as within 3 months after the birth of my eldest I became pregnant of the second son, and soon afterwards the 3rd son was born. They are now 27, 26 and 25 years old and 7 years later my youngest son was born.

How did you deal with the challenges of raising your children as a working mother?
As I didn’t have my parents and I don’t have any sisters, it was indeed a challenge. I didn’t sleep much at that time and finally got a live-in help from Colombia. She looked after all our three children, then returned after our youngest son was born. She is such a wonderful person and my children loved her dearly.


 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have studied Pedagogy in Leiden and after my first year I went to the University of Nijmegen where I got my bachelors degree. During my Masters, I did an interdisciplinary package of the theory of Education that was new at that time. But after my parents became very sick, I broke up and came back to Curaçao to take care of them. I finished my Masters 6 years later which I combined by doing my thesis in Curaçao and flying up and back to Holland to finish my last 6 final exams. I was determined to finish my studies, because I promised this to my mother. Once I put my mind on something, I do it. I worked and studied, took care of family matters as my parents passed away and was keen on how my brothers would do. This decisiveness, I had at an early age. In Holland I became even more independent. 

This month it has been 35 years since I started working. I started working at Sedukal as a trainee in 1983 and was employed in 1984. First I got to know the Kindergarten educational level very well, I would sit in the classrooms and mentor teachers after observing them.

Together with Suze Giskus, Hetty Kook, Haydee Sluis and experienced kindergarden teachers I wrote a book titled “Konosé mi desaroyo pa yudami den mi logro”. We worked together with the teachers and applied a bottom-up approach. I worked as the head of the department in charge of the guidance of teachers and later got involved in KEZ.

Together with others I gave feedback on the KEZ original draft and later became the director of SGE after negotiating a 5 years contract for SGE. At that time I was regularly approached by RKCS to work for them. After 2,5 years, I did make this career switch and became RKCS director of Education in 2003/2004. In 2006 I was appointed general director of RKCS.

Do you have any regerets on the decisions you have made?
Well maybe one, that SGE isn’t the way it was originally intended. I have come to realize that it is a challenge for a lot of people to swim against the stream. If I don’t agree with something, I tend to go all the way to convince others there is a better way. Like I fought for SGE’s contract to be 5 years and not 3 or 1. We succeeded.

Nowadays, we need to be aware of safety of our community and our schools as part of our community. This is an issue that also triggers me to go all the way, but again not everybody is on board to go the extra mile . We can’t stay in a state of denial on this.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now? What drives you?
People inspire me and I am inspired by people and I am curious about people, no matter where I am. People are not easy to deal with, but they fascinate me and I try to reach them.

I have had my share of drawbacks as at times there was bad talking from people I thought were on the same page. If that would have influenced me, I would have stopped doing my job a long time ago. But I take decisions, that I consider to be beneficial for the good of all. We can do so much more at school if we would involve the youth and children more. I dialogue with children of 8 or 9 years old. You know what youngsters say? “Adults don’t see us as part of the solution”, whilst I believe that children and the youth have so much potential. My work isn’t easy as every change has to pass through so many layers of the system. Also there are stakeholders who could have conflicting interests. The youth is free from all of this and they tend to go for the interests of all, the students, and that is exactly what it is all about in the end, right?

So what drives me?

We have so much potential among our youth, for example Leo President Nathaniel Yzer and his Vice President Leo Zamir Narvaez. They are both members of LEO Club Willemstad, and are also making waves and setting a good example for all other youths out there. That is why they have both been recognized as outstanding Leo’s by their entire district. This inspires me. We have so much potential in so many other areas such as sports. That is also why I don’t give up. I can’t be responsible in a function with authority and give up, that is the worst of all possible scenario’s.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Every coin has two sides. I believe in people, but there are people who betrayed my trust. It can be very frustrating when people are bad-talking after they leave a meeting and you thought you were in agreement. I manage this by making a distiction between Lisette as a person and as director of RKCS. When we meet each other later, they would still hug me and talk nice to me. If I confronted them with this, it could be clarified, but in the meantime their dis-information or whatever that was told outside our meetingroom, would still be doing much harm out there. Some people do this to protect themselves and their schools. It is easier to say that I forced a certain decision upon them, than to admit it was a mutual decision. That is why I don’t blame them and forgive them.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I often use my inner voice. My mother was a teacher and was raised in a convent. She taught me to always use my inner voice combined with the power of prayer to understand the other person’s point of view before I take a decision, so that it can be a fair one.

I always ask for a time out when we have to take an important decision, just to think it over. Either I ask for one day or I leave the room for a moment. In my work, there is never a dull moment, because we are challenged everyday with situations that are new to us and we have to think fast, but I don’t want to take a hasty decision that could be detrimental to lots of other people.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Well I attend conferences, not as much as the time when I was at SGE, but I still do. Last year I was in Canada to attend a conference on “Restorative Practices” . It is very valuable for our work at RKCS. We are implementing this and looking for ways and means to introduce it at our schools and every single day I feel so grateful that I have been to this conference.


I have also been following a course to become a certified mediator. After the basic course and after doing a video assessment, I am now expecting the results of an exam to become an accredited mediator. I am so happy with this. These are the things that resonate with my strengths and interests and this is what I would like to do in the future after I have finished my tenure as director at RKCS. I sincerely believe in dialogue as a means to solve conflicts and problems based on common goals, respect and a safe environment.

Finally, I also keep up with my literature, as people keep inspiring me.

What are your strengths?
I have “GUTS”, that is in dutch “LEF” which is an abreviation of the initials of my three names namely Lisette Emilienne Fatima.


I don’t know if my mother did this on purpose, but since I was a child, I knew what I wanted and would go after it. I would take up issues that were for the good of all, not only for my personal gain. I don’t back off easily once I have decided to do something, but I don’t bulldozer other people.
I am resilient, as you get setbacks.
Another of my strengths is decisiveness, even if the choices are difficult one’s. Let me share a story. This one is related to my father. He loved to ask me questions and have discussions with me. He always respected my opinion, even if it would be different then his. He would present me with a difficult ethical dillema on life or death and if I didn’t want to make a choice, he would come back with it after I have gotten some time to give it a thought. After years, I still didn’t dare to choose one of the alternatives, because both options were extremely painful.

In one of the last years of his life he gave me his advice on his preferred option. His advice taught me an important lesson. The lesson was: “No matter how difficult the options are, you should always choose.” As a leader in all the different positions I have held, I always remembered this lesson. Whatever the situation, a leader has to make choices and decide what to do. As a leader it isn’t possible to make everyone happy at times. Making a choice is always better than not making a choice. That was the biggest lesson I have learned from my father.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Not really, I like reading books and love to watch movies especially regarding people with problems. I always ask myself what are the lessons that I can learn from this? My husband loves sport and he loves to watch a lot of sports and we would watch sports together with all the emotions involved and I would cheer more entusiastically than he does.

If you as Lisette would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would mention my name Lisette and won’t say anything else. I won’t use my title or my function at RK-Schoolbestuur.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There were many, my children even my dogs and my parrot. If I have to mention one person specifically, I would choose my youngest son. He once asked me if I didn’t like to hand out money to people or young boys who asked for it. I told him, I send lots of positive light to people all the time, because I know that it works. And I mean that.

When he was 4 years old and we were on our way bringing him to his Kindergarten school, we got stuck in traffic behind a car that wasn’t moving. And I got irritated and very impatient and after a while the car started to move slowly again and we could continue our ride. Now my son was 4 years old and he told me: “Mom I love you dearly, really, but maybe the other driver couldn’t move for valid reasons. Maybe you shouldn’t get mad.” He told me this with so much love, that it made me self reflect deeply and this taught me a big lesson.
Furthermore my former teachers have inspired me. But what I would like to share with you is, that I am constantly sending light to people especially to those that don’t like me for whatever reasons, to help dissolve this negativity.

Where there always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Yes, I don’t want to identify myself with those who spread hate as this is a serious issue worldwide. Worldwide this phenomenon is increasing. It is a spreading of intolerance towards everyone who is different, it could be race, gender, religion or social background. They disguise this under the umbrella of nationalism, the national flag and nationbuilding with a deep hatred under its surface. This is scary.

When you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
There were many moments, one that comes to mind now was the time when my mother and father passed away. I was only 22 years old and it was a heavy burden on me. I was forced to deal with myself and help others pass through these difficult times, but it was also the time that I discovered the strength that lies within me, that had served me well later on in my life.

In my work there were also defining moments when people attacked me with force and below the belt. But I developed this gift to stay my authentic self and inspite of what they say or do, I send them Love.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I want to be a practioner in mediation and restorative practices.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I love them and they love me, nothing more, nothing less.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I am very hopeful because of the potential of our youth. For example the other day we were on a vacation and I couldn’t get a hold on a Uber so I asked my son to help me out. He suggested I take Lyft instead of Uber. His advice was based on a moral issue. Uber has repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace, so Lyft looked like the morally superior alternative. As I argued with him, I was used taking Uber rides, he told me this : “Instead of listening and understanding my reasoning, you remain stuck in your beliefs because it is easier. If everyone in the world did that, then nothing would ever change. This is why we don’t advance and progress. I was flabbergasted, he was right, I wasn’t listening. Normally I do listen and have dialogues with him, just like my father use to have with me, but in this case I wasn’t listening because I needed a ride as soon as possible. So, I have great hope for Curaçao because of the upcoming generations.

Lisette Van Lamoen-Garmers is a decisive, “gutsy” and resilient leader, representing the educational sector. She knows what she wants and if it is “for the good of all” she will go after it. She doesn’t back off easily, once she has decided to do something, but respects other people’s opinions, as she sincerely believes in dialogue as a means to solve conflicts and problems based on common goals, respect and a safe environment. No matter how difficult the options are, she would allways make a choice, as she understands that in a leader’s role, it isn’t possible to make everyone happy at times. While maintaining her authentic self, inspite of what some say or do, she wouldn’t blame them, but forgive them and send them “Love”. We deeply respect and love Lisette and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the educational sector.


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 connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers 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.

Our next MYM-platform session in August
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips
In this week we focus on “Restorative practices” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Introduction to Restorative Approaches - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJJxbn1VjYo

Restorative Practices Circle - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ChwR6tzb8

A Restorative Approach to Discipline - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r1yvyP141U

A New Story of Justice: Nonviolence and Restorative Justice - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YMxk3v7mVY

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTr4v0eYigM

Restorative Practice for Secondary Teaching Explained - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9I8dDGKUcg


Influencer Jordan Lourens, this month book session and week tips

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (12th – 18th of August) we will interview Influencer Jordan Lourens a representative of the business sector and educational sector, we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of August and end with some motivational video-links on “being passionate”. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on Facebook.com/share2uplift.

Jordan Lourens: "Do what you love and learn from your mistakes"


Jordan, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have one other brother, my parents are alive and they were very supportive in whom I have become right now. Everything I have done or tried my parents supported me. At the end of the day if I really wanted to do something they supported me in that.

You have a very respected mother, Mistica Fraay. We have interviewed her in august 2018 and got the most reaches, shares and likes ever in this Share2Uplift blog, how important is she in your life? Are you the son of Mistica Fraay or is Mistica Fraay the mother of Jordan Lourens or does this not matter?
It depends on whom you are asking. My parents split when I was 10 years old and from there on it was mostly my mother that raised me. Her educational approach was the best thing she gave me by just raising me. My mother is a living example of someone disciplined, she required me to finish everything I started and also taught me to stand up for my self. Children replicate what their parents do, how she raised me was “leading by example”. So my hard work and very disciplined work as well, I got it from her. That is why I can work every single day, train everyday as I got this attitude from her. I am extremely grateful for that.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are a student, you work part-time at a gym and you are a motivational speaker? Can you expand a little on this?
Growing up I was a rather insecure guy. I worried and cared too much about what people thought of me. Now I can tell you that was a bad thing to do. Now I don’t worry what people think of me. After my VSBO with the technical curriculum I went to MTS as I was good in working with equipment and materials. I always liked to play with computers and after 2 years I was totally unsure about what I wanted to do. So I switched from a technical study to a business study when I decided to go to the UOC. I’m almost graduated I still have one course to do, before I can defend my thesis. During these past years, as I started working on myself, I started going to the gym and here is where my self - improvement journey really started and took off.

Why? Because the same work ethic needed for the gym is needed in all other parts of my life not only physically, but also emotionally and socially. I started making songs and releasing them, and just by doing that I got more self-confidence. And as I like to motivate other people, through my instagram, I started posting not only tips and links related to our bodies and physical health, but I started with everything, with growing success. I want to continue doing these promotions, but I am the biggest obstacle standing in the way of my self.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerfull beyond measure.” Nelson Mandela. When I was in the gym, I became a role model for those visiting the gym and this affected all the different areas of my being. I didn’t grow up with my father, he was there but at a distance. As I decided to start my own business and Curaçao is a small market, I kept working on developing my knowledge and skills and within a year from now I want to go work and live in the USA. I will also start by offering my motivationals in english.

