save the date

The save the date’s for my 29th birthday have been sent, father’s day has been celebrated, temperatures are rising..gosh, it’s already June 2014! Time to check the balance of my goal setting endeavour. Time to face the facts.

The home

The first goal I achieved. I found a house, and it’s been my home for nearly 7 months now! Wow, I’ve not lived in one place for this long in years and I must say I like it. It’s good to have a basecamp.

The business

is a fact! Whoop, whoop! I have set up business as a Personal Online Assistant. A what?! Yup, a personal online assistant..I help small businesses and entrepreneurs out with their business! Business card design, website building, strategic planning, social media upkeep.. A business partner on demand.

www.laurenlavoo.comAnd the best thing is, it’s working! I’ve got clients and I’m loving what I do. I am an independent & succesful entrepreneur! :)

The relationship

Ah, yes, I still believe you can’t hurry love. So I’m trying not to. Easier said than done some days (especially when you’re chilling at the park and everyone around you seems to be involved in the happiest Disney love affair), but honestly, I can’t complain! I’ve got a bunch of great friends (here, there, everywhere), amazing family and the cat Diego.

The dog

Dog wise I think I’ve found the best possible solution! I dog sit. My friend has the cutest French Bull and every now and then I get to call Lana my own. We’ll walk in the park, snuggle up, play fetch…and then I get to give her back and realise how great it is to be independent ;)

cutest French Bull alive

So, I’ve faced the facts. And I haven’t done too bad. In fact.. I’m pretty darn happy with these results! And I’m going to celebrate. Save the date! I’m starting my 29th year on planet earth as an independent entrepreneur, with a home, a part-time dog and ready for love! Who would have thought?

Thanks for joining the journey! Safe travels!


stop the ass turning!

The brilliant piece of advice I gave my friend last night. Truth be told, it sounded much better when spoken in Dutch.. But what I meant was stop wiggling around, stop refusing to choose! Just do it! As I told her that, I smiled. After hanging up the phone my smile turned into a laugh, a laugh at my own hypocrisy. Dude, who’s the one doing the ass wiggling???…..

Any way. This is it! 2014! The year in which I’ll achieve my goals! When I started this blog in October last year I set myself four goals and I got working on them. About half way through my personal “challenge” I have completed one, the first one..I have a home! And on my journey I have come to review the other 3 goals:

The business.

As you might know, besides finding a home, my business, my coffee shop was getting the most attention. Together with a coach I researched, planned, drafted. I contacted real estate agents, started dreaming up floor plans, began looking into finances. And then it dawned on me: this isn’t it. Wow! Talk about ass turning! Yes. My idea, my dream of having a coffee shop/cafe still exists. But whenever I visualise it, it always comes up with a palm tree, sea breeze, surf and a hammock. And Amsterdam, though sweet, does not provide the right setting. This does not mean that I have given up my goal! I still plan to be a successful & independent entrepreneur in 6 months time, just in a different way. I’m working on it. Behind the scene. And the coffee shop-cafe, I haven’t discarded it completely. I simply put it in the fridge.

The relationship.

What can I say? I’ll let Phil’s mum do the talking.

The dog.

Ah, the dog..I’m afraid I’ve had to give up on this one. I’m not allowed a dog where I live. But, we have a cat. I guess the cat, Diego Fernandes, kind of substitutes the dog. It’ll do for now.

Right, so I’ve done some serious wiggling. Though I believe it’s been for the better. Setting these goals, researching and working hard has allowed me step closer to knowing what it is that I really want. Doing, reviewing, dreaming and daring to change course. Maybe a little bit of ass turning is alright, but in the end you’ve got to move!

Seems like a wise thought for the monday morning! Have a great week!




when in doubt..

watch Alain de Botton (even if it’s just for his lovely perfectly-English English accent) and move past the fear..

It’s been quiet, I’ve been busy. Not with my goals though. I’ve been living. I’ve changed jobs, worked plenty, been hanging out with friends and family. And before I knew all my days were filled with “living”. No time for my goals. 

It’s made me feel uncomfortable. How I’m I getting anywhere if I’m not focusing? Thing is, I am focusing. But my focus has shifted and it’s time to revisit my goals:

  1. home: got it!!
  2. business: working on it, need to step over the fear!
  3. relationship: has lost its importance, busy enough as it is and (most importantly) happy this way :)
  4. dog: the home i found doesn’t allow dogs, but there’s a cat and I have the coolest babysit-dog, so i’ve kinda got this one sorted!

So it seems that I’m living, working on my goals and doing alright…why was I feeling uncomfortable? Wake up call!!!



I had an “aha!” moment last night. It suddenly made sense! The business plan is crucial, so everyone keeps telling me. And I’ve dutifully and obediently been working on my business plan. But yesterday I connected writing my business plan to the lessons I’ve learnt about goal setting recently. Writing a business plan is nothing more than setting goals, the way my guru’s taught me. It’s a way of consciously and sub-consciously feeding your mind with healthy bites, setting yourself and your startup up for succes. I’ve got it! :) No excuses.


the golden hour


In medicine ‘the golden hour’ is that first period after a casualty which is crucial to the survival/recovery of the injured person. Luckily, that’s not the one I’m referring too…The one I’m talking about is the first hour of your day. According to all my new YouTube guru’s this first hour (and what you do with it) has a big impact on the course and effectivity of the rest of your day. Challenge accepted!

My day started with my daily sit-ups and push-ups (when I started my journey to June 2014, I vowed to do 20 push-ups and 2x 60 sit-ups every morning first thing after waking up…which means I’ve been accomplishing at least one goal everyday! Great for my ego :)). With goal nr. 1 down, I went for a run and nearly smashed my 5k record; check goal of the day nr. 2! Writing this was goal of the day nr. 3, so at 9.15AM I’ve managed to tick off 3 goals. Golden hour well spent! Excited to see what the rest of the day will bring.. :)

Oh yes, not completely unimportant: it seems I found a “home”! Will be moving to my new casa, which I’ll be sharing with 8 others and a cat, in three weeks! Woehoe!!!

Have a happy day too! And make the most of your golden hour!


P.S. For more goldenness, check out this golden girl..truly inspirational!

a few minutes

is all it takes! Seriously! I don’t think I spent more than 6 minutes talking to this coach at the speed dating yesterday but she completely changed my perspective.

Yes. Yesterday was a success! I managed to network (be brave, approach people and hand out my business card), listened to some inspiring speakers and most importantly I think I found a coach.

I talked to 5 potential coaches (who all seemed to like my idea :)) and out of the 5, 2 said to do it the traditional way (business plan, investors, etc.) and 2, quite literally, said “What are you doing here? Just start! Tomorrow!” So far it was traditional vs. cowboy.. The 5th coach was a traditional cowboy; an inbetweener with a strong financial background. My match! (Hopefully).

So, I’m going to let a bit of the cowgirl coach advice in; leave the very traditional trail, put on the cowboy hat and do it!

Happy weekend!