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Influencer Maureen Merite-Stuger and this week tips

Posted on February 8, 2020 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 In this week’s blog we will interview Maureen Merite-Stuger, we will share with you some motivational videos on feelings. Everyday we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Maureen Merite-Stuger:
Incredibly positive, stands for love and light

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have one younger sister and one brother. My parents are alive and I feel blessed to have them both. Everyday, I am grateful for that. In every way, ever since I was a child up till now, they have always been very supportive towards me. I believe they have modelled for a very great part how I believe our children need to be supported, when they grow up. I was always very busy in my mind, while at the same time feeling and seeying many things, such as energy, that others would not. My parents accepted me just the way I am and thought me to accept myself as I am and that is so meaningful. I recall an evening, I was around age 4, and could not sleep. My mom took me outside on the porch and sat down with me and I put my head in her lap. She stroke my hair and told me in such loving and caring words “You are ok just the way you are and so is each person just ok the way they are. The most important thing is that You believe You are really ok just the way You are!”. She told me to embrace myself and embrace who I am. I could not only hear these words, I could also feel them. This has strengthened me, to become this person I am now. I wish that we could offer this to all children, all people. Tell them all and more important, make them feel within themselves that they are OK just the way they are, while at the same time teaching them to be self critical and through self reflection continiuosly grow.

 

Are you married and do you have children? And were you born in Curaçao?
I am happily married and we have 2 children. The oldest one, my son, I gave birth to him in my heart, when he was 13 years old and I met my husband. That is when he came into my life. My daughter, the youngest one, is now 7 years old. They are very close with eachother, although there is an age difference of 16 years between them. They are both my children even though I didn’t give birth to my oldest one.

I wasn’t born in Curaçao. I was born in Leiden, Holland and Curaçao is not only where I live, Curaçao is my home.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
My company’s name is Excellerate. I am a coach and trainer and legal advisor. I have worked for 12 years as a lawyer. 6 years in Holland and 6 years here in Curaçao. Afterwards I have worked for 6 years as a corporate lawyer. After those 18 years, in May 2015, I started my own company. At first I gave legal advices, but I also started more and more to offer coaching and training. The coaching and training has become the bigger part of what I offer to my clients. I like my work as a legal advisor and I am good at it, but I love and am really passionate about coaching, which is what I do best.

I am a certified Master Practitioner and Coach of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a certified Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy and also have earned the distinction of Reiki Second Degree of the Usui System of Natural Healing. In my coaching practice I use these techniques and methods amongst others.

 

We have met you father recently and he was telling us that you are very passionate in your coaching now and NLP certified practioner. Where did this come from?

When I knew I wanted to go into coaching and training, with my natural gift to coach and do energy work, I looked deliberately into different coaching fields and I liked the philosophy of the founders of NLP, as it was clear to me, that it wasn’t about them, but it is all about their methods and techniques. This appealed to me, that is why I choose NLP. So now I use it, combined with my communication skills, to trigger the ability within the clients I attend with, to assist them making changes in their mindsets, behavior and emotions. Subsequently this leads to them taking the actions that are right for them. I always say “Goals and success are reached by mindset, mentality and action. You can have the right mindset and mentality, still if you do not take action you won’t get anywhere.” 

As a coach I am assisting people, it is not about me. I am just walking with my clients enabling them to communicate efficiently, connect with their inner-self, assist them in releasing emotions and behavior that no longer serve them good, enabling them to stand in their own strenght.

 


What does Hypnotherapy entail exactly?
Hypnotherapy entails the use of hypnosis as a means to reduce psychological and physical complaints, to relax and to improve your performance.

First of all, I only use hypnosis with the explicit permission of the client.

Those performers on stage, that claim that they can hypnothyse everybody even those who really don’t want to, well that is a show. Hypnosis is only possible if your subconcious is willing to undergo hypnosis and wants to undergo the hypnosis.

I am always approaching people from a positive angle and believe in their unlimited possibilities of growth. If a client agrees to hypnotherapy as part of the coaching process, I make use of it. Under hypnosis it is easier to make contact with your subconscious than in daily life, because the rational conscious hinders that. By making contact with your subconscious feelings and ideas you get (more) insight into your own needs and possibilities. Hypnotherapy treatment can help with a.o., unlearning unwanted behavior, emotional outbursts, emotional imbalances, gaining insight into one's own possibilities, dealing with nervousness and tension, overcoming fears and phobias, stress and burnout and prevention thereof, reducing physical pain, strengthening or supporting a healing process, processing trauma.

Our main learning goes through our subconscious. In that subconcious state that is reached by hypnosis, we accept new, positive supporting skills that lie within ourselves and we install them more easily.

 

I also have a second degree in Reiki and I if desired so by my client, I use this also in my coaching. One could say that Reiki stands for the universal life-energy. Life energy flows through every person. This current can, for example, be blocked by stress, which can cause illnesses or problems. A Reiki treatment allows these blockages to be released, allowing the energy to flow freely again, supporting the healing process.

I have the gift of seeing and feeling energy. At a very young age I became aware of this gift. When I was younger it sometimes frightened me. Now I embrace it and am grateful. Using Reiki, the universal positive healing life-energy, is therefore so natural for me.

With Reiki you do not use your own energy, but you use the universal positive healing life-energy.

In essence I only channel the universal positive healing life energy through, and therewith assist in releasing blockages, allowing the energy to flow freely again, supporting the healing process. The beauty is, that it is a process whereby, the energy goes where it is needed in the body.


Can you expand a little more on this gift you have?
Well, I can, for example lay my hands on your head, neck and shoulders or hold my hands above these areas without even thouching you, and channel positive healing energy in and uplift your energy and realease blocked emotions and/or release physical pain such as a headache. What no longer serves you, you release and what you need fills you and lifts you up. That is the beauty and sheer magic of our body. Our body is made of so many incredible cells and they know best what needs to be strengthened and what needs to be released.

 

Basically we are so conditioned to use our left brain, I see it with children.

Like how often do we ask children: “How do you feel?”

We ask instead: “What do you think or why have you done ....this or that...?” This sole way of asking, makes you using your left brain. The question itself directs you into thinking.

I consioucly first ask my daugther: “How did your heart feel when you did this?” when she has done something. And then afterwards ask her and “what did you think when doing this?”.

And then, for example when she has done something she should not have done, she answers: “My heart felt a little sad, but I still wanted to do it because I wanted it my way and now my heart is very sad”. In a playful way I then tell her stories how her heart and mind can work together and how to listen to both so you feel good inside. This is a different way doing things, as we are not only appealing to her mind, but also appeal to her body and soul.

If we combine mind, soul and body, connect and align them, we enable ourselfs to reach so much higher levels of our potential and development. There are so many things we think that are impossible, and that are posible when we connect and allign. As I, by instinct, connect to my innerself, I can do things, I thought were never possible. Some time ago I was in great physical pain. If I’d only use my mind, I would pass out. I connected and alligned and surpassed the pain. If we look at situations from the positive perspective, from the perspective that all is possible, we come to solutions. And if on top of that, we stand together and align, we can do so much more, instead of giving up. We all can do this!

 

What was in defining moment in you life?
A very defining moment was in 2017. I had a health issue and against the advice of the doctors I choose not do a recommended surgery.

 

Why?
I had severe endometriosis and was strongly recomended to undergo surgery. I chose not to. I know that our body has an inner capacity to heal. I am spiritual, I have faith in GOD and I believed in my own capabilities and took the necessary steps and actions. After about 1 year and 2 months I again underwent medical examinations in Holland. The doctors were amazed how a major part of the endometriosis was gone while I had not undergone surgery. Wondering how that was possible. It hasn’t completely been cured, but it has diminished substantially. This is an incredible blessing. The beauty of this all is, that I sincerely believe that all of us can do this. We all have the abbility to heal, by connecting and aligning our body-mind-soul. Adding to this, doing things such as meditation, exercise, eating the food that is right for you etc…

It requires commitment and action. Sometimes our remaining path here on earth is too short, but walking the path is already healing in itself.

When I coach someone, I help dust of things, I help them to communicate effectively with themselves and others, assisting them to stand back into their strength. I walk besides them aimed to let them do it themself, reconnecting with their authentic self and fully embracing that, enabling to authenticly connect with other people. In a way I do this also with my legal work and in my training courses, it is also about effectively communicating just like coaching. With regard to the legal work that I do, I consciously chose not to conduct legal proceedings anymore. I give legal advice and give (legal) assistance so that people themselves come to a solution together. I always say it is possible to reach solutions without going to court. It just requires the people to look at the issues at hand from a different angle. I consider it to be my big task to guide my clients to look at the issues at hand differently and and seek solutions. This approach in the end costs less money, less energy and less time, which ultimately is the wise thing to do.

 

It makes no difference wheather I coach clients to reach their full potential on a personal level, or that I coach clients to reach their full potential in their professional field or in their business. It is always about communicating effectively and getting to the core.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Because everybody is magnificent and gifted, I want everybody to see the magic within themselves and use their gifts. My motivation is to enable people to authenticly connect and allign with themselves, with whom they really are and all they can do, using their own gifts to do this.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?

Peeling of the layers that limit me to reach my full potential, are my biggest challenges.

 

In 2015 when I started my own company, I really started my journey of peeling of the layers that limit my full potential. People at first still saw me as a lawyer and legal advisor but more and more they saw my coaching talents, while I was still neglecting my coaching talents in a way as I at that time did not dare to use my talents fully. This made me feel confused. The great thing is that the same feeling of confusion made me realize I still had to heal myself from certain inner emotions that were blocking me, originating from certain inbalances. I needed to connect to myself deeper, completely.

I then started asking myself if I wanted to continue to rush instead of really connecting with my BIG Why? From that moment on, I dared to turn it around and started doing things really for myself. I came to what is basically my passion. That is being a coach and trainer, thereby using NLP as main tool together with hypnotherapy and energy healing. Since 2017 I am standing fully in my coaching practice and continue growing in that strenght of me.

I am now in 2020 truely connected with myself. I now dare to say “While I am a good legal and business advisor, I am even a better coach and trainer. I have it in me.”

It took me time to peel of my own limiting believes, it took courage and action to dare to look deeper into myself and I am not done yet. It is a wonderful continious journey!

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you? 
Ow, absolutly yes, I do use my inner voice. By being quite, in silence, focused within myself. By doing this I hear my own inner voice. Also by connecting with nature. I go outside and walk with my bare feeth on the sand or grass. I stand outside and feel the sun heating up my skin, feel the wind caressing my skin, listen to the sounds of nature. When I am in countries where it is cold outside, I just put my hands against a tree or hold the leaves of a plant and just be quite and in deep silence.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Following courses and training, going to lectures. Communicating and talking with other coaches, and also people that have totally different skills. Doing all this, locally and internationally. I travel abroad to meet with different kinds of people. By doing this I invest in myself.

 

What are your strengths?
My positivism, it is unstoppable My self-love is unconditionally, which enables me to stay in contact with my inner self and the energy of Love & Light within me to which I am truly connected. Being self-critical, which enables continious growth

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love listening to all kinds of musical genres, especially classical and jazz. I love to dance and I also love to read. Nowdays I need reading glasses to read.

 

If you as Maureen would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? 
I am Maureen Merite, I am an inspirational speaker and I coach. I see magic in people. Everybody is magnificent and gifted. I assist people to acces their magic, to communicate efficiently, authenticly connect and allign with their inner selves, with all they can do and be, using their own gifts to do this.

 

How would you describe Maureen in one word or one sentence?
Incredibly positive, stands for love and light, a natural with coaching.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
It would still be my parents.

 

Why?
During all of my career, my dad, whom is now a retired judge, and my mom. Both of them taught me to use my brain, always remain connected with my inner self, to listen to my inner voice, do my best becoming the best I can be. I was allowed to fail, learning the lessons. I am now sharing with many people, so that they can stand up for themself and be their best self.

Where do you want to be 15 years from now?
I will be travelling the world and inspiring people, to authenticly connect with themselves to authenticly connect with others. That is what I envision and that is what I am going to make happen. I will assist people to love themselves without being selfish and take care of others.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I have inspired them to connect with their authentic selves and their gifts.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I put my attention to what is going right and how I can help improve things by taking action. If I know what is going wrong, I don’t have to repeat that over and over again. I put my attention on what is going right to make that bigger. Some say that I live in cloud 9, while I say I focus on the positive and just try making things better with the actions I take. I rather reach out to just one other person, connect and grow, instead of waiting untill I think I have reach a hundred people before I take actions.
I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao, because we have a lot of other people in Curaçao, having this same mindset as I have, focusing on the positive and taking action to make things better.


Connect with Maureen Merite | Excellerate:
E-mai: maureen.merite@excell-e-rate.com
FB: Maureen Merite – Excellerate
FB: Maureen Merite-Stuger
Instagram: Maureen Merite – Excellerate


Maureen as a business owner, is a passionate, positive coach, trainer and legal advisor, with excellent communication skills. Challenges experienced during her life, has proven to herself and her loved ones, a resilience that is extra ordinary. By learning to use a combination of her mind, body and soul, connecting and aligning them, has enabled her to reach so much higher levels of her potential and personal healing. As a natural gifted coach and energy worker, after working for 18 years as a lawyer/legal advisor, she is now dedicating most of her time into coaching and training of people, which is her true calling. After having followed a myriad of deliberately selected courses like NLP, Hypnotherapy and Reiki, she is able to present and use, different tools and techniques to inspire her clients and assist them into connecting to their incredible potential, either it be on a personal level, proffesional or in business. We sincerely belief that as a coach and trainer Maureen will play an increasingly important role in Curaçao, enabling others to become their best versions. As a representative of the Business sector we definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

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

 


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on emotions and feelings. We will upload one of these videos every day via our Facebook page.