The last time we talked about your studies you were working on a thesis on the creative economy as part fo your studies at UoC. How this creativity works for you? 
I go in a flow as a creative and then it just happens. When I was young, I learned to just start somewhere and “As consistency is a superpower”, I started to work on my subject matter day in day out and within soon you are bound to know more than 80 % of what most people know. And you need to just finish what you start. This is how it works for me, I manage how I use my time very well, I just do it and then it happens and I see what comes up.

In what areas are you creative?
I am creative in music production, painting and my mind has this unique ability to break down things so that everything can be seen in layers. That is how I am good at making great stuff in music, writing and performing arts as well. Everytime I have to present something, I never prepare in detail, I know what I am going to talk about and I just do it. I really can’t explain it better than this. So creativity for me works by: “Being consistent in what I want to do and grow over time.”

Of late I have seen a YouTube of you where you sharesome valuable tips for your followers to inspire them. Is this the start of more of these motivational you tubes that you will create?
Yes, it is a start. I have spend lots of time developing my latest motivational video. The experience of how to do this, I have mastered it sufficently enough now so the thing that I am need to do for a next one, has become easier to do. I want to go eventually deeper in the content, telling stories of the worst thing that happened to me and still master the art of not giving a F.....k, what people think of it. What I have learned from books and other YouTubers is that everything is a failure first. For example every time you go to the gym, your muscles are streched and overtime they recover and become bigger and stronger.Through the hard work work and in time we will always be changing and be approaching our end goal, but we will never reach that perfect state. That is why you need to be humble and strive to be better tomorrow and also being OK knowing, that you will never be perfect.
Jordan on YouTube.


How would you describe whom you are now and what can we expect from you the coming 5 years career and/or business wise?

Now I am just a guy that grew up in Curaçao with a single mother whom is trying to do the best she can. I am trying my best to live to reach my dreams, I do what I love and I am passionate about it, trying to strengthen and build character and I know what I want to do with my time. At this moment it is about “motivation and creating content” to motivate other people as well. 5 years from now, I will be in America.

I have come to notice that some of those in your age group 24 years are very entrepreneurial and pro-active, they don’t wait for “Mana to fall out of heaven”, but they are full of energy and initiatives. Do you agree with this and why is it that we can see this?
Yes and no. Why yes, because we are growing up in an information age, anyone can have access to the internet. 30 years ago there was no internet, but through globalization there is now a global level playing field where there are more eyes on you, but the only limit is our self. I have this at times that a little voice in me tries to holds me back. It goes like this: “What are people going to say”; or “never take risks” etc......On the other hand another part of me is saying that this an opportunity and that we can do everything we want and decide to work for no one and decide to be our own boss. It is about choosing on which side you want to be. I don’t know what the exact numbers are and if the balance would be yes or no-sayers. Even if I post something, those whom come to see it within 1 to 2 minutes will like it or not and go on with their life. I have arrived at a moment in my life now, that I encourage constructive criticism and will listen to constructive criticism, but if it is not constructive, I will just keep doing my things, not that I am stubborn or so, but just that I believe in what I do, period.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I believe that what I have learned from life is the following:
“You don’t get what you want, you get what you deserve.” Everything that I ever wanted, I got it overtime. For example, if I want to date a pretty girl, it might be that in my sub conscious mind, I took notice of certain traits that I don’t like of her, but I put these aside initially. In the end I am going to get her, but I am going to get a back lash also as it will come at a price. Life teaches you that. So whatever you are involved in, just start somewhere and by doing your things, sometimes or often there are coincidences and a bigger power controlling these events and it will come to you if you deserve it. That is why I say, that everything happens for a reason and we should learn from these experiences.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest challenge is my self. To overcome that challenge, I am pushing myself daily, to do things that I don’t want to do, but after doing it, this makes me better at it. I would say: “Making the right decisions now, so that you can have a better tomorrow.”

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes for sure, always for me when confronted with a dilemma, it is the best for me to think it through a couple of days, instead of taking quick decisions based on emotions and then regret that it was a bad decision.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read everyday and socialize everyday.

You are a cousin of pastor Meris Curtis of Santa Maria and he once told me that you are going to be a millionair in your life-time, because you of your focused and determined attitude. You are so focused in learning new knowlegde, skills and eperiencing new things, do you agree with him?
I think he sees the potential in me, that I am destined to do somehting big. Lots of other people also saw that in me. Overtime it is coming more and more obvious that this will be where I would end up in my life, this resonates with me. But in the beginning I was very insecure, but of late I am believing more and more that I am destined to do something big and I am becoming more and more aware that the biggest barrier is myself.

What are your strengths?
My discipline;
1. I can relate easily with a lot of people and I am resilient. Life at times can bring you down, but I always bounced back and come back stronger;
2. I firmly believe in the theory you have to fail to succeed. If something didn’t work out I can still relate with people to find out why that had happened and grow from the lessons learned;
3. Another strength is my “self awareness”, knowing that nothing is real and everything that happens is unreal. I have always tried to expand my horizons. As I also believe that your creativity is only limited by your own limitations.What is the point, if you are not living a life where you are doing what you want to do. In your endeavours you are whom needs to surround yourself with friends that can uplift you. Most of my friends are older then me, as I completely understand why it is important to learn from other people.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am an all-rounder. I am now messing around with motivational videos and I am in filming; I like singing, playing piano; there isn’t only one thing that I really love until now. At this moment I aspire to be a You Tuber and as Curaçao is a small island I am aiming to go after the bigger markets of english speaking followers.
My main activities at this moment are the gym and offering motivational speakings. Another way to explain where I stand now is, the motivational part of me is my core, and fitness is on the side. I started small and first it started at the gym. I started earning money and this was much more that the allowance I got from home. At a certain moment I suddenly realized, that I had Ang 10.000,- in savings. I could have bought a car, but I decided instead to start a small business and invested in video camera’s as I saw opportunities in filming and started to earn more money as I got paid to develop my skills levels needed to work on my passions. This is awesome.

If you as Jordan would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Jordan. I grew up in Curaçao. I am passionate about growing myself and other people around me.

How would you describe Jordan in one word or one sentence?
Passionate, doing the things that I love, as that is the best way to go though life. Just do what you love and learn from your mistakes.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have no specific person, their are different persons whom had influence me.


Where there always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Everytime I choose my role models, I chose them because things, traits that motivate me, I never had a negative 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?

A heart break, that became my best motivator. I find that being broke and having a broken heart broken are the two best motivators. When you reach that low point, you learn the most.


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be able to achieve “financial freedom”, so now is the time to put in the work and now is the time to create different streams of income. By doing this now, I will not need to worry about money by that time. I grew up with good values and I am aware that I am the only one that can limit myself and prevent me from reaching this goal.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now, let us say on your 45th Birthday?
That I have taken care of my self. That I had done what felt right in my heart and that made me a happy person and that my happiness was not a result of other people’s opinions. That I have no regrets, because regrets hurt more then failures.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

I don’t really follow politics. What I believe in for myself, in my perspective, I will keep doing what I am doing and by doing this if something needs to go wrong it will happen and I will learn from it, and as long as it doesn’t hurt other people. If you do what your heart, your intuition, your gut, your inner voice says everything is going to be fine. Through my motivationals I hope to inspire others to do the same.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

My last video is an example of something that I had imagined first in my mind’s eye and then created it . I am going to switch to do these motivational videos in English so that I can target a broader market. My reasoning is if people locally can become a fan of someone in the US then they can also be a fan of me, when I present my motivational videos in English.


Jordan Lourens is “motivational speaker” that inspires his peers. As his young age, he is remarkably consistent and disciplined in all areas of his life, be it as a “motivational speaker” through his videos, or at the gym where he works. He considers failure as being part of the learning process that any person has to go through as “…our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…”. He models this behavior and through his increasing presence on Instagram, YouTube and at the gym where he works he is becoming a role model for an increasing number of youth in Curaçao. He will soon expand his wings outside of Curaçao by offering his motivational presentation in English. We deeply respect Jordan and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the business sector and the educational sector.
Visit and follow Jordan on YouTube.


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.

Our next MYM-platform session in August

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips
In this week we focus on “Being passionate” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

4 Simple Questions To Find Your Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmiBcHJpKR0

4 Questions to Help You Find Your Calling | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rl0N2W7arw

How to Know When You've Found Your Purpose in Life | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyN5tK0Varc

How to Find Your Passion and Discover Work You Love (Hint: You Won't Learn THIS in School) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOe3qILUS_I

5 Ways to find your PASSION - #BelieveLife - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7MLw6rxfwo

How To Find Your Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pgaJb2Wwhs


Influencer Cherelle Maduro,this month events and week tips

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (29th of July – 5th of August) we will interview Cherelle Maduro, an Influencer that doesn’t live in Curaçao at this moment in time; we will invite you to our next workshop on the 6th of August; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of August and we will end this blog by sharing some motivational video-links on “Consistency versus Intensity” with you. Every day in the week we will upload one of these videos on Facebook.com/share2uplift.

Influencer Cherelle Maduro: achieving greatness and a chaordic leader

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
Where to start; my father has 6 children from whom I’m the third. Regarding my mother, I’m her ‘grawata’. We are 4 ladies and 2 boys and our age ranges from 35 to 10. One would not believe it but at first my mother did not approve of all my extracurricular activities due to the fact that these were time consuming. Nonetheless, at a certain point she realized that her reaction was just counterproductive and the amount of organizations and events that I was involved in just kept on growing. My father was always supportive, however not always convinced that he had to reinforce this due to my mother’s point of view. The support to keep on going and to pursue the changes I want to see and the goals that I am planning to achieve came mainly from my grandfather (my mother’s father). This didn’t make my mother’s task any easier. 
However, my grandfather always thought me to listen and understand where the concern of my parents came from. Due to this I learned to think my decisions through and also be able to argument them at a young age, seeming the fact that I had to make my case to be allowed to attend whatever meeting I was planning to attend. He also introduced me to the Red Cross at the age of 13. 

He is the reason why, since I can remember, I wanted to become a medical doctor. I wasn’t just raised by my parents but by my entire family, meaning grandparents but also aunts and uncles. My cousins weren’t people whom I saw at birthdays. Furthermore, they are the extension of brothers and sisters whom I played with on a daily basis. This culture made family a key value to me and has become my trade mark when working with others in any kind of organization.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are a health professional at this moment and you live in Maastricht Holland?
I have a bachelor in health sciences with a major in policy development; as I am finishon my Master to become a medical doctor, I decided to also start doing a PhD as I also like research. I am an instructor in First Aid at the Red Cross and Orange Cross. Of late I started teaching at the Red Cross after being a coordinator for the Red Cross for some time.
I am the chairperson of “Ars Vivendi” which tries to facilitate and promote a group of amateur artists from Caribbean decent with talent, to get in contact with one another, be it in music, word or visual arts.

Are you artistic Cherelle?
I have some artistic affinity and I have organized an Arts Exposition in the days when I was still living in Curaçao. I am of opinion that too little atention is dedicated in our educational system for the Arts and I consider that a pity, so that is why I am in “Arts Vivendi.”

You had been president/chairperson of YV5K and founder of it in 2010, why did you participate in YV5K then and are you still involved in YV5K one way or the other, now in a different role and from Holland?
Back then I believed firmly that one must be the change that one wants to see and by so doing lead by example. I am convinced that our people can be better and that they do deserve better. In line with this stream of thoughts it sounded like magic that we were able to empower the next generation to design the country that they want to live in and furthermore, build this country as they personally grow and become wiser. The new generation would be able to build the country that they want to live in.

Are you part of an organization of (young) professionals that were born or lived in Curaçao for a while? Or are you and maybe others in your network, planning to become more deeply involved with Curaçao, as it is going through some rough times at the moment? Could you expand on this a little bit, how would this work in your opinion/according to your vision?
“Arts vivendi” helps amateur artists to get connected. Like they are now working on an artistic project at the Rif Corridor, that is one way I am involved.

Another way is a network is being formed of young professionals and entrepreneurs in collaboration with Kas di Korsou. This requires a new role for Kas di Korsou as this requires a pro active stance of Kas di Korsou. Imagine that through this netwerk we will be able to make a list of all available knowledge of people of local descent and helping where there is a need for in Curaçao, instead of investing the little money that there is on consultants. As we also have artists involve, this network could come up with creative, out of the box-solutions, addressing real problems in Curaçao.

We have always been a trade island and have an excellent geographical position, why not explore more trading possibilites in Curaçao in partnerships via Kas di Korsou? We should be aware of some possible risks though in such partnerships, when we explore collaboration. We should first and foremost “need to seek to understand before being understood.” People in Curaçao shouldn’t have the feeling that they are not being respected and not being understood....very important.

