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Influencer Carlo Monsanto, Webinar and this week tips

Posted on March 23, 2020 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (6)

In this week’s blog (23rd – 29th of March) we will resume our interviews, after cancellations of planned interviews due to the corona-virus.
We will interview Carlo Monsanto. We will invite you for an on-line free webinar Carlo Monsanto is offering especially for those in the educational sector in these troubled times in Papiamento. Uplifting BV will co-facilitate this webinar. We will share with you some motivational videos on resilience. Every day in the week we will upload one of the videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Carlo Monsanto: original thinker, visionary, conscious evolution teacher

 

 

Could you share with us some information about your family life?
I am married, have one daughter and two step sons. I have one brother in The Netherlands, and my mother lives in Curaçao. My parents, to a certain extent, were supportive in whom I have become. They didn’t fully understand my life-purpose, vision, and mission.
I was born in the Amsterdam, Netherlands and I grew up and have lived, most of my childhood, and adolescence in Curaçao. I went to Maria Goretti Kleuterschool, St Fransiscus College, Mgr Zwijsen College, and the technical faculty of the University of the Netherlands Antilles (now University of Curaçao). I worked in Curaçao as a computer technician and consultant, before I started traveling. Since then, I have lived in the Republic of Panama, The Netherlands, again in Curaçao from 2006 through 2009, and 2012 through 2013, and United States, and since 2018 I live in Medellin - Columbia. I come from a multi-cultural and multi religious family with a mixed jewish and christian religuous backgrounds, which has made unity in diversity something, that I considered normal.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experience, which has led to the work that you are doing now?
I was trained in electronics as an engineer. I wasn’t happy of the educational system as such, as it was purely academic. I gravitated more towards exploring life experientally.
My search in life, started around age 9. I explored emotions to find out what they caused in me. I explored this through touch, visually, sound, and through other senses. When I was around 11 to 12 years old, I wanted to more deeply explore the spiritual side of life. I wanted to engage in comtemplative practices, but when my parents refused, continued my training in martial arts, among which Judo, and Tae Kwondo. When I was around 21 years old, I decided to start working in Curaçao and soon after that, at age 23, I moved to Panama (1983) to further my personal and professional exploration. During the period of 2.5 years that I lived in Panama, I mostly concentrated on studying ancient texts, seeking after the meaning of life. Experiential learning had become the new normal, which helped me discover my calling. After moving to the Netherlands (1986), I did my non traditional training in health science (BA) and ayurvedic psychophysiology (MS). Several years of research and development in both The Netherlands and India, further shaped the basis of my current work. During those early years I practiced Yoga, and since I returned to Curaçao (2006), I started the practice of Qi gong, which I am currently combining with the practice of Wudang Tai Chi. All of this leans towards experientially exploring the body, mind and spirit. During this period in my life, the conscious side of my development drove my academic training, research, and work in systematizing discoveries that relate to experiencing life, from the inside out.

During my research in the 90’s, my main question was: “..Why do people have to work so hard to become what they already are..?” It was during this period that I made a 180 degree shift in my perspective, starting not from perceiving, structuring and managing the limitations in life, but from observing how life emerges from the depths of our being, and “how” limitations that block this from happening, can be effortlessly “integrated”, thus promoting conscious evolution, including physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

As a research scholar affiliated with the Ronin Institute (USA), you have studied so many different disciplines, where does this drive come from?

This stems from my childhood, wherein I was drawn to exploring many different aspects relating to living, which then grew into my more formal research of conscious evolution, both as an orginal thinker, inventor, scholar, and researcher. My research included the exploration of disciplines such as process philosophy, complex adaptive systems theory, psychology, and psychophysiology, and other scientific perspectives, but also various wisdom traditions, contemplative and health cultivation systems from different cultures. I consider this transdisciplinairy work the basis of my current work. From an early age, my parents wanted me to follow a more traditional educational path, but I chose to do it my way, from a very young age onwards.

 

How do you develop your work as a social entrepreneur?
 In order to spread the work, which involved the development and training in the use of a new open learning framework for conscious evolution called – IOLEE – Inside Out Learning Experience Ecosystem, we founded - IOLEE ECOSYSTEM - in New York state. This venture is just part of the journey, which incorporates contributions of an increasing number of people. Apart from our for profit corporation, we are also in the process of evolving different non profit organizations, among other places in Curaçao, The Netherlands and India, so that we can cater to differing needs for social change in different cultural contexts. In order to create a sustainable business model, we are going to increasingly use the for profit side to fund social and educational programs. We are guiding these processes towards operationalization.

 

Do you have any people employed?
We don’t work with employees, but we train a growing number of facilitators and trainers, who work as part of our network. They all contribute to our joint cause.

 

We know you to be a very pro-active person. We have known each other for some years and you have always been involved in promoting personal well-being as an original thinker, complementing more traditional routes. Where does this come from?
Well-being is part of my life purpose, which is: “...to empower individuals and communities towards conscious evolution and wholeness.

 

What is the difference between what IOLEE offers compared with Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and approaches that are directed towards well-being?
IOLEE as an open learning framework for conscious evolution offers an intrinsic language of emotions framework, which guides you in better understanding your inner world. You’ll understand how everything you feel, think and sense are transparently interconnected as processes. And these processes relate to behaving, communicating, acting, and other objective processes. It lays the ground-work for seeing life from the first-person, which is the perspective that we were born into. It also lays a basis for educational practices such as Social Emotional Learning. Educational experiences focus on offering structured tasks that can be measured in terms of their objectives. From an IOLEE perspective we start from the emergence of life, looking at how life wells up from a potential within, which is greater then yourself, guiding all fysiological, mental, and emotional processes towards a dynamic balance. These processes continuously adjust to complex external and internal circumstances, weather changes, what others say to you, what you eat, the feelings that arise in contact with different situations. Hence, working with a team of researchers in Japan, China and India, have made it clear that this opens up many new opportunities for research, which merge the experiential with the purely scientific. Within the framework we refer to medical research, complex adaptive systems theory, educational theory, psychology, but also to the process view of age-old wisdom traditions and health cultivation systems.

 

You are very internationally oriented, where does this come from?
Whether it was traveling with my parents to Venezuela and Colombia from Curaçao with the Ferry, or moving at age 23 to Panama, The Netherlands, and afterwards to the United States. Throughout my life, traveling was the norm. Apart from being a Dutch citizen, having been raised, in the European and American continents, I am also a citizen of India, a resident of the USA, and of Colombia. It will therefore not sound strange that I have been equally in tune with the planetary level as well as the local level. Everything is and always has been interconnected since the beginning of time, but in Curaçao we have lost touch with this until now. When we go back in the history of Curaçao it was always more internationally oriented, connected with other countries. I guess increasing individualization has contributed to all nations becoming more segragated, until now...

 

Recently you attended an international conference on “well-being” in India. Am I correct? In this conference, could you notice a shift from the more externally oriented approaches to well-being, towards the more internally (emergence) oriented approach that IOLEE proposes?
What I saw there was an organization that wanted to shift towards holistic well-being in education, but looking from the same old externally oriented frame-of-mind. Overly structuring, wanting to measure outcomes, creating change teams to bring about planned changes. Not allowing space for the connection between participants to emerge through spontaneous heartfelt connection. So my role there was, to bring forth questions that made us all think about the perspective from where we can observe wellbeing as a process of harmonizing our understanding of the world, with the understanding of self. By asking these crucial questions, I hope participants will sooner or later self-discover the answer.

