When the personal is professional

The thing is, emotionally, that might not work quite as well as theory wants you to believe. While I can leave my phone in it's designated charging space out of my reach, that doesn't work so well with my brain - or my heart. Where do you place emotional turmoil?...

101 things

On this page, you will find 101 things that you probably did not know about me. If it looks like too much text, hop over to the About me page. These facts are little tidbits about my life, my loves, my yearnings, my values, my challenges. Use them to learn a bit more about me, to...

Be Valentina

7 rules to be Valentina

Being myself isn't as easy as it sounds. So I have devised these seven rules to help me stay on track and ever more true to myself. This is how to Be Valentina!...

The power of a set agenda

Ask any business guru and productivity coach, and they will confirm you the importance of a meeting agenda to make sure attendees can prepare. Ask any person who regularly attends meetings and they might confess that they look at the agenda the moment they dial in for the meeting or walk through the door. And...

Ask for advice instead of feedback

I like getting feedback, both written as well as via voice, though I usually frame it as a request for advice: I use it as a conversation starter, to solve quarrels and misunderstandings, to bond with new people. The reason is simple: No one likes to criticise you, but everyone knows what you could...

What do you see when you look up?

I am sitting on my parents' terrace overlooking their garden with eight plastic sheep. My mother just rearranged them. They will stay that way for the next 20 min, approximately. Then my kids will be tired of looking at the cat and resume their task of knocking the sheep over for the 17th time. ...

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