I was born 4 October 1967 and I grew up on a house boat in the centre of Amsterdam, near the Red Light District. Back then in the 70's and 80's a rough neighborhood. My parents owned a cafetaria and as a young girl I had to help out. We had all sorts of customers: I remember the local birds of paradise, junkies, prostitutes, office personnel and the buses on the parking nearby brought busloads of tourists from all over the world. Some memorable moments: gospel singers from USA who sang a song for me, RAF pilots telling their stories and a group of Indian people handing me a plastic bag filled with coins.
All those encounters and experiences - crazy, funny and scary - shaped me and my life. Not only did it make me very streetwise, it also made me realize that I could see people for who they really were, no matter what culture, background, profession, etc. This still has a big influence in whatever I do.
You can rise above your raising
and decide who you're going to be.
My first job at the age of 17 was at a stockbrokers office, shortly after I started working fulltime, meanwhile studying in the evening.
I hold a master's degree in law, with minors in extended criminology, forensic psychiatry and juvenile law. Human behavior fascinates me tremendously, reason why I chose those minors as well as an introduction in psychology. And with a more than average interest in deviant behavior I also studied criminal profiling.
I have more than 30 years working experience in commercial organizations, of which I have worked as a legal counsel for a decade. There's more to life though than work for the betterment of self and others, so I have always done other things besides it, such as being a certified aerobics instructor (amongst others in the House of Detention in Amsterdam). I also volunteered for 113online, Dutch suicide prevention, for two years. At the moment I'm a volunteer coach for JINC.
I've been intuitive for a very long time, which is being expressed in premonitions, a stronger intuition and the ability to link with the spirit world. Mediumistic and traditional natural healing abilities run in the family, my surname originated in Bajitpore (now Bangladesh).
Amsterdam has been my hometown all my life, and I work throughout the Netherlands and abroad.
Life is not about lessons,
life is about experiences.
Life is a chain of all sorts of experiences and way too short to my opinion not to enjoy and explore it. There is so much to see, hear and experience, near and far.
When I'm not working, my time is for my loved ones and the things I love most: travel, sport (for now running & surfing) and music. I love music, whether it's singing, playing or going to concerts. I couldn't imagine a life without it!
Every little piece of your life will mean something to someone.
I especially love working with younger people, I love their energy. I also feel more attention needs to paid to personal development at a younger age. Raising awareness and promoting a stronger sense of self of young adolescents will help them discover their potential and encourage them to express it. As one of two guest lecturers I spoke on "intuition and passion in entrepreneurship" at the Amsterdam Business School in 2014. Since 2015 I'm a volunteer coach for JINC, coaching groups of high school students at various schools in Amsterdam.