We have understood that some time ago, you have won een “Appeltje van Oranje” for your work in Holland, can you expand a little bit on this?
Indeed, I did win an ‘Appeltje van Oranje’, however, this was due to my work in Curaçao. Back in the days I started a project named ‘Het Ouderen Project’ under the Red Cross department of Curaçao. When becoming part of the Red Cross, I soon realized that the role that my grandparents have in my life isn’t the same for everyone else.

A lot of my peers didn’t really had contact with elderly and visa versa. At the same time “Wit gele Kruis” reached out to the Red Cross due to the fact that they noticed that there were a lot of elderly living in isolation. This is how the youth division of the Red Cross started visiting these elderlies every Saturday. I planned a scheduled visitation with the elderly and the youngsters. Together with a few peers we arranged that everyone was picked up on Saturdays, were brought to the elderly, and brought back home. The focus of these visits was to interact about how we used to do things now a day and how they were done back in the days by “old schoolers”. Besides, if the elderly needed something to be done in their house, but they couldn’t manage to do this by themselves, we helped them out with their chores. And once a month we organized an event where we picked every participating elderly up to do something with them. We mainly organized tours, so they were able to see how the island was changing. But we also organized “Bon Kune” or celebrated cultural events where they were pampered by the youth. The project grew along the years and in 2012, when I left to the Netherlands to continue with my studies, the Oranjefonds selected the project as winner of an “Appeltje van Oranje” for the work that we have been doing for over 5 years back then.

Video:
Cherelle Maduro about  HIV/AIDS on Curaçao (2009)
Come closer campaign.

Our journeys have crossed in 2009/2010 I belief and after you left to Holland for your studies, you kept supporting morally YV5K. We appreciate this a lot. What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
At the end of the day and at the end of my life I want to leave something of value behind. In Sea Scouting where I used to be a member, they taught you, to leave a place better behind after you have left it. I am constantly checking where I am and where I want to end up being and where necessary I need to tweak my course, I do this constantly.

How does your “Why” translate in a contribution that you can give from living in Holland?
Well in my area of specialism I am constantly exploring, researching and checking if we are making a measurable impact in our society. I am also trying to help the Red Cross in Holland slightly less intensive as I used to, when I was living in Curaçao. I am also helping the Red Cross in Curaçao from here. I am trying to help Youth Vision 5000 as you know.

My latest effort is now focused on getting a netwerk going of young professionals and entrepreneurs by august. We are organizing a BBQ in collaboration with Kas di Korsou, to explore if and how they are willing to invest in possible projects in Curaçao.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest personal challenge is to stay grounded and take it easy by taking care of myself at times. At the other hand empower, motivate and activate others. That would be my biggest achievement if I succeed.
Furthermore, and this might sound strange, it is working with people from Curaçao descent. If we have agreed on something we should stick with that agreement, right? Well this doesn’t happen necessarily, so as I don’t want to be affected by this, I work with deadlines for myself and others and I keep working on their motivation.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
In a way it is easy, because if I don’t listen to my innervocie, my body just goes on “strike”. Most of my dilemma’s are centered around doing something or choose for more me-time. As time has gone by, I have improved my ability to make the right choices. I schedule my “me-time” and it is not something that now comes after I have scheduled all my other to do’s.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I follow courses to upgrade myself; I go to symposia; I do research, I read books and dive into innovative subject matters and discuss this with some of my peers, hereby consantly challenging myself.

What are your strengths?
I am able to motivate people; I am passionate about the things that I love to do, therefore I am very energetic and I connect people easily.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Scuba diving and swimming. Although I don’t dive in Holland, but I know that after doing this I am totally “Zen” and I like reading books.

If you as Cherelle would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would be short and I am Cherelle, if needed I would say: “How may I help you?”

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

Chaordic, meaning withing the chaos create a stream of order or the harmonious blending of both order and chaos principles where neither is dominant (e.g. competition and cooperation).

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

Where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Yes I have, I was a trainee and use to work with an urologist, that I definitely don’t want to emulate for the type of dokter, he was representing.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
You know during my tenure as chairperson of YV5K I have learned some hard, but valuable lessons.
First of all, I had to keep my shit together and maintain my composure;
Secondly, I learned, that I needed to adapt and apply situational leadership skills to stay on top of things and adapt.

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I came to study in Holland I had to start from point zero again to build myself a life, this was not related to my studies, but my life. Financially, I earned less money and I was forced totally out of my comfort zone, but I finally managed to adapt and showed enough resilience to overcome the challenges I had to deal with. I soak it up, went for it and did it.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
A trauma surgeon and I would be combining this with a function as policy advisor.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
She is achieving greatness.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

Our people, we are “Dushi Hende” as simple as that and at times we can be challenging, but then still I believe in our people.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I am excited to see Curaçao in it’s glory back again, a better Curaçao. I am looking forward for that time, as right now Curaçao is dealing with lots of challenges.

Cherelle Maduro is primed to connect, motivate and inspire others because of her people’s skills and because of how passionate she is pursuing her career and extra-curriculum activities. Her drive at a young age has made her a remarkable Influencer and now that she lives and works in Holland, she is now taking specific steps to see how she, with the help of some young professionals and entrepreneurs in Holland from local descent, can be of help for Curaçao. As a representative of the health sector she has and still is continuously influencing large groups of people. We deeply love and respect her and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the health sector.

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.

Workshop on Tuesday the 6th of August

In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address as the main topic: What is holding you back?

Our third workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
“Being judgmental, why non-judgmental is so difficult and how to deal with it.”
This series, the first was “The power of Intention” and the second “How to unlock the brains power”, aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

So, save the day and we hope to greet you then. We will use as part of the resources we will use for this workshop:
1. Judgement detox, by Gabrielle Bernstein
2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
3. The four Agreement, by Don Luis Miguel
4. "The Emotion Code,” by dr. Bradley Nelson
Date: August 6th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

Our next MYM-platform session in August
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!


Tips
In this week we focus on “Consistency versus Intensity ” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

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

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

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

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

How To Be Consistent: The Secret To Lasting Consistency - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sc4kfhrskw

How To Be Consistent: 5 Steps To Get Things Done, All The Time - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vZNnKzVS1Yw


Influencer Aissa Henriquez, Master Your Mind Platform Book session, Workshop in august and this week tips

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (22nd of July – 28th of July) we will interview Aissa Henriquez; we will invite you to our next workshop on the 6th of August; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of August and we will end this blog by sharing some motivational video-links on “Purpose” with you. Every day in the week we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Aissa Henriquez: Love, Laughter, Service, Connecting hearts and minds


Aissa could you share with us some information of your family life?
I believe we choose the family we need and in my case I was blessed with growing up with parents who had my wellbeing, my education and intellectual development at heart. Wisely, especially my father, was very keen on stimulating critical thought and awareness of responsibility and free will. An important person was my grandmother who was very loving and caring to me. I have one brother and we differ eight years in age. As his older sister I used to have the tendency to be a bit of a mom to him to. At least in my mind. Nowadays, he is an accomplished and passionate professional and most importantly a devoted father and a sweet brother. I could not be prouder.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I
studied a combination of Marketing, Economics and Languages. Later on I also did the local legal assistant course and various trainings and courses in primarily the financial services and banking sector. I have had many business titles and worked in many different fields. I don’t see myself as an entrepreneur per sé.

We have understood that you have worked as a consultant, senior accountmanager at a bank, you have worked in different committees to support these committees like StIP, National Dialogue, CMC, you worked for a short stint in the SGR-group, you are translator,you are active in the LIONS service club and what else?
A very long time ago I used to co-own an office furniture and office supplies business and a supermarket with a small wholesale company in food and non-food items. This was abroad. Nowadays, my translation work has led to requests to teach language skills at local companies. Even though I am not a certified teacher, I do enjoy this very much and I have been honored with good reviews by my trainees. Beside all these activities, I am also a certified BTB Feng Shui Consultant and a Certified Live Coach and Workshop Leader (both personal and corporate) under license of the Louise Hay philosophy. I have trained with Robert Holden (Coach Camp) and as Future Search Facilitator under Sandra Janoff. I am in the process of training with the Proctor Gallagher Institute (online) on some of their programs.

Our journeys have crossed over many years now since 2003 and on when you were supporting StIP the foundation in charge in those days with privatization and governance of government entities. Our paths crossed from time to time during all these years and we became interested in interviewing you, as you are a very multifaceted person that through your specific strengths you are influencing different sectors in our society. What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Being of Service and an instrument of Love and as such contributing in leaving the world behind in a better shape than when I arrived.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am trying to find ways to create awareness of the need to lead with heart and mind. I have learned to talk and communicate with and to be willing to really listen to others.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am not sure what your refer to as my inner voice. I will answer like this: By now I have enough knowledge and experience to know that when challenges of dilemmas appear in life, they do because you are ready for them and they basically are invitations to grow in areas where you need it. That being said, they are not always fun and often times unconfortable or painful. I have trained myself to say thank you. Thank you challenge for being here, thank you for trusting I have the strength and wisdom to face you and come out better at the other end. And then I ask to please reveal the lesson. Now this sounds easy but can be quite messy: tears, laughter, fear, anger they all come and visit. The point is to keep going (not keep busy) but stay with the process, try to be as aware as possible and listen to your heart and mind (meditation and chocolate help!).

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By reading and as soon as I have the opportunity travel and train with programs I consider important and interesting and most importantly nourishing for my heart and mind.

What are your strengths?
My sense of humor and ability to become very practical when facing major challenges.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Reading, traveling, my rotties. Lately I am feeling the need to be more creative so I am considering writing, dancing and maybe even some handicrafts.

If you as Aissa 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?
Human being, work in progress

How would you describe Aissa in one word or one sentence?
Love, Laughter, Service, Connecting hearts and minds

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Locally, I am afraid I don’t have people who I have been really inspired by. Currently, I am following our Minister of Public Health. I like that she is a force to be reckoned with, always well prepared and that she has the courage that is often lacking in our local leadership to take decisions and actually get things done.

Were they always positive role models or were their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
I have been blessed with a number of bosses from hell and some very human bosses. Often times, I did not identify with the people in charge of leading me.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
Challenges: heartbreak, some serious family issues, death of relatives. Defining moment: death of my grandmother and death of my mother.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Published author, international facilitator leading with heart and mind.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That to them I am a source of Love, Support and that they can laugh and learn a lot with me and from me.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The fact that everything we need is already here and within us and that all we need is to learn to see / look at things through different eyes. We can do this and there are many loving and caring people on the island. All we need to do is connect and align. This is our home.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity.

For more information about Aissa Henriquez go to: www.healyourlifeworkshops.com/teacher/aissa-henriquez

Aissa Henriquez as a Certified Live Coach and Workshop Leader (both personal and corporate) under license of the Louise Hay philosophy, coach of the Robert Holden Coach Camp, a Future Search Facilitator under Sandra Janoff, is primed to and is actually bringing this knowledge and experience to the next level in Curaçao. In doing this she is helping others to uncover themselves and also helping to re-invent our country, daring others to dream a different life. Her diversity makes her unique in so many ways, as she is gifted in leading from the heart and mind. A multifaceted person, that through her specific strengths is influencing different sectors in our society, mostly low key. We deeply love and respect her and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the business sector.

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.

Workshop on Tuesday the 6th of August
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address as the main topic: What is holding you back?
Our third workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
“Being judgmental, why non-judgmental is so difficult and how to deal with it.”
This series, the first was “The power of Intention” and the second “How to unlock the brains power”, aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

So, save the day and we hope to greet you then. We will use as part of the resources we will use for this workshop:
1. Judgement detox, by Gabrielle Bernstein
2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
3. The four Agreement, by Don Luis Miguel
4. "The Emotion Code,” by dr. Bradley Nelson

Date: August 6th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.


Our next MYM-platform session in August
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!



Tips


In this week we focus on “Purpose” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

See The Purpose - Motivational Video (ft. Nick Vujicic) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysJfKrgeA4Y

Finding your Meaning of Life - Inspiring Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCXMXuUDaic

PURPOSE - Powerful Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIvx6q0YhNk

Finding your life's purpose - Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mLn99CQubI

Purpose (Discover Your WHY) - Incredible Motivational Short ᴴᴰ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yBwzuVI6sA

Find Your Life Purpose Motivational Video! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMRjRgsl0tk

Influencer Marta Dijkhoff, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (15th of July – 21st of July) we will interview Dr. Marta Dijkhoff, we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 16th of July at the Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some motivational video links on “emotional release”. Every day during the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebookpage.


Marta Dijkhoff: "I did what I wanted to do and even more than I ever thought I would do"

Marta could you share with us some information of your family life?
I married this year in May 2019 with Herbert Romer. So life together is a challenge. I come from a big family with a mother who was married twice. So together my parents have 11 children, 3 from my mother’s former marriage. My family consists of 6 brothers and 5 sisters. My parents were humble people, my mom was a housewife and my dad worked at the local oil refinery. They were there for us, so I am grateful for their support during our childhood. My mom was a very strong woman with high morals on almost everything, my dad was merely a provider. They very much believed in me. They expected nothing but the best, so I always thought that I needed to be the best in everything. They trusted me and, as I child, I think they gave me a lot of responsability. I couldn’t have children, but I brought up two girls, who are grown up now and they gave me three grandchidren: two boys and a girl .


