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19 October 2019

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  • 10 Right Tips for Successful Business Marketing
    19 October 2019
    What is Marketing All About?!?

    Marketing is a process that aims at understanding the needs of the customers and delivering them the right quality product. Further Marketing aims at developing the right product, at the right place, at the right price and at the right time. In brief, marketing is all about focusing on the 4Ps viz. Product, Place, Price and Promotion as given by E Jerome McCarthy.

    According to Philip Kotler marketing can be defined as “the science and art of exploring, creating and delivering value to satisfy the needs of a target market at a profit.”

    Importance of Marketing in the Business

    In today’s scenario where advertising and promotional activities have quite an influential and impactful role in everyone’s life. It is indeed of crucial importance for the businesses to adapt to the dynamics of the business environment.

    There are innumerable reasons to be listed saying that Marketing plays an indispensable role when it comes to running a business successfully. Marketing plays a pivotal role in building the image of an organisation and branding;

    1. Marketing plays an effective role in engaging with the customers;
    2. Marketing plays a pivotal role in building the image of an organisation and branding;
    3. Building healthy relationships and customer retention is another aspect covered with the help of Marketing;
    4. Marketing helps in making the customers more aware about the different products and services, i.e. it acts as a communication channel in keeping the customers well informed;
    5. With the help of Marketing an Organisation can expect increased generation of revenue;
    6. The activity of Marketing helps you increase your market share and understand how well is your business performing with respect to its competitors;
    7. Lastly, decision making is one important facet of every organisation. Marketing helps the senior management take more precise decisions to increase the overall performance of the organisation.

    Now the question arises on how to achieve the aforesaid points and make your business more successful with the help of effective marketing.

    Marketing Tip No. 1: Content marketing can help you achieve the desired output
    This encompasses the creation of a website, blog, vlog, podcasts, or a newsletter for that matter. Using such platforms to disseminate information for free and simultaneously allowing your consumers to buy products or services related to the information shared.

    Marketing Tip No. 2: Email marketing
    One of the most cost effective means to reach out to your target audience is with the help of Email Marketing. The best way is to ask for email ids of your existing clients and maintain an email database and share with them the daily updates, newsletters and announcements.

    So, whenever someone subscribes to your newsletter they also get something more apart from subscription.

    For instance if someone subscribes to your newsletter offer them a free E-book.

    Marketing Tip No. 3: Influential network marketing to ace your performance
    Networking plays a crucial role in building a rapport with the existing and prospect customers. What will help you here is your analysis of figuring out and targeting the most influential people in your contact list who in turn could help you connect with more people, thereby resulting in an increase d revenue generation.

    Marketing Tip No. 4: 24*7 availability
    To differentiate yourselves from others it is important that you go one step ahead and work towards providing your products and services to your clients 24/7. With the help of a professionally designed website one could very well focus on lead generation and making your business an effective sales machine.

    Marketing Tip No. 5: Don’t forget to price your products aptly
    Price is one integral aspect that allows your business to create that competitive edge over others. So, adapting the most appropriate pricing strategy will help you increase your customer base.

    Marketing Tip No. 6: Always keep a tab of how your competitors are performing
    In order to make your offers more attractive for your potential customers it is important to research on how well your competitors are performing. Developing strategies that will help in increasing your market share in comparison to your competitors.

    Marketing Tip No. 7: Inbound marketing
    Inbound Marketing is all about how attractive or well-presented is your product or service.

    Marketing Tip No. 8: Joint ventures
    JV is basically about sharing your pool of resources with an entity dealing with the product line same as yours.

    Marketing Tip No. 9: Endorsed relationships
    Endorsed relationships have 90% assured responses, it is a kind of marketing tool where one person sends in an endorsed recommendation to another, ultimately resulting in valuable contracts.

    Marketing Tip No. 10: Shortcuts to success is a myth
    Well talking of shortcuts there are hardly any. Like its said there is no escape to hardwork and no shortcut to success.

    A business should aim at value addition to act as a differentiator and thereby elevate its brand recognition. So, we conclude that effective marketing is an art and hope that the tips recommended by us will help you in running your business functions smoothly.

  • Stop Asking Couples When They’re Having Kids
    19 October 2019

    “So, when are you having kids?” my aunt asked me straight in the face, soon after I got married. At that point, I had been married for a few months. I didn’t even know if I wanted kids, much less when I was having them.

    Caught off guard, I said, “I have not decided if I want kids.” I would spend the next hour listening to stories of women who had difficulty conceiving for a variety of reasons, with the implicit message being that I was going to be like them and regret it if I didn’t hurry and work on churning out babies.

    This would be my life for the next few years, where I received varying forms of “When are you having kids?”, followed by a routine, almost ritualistic pressurization to have kids.

    Lest you think that it ends after having a child, it doesn’t — the people who previously tried to persuade you to have “just one kid” when you were indifferent to the idea, now tell you to have “just one more.” It seems like you just can’t win. 😒

    The problem with asking, “When are you having kids?”

    I can understand why people like to ask this question. Find a partner, settle down, get married, and have kids. This is the life path that we’ve been taught to follow since young. This is the path that we’ve been told is the way of life, which would bring us ultimate joy and happiness.

    This is especially so in the Chinese culture, where having kids is seen as the ultimate goal in life. There are even sayings built around this notion, such as 生儿育女 (shēng ér yù nǚ), which means to birth sons and raise daughters, and 子孙满堂 (zǐ sūn mǎn táng), which means to be in a room filled with children and grandchildren.

    A multi-generation family, often used to depict a vision of happiness in the Chinese culture

    So after you get married, people automatically assume that you should have kids. “When are you having kids?” they ask, somehow expecting you to give them a straight answer.

    The problem with this question is that it’s rude. It’s presumptuous. It’s also unconstructive.

    1) Happiness can come in different forms

    Firstly, everyone has their path in life. Some people want kids, while some don’t want kids. Some people think that having kids is the greatest joy in life, while some see having kids as a burden to their carefree life. To presume that everyone should have kids, especially when the person has never said anything about wanting kids, is to disregard the person’s preferences and path in life.

