Here’s my story

Yes, this is me. “What if I wore another hat today?” Portrayed by Esther Cazant.

How I enjoy being part of the Illumination community, invited by Dr Mehmet Yildiz! Reading so many great stories from a diversity of people worldwide is invigorating.

And although it feels a bit naked to write about myself, I’ll give it a try. Starting with my work and my writing. Leaving the personal stuff further down. You might have stopped reading by then. Hopefully…

My writing career on Medium started in May 2019.

Carefully dipping in one toe, getting sucked into the river.

Writing as such is not new to me, but writing like this is new. Personal. Snappy. Short…


Systemic thinking for business is not difficult

Thinking out of the box(es). Picture: Magic Creative via Pixabay

Any entrepreneurs here who look somewhat further than just becoming rich the fastest you can? Any entrepreneurs up for the challenge of balancing money for your business with social and environmental goals? Any entrepreneurs up for thinking beyond cost and going for opportunities?

It’s not that hard to make it happen. It just needs a little out-of-the-box thinking. Literally.

“As soon as you open your mind to doing things differently, the doors of opportunity practically fly off their hinges.”
Jay Abraham

What is the issue here? We are brought up to think in limiting boxes. We think something is…


Horse stables, Olympics, and 3D ocean farming

Fallabella horse called Storm. Picture by author.

So many young people are getting desperate with all the drama films out there. Let me first tell you: the films are true. It is just as bad out there as they show you. Life is being destroyed rapidly in the oceans, in mining areas, in logging areas. And there’s little you can do about it because of our terrible, consumerist human systems.

BUT there’s no need to despair. This is what you CAN do.

At the start of my search into holistic, ecological sustainability, I cried a lot. I was sooooooo angry. And then I became depressed. Seriously depressed…


Nature is not only romantic. She is the creator

Picture: Lars_Nissen via Pixabay

The Anthropocene is over. The Symbiocene is upon us. And in this story, I’ll try to explain that this doesn’t mean that we will go back to some romantic notion of nature. Romantic nature never existed. Nature is about paradox. Nature is a force to reckon with, an immense source of joy, and everything in between.

In my view of the future, we will not only live in ecovillages and try to mimic indigenous people’s lives in the times their countries were undiscovered. There will be cities adapted to natural laws too. And means of transport. Comfortable, healthy houses for…


It definitely made me a lot happier than before

Surfing the waves of life. Important for a feral human. Picture: Free-Photos via Pixabay

Are you a feral human? When you want to become happy, you might consider becoming one. It made me definitely much happier than I was before!

I never knew the word feral. I’m not a native speaker, so my English vocabulary is sometimes a little limited. I used the world wild. A wild woman. A wild soul. But people have issues with the word wild. They think you blow off the handle every time. They think you are violent or unsophisticated.

And rewilding your soul definitely is not doing that. …


Breathing is all

Picture: cocoparisienne via Pixabay

Today, I read a short piece by Ruth Glendinning. She’s a wise woman. And her story is about breath.

“The first thing we do as we enter this world is inhale. The last thing we do is exhale. In between we have experiences that ‘take our breath away’ and, fingers crossed, give it back.” — Ruth Glendinning


When the breath is unsteady, all is unsteady; when the breath is still; all is still. Control the breath carefully. Inhalation gives strength and a controlled body; retention gives steadiness of mind and longevity; exhalation purifies body and spirit. …


Healthy buildings are the future

Municipality Office in Venlo, the Netherlands. A project by C2C Expolab (picture with permission) and the example in our joint Dutch/German project Healthy Building Network.

Today, I want to share this article by Dr Joseph Allen: “Our buildings have the power to combat COVID-19”.

Think about it. Why are healthy buildings so important?

We spend 90% of our time indoors. And don’t think it’s an urban legend. It’s true. And as we all know, buildings can either keep us healthy or make us sick.

It’s time to spend more time outside.

And it’s time for healthy buildings!

Please don’t think healthy buildings are expensive. Sick building syndrome is expensive! Think of all the costs for pills and therapy to make you healthy again… We just…


Nature will guide us with evolution

Picture: S. Hermann & F. Richter via Pixabay

The sun is shining in my Dutch backyard. I’m sitting outside, preparing a zoom meeting with my international audience. People from all over the world working on nature-based solutions and regeneration. The birds are filling my ears with their song.

“Birds don’t sing because they have an answer. Birds sing because they have a song” — Maya Angelou

And I whistle along with them. Am I depressed by the state of the world? Sometimes! Am I angry? Not often. I know we are in the middle of an evolutionary transition. …


Nature is telling us to feel our emotions big time. Dare!

Picture: Stefan Keller via Pixabay

My friends here on Medium show me how intuition works. And how we are all connected. They comment when I tag them at the right time. Like my sister poet Gurpreet Dhariwal today. She apparently needed to read what I wrote. It’s like I knew. And the other way around, I read their words at exactly the right time when they tag me.

We have little lines.

We flow together. And that’s what’s happening right now all over the world. People being connected. People supporting each other when they need the strength to be daring. To go on. To confront…


Writers and publishers have to do it together

Open love is about respect. Picture: Daniel Reche via Pixabay

Medium is changing her payment model again. You will have heard. You will have read. You will have formed your opinion. This is mine. And I’m really looking forward to reading your opinions in the comments.

I’m a writer. A popular and upcoming writer with a message. Not one of the Golden Oldies of Medium but well-respected and widely read. Not only on Medium. Worldwide on more than one platform and supported by more than one publisher.

For me, Medium turns this space more and more into a side-hustle platform. Not to be taken too seriously for writers. I know…

Desiree Driesenaar

Curious about life. Systemic, upstream solutions. Aligning economy, ecology, and the human spirit. Free spirit. ✽

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