Could you share with us some of your educational background?
I was always fascinated with language as a child, and I loved Latin and Greek at the secondary school. For they are like puzzles. You have to know their structure in order to read them well. I wanted to study classical languages, but I could not enter at university level, for at school I had Greek until my third year at the secundary school level. So, I went for English. But I graduated with a 7.4. and I needed a 7.5 average at that time to enter into the university. So I started studying Philosophy and Spanish. When I was in my graduation year, I needed to do two mayors, but I could’t choose. So I did Portuguese, Creole languages and phonetics. Creole languages were thought in Leiden, and I was studying at RUGroningen, in Groningen. The professor in Leiden Dr. Voorhoeve, who worked on “Sranan”, saw my interest in Papiamentu, and advised me to study linguistics. In Groningen they had just started with this new study. So that is how I found my passion. I finished linguistics cum laude in four years and went on to do my Ph D. So I graduated in Spanish, general linguistics, with Portuguese, phonetics and Creole languages as minors. Later on, I did a Masters in training systems design. So now, as a consultant, I combine my knowledge of language with training and development.

Could you share with us some of your professional experiences?
I have been a Minister of Education and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education in Curaçao, and before that I was employed at the “Instituto Liguistiko Antiano.” I taught a number of courses, both at the University and at the Teacher Training college. I have also produced a number of modules for teaching Papiamentu and other subjects at this level. And I spoke and wrote about these subjects in international conferences and journals, respectively. And lately I have worked on many educational projects as a consultant. Go to: Dr. Martha Dijkhoff - YouTube.

So you know what it takes to create transformative changes in the educational sector. Could you expand on this for a moment?
Yes, I wrote a lot about these subjects, on Papiamentu, on language and emotions (go to (PDF) The Language of Emotions, on the educational situation in the ABC islands, and on the particularities of Papiamentu as a Creole language, both locally and also internationally. I am also the president of “Instituto Alsa Papiamentu” and the foundation organizes activities about Papiamentu’s role in society. We try to raise the consciousness of our population on the role of Papiamentu as a language.

So we understand that you are now working as a consultant, coach, mentor, scientist, linguistic expert, and you have a doctorate in Linguistics and have lots of experience internationally? Could you explore on that a little bit?
Yes, I worked in Holland, for a while, but I could not ground there. I need to be able to have a social impact with my work on change and in Holland that was not the case. Or you are obliged to work with immigrants, but I did not want to be pushed in a certain area of work. So I moved back home. Later on, I worked with other colleagues in Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, but I also did some projects in Puerto Rico, Bolivia and I am currently working on a project in Suriname.

Our journeys have crossed over many years now since 1974 and on. We became interested in interviewing you, as you are still very passionate about educational innovation and fervent about the importance of education in one’s own native language in the case of Curaçao, the importance of Papiamentu in our educational system. Can you expand a little bit on how you got interested in studying linguistics?
Yes, I already told you about my interest in languages as a child and student. So while studying philosophy, Spanish, Linguistics, Portuguese, Creole languages and phonetics, I always asked myself, how does all this knowledge connect to Papiamentu? I wanted to learn about the structure of Papiamentu and how it fits into linguistic theory, for Linguistics subparts such as phonology, syntax and semantics, to me, are like puzzles, like a sort of mathematics. I wanted to discover how a language such as Papiamentu could exist and fare with no help at all. I had to study mathematical linguistics for example and logic, and I did all of that without failing, for I was motivated to finish my linguistics study. And I discovered some rather interesting structures in Papiamentu during my study and wrote about them in my graduate and PH D-thesis. That is how I got the cum laude mentioned for my graduate thesis. While working at the Linguistic Institute , later on I got interested in Education and the role of language in securing a natural link to the child’s brain. So I helped with the whole process of introducing Papiamentu in education as a linguist and teacher. When I became a Minister of Education, I pursued that belief in policy. And thereafter when I finished my masters in Training Systems Design, I understood not only about language and its role for learning, but also how to connect language to learning in the practice of teaching and how to innovate and get through a process of real change.


If you would draw an ideal path for Curaçao to have a more 21st century proven educational system, based on Papiamentu as the mother language in our educational system, what would this look like, Marta?
I had a vision as a Minister of Education and that vision is still valid today. A school should be a safe place where students feel they are respected and thus feel free to grow. It should be a place where they are not only taught how to develop their knowledge and skills, such as reading and writing, mathematics, history and geography, but teachers should add something more to their teaching. They should teach them how to deal with their emotions and how to relate as human beings to one another. School should also be about norms and values, about caring for our island and how to live here and now in this rapidly changing world. So I would put a lot of emphasis on IT in schools and teach students how to deal with the huge amount of information coming their way. We have always been a multilingual society, and we must maintain that asset in our education. But nothing will come of that, if we do not ground what we learn in the child’s brain. Our point of reference to learn another language has to be based on the solid foundation of the language that we first came into contact with: Papiamentu. Children would learn naturally in the first 8 to 10 grades of the school system and build knowledge on foreign languages in the course of this time, depending on their capacities. So by the time that they are 13 or 15, they will be able to switch easily and with no extra effort to English or Dutch.

But the way I would go about change would be very different. I would start with teachers and their teaching and motivate them to be the best, to do what is right in our local circumstances, help them rethink their way of being and teaching. And when they want change, stimulate and help them to build a new curriculum. So it would be a very different way of going about innovation, a more practical and also holistic approach. I would also involve parents and bring them back in school, let them feel the difference for their children. And together with the innovators, build good practices and show to the public how we build good schools. I would work with schools who want to take the challenge and teach them how, but also learn from them how to go about the change in their schools. They know what they can and what is needed, and I know where I would want to go with them, according to our common vision. So we would learn together, about how to proceed, one step to the next. Yet this kind of organic or natural change is not common in our so very Dutch educational structure, with schoolboards having all the power, unions fighting for material benefits mostly, and teachers being employees and not actors of change. But, I still have this dream and their might be a school and schoolboard who believes in this type of change and go for the challenge. I have worked on change on different levels and with different teachers and I think that a holistic approach is the only solution. There are many sensitivities, and many factors are influencing education in our schools, and much of it, is politically oriented and more or less fixed by social conditions of teachers, parents and their children. But we have to try and change education, despite everything. Our teachers should be the role models of change.
If teachers change, they will change education on their own, for sure.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I think, that I can say that I was formed by the events before and after the 30th of May 1969. The change to give Papiamentu more social significance, started irrevocably on that day. It was the language spoken by the ones who wanted social change. The language, that was used to lead that revolt. And as a child I was confronted with it’s power when my father picked me up at school and told me that he could only have passed the barricades, because he could speak it. Furthermore, I always liked stories and Ellis Juliana used to tell stories on television and I associated his voice with culture. That is how I wanted my Papiamentu to sound like. My parents are not from Curaçao. My dad is from Aruba and my mom from Venezuela. But I could be a Yu di Kòrsou because of Papiamentu. So I have had this passion for Papiamentu as a language and of it’s social importance, as long as I can remember, and it only grew when I studied it, as a professional. It is a language with it’s own beauty and incomparable to other Creole languages, with it’s role in society growing in spite of all opposition. So I work to show others it’s value by writing on it and showing them its richness and beauty. So I wrote a (online) method to teach Papiamentu on basic levels (A1/A2) for non-Papiamentu speakers, which I am still working on and perfectioning it. I wrote a program for foreign primary school teachers, so they could reach an intermediate level (B1), and this was taught in Bonaire. I wrote different modules on syntax, morphology, phonology, the verbal system and the phrase structure of Papiamentu, for a 4 year curriculum at the Teacher training college, and for the bachelor study of Papiamentu at the University.

I also went through the learning objectives of languages taught in primary school, with a colleague Drs. Marion Snetselaar, and we organized them in a system based on the mother tongue.

So I worked on language curricula on all levels of education and translated along with others a huge amount of pages on themes such as management, mathematics, computer sciences and health care. Some of the things I do are paid for and others are not. So I work mostly on non profit basis with Ace Suares of Suares @ Co and Manuel Ortega, another IT professional working in Spain, on the digitalization of Papiamentu and the presence of Papiamentu on Internet. We developed a spellcheck on Papiamentu and a database called Papiamentu.info. I was a president of “Kòrsou Habrí” for a long time and still follow their steps, trying to bring computer and computer science to young people in underpriviliged or disadvanteged neighbourhoods.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Time is a challenge. I want to do so much in the 24 hours, that I have every day. So I make time for my grandchildren every friday afternoon. I used to work long hours, but I am married now and living together is a challenge. I definitely want to make my marriage work. Yet I cannot live a life of routine. So combining work with family life has always been a real challenge.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I think my inner voice has always guided me. I decided and made choices I understood only later. Choices which caused me e lot of pain and which I doubted that they would work. But afterwards it was always the right choice for me. Like leaving my first husband, leaving politics, quitting my job at the ministry, letting the daughters I brought up, go and live their own lives. Choosing for a marriage with the person I always loved, at this late age in May 2019. But in the end, I can say that I am happy, and that I did the right thing.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I go to conferences of the Society of Caribbean Linguistics every two years and others if possible. I also read a lot and try to keep publishing in my field. At least once a year. And for my personal growth, I like to go to retreats like the one organized by Carlo Monsanto, Angelo Luidens and Patricia Chin-A-Fo (IOLEE Ecosystem) for education professionals. IoLee testimonials – YouTube for more 

What are your strengths?
I am good at managing change, where things need to get ordered and sorted in a new way. I am also a good listener and facilitator for creating new working environments. But my strength is also my weakness. I do not easily let my emotions enter into work. So I tend to overdo, become addicted to work. I tend to loose myself in work and stop feeling. Yet I know things can change only when combining brains with emotions. So I consciously work on that particular aspect and keep reminding myself, that I need to pay attention to feelings and emotions next to the cognitive aspect of learning and teaching.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love sewing, embroidery and needle point. I haven’t done it much of it for a long time. I also love swimming, something I try to do this every week for at least half an hour.

If you as Marta 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 wouldn’t immediately share my name, I would start talking to explore commonalities, like this time in Jamaica, were I went to a conference, and didn’t have any transporation back to the hotel. Getting into a conversation with a girl I met, we talked on commonalities and I got a lift from her, she brought me to the hotel and I even got a adress from her for a future stay at her house in Montego Bay.

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

I did what I wanted to do and even more than I ever thought I would do.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Ellis Juliana since I was a young child watching him on TV and Frank Martinus Arion because of the role they played in making Papiamentu what is has become. Frank and I were colleagues during my years at the ministry. Furthermore Maria Liberia Peters and Lucille Wout because both had personality traits as women, that I admired during their political careers.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
My children were a defining moment in my life. Because of them, I developed my Emotional Intelligence on a deeper level. You can’t educate children only from the mind, that is what I learned from raising them. I had this opportunity to become the care taker of 2 children (girls), one of my brother’s (her mother died at a young age) and one of my sister’s (we were two mothers, dividing the week and holidays between us). So they came into my life and I feel blessed of all they have taught me.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
My career was.... I am an elder now. I was a professional for many years, and I served long enough, lastly as a Secretary General of the Ministry of Education. In the coming years it would give me a lot of satisfaction, if I am able to pass my knowledge and expertise to the next generation: as a linguist and as an innovator in education.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“She was there for us.” I pick up my grandchildren every friday and spend time with them. I do not let anything stand in my way, because I want them to remember the good times we had. They are important to me and they need to sense that. I also took care of my children when they grew up, in spite of having to deal with a lot of challenges when I was working. And I want my husband to feel loved, in the time that we still have left. I want my friends and family to remember me as someone who cared.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The youth. They still come up with new ideas and see things differently, without all the baggage of older people. They see the world as fresh and new, it still challenges their creativity. My daughters, my nephews and nieces live their life as entrepreneurs. They work very hard at different jobs, they don’t even go for steady jobs, but for what they like to do. They are like entrepreneurs in what they do and they work hard to make things happen in their own way. They see a future we don’t see. So new things are happening. New types of relationships. New types of living “life.” They don’t rely on our ways of safety, they don’t need a fixed place to stay or live, they have this freedom with their lifes, which I did not have when I was young, and they are perfectly happy with change. The trust we build over the years with my daughters, in the time that I took care of them, made them, I believe, the person that they are right now, they are free young people, full of zest and hope for the future.

Marta Dijkhoff, is an inspiring and energetic multifaceted Influencer. As consultant, coach, mentor, scientist, linguistic expert, innovator, author, former Minister of Education, Civil Servant and doctorate in Linguistics and she has spend, lots of time consolidating Papiamentu in our society and in ou educational system using all the different facets she has to its maximum, to achieve this. A worthy representative for the Educational sector of our island, with international experience. She is still a committed educator, eager to transfer her experiences to the next generations of educators. In that sense, she is a role model and therefore an Influencer for all working in the educational sector. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island with a warm heart for Curaçao.

