The Life Traveller - About Me
The Life Traveller - About Me
about me

The Life Traveller - About Me - Manon


How wonderful that we have crossed paths.
My name is Manon Valesca Maria. I'm Dutch with a drop of Indonesian blood. The Life Traveller is established in 2014. I had this vision of creating an online relaxing place for positivity, spirituality, inspiration and mindfulness. A space where you can take a deep breath from the long way you have come. The Life Traveller is a meeting point, where other inspiring travel companions share their experiences. You can get some ‘take-away’ inspiration for the continuation of your journey and personal help is offered to get going, when it’s unclear which direction to go. I also share some of my daily adventures. Motherhood is a huge part of that. The Life Traveller travels light and follows the light on its journey into eternity. Have a magical trip. Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to follow my trace!


I have had work experience for more than sixteen years in the field of Dutch magazines as a fashion, beauty & health director, image coordinator, editor, stylist and text writer. Beside motherhood, the most important role of my life, my days are filled with charity work and sharing light. Feeling good and sowing the seeds of love are my main goals. Beside that I combine writing for magazines with this blog. I am also the creator of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label. Additionally, I have a healing and coaching practice for awareness and personal growth. I support other travel companions as a life coach through aura reading, chakra balancing, healing techniques and coaching. Everyone deserves to be happy.

I'm a very blessed mother of a wonderful rainbow family. I'm married to a brave, supportive Dutch sun warrior, Michel, and mama moon to a beautiful African sonshine, Micah, and a sweet Welsh corgi dog named Vos (Fox in Dutch). We have been living in Kenya and are now dividing time between Kenya and our home in Amsterdam.

I live simply and am down-to-earth and spiritual all-in-one. And I like seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Travelling is in my blood. I love exploring the world, hiking in nature, walking barefoot, yoga, meditation, dancing and music, watching Indie and art house movies, having fun with friends and preparing pure, organic vegan dishes..and capturing moments in a picture. I get inspired by nature, animals, the sun, the moon, the stars and trees. I collect stones, gemstones, feathers and Native American Kachina dolls..and positive thoughts.


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wellbeing - beauty and body bliss


People often ask me: ‘How can I practice self love? I can feel so much love for others, how can I not feel it as often for myself?’

The answer to this valuable question is not to separate yourself from the love that you are. This has been also an important reminder to myself lately.

Every time you feel love whether it is because you look at something or someone -or at yourself – you live from the center that you are and every time you feel hurt by someone you simply don’t.

Instead of trying to practice self love it is most important to be connected to this stream of love. Make this your goal.

How? Just start looking for the evidence that LOVE is who YOU are by seeing it everywhere. Choosing to see it everywhere. And from this point you see that love is not something you can ever separate from, love flows through you, love IS your essential being.

Now go stand in front of a mirror and look into your beautiful eyes and see the depth of your soul: and just see how everyone who loves you sees you. And feel the love that you are. Feel the great love the universe, God, the world, your ancestors, your beloved ones have for you. See and feel the love that is YOU. Close your eyes and connect to the peace and joy that you feel.

Welcome home.

I love you.

Pictured: My beautiful friend Nasha and me. I still can relive the love, joy and strength I felt when this picture was taken. I felt so alive and connected to my essence.


Sexual abuse, harassment and assault have been all over the news lately. And because of that it becomes more visible how many women all over the world, and also men, have been dealing with the pain that comes from these experiences.

As we are entering a new era, where the female power will be stronger present than ever before, I feel such a strong connection to all living beings on this planet foremost to females. It is ironic, but the people who seem to have all the power and use it in the most disgraceful way are actually helping us to unite our power and connect to our strenghts. The collective becomes much more visible. And women all over the world are connecting in the most powerful way, social media as a supporting channel.

I have never been really open about it publicly, but a few weeks ago I felt that I needed to speak out loud that I too have experienced sexual abuse (not by my parents). I needed to because it felt more uncomfortable not to. I needed to because the things that we think are best to keep private can actually become a part of someone’s healing process once shared. I needed to because it is time for us, women in particular, to stand up and speak out. So I decided to share it, because I wanted to let other women and also men know that they were not alone.

Once I posted a message about the topic on my instagram account (click HERE to read) I realized that I not only needed to share it because of the reasons mentioned above, but also because of me. Because of my own healing process that for a huge part has already been transformed into peace, love, strength, but at moments still can be present in my life.

The first time I dealt with abuse was in my childhood. Nowadays I realize that this experience has influenced my life so much more than I’ve ever did before. A couple of years after that I had another painful experience, based made choices on this damaged foundation – not always attracting the people who had great love for me. Since I strongly believe that I came tho this earth with a mission and I choose my experiences I could be very harsh on myself.

When I grew older I realized that I couldn’t take responsibility for someone else’s actions. I tried to understand where they came from which helped me to understand the person involved. However I also decided not to focus upon that too much. I knew that my journey into healing could really transform into growth once I took responsibility for my own healing proces, forgive myself for blaming myself, understand myself and use my past experiences, that still seemed to have power in my present life, as a bouncing off place to create a new reality. A reality that I am fully living today.

You cannot heal by focusing on your pain. You can only heal by focusing on your power; on the love that you are. Even when you don’t feel so much love or loved. Once you focus on love, you realize that there is great love here for you. That you deserve all the love. That YOU are LOVE. And that LOVE is all that really matters.

Thank you for reading this. Grateful to share this with you.





raise your frequency


Reminder to you (and myself): do not ever forget that you are energy. You create through vibration. And then your vibration calls action. So tune in at the highest level of contentment and joy .

Pictured: Artist Peter Beard working in one of his famous sketchbooks in Kenya.


how to find the answers


A question I often get asked is: How can I find the answer inside myself?

