Without poetry …


The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Vision board on old schooling!
As I am a sucker for poems, ballet and opera … I can’t let you miss out on a beautiful Poem about love, trust and beauty ….
Hope this inspires you too!

Meet Oriah mountain dreamer, story teller, teacher and author of amazing books!


It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.



At times we all need Poetry …  XXX

At times we need Poetry :)


After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. .

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,

instead of waiting for someone to leave you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure;
You really are strong, you really do have worth.
And you learn, and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.

© 1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall

after a while you live, you learn! 😉



Me xxxx



Explore your dreams!


After years of traveling to the most beautiful resorts of the world, I discovered my own traveling style.

So in April 2011, I decided it was time to leave Belgium and experience Thailand and its natives.

The idea was to get out of my comfort zone and go on a journey to discover myself, a journey to me!

I was fed up with my regular life here, the day’s in’s and out’s. I wanted to explore, to confront myself with new things.

And until today, this was my best ‘audacious’ decision I’ve ever made! The experience changed my life …

The people I met over there, Dimka, Oumar, Pauline, Graeme, Sarah, Amandine, Gianpaulo, Eric and Duan, they made me grow bigger than I ever imagined I could be! They became lifetime friends.

It all felt a bit like the book ’eat, pray love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. I learned to engage with people, appreciate other cultures and enjoy the simplicity of life.

I ate the best Thai food right from the street, I learned Sanskrit prayers and I actually enjoy chanting them. I’ve learned to be humble and grateful!

for all the beautiful things life gives you.

But most of all, I learned to let go!

Let go of how other people judge me, but most of all, I learned to let go of judging myself!

The experience totally changed my vision of traveling. I discovered the true richness of life! And better still, I discovered what it means to me!

When I close my eyes, I envision ‘Kashmir’ in India with the palace of a ‘thousand winds’ and the beautiful colors and scents the land has to offer. I see myself driving from the North to the South island in New zealand, counting sheep and visiting the Maori. Walking on a beach in Polynesia or having a pint of Guinness in Dublin while listening to street musicians play. Skiing in Schotland, I know, it’s rare but it’s something I really want to do! :) Bathing in the ‘ blue lagoon’ in Iceland, to name a few …

If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I like to make vision boards, and of course, I also do this for my travels!

And so can you! It’s weekend, relax, be bold and let your dreams carry you to wherever you want to go!

Explore your dreams!

Love 😉

Me :) XXX