Check these links:
Marta Dijkhoff | LinkedIn
Marta Dijkhoff
www.facebook.com/marta.dijkhoff

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.

Our next MYM-platform session on the 16th of July

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 16th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books: "How democracies die", by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt and it will be presented by Michiel van der Veur and "The atomic habits", by James Clear to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

In “How democracies die” the authors raised the question if Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the question: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

In “Atomic Habits” the author will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. You will learn how to:

* make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
* overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;|
* design your environment to make success easier;
* get back on track when you fall off course;...and much more.
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips

In this week we focus on “emotional release” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Science Bulletins: Mapping Emotions in the Body - YouT
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZP_I6NkQb4

How to Process Your Emotions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b197XOd9S7U

How to Release Your Negative Thoughts - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU0WhRvKS0s

Healing Quest: Deepak Chopra on Releasing Toxic Emotions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQNq_QdI-V8

How to Identify and Stop Your Pain-Body | A New Earth | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzj7R9IB48s

What Oprah Knows for Sure About Letting Go of Anger | Oprah's Life Class | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0HHowwK5y4


Influencer Natalie Daal, this week workshops, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and helpfultips

Posted on July 8, 2019 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (8th – 14th of July) we will interview Natalie Daal on her progress and future plans; we will invite you for our next workshop “How to unlock the Brain’s power” on the 9th of July; we will invite you to a repetition of the “Power of Intention”- workshop on the 11th of July for those whom missed the first workshop both at Chit Chat Café; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform-session on the 16th of July and we will share with you some motivational video clips on “change”. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Natalie Daal: a committed educator with new challenges


Natalie as an Influencer, we have interviewed you in July 2018 and we were interested on how you were doing in the different ventures you are involved in, for example in the educational field?
My main focus is on the future and my biggest challenge is to start a new after school educational offering to adolescents, as of the 1st of September, on top of what is required from students from the Educational Authorities as day time students. I already have the keys of the building (at the Schout bij Nacht Doormanweg) that we are going to use, I have bought some furniture and equipment for some of the classes. I firmly belief, that we need to offer to adolescent’s, curriculum in our institute that will focus on making them more responsible for their own choices, empower them, teach them “soft skills” like emotional and spiritual intelligence (Purpose in life). Right now, there is little time left for offering this curriculum at the day time school. It is a bold decision, as we have, to my knowledge, no other institution, that is offering something similar, so we will have to build this from scratch, but we will look for best practices elsewhere in the world to learn from. It will be a combined youth – parent project, as we believe that parents play a crucial role in the growing up of their children. Right now, we are evaluating what kind of adolescent’s we are aiming at to enroll.


What made you decide to take this bold step? 
Well, I have raised my three, now grown up, daughters to be independent and be responsible for their choices as they were growing up to become adults. So, I have some experience of myself on how to do this. About a month ago I attended a session, that Meyrtha Leetz from SEDA had organized, where they presented “The Rite Journey”, presented by Andrew and Becky Lines from Australia. That convinced me to move forward with this new after school offering to adolescents. As explained by Andrew the founder of the Rite Journey: “It provides unique educational programs in schools and organizations designed to support the development of self-aware, responsible, respectful, resilient and resourceful adults. By raising young people’s consciousness about transitioning from child to adult & having conversations with them about what really matters, assisting them in guiding their journey into adulthood.” More on: The Rite Journey | Transforming Today's Teens.

What other initiatives are you involved in at this moment in time?
As we understand the importance of the influence of the environment of the class-room on the students, we are also very much into, different set-ups of the physical environment of class-room, like working in different corners. Ten years from now some of the jobs that we have now, will no longer exist. That is why we need to prepare the students for this rapid changing world.

How did the students of Leerinstituut Klimop perform this past school year?
Well, we are extremely happy and grateful for the results are students have achieved in this school year.

In group 8 we had 4 students going to HAVO and 2 to VSBO;
All of the 60 students attending primary education “/ Funderend Onderwijs” passed and will go to their next year;
9 out of 10 of the students attending secundairy school passed
5 students finalized their HAVO/VWO;
2 students will go from HAVO to VWO. In conclusion, we have had a great year.



You are still involved in “Leerorkest”and what were the results of “Leerorkest over these 2 years?

Yes, I am. I am the Secretary, Rodney Concencion is the Treasurer and Roy Kross is our Chairman. After being positively evaluated after our first year with students from the fifth and sixth grade of the primary school Maria Oxiliadora (Santa Maria), it was obvious that the children participating in the classes of “Leerorkest” from the neighborhoods at this first pilot school, where showing positive behavioral changes. They learned:
• how to focus,
• to take care of an instrument,
• to read music notes,
• to pay attention and learn the timing when they can get musically involved during a concert and this was obvious during a concert at Koningsdag, where they performed in a disciplined matter.

This successful year resulted in some positive spins-offs like:
• We will start Leerorkest on a second school and we will start to offer this also at Klimop After school on the Friday afternoons;
• We are now working on recruiting some youth to become instrument maker, so that locally we can repair and do some maintenance of some of the instruments being used;
• Tania Kross, whom started this initiative in Curaçao, had 2 fundraising in May of this year and
• “last but not least”, because of the obvious behavior changes of participants in “Leerorkest”, I had the opportunity to explain to the evaluators of Leerorkest project, that I am involved in afterschool education professionally at “Klimop.” So, via Leerorkest, I was approached to become the quality manager of some other after school educational centers at neighborhoods that need this the most. The Ministry of Justice in Holland wants to support these centers, as part of their support to prevention programs, to lower the number of drop outs and it is aimed at improving behaviors of youth from these neighborhoods. This is now under serious consideration and we hope this will start very soon.

What were your challenges?
All of this has resulted in some great positive spin-offs I would say. But, we have also had our share of challenges this past year, but through “Faith and Focus”, the momentum has changed and slowly and surely we are making consistent progress.

You told us that you will the chairperson of Kiwanis very soon, what is your WHY to apply for this position?
Well I will become responsible to Chair Kiwanis by October 1st 2019. You know it is becoming harder to recruit people to do volunteers work these days. When you are a member of Kiwanis, you don’t only have to pay your contribution to be a member, but it is also required that you serve the community. We will install soon 7 new members and they are young people, which makes me very happy. We are in the middle of a general economic situation where people migrate to Holland and Canada btw. And at the other hand Gaming Control Board has developed such rules and regulations, where it has become hard to collect money based on what we used to do traditionally. What I want to achieve in the coming year to focus on the incorporation of more young people in Kiwanis, like we are in the process to select a school where we will build a so-called Builders Club, aimed at offering services to the society as a whole. That is why I decided to become chairperson again of Kiwanis.

Natalie Daal is an inspiring and energetic Influencer and representative for the Educational sector of our island, she is a dedicated, innovative, bold and a committed educator. In that sense, she is a role model and therefore an Influencer for all working in the educational sector. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island with a warm heart for Curaçao.
For more information on Natalie go to our earlier blog on this website.



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.

Workshop on the 9th of July
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back? Our second workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:

“How to unlock the brain’s power. Why willpower, hard work and an action plan are not sufficient to reach your personal goals.”

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.
So, save the day and we hope to greet you then.

Date: July 9 th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

The Power of Intention on the 11th of July

On request we will repeat the workshop “The power of Intention”. We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”- type of Intentionality, where your intention can be magnified.

Date: July 11th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café
Tickets: Nafl. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

Our next MYM-platform session in July

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 16th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

"How democracies fail", by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt and it will be presented by Michiel van der Veur and "The atomic habits", by James Clear to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

In “How democracies fail” the authors raised the question if Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the question: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

In “Atomic Habits” the author will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. You will learn how to:

* make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);

* overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;

* design your environment to make success easier;

* get back on track when you fall off course;...and much more.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!



Tips
In this week we focus on “change” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Be The Change - Inspirational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8oJV_mBY9g

Nothing Will Change Unless YOU Change - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQAG4JcI0x8

WATCH THIS BEFORE YOU GIVE UP - Steve Harvey Motivational Story - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LngxdiwFpno

The Power of Words - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU

What Is The Value Of Your Life? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwVfS7n3ghs

Before You Judge Someone - WATCH THIS | by Jay Shetty - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5E8gyDPs70

Influencer Ishwar Offerman, join our upcoming events and personal tips

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Ishwar Offerman; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 18th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month); we will invite you for a workshop Functional Fluency on the 20th of June; we will invite you to our next “What is holding you back- series of workshops” titled “How to unlock the brain’s power” on the 9th of July at Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some personal coaching tips in success as video links with you. Every day we will upload one on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Ishwar Offerman: "You can only achieve success at your own pace"



Ishwar, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am single and I am 24 years old. My parents are still alive and I live with them. I come from a family where I was the only child. My parents at an early age have always supported, encouraged, inspired and pushed me to exceed my limits by telling me constantly, that I can do it or I can always do better and that I should go for it.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and professional background?
I have always had a broad range of interests in what I wanted to study and I have always been pro-active. So this resulted during my high school years at SKAIH and Peter Styuvesant College I picked the courses of Physics and Chemistriy and later during my VWO Chemistry and Biology and selected them as curriculum. But then I switched to Business and got a bachelor’s degree in Business & Economics at UoC. I love Research and I am almost done with getting my Masters degree in Business Management at UoC. I only need to get my thesis finished and approved. In terms of professional experiences, at a very young age, 8 year old, I preferred being involved in the catering business of my mother, instead of going to stay at my grandmother’s home to play for example. I did all the different tasks involved in running such a business, from washing dishing and being involved in the kitchen and by doing this, I have build up valuable experiences on what it takes to run a business. During my Bachelor’s in Business Economics, I was offering clients to build their websites and do their marketing, as of now I have a build my own client base and while doing this and finalizing my studies, I earned my own income.

We became interested in interviewing you, as you as the president of JCI Creative Leaders in Curaçao (JCI CLIC) and as a very positive mindset and we read your CV as we were involved in the project of Bianca Neman named “Yu, mi responsabilidat” that held a seminar on the 4th of June at WTC. You were the young professional, moderating a panel of Ministers or representatives of Ministers, as they would pitch how they see the challenges of educating our youth from the point of view of their respective portfolio as a Ministry. Where did this come from, this interest into leadership development and why JCI and not Scouting or any other type of leadership development organization?
Well after high school, I more or less lost my network I use to have of former schoolfriends. And I loved researching and reading on policy issues aimed at problem solving and within that context I was invited by two friends, Aljearreau, he went to Holland later and Guido Rojer whom is one of the current national vice president of JCI Dutch Caribbean and I started to attend JCI CLIC’s meeting. I noticed immediately that JCI would give me opportunities to work directly on projects and they were also giving the opportunity to develop leadership skills. working on projects was a means to develop leadership skills. So that made stay with JCI.

You told me that you as JCI are planning, as part of a JCI worldwide strategy to become more involved in the society, you are planning an event to connect and align other youth organizations very soon. It appears to be very similar to Share2uplift is trying to do as a movement. Can you expand a little bit on this?
The strategy of JCI worldwide is based on a 5 points approach:
Impact, Collaborate, Motivate, Invest & Connect.
Everything we undertake will have to connect one way or the other with these 5 points. As local organizations we use this strategy as a tool to solve or create solutions for our challenges. Currently in JCI took notice that, although at some places/countries we were growing, at other places/countries we were were shrinking and on an overall level our membership totals decreased, where we now believe that there are more than 160.000 members world wide associated with JCI. Having less members means that we need to be involved more efficiently to create a real impact in the world, instead of dealing with the same problems in the same way and getting the same sub-par results. We have also noticed that the willingness for volunteerism has decreased, all this made us focus more on collaborate part of the JCI strategy. Focusing on the same issues with a new strategy as the environment where we are working has changed, and this means that we have to change accordingly.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
There are two things that really get me going:
First of all, my mind is always looking for learning opportunities based on problem solving exercises. This I had since I was a child. I really love learning new things, recognize them in real life situations and learn to apply them in real life, so that it works.
Secondly, I love being creative.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
The labor market in Curaçao is a challenge for young professionals like me entering into the market. It is like a catch twenty two. What I studied for doesn’t connect with what the markets needs directly. For certain jobs, I let’s say marketing assistant, I am overly qualified and for the senior marketing functions like marketing manager, they tell me, I am underqualified, that is my challenge. I go through all the motions of a job interview, but at the end, they tell me that I lack sufficent experience or the job is not challenging enough for me.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Well, I have lots of “self-awareness.” I evaluate all my actions, constantly evaluating the things that are happening and the interactions I have with other people.