 

And when do you consider that you have been successfull in your business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
If I have helped a critical mass to expand their perspective to include their inner world. I consider myself a Yu Di Korsou and as such I would like to first help grow this proces in Curaçao and the other islands of the Dutch Caribbean, as a basis for the whole Caribbean region and beyond. I do not limit my thinking, that is why I work from a global perspective.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I go back to when I was 9 years old, which is when I became aware that there was something greater then I that was guiding me towards realizing a greater purpose, vison and mission, which I didn’t yet understand. It was a key period in my life. It is at that age when I had vivid intuitive visuals of what I am currently realizing.

 

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with the same?
The challenge is tunneling a vast amount of knowlegde and experiences that the framework stands for, in such a way that it becomes easily accessible to the majority of people, education, scholars, and researchers.
How do I deal with this challenge? Well I am working with a busines strategist to create viable ways in which IOLEE can serve different populations, ranging from individuals, educators to corporate leaders, to teams and communities.

 

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I always let myself be guided by my intuition, using what I feel, think and how I act to serve this inner voice. There is no specific practice involved, just a deeper understanding of self. And I use Qi Gong, Tai Chi or other comtemplative, system and other practices to support this more Emergent way of living and guiding myself and others towards a dynamic balance, inside and out.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
As need arises, I develop the required skills. I keep on learning every day.

 

What are your strengths?
Perseverance, using my intuition, and teaching, and guiding internally, using various skills.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have been passionate about photography since my teen years. As an example, I joined the photo club at Peter Stuyvesant College, around my 15th year, and later also joined activities at the photo club at Radulphus College. My other passion, which has overtaken photography, is videography and editing.

 

If you (as Carlo) would meet a stranger in the bus (let’s say in The Netherlands or the United States) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
I would answer that I am a research scholar and professional. As a professional I assist individuals and groups to come in touch with whom they are and harmonize their lives with that self understanding, harmonizing the external with the internal.

 

How would you describe Carlo in one word or one sentence?
An original thinker and research scholar who explores and teaches about life from where it arizes, causing present moment awareness and wholeness.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have always been inspired by little things in life and how people behave, act and how they relate what they feel. I have chosen not to follow one idol or person. I firmly believe in being authentic and grounded in life itself.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I guess evolving how I communicate and my business skills.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I was 42, when I saw and became aware of what I had to do next to grow this important work. Different from when I was 9 years old, I could share this with like-minded friends. What’s more, I exchanged with like-minded practitioners from different disciplines, as to grow by getting to know their perspectives. This encouraged me to follow my journey.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I would have contributed in the evolving education and research, enriching it with more of the experiential aspects of learning that IOLEE relates to, creating a basis for social change, and social emotional development in all human beings. I know that is a grand vision, but I guess we ought to set our goals high in order to work towards it.

 

What do you think your loved ones, family, friends and others will say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“Okay ... now we get what you have been working towards ....now we get it!”

 

Curaçao has now been shut down because of the presence of the Corona virus. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao and humanity in general?
What I would like to say to fellow people from Curaçao is, that the “corona virus” is here to teach us something. It brings us in contact with our own inner fears, blocks, burnings, heat which are expressions of undigested feelings. These are the emotions, that have not been faced and processed at the time they were created by trauma in early childhood and afterwards. Those that are guided by these feelings, may feel trapped and fall pray to feelings of isolation and depression. Those whom are guided by their interest to grow, exploring well-being, will seek ways to grow from this “corona virus”- crisis. Our on-line programs that we will organize with Uplifting BV, will be geared towards this learning and growing experience.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would sincerely like to contribute to the community in Curaçao, that which I have learned about how to cultivate understanding self, well-being, evolving emergence of life, and how we relate to self and others. Evolving not only our society in Curaçao, the islands of the Dutch Caribbean, and all communities in the Caribbean, and beyond.

One of the 250 Influencers
Carlo Monsanto is an authentic original thinker, scholar and conscious evolution teacher that at the age of 9 got a clear vision of what his purpose in life would be. He was trained in electronics as an engineer, but wasn’t happy of the educational system as such, as it was purely academic while he gravitated more towards exploring life “experientially”. Carlo never stopped exploring the road less travelled, as he practiced on the one hand Yoga, Qi gong, combining this with the practice of Wudang Tai Chi, all of this leaning towards experientially exploring the body, mind and spirit. On the other hand, he also explored the conscious side of his development that drives his academic training, research, and work up until this day. In systematizing discoveries that relate to experiencing life, from the inside out, he is now one of the leaders in the world in his field. As he is still on the path to realize his purpose in life that is “...to empower individuals and communities towards conscious evolution and wholeness…” starting from Curaçao, he is definitely influencing an increasing number of people in Curaçao and the rest of the Dutch Caribbean, the Caribbean and beyond. We deeply love and respect Carlo and consider him one of the 250 Influencers in Curaçao, representing the Educational and Spiritual sector.

 

Next upcoming event on the 24th of March
Our next event will be a webinar that is offered by Carlo Monsanto, starting on the 24th of March.
Title: “Evolushon Personal, kresementu emoshonal mei mei di un krisis mundial”
Time: 2 - 3 pm local time in Curacao or EDT (US).
Charges: Free
Language: Papiamentu
Subscribtion via this link bit.ly/iolee-webinar1

 

This is the first of a series that Carlo will be offering on the Inside Outside Learning Framework (IoLee) on-line and Uplifting BV will co-facilitate this webinar. This webinar will be directed especially towards those working in the educational sector, but all others that are interested, are most welcome. In the near future, we will be working more often on-line as this will become the new normal in the world.
In this webinar Carlo will expand on how one can grow in the midst of a world wide crisis.
Visit the event page.

Carlo Monsanto
International Director
Educational Consultant

IOLEE ECOSYSTEM

hq: 10411 120TH St., S. Richmond HL, NY 11419, USA
Research: Circular 4 #73-64, Medellín, Colombia
E-mail: carlo.monsanto@iolee.life
Website: www.iolee.life

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Consultant
Weaving System Shifting Networks
Website: www.networkweaver.com

 

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Research Scholar

Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship
127 Haddon Place
Montclair, NJ 07043-2314
Tel: +1-(609) 791-9779
E-mail: carlo.monsanto@ronininstitute.org
Website: www.ronininstitute.org

 

 


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


 

Resilience - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw2OEKAHIhM

 

RESILIENT - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdjHG_bGKhk

 

InBrief: The Science of Resilience - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r8hj72bfGo

 

How Children and Adults Can Build Core Capabilities for Life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NehuwDA45Q

 

Boost Resilience: Take Charge of the Inner Critic & Inner Worrier | Jane Shure | TEDxWilmingtonSalon - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX6E1KT2bLU

 

Resilience - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF2hQ0XLf6U

 

Building Resilience: 5 Ways to a Better Life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPMqMJMiBiA

 

 


Influencer Elly Hellings and this week motivational tips

Posted on March 8, 2020 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (6)

In this week’s blog (9th – 15th of March) we will interview Elly Hellings and we will share with you some motivational videos on Ikigai a Japanese concept of finding your purpose. Every day we will upload one on our Facebook Page.

