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Routines and owning a gym?

This month was my last interview for Peekaboo magazine (as we’re moving back to the Netherlands) and I really wanted it to be special. So I approached Jennifer. Jennifer and her husband Lee are the owners of CrossFit Northwest Arkansas. The gym already had a special place in my heart and that space only got bigger.

When I interview people for Peekaboo it’s always about family rituals and routines. Your routines and rituals say something about you, they provide structure, clarity and happiness. I try not to dive too deep in work related routines, because, work is work and family time is family time. Right?

Well… I already knew that owning a gym is not at all a 9-5 job. But talking with Jennifer made me realize that you can own and operate a gym in different ways. Jennifer and Lee run their gym with heart and soul, the gym is basically their life. So, do they have family routines? Yes they do, but their main focus is the gym and their members. They want their members to be fitter, healthier and happier. They also know that you only go back to the gym when it becomes part of your routine. In order to come back, the gym has to be great. When is a gym great? When the program and coaches are amazing, when there’s time and room to warm up and cool down and when there’s a welcoming community. Jennifer and Lee cater towards their members and that is not only insightful, but is also why it’s such a successful gym that I’m going to miss dearly.

Read the interview with Jennifer here.

And as always, click here for the higher resolution version, or even better get your hard-copy! Thanks for reading my interviews and so long! (In Dutch; ‘Dank voor het lezen en tot ooit!’)

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Adoption and inspiration; meet Cheryl Hull

Cheryl Hull works fulltime as a dermatologist and is the owner of Hull Dermatology & Aesthetics. We spoke about her work and how much she loves it. We spoke about her four adopted children of 4, 3, 2 and 1 year old and how much she and her husband love them and how those little ones keep them on their toes! It was simply amazing to have an hour of her time as she clearly carefully balances home and work. It was an inspiring talk, what a caring and loving woman. Read her story and be inspired too!

As always, a better quality version of this interview is available on the Peekaboo website!

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The bigger picture; Meet Cara Osborne

Cara Osborne is – amongst a zillion other things – the founder of Baby+Company aiming to expand women’s choices through care that supports, educates, and celebrates the wellness of pregnancy. We met at Kennedy’s coffee. She arrived in her sports outfit because she likes to do her conference calls walking. It’s just an example of how she manages her time wisely. She is sweet, smart, funny and knows exactly what she wants in life and why. Read about her routine in this month’s Peekaboo magazine!

As always, click here for a better quality version of the article on Peekaboo’s website, or even better, get your copy in print!

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Wedding Anniversary routine

Last year husband Joost and I introduced a new family ritual to our wedding anniversary: We took pictures of the children in our wedding outfits. On a sunny Sunday morning Boris put on Joost’s white suit. Joost wore the white linen suit during the evening at our wedding-beach-party. I remember that his mom came over for dinner when they had just bought the suit. They discussed what kind of underwear to wear with white and thus slightly see-through pants? When his mom suggested a thong, I nearly choked.

The girls put on my wedding dress. There were a lot of elastic hair bands involved to keep it in place. We took pictures in and around our house and they looked like mini-me’s. They loved it and I loved all the memories it brought back. When we got married it was just Joost and me (okay not completely true as I was six months pregnant with Boris because everyone had told us it would take at least a couple of months before you’re pregnant so we – novices in the world of babies and how long things take etc. – started practicing straight away and ended up ordering a larger size wedding dress) and nine years later we kind of relived the day with the children. We decided to make it a yearly event and every time at different location.Anniversary Rootines

This year we went to the 21c Museum Hotel on a Sunday morning at 7.45am as the children would only do it when there was nobody watching. The staff immediately allowed us to take pictures. They were unaware of the fact that Joost would walk around barefoot because Boris would wear his shoes. I was not aware of it either and it almost spoiled everything because after ten years of marriage certain behaviour can spoil things. We (the staff and I) ignored it and it was the best Sunday morning, ever. I guess it was the sum of the amazing atmosphere of the hotel, the children who totally embraced it and the ‘doing it together with the five of us’ feeling.

Love! Liefde (that’s Dutch for ‘Love’ en phonetically would be something like ‘Leefdu’).

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Run for your life!

Esti is a fitness coach and runner. She loves to push people outside their comfort zone. Esti has a great sense of humour and will always make you laugh while working out. Her kick box classes are fabulous and always packed. She works when other people have time to exercise. Those hours are normally the busy hours in a household. What this does to her family routines and rituals? Read the article!

Esti teaches at the YMCA and Pro Martial Arts should you be interested in a ‘kick your ass workout’ (which can be a variety of classes as she teaches Spin, HIIT, PIYO etc. etc. -> Unfamiliar with those abbreviations? Another reason to pay her a visit!)

As always, browse to Peekaboo for the article in higher resolution!