 

Yale professor shares tips for how to be emotionally intelligent Video - ABC News
abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/yale-professor-shares-tips-emotionally-intelligent-65262293

 

Travis Bradberry: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M50uzumyYlM

 

How to be Emotionally Intelligent inspired by Daniel Goleman - EQ - Book Recommendations - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vA4i6OeBBo

 

5 Ways To Master Emotional Intelligence - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlOT0uuDL1E

 

Travis Bradberry: Emotional Intelligence at Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHVkTHXcshQ

 

Travis Bradberry: What is Emotional Intelligence? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P9Q7fHnswg


Influencer Ilse Daal and this week tips

Posted on February 2, 2020 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (2)

In this week’s blog (3rd -9th of February) we will interview Ilse Daal and we will share some videolinks on emotions and feelings. Every day we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Ilse Daal: A butterfly and what you see is what you get


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and I come from a family of 6 children of which I had 2 brothers, one had passed away and 4 sisters. My mother is still alive My self, I would call myself a butterfly. I used to live in a house build in a calabas tree in the garden and my stepfather used to tell me that he would discipline me if he found me in that tree-house. So I always had the tendency to do things my own way. I have 2 children both live in Holland and I now live In Curacao with my signifcant other.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background?
I have studied and worked as a nurse and worked in almost all departments that you can imagine in a hospital and a nursing home. Additionally i did a sport massage therapy training and many other massage therapy courses, intuitive therapy, trancedance facilitator, 5 rhytms. Now I am working as a spiritual therapist.

 

We have heard of you via one of the core members of the Share2Uplift movement, Haydee Hermans, telling me that she was going to follow a course that you were giving and I thought it to be relevant to interview you as it deals with emotions. How would you describe the work that you are doing? And what other services do you offer to your customers?

I offer services as a spiritual therapist. My clients come from all kinds of background, with wide variety of questions about life and problems, spiritual healers that at last meet someone whom can assist them in understanding their spiritual gifts, pregnant women, baby’s, infants..basically everything. My work is called “feeling”. This is so awesome. Journaling for me is a must, as writing down what you experience is not just a therapy but it is therapeutic, just as music and dance are therapeutic. This combined with the feeling of gratitude offers the best results.

 

Can you expand a little on this one year course you started recently?
I am doing this now for 25 years. I have done it a lot in Holland and I started offering this in Curaçao. As feedback on their experiences, attendees in Holland would write down their feedbacks and I lost this very precious note book while moving back to Curaçao from Holland. It was so beautiful, it is a pitty I lost this note book. As I am a curious person and I am open for new developments, everytime I do one of these courses I also learn a lot of new things. We started this past week-end, 25th and 26th of January, with a new group and during this first session we discussed drawing of boundaries. What will you not accept anymore from others whom are threpassing your private spaces. I have to say some participants became very emotional. I am so passionate about enabling people to be better aware of their emotions, that I could offer this almost for free. The second week the participants will be guided through the different stages of their birth. This is the most exciting part of this year long course. People come out of these sessions as reborn. Myself, I also learn a lot from these sessions:

Like during a session in the past, it became clear to me that this attendee had a twin and he never mentioned it before. It only became clear during the session, as it was supposed to be. I never know exactly what is going to happen. I have also learned to limit the number of people we allow to participate in our groups. This makes it easier to create a safe environment and allows me to go deeper with the attendees. We don’t allow more than 60 people per event. Anyway, the work I am doing fascinates me and as I said these sessions can be eventful. I have learned that there are differences between people living in Holland and people living in Curaçao. People in Holland are more willing and capable to stick to certain changes for the long haul, while here in Curaçao people have less stamina and willingness to go for the long haul.

 

What might be the reasons?
I believe that in Curaçao our people are more conditioned with strong beliefs.

 

Your center is called Nos cu Nos, how long does this center exists?
This center would exist 25 years now in November 2020, as we started in 1995.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now and to do what you are doing right now?
My calling has always been to become a nurse, but then after my near death experience I changed my life’s course and now I am a spiritual therapist and I accompany people that feel that they are stuck in their life and can’t continue to live that way. So my work is based on what I would call an emotional-spiritual basis, I work based on the 4 basic emotions people have, namely: Anger, grief, fear and joy this is basically my work.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Just like I am doing it now and there is always room for improvement of course, but good is good, at least that is what I think.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Well I am a spiritual therapist and when people knock on my door the first time, they come and visit me, because they think I can help them, they do this on a voluntary basis. They themselves decide also to change themselves, if not, they will not change.

I feel great and on top of the world, when they tell me: “..Ilse I feel different compared to when I step into your office at first. We didn’t solve all my issues yet, but I can go on with my life for now...” Then my mission is completed. If one day I should wake up and someone would tell me: “..Ilse I am feeling worst then before I came here to visit you and I am not satisfied with what you have offered me, then I would seriously consider to stop doing what I do. Especially if the person repeats this after the second session we have had. Then it is time to quit. Most people have lots of things in their heart and not in their heads, that is bothering them. But I don’t expect this to happen soon.

 

What was a defining moment for you in your life?
I was pregnant and had an ectopic pregnancy and I was not aware of this. I experienced a near death experience and from that moment on my psychic abilities manifested themselves. So I emerge from a near death experience with a gift, that I am now applying with a lot of passion. My uterine tube broke and causing an inner arterial bleeding. I lost 3,5 liter of blood, a normal person has 5 liter. As I was in the shower I literally heard a knack in my body. During a series of events that followed that moment, from lying in my sister’s bed, calling my neighbor and later my then husband, lying on the couch, first this all happened in the morning, calling the family doctor at 11.30 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, fainting as I wanted to go the toilet and not remembering anything and then hearing the family doctor as I was fainting telling my husband then: “Call an ambulance and I will be waiting for you at the hospital”; hearing the emergency doctor yelling: “Who is her doctor after they saw me coming in”…going to the emergency room till 9 pm, it was a very close call, one extra half an hour and I would be death, but in the end I was successfully operated and when I came back to my senses one of the first persons I saw in tears was my family doctor. She told me she should have come at 5 pm herself …

Anyways while this was happening, I was having a near death experience, I saw myself lying on the ground via an out of body experience, I was in some kind of bright water tunnel and I couldn’t explain to others what I saw and experienced, as I was flushed through this curling water tunnel, until I saw an advertisement on TV where I saw a similar water tunnel and waves that surfers use to surf on but in the advertisement the surfer was on top of the waves and not in the curling water tunnel as I had experienced. I was 42 years old and my life totally changed from that moment onward. My doctor was not able to explain what I had experienced so in the early stages after the operation, I went through a transition in my life.

 

After the operation

 

During 6 weeks after the operation I went in and out of the hospital and felt really sick and weak, but most of all, I started to perceive things like trees and objects differently and I had nobody to talk to. Later on, I came to understand that I could now see aura’s and that was very comforting for me, because I had not gone mad, which at times I thought I was. Then came late August, our children their holidays were late that year and we went to a camping and I met this lady at the camping that after we started talking, gave me the number of someone, whom later became my mentor. When we met she told me: “..Welcome to the club..”. I asked which club? She meant people whom are clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentients, I had become a physic.

And I was like now I know this, but what to do with this knowledge? I have never heard of this before. After six years of being mentored step by step, as I was getting to experience so many strange things, that I asked to the Universe based on an advice from my mentor, to please ask and tell the Universe, that I can’t bare all these psychic experiences anymore. There was so much going on in my head. I requested to close the window just a little bit and make it just a small window. I don’t want to feel when people are going to die. For example, I talked about the death of teacher of my daugther and beware and behold some weeks later this teacher at the Kindergarten level died for a traffic accident, while she was pregnant. Those insights were disrupting my normal life and it became less after I requested to close the window and I am very grateful for that.

 

Totally new direction

 

This total new direction my life took, was something I thought before this operation that it would never happened, like I was also planning a divorce while me and my ex-husband never had any arguments. I just told him one day, we have to separate. He had often before told me that after my first pregnancy I changed and he didn’t recognize me anymore compared with the 20 years before that. So after the divorce I became open for having a new romantic relationship. We have 2 children a daughter whom is now a drama therapist and my son whom his friends call Dr. Phill whom is 35 years old.

 


 


 

I am grateful for what life have offered to me. I never lacked clients. Either as a dancer on TV after I left nursery or as a designer of clothes and dressmaker which I have done for 7 years and later on as a massage therapist, although I never got my degree as a massage therapist because I rocked the boat and went to the police after becoming aware that the teacher was trying to sexually abuse trainees. All of this was happening synchronistically and that is why I am so grateful. Like getting the urge to paint one my rooms in baby blue colors and not understanding why, as I started offering massages and stopped working as a dressmaker. Lots of synchronicities manifested when I was changing my professions.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am wide open and I can, as a physic, connect rather easily so I know what is the best course of action when I face dilemma’s.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Just doing what I do and learn to do things better every day.


What are your strengths?
I can be very open and direct, I care about people and I am a creative person.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Dancing I have been passionate about this since I was a child about 10 years old and went to “Cocky Van Eps” her dance school, till I went to Holland for my studies and work.

If you as Ilse 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 Ilse Daal and I am a spiritual healer. What you see, is what you get.

 

How would you describe Ilse in one word or one sentence?
A butterfly.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
A lot of people have inspired me.

 

What is a personal character trait that is still work in progress?
As we are humans beings, we are not perfect, so I am not perfect and trying still to be my best self.

 

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
Doing exactly what I am doing now.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years from now on your birthday party?
She has always been a butterfly and what you see is what you get.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
It doesn’t matter if we sink, there were always be some people on a dry part of the island and they will be positively working on improvement of their direct environment and that what is within there circle of influence, that is why I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao.

 

For more info:
www.noscunos.com/

Ilse Daal is a very energetic spiritual therapist with a big heart for helping other people whom are committed to heal. After a near death experience when she 42 years old, she found her gift, passion and purpose in life as she developed a strong intuition. With this newly acquired gift she offers counseling to her clients, massage therapy and energy works helping clients to regain their energy balances. In 1995, she and Thomas van den Berg took the bold step to come and live in Curaçao and started “Nos cu Nos” as a Spiritual Healing Center. Ilse still offers her services in Holland off and on. A life time dancer made her developed her own brand of dance therapy the so-called “Innerdance”. Via her courses and workshops, she helps groups to process their emotions related to their further personal and spiritual development. Ilse has always been a strong willed person, that knows what she wants and we sincerely belief that she is and will play an increasingly important role in Curaçao enabling others to become their best versions on a spiritual and energetic level. As a representative of the Spiritual sector we definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 

 

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

 


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on emotions and feelings. We will upload one of these video’s every day via our Facebook page.


The Importance of Empathy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzPMMSKfKZQ

Marc Brackett - The Emotion Revolution - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v8YPoNrjlpY

 

Alfred & Shadow - A short story about emotions (education psychology health animation) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJOjpprbfeE

 

Inside Out Theory - Stages of Grief - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0VacjbpCno

 

Why do we have feelings? - Feelings and Emotions for Kids | Educational Videos by Mocomi - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fTRWpf-eH4

 

Feelings and emotions vocabulary - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uY2HrQ9qQ8

 

 

Influencer Irene Barkmeyer, February workshop on emotions and this week tips

Posted on January 26, 2020 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (1)

In this week we will interview Irene Barkmeyer, we will invite you to our upcoming workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 2nd of February and we will share with you some video links on Emotional Intelligence. Everyday we will upload one of these video-links in our Facebook.com/share2uplift.

 

Influencer Irene Barkmeyer: a helper, encourager and a guide

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I come from a family of 9, of which 4 brothers and 5 sisters. My mother is still alive and is 83 years old. I was born in Curaçao. I am grateful for my mother whom had motivated me to follow the secondary level education, MAVO, despite of a teacher in the 6th grade whom had a different opinion. I later went on to finish HAVO and successfully followed different other courses on Management Secretary, Financial Administration and a course to become a Life Coach.

 

Could you share with us some past professional experiences?
I have worked as a management secretary at the Curaçaosche Wegenbouw Mij./Janssen de Jong, before I went to Holland. In Holland I worked as a financial- administrative employee at TU/Eindhoven. Everything was well in Holland, I went to church, I had friends, I liked shopping, only my work at the TU/e didn’t excite me anymore. In 2011 my family and I came back to Curaçao because my husband wanted to move from Holland. I agreed with that decision. Because as a wife you have to follow your husband. But I prayed to God to neither myself nor my son (he was 11 years old in 2011) would undergo any negative effect of this decision to come back to Curaçao and that we would lack nothing.

We have heard of you via one of the core members of the Share2uplift movement, Jamir Barton, telling me that you were about to relase a book on emotions. What is the title of this book and when exactly are you going to release it?
The title of the book is “Kreá pa ta Felis i Eksitoso”. It is in papiamentu. It will be officially launch on the 28th of January form 19.00 – 21.00 at Biblioteka Nashional di Kòrsou. You are all invited.

With this book I target young adults and young parents, as I am aware of how easy it is to get distracted, growing up in this day and age. A lot of these youngsters loose track, because most of them don’t read the Bible the word of GOD. The way they act, who they are, how they think, all of these have consequences for their lives later on. Lots of parents, as they are raising their children, forget to educate their children spiritually. I firmly believe that children need a balance between the secular and the spiritual aspects of their lives. Because, as we go through live, we will be challenged and it is good thing to have GOD’s words and wisdom to help in those instances. I personally don’t believe it to be wise to leave spirituality up to the child or youngster self to decide on, if they would want it or not. Because a lot of them, end up making wrong choices. I firmly believe that at an early age, children need to be educated spiritually with the Word of GOD. I have taken notice, that a lot of children and youngsters have almost no spiritual education as they grow up and they have no clue why they are in this world. They live day-to-day. They don’t know that GOD has a plan for them and I want to help them find that purpose. When you stick to the Word of GOD, this will guide you and help on your path through life and you will feel better and happy. We were not born into this world to become a failure, we were born to be a success. Yes, we will confront challenges, but by living in accordance to the Word of GOD, we will overcome these challenges. So, to conclude, this book is a reach out to the young adults and young parents in Curaçao.

 

What is the reason that you decided to write book and how important are “emotions” for you and your clients?
The reason I wrote this book is, to give some guidance in certain areas of life that the target group I aim at, will be confronted with and will have to deal with. By doing this I want to influence their ways of thinking and their behaviors, using the Word of GOD in a very practical way. GOD created us as human beings to be happy and successful in life. I want to prove to them, that this can be possible, if they apply the Word of GOD in all the different areas of their life. Doing this also requires that people know how to manage their own emotions and how to handle other people’s emotions.

 

You are a life coach, for how long now? Why did you choose to become a life coach?
As I was tired of the job I had back then and felt that I was at a dead end in my career, I started to study to become a Life Coach in 2011. I like to see other people advance in their life and GOD helped me to be able to help other people. Following the Life Coach course was exciting and a fun thing to do. So when we came back to Curaçao I started to use advertising in newspapers to recruit clients, but after some initial success the number of people stopped, so I changed my career.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My BIG WHY is to help other people, because when I do this, it makes me feel great.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
When because of all my efforts, I see changes in the lives of people, when people achieve their goals and they feel happy and proud of their achievements.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
By being flexible. As I noticed that people we not interested in Life Coaching services, they are not willing to open up, I switched my focus and started something new, I am now in the management of vacation homes.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I talk to the Holy Spirit and I get my answers and also get internal peace.