Influencer Elly Hellings: intermediary,
deep sense of justice and solidarity


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

I am married and we have a son of 11 years old. Both my parents have passed away, but they have played a significant role in who I am now. I was born and raised in a traditional roman Catholic farmer's family in Brabant, the Netherlands. My mother was a very caring and helpful person. My father taught me honesty and taught me to always look people right into their eyes. Those influences allways stayed with me. I have a twin sister, she is totally different from me, although we are very close to each other. I was the only one in my family who went to university, broke the traditional circle and went to live outside the Netherlands.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I have studied Sociology, Cultural Sciences at Tilburg University and Information Sciences at the Wageningen University, between 1986 and 1992 In those days the Third World country their challenges were high on the international agenda. My plan was to either do work to support those in need in developing countries, or work in the Netherlands for an organization involved in developing aid or education about the situation in developing countries To write my thesis I stayed for 7 months in Zimbabwe studying income generating projects for women. I’ve always had a deeply rooted sense for justice and solidarity, in the sense that I would help to alleviate those whom don’t have it easy. When I had finalized my studies in 1992, the economy was in a recession. So it wasn’t easy to find a job in the Netherlands I gave myself 1 year to find a job related to what I had studied for, in the meantime I was involved different kind of voluntary work. In my first paid job I ended up to be a policy advisor dealing with “emancipation matters of minorities from non-western cultural background and Women emancipation” at the Municipality of Venlo. In 1999 I came to Curaçao and started working at the Antillean Federation for Youth Care (FAJ) I have worked there for almost 15 years and gradually started working for myself as an entrepreneur, doing what I do best.

 

How did you started as an entrepreneur?
Well, I was approached one day to write a projectplan for the Roman Catholic School board. I started my own company Indigo Blue and as the years went by. I started lowering my hours for FAJ from 40 hours a week to eventually 20 hours a week and the rest of my working hours I was working on assignments I got as an entrepreneur. About seven years ago I became a fulltime entrepreneur. I’m more like a generalist, and work on different types of assignments.I do a lot of applied social scientific research, for instance measuringthe impact of social projects, answering questions like “what is the real value added” of these projects. I was doing Project- and Program Management on social projects, have taught Research Skills at the University of Curaçao, write policy reports, research reports and project proposals. I’m happy with the diversity, basically, in a certain way, these projects just crossed my path and it was great to do those kinds of projects, because it is what I actually love to do.

 

We know you to be a very pro-active, business like person and one of the experts on writing project documents to leverage social changes on the island. Where does your business and pro-active mindset come from?
I believe that just by doing and through being asked to do this kind of work, I discovered that I had the ability to do so. The projects I helped preparing had a high success rate in being financed by donors from government or non-government organizations. It inspires me to function as an intermediary matching the need of an organization to the requirements of donors, therefore helping to finance worthwhile programs and/or projects., I am good in the Dutch language, know what is happening in the field, in the NGO’s and the society at large.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels? You have told us a couple of years before that you have been attending courses in Canada aimed at increasing your impact in Curaçao. Are you still following these courses and are you still member of this collective network?
I am a member of different collective networks and I follow them via internet on-line. Very often they have a newsletter, I focus on what is new in terms of research tools and youth development. From time to time I attend courses. The last couple of years I ended up in Canada in a collective impact network that teaches people and organizations in the field how to actually lead change in the society, for instance on poverty or youth development. I’m not intentionally looking for courses and conferences, it’s more organic in a way to have your eyes and ears open for new developments and jump on the really interesting ones.

 

You are also a correspondent of entrepreneur as I have read an interview you had with Marie-Louise Schoop in Entrepreneur, what do you try to achieve with this involvement?
Well I have written articles in Coach for years in the past, but due to lack of time now I only write articles for Entrepreneur. I interview those entrepreneurs whom had received a financial loan from Qredits. I hope it inspires others to do likewise.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Well, as I said before, I have this big sense for justice and solidarity. I feel privileged in life how I was able to developed myself and reach certain goals. I want to be meaningful and feel an urge to positively influence developments in the society.
I do this by deliberately choosing to support the underdog in our society. There are all kinds of groups or individuals, who are vulnerable and do not get equal possibilities, like some youth or those with a mental or physical handicap, that can use a push to help them move forward. This urge has always been there. I can still remember that when I was 10 years old, I went to the monastery of the “Zusters van Schijndel” to write letters for Amnesty International expressing my opinion on injustices happening in the world on human rights. So this is my “WHY”?

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with?
I am of the opinion that I see too many people still working from their ego and doing things to personally benefit from this. I consider solidarity and public interest in society has to come first.

 

And how are you dealing with this challenge?
I always try to be my authentic self and if it really doesn’t work to be able to do this, I will walk away. Like in the Netherlands,my career started as a civil servant and after I had worked for 6 years as a civil servant I decided to quit my job after several solidarity dilemmas. At that time,  I realized working as a civil servant in a political environment did not suit me very well.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I use my gut and feeling. If I don’t take my gut or feeling serious, when things go wrong, it is like it tells me: “I told you so”. This has taught me, to trust my gut and feelings and accepting that I don’t need to explain this rationally.

 

What are your strengths?
I am honest, good at listening and very empathically to other people. I like to do things from the other person’s perspective and not in first instance from my own perspective. Furthermore, I’ve strong analytical abilities. In my Reiss- personality test that I have done, I came out to be extremely structured, but also being extremely flexible.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
My work of course as I have explained and when you love your work there aren’t any limitations in terms of working hours and weekends. But I would say I also love to cook. I work a lot from home and use cooking as an enjoyable breakpoint. Furthermore I like traveling.

 

If you as Elly would meet a stranger in the bus ( the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would say: “Hello, I am Elly”. I remember my last holiday when me and my family were in New York in a bus and I was asked by a man to sit beside him. I accepted that invitation. I listened to his stories and responded in a friendly and open manner. He was mentally instable and my son asked me why did I do that. I answered that I believe that you should be open, genuinely interested and friendly towards any other human being you meet.

 

How would you describe Elly in one word or one sentence?
A creative person, very engaged in the challenges in our society. I can really dig deep into myself and go some extra miles if I consider something to be unjust.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
It might sound very cliche, but Nelson Mandela is such person for me. I have personally met him as I was chairperson of the South-Africa platform fighting “Apartheid” which I joined after having lived in Zimbabwe. He is a very special person that although he had gone through so many personal hardships, kept his eye on this higher goal, and used these hardships to transform them into something positive for his country.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Patience, “..pashenshi...”

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The birth of my son, becoming a mother wasn’t something that I expected to happen anymore. And you know, children are like a mirror to you. My son has so many traits that my husband and I also have. He is very strongminded. But on the other hand I also appreciate and love this trait in my son.

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
I would hope that I won’t be needing to work as hard as I work now. I would almost be 70 years old by then and hope to be healthy and still active.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I hope that they would have good memories about me, it doesn’t have to be something big nor beautiful, it could be something small.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
First of all I am an optimistic person by nature. I always see the glass as being half full and always see opportunities. I always believe that things can be undertaken and steps can be taken to change things in a more positive direction. I am relentless in this otherwise, if I didn’t have the ability to see what is possible, I would become a frustated and sour person quickly. That is true according to me on a personal level and on the country level, “that is life”.

 
More info on Elly Hellings:
www.indigoblueconsult.com/

Elly Hellings can best be described as someone that is making use of her unique talent and gift, to be an intermediary between donors and organizations applying for funds. This unique talent and gift, she uses to leverage developments in the society, by deliberately and consistently choosing for the underdog in our society. Her innate sense for justice and solidarity has driven her to understand the requirements of donors at the one hand and at the other side the needs of the organizations trying to help those in our society that need help the most. She has been exceptionally successful in terms of approval rates for projects that were funded by donors. For Elly it is also about real change. As a consultant and scholar she also helps clients by offering project management services and help to measure the impact of policies, program and projects implemented. Her sense of justice and solidarity makes her a beacon of integrity in a world and society with lots of injustices, inequality and special interests, contrary to what she stands for namely: justice, equality and solidarity towards the whole. We deeply love and respect Elly and as a member of the business sector, we definitely consider Elly one of the 250 Influencers 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.

