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AN OVERVIEW OF MY WORK

Michèle’s Portfolio

Life artist, writer, illustrator, mentor, multi-creative

I graduated art school (fashion) and proceeded education and masterclasses in writing. I did my internships in Paris at trend forecast agency Promostyl and in London at 19 magazine (at TI Media). And I assisted a well known Dutch stylist as well as a Dutch photographer during the whole course of my study. After one year of being a textile designer in Amsterdam I worked for several well-known glossy magazines in The Netherlands for almost 12 years. Magazines like Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. I was responsible for the lifestyle, travel, food and beauty section and I loved creating the most beautiful pages every month together with photographers, writers, illustrators and editors. When I craved more freedom I started to work freelance and make creative content, copy & concepts for many different magazines, websites, brands and companies like Samsung Electronics, Superfoodies, Menzis Health Insurance and for, in The Netherlands well-known, Dutch (internet)entrepreneurs like Jesse van der Velde. My strenght lies furtermore in creating new concepts from the first idea to the birth of it.

Meanwhile when I was around thirty years old I started a deep journey of personal development. Sparked by a difficult time in my life. Healing what I needed to heal to feel free and remember my essence. Integrate my light as well as the darker aspects of my being, face my shadow sides and integrate all fragmented parts of me back to the whole. I graduated as a Life Therapist after a five year education based on reading, healing, coaching and counselling. And graduated as an Aura-Some color therapist as well. I wrote books about personal development, I co-created a brand with travel guides called ‘Pure, Slow Travel in the city’ and I created a successful online program Free Your Inner Writer to help people write and birth their own book (up until now this is all in Dutch, but English products and translations are on their way!).

Now all that I am and all I did in the past comes together in The Barefoot Diaries website and projects. For expample through the inspiring meetings I have all over the world with free souls that I portray on the website Living a Barefoot Lifestyle. Below you can view a portfolio of my work in the past. New projects that will sprout from The Barefoot Diaries will be in English ♥ as my work naturally developed more globally.

WRITING

My background lies in the world of magazines. For almost 12 years I worked as an editor for different glossy magazines in The Netherlands like Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. In 2009 I started to work freelance and there are not so many Dutch women’s magazines I did not write or work for in the all those years. From Dutch Red, to Grazia, to Glamour, to Flow Magazine and many other Dutch magazines like Jan, Libelle Health Specials, Santé, Viva, Flair, Yes and many more. These days mostly articles about mindstyle, consciousness, personal development, soulful travel and health. Next to this I work as a creative copywriter for large and small brands. And I work for many different online magazines, websites and projects. Hereby just a few examples and a tiny little taste of my work. My style in writing: bright and colorful but always very to the point.

Happinez International Edition - 2018   Click here for the full article  in English  and  here for the full article  in Dutch

Happinez International Edition - 2018
Click here for the full article in English
and here for the full article in Dutch

Happinez Magazine -
A creative Oasis

For Happinez Magazine I wrote this portrait of Susanna Nova and the creative oasis she created in the magical ricefields of Ubud, Bali. This article was made for the Dutch edition, the International edition and the French edition of this inspiring magazine.

Méditerranée Magazine (Dutch)   Click here for the full article  in Dutch

Méditerranée Magazine (Dutch)
Click here for the full article in Dutch


Méditerranée Magazine - Sardinia, Paradise for eternal living

Together with photographer and friend Nadine Maas I create soulful travel stories. Stories with a personal touch. We always try to find the less acknowledged and less obvious story of a destination, hoping that people will be inspired to see the world and themselves with new eyes.

Grazia Magazine (Dutch)   Click here for the full article  in Dutch

Grazia Magazine (Dutch)
Click here for the full article in Dutch


Grazia - Global Living

A personal story about my digital nomad years and living without my own home for three years. The enormous sense of freedom it gave me and the challenges I encountered. It all began with the question: how can my life feel more like a holiday all the time…?

