In August 2015 I started traveling around the world after having worked for seven years for Stenden University in the Netherlands. I had traveled quite a lot before that job and did not think I would travel extensively, again.
In May, the virus hit after learning about an interesting group of friends around a young spiritual teacher named Bentinho Massaro situated in Boulder, Colorado. My curiosity had been piqued and my first plan was to go there for three months and come back to my job.
In the meantime, I found out that Hawaii hosted people with interesting lifestyles – besides gorgeous nature – and thus Hawaii became a nice stop in between the US and New Zealand, a country that I wanted to visit for a longer time. The idea of going back to my old job seemed less attractive as I did not know what would happen on my journey and how much I would change. I decided to quit my job. All of this happened in such a short time, that it rather surprised me – and many people around me.
The idea of going back to my old job seemed less attractive.
When I arrived in Boulder, I quickly became part of the group of people I wanted to be around. One thing lead to another and I made my first video with Dave Solazzo, who received my request with enthusiasm. I met interesting people that raised my curiosity and conversations with some of them made me want to make videos. Even though I had sold my camera before I started traveling, it came back on my path.
Interviewing people gave me an opportunity not only to develop myself, but also to connect with beautiful people and to give them something of value. I found out that my three core values were met in a way that I could enjoy effortlessly. People helped me to get the gear that I needed to keep doing this on the remainder of my journeys.
I found out that my three core values were met in a way that I could enjoy effortlessly.
Everything came together. Some years ago, I had made some videos with a colleague and friend, Maik. We started a movement we called ‘Momens’ – referring to moments and ‘mooi mens’ which means ‘beautiful person’ in Dutch – where we wanted to find the deeper layer of people’s story. Sometimes we would capture that in one minute videos. Maik was a master getting to the heart of people and taught me how to dig for and recognize an authentic story.
Now, the story continues. Some of those stories can be found on this website.