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My name is Lia. I am married and we have 3 daughters and 2 dogs. I was born in 1956 in Tanzania and when I was nine years old I moved with my family to the Netherlands where I have lived most of my life. From 2000-2004 we have lived in Italy. It wasn’t until 2016 that I went back to Tanzania to visit the places where I have been before (a lot of the photographs we took, will be used in my blog). Although I have never been excluded I did feel lost in this world and never really knew what I wanted. Finally I start to get a glimpse of whom I truly am at the age of 60 : ) years young. So if I would describe myself now I would say that I am open-minded, optimistic and humoristic (don’t take life to serious is my motto). I always like to tell my view on different topics that sometimes irritates my near and dear family (though, they still love me for who I am). So I think they are quite happy that I can express my self through a blog so they don’t have to listen to all my stories ; ). In 2010 I started to read other blogs that gave me a different view of life and influenced my way of thinking. They also inspired me to start my own blog and finally I am ready to take the step to have my own blog. Life is my University is true. Life made me into ME. I want to share what stirs inside of me, what makes me laugh, what makes me cry. Besides that I want to talk about what is happening in the world around us. Although I am Dutch, I decided to write in English. When you see some strange sentences, you will know it is my Dutch background. Don’t hesitate to correct me when I am wrong. Everybody I pass on this journey will have influence on my path! I hope to meet you!



What did I doubt
All about?

Actually it was the same old song
Did I choose right or wrong
Is this the place where I belong
Should I cut my hair or keep it long

It caused a lot of frustration
What to wear to a special occasion
Doubt feels like glue
Always doubting whatever I did do!

It made my life seem grey
Myself I did betray
Carrying the “weight”
Of what others did dictate

My decision-making became better:
Asking myself: “What on earth does this matter!”

Becoming a butterfly


When we see a caterpillar
We only see a “glimmer”
Of what has just begun
And what is to come
It loves to cocoon
In the shadow of the moon
Going through a phase
While the old has been erased
Finding protection
In its own perfection
Do you know why?
To become the beautiful butterfly

We human beings do the same
In our own time frame
We go through different “stages”
Sometimes It seems to take ages!

Nature is like a dream

Nature is like a dream
She is also very keen
To share her beautiful scenes
Nature has her own scheme
Never bothers about her self-esteem
Have you ever seen:
The different shades of green
And the colors in between
Do you see what I mean?

The Sun shines her beams
After a hot day the rain intervenes:
Soothing Earth like a soft cream
Nature lets go of her steam
Turns a dry river into a stream
Birds play in a puddle to become clean
We know nature can become extreme
But usually the elements seem
To work together like a team

The difference between ego and Soul

The ego wants to be cool
Loves your life to rule
Always has the thirst
For you to become first

The ego isn’t credible
Acts like a General
Is always harsh
Makes life seem like a farce

The Soul is always kind
Loves to ease your mind
Speaks soft and clear
Refers to you as “My Dear”

The Soul is made of light
Gives you new insights
Our life receives beautiful things
When our Soul sings

To take care

Who consoles me when I feel bad
When life makes me sad
Who corrects me when I act like a clown
Catches me when I fall down
Who holds me when I cry
Still loves me when I lie
Who speaks kind words
When my feelings hurt
Who finds the right cure
When I feel insecure
Who helps me still
The pain when I feel ill
Who wakes me and cares
When I had a terrible nightmare
Who carries me when I can’t walk
Understands me when I don’t talk

Sometimes we need
Some one who is sweet
Some one we can trust
To look after us
Where we feel safe
Who gives us back our faith

I left it behind…


In my mind’s eye
I saw it pass by

A part of me so sore and raw
For life, I held on to a straw
It hit me right into my core
When it knocked at my door

But I said bye-bye
No more tears for me to cry
I No longer ask who and why
I left It behind with a big sigh