If you think life starts at forty, wait until you hit fifty. It gets even better. My next chapter is right here, right now: Chapter Fifty.
The idea for this blog emerged in my head during my fiftieth birthday bash, on December, 7 in 2013. Looking around, feeling blessed with my group of lovely friends, I saw fifty+ women around me with the energy of a teenager. They are my inspiration.
My Chapter Fifty started with a bang. To put it mildly. Designer-Vintage, the online luxury marketplace I founded in 2007, was acquired by an international publisher in 2014. Although DV was my baby – I literally worked 24/7 on this platform for the past seven years – it felt it was the right time ànd the right thing to do. Letting ‘her’ go. This was not a painless process, selling a company sounds much easier than it is.
It was time to monetize my investments and to start looking up from my screen again. Oh hello world, you’re still here. I take my learnings from the past, try not to think too much ahead and try to live my life by the day. The next chapter, indeed.
That same year, mister B. turned 65 and said his goodbyes – after 34 (!) years – to a career in the international luxury industry. Suddenly bóth free as a bird. Time for travel, contemplation and embracing new plans when they come along.
Home base is our apartment in the city center of Amsterdam or our renovated 100-year-old quinta (with vegetable garden) in the south of Portugal. But mostly wherever we are…
Travel Writer & Travel Consultants
Apart from my travel features I also work as freelance travel writer for magazines as Dutch l’Officiel, Talkies Magazine and Nouveau Magazine (monthly Tips & Travels page). See more on the Press page.
We both work as freelance travel consultants/test couple, representing the 50+ couples luxury travel group. What is important, how about hidden luxury and what is real service?
In our Portraits series women in their fifties share their Life & Style. Want to share yours or recommend an inspiring friend over fifty? Contact us
Also for tips, remarks or questions, I highly value your opinion and love to hear from you.
For more information, consultancy or collaborations please contact me on +31 6 55 79 27 15 or sent me an email.
Please note that all photos on Chapter Fifty are mine (taken with Iphone 7S), unless stated otherwise.
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