 

How does it manifests itself?
It just pops up or I might wake up in the morning with answer in my head. Not always immediately, but in time when I stick with my prayers, I do get my answers.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read books on topics that are interesting to me.

What are your strengths?
I have a beautiful tone of voice (not for singing btw). I am good at observing situations, helping, encouraging and guiding people.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love listening to spiritual messages that are interesting and elevate my Faith.

If you as Irene would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am Irene Barkmeyer, I come from Curaçao. I am married and I have one son. I manage some vacation houses and I am a life coach. I love working and helping other people.

 

How would you describe Irene in one word or one sentence?
I am a serious and stable woman.



Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
The late Dr. Myles Munroe (R.I.P)

 

What is something that you are working on, a trait or something that is still work in progress?
I want to leave a legacy. I want to write more books, for example for women and schoolchildren. Writing a book for women would be a challenge as lots of women are more independent in the way they think. I will have to bring up the time and discipline while combining this with my other obligations to make it work. So that is work in progress.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
That was the day I got my book in my hand from the publisher for the first time. It was like yes… I have done it after all those years that I have worked on it “on” and “off”. It was only after I have prayed one day to GOD to send me the right person to help me to finish the book, that one day mrs.Luisette Kraal came to preach at our Church and as an author, whom lives with her husband and daughter in the USA, they were selling her books, that I found her book “A practical guide to writing a book.” I bought her book and immediately contacted her. She was willing to help and guide me and within 5 to 6 months later, I had finalized the book.

 

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
I want to be giving presentations to youth at the secondary school levels on topics related to my book. I want to guide women. I want to have my own TV program.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now on your birthday party?
You did succeed.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
There are children of GOD that are praying for Curaçao and I know that GOD is listening and will provide.

 


For more info:
Facebook.www.facebook.com/ibarkmeyer
Phone: +599 95152857
E-mail: info@lifecoachirene.com
www.lifecoachirene.com

 

Irene Barkmeyer is an author, life coach, encourager and guide for people. In her first book “Kreá pa ta Felis i Eksitoso”, her focus is on young adults and young parents explaining the importance to have a balance between the secular and the spiritual aspects of their lives. Driven by a strong Faith through this first book and her coaching skills as her way to the teach spirituality and the importance of the word of GOD, she is convinced that this will enable them to be better able to overcome challenges, that will inevitably cross their paths, in their life. Her reserved personality covers a strong determination, ambition and faith to make a difference in other people’s life, which will include women and schoolchildren. We will without any doubt hear more from Irene in the future and we consider her a worthy representative of the Arts and Cultural and Spiritual sectors and one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 

 

 

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

 


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”


Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on Emotional Intelligence. We will upload one of these video’s every day via our Facebook page.


Emotional Intelligence - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=weuLejJdUu0

 

What is emotional intelligence? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-jzWFQLopk

 

What is Emotional Intelligence? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5aepFn589k

 

Five Habits of the Emotionally Intelligent - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOxXjIy-9Bc

 

What is Emotional Intelligence and Why is it Important? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y-tYvgEZks

 

7 Signs of Emotional Intelligence: Which of these do you possess? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUdfblJEAY8


Influencer Captain Don CheChe Simons, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on January 19, 2020 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (1)

In this weeks’ blog we will interview Sidney 'Don CheChe” Simons. We will invite you to our next “Emoshon kiko e ta?” workshop on the 2nd of February 2020 and share some motivational video links on emotions. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift.

 

Influencer Captain Don CheChe Simons:
solution oriented and doing things “his” way


 


Sidney or Don CheChe Simons as most people know you, could you share with us some information of your family life?
We were a family of 11 of which 4 brothers and 7 sisters and I was raised by my grandmother, the mother of my father. I was born in Dominguito. My mother is 94 years old and she lives in Holland and my father died when he was 43 years old. I lived with my mother in Buena Vista until I was 7 years old and then went to my grandmother whom lived in Dominguito. My grandmother was a very hard working woman, an entrepreneur and she would sell all kinds of local sweets, snacks that she made her self and cigarettes as she walked from house to house. She would also sell to employees from Kooyman NV her goods which included bread and soft drinks. As a child from the 3rd or 4 grade grade on, I was involved in her business because I would help her on fridays when I went to stay with her, to determine whom was owning what amount as she gave her clients credit. At the end of those fridays she would then go to Kooyman and collect her debts. When she died at the age of 77 years old, I was 25 years old and she had already made a big impact on me. I also have 2 daugthers, one 47 years old and she has been living in Holland since she was 12 years now and she is a ZZP-er (meaning she has her own company working in the “Care” sector in Holland) and another of 43 years old. She works at a local notary company for 25 years now. I have 5 grandchildren. I am 68 years old. The boat i am using for trips, is called Angèle in honour of my two daugthers’ names.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I attended the primary school at Sint Franciscus, the secundary school at Mgr. Zwijssen College what used to be called “MULO” and after going to the HAVO, I wasn’t that motivated anymore to continue with my studies. So my grandmother told me, that if I wasn’t motivated to go to school anymore, I should start working. So at the age of 17 years old, I became a migration officer at tha airport from 1969 till 1972. But it was clear to me that the sea was my passion and I couldn’t dominate that urge. At Mrg.Zwijsen College I would walk and go to the nearby sea at where Princess beach/Sun Scape is now and walk till we reached Jan Thiel. We would fish with some friends. I would go to Westpunt in the week-ends and skip church just to sit at “Playa Piskado” and stare at the sea. When I started working at the airport I met some colleagues whom were in the Big League of fishing. They were so much more experienced and I learned, first just as a helper until I had mastered all the skills they had on fishing.

I bought my first boat during those years and started fishing every week-end at the top of the eastcoast of Curaçao. And I continued buying and selling boats, upgrading the boats that I bought while in 1972 I started working with my father whom has his own company in construction materials and later on, for 23 years long I did all kind of things, as a freight transporter, I sold numbers, all legal and honest work and from 1986 till 1998 I was exclusively living from my fishing earnings. I started to go to Bonaire, Klein Curaçao, Los Avez islands, all based on a compas, but in the meantime I kept learning and honing my skills and got my First Aid Certificate, my sailing license, so I gained lots of experiences and this served me well when Santa Barbara Beach was looking for a captain for their security boat. I got hired in 1998 and worked there till 2005. They had excellent employee benefits, while I worked there I still had enough time to do my fishing. I have no swimming diploma, but I can scuba dive, scin dive, I followed different courses offered by Empresa Chikitu on how to manage your money as an entrepreneur and as a hobby I started offering boat trips to local and international guests. And then my hobby became gradually my main work. I started gradually as I was triggered by a restaurant owner that ran a restaurant with his wife close to Santa Barbara Beach, to offer fishing tours and tours to Klein Curaçao. Btw this restaurant owner, was born on the same day and hour as I was. We call ourselves brothers.

 

In 2005 I resigned from Santa Barbara Beach and within 2 weeks I was approached by a local security company to become their operational manager with a 5 years contract till 2010, which was then extended and as I needed the money to buy and remodel in 2010 the “jewel in the crown” of my boats, Angèle. As my grandmother always taught me to save Ang 1,- of every Ang 10,- that I would earn, if I needed money I would figure out ways to earn it and not create a new problem by borrowing this money. I don’t solve a debt by creating a new one, as I also don’t believe in solving an adiction by creating a new addiction.



I am using this boat Angèle for the trips that we offer and I worked on it for 9 years to remodel it completely and enjoyed the journey to remodel it to the fullest. I am a perfectionist and I want to develop and have my own unique brand. So during these 9 years, I worked on the remodelling of the boat myself, with the help of some here and there as long as they did what I requested and the work is done according to my standards. I am a very curious person and since I was a child, I would read everything that I could read, from magazines to stuff that I found on the streets. I would listen closely to the words of songs and memorized them. Nowadays we have the internet, but in those days I bought magazines, I have over 200 of them. I also looked at details on yachts that I was on and all this made me design and remodel Angèle to the style and standards, that I wanted.

 


What kind of business are you eaxctly in and what is your companies name?
The name is Angèle fun and party boat. I want to offer busy people that have a stressful life an opportunity to eat, drink and have lots of laughs, walk around bare foothed if they want and transform their vibes into a more relaxed one, so that they can recharge and have enough energy to take on their responsabilities back when they get back to their lives. 

My motto is:”Any fantasy near or @ sea“. Any fantasy, there are no limits from sun set, sun rise along the coast, moonlight trips, mostly in groups.


 

And when do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/profesional life?
Success on a personal level is health.

Business wise it is to enjoy the fruits of all these years of my labor. I have a grandson of 20 years old that I am preparing to take over one day. He joins me when he doesn’t have to go to school, while I am also taking into consideration what his own interests are. In 5 years from now I wouldn’t have 10 boats but my grandson would take over and I would have a steady income as what I do as a hobby brings me this income.

I was never married and I have a signifcant other for years now and 5 years from now I would want take it easy.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
The sea has been a passion for me since I was a child. All my life this has been the theme in my life. I believe that each person has to do what he loves to do, be it a musician, doctor or writer, and once it is discovered through friction polished, so that it can shine. For me it is the sea and for 60 years I have been dealing with different boats, always expanding the size and number of boats I own, now it offers me not my “bread and butter” but “bread and caviar”, metaphorically speaking.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I have a quiet demeanour as a person and as a captain. I don’t loose my composure easy. In case something challenging comes up, I will breathe and count till ten. Being in the sea has thought me the power of the Supreme Being. I have had my challenges, but I never ran away from them.

 

 How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Because of my curiosity, I have honed my knowledge and skills over the years and I still do this now.

What are your strengths?
The feeling of safety and care for others, like if the sea is rough I wouldnot go out for a trip. The other day, I cancelled a trip for a group of local Chinese families that each year book a trip. It wasn’t a wise thing to do. I am very meticulous in explaining the in’s and out’s of my boat to my guests for example and do the safety drills just like in an airplane. And to prepare myself for emergencies for example, I train via audio my sub conscious mind not to panick in case of emergencies. I have a sail, rowing peddles, extra batteries etc..

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love music, I can play a guitar and love to listen to good music. Any kind of music but my favorite is rock especially the rock genre: “symfonic rock”. Bands like Yes, Pink Floyd and I attended a King Crimson concert in July 2019 fulfilling a deeply held wish for years. All the bandplayers are over the 70 years old, it was awesome.


If you as CheChe 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? 
Well, in fact I have done this recently as I was in Europe last year and I went with a bustour to Tsjechie. I would say: “..I am from Curaçao, I have educated myself to be able to communicate with you and enjoy my stay in your country, I offer tours in Curaçao on a boat and whenever you visit our island you are most welcome to contact me.”

 


 How would you describe CheChe in one word or one sentence?
I am a very enthusiastic person with lots of Faith. I persevere and I will never say that something is not possible and I will say, let’s do what we have to do, to achieve our goals now!

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My grandmother as an entrepreneur;

My father for teaching me the importance to have a network and knows contactpersons in every organization and realm possible;

My closest friend, we know each other for over 50 years now that I can go to anytime and express whatever I want when I need to and vise versa I will always be available for him.

I have some other friends and all of them have the same Capricorne sign and we all differ maybe 2 or 3 days in our dates of birth. We are very attuned to one another. In the past when we were young (17, 18 years old), we used to come together and play the guitar from 7 till 10 pm and then we would start our discussions on any kind of topics. Because of my curiosity I have read the Bible, all sort of topics filosophical and psychological topics, I listen to the words in songs, new age music and music of all genres.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I have always tried to be my best version. I would say trying to enjoy life as much as possible after all these years of work, travel, travel the world more.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The birth of my second child, that was a miracle. The birth of the first child I wasn’t there during her birth.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 years from now on your birthday celebration?
Well I would be 78 years old, I would like them to say that: “..He is a goalgetter, what he puts himself to do, he accomplishes; he thinks in solutions and his fantasies have no limits; He does it “his” way..”.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
That there are still people whom want to lead our country in the midsts of big turmoils. If we would change our perspective from negative to positive, things would be a lot different. As a captain I know that the real craftsmenship of captain’s surface when the sea is rough. I am an optimist, no matter what. Look at what has been achieved, we got a new operator at CDM, we got a new hospital and we have a new operator/owner of the refinery. That is what makes me stay optimistic.

 

For more info on Angèle fun and party boat
www.facebook.com/angelepartyboat/

Sidney Don CheChe Simons is an auto-didact and a very curious entrepreneur whom has a lifelong passion for the sea. This passion has driven him to do multiple jobs and work in his life, but as a goalgetter, he willed himself to accomplish his dreams. As an opportunity thinker Don CheChe thinks in solutions and his fantasies have no limits. By gradually honing his skills and knowledge about the sea, boats and entrepreneurship combined with what he was taught by his grandmother, that is to save Ang 1,- for every Ang 10,- he earned, has made him become an owner of multiple boats. Nowadays what stands out is that Captain CheChe Simons now shares his life long passion for the sea with his guests on his boat Angèle with this motto: “Any fantasy near or @ sea”. There are no limits from sun set, sun rise along the coast, moonlight trips, mostly in groups.Don CheChe offers those. His optimism and independent mindset, he always does it “his” way, makes him in our eyes a role model of perseverance and uniqueness in our society. We deeply respect and love Don CheChe and we consider him a worthy representative of the business sector and one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


 

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


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”


Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on emotions. We will upload one of these video’s every day via our Facebook page.

 

Yale Emotional Intelligence: Emotion Words - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXRB_pkmtYs

 

Mood Meter | GreatSchools – YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DOCe9s9rVg

 

Preschool RULER: The Mood Meter in Early Childhood Classrooms - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkZd2VKpFrU

 

Helping Toddlers Regulate Emotions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H14NNUYwVc

 

Meta-Moments and The RULER Approach to social and emotional learning.mov - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKXLEJqxUxw&t=44s

 

How to use a Meta-Moment | GreatSchools - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfX1NefGeRQ

 

 

 


 


Influencer Raisha Williams, February workshop and this week tips

Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview multi-talented entrepreneur Raisha Williams. We will invite you to our next “Emoshon kiko e ta?” workshop on the 2nd of February 2020 and share some motivational video links on emotions. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift.