 

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

How to find your purpose in 3min - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhuGMV2CEbI

 

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Vf8NiqSu8

 

THE 10 LAWS OF IKIGAI (Ikigai Wisdom 1) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A7msOc5MR8

 

Nobody cares about your passion: Find your Ikigai - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vCf4XNEBq6k

 

Finding Your Life Purpose with Ikigai - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA1biMRa9pw

 

WHAT IS: Ikigai - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ5Srezh190

Influencer Miguel Goede,This week tips

Posted on March 2, 2020 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Miguel Goede. We will share as usual some motivational videos on social emotional learning. Every day we will upload one on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Dr. Miguel Goede: scholar, author, trendwatcher and enabler

 

Could you share with us some information about your family life?
I do not like to talk about myself. But let us share this, I am married and have two children a son and a daughter. I have two brothers and one sister. My mother is still with us. My father past away. My parents are our role models. We were stimulated to study, become good at what we do and be (small)leaders. Currently, I am finishing the editing of the autobiography of our father. He wrote the book in 2004. I past over in 2016. It is inspiring to read his life lessons. His message is about family and doing good. Before we gained any consciousness he was a labor leader in the field of education and in politics. He abandoned all that for the children.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur? And what kind of business are you exactly in now? Do you have your own company and what is its name?
I have a Ph.D. in Governance. I have masters in political science and public administration. I have been a civil servant, management consultant, university professor and chancellor. I have my own consultancy from 2001, I started just before leaving Arthur Andersen (AA). I operate under the brands Goede Consultants 5.0 and the virtual University of Governance 5.0. I also facilitated a virtual think tank 5.0. At AA I learned to work globally and virtually. I also became an expert on strategy and change management. Still, I am not a commercial consultant by choice. In Curaçao, you need to sell your soul for a job and mine is not for sale.

You have always been very active in triggering macro topics on the island since 1997 and further, like on the 20th of February the 2020 looking back and looking into the future and also trying to put corporate governance on the national agenda, you have been consistent in your efforts. What is the driving force to do this?
This a gift I have. I am just doing what I have to do. These events do not cost me much energy, time or money. To be good at what I do, I constantly read, follow the news, read reports, and reflect to dissect the trends. We wrote it 2020 in 1997. I was in my thirties. We thought we co-create this vision for Curaçao and work to materialize it. We did what we could but many didn’t understood what we were about. In 2019 we decided that in 2020 we would look back. While working on the project I had to make a big effort to involve the next generation. There is no bridge between the two. I have constructed a small one. It is the task of those who are now in their thirties to create the vision 2030. I am facilitating the process. I hope they will learn from the past. Their task is not easy. As I explain in my book Society 5.0, there are huge challenges ahead.

 

We have come to understand that you are also an author, how many books have you written up to now and where can we find or buy your latest book Society 5.0 ”We and I” and why have you written this book?
I have been thinking about this matter from the days of the late Wim de Vrijer, one of my dear mentors who died several years ago. He used to visit me every Saturday. He never missed an appointment. He always taught us about “We” and “I”. Last summer in Europe, I started buying and reading books and writing at the same time. On 02.02.2020 I launched the book.

In this book, I explain the current global crisis, and how we should reconstruct society in response to it, and why. I do not have all the answers, but simply want to contribute to the discussion about solving the crisis and transforming society. I start by explaining the crisis we are facing. This involves exploring what the signals are and showing that climate change is probably the key signal that manifests itself in other signals. This is followed by explaining that the neoliberal market is the cause of this crisis. The neoliberal ideology has eroded all values and undermined social cohesion. We then move on to the exploration of the phenomena of the market versus society and government, focusing on how the neoliberal ideology (market rationale) infiltrated all the Three Domains (government, civil society, and private sector). This is supported by an analysis of the corporation as the main actor in the neoliberal world. The analysis demonstrates that the corporation if it were human, would be qualified as a psychopath, which poses the question as to whether it can be cured.

The discussion then moves on to consider how neoliberalism, in the form of corporations and their lobbyists, is threatening democracy; and how this creates opportunities for populists and other less democratic structures. These are global phenomena, not limited to any one part of the world. The question that arises is whether these divides are useful in this one world. Will smart cities resolve our problems? How will the younger and older generations collaborate to improve the world? Of what relevance will religion be in the future? What is the new society 5.0? Is it the world of purposeful organizations? And how will we get there? Will the corporation be able to adapt to the changed circumstances?|

This book is a follow-up on Curaçao 3.0, Mindset 3.0 and Caribbean 3.0.
3.0 is about the 4th industrial revolution and smart city and nation. In 5.0, I argue that we need to fundamentally need to transform the balance between “We” and “I”. Between “corporations” and “humans”.

The problem is that everything is market, money-driven. Money is the only value left. The new generation has to find out that materialism will bring us to the cliff at the end of humanity. The earth will survive anyhow.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I want to accomplish my life mission and use my gifts. I do not know what my mission is exactly, but by being on my journey, I will get there. I try to listen to find out more about my mission. They say that your passion shows your mission, so I keep doing what I like. That is hosting these meetings and trying to connect generations because the two do not like to talk with each other.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
The challenge is to find space to do my thing. There is a lot of obstruction or lack of cooperation. Curaçao society is challenging. Collaboration is not our strength. On the other hand, we envy others. This envy leads to the destruction of the one we envy. Character assassination is the weapon of choice.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I usually make decisions before going to bed and confirm this in the morning when I wake up. I must be careful not the overthinking. I am also working to listen to my heart. Many of us do not do that.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I constantly read, write, discuss and organize events. I travel and during travel I read and write. I usually start my publications that way.

 

What are your strengths?

Well we just mentioned some in the answers to questions you asked, but I can also say: I am an analyst who can implement.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I like sports, I like to swim, bike, run, movies, reading, websites, social media. I like plants and my family.

 

If you as Miguel would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Norway or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Miguel Goede. Often I try to explain a little about myself, but it does not make much sense to myself (ha,ha,ha). I should have a commercial elevator pitch to get business, but I still do not have one.

 

How would you describe Miguel in one word or one sentence?
Rich in the sense of abundance, complex and deep. I can entertain myself.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I am not a fan of anyone. But to name a few: Roel in ‘t Veld, Paul Frissen, Wim de Vrijer and many others. My father, brothers and friends.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Making others use my skills and talents. I am not good at selling myself and my projects.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Marriage, becoming a father. Getting my Ph.D. Getting fired for no reason and stay in court for seven years. Many people have no idea what this does to a person. I have written a book about it. I do not propagate the book. It is a book for later. When everybody has forgotten about what happened. One of the subtitles is: “Prohibi pa lubida”

 

Where do you want to be five years from now with your career and personally?
I have constant work and be in a position where I can choose from what projects I will take. These projects are my hobby.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He made life understandable and easy and hence enjoyable.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Hope and Curaçao is an interesting object of study, a living lab. And virtually I can work all over the world..

 

 

Contact information:
www.miguelgoede.com
Upcoming conference: Vision Curacao 2030 on 30.03.2020

 

Miguel Goede is a scholar and author of different books and peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is also a trendwatcher and enabler of discussions on challenges that on a macro level based on international developments, need our local attention. As a visionary and implementer during the past 30 something years, on a consistent basis, Miguel has facilitated in different platforms and through his books, a diversity of issues. All issues that he firmly believes needs attention on a local level, like: Leadership; Curaçao 2020; Governance; Sustainability and through his books Mindset 3.0, Caribbean 3.0 related to the 4th industrial revolution; Smart City and Nation culminating in what some say his best overall work until to now: “Society 5.0”, where he argues that we need to fundamentally need to transform the balance between “We” and “I”.

His integrity and his conscious choice to be an independent thinker, over the years have not always been easy. This and his consistency over the years has made us deeply respect Miguel and we are convinced that we will hear much more of him in the coming years, as he had made us curious by saying: “..great things are still to happen..”.

