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How big is your handbag?

How big is your handbag?

This is not a post about fashion because I am not the type to change handbags every season, but bear with me. A couple of years ago I bought a new handbag. It’s sort of squashy, and made in dark brown leather; It’s got one big button on it so you can fasten it shut...
Verbalising my values

Verbalising my values

I was talking to the lovely Sara Bobkoff recently about value and pricing and finding your authentic voice among other things. I always appreciate the skill of a good coach; and the true value of a great coach is one who keeps you thinking well after the conversation...
Beating Job Burnout

Beating Job Burnout

I was clearing out a bookcase this weekend and came across a book I bought more than 20 years ago: “Beating Job Burnout” by Dr Donald Scott. I bought it at a time when I had a very pressured fulltime job in a competitive corporate environment. I really was at the...

Flying Lessons

A long time ago, when my girl was just a toddler, we gave her a pair of fairy wings for her birthday. They cost a few guilders (it was so long ago we did not even have a common euro currency!). They were pink and silver and sparkly and they had two elastic loops to...
Prinsjesdag: a golden Dutch tradition

Prinsjesdag: a golden Dutch tradition

Its the third Tuesday in September; and in the Hague it can mean only one thing, Prinsjesdag! The Dutch don’t really go in for pomp and ceremony, but this event is on a golden Dutch tradition. The king moves from Palais Noordeinde to the Ridderzaal at the...
5 tips to de-clutter your home before Christmas.

5 tips to de-clutter your home before Christmas.

The holidays are creeping up on us, whether you are celebrating Sint or looking forward to Christmas and New year parties, it’s the time of year to start cleaning the house in readiness for the cards and decorations, visitors and their gifts. If you are anything like...
If at first you don’t succeed..

If at first you don’t succeed..

Today is the first day of spring, the spring equinox, and my daugthers 15th birthday! We  were up in time to give her presents this morning before she set off to school, and, for the first time in fifteen years, I have successfully produced a birthday cake in time for...