 

Influencer Raisha Williams: Independent and unstoppable

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I grew up with my parents as the only child in the house for 10 years. I have a younger brother and an older sister. My parents are still alive and were very supportive of whom I have become today. My father told me, when I was a child, that when I turn 14 years old, just like his parents did to him, I would not be supported by him financially nor materially. I should take care of my self. Meaning that if I would want to finish any advanced study or buy anything, I would need to find a way. My father always told me that I need to have a “fishi” which is something that one is good at, that if anything happens, one can survive.

 

How did you feel about that?
Well at first it didn’t feel right, I was wondering if my father still loves me.

I was looking around me and noticed that all my peers’parents where still supporting their children financially. They bought and pay for everything of their children. But in a certain way, it was a blessing in disguise. This made me sit and think creatively what to do next. I need to say that I am an entrepreneur by nature. Since small, I was thinking of ways to solve problems and earn money. Every weekend I was washing the car of my parents together with my cousin. Getting 10 guilders and splitting it in two. 5 for me and 5 for him. With only 6 years old I was printing sport cars on A4 papers, stand at a table in the “pauze” at school and sell them for 1 guilders, every day. I did also sell customized designed T-shirts at school when I was 8 years old for 6,- guilders. I even customized and printed the gymnastic uniforms for Kolegio Chaya Willems which was the school that I was attending at the moment. It was really a great feeling to see everybody wearing uniforms with my artwork.

While I was preparing for the big day I was doing other things like selling notebooks to students, fixing people bicycles, selling pancakes and much more. With this being said, I encourage everyone to start with what they have, and be patience because success is not a day-night achievement.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background?
Sure, after finishing Kolegio Chaya Willems I went to Mgr Zwijzen College for only one year. I had the best grades and where suggested once again to go to a HAVO school. I grab the opportunity and proceed with the second year at Peterstyvesant College. I also did great that year and were offered to go to VWO which is the highest level of education of my age. Guess what I also took that challenge and did great. I have finalized my degree with honors in IT at Maria Immaculate Lyceum. At this moment I am finalizing my study of Business Information System at the University of Curaçao.

 

 

Could you share with us some of your past professional experiences as we know that you are a busy person?
Since young, I was very active in a lot of organizations. I was involved in a lot of sports organizations like BMX and mountain bike teams, girl soccer, gymnastics, judo, karate and much more. I was also active in art organization as an actor in different types of short films, I was wearing as a clown to entertain children and played in several music bands of all types.

 

 

 

When I was about to turn 14 years old, I felt blessed I suddenly got a lot of great offers based on the things I was doing at that moment. It was that time that I got the offer to work at Betterdeals as a Web developer. I was the youngest employee in the company. During my 3rd year at the university, I have also got the opportunity to be involved in the creation of the voting software for the election of Hoben Goberna. As part of my study, it is required that every student does an internship in order to put what they have learned into practice. For my internship, I could build a software for the HR department of BearingPoint in order for them to administrate the knowledge base of their employees. That was also a success. I was always busy seeking for new challenges, and ways to learn new things in order to improve the community.

 

 

How did you got involved in repairing Blackberrys?
I always had something for technology in all sense.

My father had a BlackBerry Bold which at that time had a trackball that used to get stuck. So one afternoon while he was sleeping in his lunch break, I opened his BlackBerry with the intention to fix the trackball for him out of kindness. With a special screwdriver, that I always asked him about their uses. I never got the answer, so I tried it out on his BlackBerry and I beware and behold I found out, that I could open his BlackBerry.

This was done under a lot of pressure because I needed to have his BlackBerry fixed and up and running before or by the time he woke up to go back to work. Well, I was not able to make that in time. My dad was kind of a little pissed off, not pleased and went to work. He told me that his phone needs to be fixed, in one way or the other. It took me a lot of time and effort but I was able to fix it. All this was self taught, with a little help from YouTube.

 

What were your first experiences in selling telephones?
With the anxiety of being able to cover my own expenses by the age of 14, I was pondering about what to do next. It is in that period that someone asked me for advice to help him choose a new phone to buy. He wasn’t interested in blackberry.

I showed him some phone models and recommend him based on his requirements and interest. All this was done through MSN Messenger. Something went completely wrong, as he ordered a black phone and I received a red-colored one. He didn’t want it, because he didn’t order that color. So I went back to the client to take the phone in order to be able to return it to the international company. When I took the phone, I went to an art training and put the phone on the table in order to practice. Well by the time the training was finished the phone was gone. Someone stole it. It was around that time that I have started working at Betterdeals and got my first ever salary. I have refunded my client with my salary, for the stolen phone that he didn’t want anyways because of the wrong color. What a bit of luck...

I didn't let that discourage me, I started to sell phones that people would order. Regardless of all the people around me that suggested me differently. This is how I have started Raisha Store with the knowledge and experience of repairing phones and with the ability to recommend and help people choose their desired phone. 

 

How did you manage Raisha Store?
Well during that period I only got good reactions from my customers. They were very happy and surprised that a young girl of 14 years old could fix their phones. Raisha Store was a success.

I was so passionate, I really wanted to buy my own car, “cash” before I turned 18 years old. #loan-free.

This dream also came trough. I bought my first new car “cash” when I was 17 years old, thus not old enough for a driving license. So I was not able to drive. The car stayed in the garage for almost a year before I got my driving license. Then I wanted to buy another car that I would use for rental purposes.

 

Why did you want your own car so young?
Well, I wanted to be independent. As a youngster, you are a little bit dependent on your parents to drive you to your activities. My grandmother had a car and some of my cousins that were older than me always wanted to borrow her car as she didn’t need it every day. And as you know when you are young and you want to move around, if you don’t have a car, it is a challenge. But my grandmother would agree that they could borrow her car, let us say on Thursday. When Thursday arrives she starts back-peddling, because supposedly something else came up.

Well, this was frustrating for my cousins. They always needed to cancel their plans, because they didn't had a car. So that is when I decided for myself that I wanted to be independent. As I have mentioned before, I was always a busy person with a packed schedule and a lot of activities, I couldn't afford not to have mobility.

After I bought my first car I really wanted to give other people the same mobility like me.

 

How was your experience of buying your first car?
Buying my first car was a story on itself.

Because I had a goal, my father once picked me up to show me a car that he thinks fits me well.

After talking to the sales representative, I went back home and told some other family members about my plan. Their reaction was like, why are you rushing? You are not even 18 years old yet. You can wait.

Well from a young age I always followed my dreams and believed in myself. But that particular time I felt a bit broken but kept looking for car options. I found another option and asked my father to do a test drive for me. The test drive went smooth said my father. We came home and I told the other my family members and showed them pictures. Now the remark was that the color of the car is too catchy. Well, the 3rd time I went on my own, checked the car bought it and then called my parents to pick me up, where I was. I mean, you learn after a few experiences...

 


How did you start your car rental business?
I have accumulated lots of business experiences over the years. With the savings of my first business, I could finance my second business. The car rental business really took off.

One day an old client of Raisha Store asked me if I knew someone that rent cars because his car just broke down and he needed to take it to the garage. Well, my answer was: Yes I Do, I also rent cars. I had to rush to finalize all the formalities. That time I only knew how to start the car and add gas. But my courage is everything.

That is how I have started RW Rental, which is my car rental company.


 

How many businesses do you have?
At this moment I have 4 companies which are Raisha Store, RW Rental, PAD39A and SocialMe.

Raisha Store is all about selling and repairing of phones, computers and tablets.

RW Rental is the car rental company. PAD39A is a software development and software testing company, and SocialMe is all about designing, video editing and social media marketing.

 

 

 

You are a very active person, run four companies, thus you are a serial entrepreneur, but you are also a JCI member involved in leadership development representing an upcoming generation. You are a person that is above average compared with your peers. We consider you an Influencer, because you are an exception in your age group. Where did this come from?
You are right, I have a lot of drive. I am a member of JCI Creative Leader in Curaçao , I am currently holding the board position of treasurer this year. JCI offers different personal development opportunities and it also represents a network of youngsters who are involved in creating meaningful impact in our society. It is a platform of like-minded people and with my skills and the opportunity to further develop them, I can impact our society. This drive, I guess is something I have inside of me and my father was very supportive in triggering this, as he would always tell me to take my destiny into my own hands, as this is my own responsibility.

 

What are your personal goals?
One of my personal goals is to have financial freedom by the age of 35. When I am 35 years old, I don't need to work anymore.

I will be in good health condition in order to enjoy life even more. I will be financially independent, surrounded by people I love and that loves me.

My goal for the near future is to be able to buy my first house by the age of 25, cash. In other words, without a loan. #debt-free.

Where did that artistic part of you come from?
My father once came back from a trip from Cuba and brought me a “Cuatro” and after becoming a little bit frustrated that I couldn't make music out of it, I started to go to music lessons. I played in Junior All-Star band directed by Fecco Gomez for years. I also got interest in other musical instruments and started to play the bass, guitar and trombone. I always loved acting. I have been an actor for several roles as part of the group called Pispein of Albert Schoobaar. Yes, I have a busy life and I am trying to manage all these activities in an organized manner.

 

When did you start your first company and what is its name?
When I was 14 years old I started “Raisha store”, which most people know me from.

Lots of people were really surprised that a girl could fix their phone. That made me very well-known and liked on the island. I mean... for some people their phone is their life.

 

What does success means to you personally? And what does success means business wise?
Personal success is every time that I am able to touch a life positively. When I can positively impact people and motivates them to be a better version of themselves. Business success is when I am able to serve my clients, and as make them happy.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
To be a living example and an inspiration to the youngsters.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Every day is a challenge, I always make a way to balance and make the best out of the day.

I am very open-minded. If something happens unexpectedly and requires me to change my schedule I most of the time mange to do both the scheduled events and the extra ones. I always manage to deal with situations and have a very positive mindset. No job to big, no job to small.

 

Are you feeling any effect of the economy right now?
I never discuss the economy with people, I believe that I create my own reality and my own success.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I use it a lot and if I don’t, it haunts me ..like telling me “I told you so”. I never dream, but when I dream, it is a premonition that something is about to happen. My intuition is very accurate. I can feel and sense things that other people can’t. I often get signs from above, that guide me through my decisions.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skill levels?
I don’t have vacation. Every hour that I am free I use it, to learn new things online. I never watch TV, unless I really need to.

 

What are your strengths?
I am a good communicator, I can communicate with people of all races, level or origins.

I have lots of patience, I am trustworthy and I am also very result-oriented.

I have a lot of perseverance and never give up. I always say “..it’s always too early to quit..”.

 

What is a trait that is “work in progress” for you and that you really want to improve?
Drink more water and be more conscious of what I eat. In other words, eat according to what my body allows me to eat. That way I can hopefully improve my health and reduce my allergy reactions.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to play music and love acting, I like photography and videography.

I also like to enjoy nature and is always curious about how the human brain works.

I like so many things that what I don’t like would be an easier question to answer.

 

And what is that?
I don’t like combing my hair.

 

If you as Raisha would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Puerto Rico Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Depends really on the situation, I am very humble and don’t like to showcase all my potential at once. I would mostly let the other person do their talking first, after mentioning my name.

How would you describe Raisha in one word or one sentence?
Talented, independent, amazing girl with good vibes and sparkles.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My father, he would always tell me to be consistent and specific in what I do.

Other things that my father has taught me were to use my time wisely and effectively, to treat every moment as the only moment in time because it will never ever come back again and to do the right thing because its right.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I don’t really have a specific defining moment in my life which...not even when I turned 14th years old. I have a very positive way of thinking and looking at life, that may be the reason that I don’t have one specific defining moment.

 

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your life?
Probably in Beverly Hills, I planned for my 35th years as mentioned above. But I definitely think that it will be filled with great experiences and enjoyments.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Raïsha is a wonderful person.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
We have lots of talented youngsters, I believe that life is yin yang their is the same amount of good in the bad and the same amount of bad in the good. It is time that we spread and focus on the good things that are happening around us. We need to trigger a creative mindset instead of a victim mindset. And trust me this is already happening.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
As a serial entrepreneur, I love to look for opportunities in the market and in that sense contribute to the whole of the society. I love being out of my comfort zone. I would like to encourage all youngsters to set goals and work towards it.

If I have inspired you in some way, and you would like to hear more about me and my actions feel free to contact me at +5999 697-7690

 

 

Raisha Williams is a multi-talented entrepreneur, who has an independent mindset and an unstoppable drive. Triggered when she was 14 years old by her father to look for ways and means to finance her own advance studies, has inspired her to become now at age 24 year an owner of different businesses. Her innate eye for business opportunities and a creative business mindset, has been the reason for her early successes as a business woman, adding value to the society at large by offering services to make things go more smoothly for her clients. Raisha has always been curious and has always worked towards developing her skills and knowledge, now still as an UoC student, while running her businesses, but also through her extra-curricular activities like being a musician and actor. She also adds value to the society at large as a member and treasurer of JCI helps her develop her leadership skills at the one hand and with this network of youngsters in JCI at the other hand, she creates meaningful impact in our society. We deeply respect and love Raisha, whom as a representative of the business sector we will hear more from her in the coming years. We consider her as a worthy representative of a young breed of entrepreneurs and a representative of the business sector and one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

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


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”


Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on inner voices. We will upload one of these video’s every day via our Facebook page.


The Critical Inner Voice - Whiteboard Animation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWc4pZhnpOw

 

How the Critical Inner Voice Affects Relationships - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoUePT6D74c

 

Overcoming Bad Inner Voices - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGuZVuUBeiQ

 

Alfred & Shadow - A Short Story about Self-Criticism - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP7R_WIm6-M

 

How Overcoming Your Inner Critic Can Improve Your Relationship - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4fG432a7Ws

 

Why Your Inner Critic Speaks Up When You Least Expect It - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJw4i8hj9gI


Influencer Guido Rojer, Workshop on emotion in February and this week tips

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview scientist and educator Guido Rojer. We will invite you to our next “Emoshon kiko e ta?” workshop on the 2nd of February 2020 and share some motivational video links on emotions. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift.