Where did you got this ability yo be so self-aware?
As I am unsure how I did get to become so self-aware, I believe that it originates from observing people as an introvert, listening to people more then any other form of communication.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have different ways that I learn, but as of late I listen to podcasts. I have 35 podcast ranging from economics, relationships, business, I use them for catching up with news as I don’t have time to read books. I also watch YouTube’s, like I watch videos about design, cooking etc. I am basically an introvert, I don’t appear to be like that at face value, but it took me a long time to train myself. Remember, I was doing well at school, so well that my peers started to trease me and call me a “nerd”. Suddenly through my self –awareness skills, I became aware, that I wasn’t attracting people to me. So, I decided to start watching lots of comedy standup comedians and study them and how they interacted with other people. I also taught myself, to tell part of some of the jokes they presented and taught myself to react funny back, when I was tacled by others. By focusing on this, I became an ambi vert. It proved to me that with determination, we can achieve results. And there is always room for improvement.

What are your strengths?
Versatility, flexibility, I am a fast learner I am good in creative things and the rational structured planning & organizing of things, basically I am trying to create a balance between both.

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love sports, as a teenager for example I played football almost everyday. I use to watch a lot of sports on TV, nowadays I am more into jogging. I love my work, I got in to designing and composing music for a while and I made a videos. Basically, I enjoy all creative activities as a hobby.

If you as Ishwar 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?
You know, I don’t like being on the fore front. Because of my friends whom where extraverts, I got going and got acquainted with others. Now, I have grown in such a way, that if I would meet someone strugling in the supermarket, I would stop and help them in which ever with all the knowlegde and expertise, that I have and as much as I can.

How would you describe Ishwar in one word or one sentence?
“You can only achieve success at your own pace.” I always did well at school and I thought I have made it all after I finished my bachelors, but then I had to learn the hard way, that success takes time. Of course you have examples of artists that at a young age are millionaires. When I saw the abovementioned text, it hit home and resonated directly with me. My other lesson learned was: “Never compare yourself with others and just be happy as you follow your own journey.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
That is hard to say, in fact I have very few idols, but some people I really like for example because of his aura is Roger Federer. Everything he does on and off the court, has class and he behaves like a gentleman. He has luxuries like expensive cars, but he doesn’t show off and he is classy.
My grandparents have also inspired me, because of how humble there beginnings. They saved and invested and gave me and my parents such a great upbringing and when they see me on TV, they are proud to see me in my suite, because it shows that I come from a family where I was raised well.

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
No, there were also negative role models, but those I would brush off and stay way from.


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

Yes, last year I was part of the debating team of JCI Dutch Caribbean that won in Miami during the JCI conference of the Americas. This was a defining moment as I needed to re-discover something that I knew that I had, but had lost. when I was in the 6th grade at of Kolegio Erasmus. We were required to speech from an early age, until I reached the 6th grade of the primary educational level. As we were singing and performing on stage during “Siman di Kultura” somebody in our group made a mistake and repeated making this mistake one more time and all of us sort of freezed. This had an affect on me, as it undermined my self confidence. And from a fearless self-confident person, not worrying and selling the message I needed to sell, I became an insecure person until last year, after we won the debating championship in Miami.

What was my lesson learned?
Perservere, never give up, it is a process to work on your self improvement, keep taking steps forward, things are going to change. So releasing this fear was that defining moment. I released a fear that was deep in me.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Well, that is difficult to say, but I will definitely not be working in a company, I would be a serial entrepreneur. I will have my own company with a thick portfolio of assignments. As I had experienced business at an early age, it will keep call you back to it. I would still be challenged regulary as I don’t want my brain to stagnate and I would have build new networks while I was surfing the waves of changes.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
Ishwar is a genius, when I hear people say that, I smile because not all people really understand the methods that I am using. “There is method to my madness”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The fact that there are 2 to 3 times more people interested in change and willing to work on these changes, as we have lots of people great in pointing out fingers towards that doesn’t work. We still have a long way to go through, but what I see is, that a whole generation is going on retirement soon and this opens up opportunities for new people to enter the labor market and this enables the possibility for more changes to come.

Ishwar Offerman is an inspiring young leader, that works in the business sector, now on the verge of expanding his wings further as an Influencer, as he is implementing a JCI world strategy “to unite all sectors to create impactful sustainable changes in the society” and in that sense this is 100 % aligned with the goals of the share2uplift movement. The new JCI strategy is very similar to what Share2uplift movement tries to accomplish, meaning by connecting dots, aligning efforts, creating impactful changes in all walks of life in Curaçao. We love and deeply respect Ishwar for his genius and commitment to create big impacts in our society in Curaçao. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island and an excellent representative of his generation that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, especially focused on leadership development and a representative in the business sector of 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.

Workshop in July
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back?

Our second workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
“How to unlock the brain’s power. Why willpower, hard work and an action plan are not sufficient to reach your personal goals.”

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

So, save the day and we hope to greet you then.

Date: July 9 th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-

Save the day and we hope you will attend.


This week Master Your Mind Platform Book Session

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 18th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

"Dare to Lead ”, by Brene Brown to be presented by Haydee Hermans and "Change your Brain and Change Your life", by Daniel Amen, to be presented by Ivan Kuster.
What is "Dare to Lead” all about:


Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg
Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start with. Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives.

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviors’. All it requires is, a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.

What is "Change your Brain and Change Your life” all about:

To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil

To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)

To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage

To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle

To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises.
You'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with.

Date: 18th of June,
Time: 7 - 9 pm sharp
Venue: Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada.
Entrance: Free
Click to attend.

Recommendations: workshop Functional Fluency
Are you ready for more clarity, ease, zest, vitality, resilience and authenticity in the present moment? More efficiency, communication, influence, impact and connection? This event will trigger you to change your perspective, your behavior and therefore your outcome on all levels of your life.More info on A Functional Fluency Experience!



Motivational tips
In this week we focus on success as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

The success cycle TONY ROBINSON - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm8zZ6fs62c

Small Steps Make Big Changes | Jack Canfield - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QllaabbFTm0

The Motivational Success Story of Oprah Winfrey - From A Girl Without Shoes to Billionaire - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAKgef3Ytk

Dr. Joe Dispenza Explains How We Are Programmed by Television - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK_y1Dsg4iE

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

A Clip from Brené Brown's TED talk - The Power of Vulnerability - YouTube|
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y9aqT0L3TI


Influencer Sheillah Benoit-Bergland, June workshop, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and motivation tips

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (10th of June – 16th of June) we will interview Sheillah Benoit-Bergland; we will invite you for our next workshop The power of Intention on the 11th of June; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platfomr session on the 18th of June, both at Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada from 7 – 9 pm. We will share with you some personal motivational video’s on overcoming obstacles and we will share one video everyday on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Sheillah Benoit-Bergland: “I love to inspire myself and other people”


Could you share with us some information of your family life?

I am a mother of two children, my daugther is 43 years old and has two children, my son lives in Holland and is 37 years old and also has 2 children. I am happily married. I come from a family of 10 children 5 boys and 5 girls. 2 of my brothers had passed away. My father was born in Curaçao, my mother was born in Saint Martin and my husband is from Grenada.


What role did you parents play in you becoming whom you are now?

I got my education from my mother. She raised us with a mindset and a way of living, that “what you don’t have, do without it.” We didn’t had lots of money, but she taught me the value of life, as we lived in wooden house in Salinja and we had to sleep on the floor on a mat, but that didn’t bother me at all. I am open minded. I was on girls scouting and I was a leader back then and many things has made me the person I am today. I was taught a very pro-active attutude. For example that if at school you didn’t learn something that you needed, I was encouraged to go and look for it to find out, what it was all about and so to always be “up to date.” I started my career when I was 16 years old in 1963, after I have reached the 7th grade of the MULO, I started working at the company Hector Henriquez B Incorporated. As I progressed in my career, I learned all the things that I needed like “shorthand (“steno”, business correspondence at mr. Tweeboom that offered these type of courses back then. I have done all sorts of jobs, house cleaning, offering coffee to employees, and then came 30th of May, which we just conmemorated as it was 50 years ago. That was a very impactful moment, because our office burned out and I have experienced the fear and and at times hysteria among mothers, worried about not being able to find milk to feed their children, as I helped at the botica “Antillean Drugstore”. I also discovered, that I am a relatively fearless person. I always say: “If a dog feels that you are afraid of it, it will bite you.”


In 2013 Mr. Dennis and Sadira Henriquez of Irie Tours started a desk at the Renaissance hotel and they asked me to work for them. As they have known me as a very positive person. I now still work there and I sell tours to tourists.

Where did your apparent pro-activeness come from?
From my mother, she was always positive and this inspired me to grow and I continue growing even though I am 72 yeard old, I still work and I attract a lot of good things in my life. My father also was a very positive man. He always was out to meet and talk to other people, he met. I have a sister living in Aruba, and she told me: “Sheillah you are just like our father.” My wisdom, I get from GOD, I have faith in GOD, I am a believer, but not dogmatic. When you look at nature with all its beauty and diversity, there must be something bigger that then us, as human beings.


I am left handed, but the education I got from Roman Catholic Clergy forced me to write with my right hand but i continued writing left. In 1972 I went to a course given by Victor Pinedo in 1972. He had a foundation offering motivational courses to employees of Shell, but also to the private sector. One of our directors that also have participated in courses of Victor Pinedo, offered me to fill in for a sloth as other directors of our company didn’t want to attend these courses. That turned out to be one of the defining moments in my life. As these courses challenged me to discover a new version of myself, as I was able to grow and release obstacles that were holding me back. I became a newer and better version of myself. I know that a person’s mind is everything in life. If your mind changes, it affects everything else in your life. This is also true for illnesses such as cancer, it is according to me not an illness, but it is a business. People are not sick, but they have problems that affects their bodies. I am always working on improving my mind.

I have a positive mindset and because of that I attract a lot of good in my life. I am not the person, that when I turned 60 years old, decided to sit at the side and considered my life was done, like unfortunately lots of people have become to believe. I truly believe, that you die when you want to die. I believe that accidents don’t happen, it is caused. This was a saying my mother used. I belief that you are the one that, to a certain extent, decide when you die. I knew someone whom husband died after being married for 45 years. The widow gave up on life and stopped eating and drinking and passed way. Is that destiny? It was her choice.

You seem to be a very outspoken person apart from being very positive. Is that true?
Yes, I believe that, it is not what you say, but the way you say it, like I live in Koraal Specht and I was on a bus some days ago and I noticed that the driver was on his phone, while he was driving the bus. I told him in a kind way, that I didn’t appreciate this. He answered by saying it was voice mail, but the message got through, he stopped. That is what I mean, he accepted what I told him, he knew I was right and without getting mad or something. Others might have gotten mad, but he didn’t, also because of my positive demeanor and the way I expressed myself.

Another example: I will express myself when things are not right, like the other day we went for a drink and some snacks and ordered chicken wings and french fries. But we got chicken drummettes, in any case not wings. So at first I told the waiter to tell the manager about his dissonance and later I talked to the manager himself. I explained politely that if wings are on the menu, it is a little bit deceptive if it turns out to be something else. At times when you give feedback, some take it personal, while this was not my intention. Well the waitress took it well, not the manager though, he didn’t. He told me, we have always done this like this.

But why do you felt the need to tell them this?
Because I want to release, what I feel. I am not a person that is going to keep these types of emotions bottled up in me, because I know how it can affect your health negatively.

Where did you learn this?

From my mother I guess. She had her life wisdom, but it runs in th family. My brother Melly Bergland is also very positive and has studied psychology and metaphysics. But I believe that all of us have a gift you have to use it or your loose it. I use my gifts, my positivity towards my clients. I am passionate about my work and I work with lots of love and my guests can sense that. I am not doing it for the money.

I also believe that we should be careful and impeccable with our words, what you say goes into the Universe, by being aware of the power of words, you will never hear my say that:
“I am hungry”, I will say: “I would love to eat something”, or I will never say in papiamento: “Bai poko poko”,
I will say “Pasa bon” which means “Have fun”. So, be impeccable with your words, words have so much power in them.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are?
As you know, I am selling tours to mostly tourists here at our booth on the first floor at the Renaissance Hotel close to the Starbucks. The tourists love my positivism. And some tell me that “we will never forget you”. I love to inspire people and with my work, I have inspired lots of people. I always ask them why they have chosen to come to Curaçao. And a lot of them say because “It is different” and they wanted a different experience. Curaçao has lots of history culture, beaches and nice people also. I am not selling tours only and I am trying to connect with the tourists and if I would meet them again in Punda, I would greet them and talked with them. I also thank them for visiting Curaçao.

I have worked for 19 years from 1963 till 1982. Then I stopped working. I was a sales woman and promoting different products in the supermarket. Well back then Central Madereinse also needed to promote a product, a brand called E & J. The owner of Central Madereinse approached me to promote this product subject to approval from the agent living in Puerto Rico, that I needed to meet at Princess Beach personally. As the agent from Puerto Rico had asked him to find 4 good looking young ladies to do the promotion, this meeting with the agent would be helpful. So I went to meet this agent and he asked me why I would do a better job in promoting his product.
So I asked him: “What are selling, the young ladies or the product.” He decided there and then, to hire me.