As a member of the business and educational sector, we consider Miguel one of the 250 Influencers 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.

 

 

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


Self-Regulation – Tips for teaching your child to remain in a calm state and maintain body control - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vDRj_1sgZPk

 

Childrens behaviour management and emotions - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy4A9bsayMY

 

5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?vqNn9qWoO1M

 

The five social and emotional competencies - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vWZeR1bB038

 

The Ultimate Test of Your Social Skills - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v9Urng_hGF8

 

20 Signs You're Emotionally Mature - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-J9BVBjK3o

 

Influencer Glenn Helberg and this week tips

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)

In this week’s blog we will interview Glenn Helberg and we will share some inspirational videos on with you on purpose and passion. Every day we will upload one video on our Facebok.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Glenn Helberg: driven, multifaceted and lifelong learner

 

Glenn, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am the youngest of a family of 3 brothers. I also have two sons one of 33 years old and one that is 29 years old. I am single at this moment. My parents both passed away and they were very supportive in whom I have become right now. My parents were born in Surinam, I was born in Curaçao and I now live in Holland. My mother told me everything I needed to know about my family before she passed away when I was 13 years old. She would tell me all the “ins” and “outs” about my family back then in the post-colonial and post-slavery era, there were a lot things happening with a lot of inbalances, and they way my mother used to tell me these stories, was very non-judgemental, these are the facts. She told these stories in the sense of “this is life” and “things can happen” so you shouldn’t be surprised if things just happened to you, you would still have to deal and manage them. When she talked about the greater family it was totally non-judgemental, with compassion and that life is love. I believe that these teachings helped me the way I started to look at other human beings. When my mother died, she was 51 years old and I could afterwards still feel her presence and support until the year before my father passed away. It might have been to give some space to my father, whom would also make his transition to the other side. Who knows, but it felt like that anyway.


My father has always been a great support for me during my whole life, that meant everything for me, as he also taught me to be non-judgemental. He was also a funny guy, although he could also get mad at me on the little things, like as I was getting driving lessons from him, he would always reprimand me in a very direct way to turn on the lights in the evening when I was driving. In a certain way he also played a very crucial role in whom I have become. Even after their respective deaths, both my parents especially the part of being non-judgemental, was a quality that as a child I wasn’t aware of. I once asked my father why don’t you say “no” just for once...and then he answered there is no reason to say “no” because you are keeping your promises that you made with me...so I am very fortunate and I am very appreciative for the parents that I have had. It appears like, when I came on this earth, I wasn’t a totally blanc sheet, as I came with some past wisdom in this life when I was born and the dance that we made with each other, I could follow it without much effort. Maybe being the youngest child out of family with three sons, made my father a more experienced and knowledgeable father, as the way he raised me, was different than the education that he had gone through, when he grew up and what he had given my elder brothers. My grandfather was a half Chinese and he had outlived two wives and he was very present in raising my father, from my mother’s side at other hand, my grandmother of African heritage was the dominant party.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional?
I'm still a physician but no longer a practising psychiatrist, I just turned 65 years old in January and each 5 years you have the obligation to re-register as a psychiatrist, showing prove that you have kept up your knowledge and skills levels. I passed on this, this year. I am done with complying with all the expectations of the governement and the insurance compagnies. They expectations are more bureaucratic and driven on profit for the insurance compagnies. Now I am doing what I want to do, I am free to do now what I would like to do. A friend of my told me: You can now use all your knowledge and wisdom, but leave it up to others to do the operational work. It feels like I am a grandfather in psychiatry, you know just like having grand children, they can always approach you, but I am not responsible anymore.


What do you tell them exactly?
I share with others what motivates them to live their life’s. As a psychiatrist, I never limited myself to the western model of psychiatry only. Although thinking from this model has taught me so much, it wasn’t complete. I considered it too limiting, down playing whom we really are as human beings. I was raised by my parents to look at the connectiveness between human beings and also to look at their environments and I wasn’t raised to look only at the individual, only at “me”. Our genetic make up, knowledge and wisdom from different cultures, all I would include in my therapies. If patients would tell me, that they would hear voices in their heads, I wouldn’t dismiss this and I would take them serious.

Feeling the presence of your mother all over these years is that an example of how broad minded you are?
Yes, that is one example. For my clients, if they would tell me about the voices they are hearing in their heads, I would ask them to tell me about this. What is it exactly that these voices are telling them? For them this is a reality. If a client was born with an extra spiritual layer, like children for example, who were extra sensitive and were seeing things, I would facilitate and would be guiding their parents while these symptoms occured by telling the entities to leave this child alone after understanding the whole context of the meaning of the entities in this family. And after doing this later on, I got a confirmation that this intervention had really been helpful. As I firmly believe that our environment doesn’t solely exists out of what the average person can experience through its senses. In fact by adding to my western psychiatrist education, also the wisdom and knowledge from my ancestors, other cultures and Buddhism like on death and dying, plus knowing how to deal with this, this has enriched my own personal knowledge and wisdom, but also it has increased my overall ability to help my clients.

 

Now that you have stopped as a psychiatrist, what are you going to do now?
First of all, I am feeling free, free to do what I want to do. I am now in Italy, at lake Lago Maggiore in Italy in a beautiful meditation and healing center in an environment that centuries ago used to be inhabited by Druids. This location was chosen by Tibetan Lama Gangchen Rinpoche especially for this reason. Everytime I come here I experience healing.By the way I was invited by the leader of this center Lama Gangchen Rinpoche to have lunch and I feel very honored and privileged to have been invited.

First of all, I am feeling free, free to do what I want to do. I am now in Italy, at lake Lago Maggiore in Italy in a beautiful meditation and healing center in an environment that centuries ago used to be inhabited by Druids. This location was chosen by Tibetan Lama Gangchen Rinpoche especially for this reason. Everytime I come here I experience healing. 

Secondly, I am working on a book I am writing on the importance of emotions. I am no longer a practicing psychiatrist, but after all these years it has formed whom I am right now. So if I would make music, I would use my knowledge and wisdom to enable people to live their lives as harmonious as possible.

Thirdly I am now working as a Life Coach. If people would approach me as a client, I would invite them to start a conversation, to enable them, so that they can live in harmony with everybody and everything surrounding them.

 

You have always been very active being chairman of OCAN for years and also e reknowned and publicly known person in Holland always asked for opinions on minority issues. Why have you done this in the past and are still active? What is the driving force to do this?
Well that is a difficult question to answer. So I will pick a moment to start with. There was a moment in time when I said to myself “enough is enough”. I live in Holland and in this society, the western dominated thinking that was leading the big national discussions on minorities, made me sick in my stomach.

In my psychiatrist practice, on an individual level, I was meeting patients from all walks of life and from Antillean descent. After Shell left Curaçao and Lago left Aruba by the mid eigthies, lots of Antilleans and people from Aruba migrated and came to Holland. The policy makers then thought that “this too shall pass” and that Antilleans would assimilate in the society, it was called “watering down” of Antilleans. But of course this didn’t happen, as we as human beings want to feel safe and you don’t want to loose this feeling of safety, so Antilleans moved to places where they would meet other Antilleans. So I was observing the unfounded discussions on minorities and decided to mingle in the ongoing discussions and by doing that, I was approached to become the chairperson of OCAN and also participated in the 'Landelijk Overleg voor Minderheden'. I knew what had happened in the USA and I knew that forced migration leads to the Afro-Americans landing in the lowest strata of the social ladder and I didn’t want that to happen. I wanted to actively work to prevent this from happening as policy makers were hugely underestimating this the system of exclusion that was already in place. I started to be asked to give an opinion on different issues and there are people that liked what I have to say, so one day 'Zomergasten' a popular program on national Dutch TV where they interview the only guest for 3 hours, was at my door and dedicated a whole episode interviewing me as they wanted to know my story and I agreed to do it.
Nowadays I'm also involved in politics, supporting the political party BIJ1, led by Sylvana Simons. Our platform is that we work towards radical equality and economic justice.