    Take for example, Oprah Winfrey. She chose not to have children and has dedicated herself to her personal life purpose of serving the world. Oprah hosted her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which ran for 25 years, founded a leadership academy for girls and became a mother figure to the girls in attendance, and started her own television network. Through the years, she has inspired millions and become a champion for humans worldwide. As she says,

    “When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children. Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10, or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.” — Oprah[1]

    There are other people who chose not to have kids as well. Betty White, actress and comedian, chose not to have kids as she’s passionate about her career and focused on it.[2] Chelsea Handler, talkshow host, doesn’t have kids as she doesn’t have the time to raise a child herself, and she doesn’t want her kids to be raised by a nanny.[3] Ashley Judd, actress and politican activist, chose not to have kids as there are already so many orphaned kids in this world, and she feels that her resources can be better used to help those already here.[4]

    And then there are others who chose not to have kids, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Cameron Diaz, Chow Yun Fat, Marisa Tomei, Renée Zellweger, and Rachael Ray. These people choose not to have kids for different reasons, such as because they’re pursuing paths deeply meaningful to them, they do not wish to be tied down with a child, or they just don’t feel a deep desire to have kids. Not having kids has not prevented them from being happy in life, and there’s no reason to assume why people must have kids in order to be happy. For some, being a mom/dad makes them happy; for others, other things make them happy. And there’s nothing wrong with any of that.

    2) You may well cause hurt and pain

    Secondly, you never know what others are going through.

    Some people may want kids, but maybe they are facing fertility struggles. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan went through three miscarriages before having their firstborn.[5] The Obamas had a miscarriage before they had their daughters via IVF.[6] Friends star Courteney Cox had a total of seven miscarriages before having her daughter.[7] About 10% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant,[8] while 13.5% of known pregnancies end in miscarriages, with the figure rising as the maternal age rises.[9]

    For some people, the journey to conceive is fraught with deep pain, struggle, and losses as they experience miscarriages, undergo invasive fertility treatments, and wait in hope (which ends up in disappointment) each month. And then there are people for whom having their own biological children is impossible due to issues with their reproductive system.

    Barack and Michelle Obama had a miscarriage before they had their daughters via IVF

    While you may be think that you’re being helpful or funny by asking people when they’re having kids, your question may well trigger hurt and pain. As Zuckerberg said,

    “You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience.”[5]

    3) Not everyone is in a position to have kids

    Thirdly, having kids is simply not a reality for some people due to their circumstances in life.

    Some people may lack the financial resources to have kids, a reality in a place like Singapore. Some people may be facing problems with their marriage, in which case their priority should be to work on their marriage, not to have kids. Some people may be so burdened with caring for their dependents that they are unable to consider kids, at least not at the moment. And then there are people facing chronic health issues, issues that you don’t know and can’t see, which make pregnancy difficult due to the toll it would take on their body.

    4) Some couples could still be thinking

    And then there are people who are neutral to the idea of having kids, like myself when I just got married. These people need time to think it through, because having kids is a permanent, lifelong decision with serious consequences. There’s no reason to assume that having a kid should be an automatic decision, because you’re bringing a whole new life into this world. This is a decision that will change your life forever, as well as the life of the child you’re bringing into the world. For those yet to have kids, they need the space to figure out what they want, not have people breathe down their neck day in and out about having kids.

    My experience

    For the initial years after I got married, I just wasn’t thinking about kids. Firstly, having a child is a lifelong decision, and I wanted to enjoy married life with just my husband first, before diving into a decision as serious as that. Secondly, both my husband and I were genuinely happy spending the rest of our lives with just each other — we didn’t feel the need to have kids at all, definitely not in the way that my culture seems to obssess about it like it is one’s sole purpose in life. Thirdly, my husband was dealing with some personal problems, and I was fully focused on supporting him through these. These were issues that we needed to sort through before considering kids, if we were to want to have kids.

    Yet I kept getting nudges to have kids, even though I never said anything about wanting them.

    “So, when are you having kids?”

    “[This relative’s] baby is so cute, isn’t it? Why don’t you hurry up and birth a baby?”

    It was as if I was some vehicle, some production machine to have kids, where my own views in the matter didn’t matter. The most frustrating thing was that I kept getting this question, while my husband would never get it (as a man), not even when we were in the same room together.

    It was as if my sole reason for existence as a woman was to have kids, and until I had them, I was regarded as unworthy or incomplete.

    The decision to have kids

    Yet the decision to have children is a personal one. It is also a complex one. It is a decision that will permanently change the lives of the couple in question.

    It is not a decision that one should be pressurized into making because their mom wants to carry grandchildren or their aunt wants to play with kids. It’s a decision that a couple should make because they genuinely want to nurture another life. 

    Because when a child is born, the people bugging others to have kids aren’t the ones who will be caring for the baby 24/7, whose lives will be set back by years (even decades) as they care for a new life, or who will be responsible for every decision concerning the child for the next 18-21 years. It will be the couple.

    And the people who aren’t ready, who were pressured into having kids because they were told that it was the best thing to do, may have to deal with regret as they are stuck with a decision they cannot undo. Because there are people who regret having kids, and we need to be honest about that. These people regret, not because of the child’s fault, but because they were simply not ready to have kids, be it financially, emotionally, or mentally. Unfortunately, the children are the ones who eventually suffer, from living in dysfunctional households to dealing with issues of violenceabuse, and anger.

    We need to recognize these realities, and not make parenthood seem like it’s some magical band-aid that solves a lack of purpose or life’s pressures. Things don’t magically get better because people have kids; existing problems usually worsen as having a child puts a big strain on a couple’s lives. Digging into people’s plans to have kids, and pressurizing them into one of the biggest life decisions they can ever make, will only stress them out and perhaps push some into depression. As this redditor shared, 

    “I have a friend who went through 6 years of miscarriages and fertility treatments before the doctors figured out the problem and she had her son. The nosy ladies at her work and her in-laws questioned her constantly. The depression from that made it harder for her to conceive.”

    Stop asking couples when they’re having kids

    So, if you tend to ask others when they’re having kids, it’s time to stop that. It’s rude, insensitive, and it invades people’s privacy. It’s also none of your business.

