I use my real name in 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 is not welcome.
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 myself and my experiences and to describe my perceptions while growing up, to find 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 mindset led me to become a Clinical Psychology. Later, my pragmatic and results oriented side changed course and I became a corporate executive.
I led a successful, fast, diverse, exciting international career, in global companies, in different countries and continents. I wrote though, were lots of white papers, reports, proposals, and presentations.
Deep reflections on my life’s purpose made me restless about my future. In 2012 I changed my life path. I was profoundly affected by the loss of a younger brother to cancer. I left corporate life and begun a new adventure as an entrepreneur.
Blogging took off in 2014. I went from posting my thoughts to adding photos in a very fast pace, as an amateur writer and photographer.
English is not my mother tongue and I write as I cook; I have many preferences and use many ingredients, and very rarely follow a recipe. I make photos in the same way.
I like to ask questions, explore and discover new horizons. 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, every person, and every situation, from their many facets and contexts. Learning from others is a precious gift that enriches us exponentially.
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.