Influencer Guido Rojer: convincing and passionate 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have 4 half siblings: 3 sisters 1 brother and my parents were very supportive in whom I have become right now. Both supported me in different ways, my mother taught me “structure” and my father was the “push factor”.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as you seem to be a busy person?
I have a both a Masters in Public Policy and a Master in International Business from Maastricht University after my Bachelors degree at UoC. I am currently working on my PhD thesis on “entrepreneurship” at the “UNED Madrid”. Entreperneurship is my passion, although as I am working on my PhD, I am a scholar, an academic, but I am more into application, you will find me often doing lots of projects, gaining insights by just doing.

 

You seem to be very passionate about innovation, where does this come from?
I was always been interested in novelty, but couldn’t label my interest until one day in Maastricht it all made sense: “Innovation”. I was always interested in new developments and finally got it, especially the economic impact of “Intellectual Property Rights” of innovations. In Curaçao we have a very favorable regime for Intellectual Property Rigths and as I was born here, the monopolistic competitive advantage that it offers fascinated me. I wanted to be part of this and I wish I had access to the knowledge, at a much younger age. If I would have know this when I was 12 years old, I could have saved 9 years of exploring all kinds of other things that I have studied. I would have been more focused on what I really wanted to study. As Curaçao is becoming a member of the WTO, this subject matter “Intellectual Property Rights” is one of the “hot topics” that will be discussed and negotiated in WTO. I am aware of the downsides of “intellectual Property Rights”, like there are some ethical issues involved in for example the pharmaceutical industry their one-sided focus and tendency on profits only, but there are so many upsides to it. I have had a Romam Catholic upbringing and was taughts their values. So I was raised to be considerate towards my fellow human beings. If they suffer I also suffer. And this always guides my motives and actions.

 

I heard of you from Cherelle Maduro and Raisha Williams that you are an entrepreneur and scholar/scientist and an JCI member involved in leadership development reprsenting an upcoming generation. What are your goals?
Yes, I am all of that. I really believe in “Innovation” If Estonia was able to invent “Skype”, we are able to also contribute if we invest in the education of our youth.

My personal goal is to inform and inspire people at the earliest possible age, so that they can make the best possible decision regarding their future.

 

How far are you in achieving this goal?
I am satisfied with the results up to now. I have partially achieved this goal, as I have enabled over 100 students in the best of possible ways, to become the best that they can be, preparing them for their next steps in their life. I have collaborated from the UoC, with Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña, Innovatie Centrum and with the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Nowadays I am more focused on my research for my PhD thesis, where my intention is to be able to offer future students an even more advanced level of education and preparation. During these years we prepared 50 on a Bachelors level and 70 with a Master degree.


We live on an island where the systems, structures and mindsets of people are not favorable to have lots of people involved into innovation and entrepreneurship, though. Our colonial past wasn’t very helpful in that sense. It conditioned our mindsets to be disempowered and averting risks. Lots of people are focused on finding a job, come in an comfort zone and stay there and are not focused on displaying their entrepreneurial skills. The just apply to get a job, get a mortgage, and as you level out quickly in terms of career possibilities for example if you are in the government, all of this, stiffles the incentives of those who could have start their own company and/or invent something new.


Another example of how this works is those working in the layers just below the top level off the management in Curaçao have abilities and talent and I have experienced that, for example they use it to negotiate lower prices of local entrepreneurs etc..etc... So we are waisting so much potential.

But the world has changed, nowadays finding a job in the refinery sector, financial sector or government isn’t as easy as it was 40 to 30 years ago. As a graduate with a degree you can still opt out and go and work in Holland, but I believe that we can make better use of our potentials. The circumstances as they are now on the island, increase the probability for qualified and pro-active people to start their own business, even though the incentive are not in place. I firmly believe that we need to focus on selling goods and services to foreign markets. I have sold boxes of “Alcolada Glacial” in the past to an African market 18 times the local price here.

In my mothers “era” reading the local newspaper was enough (maybe) to know what was happening in the world, but nowadays doing that means that you are living in the Jurasic “era”. Why did Singapore and Hong Kong advanced so quickly? There are not more intelligent people compared to us, but they have a different mindset. I am focused to change mindsets of the students that I teach. My colleagues and I remember having a different outlook on students from the International School. They seemed like they could do everything, and it came off as arrogant. But now I realize, that the philosophy is to have a totally different mindset. A student would learn to dream big and be confident that if you try hard enough and if you are consistent, achieving your dreams is possible. Most of our education is totally contrary to that mindset.

Innovation is also about our mindset.

I was in the board of a local Credit Union and I stepped down after two terms still unable to convince the “sosio’s” to focus on the future instead of the end of the year dividends of Ang 300,-. With a vision aimed at the long term, we have it within our reach with such a corporation, to be a big dominant party in our economy and offer members ultimately much higher returns on their investment. Cooperatives are major players in Costa Rica, Mexico even in Holland. Basically, we need to learn to collaborate more in Curaçao. In fact the only well-organized organizations are labor unions and the association of Medical Specialists, to what use? I leave that up to you to decide. I’m often times asked why I do not join Politics. I always decline citing that my impact would be 100 times bigger if I would be able to educate our future generations with what it takes to be pro-active, entrepreneurial and innovative, compared to being a member of parliament or a Minister.

 

We have interviewed CEO’s of IBIS and Profound Projects. Both mainly focus on foreign markets. Are they part of your studies? We have also interviewed Raisha Wiliams.
Well I started studying companies in the Caribbean region because of the accessibility of their numbers via their financial accounts. Whom they were, what their educational background was and why they were growing. I once visited an incubator abroad, a few days later news broke out that Mark Zuckerberg was there. This was evidence for me that I am in the right mindset, proof that I was on to something. My analyses all of a sudden started to make so much sense. I then could see in my mind’s eye “Intellectual Property Rigths” as an instrument for people from Curaçao to create wealth, meaning inventing something, having 20 years of legal protection making it possible to create surplusses and savings, yes I became very enthusiastic about this.

I commend IBIS for being so open for “Innovation” as a locallly based company, as they are starting a new company offering “Blockchain”. I also commend Raisha Williams “RW Rental” who is an artist playing music in a band, does acting, plays sports and is an owner of different companies at the age of only 24. We have immense talent on this island. So there positive exceptions as entrepreneur and my goal is to contribute in enabling more of these entrepreneurs and companies.

 

What is your business goal?
Not so long ago I wanted to become a millionaire. Nowadays I want to be happy. I want to be engaged with the world. My goal before I turned 30 years old was:”To have visited at least 50 countries”. I visited 55 before I turned 30 and I have visited 67 countries up to now and I am 32 years old. I want to learn and maybe some day get engaged in one of those markets. And every company in Curaçao has the ability to emulate IBIS as long as they can figure out where and what. Our ambition levels need to be much higher. Hopefully the mission of our Ministry of Economic Development to Guyana opens the door for more business, and I hope they continue with this forward thinking. Holland is not the world.

 

Are you a curious person?
Yes, I am very curious. Every night I have a problem falling a sleep, as I engage in reading and end up watching clips like “Why do giraffes have a black tongue”. Before you know it its 2am, but I have to satisfy my curiosity.

 

You are the local liaison of Caraf (Caribbean Research Acquisition Fund) could you tell us more about Caraf?
Yes I am and I see this connection with Caraf as an opportunity. It was received at first with some scepticism, but I have learned from my previous experiences and was able to turn the opinion 180 degrees. This an opportunity to do research in all of the Dutch Caribbean islands with funds that will be sought after. Furthermore if you have a scientist from local descent he or she will probably be more deeply involved in the mission than we as scientists that live on the island, want to accomplish. I will probably not ever win a Nobel prize, but through our connections I will increase the probability that some scientist from local descent will one day win a Nobel price in whatever area. The island of Saint Lucia has 2!

So I have to politely disagree with a former prime-minister to ask our professionals to come back and work and live in Curaçao on a visit New York. In this modern world, Islands such as ours can benefit immensely from our diaspora.

So for example if the NWO (Nederlands Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeks-Instituut) sets out a “Research Call for bidding”, those researchers from Curaçao descent can apply. I have understood that three ex-alumini of UoC, all with their PhD, are going to do just that, as NWO has over 7.0 million Euro available for subjects in the social sciences related to this region. They don’t have to live on the island and if they succeed this would be great. It is an example of living in two worlds.

Another example of how this works, Suzy Delvalle that lives in New York, is the director of a renowned Art focused financial institute. One day some friends of hers wanted to visit Curaçao and they asked her what they could do in Curaçao during their vacation. Well she has created a, now very popular list, that a number of people visiting the island continue to request, as they are planning to visit the island.

Another example, this one is just an idea, why not create a development fund funded by those successful professional baseball players from Curaçaoan descent investing in projects in Curaçao. These projects should of course offer them a good return of Investment. Lionel Messi is selling wine from Argentina with his label. There are already music bands that enjoy of investments from one of our Baseball players: Lets do more!

 

I hear you talking and your mindset is about “we” and not so much “me”. Where did that come from?
My grandmother, she taught me to take care of my own. And Father Amado Romer, taught me to take care of other people.

You are an author of a book Contemporary Curaçao, could you expand on this? Are you also an editor? Why is that?
This started when we hosted a conference of the Caribbean Studies Association in 2011 and this was the first time we had a conference predominantly in English in Curaçao. It became totally clear how shortsighted we were in publishing only in Dutch. I became part of a group that wanted to work on the collection and publishing of articles in English to ultimately be able to share these articles with the rest of the world. For example if someone living in Vietnam wants to take notice of what I have published on Curaçao, it should be possible. They should take notice that we are an island in the Caribbean with Dutch links, however that Dutch is not our limit.

 

What does sucess means to you personally?
Coincidentally I have been questioning this a lot lately. A lot of your success you are not even aware of. It is only when someone casually reminds me of what I have said before in the past, and how it has influenced them that I think: Wow! And I have been saying those things so effortless and this, yes this is so much better than 100 million USD. That it success to me.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
To the young people around me, like my younger cousins about 10 of them, the oldest is btw 19 years, consciously or unconsciously I am a role model for them and by extension my students. They must see my good sides and my slippages which are definitely more than the triumphant moments.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I want to be a Professor in Innovation before I am 40 years old. To become a Professor, I need to invest a lot of time in studying “Behavorial Change” in the coming 5 to 7 years and publish lots of articles and books. That is the challenge. As I want to become a professor, I will just have to do it.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
Yes totally, I would call it my gut feeling.

 

How does it work for you?
Somethings just feel right, even if it means certain disadvantages for myself or something I am part of.

 

And if you don’t follow it, what happens then?
Well at least you tried. I feel better knowing that something didn’t work than be left wondering what if.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read as much as I can, leading at times to an information overload I would say. I know a lot of people don’t see me as a reader, but thats literally what keeps me up at night.

 

What are your strengths?
I can be very convincing and explain things very well;

I have been told that I seem trustworthy, I transmit this apparently;

Above all I trust myself, maybe this is the biggest strenghts I have.

 

I like to add something? You are very passionate in what you believe in and you create big ways.
Yes, I agree with you. I have given up a job at an internationally renowned company, to come to live in Curaçao. Why? I wanted to be around my grandfather and grandmother during the last years of their life.

I could have been a millionaire by now, but I decided differently and I am happy as I am now. Life in Curaçao is wonderful.

 

What is a trait that is “work in progress” for you and that you really want to improve?
“Information overload”, I am trying to see the red line in the things I read, so this can guide me, instead of getting carried away in all the information that is available.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Traveling, as this is also a method I use for my work as a scientist. I believe that to see is to believe. I have found a group of friends that have the same interest and the experience has been very rewarding.

 

If you as Guido would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am an Islander, and that island is CURAÇAO.

 

How would you describe Guido in one word or one sentence?
A tough act to follow.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Father Amado Romer. Why? Because of his vision to see every human as being equal, without any ranks and hierarchy;

Maria Liberia Peters. Why? Because she was the longest serving prime minister, holding the fort I would say; Celia Cruz is one of them. Why? She use to in her era go completely against the grain, she was different.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
It happened in Maastricht on february 2010. Choosing to return to the island was one of the best choices I made in my life.

 

Where do you want to be 20 years from now with your career?
Professor in Innovation especially regarding Small Island Development States.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
We can count on him. He is dependable

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Entrepreneurs.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
This was quite a revealing interview for myself, because of the tough questions you asked, they made me self-reflect a lot.


Guido Rojer is a scientist and educator with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, whom deliberately decided to come to live and work in Curaçao. A limitless curiosity drives him to read a lot, connect with other scientists for example via CARAF (Caribbean Research Acquisition Fund) and to travel and see as much countries as he can, all to experience and learn new things. With his knowledge as an educator, he focuses on enabling as much youth and entrepreneurs as he can, because educated Youth and innovative and creative entrepreneurs drive the changes that we need in our country and in the world. In that sense we appreciate Guido for the work he is doing and definitely consider him to be one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao. Being the local representative of CARAF he is also a liaison for connecting with scientists in Holland from Dutch Caribbean descent and in that sense fits 100 % with the goal of the Share2Uplift movement to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life in Curaçao.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 



 

Personal Coaching tip
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on emotions. We will upload one of these video’s every day via our Facebook page

 

Marc Brackett - The Emotion Revolution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8YPoNrjlpY

 

How to Process Your Emotions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b197XOd9S7U

 

Feelings and Emotions for Kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fTRWpf-eH4

 

Emotions and the Brain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNY0AAUtH3g

 

 

A short story about emotions (education psychology health animation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJOjpprbfeE

 



 


Influencer Rochelle Monte, Workshop and this week tips

Posted on December 29, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (1)

In this week’s blog we will interview business professional and painter Rochelle Monte. We will invite you to our next “Emoshon kiko e ta?” workshop on the 2nd of February 2020 and  share some motivational video links on how to release stress. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift.

Influencer Rochelle Monte: enabler and bridge builder

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have one older brother and younger one sister; I am the middle child. My mother is still alive and my father passed away this year. My parents were very supportive in whom I have become. My mother always taught me to be limitless, she gave us the room to pursue the careers of our choices. She had only one requirement: we should be good at whatever we choose to do.
Contrarily to many parents, she motivated me to pursue a career in arts yet, I choose to pursue a career in business which is my other passion My father was a fighter, a hard working man, an ethical person that didn’t tolerate disorder, he had a lot of grit and had a well-developed ability to come up with creative solutions to solve problems, which I am grateful that I have inherited.