It’s all about quieting the mind. When you practice this you get in touch with your inner being who knows all the answers to every question you have. Even if the answer is just silence. That is the part many of us don’t want to accept or understand. But there is a lot to be found in silence.

Once you fully embrace it, the answer can come! Or even better: you don’t even need that anymore, which brings more peacefulness.

What you actually get in touch with is all that you really are.

Once you quiet your mind and allow your inner being to guide you, you begin to receive the translations of answers your inner being already knows. Just quiet your mind enough to receive them and learn to recognize your ego, who doesn’t like the quietness.




the truth

the truth - wellbeing - The life Traveller


A believe is not the truth. It is your truth. It is nothing more and nothing less than a thought that you keep thinking.

A thought is not you. You are not your thoughts. You are love and joy in their purest form.

Make sure that what you think connects to who you are. For who you are is the truth. From head to toe.






honor your true being

Recently I looked myself in the eyes and started to cry. I had this moment with myself, felt this connection to my inner being so strongly that everything on my ‘to do list’ that seemed so important to me only seconds before didn’t exist anymore.

I washed my make-up off my face, put on my favorite jumpsuit and went outside with Micah. We had so much fun. I felt like a kid as we ran after each other, played on the scooter and climbed on the climbing frame. Although we do this often, this time it felt different. Deeper.

I told Micah how much I loved watching the blue sky and how happy the blossom trees made me. How much I love being outdoors, hug trees, watch the seagulls fly by from the historical Amsterdam canals. And how much I enjoy smiling and spreading positive vibes. How much I love daydreaming and being in my ‘own’ world.

As I sat there for a moment watching him play with the other children I realized that this is me. My enthusiasm for things and life itself – seeing the small details that sometimes remain unnoticed to others – over the years has been “praised” but also has not always been understood. It has even made me feel guilty when someone else didn’t seem to see the beauty or seem to feel uncomfortable listening to my “happy” talk.

Over the years I’ve learned not to loose touch with my inner core and not to feel responsible for someone else’s view on the world or even on me. And above all: not to feel the need to fix things, since my view is my truth and not necessarily the truth.

My message on this sunny Wednesday is: honor your true being. At all times. Celebrate you.

Learn to live from an authentic place and you no longer feel threatened or hurt by anyone or life itself. Or that your happiness and joy can hurt others. It truly can’t.

Once you connect with your inner core, inauthentic elements – once needed to feel good – will be replaced by the ones that support and reflect your authenticity.

Don’t think too much about what makes you unique; the uniqueness that is you cannot be described in words. It needs to be lived. Expressed from the heart. Twinkle in your eyes. Radiate in your aura. Shine thru your actions. Speak from your soul.

This way you can even be more happy for somebody else and enjoying someone’s joy on a deeper level. Because of your silent connection with your inner being, you’ll find yourself able to support others in a much more organic way, especially your children’s true being.











mindful question



‘Am I part of the cure or am I part of the disease?’ – Coldplay

Every time I listen to  Coldplay’s song, Clocks, these powerful words make me smile.

It is a question we need to be asking ourselves on a daily basis in everything that we do.

Ask yourself whenever something causes resistance: ‘Am I part of the problem or am I part of the solution?’

Let the answer guide you on the way.

Pictured: Bali 2010. I remember sitting in this garden after waking up very early, watching the ceremony by the local people, honoring the Gods and spirits. And feeling so alive and happy.




create your own reality

reality - wellbeing - The Life Traveller


A little note to you, dear fellow traveller..

I want to share something about reality. The reality that you’re living. If the reality that you’re facing isn’t the reality that you wish for, just create a new one.

It truly is that simple. It all starts within you, by telling the story you want to live and start believing in that story. Start living that dream.

Stop focusing on what is, if what is isn’t very satisfying and begin focusing on something that is coming. You can still live in the now by starting to feel grateful about the future. Just take a deep breath and feel gratitude for all that is coming and soon you’ll find out it is already there.

Love to you.

take it easier

This year I have a particular request for you:

Be nice to yourself.

Put in a little less time on the things you think you need to do. Spend more time doing the things you really want to do. Embrace the moment.

Don’t pick a fight. Don’t fight back.

Look for things that make you smile.

Don’t make things more difficult than they need to be. Take it easier.

Spend more time by yourself. Get outside more. Spend more time in nature. Look inside yourself more.

See the benefits of living in this amazing time. Find appreciation for the beauty and wonders that this planet is yielding to you.

Spend more time around animals; they are masters in the now and practice the art of allowing.

Be easier about everything. Be more playful.

Be more consciously selfish. Do more of the things that feel good to you.

Be easy, be soft and watch what happens.

You deserve it. You are ready for it. You can do it.

ask yourself

An important question I want to ask you is: How do you react when life does not turn out the way you want it to?

Do you say: “It’s all my fault”? Or perhaps: “It’s all his/her/their fault..”? Or :”Life is so unfair! Why does it never go the way I want?!”?

How do you react? And how do your surroundings react to you after that?

You know, I still ask myself this question when going through a what I find challenging time.

And you know what: life gets much easier when you see it as a guide to reach your inner joy and higher goals. It doesn’t mean you may not allow pain. It can be important to go through phases of sadness and anger.

Our children are master in this. They can express their dissatisfaction and disappointment and can let go of it and the reason easily afterwards.

When you allow your feelings and truly FEEL and experience them, from that point there will be space to ask yourself: What is the meaning behind this situation? What lesson can I learn? What can I do to help myself?

There is no need to blame yourself,  by taking responsibility for your feelings you can help yourself to grow and to embrace life. Keep in mind: your children watch as you do this. How you deal with disappointment and challenges. Another important question therefor is: ‘What do you want them to see?’

pictured: one of the very first pictures I took of life in Kenya of the thousands that followed.