vrijdag 4 oktober 2019

Shortlist GCCA Concrete in Life Competition

Concrete in Life 2019 Shortlist - top 9 out of 5000 entries - © Melanie E. Rijkers #Eyespiration Fotowedstrijd shortlist - bij laatste 9 uit 5000 inzendingen - #PuurZien in Bosnië Herzegovina voormalig Kroatië

This fabulous photo of Grand Hotel Neum's concrete gateway to the beach in Neum, Bosnia Herzegovina made the shortlist of the GCCA's Concrete in Life photo competition 2019. 

10 October the winners will be announced, fingers crossed!

When we booked our trip to Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina last summer we did not know much about the countries. Our students in photography said "you should go there, it is so beautiful" over and over again. 

Croatia and Bosnia did surprise us in many ways.

From the busy cities to the fabulous national parks, OMG all over. One of the best moments was when we arrived in Grand Hotel Neum in Bosnia. We were told there was a tunnel to the sea side, as we wanted to take a walk like we do every evening.

For some reason we took the stairs.

Summer holiday storytelling with #Eyespiration Bosnia Herzegovina
10 floors down to the beach, Grand Hotel Neum © Melanie E. Rijkers
We walked 10 floors down, and back up again as well, we missed the lifts that first time. Lights that automaticly switch on when you descent from floor to floor, silence, moist air, passing an occasional puddle of water and some white outdoor chairs.

We finally made it, wondering if it was really okay to go there, not seeing any other people at that time. After two turns and by accessing a big, steel door we entered the tunnel. Apperently the hotel once was a hospital, built on a hill side.

The way down, this deep tunnel to the beach felt like a movie adventure. Exploration and discovery, safe but yet exciting. Admiration because of the old structure of the tunnel, still safe and in one piece.

Admiring the builders, for creating such a wonderful walkway even though its original use most likely wasn't as jolly. Respect to all who design, create and inspire to make the world a better place.

Bosnia Herzegovina holiday travel, summer in Europe #Eyespiration #PuurZien

Going to the beach  - Grand Hotel Neum, Bosnia Herzegovina

Concrete in Life, 2019 © Eyespiration.com
Melanie E. Rijkers, the Netherlands

Grand Hotel Neum, roof terrace and infinity pool
Shortlist GCCA Concrete in Life 2019

maandag 26 augustus 2019

World Wide Photo Walk 2019

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien
World Wide Photo Walk 2016. 
5 October 2019 photo walk leader Melanie E. Rijkers will lead another WWPW (World Wide Photo Walk) in Breda, the Netherlands. Melanie lead walks in San Francisco, Hawaii, London, Paris and Amsterdam.

This wonderful photo series was made in 2016, Belcrum area Breda. This year the walk will be in the center and near the singel. Depending on the participent pace we'll end in the south part of Breda. Optional is the autumn photo walk in Mastbos in the afternoon, lead by Hans van Nunen of Artstudio23.

Sign up for the WWPW 10:00-12:00 via WorldWidePhotoWalk.com, sign up for Autumn and Nature photograhy workshop 13:30-16:30 (1:30-4:30 pm) via Artstudio23.com. WWPW is free, Autumn photo walk €29 p.p.

You can also book your own walk, at any location! Starting price €250, party of 1 to 15 (per photographer).

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien
World Wide Photo Walk Breda 2016, Belcrum area
Photo Walk leaders Hans van Nunen


donderdag 22 augustus 2019

The Bereavement Cruise

 Amazing video! Son Mace made this fab trailer of The Bereavement Cruise 2019. Check it out! Join us in April 2020 for another fab cruise. Request a quote HERE. The Bereavement Cruise a special trip that brings together grievers and grief professionals for a week of healing and community on board a five-star cruise.

maandag 19 augustus 2019

Photo Cruise

Inspiratiereis met Puur Zien - fotocruise, photo walk, workshop fotografie

As I am a huge fan of cruising I would like to invite you to join me on an Eyespiraton Photo Cruise.  

Get inspired by all that's around you. Feel and absorb the energy of all things, See details you'd normally miss. No more anxiety or stress.  Even on the busiest ship or in the busiest city, Eyespiration can be found.