 

What is your educational background and professional background?
I have a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Quality Management. Though, I have never worked in a specialized quality management position, I live by and apply the principles of quality management such customer satisfaction, identifying and solving root causes of problems instead of treating symptoms and improving business processes throughout my career. After graduation, I worked for one year in product development at Postna N.V.. Later, I switched to PriceWaterhouseCoopers (‘PWC’ where I worked as management consultant in the Financial Advisory Services division . Afterwards, I worked for 4.5 year at the former Algemeen Pensioenfonds van de Nederlandse Antillen (‘APNA’ now APC) as an Investment Portfolio Manager for 4,5 years. After APNA , I worked at the Girobank N.V. for 8 years and was responsible for different departments and areas in bank including Treasury, Investments, Compliance, Information Security , Payments, Bank Card Services, Research and Product Development, Branch Network, Online Banking and operations. After the bank felt under the supervisory measure of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (‘CBCS’, I was appointed as a proxy holder of CBCS at the Girobank N.V. for some months after which I quitted to pursue my dream, of starting my own business. Now, I own 3 companies and I am a Supervisory Director at ASKA insurances.

 

What is the name of your company?
I own Excellency B.V. where we offer business, management advisory services in the areas of Corporate Finance, Strategic Planning, Business Imrovement, innovations and policy making. Our clients in Excellency are mostly large corporations in the Financial, Telecommunications, Utility, Health Care and Government sector. Clients come to use when they need to restructure/ improve (part of) their business or when they need to innovate. Considering the sizes of these companies and their impact on the economy and hence the community, we are glad to be able to positively impact our community by serving these companies.

 

In addition to Excellency B.V., I am the founder of Business Brainer together with 2 business partners.Through Business Brainer, we have created a model and web application to guide entrepreneurs through the process of creating purpose driven businesses or scaling there existing businesses. The Business Brainer Model is focused on the “DNA” of an entrepreneur, we help entrepreneurs find their purpose (their Why) and to combine this with their talents and passion to solve a problem/ satisfiy a need of their customers in order to add value to their customers. Once they create their business concept we help them define a marketing and branding strategy and help them make their financial projections by answering deep questions. While they answer deep questions, the Business Brainer app automatically generates their business plan and financial projections.

 

Last, I own a real estate company togehter with two other business partners.

 

When first met you were also working in Bonaire partially, right?
Yes, I have had a client on Bonaire for 5 months through Excellency B.V at the time

 

We met when you were in charge of Business Boost of Curaçao Development Institute enabling starting entrepreneurs to begin their own businesses and you also invited me to one of your courses were you focusing on some young starting entrepreneurs. Is this your focus enabling others to become successful in business?
Yes, that is the focus of Business Brainer, we used Business Brainer model in that program to guide a selected group of 20 millennials through the process of creating / scaling their business. My affinity with entrepreneurship goes way back. My grandmother comes from an entrepreneur a family. I can recall stories regarding her entrepreneurial spirit how she used to capitalize on opportunities when they presented.

 

As a kid my youngest sister used to create businesses (lora man). She used to make and sell bakery and offer services such as typing services to neighbors. I used to be her “business advisor”. My father used to work first at Shell and when the Shell left, he went to work at Isla as an employee Unfortunate after ten years working at Isla at the age around 50 years, he was laid-off. It was a tough timing since at that time I was finishing college and my sister was finishing high school and we were both planning to study abroad. After he couldn’t find a suitable job for a while, my sister and I encouraged him to start his own business and we helped him to start his business. He was able to provide for his family till he passed away early this year; the business still exists. That is the reason why I strongly belief that entrepreneurship is a feasible alternative for people who lose their jobs. Against this background, Business Brainer has guided 10 persons who has lost or are about to lose their job this year with the financial support of MCB and PSB through a 3- month entrepreneurship program.

 

We saw your paintings at the exposition on Saturday at Kaya Kaya Street Party, and we were pleasantly surprised by taking notice that you are also a painter? Where does this come from?
Since I was a child, I loved doing handicrafts, painting, puzzles. This honed my abilities to be analyctical and creative at the same time.

 

My earliest memory was when I was in kindergarten I made a painting, I cannot recall what it was but it was something green and my mother was so fascinated that she pushed me to show this to my Kindergarten teacher. I grew up with an older cousin who was like sisters. She had a sketch book of cartoon characters that she drew life from TV. By seeing her ability to make this sketches life when watching TV, I was inspired to do the same. So, I started painting my favorite cartoons daily while watching TV. As I grew up, I start painting human portraits of friends and families. I stopped painting during my time at college and University. At 30 years when I built my house I felt the urgent needed to start painting again to fill the empty walls in my house with my own paintings. So, I start taking painting courses to further improve my craft. I took classes of among other Papy Adrianna (Curaçao), Morgaine Paris ( Curaçao) , Dominique Medici (US), Maria Teresa Mateve (Colombia), professor Lobaina and Magdariaga (Cuba). Since 2007, I participated in various exhibitions among which:

• Arte pa Libertad organized by NAAM in 2013;

• Isla 100 Aña Den Nos Bida organized by NAAM in 2017,

• Pop up Art Gallery Kaya Kaya 2018,

• Renobashon organized by Landhuis Bloemhof,

• Men and Monument organized by Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao.

As you explained to us, all the paintings you showed have a special story and express I assume a feeling/emotion that originates from a deeper level? In what sense does art help you express yourself as Rochelle?
My life purpose is to encourage others to discover their own potential in order to achieve their dreams. That is what I strive to do through my businesses and also through my painting. The paintings you saw during Kaya Kaya have titles such as:

• Windows of Opportunity – a matter of perspective

• Perserveransia- Keep Standing

• Speransa pa nan

• Free mind

 

When painting, I try to single out the emotion first, feel that emotion and convey that through my art. The painting with a father holding a child walking away, was a painting I made for the group exhibition Renobashon of Bloemhof early this year to commemorate 50 year of the revelation of May 30, 1969. In that painting the message that I strive to conveye through that painting is that: ”as a country we need to stop doing the same things over and over again expecting different results; we need to break the circle in order to create a better future for the next generation.

 

What does success means to you?
Success to me is growing; I love to grow. To me it is important to be in a better place tomorrow than I am today in all aspects of life; that is my growth path and it has always been like that. That is the reason why I invest a lot of time in personal development. I read a lot, I push myself out of my comfort zone by trying new things especially when I am affraid to do so. I make it a point to identify the “lessons learned” from everything that didn’t happen according to plan both in my personal life and in business. Moreover, I celebrate small aperently irrelavent achievements cause to me the journey is more important than the end result.

 

An important aspect to me is that we are successfull if everybody wins. That is the reason why I strive to encourage others to pursue their dreams. I do this in my personal life, through business and art.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My purpose is to encourage other to embrace their full potential in order to achieve their dreams and hence create thriving communties.

 

This is what I strive to do through business and art. I am genuinely interested in people development. For me, business is not about the business per se, it is about the people involved and well beings that businesses can help people achieve. It is the leaders and the employees who determine the success of any business. I believe that if we succeed in enabling the YDK to reach their full potential, we can improve Curaçao as a whole. I strive to contribute in a positive way to my country. I dream of a Curaçao in which we the YDK think positively, a Curaçao in which we put common good first, a Curaçao in which we tab into abudancy, a Curaçao in which we believe in ourselves in order to progress.

 

Through Exellency B.V., we work with large corporations and the impact is broad with each company we help survive, improve or grow . In Business Brainer, however, we work with entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers that need to provide for their families, mother and fathers with dreams. So, Business Brainer enables us to positively impact human life directly and that is pricesless.

 

One more thing about my work as an artist, in the beginning it was just pure painting for the fun of it and lately it is more using my work of art to send out messages. That is so great about arts. Moreover, I realized that by making street arts in the city center, which I have been doing since 2017 both as part of the Art Heals Foundation and idependently , we can add value to the economy. Tour guides can take tourists on art walks and hence helping the “bario” and the economy as a whole.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am not dealing with any challenge at the moment .....I really don’t know.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I always use my inner voice. I rely a lot on my intuition to guide me. I am convinced that my sub -conscious mind knows so much more then my conscious mind does. So, I take action when my intuition tells me to do something, don’t do something or to be wary of someone. . During my careers I had times that I had to approve a lot of routine transactions, invoice and documents. Whenever I get the feeling to stop and investigate further there was indeed something wrong or something to be wary of. My intuition has protected me from so many things.

 

I don’t have a conscious way on tapping into my intuition it is natural to me it just happens …I can just feel it.
I find it very hard in business to convince colleagues that they should not be doing something when it is only based on my intuition. People needs facts and sometimes the facts are not there yet.

 

 

How does creativity get triggers by you?
Creativity comes very natural to me. I love challenges and I am really passionate about seeking creative solutions for problems. This is something I inhered from my father. No wonder that I have been involved in product and business development for a great deal of my career and most of the time my superiors used to assign challenging project to me.

 

In order to recharge and be creative I need to have “me times” away from work. I deliberate in planning my “down time” to refill with creativity. For me going on vacation is a sacred thing and I am blessed to have clients that can understand and respect that. The great mayority of my week-ends are also deliberate down times as I have the tendency to work long hours during work days. I also notice that I am more creative in the evening. Moreover, I realized that when getting stuck in a thinking process a simple walk to the rest room can generate new ideas. When stuck you need to stop do something else and come back to what you where doing before later on. Moreover, being around creative people is also a incentive to generate creative ideas. That is the strength of Business Brainer since one of my business partners Danique Zimmerman is a creative as well.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot, I am very focused and I work a lot on improving myself and learn from my mistakes, my lessons learned.

 

What are your strengths?
I am creative and have a well-developed analytical skills and problem-solving skills. This makes it possible for me to think out of the box to solve complex problems and to create innovative solutions.

I am very empathic toward other people and where possible encourage them to embrace their full potential and to follow their dreams.

 

I have once taken the StrengthsFinder test of Gallup years ago and according to the test my strongest strength is responsibility and connectedness, which is the ability to see that we are all connected that we are all part of something bigger thus we should not harm each other instead we need to help each other. I am more interested in authentic and meaningful connection with others.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Painting is of course my main hobby. I do also love photography and I love to travel to gain new experience by learning about new cultures, new traditions, historical events, meet new people, eat other type of foods. Most of the time I combine my vacations with art either by visiting museums or taking art classes abroad. For example, I have taken classes in in Cuba, Italy, New York and Bali.

I also like to organize social gatherings to bringing friends and family together just to celebrate life.

 

If you as Rochelle would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a business professional, painter and a people’s person, a Yu di Korsòu that really loves her country above everything.

 

How would you describe Rochelle in one word or one sentence?
Enabler ... I build bridges

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have been fortunate enough to meet lots business leaders when I was very young that believed in me. Like Harry Parisius, Philip Romer and Manuel Suena. They saw my potential before I was aware that I had those potentials they gave me responsibilities and opportunity to grow. I am very grateful for the opportunities that they give me and has always consider that it is my duty to pay it forward for the next generations.

 

What is a trait that for you is work in progress? You want to improve on?
Keep my the life balanced as I have the tendency to get carried away and get too much involved in work. So I pay extra attention in keeping my life balanced and maintain my healthy routines like doing my yoga and sports and painting.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The moment my dad died, as it made me stand still and reflect on “life” itself. My father’s death was unexpected. This made me reconfirm that life is relative and that we spend way too much time worrying and putting energy in things that are not important at all. When a love one is gone the only thing that really matters is the good memories remain nothing else at least that is the case for me. So, my priority is in continuing making good memories with loved ones.

 

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
I would close to retiremement by than. I would be financially stable, my investments would be solid an paying off and I would be enjoying life.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I would be extremely happy if the dreams that they have shared with me, would have been realized. Moreover, I would be happy if they could recall great moments that we have share together.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
First of all, my love for this island. I can see our potential. If only everybody can see it. If only everybody could collaborate with one another to reach our full potential as a country. We need to see the world as an abundant place that represents opportunities for us as well instead of literally fighting with each other for some scarce resources within the borders of this island. Look at how some of our athletes make it internationally in different sports. The more I travel the more I realized how beautiful Curaçao is and how talented we are. We are able as “Yu di Korsou” to create new things, if we allow ourselves to do so.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
No, not necessarely, but I still have this dream that one day our people of Curaçao will be educated enough, where through our educational systems they learn to think for themselves and be empowered enough to decide for those things that are for their own best interests. They will then be able to select true leaders to guide this country towards prosperity.


Contact Information:
Excellency BV
Penstraat 23 | Curaçao
rmonte@excellency-bv.com

Business Brainer BV
Dr. W. P. Maalweg 16 | Curaçao
info@businessbrainer.com

Art
Instagram: Rochelle_Monte


Rochelle Monte is an empathic, hard working business owner that offers business and management advisory services. As a business professional, painter, a people’s person, that is constantly involved in her own personal growth. Her BIG WHY is “To enable people to reach their full potential”. Combining an analytical mind with also being a “creative”, has made her a premier “Out-of-the box”- thinker, which makes her see an abundance of opportunities and she helps other people discover their potential. Rochelle believes in looking at all our potentials and that collaboration is “key” to improve Curacao as a whole. She is an advocate of a bigger overall effort island wise, where starting entrepreneurs can continue to help one another, while being guided and so increase the overall chances of survival as a starting business. In that sense we are totally aligned with Rochelle and support her in whatever way we can. We love and deeply respect Rochelle and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao representing the business sector.





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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

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Personal Coaching tip

This week we will share some motivational video links on how to release stress. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift continue to share stress relieving tips.

 

Stress management (video) | Stress | Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/processing-the-environment/stress/v/stress-management

 

Stress Management Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_46OXwbUMK0

 

A JAPANESE METHOD TO RELAX IN 5 MINUTES - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-O7gPsQK0

 

ANXIETY CURE!! Amazing New Discovery !! A MUST SEE... DrHarryCintronPhD.com - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKvGnysfDiQ

 

4-7-8 Breathing Exercise to alleviate Anxiety and Stress for Teens and Adults
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmBYdfv5RSk

 

How To Relieve Stress, 7 Ways To Relieve Stress - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=15eUXTb_7Rg

 

 


Influencer Haidel Haile

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this extra Blog an interview with influencer Haidel Haile, businessman in furneral services.