Online platform &Bloom: content & columns   Click here for a column on The Simple Life  EN  Click here for The Simple Life  in Dutch

Online platform &Bloom: content & columns
Click here for a column on The Simple Life EN
Click here for The Simple Life in Dutch

Online Platform - &Bloom

I work with photographer Denise Boomkens on here amazing project &BLOOM and help her with the editorial part of her platform. A digital spot for fierce women over 40 who live their life more than fully. Because aging is not what it use to be. It’s way cooler!


Click here for an extended portfolio of my writing work for several different magazines and brands in Dutch


BOOKS

I Love Me, 25 ways to live your life fully (2010, Scriptum Publishers, Only in Dutch)   Feel your Sparkle, 15 ways to live lighter (2013, Scriptum Publishers, Only in Dutch)

I Love Me, 25 ways to live your life fully (2010, Scriptum Publishers, Only in Dutch)

Feel your Sparkle, 15 ways to live lighter (2013, Scriptum Publishers, Only in Dutch)

Pure Travel Guides - Slow Travel in the City: Books and App (2014, Unieboek Publishers Netherlands, only in Dutch)   With my inspiring friend and freelance colleague Jessica van Zanten I created and wrote the Pure Travel Guides. We created the whole concept of Pure Travel Books and App from A-Z in cooperation with Unieboek Publishers in The Netherlands. It’s the first series of travel guides that adresses slow travel. There’s a focus on ‘honest’ hotspots and Pure shows you the ‘green’ side of a city. Pure guides you to organic farmers markets, honest organic or local restaurants and lots of lovely small, special and ‘green’ accomodations. There’s a growing demand for slow, conscious, green and pure living & travel, and that’s what the Pure Travel Guides are all about.

Pure Travel Guides - Slow Travel in the City: Books and App (2014, Unieboek Publishers Netherlands, only in Dutch)

With my inspiring friend and freelance colleague Jessica van Zanten I created and wrote the Pure Travel Guides. We created the whole concept of Pure Travel Books and App from A-Z in cooperation with Unieboek Publishers in The Netherlands. It’s the first series of travel guides that adresses slow travel. There’s a focus on ‘honest’ hotspots and Pure shows you the ‘green’ side of a city. Pure guides you to organic farmers markets, honest organic or local restaurants and lots of lovely small, special and ‘green’ accomodations. There’s a growing demand for slow, conscious, green and pure living & travel, and that’s what the Pure Travel Guides are all about.


ONLINE COURSE: FREE YOUR INNER WRITER (DUTCH, BUT ENGLISH IS COMING SOON!)

www.freeyourinnerwriter.nl

This is my online platform were I inspire, motivate and help others that want to write a book. I do this through weekly content, an online training, a Facebook page and Instagram. Free Your Inner Writer gives a taste of the freedom writing can provide on different levels.

www.freeyourinnerwriter.nl/training

The online training consists of 8 modules to make a good start with your book. While doing the course, you start writing your book with ease and flow due to a practical and clear methodology.
Free Your Inner Writer sprouted from my former brand: Free Your Dreams.

I’m working on an English variation of this training so that this program can be a part of my new brand The Barefoot Diaries too.


ILLUSTRATIONS

My illustrations that are free work and in assigment both (for example for magazines, companies or private sales). Also I made a small collection of birth announcement cards for a company that sells online cards. At the moment I’m working on a picture book with my text and illustrations (such a joy to create!)

Love Warrior

Originally created for a small picture book

Joy

Happy tree

Originally created for a small picture book

Free

Free as a bird

Originally created for a small picture book

Just zen

Just zen

Originally created for a small picture book

Made for an article in BeautyMAG magazine

Made for an article in BeautyMAG magazine

Made for an article in BeautyMAG magazine

Made for an article in BeautyMAG magazine

Made for an article in BeautyMAG magazine

Made for an article in BeautyMAG magazine

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Sweet Silence

Free work with my photographs and illustrations for The Barefoot Diaries blog: My Barefoot Diary

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Sweet Silence

Free work with my photographs and illustrations for The Barefoot Diaries blog: My Barefoot Diary

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Sweet Silence

Free work with my photographs and illustrations for The Barefoot Diaries blog: My Barefoot Diary