My journey

My husband and I decided to move half way across the world over the course of a 30 minute television program ( I think it was a rerun of Sienfeld). He no longer had a job in Dallas so we were going to have to move so he could stay with the company he was working for. The company is based out of Veldhoven and we decided that if we were going to have to move we should move somewhere completely different. The plan was to stay for 2 years and travel Europe for a while; this was 8 years ago.
We both fell in love with The Netherlands. The culture, the community, the atmosphere, everything about it was calm and serene. At that time I was heavily overweight and extremely unhealthy.  The biking culture forced me to be more active and the lack of take away’s forced me to cook so I immediately started to loose weight.

Several years later we decided to have our first child. At this point I became incredibly conscious about what I was putting into my body. I decided to get healthy so that I could provide the best for my son. 4 years later I’m fit, active, thin, and healthy without stress, gyms and dieting. I realized that food is fuel for a healthy body. This incredibly simple idea changed the way I shopped, ate and cooked.

Now that I have had my second child the stress and pressure to be super mom nearly killed me. I couldn’t seem to handle all of the art projects, crafting, cooking, baking and fun with the kids that I wanted to do and still do all the things that I had to do so that the house wouldn’t fall apart around me.

This is where Mommy on a Mission was born.

I am determined to take control of my life and find simple, sustainable ways to keep everything organized so I could focus my energy on having fun with my kids.

In this blog I hope to share some of the ways I have found to stay active, organized and healthy. I hope to share some of the tricks I have picked up along the way so we can bring fun back into our lives!

4 Comments on “My journey

  1. I like this story, your background.
    I learned a lot of you by your approach to a healthy lifestyle, the links you shared were eye-openers to me.
    And I even learned something I never gave thought: Are the Netherlands and the Dutch really calm and serene?


    • I think so! Perhaps more when I first moved here, though. There was a focus on the family that you don’t find in the US. Stores being closed on Sundays and in the evenings and such.
      I have learned so much since living here. I find living in a different culture such an eye opening experience. It has enriched my life in ways I never would have thought possible.


  2. wow moving so far was a really brave decision! I admire you 🙂
    The Netherlands are very different from the US, it’s totally different lifestyle, cuisine, culture… I’ve been only to Amsterdam for a few days but I felt in love with this city and its calm rhythm of life 🙂
    And that’s so true what you wrote about having a baby and the pressure to do all the fun stuff and take care of the house at the same time. Yep, it’s really difficult to be organized and active when you have small kids. I have three kids and I’m still learning how to do that!
    All the best for you and your family!


    • Thank you! Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in the world, and you are right about it having its own special rhythm.
      All the best to your family as well!


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