Traveller at heart
Michèle Bevoort - life artist & writer
I create. That’s what I do, that’s who I am. I’m a writer, magazine maker and graduated as a holistic life therapist, but most of all I see myself as a multi-creative. The different expressions of my creativity come together in my multisensory brand The Barefoot Diaries. It’s intended to be a nourishing place for myself and hopefully for you too. A space where we remember our wild & free essence together, a place where our true colors get sparked!
My own journey has been without a doubt a journey of liberation. To catalyze stagnant situations and to shift blockages within myself or wherever I meet them. Unlocking freedom at all levels. Not necessarily by choice, but this happens by me just being true to myself. Truly feeling free was always a big theme and longing in my life. Free from patterns, fears, identifications and attachments that did not serve me anymore. Peeling them off layer by layer and therefore, bit by bit, getting closer to my full potential as a human being.
Learning lessons through trial and error, by falling down and getting back up again. Learning through life experiences and through the more difficult situations I encountered. Many times I died a little (or a lot), gaining more aliveness at the other side of it. Although it brought me a magical ride of the real, it’s a challenging path as well. Clearing and cleaning out stagnated energy or locked emotional patterns to spark my true colors, find more and more of my (joyful) essence and free the unlimited reservoir of my life force and therefore my creativity.
I’m a rebel in a peaceful way. By being my most authentic self and not compromising my truth. Daring to let go of what my mind perceives to be the ‘normal’ way because many others live their lives like it (major challenge… but getting better at it) and follow my heart anyway. Be a changer in the world by living a colorful life in my very own unique way.
Born and raised in The Netherlands, but a traveller at heart. After many years where I rooted down in one place, I decided it was time for adventure. For more than three years now I live without my own home and therefore I experience the freedom to travel often, live in very special places and be in other countries for longer and writing/working from there. From a paradise in the ricefields outside Ubud, Bali to a seaside apartment close to nature on the island Ibiza in the silent wintertime and more. A very rich period in my life, with ups and of course also downs (just as life is). In these years I let go of so much that I didn’t need anymore, literally and figuratively. I learned so much about surrender, I learned to trust life and daring to ‘not know’ upfront how the journey will unfold and what each next step would look like. For me that took a lot of courage. The result was a great sense of inner peace and more spaciousness in my heart, in my soul, in my time and in my life. Space where I started creating my brand The Barefoot Diaries from.
At the moment I live in different places close to my roots in The beautiful Netherlands, but I’m so globally wired that I will always feel like a world citizen at the same time. Now I hope to root down in one place again soon, and live a semi-nomadic lifestyle at the same time: a Barefoot Lifestyle. Travelling when I feel like it and live, work and connecting in other countries too. Changing environment every now and then (from nature to city for example) depending on what suits me most in each (creative) phase or moment. To nourish those both parts of me, the homey part ánd the adventurer, makes me feel most alive!
Lately I came across my preschool teacher. I was in her very first class when she started teaching in her early twenties. She told me that she always remembered that she asked the class I was in: what do you want to be when you grow up? After some firemen, policemen and a few ballerina’s it was my turn and I, a little introvert girl with white blonde hairs and a straight bang, said: when I grow up I just want to become myself! I laughed so hard when she told me this, cause it’s so profound in a way and exactly what my whole life’s path turned out to be about :). Dare to let go of systems as they are provided to us in this world, systems that are not sustainable to me. Liberate myself to be my most authentic self and as close to my essence, my source, as I can be. One step at a time.
We are all life artists
More and more I start to realize that the deeply lived personal life is our true lifework. Free ourselves from fears, old patterns, attachments and habits that do not serve us anymore. All that we took on to survive, to fit in or to simply function in the world as it is today. We peel the layers and find our way back to our wild, wise and free essence. Whole, grounded and connected to source. Playful, colorful, full of joy and aliveness: this to me is the free Barefoot feeling.
When we realize that, in this perspective, we are all life artists and so we are free to choose anything that we love to do, to bring our creative essence, our unique life force and wild wise qualities into this world. I can choose to channel my essence, my uniqueness, my sparkle, my energy through any art-form or activity I like. I choose for example to write, to illustrate, to paint, to play the cello and modern dance. And to put creative projects in the world, like this space I call The Barefoot Diaries.
For you it might be totally different things, but all we choose to bring forth in the world from this place of inner beauty, will always be ‘art’, because it’s that what we create from our deepest essence as life artists. No matter the form. Then work becomes play, life becomes a dance and we move beyond the Matrix.
True freedom to me is the ability to choose whatever my heart tells me to, in any given moment, without attachments or barriers created from (unconscious) fear. This is my life’s journey…