Nourishing relationships

After choosing my OLW I have been thinking a lot what  I nourish and want to share on of the things I do to nourish my relationships. With all our crazy busy lives we forget to send out sweet notes like in the old days, to show people we care, are thinking of them and how we appreciate them. Because we all know we don’t say it nearly enough 😉

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These days we choose quick, easy & cheap messages via sms, messenger, whatsapp.
No surprise delivered by the mail man/lady; a thank you note, hardly any birthday cards, christmas or new years wishes.

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I love sending out notes to my familie, friends and to my team, do this as much as I can and I encourage my team to do the same. And this year like the last we sent out New Years wishes to our team and are working on those for friends and family. After that I will focus on sending notes to all my members by the end of the month.

And I realise that a lot of people consider it a waste of money or better for the environment  to go digital but lets be honest  here, there are worse ways to waste money or to do harm to the environment…..

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But showing people you really care, by taking the time to share that with them in a note, by sending a note brings great joy to them and to you. Trust me on this and think back to the last time you received a sweet card and how that made you feel …

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Nadat ik mijn OLW had gekozen ben ik veel gaan nadenken over mijn woord nourish (voeden) en ik wilde met jullie delen wat ik doe om mijn relaties te onderhouden = voeden. Met onze drukke levens vergeten we vaak om lieve kaartjes te sturen zoals vroegah, om mensen te laten merken dat we om ze geven, we aan ze denken en dat we ze waarderen. Ik weet zeker dat iedereen het met me eens zal zijn dat we dat niet genoeg zeggen 😉

Tegenwoordig kiezen we voor snelle, makkelijke én goedkope berichtjes via sms, messenger, whatsapp. Geen verassing gebracht door de postbode; een bedankkaartje, nauwelijks verjaardagskaarten en de kerst en/of nieuwjaarskaarten worden ook steeds minder.

Ik ben dol op het sturen van kaartjes aan mijn familie, vrienden en mijn team, doe dit zoveel mogelijk en moedig mijn team ook aan om dit te doen. Dit jaar hebben we, net als vorig jaar, Nieuwjaarskaarten verstuurd aan ons team en zijn we druk doende met die voor onze vrienden en familie. Als ik daarmee klaar ben ga ik al mijn members een kaartje sturen voor het einde van de maand.

Ik realiseer me dat een hoop mensen dit zonde vinden van het geld, of dat het beter is voor het milieu om het digitaal te doen maar laten we nou wel wezen, er zijn ergere manieren om geld te verspillen of schade aan het milieu te veroorzaken ….

Mensen laten zien dat je om ze geeft, door de tijd te nemen om dat te delen in een kaartje en die aan hen te sturen geef je ze een warm gevoel. Geloof me maar en denk maar terug aan de laatste keer dat jij een lief kaartje kreeg en hoe dat voelde.

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Hello 2017 meet my one little word

{ pssst Did you know I am bilingual ? Scroll down for the dutch translation of this post 😉 As of this year I will be blogging in both languages }

I have been doing One Little Word since the day that Ali Edwards shared this wonderful movement, yes it is a movement, if you are a scrapbooker you know.
But this one took me longer to resonate with than ever … Or maybe I usually start sooner, can’t remember 😉

 

My word for 2016 was Thrive and boy did I ever, for 2017 I choose NOURISH!

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Nourish the relationship my family, my team, my friends and my members with my time & love.

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Nourish my body soul & mind with good food, good reads, self-development and workouts.

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Nourish my blog, my social media accounts, my  Oiled by Nature (Young Living) business and team by sticking to my planning, hence my first post of the year.
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And allow others to nourish me ….

What is your word for 2017?

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One Little Word doe ik al vanaf de dag dat Ali Edwards deze geweldige beweging, ja geloof me het is een echte beweging en als je een scrapbooker bent dan weet je waar ik het over heb.
Maar deze duurde wat langer om te bedenken … maar misschien ben ik later begonnen dan normaal, kan ik me niet meer herinneren, hey er is al een jaar voorbij 😉 

Het woord dat ik voor 2016 koos was Voorspoed and jemig wat hebben we een voorspoed gehad, voor 2017 kies ik voeden/koesteren!

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De relatie met mijn gezin, mijn team, mijn vrienden en mijn members voeden met mijn tijd & liefde.nourish

 

Mijn lichaam en geest voeden met goed eten, mooie boeken, persoonlijke ontwikkeling en workouts.

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Mijn blog, mijn social media accounts, mijn Oiled by Nature (Young Living) bedrijf & team door beter te houden aan mijn planning, vandaar deze eerste post van het jaar.
Ik geef mezelf vandaag al een schouderklopje!nourish-2

En ik laat anderen me voeden/koesteren (waarom klinkt dat altijd raarder in het nederlands)  ….

Wat is jouw woord voor 2017?

 

Hello 2016

I have never had so much fun working up to and during Christmas and New Year in a long time. In the past I was too preocupied with getting it all right so I guess it had a lot with stress, being a working mom I wanted to be a superwoman, making everyone happy, making sure all the prezzies were in, all the right food, nice decorations yadehyadehya you know the drill … And you all know what happens if momma is tired, they go through the motions but are not enjoying the moment.

