I use my real name to name this blog – not for being world’s famous – but because the only thing I am famous for is my preference to openly voice what I think and stand for… what sometimes gets me in trouble.
Who am I?
I’m a Brazilian-Dutch living in Amsterdam with my husband.
To read and write has been an attraction since I was a kid; functioned almost like breathing. I wanted to understand my experiences and describe my perceptions while growing up, and finding my way with parents, friends and life. I was fascinated with books and encyclopedias, traveling around the world through my imagination.
The pen and paper doubled as the teenager’s ‘shrink’, and the mentor for the world’s quests. The ‘shrink’ would rid off doubts, fear and sadness, as everything felt lighter and silly afterwards. The mentor would connect with the inner self in a special way, as an honest passenger in a voyage of discovery.
The young adult didn’t become a professional writer. Instead, my inquisitive mind brought me to Clinical Psychology. But my pragmatic and results oriented side changed course and I became a corporate executive.
I led a fast, diverse, exciting international career, in a few global companies, in different countries and continents. But all I wrote were lots of white papers, reports, proposals, presentations…
In 2012 I changed my life path. I was profoundly affected by the loss of a younger brother to cancer. I left corporate life.
Blogging was in my life in 2014. I went from posting my thoughts to adding my photos in a very fast pace. I am an amateur writer and photographer though.
English is not my mother tongue and I write as I cook; I have many preferences and use many ingredients, but very rarely follow a recipe. I make photos in the same way.
I like to ask questions, explore and discover. That makes me a knowledge-hunter and a very curious person. My drive is not to prove my point but to learn and expand my mind.
Living in different countries made me a cross cultural chameleon, with an open mind to look at every place, person and situation from their many facets and contexts.
My wish is to lend you my lenses to view the world I experience, the stories I imagine, and the views I am still constantly shaping, over all events that touch me.