    The reality is that if people want kids, they will work on having kids. They don’t need you to prod them about it.

    If they don’t have kids, it’s either because

    1. they don’t want kids,
    2. they are not in a position to consider kids right now, or
    3. they want kids but they are facing some struggles.

    For people in group (c), they aren’t going to share such deeply personal experience over some afternoon coffee chat, and certainly not by you asking, “When are you having kids?”

    The best thing you can do is to give people their personal space. Understand that having kids is a personal decision, and people don’t owe it to you to share or explain anything. Respect that others have their right to privacy. Respect that people are individuals on their own path, and this path may not involve having kids. And this doesn’t make them incomplete or lesser in any way.

    Instead of asking women or couples, “When are you having kids?”, talk to them like how you would a normal person. There’s no reason why conversations should suddenly revolve around childbearing after marriage; it’s not like a person’s identity changes to revolve around having kids. A person still has their own passion, goals, and dreams. Talk to them about what they’ve been doing. Understand their interests. Know them as a real person, not some random being here to fulfill society’s checklist.

    If you’re really interested in someone’s plan to have children, you can simply ask, “Are you and your partner planning to have kids?” If they wish to share more, they will do so. If they give a generic answer, then take the hint and move on.

    Ultimately, having kids or not doesn’t change a person’s self-worth. A woman is complete with or without kids. A marriage doesn’t need kids to be deemed complete. Having kids should be a conscious choice, not a result of external pressure. Don’t judge people by whether they have kids or not. Some people will have kids, and some people will not have kids. Some will have kids early, while some will have them later in life. All of these are different paths, and there’s nothing wrong about any of them.

    For Me

    For my husband and I, we eventually had a few discussions and decided to have a baby, and had our baby girl this year. 😊 Yet other people’s comments and nudges to have children didn’t make me want to have children; it only annoyed me and made me want to avoid these people, because having a child is a personal decision between me and my husband, that has nothing to do with them. It was after we had the space to settle down and enjoy married life without kids, and took some time to actively pursue our goals and interests, that we finally felt ready to try for a kid last year.

    Some of you have asked me to write a post on how to decide if you want children, so I’ll be covering this in one of my next posts! I have other topics in mind (like how to deal with information overload, how to get a fresh start in life) that I’ll be writing about in time to come too. If there are any topics that you’d like to see answered, let me know! 

    In the meantime, I hope all of you are doing well. There are other things that I’m working on, other things that are happening that I look forward to sharing in time to come. Sending lots of love to you, and remember that whatever life challenge you’re facing, you have it in you to overcome it. I’ll talk to you guys soon! 🙂

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Feel Less Motivated and How Can You Fix It
    19 October 2019

    Have you ever thought what helps you make constant effort toward achieving your goals? Have you ever realised which driving force does not let you relax unless you fulfil your dreams? This is what we call motivation. It helps you understand a reason to stay focused enough to complete your goals. When you are motivated to accomplish something, you must have a strong reason to do it.

    However, there are some people who have very strong reason to achieve their goals, but they are not motivated enough to accomplish them. There is always something that prevents them from doing what they want. Sometimes external forces encourage you to do something, for instance, your parents have criticised you or you may be doing it because you want to prove to your society, but external forces can be ephemeral.

    If you want to stay motivated throughout your journey unless you accomplish your goals, you must have inner voice that encourages you to do something. One of the biggest problems why you feel less motivated is you fail to recognise what is going on in your mind, meaning you do not know what you exactly want. Here are the reasons why you feel less motivated.

    You feel overwhelmed

    You may feel less motivated if your goals overwhelm you. It is very normal that you treat it as a big monster. You feel helpless and frustrated as you do not know how and where to start. It happens because of two reasons: you have not learnt the habit of breaking down the task in small and manageable chunks and you have accepted that you have taken on more than you can handle. You eventually start putting off work and then you give up forever.

    There is no doubt that it takes patience and hard work to achieve your goals. A positive feeling combined with motivation prepares you physically and mentally to perform your task, but you get hopeless and frustrated as a negative though flashes across your mind.

    The best thing to sustain the level of motivation is to stay positive and patient. Breakdown your project into small chunks so that you do not feel overwhelmed. Do not lose your patience and hope if things go wrong against your wishes and efforts. Keep making efforts even though you do not get results immediately.

    You do not believe yourself

    Problems are an integral part of life. They will hit you, but you have to face them. Some people are so strong that they successfully manage to deal with big problems, but some are so weak that they immediately give up. You start to think that you are getting nowhere, so you stop in the middle. This happens when you do not believe in your efforts.

    For instance, suppose you want to improve your credit rating and therefore you have decided to take out a loan with a famous direct lender like AOneFinance, but you start to rue over your decision when an unforeseen expense hits your budget.

    You can find yourself stuck in a challenging situation anytime. You need to analyse your achievements and maintain positivity. What goals you set and what you did to achieve them. Likewise, you will have to decide what to do to get back on the track.

    Your goals are either too small or too big

    If you set too small goals, you will never get out of your comfort zone, and if you set too big goals, you will have no idea of how to deal with them. Both opinions can affect your motivation and morale.

    You should set your goals that are neither very small nor too ambitious. Make sure that you have potential enough to achieve them. Consider your ability to set your goals instead of being inspired by others.

    The bottom line

    If you want to maintain the motivation level, you need to be smart enough while setting goals. Think what you want to achieve. Make sure that it is what you want, not what others expect from you. External environment can stimulate you to set it in motion, but it cannot help you with long-term goals as long as you do not have inner instinct or force to hit the ground running.

  • How You Benefit From Supporting Others’ Attempts to Change
    19 October 2019
  • 40 Powerful Affirmations That Will Change Your Life
    19 October 2019





    Positive affirmations work like shortcuts to reach the life you want. Our thoughts become our reality and this is why we need to constantly fill our minds with positive thoughts and affirmations. Now an affirmation can be anything you want to be or have in your life as long as it follows these rules:
    • The affirmations should be written in the present tense for example “I’m confident”
    • The affirmations should only include positive words


    Many make the mistake of assuming that anything, if repeated enough, will manifest itself. The fact is, it seems unnatural to repeat something that is completely untrue. Your mind won’t accept that, and it might make matters worse if you start getting overwhelmed when you see no progress at all. So if you’re overweight, you might want to start by “I can lose weight” or “I can stick to a healthy diet” and so on.