In 2017 I decided to do a scuba diving course at Hans Pley from Curious2dive. I was meeting so many tourists wanting to scuba dive and they talked of assecoiries they already had brought with them and I didn’t know what they were talking about, so I decided to do something bold, I decided to go and learn how to scuba dive at Caracasbaai and it took me 7 to 8 tries, with water coming into my diving mask in the beginning, but in the end I managed and it couldn’t imagine myself how beautiful it could be underwater. It was great. I didn’t tell neither my husband neither my children what I was planning to do, because I was sure that they would have discouraged me. After the dive, I called my daugther and told her to go to website of Curious2dive and look at the pictures taken, while I was diving and my daughter Ruella was so enthusiastic and she told me
“Mom I am so proud of you.” And I told her, that she had never told me that before and that I needed to have to make scuba dive with 70 years old, to have her say that, ha, ha,ha..! But also in that year, I went for a dive of 600 feet with a submarine at Seaquarium, and friends told me if I had gone mad as: “The sea is for fish, not for human beings” and I also went swimming with the dolphins at Seaqurium. Btw, the guests I help with my advices, at times are so grateful, that one once invited me to come celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday at New Jersey as a vacation and she asked if I was the lady that with 70 years old was still exploring new things and went scuba diving for the first time...So, yes I inspire lots of people.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with and how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I meet very few negative people at my desk. I attract the positive ones. And even if a negative person shows up, I can learn something from them. I met one just the oter day and she told me that she hated Curaçao. She had just left the Hilton Hotel and checked in at the Renaissance Hotel because that would save her taxi costs. After I booked her a trip for a scuba dive, she came back to me and was still unhapp,y because she had to pay the taxi fare to go and come back from Caracasbaai. Well, I concluded that this person might have some problems of her own. I wanted to help her, but she didn’t wanted to be helped.

I once met a person whom shared with me this story, about an elderly person 95 years old, that invited him to come and have coffee with him, which he declined to do and didn’t show up and the next day that person died. He will never forget this and that has become his motto: “Don’t postpone joy, don’t postpone nothing, because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.” I agree with this motto.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, practice a lot and like investing in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
I read books from Louisa Hay and Kahlil Gibran that help to uplift me. It gives me the power to do good in life. You know, I often write letters to GOD and I really get answers. Once I have written them, I don’t burn these letters. I keep them. You reap what you think, really. I journal all the miracles that I am experiencing. You can’t eat healthy and have a unhealthy mindset, your mindset should also be positive. Once you belief it, it will happen.

As an example for miracles that happen I would like to share the following that happened to me:
I pray and express my gratefulness the whole day. And by doing this I attract positive things in my life. I always try to use positive words. In 2005 me and my husband went to Holland because of our son’s graduation. At Schiphol my husband was almost send back to Curaçao because he needed to have a visa being from Grenada. But it was solved although he stayed for a shorter time, thanks also to the efforts of my son.

Last year me and my husband went to Holland for 2 weeks again, this time for the marriage of my son.When I came back to Curaçao I bought all types of combination of numbers the year he was born, his age..you name it and I won Ang 1700,- as I was without any income during these two weeks, at least I thought this. But my boss also gave me a salary and those things are examples of miracles that I experience.
I continuously upgrade my knowledge of the island also, of late I attended the museum week, re-visited Kura Hulanda, basically continously learning, this has never stopped and I will not stop neither, because I am 72 years old. Every single day, you have to be open to new experiences in life.

What are your (other) strengths?
I stay positive, when I do a task, I do it from the bottom of my heart. And my “yes” is a “yes”, my “no” is a “no”.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
First of all my work, this office at the Renaissance Hotel is my second home. My daugther often asks me: “Ma, when are you going to leave to go home, early?” But my work is my passion. I always come to work with lots of excitement. In a way I am also a perfectionist. Like when I get home, I take off my shoes and walk in my house with slippers. I like everybody else also to do this, my children also have to do this.

If you as 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?
As I am quick to start a conversation with anyone, I would say my name is Sheillah, I am on vacation, have a good morning and have a nice day. As I would walk in the streets, I would have a pleasant face. I like communicating with people and make them feel good and feel happy. I like to give people compliments, I like to look at things from the up-side. In every situation that might look bad, there is a silver line, look for it.

How would you describe Sheillah in one word or one sentence?
I love to inspire myself and inspire others. To inspire is such a marvelous thing to do. I used to sing in Las Chicas Ritmicas, but also way back in Estrellas del Caribe. I have done so many things in my life and I am still doing a lot. I have been a Limousine driver for my brother’s Limousine services, I worked at WTC and so on..

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life?
My mother for sure. She taught me that “what you don’t have, do without it.” I never borrowod from my neighbors anything, I use to have a car, now I walk everday which is good for my health. Be impeccable with your words. And don’t compare yourself with other people.

What was a defining moment in your life?
I would say the moment, I started the course with Vick Pinedo in 1972. I still have the notes of that course and we also made something in clay. I made a dish representing my mind and food, like “food for thought.” That was a great course that made me think radically different about life. Lots of other people that followed that course came to the realization, that they were living the lives of what other people expected for them, instead of being their authentic selves, which let to some divorces btw. It also taught me to live life with purpose.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would be 82 years old and still be very active in the tourism sector and I know for sure that I would still be working in this sector.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years years from now?
“Good health, this was always on her mind.”
I also tell my children if I would become ill unable to take care of myself, bring me to an elderly care home or let me die in peace. We humans have the tendency to do the utmost for our Loved Ones, which I consider to be a form of egoism. I don’t want to burden them with my care, I don’t require this from my children.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Our 5 fingers in one of our hands, all have a different size. There are times when things are good and there are time when things are less good. I belief that with positive thougths, we can make things happen without false emotions.

That people should be positive and shouldn’t go after other people bringing things up and we should all help to think what can bring our island further.
 Btw, if you have negative thoughts this will affect your body. So think positive thougths.

Is there anything else that you wanted to add?

My husband and myself have a Living Apart Together-relationship for 30 years now, since 1989. He lives in Grenada and as a fysiotherapist he lost his job and couldn’t stay in Curaçao, so he decided back then, to go and work and live in Grenada. Now, be aware that we used to have a double income as husband and wife, with two cars and after he lost his job, we lost some of the material things we were used to. So, I went to study to become a tour guide and picked up my journey to continue to develop myself personally, while I also taught my children to keep respecting their father although he lived off island, as we only had contact via telephone.

In 1994 I was diagnosed with diabetes and my sugar level in my urine was 439. I was shocked and after reflecting concluded, that the fact that my husband went to live off island, had affected me, leading to the stress related diabetes. So I decided to change my mindset, I decided to help myself and changed my stress levels by not letting the fact that my husband was not on the island, affect my joy of life. The next time I went to the doctor, my sugarlevels had dropped and reached 139 and my motto became again “live as happy as possible.” I now feel myself very happy and I only use insuline when I eat too late in the evening. And in 2005 due to negligence from my side I lost some of my toes, as I had the choice to either operate the toes or loose my legs. I decided to re-invent myself again. I am very committed to keeping a healthy life style, I love to walk, I love dancing and every week I have a routine to check my remaining toes and keep them pampered and in a good shape. I feel immensely gratefull and I feel blessed. I express my gratefulness a lot to GOD, but I am aware that my time isn’t GOD’s time, I write letters to GOD expressing my gratitude and appreciation and accepting all the things that I can’t change.

Sheillah Benoit-Bergland as a mother, grand-mother, wife, exemplary citizen of this island is an inspiring person that works in the tourism sector, now selling tours to tourist at a booth at the Renaissance Hotel and at times also working as a tour guide and has made her work her passion. As she loves to inspire people with her work, she has inspired lots of tourists and local citizens over the years. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, especially in the hospitality sector of 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.

Workshop in June
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back?

Our first workshop of 2019 at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
The power of intention, why a clear intention, elevated emotions and mental & emotional rehearsal matter.

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”- type of Intentionality, where your intention can be magnified.

Date: June 11th

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place Chit Chat Café

Tickets: Nafl. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.


Master Your Mind Platform Book Session

The next Master Your Mind Platform session will be on the 18th of June.

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 18th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
"Dare to Lead ”, by Brene Brown to be presented by Haydee Hermans and "Change your Brain and Change Your life", by Daniel Amen, to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

What is "Dare to Lead” all about:


Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg
Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start with. Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives.

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviors’. All it requires is, a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.

What is "Change your Brain and Change Your life” all about
:

To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil

To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)

To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage

To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle

To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises.

You'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with.

Date: 18th of June,
Time: 7 - 9 pm sharp
Venue: Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada.
Entrance: Free
Click to attend.

Motivational tips
In this week we focus on overcoming obstacles motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Obstacles in path || Short inspirational story - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7xvyerCzzk

Successful People Who Overcame Obstacles - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaxLqESHFlU

Keep Fighting // An Inspiring Story About Overcoming Obstacles - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sklGt5HgK1k

Get Back Up - A Short Film About Overcoming Obstacles - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQDPswDE7s4

Greatest Motivational Video Ever (overcoming obstacles) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pIIdscT7gY

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY - The Story of YOU - Motivation Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQKkAIQvotA

Influencer Caroline Hartel, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (3rd – 9th of June) we will interview Caroline Hartel; we will invite you to a workshop on “The Power of Intention” on the 11th of June and we will invite you to our next Master your Mind Platform session both at Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada. We will share with you some coaching tips as video-links. Every day we will upload one of these video’s on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Caroline Hartel: a driver of change, loyal and hard worker


Caroline could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have a stepdaughter, I was born in Germany but I grew up in Holland and I am happily married for 8 years now. I have one brother who lives in Florida since the year 2000. My mother died at a young age and my father re-married and at his 82 years he is sort of globetrotter. My father used to work in the Oil Industry and I had an expat education as we worked and lived in different countries.

Why did you decide to come to Curaçao?
We lived in Amsterdam-Zuid on a houseboat without many commitments. It felt superficial; my husband who is from Curaçao hadn’t been to the island for 40 years. We visited it a couple of times, we liked it, and so we came. My husband started parasailing, this was the drive for him to come to Curaçao and I joined him. I told my boss at TUI in Holland, where I worked back then, we were planning to leave to go to Curaçao. So, he asked me to become a manager in Curaçao of TUI, to help strenghten the brand in Curaçao, and I must say that we were very succesful in reaching that goal.

Are you planning to stay in Curaçao for the long haul?
Well, we are not planning to go back to Holland somewhere soon, as we are enjoying life here. We loved living on our boat in Amsterdam because somehow, there is more sun shining when you live on a boat. Seriously, I have experienced that compared with living in a house or flat, and therefore I could walk barefoot every day. I love walking barefoot. On Curaçao, this is also the beauty of living here: the moment I am home, I can walk barefoot again.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences and what are you doing now?
I have tons of life experiences, after finishing my gymnasium at a European school (high school with classical education), I went to a Real Estate Business School and later studied to become an interpreter. Btw, I didn’t graduate in both, but I am an example of someone that through continuously hard work since I was 18 years old, still managed to have a successfull career. I now work at Corendon since December 2018 as a business assistant of Atilay Uslu. Mr. Uslu is here on Curaçao on average a week every month and I assist him to execute his (new) plans. Basically I am working on helping Corendon to “become a positive household name”- in the Curaçao society.

We became interested in interviewing you, as we have heard that you are also interested in some way some how create a (virtual) platform illustrating positive initiatives, as you have had a similar experience when you used to live in Amsterdam. It is this correct?
Well not so, it wasn’t me but a close friend of me that wanted to start this positive platform in Amsterdam some years back, which she didn’t succeed in. But the idea was great, and I had to think about that time recently, because I got frustrated with all the negativity in the news, and the way people speak and think of the future of and on Curaçao. I totally disagree. There is so much cool positive stuff going on. I would love to collaborate with a group to help create such a platform in Curaçao. I believe in the young professionals of Curaçao. 

In my position, I can use my influence to help trigger other positive developments on the island. As Corendon, we are working to create a new resort that is helping to renew the development of that whole area in Otrobanda, all the way from Riffort to the Marriott. This in itself is very positive.

But I am not the driver, the driver of positive developments are the younger generation, young professionals like Gino Jacobs and Boudino de Jong from Profoundworks, Skempie and SkeniCash. Daniel Corsen of D & I, Deva-Dee De Windt-Siliee and Lysayé de Windt from Curaçao Cares and youngsters like Christy-Ann Rojer, a young photographer and entrepreneur, that started Sauc'é Shots & Cocktail Bar and the Poké food bar. Every single day there is something positive that can be shared, and this should be presented in a way that someone living in Montaña or Fuik or Barber could also resonate with and understand. It has to reach a broad range of groups in our society. So this platform needs to come.


But do you also see challenges for the sector apart from the apparent bright prospects?

