The red dress

“Fiona dear, you looked stunning! I loved the makeover…” Dorothy has come round with the guise that she needed help to get her business listed on Google My Business.  “Are we on for our ladies’ day?”

“Dorothy darling, I’m always up for girl time.” I flash a smile at her eyeing the bottle of pink bubbly. “Especially when it involves champagne.”

“How are you guys?” Dorothy looks at me cautiously.

“We’re good.” I answer to truth. “Wim starts his treatment next week. The doctors are starting with radiation and chemotherapy on Thursday or Friday. Can’t remember.”

“Sugar, chemotherapy!” Dorothy exclaims. “He’s going to lose his hair then.”

“No he won’t. Not with this chemotherapy drug he won’t.” I reassure her. “Doctors said there are different types of drugs. This one will only attack the cancerous cells and weaken them so the radiation can nail this ugly little bastard.”

“What about your trip to Senegal.” Dorothy inquires.

“What about it?” I look at her questioningly.

“Well surely you’re not going anymore.” Dorothy retorts. “You’re cancelling the trip to take care of Wim, aren’t you?”

“No I’m not.” I tell her. “His radiation treatment only lasts five weeks. So it will be over by the time I leave for Africa with the kids. I’m only going for nine days. He’ll be fine in the meantime.”

“Are you sure?” Dorothy asks in doubt.

“Absolutely.” I say firmly. “Life goes on, you know. And I need to keep myself happy and continue pursuing my dreams if I want to be able to serve those around me with love.”

“True…” Dorothy trails off.

“Look, the last few weeks I’ve been feeling extremely lost.” I confide. “I was getting down and in a rut again. I had overdone it with renewing all my certificates. And I got caught up with taking care of the kids during the holidays. And I was disgruntled about the results of my blog.”

“You were?” Dorothy sounds amazed.

“Yes I was.” I confirm. “And then I remembered my purpose, my dharma. I stand for women in business. For society supporting hard-working, entrepreneurial, single mothers. I love yoga and travel. And I remembered that my blog brings me other things which cannot be measured in monetary value.”

“You caught your abundance wave again!” Dorothy shouts for joy.

“That’s right.” I smile. “To say it with the words of Marta herself: I celebrated it. Oh my dear darling beautiful soul… I booked a photo session with Marta Hurtado to help me remember that I am a gorgeously beautiful woman. Still today, after putting three adorable babies on the world. During that photo shoot I was so much more. I felt and I owned my feminine power. Marta made my true core shine through. I revealed my inner angel power of my soul. I stood there in front of the camera and in the light, and grace came forth.

“I saw the behind-the-scenes on your social media.” Dorothy sounds impressed. “Marta worded it beautifully. I was so honoured to witness your graceful presence, my dear darling precious friend.”

“I know, that was grand, wasn’t it.” I beam. “I can hardly believe that was me.”

“Yes you, my beautiful darling.” Dorothy goes on encouragingly. “Don’t you wish we could always speak with grace, just like Marta?”

“Oh nobody can copy Marta.” I look at her with the fierce passion of a dragon.

“No, you’re right.” Dorothy concedes. “There’s only one Marta in this world.”

“This last week has been good for me.” I continue. “I desperately needed a sign. And several people have approached me about my blog. It was the nudge I needed to continue my path and aim for all those delicious things I want to obtain in life. That photo session with Marta was just what I needed. I am so grateful that she gave me this opportunity to celebrate the fabulous woman I am.”

“Oh yes, it was breathtaking alright.” Dorothy pours out two flutes of bubbly pink champagne. “So what’s next?”

“Well for starters, I’m going to plan in more travels.” My eyes stare off dreamily. “I want to do Japan, Hawaii, Ibiza, Brazil, Peru, South-Africa… and so much more. I want the world!”

“What’s Ibiza doing on that list?” Dorothy mocks me kindly.

“Start small, dream big?” I remind her. “Anyway, there are also a series of live video interviews coming up. One of them is with Marta Hurtado about #WomenShare knowledge. Oh it’s going to be so yummy. Live on Facebook! You will watch, won’t you?”

“When is it?” Dorothy asks.

“Next week Wednesday, 20th September on Facebook.” I tell her. “And then there’s the interview with those French ladies from the European ‘Women in Analytics’ community. They’re going to be present at MeasureCamp too. I’m so looking forward to that!”

“Sweetheart, you have my love, dear darling soul.” Dorothy has been extremely soft with me lately. “You truly touch my heart and soul with your breathing beauty, grace, love, strength… and kindness.”

“Isn’t it just wonderful though.” I look at her intently. “To relax in the knowledge that there are special friends out there who have your back?”

“I know exactly what you mean.” Dorothy smiles back. “We’re so close. We’re almost family.”

“This is what the Greeks call Eudaimonia.” I go on. “You know, being happy and content in your life, despite all the curve balls that life throws your way.”

“I know exactly what you mean.” Dorothy answers. “I read the article you shared on Facebook from the School of Life. That people can still experience an overall feeling of wellbeing, despite ongoing suffering.”

“That’s right! Despite Wim’s condition, I think we’re going to be alright.” I say brightly. “Sure, it’s going to be a tough year, but we’ll get through this. We’ve gotten through other obstacles without much upset. We’ll manage this one too.”

“Funny how different languages can add nuances to words and feelings.” Dorothy muses. “How richer you are when your polyglot.”

“We are, aren’t we, darling?” I drink my champagne contently. “We’re living in abundance and enjoying every moment of it!”


And this, my dear readers, is the subject of my upcoming book Create your own path to success, and find happiness along the way. I’ll be discussing the thorny subject of success and happiness, sharing my own personal stories, answering questions people have confronted me with.

Writing can feel lonely, but I have been helped all along the way by an inspired group of friends. They’ve been there for me as I am writing the book, and are encouraging me to release it to the world *deep breath*.

One piece of advice I have for all of you is the simple saying that Life must go on. No matter what is amiss in your life right now, do not let it be an excuse to stop pursuing your goals. Never give up on chasing your dreams and becoming the best possible version of you!

I’ll be happy if you read me, but I think we all agree: nothing beats face-to-face encounters where people work and play together.


What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.



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