Because let’s face it, raising 2 teenagers is not easy, add into that a husband who’s been unemployed for over 2,5 years, working a FT job and starting up a business was a lot to digest for us all. This past year was a whole new deal, me (and my family) had the roughest year together to date but there have been a lot of happy memories made as well. We stuck together, we laughed because you know you have crazy things happening with a special dog, 2 cats and 2 teenage boys, we cried when we said goodbye to an important member of our family we survived it all with ups and downs.

We made it work, I made it work and we slowly started to see things were looking up for us, My husband found a job, my boys were still hormonal but it was easier to deal with because we were under less stress, I said goodbye to my job and concentrated on my work as a independent distributor, started focussing on my health again with eating more and weightlifting and we all started to enjoy life a bit more.

Thus resulting in a more relaxed mommy that was looking forward to decorating the halls with holly, getting into the christmas spirit and making it a fun, easygoing holiday season. Got all the grocery and gift shopping done without the crazy feeling and it was just a fun time just like it should always be!

This past year has put a lot in perspective for me and yes it is too bad that it has taken me so long to realise this but on the other hand life is all about learning and I needed to have these experiences to be ready for a change, growth and purpose.

If there is one thing I would like to tell you from my experiences is get rid of what’s making you unhappy and change your life completely, it’s scary yes but instead of just going through the motions of your daily life, take a chance and live it to it’s fullest it’s so much more fun.

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I have been fortunate to be able to change my job and now work a passion driven business owner, I didn’t look for it, it found me and I wasn’t afraid to go for it.

Reflecting on 2015 I would say we flourished in the second half of 2015 and for 2016 I want us all to thrive … As a person, in our work and in our health.

It’s my one little word that I will be focussing on this year, have you thought about it ? what word describes best what you want for yourself this year ? Please share it with me in the comments I would love to know ❤

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Well hello there 2013

I don’t think i have any readers left after my dreadful lack of posting in the last year (only 9).
Catching up just wasn’t do-able so i’ve decided to let go, you can’t always be a 10 and that’s ok too. This is what I’ve learned in 2012 ! Since my one little word for 2012 was Embrace I’d say that I chose pretty well.

I’ve decided not to make new years resolutions for this year, rather I’ve chosen to make a bucketlist, much more fun and less pressure to live up to (inspired by the greatest blogger & mom I know). Some of the things I have been thinking up/pondering about whether to add to my list are getting a small tattoo (hey I’m 42 so why not) and trying insanity workout (DH found the program) = to be continued ….

Definately going on my bucketlist are ;

  • Help sea turtles
  • Watch baby sea turtles make their way to the sea
  • a trip to NY without the kids (dudes are not happy with this one)
  • a trip to NY with the kids (LOL)
  • joining Geef jij het door (the whole family is joining btw)
  • completing granny a day for a year (cheating a bit on this one since I tried this last year so I already have a few)
  • joining in and sticking to it FMSphotoaday
  • take part in a 5 km run possibly 10
  • organizing a small local creative market
  • Visiting all the Dutch Islands (Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog)
  • Mudflat hiking (Wadlopen)
  • cuddle a seal
  • see some of the worldwonders The Aurora Boreali,  Great Pyramid of Giza,  the great barrier reef, Grand Canyon, Stonehege, pyramids, Colloseum.
  •  Book a Romantic trip with my big dude
  • Vacation in Hawaii, Mauritius, the ABC Islands
  • Actually make things I pin

I like my list so far, what do you think ?

One little Word

I am aiming to work hard on my one little word this year, I chose the word EMBRACE.

I want to embrace that I cannot be perfect, embrace that I can let go more and let the flow take me along, embrace my loved ones more, embrace the fun things in life more, embrace the slow proces of decluttering my house (Rome was not built in a day i am told), embrace blogging again (looking at my stats I have been blogging less and less since 2006 when I started), embrace that I have to say NO even if people don’t like it (i cannot be friends with everyone), embrace my blog more, embrace my body more, embrace 2012 !

What’s your word for 2012 ?

New Year, New Word, New Resolution

This year my resolution will be to be more joyful, be more crafty, bloggy and more energetic !

But most of all more joy in everything, i think JOY should be my word for 2011

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joy thinking about the past instead of tears, something I’ve been dwelling on too much in 2010…..
joy with the guys
joy with friends
joy in life
joy in the everyday
recording the joy
joy @ work

I sorta lost joy for a while, stressing too much about just about everything, one of the downsides in being a controlfreak, and I just didn’t have enough joy.

So joy is what I want back again, less stress and more joy ! bring it on 2011 …..

My word for 2010

I love Ali’s idea of chosing a word every new year, a word that fits with what you would like to do more, your ? for that year or just a word that shows what you find inportant. Now when I thought about my word last week I had a hard time choosing one and don’t think I found the right one to be honest, that I just chose one to have one you know what I mean 😉

So as I was catching up on blogs I read a word that a blogger chose for herself (love that they did it for the whole family) and thought that’s it, that’s my word for 2010 it fits me in every possible way this year ! So I decided to change my word, because hey who says you can’t …..

My word for 2010 is FLOURISH and if you want to know why it fits so much better than the one I chose (which was creative ) well I mean duh it means this : to grow well, strong: thrive well that’s want i want to do this year !