Yes, there are. Well at the one hand you have projected investments and job opportunties (1200 new jobs projected) in the hospitality sector.

• But we, I mean government and the private sector, need to do a better job to manage and handle the educational challenges we have, to upgrade the skills and knowledge levels of the workers in the tourism sector. For example we need a vocational training and education approach for the tourism sector. We need to invest a lot to time in this. For example: VPCO has an approval from the Inspectorate of Education of the Ministry of Education of a plan that was prepared by them 1,5 years ago, we hope that the Minister of Education will soon approve this proposal. If the government doesn’t have the funds, the private sector will have to assume their responsibility and help finance this vocational training. In all scenario’s we need this.

• We need a more resilient goverment to partner with us to maximize the potential of the sector. There are so many initiatives to improve the image of the sector in Curaçao, so maybe the 1200 jobs opportunites are on the low end of the spectrum and it could be even more.

• One last challenge for the sector might be the imago of  tourism within the community. I am convinced that the hospitality sector can be a stepping stone for so many different types of people with a pro-active attitude and/or entrepreneurial background. There are a broad variety of opportunities in tourism, whether you are an extravert or intravert person, a whiz-kid in ICT, or a gardener (because some people are good with their hands), it is a pity that lot of people don’t see this yet. So we as “the tourism sector” need to do a better job to campaign in a non-traditonal way and market these job opportunities.

I have understood that yourself that you have been to Holland for recruiting purposes in May as you believe in a “brain gain”, could you expand a little on this?
Yes, recruiting young talent went quite well. I have been involved in “brain gain” opportunities for years now, with organizations like “We Connect” we try to get “smarties” with a University degree or HBO-degree from local decent back to Curaçao and contribute to the economic boom, that I foresee. As I have said there are lots of new job opportunities, as there are 5 new hotels to be constructed in the pipeline and the hospitalilty sector is an excellent way to make a career and move upwards.

What are other challenges that you see?
I want to be a facilitator and at times a voice in issues regarding tourism in Curaçao. But I also see challenges outside of the hospitaily sector. Challenges like, what is going to happen with the future of the refinery, that is a real societal challenge, that might affect all of us. Mass lay-offs will burden the society and what is needed are ways and means to help and support people if this come to pass. This could be in helping them with their mortgages for example but also, there would need to be a structure or system to help outsource and outplace professionals and workers, basically to help people to look at their future from a different perspective. This is very important.

What is you BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I like to do things that are good for me and for others in the world either human beings or sentient beings. It makes me happy when I do it.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
There are only so many hours in a day to do all the things that I would love to do. I find it difficult to say “no”. I also find it difficult to prioritize, because there are so many things I think that are important.

How do you solve these dillemmas?
Well I am afraid, that I juggle a lot.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal skills?
I don’t read so much, because of lack of time but I do have lots of tacid knowledge based on my experiences in the past. I go to seminars and workshops. I also like to change life challenges into wisdom and love to share this with others.

What are your (other) strengths?
I like to be a driver of changes and developments, I have unlimited energy, I am loyal and I work hard.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Well, I am a busy person and don’t have a lot of spare time. I am a Rotarian which I really like. I like cleaning up a beach or help to renovate a shelter home; that really recharges me and I love being on the “Queen Elisabeth” my husband’s “boto piskado”, on the sunday afternoons, floating aimlessly in the sea.

If you as Caroline Hartel, would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would say “hello”, mention my name and then asked them how they are doing. I would listen to their answer.

How would you describe Caroline in one word or one sentence?
I am a typical Gemini. I am a busy person doing lots of things at the same time, as I just mentioned. I can be very emotional and yet also very business like.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Well I have worked in different sectors and different people have inspired me, so it is difficult to mention some. But since I live here,
I have met so many young professionals and that was also true in Holland btw, youngsters being their own boss, being social entrepreneurs, they are business people with a “wink”, they inspire me.

What was a defining moment in your life?
I was planning to get married once before on 1-2-2003 and there was a last minute cancellation of the wedding. What seemed like a drama appeared to be a blessing as I learned “how deep one can go in your life and to reset your life.” I have met so many supercool people in those days, friends that helped me “flip flop my mindset” and that has been a real blessing and of great value to me.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
At Banda Abou.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
I have always been their most loyal friend;
I have always been there in those moments where it really matters.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Life is a journey and basically I have said everything already.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I have two motto’s where I live by: “Yes, we can” and the other one is “No guts, no glory” or any type of different expression of the same principles. I really believe in these motto’s.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Caroline Hartel for her commitment to help boost the hospitality sector, her advocacy and efforts to offer vocational training and re-vamped the educational approach in the hospitality sector, which will enable mindset changes among many. But also her commitment to help co-create a positive platform on the future of Curaçao. As she sees so much positive stuff going on, she is wholeheartedly committed to collaborate with all those helping to create such a platform in Curaçao.

As representative of Corendon, the creation of this new resort in itself, is helping to renew the development of that whole area in Otrobanda, all the way from Riffort to the Marriott and that in itself is very positive. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, especially in the hospitality sector of our society. We, as core group of share2uplift, are totally aligned with the idea to create a positive platform in Curaçao and we will collaborate in whatever way possible, to make this happen 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.

Workshop in June

In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back?

Our first workshop of 2019 at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
The power of intention, why a clear intention, elevated emotions and mental & emotional rehearsal matter.

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”- type of Intentionality, where your intention can be magnified.

Date: June 11th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café
Tickets: Nafl. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.



Master Your Mind Platform Book Session
The next Master Your Mind Platform session will be on the 18th of June.


We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 18th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
"Dare to Lead ”, by Brene Brown to be presented by Haydee Hermans and "Change your Brain and Change Your life", by Daniel Amen, to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

What is "Dare to Lead” all about:

Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg
Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start with. Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives.

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviors’. All it requires is, a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.

What is "Change your Brain and Change Your life” all about:

To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil

To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)

To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage

To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle

To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises.

You'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with.

Date: 18th of June,
Time: 7 - 9 pm sharp
Venue: Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada.
Entrance: Free
Click to attend.

Motivational tips
In this week we focus on different motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Brené Brown - Embracing Vulnerability - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO6n9HmG0qM

Gabby Bernstein: Detox from Judgment to Live Your Best Life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrl6_RK23Bw

How to Release Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN6R85WSNM8&t=41s

5 Things Highly Focused People Do | Jack Canfield - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=my68yX_DuYU

Simon Sinek - It's a result of leadership - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDFQ_KNB4BU

Simon Sinek-Take Care of Others - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiiLBq7ZssQ

Influencer Percy Pinedo, Power of intention Workshop, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on May 27, 2019 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (27th – 2nd of June) we will interview Percy Pinedo; we will invite you for our upcoming workshop on the 11th of June on the power of Intention at Mensing’s Caminada, we will invite for our next Master Your Mind platform session on the 18th of June and we will share with you some motivational tips presented as video links. Every day we will upload one during the week on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Percy Pinedo: Centipede, Bon Vivant and turns his hobby in work


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I’m married and we have with 2 children, 2 boys, and both are living and working in Curaçao and since January 2018 I am also a grandfather. Both my mother and father passed away. I have a big family of 7 sisters and 3 brothers. Especially my mother was very supportive to me, while my dad was very very proud of me.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I did my high school during the evening hours at the Peter Stuyvesant College and then went on to study “Study and Counselor Guidance” in The Netherlands, then I continued to study Pedagogy and went on to obtain my MBA-specialization in “Educational Management” at the ICUC.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Are you mostly an educational professional interested in “train the trainers” in education at this stage in your life or are you more a music lover. What drives you the most?
Both, I was long involved in “train the trainers” in the ICT World in Education, while I was involved in the organization of concerts. I’m still active in courses for Pedagogische Getuigschrift (PG) at the Stichting Curaçao Academy. Bringing innovation in “Education”, has always been an objective.

How many students follow your courses at the Stichting Curaçao Academy on average every year?
Annually we have two groups of 25 students each to follow these course, that the last 15 months and last year we even got a total of 75 students.

What is your opinion of the state of affairs of our educational system are we adjusting considering the rapid changes taking place globally?
You know, we are not adjusting yet and we sure have to address this issue as soon as possible to prepare our students for jobs for the future. I belief that there has to be a radically mind shift and right now, to really approach our students in a more modern way.

As the spokes person of Fundashon Bon Intenshon you are having a big effect in the Arts and Entertainment sector in Curaçao. In what sense does North Sea Jazz Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Blues Festival having an impact locally or what is your vision on what you would like to have as an impact locally as spin-offs apart from the hogh entertainment value of course for locals and tourists?
Since we’re organizing these events, I think the CTB saw and took up the challenge. Curaçao has a lot to offer and we have the ideal infrastructure for “Event Tourism” and we have a lot to offer tourists.
We have to focus more on this “niche” in tourism, because we have demonstrated, that we can organized these type of big events and that tourists are coming to Curaçao especially for these events.

We have quantified evidence-base data, that the economic impact for instance of the CNSJ is big.

What are the challenges that you as Percy are dealing with?
I think that we still have to work to convince our community and the private sector about the importance of these events for Curaçao.

And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
First of all, as the next event of CNSJ is coming up, we have to be aware of this, we have to focus more on this. We have to inform every one coming to Curaçao of this event and we really have to be proud of what Curaçao is offering. We have to apply synergy through collaboration, because after all, this event is bringing in a lot for us all.

And secondly, “Event Tourism” has to be more specifically thaught at Bachelor’s and masters level via our eductional systems.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, practice a lot and like investing in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Life long learning has for a long time been my focus and I am still doing this, I am teaching at the Bachelor’s level, I am reading books, I am participating in courses, workshops and webinairs and of course I travel to festivals etc..and learn a lot attending these festivals.

What are your strengths apart from your apparent leadership skills?
I would love to improve further my organizational skills. I love organizing courses and I love helping non-profit organizations.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about other then music and entertainment industry?
Reading and networking with friends and relatives, watching sports, boxing, baseball and basketball and I love travelling.

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

I would proudly would tell them where I am from and share with them all the things I’m doing but most of all, I would really show off with my island.

How would you describe Percy in one word or one sentence?
Centipede, who turns his hobby in work.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
In “education” Stanley Lamp (R.I.P.), Phillip Nieuw (R.I.P.) and in “events”, Gregory Elias.

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
These 3 persons were always great role models. Negative people can never be my 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? Or what was a defining moment in your life?
People with less, meaning poor people can also make it and if you really desire to get something, to become some one, you can do it.
This might sound very cliché, but I come from a family of 10, I got my chances and I fougth for my chances, to become what I am today. It was not easy, but I did go for it. I was one of the very first persons that saw this thing about Curaçao, meaning that Curaçao is one great venue for “Event Tourism” and more and more we are seeing that other people, institutions are thinking accepting this and they are the same.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
Having more time to improve my writing skills and be writing some books in Papiamento.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
He was a true “bon vivant”, enjoying his life, while working on his hobbies.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The changes we have to go through, little by little we are seeing, that we are moving in that direction and we still got very positive people working towards our future.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Percy Pinedo for his commitment as an educator and event organizer. He is thereby using his hobby and love for Curaçao to promote Curaçao as an excellent place for “Event Tourism.” We respect him for his vision in being one of the first to see and enable this potential of Curaçao. By using his leadership skills to connect and align others, to see and collaborate to maximize Curaçao’s potential in this “niche” market, these efforts are now tangible and increasingly supported. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, especially in the educational and business sector of 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.

Workshop in June

In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back?

Our first workshop of 2019 at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:

The power of intention, why a clear intention, elevated emotions and mental & emotional rehearsal matter.

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”-type of Intentionality, where you intention can be magnified.

Date: June 11th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café
Tickets: Nafl. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

Master Your Mind Platform Book Session
The next Master Your Mind Platform session will be on the 18th of June.

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 18th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
"Dare to Lead ”, by Brene Brown to be presented by Haydee Hermans and "Change your Brain and Change Your life", by Daniel Amen, to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

What is "Dare to Lead” all about:
Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg
Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start. Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives.

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviors’. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.

What is "Change your Brain and Change Your life” all about:
To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil

To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)

To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage

To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle

To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises

You'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work.You're not stuck with the brain you're born with.

Date: 18th of June,
Time: 7 - 9 pm sharp
Venue: Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada.
Entrance: Free
Click to attend.

Motivational tips
In this week we focus on different motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

It's Up To You - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMz2_S2y9WE

Maybe, the most inspirational video ever . . . - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7r7YY_EO0A

YOUR TIME IS LIMITED | Steve Jobs | "Don't waste your life living someone else's" - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7222tn_0UOA

5 Rules to Follow as You Find Your Spark by Simon Sinek - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l-YpiiBH4o

How a High School Coach Changed Dwayne Johnson's Life | Oprah’s Master Class | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8D2eTmHG4I

What You Need to Make Your Dreams Come True | Inspiring Speech by Tyler Perry | Goalcast - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewmjXZCn24A