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ABOUT THE BAREFOOT DIARIES

SPARKING TRUE COLORS

 

About The Barefoot Diaries

I wanted to create a beautiful space, a playground. A place that I can go to anytime I need to remember my wild and free essence, a place that inspires me and sparks my true colors. A nourishing space to remember our wildness & wisdom. A space where I can connect with likeminded wildflowers and where we can grow, bloom and create together. The Barefoot Diaries is born from that longing.

This multisensory brand is about a Lifestyle that breathes a sense of freedom and spaciousness. To get a taste of this Barefoot Lifestyle I created a website, that will be a book as well, with portraits of beautiful people around the globe living a free, but grounded, lifestyle, each in there very own unique way. Free souls on a roll! Please check www.livingabarefootlifestyle.com

#TRUECOLORS

My DNA and the DNA of this space called The Barefoot Diaries is about movement: move energy and move life. To move what’s stagnated. Freeing our life force so that creativity can fully bloom. All that I bring forth through The Barefoot Diaries: from books, art, projects, workshops or creative mentoring will hopefully spark more of our true colors. Like bright sparkly fireworks: swift and sometimes with a loud bang, but always mesmerizingly beautiful after that.

Because… you can’t start a fire without a spark! To quote from Dancing in the dark by Bruce Springsteen that my parents often listened to when I was a little girl. To ignite the fire in yourself, you do need that tiny spark.

You can’t start a fire without a spark

To live the full rainbow of our potential

The Barefoot Diaries is a safe container for your self-discovery on the road to the full rainbow of your potential. No journey of no person is ever the same, nor needs the same things. And only you yourself have the knowledge and wisdom inside about what you need. This space is about embracing our uniqueness fully. Following what we individually need to bloom and be inspired by others that found their way to do so. Let our hearts and love lead the way, and not our (unconscious) fears.

The 3 parts of this brand that are in progress
1. A mentoring program
A collective where I provide space for you to dive deep into new layers of your creative (life) force. Space where true colors get sparked. My goal is to provide the space for a likeminded creative community with other wise wildflowers.
There will be sub-mentoring programs available like: Free Your Inner Writer, how to write your book (that I already run in Dutch).
2. Products
Products that ignite The Barefoot Lifestyle. From books, a journal to art.
3. A physical place  
Ultimately I want to create an actual Barefoot Diaries space that you can rent to have some creative time for yourself.

In My Barefoot Diary blog I keep you updated on launches, I share little pieces of art to spark true colors and give you a peek behind the scenes of this multisensory brand. To be a part of the tribe and not miss a thing: please join our newsletter.

 
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THE VISION

THE VISION BEHIND THE BAREFOOT DIARIES

 

Methodology

You create the story of your life as you are the author. Let go of the stories that no longer serve you and start to write a loving open new spacious story. Create a new narrative of endless possibilities. If you don’t love your story, the next chapter will repeat more of the same. Letting go of the heaviness of the past and walk into a new bright present. Take radical responsibility for our happiness and a new journey. One where we blossom instead of staring endlessly at our wounds. A journey where we detach from the drama. Unlearn the learned. Let go of concepts. Dare to give up our identifications. Back to a zero-point: raw, naked, vulnerable but connected. Not easy at all, but liberating. When we dare to do that, we can end the struggle and surrender to a spacious, authentic and beautiful simple life. Not at all a ‘perfect’ life, life is never perfect, but very very real. We relax into the realness of our being.

Through writing or creative mentoring I weave with you the past, present and future to live an authentic and integrated life. Being fully present in the Now with an integrated past and a vision for the future, without attachment to either (cause attachment to the past, the future or both keeps us away from being fully present in the magical Now).

The vision you find below is the baseline of a straight, clear, easy and practical methodology to spark true colors. I work with this methodology within The Barefoot Diaries projects and mentoring. But The Barefoot Diaries is above all an experience: a niche, a magical place, an alchemical journey, a barefoot lifestyle and a playground to be inspired by, to enjoy and to connect through. A space to remember our wildness & wisdom.

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The Vision

1. The Colorful Glitter

An important part of the vision behind The Barefoot Diaries is the fusion of opposites, like the symbol of Yin/Yang. An integration of what we previously experienced as dualities in life. Dark & light, feminine & masculine, life & death… When we embrace it all, we experience wholeness and where these integrated opposites meet within us, we find the place of our authenticity, our true colors, our joyful essence and innocent sparkle. To me it’s not about only ‘living the light’ or ‘we are light’ at all, it’s about accepting that the darker aspects of our being are as much a part of us as the lighter ones. That death is a part of life just like being fully alive is. That only by meeting and acknowledging our shadows and our brightness equally, we experience the wholeness and integration we often long for. The lotus flower grows from the mud and we need the mud & soil as much as the sun to bloom. Not push anything away that feels uncomfortable or to act out our shadow sides, but to just look at all the aspects of our being with compassion. Create a bridge between our conscious and unconscious driving forces by making all parts of us visible. Healing what we need to heal and feeling what we need to feel along the way, without attachment to our wounds, emotions or stories. Then we express the most glittery alchemy of our soul. The glitter or colorful sparkles that we find where dark and light meet within us: the space of our full potential as human beings.

 
 

2. To be alive: rawness & bliss both

Life is so much about allowing. Allowing to meet ourselves fully, with all the pain, rawness, sadness, darkness, deep longings and all the bliss, joy, light, sparkles, strenght and power: then we enter the place of our full potential. A space of innocence, playfulness and inner peace. To be fully ALIVE means rawness and bliss both, without attachement to either. When we have the courage to truly meet ourselves all the way, the stillness and beauty is always there to find inside us, even in the midst of chaos. Deeply resting and relaxing in the fullness and vulnerability of your being and knowing that this is all you ever have to ‘do’. Knowing that this is good enough and that you are good enough. This in itself is a courageous act. Then we move from inspired and aligned action with our hearts leading the way. With our ignited sparks as direction indicators on our path.

3. The sparkle of your soul

Joy is our essence, the base of our wholeness where we, sooner or later, can come back to, no matter what we encounter in life. Not by ignoring any darkness, emotions or shadows in ourselves, but by integrating it all and harvest from there. Seeing ourselves fully, with compassion, but we must never forget the playfulness that is our essence. Of course sometimes we experience truly terrible hardships in life and we might need time to heal deeply. And when we see the daily news the world seems to have gone absolutely mad. But especially now the world needs integrated souls that dare to follow their true colors and lead the way to a ripple effect of more authenticity. Let us be that integrated love warriors.

Yes, take life and ourselves very seriously and take full responsibility for it all, but at the exact same time don’t take life and ourselves soooo serious. Be playful, open to adventure, open to see things from new perspectives, wonder like a child who sees or experiences something for the first time and never stop learning new things. Dance barefoot on the grass, read a comic book, play without any goal to it. Make your life the most joyous you can.

 

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The wildflower that you are…

So simple and enormous courageous at the same time

It’s about the unique wildflower that we all are, with our own specific shadows, qualities and gifts. And that ‘all’ you have to do is give space to your uniqueness, welcome anything that arises in every moment fully so that we can grow from the seed more and more into our full blooming, our full potential. It’s so simple and an enormous courageous journey at the same time. It’s the natural vulnerable state of us a human beings that we drifted away from.
Not easy, but so real and therefore full of magic.

Wildflower, thanks for being here!


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi, The Guesthouse