Eyespiration is the cure to stop you feeling lost. I am able to travel to any part of the world to teach you to See with Fresh, Pure Eyes: Eyespiration.

I can teach you to find your calm using your smartphone or camera. If you do not want to take photos, feel free to take what I call 'mind pictures'.

Being a Life Coach, Photographer and Visual Consultant I will guide you trough the process of Eyespiration. Eyespiration - being inspired by what you See - is found anywhere in the world.

By choosing a cruise you'll combine business with pleasure, a vacation with daily consultancy and coaching workshops. Write off your vacation by hiring photographer and life coach Melanie E. Rijkers.

Business cruise with coaching or PhotoTherapy: join Eyespiration.com or PuurZien.nl
Sunrise Eyespiration

See Life from a different perspective

Wouldn't it be cool if you are able to find innerpeace by'just looking' at life with Pure, Fresh Eyes? I will teach you how to focus on the present moment, and feel more connected to life than ever before. 

It's not mediation, though the outcome will be a very peaceful state of mind.

We will ground, connect with the place and the people around us. You will not feel alone again, no more anxiety, just Seeing and experiencing Pure (Self) Love. Join me on this Journey of Hope, Healing & Health.

If you feel lost and are grieving the loss of a loved one, plz join our seminar at sea: the Bereavement Cruise 19-26 April 2020. I will be presenter and will lead Eyespiration Photo Walks onboard and a beachwalk in Cococay.

I also often attend a spiritual cruise, and will happily lead you through that process of joining one. My first ever cruise was an Alaskan cruise and I still long to go back. 

Being in the moment 

Mindfulness is everywhere, but in Alaska... you cannot miss feeling the connection. I hope to be onboard the Beyond Words Cruise to Alaska June 2020.

If you'd like to join me, please shoot me an e-mail

Mind, Body, Spirit Coaching: Eyespiration workshop are 1 to 3 hours per day. We will watch the sunrise and sunset, and take a mindful  photography walk, even in a busy spot I'll teach you how to connect to the moment and experience stillness.

Stillness of the heart.

Join me at any cruise. Or retreat. Based in Amsterdam area I can also guide your trip to Ibiza, Mediterranean Sea, Greece, Italy or Bruges, Belgium. London and Paris are my backyard, here I lead heaps of Eyespiration photo walks.

Experience the Simple Life. Learn to See Pure. As a business owner you can write off the entire trip, even a cruise or retreat.

© Melanie E. Rijkers 2019

Dutch: PuurZien.nl 

maandag 12 augustus 2019


STORIES: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility. Ultimately, stories have the power to influence the world and the people who consume them, and with this influence comes responsibility.

www.MelanieRijkers.com on Social Media Week New York City

1. Stories: Social media has become the world’s most influential storytelling platform. The stories we tell have the ability to touch and inspire, and shake people to their cores. They can elevate people, educate them, and change them—or, they can divide us and tear us down.

The number of social media users worldwide in 2018 is 3.2 billion, up 13 percent year-on-year. By 2020 almost 5 billion people will be connected. Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology.

2. Vulnerability. Brands now must encourage vulnerability, not to isolate consumers, but to celebrate their differences — engaging focused communities, sharing insightful, relevant content, and allowing passionate people to connect with one another.
What's your P.O.V? (Power of Vulnerability)

Tips taken from the session with Amy Emmerich/Refinery29: To Service – not sell – to your audience. Keywords: Celebrate, Strenght, Connection, Joy. What is the solution you offer to your customer's problem? Claim your Power, the Power of Vulnerability.

3. Connection. Vulnerability: how true connection is formed. Brands: use connection over perfection. Many speakers mentioned connection, but Lola Banjo explains it perfectly, fear is the emotion that prevents true vulnerability.

www.MelanieRijkers.com on Social Media Week New York City

Vulnerability: how true connection is formed

Lola - I froze my eggs - Banjo: The Fear of Being judged, Lola talked about Not being relevant, Losing friends, Being overlooked. Vulnerability is: Accepting yourself first, Believing you are worthy, Celebrating growth opportunities. Letting down your guard, Embracing others.

