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Do you feel your age?

“No not at all. I am much younger at heart and I think it is silly to say out loud that I am 35 years old. As a teenager I always wanted to be the oldest and the wisest. In the meantime I have undergone a personal transformation and I think differently about it. As a 10-year-old girl, I lost my mother to cancer. I was the youngest of four and always wanted to do well for my dad. I was always trying to prove to him that he had done the upbringing well, that I had ended up well. That I went to college, that I had part-time jobs. Around my thirtieth I got life questions: why do I always feel so young? Then I came to the conclusion that I had never really been a child, because I was always concerned with keeping others happy. When I look back on my adolescence I think I could have enjoyed being a child more! ”

Do you have a beauty secret?

“Since I found out that all those expensive creams only work well on cleansed skin, I have been cleaning my face much more thoroughly. My inner beauty secret has continued to work on myself. I do this by keeping in touch with myself. In this way I learned to convert pain and sorrow into strength. ”

Do people estimate you at the right age?

“I am always estimated to be younger and I don’t really know why. Is it my appearance or my behavior? ”

What do you like best about yourself?

“My smile, because it reminds me of my mother. When I look at pictures of my mother smiling, I see many similarities. Her lips, her smile, the shape of her teeth … Seeing her in my smile I see as a gift of life. ”

What are you less happy with?

“Although I have good mental health, I would also like to do so physically. I’m not talking about losing weight, but about being fit. I walk and run, but still… Since the corona crisis, my fitness is no longer what it used to be. ”

What do people compliment you with?

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“My positive energy. It was hard to lose my mother and I found it very confronting when I did not have her around me when I became a mother myself. People around me know that I have had a hard time with this and think it is great that I never gave up. My brain just doesn’t allow that. I always think in terms of solutions and possibilities. When I see opportunities, I take them. What I have learned is that we communicate with each other in language, but really understand each other through the energy that you have around you. As soon as you are positive, many beautiful things come your way. ”

Are you where you want to be?

“Yes. Especially since I successfully exchanged the word for satisfaction. Success is a relative concept. I have had my own company for twelve years now and that is going well, but I don’t know if I will still be doing this in twelve years’ time. That way of thinking gives me freedom: if I am no longer satisfied, then I look for a new challenge. You just don’t know what the future holds for you. The only thing you can control is the present. ”

What keeps you young?

“Dancing every day with my four-year-old son! Then I forget everything around me. I think it is so special to see with which gaze he looks at the world: rosy and lovely. I also enjoy the little things in life. I am quite impulsive myself so if I feel like doing something I go for it. If I have learned anything from life, it is that it is short. I would eagerly take advantage of that by responding to impulsive actions. Oh, and yoga! Yoga keeps me young, as I feel muscles that I normally never use. ”

Do you have a life lesson?

“Come back inside. Especially in a society where a lot is expected of us, it is important not to forget yourself. A lot is expected of us women: having a career, having your family in order… I love to be alone and write poems from an early age. I need those pauses in life to be myself. ”

Do you also want to be in this section? We are still looking for nice, female thirties. Please also respond if you are 50, 60 or older. As long as you feel comfortable in your own skin! Send an email with your name, telephone number, motivation and two current photos (portrait and total) to [email protected]


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