Stories of a Colorful Life

Why did I choose this particular name for my blog? For me, life consists of ups and downs, of light and darkness. In summary of all colors and their different shades. I think it is important that we acknowledge all aspects of life. Not only the good or the bad ones. This is why this…

Positive News: Age is no excuse

A while ago, I wrote an article about adding some optimism to your news diet. Today’s entry is about an elderly lady who is still very active. In his show Late Night with Seth Meyers, he sometimes has a section called “The kind of story we need right now”. Those stories give hope and they…

Fighting against the comfort zone

Many of us feel the need for safety. That is why a comfort zone is so alluring. We settle down in our little nest and we build a fortress around us. We have our routines, we know where to do grocery shopping, we know where to eat, what to do, and especially what to expect….

36 Questions to fall in love – XXXV

I think it is only fair that you get to know me a little bit better to understand how I think and how my brain works in order to put my writings into perspective and to draw your own conclusions. This is why I, once about every ten days, answer one of the questions from…

Strategies when needing a break: Going for a walk

Today was a very intense day. The thing was that I couldn’t plan for it the way it played out. If you know that an intense day will come, you can take precautions to stay balanced and energized and you can come up with a plan how to structure this day. For me, it was…

Being patient

I wrote a lot about patience in my blog. Mainly because I need to be more patient myself. And patience is not only something for difficult times. Actually, a lack of patience can make good times more difficult again. At the moment, I feel a lot better. I have much more energy. Me feeling better…

How to become a good leader – VI

Part 5 This is my very subjective series on how to become a good leader. Everything I write serves as a reminder for myself and to give you an opportunity to reflect about your own leadership. It is probably good to start with the first part where I speak about the importance of crafting your leadership…

Limericks about tea

Today, I felt like writing a poem again. As I drank and bought a lot of tea during the last two weeks and because I like limericks, I tried to write some limericks about tea. I hope you enjoy them =)   I do like all kinds of tea it’s my way to gain energy…

Unexpected leadership

This is a bit of a shameless self-marketing article =)… A couple of days ago, I facilitated a 2-hour-long workshop titled “unexpected leadership”.  I admit that the title is a bit clickbaity. The goal was to attract as many of my colleagues as possible, because this topic benefits from a diverse range of opinions and…

Reflection: 11 months of writing a daily blog

Ding ding ding. That is the sound of the bell that signals the last month of my one-year project has started. It is the 336th article I have written. 29 to go. I developed a huge appreciation for everyone who does this for a living. There are days during which I sit in front of…

Bring your own house in order first

This article is somewhat inspired by one of Jordan Peterson’s chapters in his new book titled: Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world. It is not an addition to or a review of this chapter, but my thoughts hearing this statement. It is very easy to criticize others. We always “know”…

Mindfulness: Analytical meditation

There are all kind of meditation practices that help us to increase and stabilize our focus and attention. In addition, meditation can also be used to gain insights. Analytical meditation is such a practice. In essence, it is thinking about something. However, it is more structured. You select a topic and systematically examine it with…