 

Did Holland change over the past years since the mid eighties?
Well, in the post-colonial system there is a build in reflex I have noticed over the years concerning non-white people. I have seen it with Antilleans and also with people from Surinam. People from these backgrounds should stay where they are in the social ladder. The system doesn’t want to see coloured people and they especially don’t want to see highly opiniated minorities express themselves and move upwards. This reflex is becoming stronger in politics and I am seeing a growing nationalism, all of it is a reflex on this upward development of minorities on the social ladder. The younger generations, descendants from the minorities that migrated, were born here and grew up in Holland, grew up as equals with their white peers, but as the society has a reflex, this is cause for lots of frictions as these younger generations don’t accept being pushed aside. My generation protested politely, we are even a little bit apologetic and we didn’t want to trigger angry reactions in the society.

The younger generations from minority parents, question this reflex and they asked themselves: Where does this come from? What do you mean? We grew up together and we were friends and you now want to boss me around? They are much more conscious and un-apologetic. I have come to the conclusion that system changes takes a lot of time.

Another example illustrating this is the discussion on 'Zwarte Piet' and 'the White Sinterklaas', although you might say that there are some slight changes that have taken place in acceptance, that it is a racist tradition, this has created so much angry emotions and agressions that it illustrated to me, that the society didn’t prove to be rational after all, as the society pride themselves to pretend to be rational. This is typical a reaction of people when they feel threatened.


We have come to understand that emotions play an important role in how people interact with one another, you have shared with us that you are planning to attend the next 'Emotion Revolution' Conference in Bergen Norway in 2021. Why are emotions so important according to you?
Words are the source of our emotions and passed experiences. Emotions are the source of our actions. The formal "code” of how we should behave as human beings in society in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mentions that: “we should always use our intellect, consciousness and brotherhood”, they don’t mention emotions. As the thinking was that we are rational beings, forgetting that emotions can make us fire up like flames or not. We as human beings need to learn and understand that we didn’t evolve out of our ratio and intellect alone. Our emotional brain has so many emotions and we tend to be overdepended on our ratio and intellect and underestimate that emotions are the driving force behind our thinking, actions and words. When it becomes too overwhelming, we should know and become aware of this. That is why certain emotions, can be so overwhelming. The emotional brain is so important because it communicates to us when their is a danger, but on the other hand it can overreact of how big the threat really is, because of passed experiences. So you need to rationalize the severity of the threat, you need to manage your emotions. Like another extreme can be, that some people say: I am emotional, that is how I am and I can’t do anything about this;  using that as an excuse to overreact and not overthink and temper their emotional reactions when they are triggered. We need the rational parts of our brain also to balance this.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My purpose in life and being born on this planet is: “to learn”. I want to continu to learn. When I was about 15 years old, I read a book from Hermann Hesse called 'Siddhartha'. As I understood the book, it was about the road you travel to wisdom and the goal was not to reach your destination, but the goal was the journey itself. Everything I do, I learn. This is also why I feel very comfortable with Buddhism. Siddartha = Buddha. I came in this life to learn and not to be conditioned by how other people tell me how life should be like. I want to be connected with the deep feeling that my soul is being enriched through my growth during my journey in life. As I grow older, I grow spiritually and I can have more freedom.

When I talk to clients that want to change their gender for example, to become a man or a woman, this is obvious that this is the driving force. Their souls live in a body that makes their souls feel unhappy and unfree. Once they have grown through the proces and changed their bodies, their souls become more whole, free and come to fruition. Learning gives me more wisdom regarding myself, others and my environment. In my african background there is this believe of the importance of the enviroment. I have plants at home of which one in particular I recently understood that the plant is called 'Mama Aisa' (croton) a plant with healing powers and it is important for me as, I believe it heals. It struck me, that when I felt bad health, this plant would resonate with me and didn’t do well also. When I felt better, it started to bloom again. And ancient wisdom from the native people from America tells us that trees and plants in the world are the most intelligent entities in the world. From my perspective I can understand that, because who is making our environment the place where we can breath, who is giving us the food, medication, the possibilities to heal? Aren’t it the plants and the trees. Also this village as I mentioned before where I am now, has a healing potential. I can feel myself healing when I stay here. This environment is totally contrary to political arenas that are very toxic environments, where people their aim is to break their opponents.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My body that I was born with. Every day I count my blessings. There are of course old clutters that I need to deconstruct yet, but I believe that everything I am experiencing now, also with my health is part of my personal journey.

I don’t believe that I will live long, but when I die, I want this to be a peaceful transition. For me it is important to answer positively on these questions: How well did I live; How well did I love: How well did I learn to let go.
 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
For me it is a proces, a rational proces and intuitive proces that I have to go through, think through and feel through and when I wake up in the morning I look at the outcome. I don’t like taking decisions under pressure. This can be frustrating for others at times. But I need to understand, why I feel anxious and fearful, I need to reflect on passed experiences and evaluate coping strategies that I am applying and I need to ask for support of other people’s if necessary and ultimately take a decision and be responsible for the possible consequences of my decisions and tweak the outcomes as the consequences become clear. 

Being afraid alone is not enough for me, not to take a decision. Like I was asked last year to accompany clients that were going to visit Ghana and at first everything in my body and everything else was like “don’t do it, because all my recent travels ended up in being admitted in the hospital”. After going to the process, I decided to do it anyway, as fear alone was not a good enough reason, not do it.

 

What are your strengths?
My intra-personal intelligence which is my self reflection abilities and inter-personal intelligence, the ability I have to interact with others. Having the ability to find the right words to explain to others what I want to communicate. My goal is to trigger their intrinsic motivation, inspire people creating something everytime we interact with one another. I have learned that if you are touched, you learn better. Why is this important to me? Because when I teach, I want to touch people using everything I have experienced in the past that is useful to trigger their intrinsic motivation. Everything you do, has to be personal, this is what I have learned from the women liberation movement.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have been and I am a performing artist in singing, dancing and in my words. When I am on stage, I want to touch people so that when they go home they take it along with them, entertainment of a deeper level. As you can see, my goal is to touch people, also by being a performing artist.

 

If you as Glenn would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Norway or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would say that I was born and raised in Curaçao and my parents are from Surinam and that I now live in Holland.

 

How would you describe Glenn in one word or one sentence?
I am not a one dimensional person, as I relate to many dimensions. As I am getting older, dealing with my challenges, I am still in a learning mode with every step I take on a daily basis. So I don’t think that I can be described as a static person, as I am more of a dynamic being.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My parents, like my mother that brought me to school at a very early age (1,9 months) and I was in her classes, she was a teacher. And I was participating in everything the other children were involved in and it is there where I discovered my fondness for the performing arts. My mother was an excellent teacher and later on I realized that she had laid some sound fundamentals in whom I have become later. Also my father in particular he once told me, Glenn: “I admire you now that you have become a physician, because you still treat every person equally.” That was for me awesome, when he told me that.But I also have learned the theoretical background of communication skills from Watzlawick; from Jan Foudraine I learned to look at psychiatry from a third person perspective; from Frantz Fanon, As a youngster I was very inspired by the 'Black is beatiful' movement I have learned what “Black Consciousness” is all about; from Ineke van Seumeren, a gyneacologist whom trained me, how to be a “whole” doctor, not limited exclusively like most doctors to be solely a physician in some kind of armor, but to also be still a human and a vibrant person; Anja Meulenbelt from whom I learned that the personal is politics; from my cousin Reginald Kort whom was a physician himself and he triggered in me the desire to become a physician myself, as I was not planning to become one, when I saw all the books he; had on his desk; and another cousin, in that time the only black professor at the University of Utrecht during those times, Albert Vrede (who he is married to my cousin), who taught me about the learning proces of learning, that this takes time. Nowadays I feel very inspired by my collegeas of Expertisecetrum Ttransculturele Therapie and Kitlyn Tjin A Djie and Irene Zwaan. 

