Friday, March 7, 2014
You know, sometimes silly things make you smile. Due to an interior project I am doing now here in Guayaquil (which doesn't leave me a lot of time to blog, but of which I will certainly show you more later) I do find myself a lot on Pinterest, just like these dogs. Dressed, decorated, and humanized like little dolls - they just seem to pop up, and simply make me smile sitting behind my laptop (and I hope you too).
Friday, February 21, 2014
I found this great website, or better said this great philosophy, called 'workisnotajob'. Workisnotajob was started by a young German designer who, like me, desired to create a lifestyle where she could combine talent and work on her own terms. Over the years workisnotajob evolved into a movement for everyone who believes that work is something you love - a transmission of energy. And I totally agree with this. Because I feel (and even more so after being in a new work rhythm for over a year) that work is not only something you do with your heart, for which you feel passion, but something you want to give your time to. Something that makes the world a little bit better (and more beautiful!) in one way or another. And something that not necessarily has to bring a lot of money, but does bring a lot of happiness. Of course this can be done in a 9-5 job, but doesn't necessarily have to be. Anyway the movement features some great quotes, like this one, my personal favorite.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Is what the boys of Las Tunas get to see in the season... this afternoon (de)light is an every day treat with which the local surf guys hang out and finish the day. And I can tell you, this one of the many amazing ones.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
When I came to the conclusion that one big gain of my new lifestyle is having more available time, and contemplating about how I could share this personal profit with others, I decided to write this post. Because the last weeks I have been thinking. Thinking about happiness, or more importantly the road to it. My thoughts were not only triggered by my own advancing kilometers, but also by a book I was reading, The Art of Happiness. A book that took me on the journey of Western psychiatrist Howard Cutler, and his insights as a result of his many conversations with the Dalai Lama on the topic of happiness, backed up by scientific research related to it. And after my contemplation I felt the need to write some of the major points of the book, backed up by my own personal experiences – not only to share my time (or safe yours of reading the book), but moreover to fill my eager hope to contribute to an overall state of happiness.
While reading the book as a Dutch thirty something year old woman a statement on Western society caught my attention. Apparently studies by social scientists have highlighted that most people in modern Western society tend to go through life believing that the world is basically a nice place to live in, that life is mostly fair, and that they are good people who deserve to have good things happen to them. So far so good.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
This is Fernando (24) and his wolfshound Tammy (4 moths) in their hometown Las Tunas. Besides the numerous street dogs which can be found all over Ecuador, a lot of people start to appreciate the pedigree dogs. Me: "Fernando, why did you buy Tammy?" Fernando: "I just wanted some company." Fernando is the last of 9 siblings, and as the last is the one who lives together with his mother in their family home. However due to health issues his mother needed to live in with her daughter, closer to suitable facilities, and Tammy provided more than a happy company.