And I quote…

I love quotes, some people just know how to get to the matter in a few clear words. One quote I really like is:

What you think,
you become.

What you feel,
you attract.

What you imagine,
you create.



Another one of my favorites is:

Nothing is
the word
itself says
“I’m possible”

Audrey Hepburn

If you like these quotes, you can find more on my new board “quotes” on Pinterest.

When I grow up…

Last year in kindergarten Lisa and her classmates made a book with the title: When I grow up… Every kindergartner got his/her own page in the book.
On her page of the book Lisa wrote: I want to be a princess. I will have a long dress (okay, her exact words were: I want to be a prisess. I wil have a long dras).

It’s wonderful to see the uncomplicated dreams of children, not being limited by all kinds of beliefs about why they wouldn’t be able to become whatever it is they desire. Unfortunately most of us lose the ability to dream freely and adapt all kinds of limiting beliefs that other people in our environment (sometimes with the best intentions) impose on us.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it is I want to become. First of all in terms of work. I would like to work part time again, but I have no clue what I would like to do. But also in the sense of: what kind of person is it that I would like to be. And I notice that even when I try to just think of what it is I would like to do or how I would like to be(have), I automatically come up with all kinds of limiting beliefs telling me that’s not within my reach. This is one of the reasons I do NLP, to learn some tools to get a different mindset. Some people are naturally very good at it, and some, like me, have to learn it. But the good news is, you can learn it. Sometimes with simple techniques (which does not necessarily mean it is easy to do).

One of the things I really like is to try and say things in a positive way. I used to say my glass is half empty and sometimes I still do, but now, when I notice that I do so, I rephrase it and say my glass is half full. Also I try to say the things that I do want instead of the things that I don’t want. I used to tell my daughter: don’t forget, mommy and daddy love you, now I tell her: always remember, mommy and daddy love you. It’s just a small difference but I really like it.

So, I think, that maybe when I grow up, I want to be a coach and help people access their resources and hand them tools, so they will be able to improve their quality of life. For now I’ve decided to just learn as much from my NLP training as I can and share my journey with you guys.
And you, do you know what/how you want to be?


See the beauty 2

Another makeover project I recently finished is this footstool. Unfortunately I didn’t take a good before picture, because I couldn’t wait to get started 🙂 . I only have some pictures of the underside of the stool (just in case I wouldn’t know how to put it back together).

footstool2     footstool1

Well, I think it gives a pretty good idea of how ugly it was.

So, I started to dissect the footstool, until there was nothing more left than 4 legs, a piece of wood and some foam.
Then I had to put it back together. So, first I put some batting over the foam and stapled it to the underside of the wood. Then I covered it with some faux fur fabric.


I painted the legs silver and this is the result.


I was very pleased with the result and luckily Lisa as well (since it is for her room) 🙂


see the beauty

A couple of months ago I bought a small table and a chest of drawers for Lisa’s room from Craigslist. They were… not very special. In fact, Mr. M. thought I had lost my mind buying junk and made me promise that I would get rid of them if my plan for them wouldn’t work out. Yeah, sure, whatever… I was pretty confident it would work out 🙂 .

tafel    kast

I admit that they didn’t look very special when I bought them, but I could see the potential and knew they would look so great in Lisa’s room when redone.

I love how they turned out and even Mr. M. was convinced, so they could stay 🙂 And most important, Lisa loves it!

tafel1   kast2

The colors seem to be a little bit different, but that’s due to the light. They’re both the same color.

Chocolate (chickpea) cake recipe

he other day I made a chocolate cake out of chickpeas and had some friends try it. They liked it and wanted to know the recipe. Since I thought I could improve the recipe, I made a new one on Monday. I thought it came out better than the original recipe, but unfortunately Mr. M. rated it no higher than: edible. Hmmm, could have been worse, but still, not what I was going for. It doesn’t have to be the best thing he ever tasted, but I would like to hear “can I have another piece”.