 

Haidel Haile: growth and patient

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and I have 2 teenager boys. I have one sister and my mother is still alive and both my parents were very supportive in whom I have become. They gave me unconditional love and a push to be the person that I am and that is a person without any limitations, irrespective of the circumstances. They taught me that I am the one determining my destiny, no one else. My father, my “warrior of light”, taught me to believe in myself and always encouraged me to stay on a growth path, giving meaning to my life. He always guided me in that endeavor.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and when did you start as a business owner?
I graduated at Questrom School of Business, Boston University with a Masters degree. I worked in different jobs, but I always wanted to start my own business, which I did in 2005 on the 15th of December and that is 14 years ago we bought El Tributo.

 

We first met way back in the beginning of the nineties, as you were a member of Rotaract. Rotaract organized a big conference on privatization at WTC. There is were we met, do you remember?
Yes, I remember in the beginning of the 90-ties. British Guyana was one of the first countries in our region that started with the privatization wave and we as Rotaract organized this big successful privatization conference. We have invited a minister of Guyana to be one the guest speakers to enlighten us about their experience. It is remarkable that our minister of economic development recently visited British Guyana to discuss economic opportunities in the petroleum industry.

 

We also used to go to the same dancing after work hours on Friday. Back then you had the ambition to become active as a member of the supervisory board of government owned companies and you were of the opinion that your generation was not respected enough. Now almost 25 years further you are an innovative and successful businessman. Did your generation succeeded in getting influence and are doing a better job than the generations before?
The answer is yes and no. Here and there a youngster broke through the ranks, but mostly the supervisors are the same kind of persons. So that is why some of my generation decided to use their talents in a different way. I decided to buy El Tributo. My grandfather from my father side had also a business. Unfortunately when he died during the Second World War the business ceased to exist. So maybe I got my entrepreneurial spirit from him. Also my fathers use to bring home carton of cigarettes for my grandfather on my mother’s side. He always gave it to me, to give it to my grandfather. However, instead of giving them to my grandfather I would sell it to him because he would buy it anyways. So I don’t know if I should be proud of doing this, but I did it and it showed some entrepreneurship at a young age.

 

We consider you an Influencer, because in the business you are in now, funeral services, you have brought this to a totally new level of excellence, not only in the service that you provide with a lot of compassion, but also in the positive way that you are marketing your services. This innovative mindset where did this come from?
Wow, ....I am not sure I am an influencer...but I would to say is that I am very open for new things and open to change. The world constantly changes and people constantly change. I read a lot and I am open for other people’s opinions and this influences my own approach to life and my businesses.



You as El Tributo are also sharing with the society with your Thanksgiving event, in that sense fulfilling your corporate responsibility role, which is not usual for all local businesses where did that come from?
This sharing comes from my upbringing. My parents where from humble beginnings, but I grew up with all the brothers and sisters from my mother’s side and they were a big family, at my grandmother’s home at Charo, Otrobanda. As I was the first grandchild, I grew up in a home were most of my uncles and aunts were still living at my grandmother’s house. It was perfectly normal to share, as my grandmother was a very sharing and socially connected person. My mother is also a person that whomever knocked on her door for help she is willing to help. So I automatically I developed this character trait, it became part of whom I am, that is to share. The most fun thing to do for me is sharing a great meal and good wine with friends and family. So against this background, it all started.

 

We wanted to have a remembrance concert around the end of the year, holiday season. The holiday season is when you remember a loved one whom has passed away, at least for most families this is like that, whether you want it or not. So we came up with the idea in bringing people together to share this moment so they know that they are not alone in thinking about their loved ones who passed away. And music is the best way to express emotions and feelings. Music is a universal language where you can express any kind of emotion or feeling. That is how the idea for a remembrance concert started and though we change the name in Thanksgiving Concert it is still has the remembrance part in it, but now we also incorporated the expression of gratefulness. Gratefulness from our company to the public in general, but also to offer people that attend the concert the opportunity to express their gratitude in whatever form they consider appropriate to whomever they want.

 

Are you involved in other businesses as an entrepreneur?
I have two other companies. One is “Extura” and the other “Entiero na Kuota”; both are funeral insurance companies.

 

What does success means to you personally?
Business-wise this means to have satisfied customers. The customer should be satisfied with the service that we promised to offer. On a personal level, I am a very humble person. I am not so much into the words “being successful”. I just set up goals and I achieve them. My driving force is to achieve them, I know when I achieve them I feel happy. I am not a person that is attached to material things and / or seeking recognition from other people.

 

How do you celebrate your successes?
I celebrate by sharing time with friends and family.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I want to be a person of value for the community at large. And this is related also to innovation and change for the better of the company and myself. I am open for what crosses my path and whatever I can discern and make use of, I will adapt to it and take it up. But at times I can also by a micro-manager, just to let things just flow better. I don’t mind doing whatever it takes to deliver the products or services that are required. If I have to do it, I will do it for the good of all.

 

Like the other day I saw a supervisor at a hotel that was “supervising” while there was a need in serving people. I gave this person a feedback about the need. She let me know that she is a supervisor and she will send a server. It was obvious that there were not enough servers for the event. So sending a server would not solve the problem. To me it doesn’t matter if your formal function is being a supervisor, if the circumstances require you to get involved on a operational level you just do it. Just do whatever it takes to deliver excellent services, and it doesn’t matter if you are the CEO-owner of the company.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am passionate about offering the best services we can and be the best I can be. At times I have a difficulty in letting go and delegating. At the same time I see so much potential in people that they are not using fully. I asked myself how come, humanity at large is so bad in learning from past mistakes. Why do human beings keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again? That is what puzzles me and it is a challenge to deal with this phenomena.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I rely a lot on my intuition and inner voice and I sometimes get mad on myself when I don’t follow it, because it feels like the famous phrase: I told you so”.

 

How does it work for you?
Mostly by reading books, magazines or any form of reading materials. I read books on all subject matters. It could be arts, science fiction, history, spirituality, self help books and while I am doing this I get my sense of direction. Reading helps me a lot in coping with my feelings and emotions. Most of the time that what came up first was the right thing to do in hindsight.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot and when necessary and I have the time I attend conferences and / or training sessions. Also I use the Internet to acquire more knowledge and skills.

 

What are your strengths?
I am a very responsible person; I persevere and don’t give up easy but I am also a very patient person.

 

What is a trait that is “work in progress” for you and that you really want to improve?
At times I would love to have some more self-control. When I am passionate about something and it doesn’t quite go in the direction I want it to go, I can get irritated and I might say something that I would later regret while it was not my intention.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Reading. When I was in Rotaract about 25 years ago, we once attended a conference in Venezuela that was focusing on personal development. One of the assignments was to answer what you would do if you only had one week, one month or three months to live. I answered on all three questions that I would read. So reading is very important to me, but also spending some great quality time with my family and friends enjoying some nice food and some good wine. I also like watching great movies, good concert or plays.

 

If you as Haidel 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 introduce my self by stating that I am Haidel Haile and I would most probably tell them where I come from.

 

How would you describe Haidel in one word or one sentence?
Growth.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Of course my parents but also some colleagues and bosses that I have worked for as they would just mention in one word or one sentence something that would encourage me like:”.. You have so much potential in you that you are not even aware of..”. I always was walking around with this idea to start my own business. Once a friend of mine mother asked me what I wanted to achieve in life. As I shared with her that I wanted to start a business she told me that she would love to be an investor in that company. I never asked her why, but it gave me an extra boost and impetus to start my own company, which was something I dreamed of doing.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The birth of our first child was defining moment in my life.

 

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
I would be in a position by then where I can leave the day-to-day management of the business over to some one else, who will be able to further expand the company, compared to where I have left it. I will be involved in something that is to the benefit of the society like “practicing law” and be involved in the education and development of other people.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Thank you for being part of our life.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Curaçao is an island with people that have lots of talents / potential. With proper leadership and guidance we can excel. This is already happening with Kurasoleños excelling abroad. The mix of different cultures enhances our ability to develop our humanity and I believe that we can make much better use of this ability that we have as a potential. That is why I am optimistic about our future.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Be grateful for all that you have right now.

Video's:
End of the year wishes 
75 Years El Tributo
Thanksgiving 2019 After Movie

More info also on:
www.facebook.com/eltributocuracao/
www.facebook.com/enkcuracao/


 Haidel Haile is a humble, grateful, low profile, hardworking businessmen, who loves spending time with his family and friends. His focus on continuous personal growth and his focus on excellent customer service makes his companies a stand out in his branche. Haidel is a firm believer in the future of Curacao as he believes that with the right leadership environments, we can enable those with talent to excel. As a representative of the business sector his companies are model in terms of social responsibility, as for example every year El Tributo offers to the public in general a free “Thanksgiving concert” around the end of the year, holiday season. On a personal level in the not so distant future his aim is to further use his talents knowledge and skills to the benefit of the society like “practicing law” and be involved in the education and development of other people. We love and deeply respect Haidel and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

Influencer Gofrie van Lieshout, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on December 22, 2019 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

In this week’s blog we will interview Gofrie van Lieshout and we will invite you to our next “Emoshon kiko e ta?” Workshop on the 2nd of February 2020 and we will share some motivational video links on resilience, routines and success habits. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift.

 

Gofrie van Lieshout: a builder, developer and educator

 

Gofrie, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born and raised in Brabant, the Netherlands together with my two older sisters. Together with my husband and two daughters we moved to Curaçao in 2007. Currently our oldest daughter is 21 years old and is in her third year of her study at Maastricht University, our youngest daughter, 17, is in her fifth and last year of highschool at Radulphus College.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
That has become quite a story after all those years. After high school, I followed a training as a management assistant. During my years as a volunteer performing different board functions for the association at a youth center, I noticed that I enjoyed organizing events and the communication surrounding these activities.

Really consciously thinking about and choosing a study that fits your talent and ambitions was not really something that was extensively discussed during my youth. Life went as it came. At the age of 18, I worked for an organization that provided adult education for the business community. Initially in an administrative position, later as coordinator with my own client portfolio. I worked there for 6 years and learned a lot. All the while I kept my weekend jobs in the hospitality industry to earn something extra. During that period, I also attended my first evening courses, first a year of middle management, then project management and later higher management. In 1994-1995 I worked for a year at an international wholesaler to support the commercial manager. That didn't really suit me, and I wanted to do something completely different. I got a diploma as a tour guide and followed a hospitality training so that I could start something for myself. However, that never happened, I went to Spain for a year of working in the hospitality industry. Fantastic time! When I returned in 1996, I worked as a volunteer at an asylum seekers' center and soon I was able to work at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven.


As an employee of the Information Management department, I experienced the merger with other Universities of Applied Sciences, which was a huge job because of the different cultures that had to go together. Internet and email developed at lightning speed, and we were also very conscious of the approaching millennium. After a few years it was time for the next step, and I came to work at the Sustainable City and Regional Development Knowledge Center.


As a "knowledge interface" I was responsible for connecting education with business and government to encourage collaboration. A kind of knowledge broker. Together with Tilburg University, theoretical models were translated into applications in the region and students were involved in the implementation. Thanks to the exchange of knowledge, a great deal has been achieved in that time. The development of new economic pillars in both urban and rural areas was necessary and was therefore a central point. Everyone was open to cooperation and learned from each other's experience and insights. We developed practical tools for applying and monitoring subsidies, additionally we also organized seminars on these subjects. What I learned there was how you can set up public-private partnerships at multiple levels in a difficult context. During those years, I obtained my Facility Management Bachelor's degree in addition to my work. Besides work and education, I also had two little children. But luckily, switching within many areas had become my specialty. It was a dynamic time. In 2006/2007, when I was asked to also provide lessons on sustainable area development for the Leisure Management course, I obtained my teaching qualifications for higher professional education.


At the end of 2007 we came to Curaçao, and after working as a consultant for a year, in 2008 I was given the opportunity as director to design the ‘Kenniscentrum Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven Curaçao’ (KBB).

A great challenge of course, especially as a newcomer on the island. But it worked! Partly thanks to a fantastic board that gave me direction and all the space and recourses to act according to my own insight. Enthusiastic employees were added, and we formed a very dynamic team. We realized ideas that nobody initially believed in, but we succeeded. In addition to training teachers and recognizing training companies, we introduced, for example, EVC, the Talent Competition Curaçao for young people with a talent for technology, developed a Barometer and charted the developments in the labor market with regard to employment for several sectors. 


We have worked really hard and achieved a lot. In total, more than 100 projects were carried out with different partners. However, KBB had to close its doors in 2015 due to the cessation of financing. This is when I started my own project agency, Caribbean Projects. My first major assignment was the position of project leader of the "Work & Entrepreneurship" team within the integrated youth policy program (Youth Development Action Program).

We have placed several important themes on the agenda thanks to researching and publishing data on, among other things, youth unemployment, early school leaving and apprenticeship trajectories. The program stopped after 1.5 years, and the work was continued within the various ministries. I now support organizations from Caribbean Projects with setting up or adapting internal processes where improving efficiency and efficient deployment of employees are leading. Sometimes I am asked to guide someone personally as a coach in such a trajectory. Furthermore, I also provide training related to project management and the renewal of work forms. As a project manager I develop and manage large projects for clients in which training, development and employment form the context.


I recently organized a masterclass in Strategic Talent Management (Folder 2019 part 1 and part 2) which was received very well. This is something I might want to start doing more often. Besides this, I also write articles about management and leadership for Coaching Magazine and as of recently I teach a few hours a week.

We became interested in interviewing you, as you are very involved in upgrading and changing education to meet the needs of the labour market and seem to have a positive mindset. Where did this interest come from?
On the one hand because education and development have always been part of my work in various positions, but also because I know from my own experience that you can always continue to develop. By daring to take new steps and not giving up too quickly if things turn out differently than you expected. I came by many detours to where I am now and not through the more usual "high school - study - career" trajectory. And that's fine. I have always continued to learn, and I have gained a lot of experience thanks to the opportunities I received at different times. I also want to give others these opportunities.

There are so many shortcomings when it comes to the challenges of the labor market, while the solutions do not always have to be complicated. Young people bursting with talent need to be properly supervised and motivated. But if that’s not in place they are often labeled stupid, lazy or as not interested. But that is of course also due to the way in which we offer our education and guidance. We must not forget that attitude is undoubtedly also determined by knowledge and self-confidence.

But I also realize very well that employees must create value for their employer or client. So, it is important for both sides (employer and employee) to give each other a chance and not be afraid of feedback that you can learn from.