    The right way to use affirmations:


    1. Make sure that the affirmations are in the present tense: even if you’re not there yet.


    2. Make sure the affirmations only contain positive words: don’t use words like “don’t” “can’t”, always try to re-frame the affirmation to confirm what you’re trying to manifest.


    3. Be specific: If you want to get a job, don’t say “I’ll give a good interview”, instead think about what that entails, what qualities do you need to give a great interview, you can say “I’m confident, likable and successful”.


    4. Repeat: set a specific time to repeat those affirmations, the best time is when you first wake up when you’re mind is clear and/or before going to sleep.


    5. Visualize: when repeating those affirmations, try to see yourself as if you already have whatever you want to manifest, feel the excitement and thrill of achieving it.


    Below is a list of affirmation inspire you to write your own affirmations


    10 Positive affirmations for career


    1. I have my dream job.

    2. I further my career with every action I take.

    3. My job brings me financial abundance.

    4. My coworkers love being around me.

    5. My boss values the work I do.

    6. My clients appreciate and value my work.

    7. I attract new clients every day.

    8. My positive attitude, confidence and hard work naturally draw in new opportunities.

    9. I am enthusiastic and excited about my work.

    10. I radiate success.




    10 positive affirmations for love



    1. I am loving and lovable.

    2. I am attractive.

    3. My romantic relationship is healthy, long-lasting and full of love.

    4. My partner is kind, compassionate and understanding.

    5. I am with my soulmate and we share a life full of love.

    6. My relationship is divine, and my partner and I are perfectly matched.

    7. Every day of my life is filled with love.

    8. Everything about me is lovable and worthy of love.

    9. I wake up every morning filled with joy, because I know that I face each day with the support and love of my partner.

    10. All of my relationships are healthy because they are based in love and compassion.






    10 positive affirmations for weight loss



    1. I only make healthy and nourishing eating choices.

    2. I take care of my body and exercise every day.

    3. My body is healthy and full of energy.

    4. I crave healthy, nutritious foods.

    5. I radiate confidence and others respect me.

    6. I am filled with excitement when I look in the mirror..

    7. I am grateful for the life force and energy that runs through my body.

    8. Every action I take increases my confidence.

    9. Everything I think, say and do makes me healthier.

    10. I feel safe and comfortable in my body.





    10 positive affirmations for everyday life


    1. I wake up happy and excited every single day.

    2. Each day of my life is filled with joy and love.

    3. I am enthusiastic about every second of my life.

    4. Everyone sees how much joy and love I have for life.

    5. I find opportunities to be kind and caring everywhere I look.

    6. I easily accomplish all of my goals.

    7. I only desire things that are healthy for me.

    8. I instantly manifest my desires.

    9. I am present at every moment.

    10. My environment is calm and supportive.






    Your turn…
    What affirmations do you repeat every day?
    We love hearing from YOU. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.


    Pint it!









  • 114 Love Quotes for Him to Make Him Feel like Your Hero
    19 October 2019
    Are you looking for some inspiration to surprise your boyfriend and make him feel loved? The following love quotes for him will make him feel like your one and only prince. Enjoy reading these quotes! And for even more inspiration, have a look at our collection of cute “I love you” quotes for him and [...]
  • YPO Spotlight: Veeral Rathod, CEO, Spence Diamonds
    19 October 2019

    For my YPO Spotlight series, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and interview Veeral Rathod, CEO, Spence Diamonds

    Veeral currently leads an innovative diamond retailer, Spence Diamonds, which operates 13 stores in North America and is a leader in lab-grown diamonds, in addition to traditional earth-mined diamonds. 

    Prior to Spence, Veeral founded the leading custom menswear brand, J.Hilburn, which revolutionized apparel with an innovative product offering and distribution channel of 2,500+ personal stylists. J.Hilburn has been recognized for its revolutionary business model by every national media outlet including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, GQand Men’s Health.

    Veeral is an active member of the YPO Dallas chapter. He recently served as Learning Officer and will be the Chapter Chair in 2020-2021. Veeral is also a trustee at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas. 

    Q&A

    Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

    I have always appreciated the power of brands and their ability to shape consumer psychology. At a young age while I was in private equity, I begin traveling to London and immediately noticed that the men were well-dressed and presentable. Fitted tailored design was impeccable. I began to learn more about menswear, which ultimately inspired me to co-found and build J.Hilburn.

    After 12 years building a disruptive menswear brand, I was recruited to Spence Diamonds. I see very similar themes in the diamond industry as I did in apparel. It is still largely controlled by suppliers versus orienting the product and experience to consumers. I saw a similar opportunity to build a consumer-centric experience in an antiquated industry. 

    Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

    During our pre-launch time at J.Hilburn,  we made contact with a supplier overseas and convinced them to take our business. Our mistake is that we did not visit that factory in person prior to commencing our production.

    Our first step toward launch was beta-testing the product with a group of friends in Dallas. We took their measurements for shirts, helped them build the designs and then submitted the orders to the factory. 

    We expected the products to arrive in a few weeks and had set delivery times with these friends. Weeks went by, and we did not receive any shirts. Even worse, the factory had gone dark on us. 

    We then managed to intercept the factory agent at a hotel in LA and got the project back on track. 

    A few weeks later, the shirts showed up. But they came out terribly! Sleeves too short, like a shirt for a T-Rex. Wrong fabrics, wrong monograms. Total disaster. 

    Five years later, I took one of those first shirts and displayed it proudly in my office. 

    What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

    Brand. Early on, we saw the opportunity to take a highly saturated business – custom tailoring – and build that into a true brand. Custom menswear has always been a service. We had the opportunity to build a brand – a  strong, intangible emotional connection with our clients that transcends just the product. 

    The highlights of my J.Hilburn experience were hearing stories from our clients and also our personal stylists about the impact of our brand. Clients would tell me that they felt more confident when they wore J.Hilburn. Confident in their professional life and their personal life. One client sent us a picture of a paper on his windshield with the note: “Love your suit. Call me!” 

