This past weekend i had the amazing opportunity to attend the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco. If you haven’t heard about this event, it brings together people from the mindfulness / meditation field with the business world, in particular the technology-world. Think Silicon Valley.

There were amazing speakers, ranging from Jay Shetty (viral spiritual teacher) to John and Julie Gottman (founders of the couple’s therapy institute), mindfulness meditation teachers Jack Kornfield and his wife, Trudy Goodman, as well as Ev Williams, founder of Twitter, Karen May and several others of Google, etc. Truly phenomenal.

Many conversations struck a cord, but one in particular has been keeping me occupied these past number of days, because its message resonates so much with my own.

It happened during a conversation between Soren Gordhamer, the organizer and Paul Hawken, the environmentalist and editor of the book ‘Drawdown’, in which Paul talked about an ‘us vs them’- mentality in our world.

Paul said (I’m paraphrasing): “There is no other species than humans that makes a whole subset of the population ‘invalid’, that we simply push aside and say ‘you don’t have anything valuable to bring in.” 

“Just look at ants, for instance. They don’t turn to other ants saying “You better leave, we don’t need you. You don’t have anything to bring in.”

Laughter ensued. However, what he said really stayed with me.

You see, when people experience that they don’t have anything of value to contribute, it creates a separation between themselves and others.

And separation creates loneliness, and as I previously wrote, loneliness is just as bad for you as smoking almost a pack of cigarets a day!

What touched me so deeply about his comment is how it resonates with my own mission, which is to help people feel recognized for what they bring in, their gifts and strengths, so they can make their meaningful contribution into the world.

We’re not designed to be lonely. We are designed to be unique and to share our value.

I’ve been coaching in this area for over 18 years now, and I know what is possible when people get to recognize their unique value and, moving through limiting beliefs, get to express their beauty into the world.

Yes, it may take some time, but guess what: the perfect time is now!

Mercury just went Retrograde on the 5th of March. This is the perfect time to go inward, to rediscover, reevaluate and recover your unique gifts, your wisdom and your vision…

So my burning question for you is:

Do you feel valued, in your life? In your work?

And here is the question that I’d love to hear from you about:

What is your greatest challenge when it comes to bringing your value into the world?

You can simply email me: marije (at), I promise I’ll read and respond to you personally.

Better yet, I’d love to have a conversation with you about this, as this issue is truly close to my heart and I am really good at helping people recognize and express their value.

While I can’t promise that we will solve everything in this brief conversation, I will do my best to help you get crystal clear about what is holding you back and I’ll give you some powerful strategies to help you get closer to expressing the YOU that is truly YOU.

I’m here to support you from the heart!