You have been involved in KBB and the Action Program Youth Development, what are your most important take-aways from those two projects?
That you must keep your focus. If you allow it, political issues, egos, or ignorance can easily frustrate the success of a project. It is about the results and impact of your project and if you want to fit in the agendas of others too fast you get stuck. Especially with promising and/or successful projects because everyone wants to participate and before you know it, projects will become so large that nobody knows what the original goal was. You get the situation that milestones that are important to a lot of people are "celebrated" while ultimately, they do not contribute to the set goals. What you need is vision, translated into a clear program line and a small, expert implementation team with the right powers and resources.

You have a lot of experience with vocational education and in-company training programs, what has been the most successful project that you have done and why?
Together with others I have initiated and carried out many training courses and coaching programs. The most successful training programs are those where management is willing to change themselves. A major mistake that is often made is that training employees is enough to implement improvements in the organization. That is not true. In fact, it is very demotivating if people are challenged and motivated to develop further during a training and then find out that they are not given the space in the workplace to use that new knowledge and insights. The processes where the framework is open for reflection and change are the most successful!.

What vocational education or in-company training program serves as an example for you and why?
Quality and communication. Throughout my career I have taken courses and attended seminars. Quality training provided insight into the role and responsibility that you have in every larger entity. I once experienced a trainer who only asked questions and then went on to help formulate the answers. Why are you doing this? Why that way? Why is it important? Etc. By forcing people to step out of their routine thinking, you can gain completely new insights. I now also use that knowledge in my own training courses. And talking to experienced professionals who are good for you and who are willing to share their knowledge with you.

What is your BIG WHY or what are your driving motivations to be who you are right now?

My BIG WHY? I love to share, knowledge, power, responsibility, credits ... I really like to make others successful because I believe we all end up better if you do.

What are the challenges you are facing? And how are you dealing with these challenges?
Realizing collaboration. It’s all about collaboration and accepting and utilizing each other's knowledge and talent. It is madness what we see happening everywhere, including on Curaçao. Properly running programs or organizations are thwarted or even stopped and then restarted after a while without using the built knowledge and experiences. Sometimes even without planning implementation capacity. That might be an even bigger challenge; making sure that the work gets done instead of getting stuck on planning and talking. I am very practical and want to move quickly from abstract plans to a realistic implementation plan. It’s a challenge to get everyone involved quickly. But sometimes some processes take more time, so I need to have patience and make sure participants feel okay about the steps that we take. I try to look at myself also through the glasses of the other party to find out where the resistance lies.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? If so, how does that work for you?
When dilemmas come across my path, I take initiative and look at the situation from different perspectives. Sometimes I need time to think carefully about what’s going on, but I always come back to it and then make a choice. I don't mind sharing my doubts with others and I am also able to adjust if that would ultimately be better.

How are you trying to keep up your knowledge and skills levels?
I am not afraid to step out form my ‘comfort zone’ and I continue try new things. Thanks to the different type of my activities I come across different organizations. I learn a lot from clients and the colleagues in projects. I regularly attend lectures and discussion meetings, follow politics and like to read opinion magazines. I have a large network through my work, volunteer work and friends and I am a member of the Dutch Caribbean Economics of which I like to attend lectures. Participants in training courses also quickly share knowledge if they have faith in you. That can be also very inspiring. Thanks to writing for Coaching Magazine and as an editor, I also get contact with local managers who make a difference. For that matter the term Lifelong Learning really applies to me.

What are your strengths?
From a professional point of view, I am good at analyzing problems and translating policy into what needs to be done and I present that into a work form for other people. Thanks to the various environments in which I have worked and still work, I developed a good sense of relationships and sensitivities which, in combination with my organizational capacity, I think is a quite strong side of myself. And I am loyal to my clients and act accordingly. It’s not me to say yes and do no. Some confuse that with naive, but nothing is as destructive as distrust if you ask me.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I like to read a lot. But I also like to be with my family, relatives and friends. Going out like we did in younger days has become less, but I can still enjoy socializing with friends. And I never skip a party like carnival in Curaçao. I like to cycle (MTB), swim regularly, love to read (historical) novels and biographies and follow social debates.


If you would meet a stranger in the bus (let’s say in the Netherlands or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would be you answer?
My name, that I am from Curaçao and what the reason is for being there at that time.

How would you describe yourself in one word or one sentence?
I am a builder and I enjoy working with enthusiastic and creative people, sometimes I take myself a little too seriously, but I also love to laugh together.

Who have inspired you the most in your life and career?
A lot of people inspire me. Sometimes through a passage from a book or an interview, but often during a consultation, discussion or lecture. Often because people make statements that are accompanied by arguments and examples from their own experiences.

Did you always have positive role models, or have you also had people who influenced you because you did not want to identify yourself with them?
Certainly both. I knew at a young age with whom I especially did not want to identify. On the other hand, there are numerous people who opened doors for me, helped me and believed in me. That is very important. Ultimately, you learn something from everyone, whether you want it or not. Every step and every contact with other people contribute to your personality. I am grateful for that.

What are some of the challenges or lessons learned you have encountered in your life when you discovered your talents and strengths? What was a defining moment in your life?
In the time that KBB was forced to shrink and later had to close without proper arguments, I had to force myself to continue to reflect and, above all, to put things into perspective in order to deal with certain things. That was partly successful at the time. I have experienced things that were personally very intense. Fraud, people who function at a high level who lie right to your face or let you down. People who say they support you but behind your back or in company if the cards are different, don’t support you. That "shine sympathy" first surprised me and then caused me a lot of grief. Not long afterwards, due to a little sports accident, I had to physically put my teeth together, it was difficult to get back to myself. But I noticed that I could go on again and did not get stuck in that negative atmosphere. Both your body and your mind are stronger than you think.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
In 20 years, I hope that I still mean something within my professional field, but the role that I often fulfill now will probably be replaced by that of coach or supervisor. It would be nice if I could still share my experiences with the new generations.

What would you want your loved ones, family, friends, and others have to say about you in let’s say 25 years from now?
That we have shared and passed on many loving and beautiful moments together.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The young generation and the enormous resilience of the people on the island. I hope that real work is now being done on plans to give more young people with talent the space and influence in managing our island. For them to look at economic and social themes with a fresh perspective, but above all to adapt education to the needs and possibilities of today

If you want to contact Gofrie got to:
Website: caribbean-projects.com/
Recent projects: caribbean-projects.com/projecten/
Account Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/feed/
KBB projects: docplayer.nl/15045542-Projecten-kenniscentrum-beroepsonderwijs-bedrijfsleven-Curaçao.html
APJO: www.desaroyodihubentut.cw/
CHATA project: klapaturismo.com/ 

 

Gofrie van Lieshout is a dynamic multi-facetted person representing the business and educational sector as business owner of “Caribbean Projects”. She is a project manager, coach, writer of articles and editor of Coaching Magazine, a developer and manager of projects for clients in which training, development and employment form the context. As an advocate of life-long learning, being one herself, some of our economic and social themes where are dealing with right now, could be dealt with from a fresh perspective, according to Gofrie, if young people with talent were given the space and influence in managing our island. This should ultimately lead to the adaption of education to the needs and possibilities in a 21st century world. She has the unique ability to analyze problems and translating policy into what needs to be done into a work form for other people. This, thanks to the various environments in which she has worked and still works. We love and respect Gofrie for the work she is doing and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Tips
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on resilience, routines and success habits. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

RESILIENCE ~ Hard Times Motivation ft. Eric Thomas ᴴᴰ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9necB7hjC8&t=6s

 

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WINNERS - BEST CHAMPIONS ADVICE - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7DWWwdPDgk

 

10 Morning Routine Habits of Successful People - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifGg5JykgQo

 

10 Morning Habits Geniuses Use To Jump Start The Brain | Jim Kwik - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sGyNx44Xw4

 

Daily Disciplines - Tony Robbins | Brian Tracy | Jim Rohn (Discipline Series) - Daily motivation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MuBllG_OSY

 

THE WAKE UP CALL | You Will Stop Wasting Any More Time - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=khN2ZlPLjFs

 

 


Influencer Kamlawatie de Haas, Workshop on emotion in February 2020 and this week tips

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Kamlawatie 'Kamla' de Haas, we will invite you for our next workshop in Papiamentu “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 2nd of February 2020 and we will share with you some valuable tips related to “Inner Peace”. Every day of the week we will share with you one of the video links also on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Kamlawatie de Haas: at peace and powerful

 

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a mom of 2 kids(twins) and I have through my adopted family, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Through my biological parents, I have 18 other brothers and sisters. I was raised by my adopted parents. I was born in Surinam and grew up in Holland. When I was 40 years old, I met my biological father for the first time in the woods of Surinam. I finally felt “home”. As I grew up in Holland I always, since I was a young child, felt a connection with Africa, the food, the dances, the colors, the clothes, the people and my biological father lived in the jungle, so when we met, I got a much better understanding of where this link with Africa came from. Surinam was “my” Africa, I encoutered it there and then. Before that moment, I wasn’t aware of this. In that sense, I recognized part of me then, that is where “I connected with me roots”.

 

Were your parents supportive in whom you have become right now?
Well, yes and no. I claimed my freedom to be whom I am now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they supported me in that journey.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are a busy person?
After I had finished secundary school, I went to the Dance Academy; I have studied Interior Decoration; I have studied to become a management secretary; I am a 2 time certified a life coach and as part of my spiritual path, I have studied just to name a view Reiki, Munay-ki, energy/aura work, Systemic work, Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT), certified Emotion code facilitator TIFF provider and participated in many other courses/worshops.

 

What does systemic work mean?
We all are part of a system, a familiy is a system, a partnership is a system, your workspace & friendship is a system. All of our unconscious behavior, beliefs and patterns stem from our systemic background. We all have systems that work for us and against us. Systemic work gives insight in your systems, dynamic and patterns. It brings healing and understanding to know and recognize your own system.

 

How long have you been a Life Coach?
Well, I coach people since I was 12 years old, for 7 years now I charge people for my coaching service. My company name is ‘Splendid Coaching.’

 

So you must be an old soul?
Yes, I am. Via regression therapy I have gained an idea of some of my past lifes. After I had done that, I had a much better understanding of myself. Parts of the puzzle I was dealing with, it brought me clarity.

 

What are your goals?
My business and personal goal are basically the same. That is: “..To enable as many people as possible to be their truth, speak their truth and live their own truth...”.

 

What does sucess means to you personally?
I define success as to be at ease with whatever is presented and being non-judgemental when it presents itself.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I believe that purpose nowadays is very overrated. I define my purpose as: “to be fully myself”.

Meaning that whatever crosses my path, I can fully show up as me, to be at ease with whatever is presented on my journey called “life”.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Life in itself is a challenge, day by day; step by step; breath by breath. I can understand that and I stick with it, instead of issuing coping strategies or complain like: “why me or poor me”. I try to first have awareness of what is coming in. An emotion is a message from my body, I ask myself what do I need to see or learn from this and then respond in the most effective way possible. And sometimes that means no response at all.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I listen very good to my body. I first sit with it,when something comes up.

Tune into my intuition and take the most logical simple step.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Through the books that I read, through videos, connections with other people, through life itself and through nature.

 

What are your strengths?
I easily make a real connection with people and I can feel and sense somebody. I am a good listener.

I am humble and I constantly try to stay and be “in the present” and show up without judgement. I can also let people be whom they want to be/are.

 

What do you mean with that, let them be whom they want to be?
Well, I can show up as a loving presence and I can easily give people the space that they need. Not everybody is able to do just that, giving other people space.

 

What is a trait that is “work in progress” for you and that you really want to improve?
My stubborness. I can be very stubborn at times, which has its positives sometimes and sometimes its negatives. That’s where my ‘taurus’ kicks in.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to dance, I love music and I love observing people. I can observe people all day long.

 

If you as Kamlawatie 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?
Most of the time I will say: I am Kamla, I am at your service, tell me about yourself.

You know that Kamlawatie means “White Lotus” and in fact it represents my life up to now very well. A lotus starts growing from the mud and develops itself in a beautiful fower. In fact, that is how I feel my life has been up to now, I am this flower now.

 

How would you describe Kamlawatie in one word or one sentence?
At peace and powerful.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life and career?
People in general and not one specifically, but many people you talk to, induce new insights and wisdom when you talk to them.

 

Where do you want to be 20 years from now with your career?
I want to embody more truth, be more me.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
We are glad she exists.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I am optimistic, because we have the power and we can create a Curaçao as amazing as we want.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Own your strength, live it, use it and be it. Furthermore we need each other to create impactful transformations in all walks of life. Nobody can do it alone, so work together, learn together and support one another.

 

For more information of Kamlawatie de Haas, Certified Holistic Life Coach & Certified TIFF Provider go to:
E: splendidcoaching@gmail.com

W: www.kamlacoach.com * Honor the wisdom inside yourself *

Whatsapp-+5999-5117871 whatsapp only

• She has launched 45 episodes in 2 podcasts. Curious go to

soundcloud.com/user-407713971 and soundcloud.com/user-189443244

• She has an excellent tool to give you more insight in your own behavior, making it possible to safe energy and become your own self and communicate more effectively. If you want to know more call and make an appointment to make you TIFF profile.

• If you are interested in a system approach regarding your family in January 2020 send Kamlawatie an email splendidcoaching@gmail.com and just mention Yes I am willing.

 


Kamlawatie de Haas is a Holistic life coach and much more than that. She uses her life and professional experiences, to enable as many people as possible to be their truth, speak their truth and live their own truth. Using her vast life experiences and ever increasing tools she has mastered over the years, she is able to teach her clients to become their own self and communicate more effectively. Her emotional and spiritual intelligence makes her unique. As CEO of “Splendid Coaching” we consider her a representative of the business sector. Her work is totally aligned with the Share2uplift goals as she firmly believes in collaboration as she concludes our interview saying: “We need each other to create impactful transformations in all walks of life. Nobody can do it alone, so work together, learn together and support one another.” We have a close collaboration with Kamla and we definitely love and respect her and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 

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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Tips
This week we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Peace of Mind”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

How to Find Peace of Mind - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi6vvhXfScU

 

Peace of Mind - Inspirational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoFKyPV4de8

 

How can I get real peace? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vReWdfg2cM8

 

DANDAPANI : How To Control Your Mind (USE THIS to Brainwash Yourself) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYfYmYbp7C4

 

Eckhart Tolle's Exercise to Find True Inner Peace | A New Earth | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyQqYJHnyq8

 

Finding Inner Peace In a Fearful World | Oprah's Life You Want Weekend | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFxbI-lxEs