    Our personal stylists were able to build businesses for themselves that gave them professional experience and income, while also preserving time flexibility. Hearing stories about earning money to take their families on vacation, send their children to college or purchase a home … those were powerful.

    Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

    Upon transitioning from J.Hilburn, I enjoyed an incredible six months of time off. I was finally present with my wife, kids, family and friends. I finally had a chance to think openly and clearly. 

    I realized that one of my biggest health challenges is sleeping properly. I have a difficult time unwinding after my day (whether good or bad) and also staying asleep through the night. Oftentimes, I would resort to a few drinks, melatonin, or NyQuil to fall asleep. Problem is that I never felt rested the next morning. As I continue to age, I realize that sleep is an important element to promote health and recovery. 

    I have spent the past 18 months developing a sleep supplement, which is now in early stages of testing. I believe it will resonate with people like me, that is, 30-60-year-old professionals balancing all life’s challenges: career, kids, parents, etc. My formula includes natural ingredients that are proven to reduce anxiety, promote sleep, fight inflammation and drive recovery. 

    Stay tuned!

    What are your “Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started,” and why? 

    Trust your intuition. As a first-time entrepreneur, I knew that I did not have all the answers. As we grew, we brought on institutional capital and built a board of directors. Several of them brought valuable operating experience. However, this experience was as professional managers, not as entrepreneurs. Also, their experience was at much larger businesses with decades of operating history and human capital. 

    Initially, I took much of their advice at face value because I believed they were more knowledgeable and experienced than I was.  Much of this advice backfired on me because they did not that understanding entrepreneurial leadership means leading from the front. Nor did they appreciate the emotional drive required to build a brand. Building something innovative and building a brand take an intuitive approach to balancing data and foresight and leading your teams into the unknown with conviction. 

    Be yourself. We tend to spend a lot of time studying other successful leaders. Most importantly, always remember to use their stories and behaviors as inspiration but not as a blueprint. It paramount to be yourself and be authentic. Your team, your clients, your entire ecosystem will see right through any behavior that is not natural, and that immediately erodes trust. 

    You are your brand.Regardless of your industry or business model, as the leader of your company, you must live and breathe your brand every day. Today’s world no longer allows us to leave the office and be a different person. Live it and own it. Better you take control of it and be proactive, rather than allowing the world around you to drive the perception. 

    It will be harder than you think.Prior to starting a company, I had a very romantic mindset. I was going to innovate and disrupt an antiquated industry. I was going to build a brand for the ages. I would build a company that created pride and economic wealth for my employees. But once you actually start doing, instead of dreaming, it’s amazing how much harder everything is. Your start-up will take longer than you think to reach the results that will satisfy you, but it’s worth every minute. 

    Make time for your family and friends. You will always find more work to do. As an entrepreneur, it’s certainly hard to deliver on quantity of time to family and friends. So, focus on quality. Schedule ahead, set calendar blocks for family meals, lunch with your partner and time with your parents. Make it a point to see a friend every time you travel. Don’t justify your absence with the logic that the payout is ultimately for your family. Take them along for the ride and they can add a lot of value and support. 

    What is the value of a professional network? 

    The value of a professional network is determined by the time and effort you put into it. I was fortunate to join YPOin 2013. I made it a priority to attend chapter events, trips and also attend YPO global events. 

    I have benefitted from personal and professional development that have directly impacted my success. I have an incredible group of professional friends whom I can turn to in challenging times. I have been exposed to people and experiences who have inspired to push myself further. 

    At a very tactical level, my professional network has become top clients in all of my brands. They have opened doors to suppliers, investors and partnerships. 

    Most importantly, you will get back more than you give. But remember, it’s a symbiotic relationship. 

  • Being the sailor
    19 October 2019

    Standing on the seashore with the wind blowing my hair away from my face, I am unable to keep my eyes open. My body is swaying from left to right, thanks to the wind! (Who knew it had so much power *rolls eyes*!) I can feel my feet slowly getting numb, thanks to the wet pebbles on the shore and ill suited shoes to the UK weather. The water droplets in the breeze are calming my face and chilling my nose at the same time. It is a beautiful, infinite moment with myself which is interrupted by a sudden realization. I realize that surprisingly so, I am extremely light headed. Does it mean that there are no troubles in my life? Wish I was that lucky! I remember walking to the beach with a buzzing head full of ‘the all time confusions in life’, but where were they now? (No its not alcohol).

    *A few moments before the realization struck*

    I take a fearful step towards the waves, my body quivering in the process, my fear of getting drowned engulfing me (had massively failed at swimming in the sea as a child, if you’re wondering where the fear came from), I stand my ground, being fully alert of every single pebble that slips from under my feet as this huge wave comes at me. My heart starts to race as the water comes closer and before I know it, I take 6 steps back.

    Damn, failed attempt!

    Repeat failed attempts follow!

    After mentally scolding myself for a millionth time, I take a brave step forward and finally meet the water. I step back so it doesn’t wet my shoes (ill suited for the weather, remember!), instead I bend down to touch it with my hand which sends waves of shock down my spine (not because it was ice cold, which by the way, it was).

    And in that tiny yet pregnant moment, I find my release.

    Have I overcome my fear?

    Not just yet. But, I confronted it.

    And with the water, I washed my worries away.

    *A few moments after the realization struck*

    I am overjoyed. I feel as if the sea communicated to me, in its own mysterious ways. The waves can mean calmness to one, and be a tsunami to another. When the water was coming closer to my feet, I felt like it is inviting me to take a dip, only I am too scared to do it. And I realize that our fears invite us, engulf us in this trance where we panic, only to will us to overcome them.

    We are the first ones to pull ourselves down and begrudge our lives, when all we have done is just tried really hard. We seek validation outside ourselves. We like to be told about our positives, yet we fail to believe in those words. We carry this baggage of under confidence wherever we go, unable to embrace the beauty of every single moment, because we are so busy feeling inadequate or incomplete. We run away from others who see through us, but essentially, we are just running away from our own realities.

    I faced my fears, after uncountable failed attempts over the years, but I made it. The touch of cold water when I bent down gave me release from the shackles of fear because I had made a choice not to give up. Your fears and experiences may not be as easily overcome as bending down and touching the sea water, but your path will be the same: Confront your fears.