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
This is a difficult one, I would say my propensity to postpone things. I would like to learn more the ability to come into a flow of things I have to do and now have the tendency to postpone.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I have had several defining moments, like the moment my mother passed away.

The other one is the acceptance of my father of my sexuality. I was planning to come and live in Curaçao back and I send a message via my brother and told him: Pa I love men. I wanted to know what his thinking was on that. If he wouldn’t accept this, I would not come back home as I was living in the Netherlands during that time. I didn’t want him to feel uncomfortable especially in a society where “what they think of you” is important. My father took 5 days to go in a process, he later told me that he couldn’t eat or sleep well those days, but after thinking it over he told my brother to let me know that I was welcome. The first moment we got a chance to talk to each other, he asked me to explain what I felt. I told him how does he feels when he looks at a woman. Then I asked him what do you feel, when you look at men. He said: “nothing”. I told him that is what it is like, when I look at men, I get the same type of feelings that he does, when he looks at women. My father then said: "Well my son, if that's the way you feel, bring home a good man."

Where do you want to be 5 years from now with your career and personally?
I believe that in 5 year from now, I will not be here anymore. My mother was 51 years old when she died and my father was 91 years old when he passed away. I am 65 years old now. Given my physical condition now, I do have a hereditary condition my mother also had, I would be extremely grateful if I would reach the age of 70. So, if I would still be alive, I would hope that I have made good use of the time, that I would have grown and developed even further that which in me as potential and that I wouldn’t be afraid of the death. That I would be living every single day and knowing that it can be over in the blink of an eye. And that I would be actively doing things every single day.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“I did it my way” and that I had affected people with the things I have done. I am consistently finding my own way in the things I do and this has given me so much. That I have managed to come with my feelings very close to my inner, intrinsic self that it touches me and it gives me “my peace of mind”. And through what I have learned from Buddhism, I have come to learn that “it isn’t about me”. That I have been able to contribute to a system that enables Africa and black people to live up to their potential, although I grew up in a system where blacks are considered to be less.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
To all the youth here in Holland that go back to their native islands, thus not just Curaçao, I tell them that if they distinguish themselves slightly and stay their course in their careers, they will be soon in leadership positions. That it is probable that politics will want to incorporate them in the system, but I advice them to organize themselves with other youth and stay authentic, as the elder generations of politicians might have their vested interests in a cluttered system. When I read news along those lines, that the youth organizes itself, this makes me optimistic.

Furthermore it is important to focus on the reform of the educational system on all the islands in which learning about ourselves and how to become ourselves, taking ownership in your life and learn how to create value out of what we have and how to contribute to the whole society, is very important.

Finally, I really hope that the African diaspora develops into an economic power looking for their own ways and thinking about their co-human beings and that they know how money works and that they can connect with Africa and live in mutual prespect with one another and take care of one another. This makes me optimistic about the future of Curaçao.




Contact info:
https://www.transcultureletherapie.nl/

More info on past interviews and programs:
The therapist 
- Zomergasten in vijf muniten: Glenn Helberg (2017)

Photo tip
The photos that lifted up the Black Is Beautiful Movement

Video playlist tip from Glenn Helberg.
Ask Lama Michel.  Lama Michel Rinpoche answers questions about vital issues and explains various Buddhist concepts in a clear and accessible way.
Lama Gangchen Rinpoche is the founder of the NgalSo tradition. Lama Michel Rinpoche and Lama Caroline are lineage holders.

Contact Information Meditation and Healing center in Italy

 


Glenn Helberg is a driven, multifaceted psychiatrist.
Although no longer an active psychiatrist, he is still available for those whom approach him to share his opinions, based on his vast experience during his long succcesful professional career. Unique as Glenn is, he has also moved outside of the mainstream frontiers of his profession, by adding to his toolkit, knowledge and wisdom from other cultures to help his clients. Doing it “his way” he has affected lots of people whereby he has consistently looked for his own way of doing what he does best.

Glenn is multifaceted, because as a performing artist, another passion opf him, he has also shared his messages to his audiences based on his words, as a singer and what he expressed as a dancer.

As an advocate of minority rights in Holland, especially for Antilleans, he has consistently tried to rationalize the meanstram baised thinking on minorities and this has made him a 'Bekende Nederlander' (famous Dutchman) as he was often asked and at times still is asked his opinion on minority issues.

 

Finally for the youth that plans to migrate back to the Antilles, he recommends them to look out for each other to get and stay outside of mainstream thinking, but enable transformational changes in their respective islands.
In that sense Glenn, as part of our diaspora, is also one of the 250 Influencers, representing the sector Health.


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 on purpose and passion.. We will upload one of these video’s every day via our Facebook page.

What is Your Purpose in Life? | 0-100 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK66az43EOI

How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes | Adam Leipzig | TEDxMalibu - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVsXO9brK7M

 

How to Find Your Life Purpose in Under 10 Minutes - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnhQvqtJKeU


How to Find Your True Purpose in Life | Jack Canfield - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8XECSIoEgE

 

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

 

How To Find What Your Passion Is In 5 Minutes - Sadhguru | Motivational Video For Success | MOI 2019 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPKr-pK4s_8


Influencer Allan Carolina, the goal of Share2Uplift and this week tips

Posted on February 16, 2020 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Allan Carolina and we will share some inspirational videos on resilience, routines and success habits. Every day we will upload one video on our Facebok.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Allan Carolina: conscious and passionate

 

Allan, could you share with us some information of your family life? And were you born in Curaçao?
I was born in Curaçao and only recently, December 2019, returned back to Curaçao from Holland. I am 26 years old and I have one brother that I am very close to, he is 23 years old and we always have wonderful conversations and we have an unique connection. My parents are still alive and they were a determining factor in whom I am now. My father is a very patient man, with lots of self-control and he is also very reflective. My mother is the complete opposite of that, she is “fire”, has lots of drive, determination and ambition. And both have formed me as I am right now.

 

I have got your name form Jordan Lourens and he showed me a video of you? How are you related?
Well both of us were personal trainers at Urban Gym. And as trainers we are like brothers you know. We are very connected with one another during and after our work hours and all trainers are very dedicated persons with lots of focus, they believe in personal development and personal growth and I feel very at ease in that environment as we can relate very well with one another. So Jordan was one of the personal trainers. He is younger than me, but we can have great discussions with each other.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I studied at the University of Curaçao to be an English teacher. Almost simultaneously I also studied massage therapy at Sports care Curaçao and also energetic healing, in this case reiki.

 

How did this interest for massage came from?
I can recall when I was very young, I discovered my good “hands” to give people massages. My mother used to ask me to give her massages, even though at the beginning, I didn’t even know what I was doing. She had a car accident and one day she just asked me to give her a massage directed on a trigger point in her back and that is how it all started, in the beginning a little bit intuitively. But this most probably sparked in my subconscious mind this passion in me for massaging. So I became so passionate about this that I left my job as an English teacher to study massage therapy, personal training and nutrition locally and in Holland.