So before posting the recipe, I really wanted to give it another shot. Since the verdict said it was dry, I added more dates (last time I had dates and coconut sugar) and added some water. I also added some oat flour, hoping to give it a little bit more of a cake like taste and structure (and to retain the moist). I think it turned out pretty well. Whether it will be good enough for Mr. M. to request another piece, I don’t know (yet). But I know Lisa will like it, she liked the previous versions as well and that’s good enough for now. And, I will just keep on trying to find a recipe for a healthy treat that he will like 🙂
You can find the original recipe here.

Chickpea cake

This week I’ve been experimenting with some cake/muffin recipes. I’m still hoping to one day create a more or less healthy treat that Mr. M. also loves to eat. So, on Monday I tried banana chocolate cake, I liked it. However, both Mr. M. and Lisa didn’t. So yesterday I tried chocolate cake made out of chickpeas. Chickpeas, really? Yeah, really, who would have thought! I was a little bit afraid it wouldn’t work out since chickpeas have a rather distinctive taste, but it turned out to be surprisingly tasty. Lisa liked it. Mr. M. is on a business trip so he hasn’t tried them. Really wonder what he would have thought of it. Unfortunately chances are, he won’t even try it now he knows it’s made out of chickpeas. Oh, well… Here’s a picture.


Today I made oat flour muffins. I blended some oatmeal into flour, oh I love my blender, and was ready to go. I wanted vanilla taste, but they turned to be a little bit bland. Apparently, using only vanilla extract wasn’t enough. Next time I’ll try adding a vanilla bean. Good basic recipe for muffins though. All in all, I’m pretty happy how my experiments turned out :).

Mind over medicine

I just finished reading “Mind over medicine” by Lissa Rankin, which I found to be really interesting. I strongly belief in the connection between mind and body and after reading this book possibly even more.

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, my gastroenterologist told me I would have to take medicines for the rest of my life. I wasn’t too happy when he said that, and already having read stories of other people diagnosed with Crohn’s disease where the disease went into (total) remission, I was convinced that someday it should be possible to get off of the medicines.

Being a doctor in conventional medicine, Lissa Rankin at first didn’t pay much attention to miracle stories about patients, sometimes with very serious diseases, that experienced a remarkable if not total remission of their diseases. But the more stories she heard, the more she wondered if there might be something else that’s important when it comes to healing the body. So, she started digging into all kinds of research to see if she could find evidence that our human mind is capable of healing our body. The result is amazing and whether or not this book convinces you that the human mind is capable of some extraordinary things, it is definitely worth reading it.

A lot of people have health issues that their doctors can’t link to any disease, but the fact is, that they do have symptoms. In this book Lissa Rankin shows how the things that are going on in your life as well as the way you handle these, can actually lead to changes in your physiology. After experiencing a rough period in her own life and having her share of symptoms, she makes an inventory of her life and a writes herself a ‘prescription’ to fix it. She turns around her life and starts working in a practice in which she gets to spend all the time she needs with her patients. Thinking of her own experiences, she started to ask her patients what they thought would cure them and much to her surprise most of them didn’t tell her that they needed a different kind of medicine or therapy, but things like, I need to quit my job, or, I need to divorce my husband.

Just to be clear on this. Lisa Rankin by no means implies that people that are ill or do not get cured have themselves to blame for it. Nor does she say that you should avoid conventional medicine. She merely says that the state of your mind can lead to changes in your physiology that may cause all kinds of symptoms and/or diseases and that it may be worthwhile to take a good look at your life. Making changes in your life doesn’t necessarily mean you will be cured, but it will still add to the quality of your life.

I have definitely some changes to make, which is the reason I started my Master NLP training and I’m still convinced that one day I can do without medicines :).

On a roll…

Ever since school started early September I’ve been very busy, but somehow I still don’t seem to have a lot of time to bead (sounds familiar, anyone?). However, I managed to experiment a little with making wire beads. Basically it comes down to rolling wire into coils and then do the same with the coils. After a little experimenting I was quite happy with how my copper  bead turned out.