Habits of happy women

When thinking back to all the remarkable women I have met during my career, Laure is one of those who really stands out.

I have had the opportunity of working with Laure twice in my professional career. First at Fredell & Co Structured Finance. We would drive around Brussels in a taxi and buy the best cakes from Wittamer or Pierre Marcolini. Working for a bunch of crazy but highly efficient and competent Swedes we were immersed in real business life. The sky was the limit and you could be the person you decided to become.

What I love most about Laure is the easiness she employs in life. Life is easy. Such a valuable lesson. And then her sense of humour. Really, she taught me that a dirty mind is a joy forever. That a woman who looks innocent can get away with anything. And that peace of mind is the ultimate grail to aim for in life. I agree. Little house on the prairie and all things based in normality are the targets of my ambition.


Because of Laure’s exceptional skill and professionalism, I had further invited her to apply for a position at Capital & Finance, the company I worked for after my mission at Fredell & Co.

We loved doing simple fun things, like walking in the woods during lunch time. Or driving around in my car to pick up soup on Avenue Louise. To quote Lewis Carroll’s rhyme from his Alice in Wonderland :

BEAUTIFUL Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo–oop of the e–e–evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two
Pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?

Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo–oop of the e–e–evening,
Beautiful, beauti–FUL SOUP!

We would spend our time discussing issues like meditation, tree hugging and tai chi. I took my first steps in yoga at that time and was deeply enthralled with shamanism too.


During the time I have known Laure, she has distinguished herself as a conscientious and energetic pioneer in the field of human resource management. She spent late nights studying to get extra degrees and to pave her way to career success. I admire her enormously : now senior vice-president at Bank of New York Mellon.

The most important life skills I learned from spending time with this wonderful woman : natural, genuineness, intelligence, and integrity. We also share a strong chocolate addiction.

Since that then, fostering an abundance mindset has become a beneficial practice I pay attention to daily. Laure taught me that creating an abundance mindset allows you to:

  • Live a fun and satisfying life
  • Exude happiness no matter what life throws your way
  • Give and receive easily
  • Be creative, feel inspired
  • Say “yes” to opportunities that come your way
  • Create wonderful memories of a life worth living
  • Feel safe and be confident about successful outcomes

While it may not be completely natural at first, happiness is a muscle you can flex. Create an abundance mindset and live a meaningful life. You decide to live in healthy abundance.

— The universe (here and now)



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