    So, stop missing out on the present moments of your life and not fully living them because you’re too occupied living in the world in your head. Embrace yourself, and make the most of this roller-coaster called life, which has its dips, but always ends up moving up from there. And most of all, be brutally and shamelessly YOU, even in the most broken of ways. Because even in that moment, you’re incredible and beautiful.

    P.S. It was a pebble beach!

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  • Stop Asking Couples When They’re Having Kids
    19 October 2019

    “So, when are you having kids?” my aunt asked me straight in the face, soon after I got married. At that point, I had been married for a few months. I didn’t even know if I wanted kids, much less when I was having them.

    Caught off guard, I said, “I have not decided if I want kids.” I would spend the next hour listening to stories of women who had difficulty conceiving for a variety of reasons, with the implicit message being that I was going to be like them and regret it if I didn’t hurry and work on churning out babies.

    This would be my life for the next few years, where I received varying forms of “When are you having kids?”, followed by a routine, almost ritualistic pressurization to have kids.

    Lest you think that it ends after having a child, it doesn’t — the people who previously tried to persuade you to have “just one kid” when you were indifferent to the idea, now tell you to have “just one more.” It seems like you just can’t win. 😒

    The problem with asking, “When are you having kids?”

    I can understand why people like to ask this question. Find a partner, settle down, get married, and have kids. This is the life path that we’ve been taught to follow since young. This is the path that we’ve been told is the way of life, which would bring us ultimate joy and happiness.

    This is especially so in the Chinese culture, where having kids is seen as the ultimate goal in life. There are even sayings built around this notion, such as 生儿育女 (shēng ér yù nǚ), which means to birth sons and raise daughters, and 子孙满堂 (zǐ sūn mǎn táng), which means to be in a room filled with children and grandchildren.

    A multi-generation family, often used to depict a vision of happiness in the Chinese culture

    So after you get married, people automatically assume that you should have kids. “When are you having kids?” they ask, somehow expecting you to give them a straight answer.

    The problem with this question is that it’s rude. It’s presumptuous. It’s also unconstructive.

    1) Happiness can come in different forms

    Firstly, everyone has their path in life. Some people want kids, while some don’t want kids. Some people think that having kids is the greatest joy in life, while some see having kids as a burden to their carefree life. To presume that everyone should have kids, especially when the person has never said anything about wanting kids, is to disregard the person’s preferences and path in life.

    Take for example, Oprah Winfrey. She chose not to have children and has dedicated herself to her personal life purpose of serving the world. Oprah hosted her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which ran for 25 years, founded a leadership academy for girls and became a mother figure to the girls in attendance, and started her own television network. Through the years, she has inspired millions and become a champion for humans worldwide. As she says,

    “When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children. Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10, or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.” — Oprah[1]

    There are other people who chose not to have kids as well. Betty White, actress and comedian, chose not to have kids as she’s passionate about her career and focused on it.[2] Chelsea Handler, talkshow host, doesn’t have kids as she doesn’t have the time to raise a child herself, and she doesn’t want her kids to be raised by a nanny.[3] Ashley Judd, actress and politican activist, chose not to have kids as there are already so many orphaned kids in this world, and she feels that her resources can be better used to help those already here.[4]

    And then there are others who chose not to have kids, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Cameron Diaz, Chow Yun Fat, Marisa Tomei, Renée Zellweger, and Rachael Ray. These people choose not to have kids for different reasons, such as because they’re pursuing paths deeply meaningful to them, they do not wish to be tied down with a child, or they just don’t feel a deep desire to have kids. Not having kids has not prevented them from being happy in life, and there’s no reason to assume why people must have kids in order to be happy. For some, being a mom/dad makes them happy; for others, other things make them happy. And there’s nothing wrong with any of that.

    2) You may well cause hurt and pain

    Secondly, you never know what others are going through.

    Some people may want kids, but maybe they are facing fertility struggles. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan went through three miscarriages before having their firstborn.[5] The Obamas had a miscarriage before they had their daughters via IVF.[6] Friends star Courteney Cox had a total of seven miscarriages before having her daughter.[7] About 10% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant,[8] while 13.5% of known pregnancies end in miscarriages, with the figure rising as the maternal age rises.[9]

    For some people, the journey to conceive is fraught with deep pain, struggle, and losses as they experience miscarriages, undergo invasive fertility treatments, and wait in hope (which ends up in disappointment) each month. And then there are people for whom having their own biological children is impossible due to issues with their reproductive system.

    Barack and Michelle Obama had a miscarriage before they had their daughters via IVF

    While you may be think that you’re being helpful or funny by asking people when they’re having kids, your question may well trigger hurt and pain. As Zuckerberg said,

    “You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience.”[5]

    3) Not everyone is in a position to have kids

    Thirdly, having kids is simply not a reality for some people due to their circumstances in life.

    Some people may lack the financial resources to have kids, a reality in a place like Singapore. Some people may be facing problems with their marriage, in which case their priority should be to work on their marriage, not to have kids. Some people may be so burdened with caring for their dependents that they are unable to consider kids, at least not at the moment. And then there are people facing chronic health issues, issues that you don’t know and can’t see, which make pregnancy difficult due to the toll it would take on their body.

    4) Some couples could still be thinking

    And then there are people who are neutral to the idea of having kids, like myself when I just got married. These people need time to think it through, because having kids is a permanent, lifelong decision with serious consequences. There’s no reason to assume that having a kid should be an automatic decision, because you’re bringing a whole new life into this world. This is a decision that will change your life forever, as well as the life of the child you’re bringing into the world. For those yet to have kids, they need the space to figure out what they want, not have people breathe down their neck day in and out about having kids.

    My experience

    For the initial years after I got married, I just wasn’t thinking about kids. Firstly, having a child is a lifelong decision, and I wanted to enjoy married life with just my husband first, before diving into a decision as serious as that. Secondly, both my husband and I were genuinely happy spending the rest of our lives with just each other — we didn’t feel the need to have kids at all, definitely not in the way that my culture seems to obssess about it like it is one’s sole purpose in life. Thirdly, my husband was dealing with some personal problems, and I was fully focused on supporting him through these. These were issues that we needed to sort through before considering kids, if we were to want to have kids.

