When I moved to Bali I was deeply tired of a life with a subtle undertone of struggle: working hard & so many hours and let my own creative fierce fire burn myself time and time again. Because, even though I did deep healing and personal development work for ten years, there was still an unconcious hidden driving force that came from fear. The fear of scarcity to be precise: there is not enough, it’s never enough, I’m not enough. There in my wooden house in the midst of the rice fields I let it all go: the whole rat race, the need to be someone, the need to get better, higher, lighter, the need to DO things all the time. I just rested in the fullness of my being, knowing that this was all I ever have to ‘do’. Knowing that this was good enough and that I was good enough. These so called ‘digital nomad’ years for me were about resting, reset, true nourishment of my body & soul and a much needed deep integration. Even so this turned out to be an enormous fruitful period as new ideas came to me and I started birthing this brand. Relaxation made space for the new.
The Barefoot Diaries is a brand that truly sprouted from the inside out, from the depths of my soul.
And of course, when I let it all go I created space for new people to arrive in my life as well. My mentors that became dear friends and I love deeply. They showed me that being a teacher has nothing to do with any hierarchical system, but all with giving in to a mandala of sweet collaboration.
My Mentors: wild, wild and wise
From there I very naturally connected with a small group of amazing, Swedish, wild and wise women. We formed this creative collective The Wild Wild Wise and they all contributed with their loving feedback from their field of expertise to The Barefoot Diaries. Women who created similar brands all in their own field of genius. Brands infused with beauty, with our essence shining forth through our creativity. This inspired me to create a wild, wise and free playground to connect with many more beautiful wild, wise and free souls all over the world and so The Barefoot Diaries was born.
I hope you feel welcome, whole, free, inspired and seen here!
The rest of the Wild Wild Wise tribe
Photographer: capturing inner beauty
I worked with photographer Denise Boomkens for fashion magazines in the past. We connected again as she is working on a beautiful age positive brand &BLOOM and we decided to join forces. She translated the visual aspect of my brand so beautifully in the amazing photographs on the main pages of this website. Photographs that I, here and there, infused with my own art.
I contribute with so much joy to her inspiring project &BLOOM.
&BLOOM Website and Instagram