Not all Mother’s Day celebrations are “Helemaal Zen”…

Not all Mother’s Day celebrations are “Helemaal Zen”…

“Happy Mother’s Day!” – we hear and see everywhere today. Some of us are lucky to celebrate with our child(ren), some with their own mother. Some with the whole family, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, siblings and other relatives and friends celebrating all mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers together. I am super grateful for my children…

Unwrap Peace, Not Pressure

Unwrap Peace, Not Pressure

The holiday season is upon us, and we often find ourselves sending out countless “Happy Holidays” messages to friends, family, and colleagues. But let’s pause for a moment and observe our own holiday experience: while we wish for peaceful, joyous, and relaxing days for others, do we also enjoy such peaceful, joyous, and relaxing days…

300 Days

300 Days

It was March 4, 2020, when my almost empty flight from Copenhagen, Denmark landed in Budapest, Hungary. The pandemic already had been around us, and already had impacted my travel plans for the rest of March and April — but I had no idea the magnitude of its impact on our lives in the following…

Proof of… what?

Proof of… what?

When I was a child, I wanted to be like everyone else. But I could not, even though I tried hard. I tried to prove I am like everyone else. Then slowly, things changed. After a while, what I wanted to prove was that I can do things that nobody else. I wanted to prove I can win…

Slow down and recognize the little big moments

Slow down and recognize the little big moments

Autumn travel season is here. I am in Haarlem, Netherlands these days, speaking at one of my favorite conferences. On the way here, an old lady was sitting next to me on the plane. A typical elderly grandmother-like lady (or great-grandmother), with smiling eyes – however, feeling discomfort during the whole flight. She was nervous,…

Three Reasons Why Sewing is a great Balancer

Three Reasons Why Sewing is a great Balancer

People are often surprised when they discover my rather old-fashioned pastime of sewing. I think they find it a bit at odds with my tech-head professional activities. Yet, what could be a better balance, than that of absorbing yourself in both the old and the new? How fortunate to be living in an era where…

The Sowing & Sewing of Friendships

The Sowing & Sewing of Friendships

Friendship… there are many kinds… I have friends of many years who I met at the university, through my work, through my family, social circles, activities and of course, those who I have made in the digital space. Can someone you have never actually met become a friend? I have found that yes, it is…

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