    Yet I kept getting nudges to have kids, even though I never said anything about wanting them.

    “So, when are you having kids?”

    “[This relative’s] baby is so cute, isn’t it? Why don’t you hurry up and birth a baby?”

    It was as if I was some vehicle, some production machine to have kids, where my own views in the matter didn’t matter. The most frustrating thing was that I kept getting this question, while my husband would never get it (as a man), not even when we were in the same room together.

    It was as if my sole reason for existence as a woman was to have kids, and until I had them, I was regarded as unworthy or incomplete.

    The decision to have kids

    Yet the decision to have children is a personal one. It is also a complex one. It is a decision that will permanently change the lives of the couple in question.

    It is not a decision that one should be pressurized into making because their mom wants to carry grandchildren or their aunt wants to play with kids. It’s a decision that a couple should make because they genuinely want to nurture another life. 

    Because when a child is born, the people bugging others to have kids aren’t the ones who will be caring for the baby 24/7, whose lives will be set back by years (even decades) as they care for a new life, or who will be responsible for every decision concerning the child for the next 18-21 years. It will be the couple.

    And the people who aren’t ready, who were pressured into having kids because they were told that it was the best thing to do, may have to deal with regret as they are stuck with a decision they cannot undo. Because there are people who regret having kids, and we need to be honest about that. These people regret, not because of the child’s fault, but because they were simply not ready to have kids, be it financially, emotionally, or mentally. Unfortunately, the children are the ones who eventually suffer, from living in dysfunctional households to dealing with issues of violenceabuse, and anger.

    We need to recognize these realities, and not make parenthood seem like it’s some magical band-aid that solves a lack of purpose or life’s pressures. Things don’t magically get better because people have kids; existing problems usually worsen as having a child puts a big strain on a couple’s lives. Digging into people’s plans to have kids, and pressurizing them into one of the biggest life decisions they can ever make, will only stress them out and perhaps push some into depression. As this redditor shared, 

    “I have a friend who went through 6 years of miscarriages and fertility treatments before the doctors figured out the problem and she had her son. The nosy ladies at her work and her in-laws questioned her constantly. The depression from that made it harder for her to conceive.”

    Stop asking couples when they’re having kids

    So, if you tend to ask others when they’re having kids, it’s time to stop that. It’s rude, insensitive, and it invades people’s privacy. It’s also none of your business.

    The reality is that if people want kids, they will work on having kids. They don’t need you to prod them about it.

    If they don’t have kids, it’s either because

    1. they don’t want kids,
    2. they are not in a position to consider kids right now, or
    3. they want kids but they are facing some struggles.

    For people in group (c), they aren’t going to share such deeply personal experience over some afternoon coffee chat, and certainly not by you asking, “When are you having kids?”

    The best thing you can do is to give people their personal space. Understand that having kids is a personal decision, and people don’t owe it to you to share or explain anything. Respect that others have their right to privacy. Respect that people are individuals on their own path, and this path may not involve having kids. And this doesn’t make them incomplete or lesser in any way.

    Instead of asking women or couples, “When are you having kids?”, talk to them like how you would a normal person. There’s no reason why conversations should suddenly revolve around childbearing after marriage; it’s not like a person’s identity changes to revolve around having kids. A person still has their own passion, goals, and dreams. Talk to them about what they’ve been doing. Understand their interests. Know them as a real person, not some random being here to fulfill society’s checklist.

    If you’re really interested in someone’s plan to have children, you can simply ask, “Are you and your partner planning to have kids?” If they wish to share more, they will do so. If they give a generic answer, then take the hint and move on.

    Ultimately, having kids or not doesn’t change a person’s self-worth. A woman is complete with or without kids. A marriage doesn’t need kids to be deemed complete. Having kids should be a conscious choice, not a result of external pressure. Don’t judge people by whether they have kids or not. Some people will have kids, and some people will not have kids. Some will have kids early, while some will have them later in life. All of these are different paths, and there’s nothing wrong about any of them.

    For Me

    For my husband and I, we eventually had a few discussions and decided to have a baby, and had our baby girl this year. 😊 Yet other people’s comments and nudges to have children didn’t make me want to have children; it only annoyed me and made me want to avoid these people, because having a child is a personal decision between me and my husband, that has nothing to do with them. It was after we had the space to settle down and enjoy married life without kids, and took some time to actively pursue our goals and interests, that we finally felt ready to try for a kid last year.

    Some of you have asked me to write a post on how to decide if you want children, so I’ll be covering this in one of my next posts! I have other topics in mind (like how to deal with information overload, how to get a fresh start in life) that I’ll be writing about in time to come too. If there are any topics that you’d like to see answered, let me know! 

    In the meantime, I hope all of you are doing well. There are other things that I’m working on, other things that are happening that I look forward to sharing in time to come. Sending lots of love to you, and remember that whatever life challenge you’re facing, you have it in you to overcome it. I’ll talk to you guys soon! 🙂

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  • “Fresh Air and Being in Nature Always Give Me an Energy Boost.”
    18 October 2019

    Interview: Maki Moussavi.

    Maki Moussavi is a coach, speaker, and author of The High Achiever’s Guide: Transform Your Success Mindset and Begin the Quest to Fulfillment. A former corporate professional, she shares tools she's used herself and with clients to help ambitious, goal-oriented professionals rewrite their programming and start living on their own terms rather than by the “rules” that have been set by others.

    I couldn't wait to talk to Maki about happiness, habits, and productivity.

    Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently makes you happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative?

    Maki: I go outside for at least a little while every single day. I put on my headphones, listen to music, a podcast or an audio book, and walk. Fresh air and being in nature always give me an energy boost.

    What’s something you know now about happiness that you didn’t know when you were 18 years old?

    I understand now that my happiness is up to me. It’s not anyone else’s job to make me happy. I can choose who I spend time with, what I spend it on, how I react to the world around me, and how to show up. It’s about being empowered and creating it, not expecting to feel it based on the actions of others. That said, I believe that the people you spend time with have a powerful impact on your happiness and I’ve made very deliberate choices in that regard.

