Business: What’s Buddhism got to do with it?

I was looking for an inspirational speaker for the monthly networking event of the Women’s Business Initiative International and came across Accountant and Financial analyst Marian Koek.
Marian has worked for years as Senior Accountant and Financial analyst and still finds time to devote herself to her passion: helping women entrepreneurs achieve their goals and live a more fulfilled and balanced life.

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Passion and Purpose, from civil servant to NLP trainer, coach and author: Joan’s Story

February 13th 2017 saw an enthusiastic group of civil servants, NLP practitioners , managers, friends and interested people gather at the beautiful offices of CAOP on the Lange Voorhout, to witness the launch of Joan Hoexum’s book ’”Tomorrow is Today”.
For 20 years a civil servant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joan decided in 2015 to change course, inspired by the huge potential of NLP she discovered whilst looking for answers in her life. Now speaker, NLP trainer and coach she has written a book creating a link between the changing role of civil servants and how NLP can help them deal with the many challenges they face. Continue reading “Passion and Purpose, from civil servant to NLP trainer, coach and author: Joan’s Story”



Once upon a time… I wanted to write a book, but am finding it overwhelming whereas a blog is a good start.

My idea is to try and be sane (notice I do not say “remain”sane!) by downloading thoughts and emotions, sometimes light, sometimes deeper and involve my wonderful network of friends in sharing thoughts and tips and inspiration- or maybe just a laugh- as we all follow our separate ways through the sometimes confusing path of life. I hope you will join me.

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Flashback: Julie goes Gorilla trecking: every cloud has a silver lining

February 2003: Impossible to leave our three year posting in Uganda without tracking the Gorillas: so here we are.

By 8am Erik-Jan and I are about to set out in our best safari gear to brave hours of tracking in sweltering conditions, slithering in foul smelling swamps, clambering endless gravity-defying slopes in an attempt to find the Gorillas, when disaster strikes.

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