Modeling Jack Ma

A couple of weeks ago, my husband organized a big meeting to explain our new project. After the meeting, a guy came up to me and we were talking about Kung fu and Tai Chi, as he knew I was practicing and teaching Tai Chi.

He told me something very interesting, which my husband also told me but I didn’t want to listen. I knew Jack Ma was practicing Tai Chi and that he had a school for Tai Chi in Hangzhou. But, my husband said that his school was not successful and that even he couldn’t earn much money with it.

I have been frustrated that people didn’t want to pay much money for my Tai Chi classes, even though I have many years of experience and did a few competitions. I wanted to make Tai Chi a part of my career, but have been struggling for 2 years now. Eric, my husband, was already saying that I shouldn’t focus on something that I love, but that I need to earn money in another way and just practice by myself. Which makes more and more sense because I could already feel that I liked Tai Chi less and less, because I became frustrated with me struggling to get students and to try to get people as motivated in Tai Chi as I was. I realize now that I can’t change people: I have to accept that most people don’t see Tai Chi the way I see it.

That man told me that Jack Ma is going to make a movie with him acting in it doing Tai Chi. He has an amazing cast, all big Kung fu and Tai Chi stars will be in it: Jet Li, Donny Yen, even Tony Ya from Thailand. I was amazed that he could pull this off. But, now I realize that I have to do like him: I need to earn money in another way. And when I earn enough (doesn’t have to be as much as him), I can practice Tai Chi and do whatever I want with it, because I will have enough money from my other business(es).

I took Tai Chi as an example, because that is my passion and I was listening to too many videos of following your passion and money will follow. Everyone has a different passion, so you can change Tai Chi into your passion. But, I also found out that I have a few passions. My other and greater passion is to be a coach and stand on stage in front of many people. This new project with my husband will get me there. And, who knows, when I have enough money and enough exposure, I can stand on that stage and teach some Tai Chi there!

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Challenge yourself

On 17 September we did an Elite Challenge in Dapeng Shenzhen. We – my husband, I and another team member – went to Dapeng on Saturday evening. At 5am on Sunday, 17 September we got up and went to the starting point.

At 7am, we started with kayaking and swimming. My husband and I kayaked and our other team member had to swim. We had to get something and bring it back. We were the first to arrive back! A great victory at the beginning, but nothing compared to what we had to do next.

The other activity was to run 7km with 5kg on our shoulders. We were walking the way, because the most challenging would be the trail into the mountains and we wanted to conserve our energy.

The trail in the mountains WAS the most challenging! It was more than 33 degrees and we ran out of water after 1 hour. The trail was 13km, but because we were so thirsty, we moved quite slowly. After 3 hours, we finally found mountain water. It was the tastiest we ever had! We were drinking, filling our bags and felt really good. You can’t describe in words how real thirst feels like and how heavenly it is to have water. WATER IS really LIFE!

After only half an hour, though, we ran out of water again and felt really thirsty again. The trail was long, the sun was just too bright and hot!

When we finally got out of the mountains after about 7 hours, there was a checkpoint where they gave us water and food. I drank another liter and ate some food. Then, we had to run another 8km, but we were all tired and just walked fast while keep on drinking water.

At last, we had to do some ‘fun’ activities, like climbing over a wall and crawl under barbwire, but we were so tired, we couldn’t really enjoy that. We finally finished in less than 11 hours.

We got a medal and also our pride to have finished it. It was a real challenge, but overall I enjoyed it and want to do this more in the future.

We always have to keep on improving ourselves. With this challenge I know what my body is capable of, but also where my weakness still is, so I can train myself to keep on improving.

With this article I just want to tell everyone that everyone can do it! 2 years ago, I couldn’t even run 5km. Now, I run marathons and do challenges like this. So, you can shape yourself in whatever you want to become!

Being an entrepreneur is tough!

To be an entrepreneur, you take a deep plunge in the unknown and you have financial insecurity for a while. You never know for how long and that makes me want to go back to a J-O-B (Just over Broke mentality).

I don’t want that and I pursue my dreams and my passions no matter what. I listen to Robert Kiyosaki, amongst others and I feel that because of our education, I am still with one leg in the left quadrant (employee and self-employed) and am struggling and learning on how to be with both legs in the right quadrant (business owner and investor).

Slowly, by feeding my mind every day with personal development videos, books and tapes, I am learning on how to have a successful business.

Who feels the same? What do you to overcome those days where you feel like giving up?

My Chinese driver’s license

I have been living in China for 9 years now, but didn’t feel the need to drive a car here. I lived in Yangshuo for more than 6 years and went around by bicycle because of the beautiful environment there and because it was so small that I never had to cycle very long.

Since 2015, I live in Shenzhen. The public transportation is very convenient, so I didn’t feel like getting it there either. But, my husband has a car and he felt it would be nice that I would have my Chinese driver’s license.

I have my Belgian license and… it seemed I got very lucky. Belgians are one of the few nationalities that don’t need to do the test. I just had to get my Belgian driver’s license translated into Chinese by a recognized translation bureau and had to get all the papers of my visa etc…

Since March this year, I finally got my Chinese driver’s license and my husband immediately got me into the traffic. There was no first trying to get used to the car. The next day I got my license, he told me to drive and I had to take place behind the wheel and drive into the hectic Shenzhen traffic. It went much better than I thought. But, I had to have eyes everywhere. Cars are coming from all directions, changing lanes all the time and buses or trucks don’t care, they just drive into your lane, so I have to stop and let them go through first.

After a couple of weeks of me driving (my husband is taking it easy, he doesn’t want to drive anymore), he told me I had to use the speaker more often. He didn’t know the English word, so after a while, I understood what he wanted to say: I had to honk more.

Slowly, I am learning to get my way through the traffic. I honk, I change lanes many times, I go from the outmost left lane all over the other lanes to take an exit. I am starting to become a real Chinese person in traffic and I must say it, I enjoy it. There is a flow to it. Once I understand the rules of: buses and trucks have the most power and I can’t hesitate, I just have to keep moving, everything goes well.

I now realize how much I have missed driving a car. And it must be said: most drivers are honest. Just a couple of days ago, we had parked our car in a small parking lot. And someone hit our car from behind. We didn’t put our phone number visible at the windshield. We didn’t see the dent in our car. When we wanted to leave the parking lot, the guard told us that someone hit our car and they had the phone number of that person. We could phone him to get this settled in the best terms. This is also the honor code that people have in China, which I admire very much.

My health coach journey

I have finally established myself as a health and personal coach!
My website is made, I launched an indiegogo project…

Check it out and contact me if you need more information:

http://healthy-body-mind.weebly.com/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/your-total-body-and-mind-transformation/x/6746087