I believe in a heart-ship connection

by Marlies Dekkers
In life you meet all kind of people. With some you have a superficial connection, others you forget after a while, but the best ones are those who touch your heart and complement your life.

In my work a strong connection with someone has almost a magical effect. It gives you a creative boost which puts the level of output much higher. Your minds get connected which makes less words needed to create what’s in your head. I have this heart-ship connection with a few people. This is different than a friendship or good colleague teamwork.

One of these people is working with me for over 10 years. As a brandmanager Onno is not only excellent in his performance, but I love having him around because he completes me and I get the best out of him. In all those years we created shows and photoshoots from the highest level. Onno helps me to think about the smallest details, together we underline the brand values in the right ways. I enjoy brainstorming with Onno because I know he can challenge me to go for the best. In work we are truly equivalent which unlocks the potential of both of us. Throughout the years we grew closer and it gave my role as a leader a whole new dimension.

We made a lot of memories together. Business trips, extreme deadlines, he running a bit harder when I’m not at my best, me running a bit harder when he’s not at his best. I wish everyone a few of these valuable special connections with persons who enlarge your creativity.

Onno, I value our special connection, I appreciate you as a person. Thank you for your loyalty.

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Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

by marlies|dekkers

Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

by marlies|dekkers

Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”

The art of love!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

Get your creative juices flowing

This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!