    Have you ever managed to gain a challenging healthy habit—or to break an unhealthy habit? If so, how did you do it?

    I like the idea of gaining a challenging healthy habit. For me, that meant creating  the habit of being present in my own mind. I am naturally a Type A personality and at a time when I was chasing an externally-defined version of success rather than my own, I was in autopilot mode a lot of the time. It took concerted effort to tune in and be conscious of what I was thinking and feeling instead of going through the motions. The way I did it was by keeping a journal and taking a few minutes throughout the day to review the activities I had been engaged in up to that point and how I felt while engaged in them.

    It only took a few days to realize that I spent 85-90% in a negative mental space without even knowing it. In order to keep making progress, I would use affirmations or phrases to reset how I was thinking. For instance, if I was sitting in traffic on my commute annoyed about the delay, I would say to myself, “It’s great to have this time to myself and can listen to anything I want.” If it was cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and feeling annoyed by the task, I would say “I’m so grateful that my family has food to eat and it’s a privilege to have something to clean up.” Having gratitude for the little things was key to creating the healthy mindset.

    Would you describe yourself as an Upholder, a Questioner, a Rebel, or an Obliger?

    Upholder is my official result, but I have a lot of Questioner tendencies as well. It took a lot of stepping away from outer expectations to get to where I am today, but it’s absolutely true that I am reliable from my own perspective as well as that of others!

    Have you ever been hit by a lightning bolt, where you made a major change very suddenly, as a consequence of reading a book, a conversation with a friend, a milestone birthday, a health scare, etc.? 

    It’s funny you should ask, because my house was literally struck by lightning 3 years ago. It was at a time when I was waffling about what I would do after (if!) I left my corporate job. I would ping-pong between two or three ideas and not commit to any of them because it still felt like a weird, other-worldly thing to even be considering. I took the lightning strike as a message that it was time to make a real move in one direction and that’s when everything shifted for me.

    Is there a particular motto or saying that you’ve found very helpful? (e.g., I remind myself to “Be Gretchen.”) 

    My personal go-to and favorite is “Everything is always working out for me.” I’m a big believer of being conscious of mental patterns and breaking the ones that keep us limited or stuck. This particular phrase works as a great pattern interruptor if I’m getting in my own head too much, going down a worry path, wondering why something is going in a direction I don’t like or hadn’t anticipated, etc. I say this to myself and it snaps me out of the spiral.

    Has a book ever changed your life—if so, which one and why?

    The War of Art by Steven Pressfield was life-changing for me. I’ve always been an avid consumer of personal development content, but there was something about the timing of when I read this book and its message that resonated very strongly for me. I could have easily answered that this was my “lightning bolt” moment, as well. It created so much clarity for me around the idea of Resistance (fear), how it was playing out in my own life, and how to overcome it.

  • What it is to be like this.
    18 October 2019

    Keeping my insecurities and having a wonderful time at school isn't easy. I love my boyfriend. But we broke up. I don't know if we are ever gonna see each other because we live miles away. I miss him. And I miss my cat. Who was named after him. It's weird I know , but I can't help it. I wanna go to the old days when I was happy and everything was absolutely normal. I know I can't go back but atleast feel that way might strength my mind. But I don't know how to feel that way. I have 42 journals written everything about my favourite times of the past year. A lot of moments... Literally a lot. Reading through it brings nothing other than nostalgia and tears. I wanna go BACK!!! and never come to the present. I left my heart there.. I made my heaven there... I wish I could get help but it doesn't work anyways . Thank you so much for reading this. Love A person who loves her past more than ever.

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  • Happy as proud.
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  • When it hurts, but you don't wanna give a shit.
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    Yes, I broke up with my boyfriend. It was just today. And uhhh... I wasn't happy about it. But definitely not sad. Everyone has a relationship that lasts really long and has a lot of secrets and amazing moments but... Was it actually fair to you? Or was it just hope? To me, mine was beautiful, but after I broke up I never even thought of it. I did cry but just when the cold water dropped from the shower to my lashes. I did love him. But ehhh... I didn't feel it. You might have a story like this, won't? Share it to help me.

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  • End of year-ritueel
    18 October 2019

    Het einde van het jaar nadert. Tijd om naar binnen te keren. Tijd voor een moment voor bezinning en reflectie. Wat wil je loslaten? Wat neem je mee?

    Kom je 2019 samen met ons afsluiten? Op deze magische en intieme avond zetten we intenties voor het nieuwe jaar en luisteren we naar de prachtige soulsongs van Lex Empress. De avond is onder begeleiding van Happinez hoofdredacteur Eveline Helmink.

    • Wanneer: maandag 30 december
    • Waar: de sfeervolle Posthoornkerk, Haarlemmerstraat 124-126, in het centrum van Amsterdam, vlak bij het Centraal Station
    • Hoe laat: 19.00 – 22.00 uur (inloop vanaf 18:30)
    • Prijs: € 29,95 incl. goed gevulde goodiebag

     

    Lex Empress

    Met haar heldere stem en warme persoonlijkheid reist briljant zangeres en liedjesschrijver Lex Empress de hele wereld over. Als vocalist en spreker staat ze bekend om haar prachtige muzikale improvisaties, die ze in maar liefst zeven talen kan uitvoeren.  Moeiteloos verwerkt ze melodieën en woorden in een lied, gebaseerd op reacties uit het publiek. Zowel in Nederland als New York gaf zij indrukwekkende TED talks over hoe improviseren je leven kan verrijken. Daarnaast schitterde Lex Empress op Mysteryland en Sensation naast ‘s werelds grootste DJ’s.

     

    Eveline Helmink

    ‘Aan het eind van het jaar vind ik het zó belangrijk om tussen alle drukte door, een moment te nemen voor reflectie. Om ruimte te maken voor nieuwe intenties. Hoe fijn is het om dat samen te doen, tussen kaarslicht, op een inspirerende en hartverwarmende plek? Ik hoop je 30 december te ontmoeten om samen het jaar af te ronden met een prachtig ritueel’  – Eveline Helmink, Hoofdredacteur Happinez

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