4. Authenticity. Authenticity + Vulnerability: being who you are and allowing others to be who they are. Embrace your journey, engaging in honest dialogue, living with gratitude. Brands: focus on human factors, tell real stories and be humble.
Being vulnerable has vastly improved both my personal and professional life

Bonus word: Zeitgeist, the spirit of the times. Zeitgeist is the defining spirit or mood of a particual period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. Tijdsgeest in Dutch. In a time when everyone is polarized, it is critical as marketers to tell stories at key moments that bring people together.

How to Harness the Cultural Zeitgeist: Hey Google campaign during the Oscars.

www.MelanieRijkers.com on Social Media Week New York City

More zeitgeist: since its founding in 2006, charity: water has raised over $300M to bring clean drinking water to more than 9.5 million people around the globe. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency.

Founder Scott Harrison has pioneered a new business model for non-profits, one that has earned them the reputation as being one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Harrison is the author of bestseller Thirst.

'To use the powers you were given to the benefit of others'

(quote by Scott Harrison) #SMWNYC 2019. Social Media Week brings together marketing, media and technology professionals from more than 50 countries with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media.

More SMC events: LA 12-13 June (Santa Monica), London 31 October-1 November. Nederland/Holland 13-14-15 November (Den Haag/The Hague).

Photos & text: Melanie E. Rijkers LinkedIn

dinsdag 6 augustus 2019

The Bereavement Cruise 2020

 In 2020 Melanie will be one of the presenters onboard The Grief Cruise.

The Bereavement Cruise proudly presents Melanie Rijkers, international professional photographer and life coach. Melanie uses Eyespiration to help you see life from a new perspective.

The Bereavement Cruise a special trip that brings together grievers and grief professionals for a week of healing and community on board a five-star cruise. 

There are two upcoming Bereavement Cruises:

SPRING 2020: April 19 - 26 | Eastern Caribbean - sails to St. Maarten, San Juan, & the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

FALL 2020: November 30 - December 4 | Sails to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas

Activities include healing seminars and workshops during each day at sea, evening small groups called "Circles of Hope" that are specific to different types of losses (loss of a child, loss of a spouse, loss of a parent, loss to suicide, etc.), group activities and art projects, scheduled remembrance walks under the stars, mindfulness and meditation sessions, yoga, and the option to scatter a loved one's cremains at sea.

Melanie will lead photo walks to See the sun rise - Greet the Day - or watch the sun set. By Being in the Moment we use our senses to connect to the here and now, creating innerpeace and positivity.

© Melanie E. Rijkers

With special thanks to Glenn Lord for creating this video.

The Bereavement Cruise

zondag 14 april 2019


When I was a young woman, thinking of my next step after secondary (high) school, anxienty hit me like a brick.

Letter to my 16-24 yo self

Fear of the Future

I did not even call it fear. This undefined feeling of unwellness emerged in tenth/eleventh grade. As young girls we were told to 'study hard, study even more, then go to uni, get a job, then work work work, and maybe, at the end of the line, you can become a mother.'

Ofcourse it wasn't said in these exact words. However, this does describe the general feeling my best friends and I experienced the rest of our lives: the fear of not being good enough. The fear of not being the woman I should be.

The restlessness of never being perfect or let alone just being good enough... this fear was here to stay. That little voice nagging I was indeed a failure... It took me until I was in my forties (!) to finally realise it wasn't society holding me back, it was ME.

I listened to that little voice. I listened to, and valued, general opinion over my own. I listened. Now listen to this:

Dear me,

where you are today, is exactly the place where you should be. The way you look today is the most beautiful you will ever be. The decisions you make today are the best you will ever make, as long as these are made with a pure heart.

My sweet self, you are perfect. Whenever you are unsure, take a deep breath. Inhale: receive oxygen and energy. Exhale: release bad thoughts and anxiety. Repeat.

Perfection is being kind. Kind to self, kind to others. The only person who knows what's best for you is ... YOU. Follow your energy, follow your effort. If you feel it's worthwile to do so, IT IS. Truly ask yourself: 
is this good for me?

Lots of (Self)Love, yours truly,
Melanie, 47.

© Eyespiration.com 2019