 

How long have you been an entrepreneur as you are young of age?
I have been an entrepreneur for 3 years now.

 

 

Where did this drive to become an entrepreneur come from?
Well this originates according to me from different sources.
In the first place, my mother’s strong inner drive;
Secondly I have done and still do lots of self-reflection and meditation. There are certain periods in my life where I am complete focused within and after this period I act out on what I have learned from this reflection within myself;
Thirdly, I surround myself with people whom are determined and passionate about achieving anything they put their minds on. We share books and videos with each other. All these factors triggered a spark in me and I started a personal journey aimed at continuously developing myself and deciding that I would become an entrepreneur.

 

What kind of business are you exactly in and what is your companies name?
The companies name is “The life center”. I offer everything that has to do with the physical body. I offer fitness to strengthen the bones muscles and joints, massages to help the body recover and I offer people nutrition advice on what to provide the body with. I am a vegan so I don’t eat any meat. I do eat fish at times but no eggs and no dairy products. As a vegan I am very aware of the organic nutrition that your body needs, as every cell needs this type of energy.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Generally I would say that being successful means for me, reaching more people and make them become more aware of their body and their health in general. My vision includes a wellness/holistic center where I will be offering under one roof fitness, massage, nutrition, meditation, reflection opportunities and holistic remedies such as natural herbs and oils.

 

Are you involved in other business ventures?
Right now I am completely focused on fitness, massage and nutrition and as part of my hobby I also help starters of their own businesses.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I have a vision of how an ideal community would look like. Where everybody would be living their purpose in life, whatever that would be and they would be doing that for 100 %. The community would be completely different especially in the educational sector. I always told my students when I was working in the educational sector to choose for that what you love to do, otherwise you would never give it your 100 % effort. That is my vision and that is my BIG WHY.

 

This is very idealistic, where does this come from?
I believe there is a deep source within. There is a Creator, a Source, the Universal Intelligence whatever you might call it, and I can’t describe, but if you seek it you will know that it is there. I know it exists and we can all tap into it. Around age 16 I was having a difficult time and I was very quiet and shy, because I thought I was odd and strange. As I grew up and met other people with great knowledge and wisdom I developed this inner knowledge and connection with the Source, developed it and I am now letting it bloom.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am recently back on the island since December 2019, and the challenge is how to connect with like-minded people, not only connect but also to collaborate to take real actions. Knowledge is not power, the application of knowledge is power. So I am attending arts and vegan events and events where I assume that people whom are also high in frequency will attend.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes! by tuning in and aligning with the Universe, by quieting the mind and listening to what the next step should be. Usually it is a feeling or an intuition. I don’t exactly know where it comes from. The other day on Sunday I was at home and I suddenly felt the urge to go someplace and there I met someone that I really needed. That how it works for me.

 

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I used to do a whole lot reading. I would read a book a week. Books where everything for me in those days. That was what I called my reflective period. Now, I am in my action based period. Now I want to connect and interact with other people, like I am doing now with Jordan, and my brother, whose name is also Jordan. I need more practical and real life experiences that reflects the mentality and mental energy of Curaçao. An American author that lives in America would write a book based on that specific environment with the mentality of that country and that would represent a different energy and mentality than what we have in Curaçao. I want to experience more down to earth experiences in Curaçao, that is what I want to experience and thus learn.

 

What are your strengths?
I am very ambitious, I have a very strong inner drive. If I didn’t have the self-control that my father taught me, I would be a restless person. That is how much energy I have, energy that needs an outlet. I have to be a 100 % focused on something, if not I wouldn’t do it at all. That is why I left the educational sector. I wanted to work with students that have an 100 % intrinsic motivation. I don’t want to work with students and people that are not there yet.

 

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love travelling, getting to know new cultures, new points of view, new mentalities, for me getting a 360 degrees view of the world in my lifetime is very important.

 

If you as Allan 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 Allan, I am 26 years old and I am a very passionate physical therapist with the goal to empower each and every one that I meet. This could mean empower people with ideas, working with them physically and sometimes I might be just listening, be present and by doing this helping them emotionally a great deal.

 

How would you describe Allan in one word or one sentence?
Conscious and passionate. Conscious about what I listen to, speak and do and say.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your business?
My teacher Charles Fermina. I started learning massage at Sports Care Curaçao in SDK. The first lesson he asked us to start giving a massage to a client. After our original surprise, later on we realized that he was checking whom had a natural flow that is needed to give massages and whom didn’t have it. With technique only you can’t learn the vocation. I had an immediate click with Fermina.

My parents as I have explained before and my younger brother, as I can have these wonderful conversations with him. He is also a very passionate and energetic person that although younger than me, is very mature in his thinking.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Connecting deeply and emotionally with others. For so long I have been so focused on myself, that in relationships. I fear to be really open and vulnerable with a partner.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Me moving to Holland for the first time, as I assumed that if I would move to somewhere else, I would feel happier. But Holland helped me become aware of the fact, that moving somewhere else didn’t offer me the thing that I was looking for. What I was looking for was within me, it was not something external. That was a defining moment for me.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
By that time I will have a Wellness center build on Curaçao and I would have expanded this center also in the Caribbean region. I am of the opinion that our people as a collective need so much inner healing and improved structures for self-development, as the old beliefs and ideologies we have had and still have, do not serve us well, we are still stuck in a slavery and fear mentality.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
A man that inspires all those around him to be a better version of themselves in whatever way possible, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is my gift to the world, my bucket is so full that it will spill over to other people.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Curaçao is a paradise in different ways, geographically, biologically, strategically. That is why I am optimistic about the future. Yes, we need to work on an upgrade of our mentality to maintain or even improve it further, but it is a paradise. When I was in Holland as I am very sensitive for feeling the energy of people, I would feel it in my head. I could feel lots of stress, frustration and loneliness as this is the collective lifestyle of lots of people in Holland. Being here in Curaçao I feel warmth, a less upbeat tempo and passion in Curaçao. We need to grow to the next level here but in Holland the energy is an intellectual energy, in Curaçao and the Caribbean it is more emotional and a little bit raw. Another way to explain the difference is the language. The Dutch language is a very structured, organized and intellectual language while Papiamentu is an emotional language. When I express myself I can sense the rawness and the emotions, meaning also that I can really connect with other people.

 

I have been a teacher for two years at SGO Otrobanda. In Holland I studied fitness, personal trainer, nutrition, coaching and gained experiences in massages. In that sense Holland was good for my intellectual development and Curaçao is according to me a good place to settle and build Curaçao and from here also the Caribbean.

Connect with Allan Carolina

Instagram: @allan_carolina
Phone: +5999688-0155
Spa Location: Ansinghstraat 76, Julianaplein



Allan is a young conscious and passionate entrepreneur, who follows his heart. After studying to become a teacher and teaching for 2 years, he chose to follow his heart and started his own business and now offers massage therapy, personal training and nutritional advices, but also energetic healing. By following his heart, he chose recently to come back to work and live in Curaçao. He is a very passionate physical therapist with the goal to empower each and every one that he meets. This could mean empower people with ideas, working with them physically and sometimes just listening, be present and by doing this helping them emotionally a great deal. Appreciative of the education he got in Holland, Allan is now focusing all his energy to build his business in Curaçao with a clear vision, that is: “Enabling people to be living their purpose”, Allan aims to expand his business beyond the boundaries of Curaçao and aims at also serving the Caribbean market. With his energy, dedication and his motivation we sincerely belief that Allan 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 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.

 

Personal Coaching tip
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 our Facebook 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


The Darkest Point ( Eric Thomas Motivation  - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GotaTYqi0co


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

 

 


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
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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



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