Office Talk Interview | Ingrid Beukema

Name: Ingrid Beukema
Age: 41

First job: Selling popcorn at the cinema
Current job: Owner of Yours Sincerely & Freelance Translator

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"Adjust your work to your energy level"

Ingrid Beukema

WORK VS PRIVATE

Describe your average work day:

No two days are the same as a freelancer! Usually I get up at 07:30am, have breakfast and listen to some music. Working from home, my day is then filled with creating blogs and social posts, translation assignments, processing webshop orders, admin, and so much more. I take small breaks every hour, making a cup of tea, hugging my pets or doing some household stuff. Furthermore, I always make time for a proper lunch break including a walk through the fields or a short yoga practice.

Describe your average day off:

Taking it nice and slow in the morning, that’s my ultimate me-time. Then perhaps spend time with my sweet and handsome fiancé, meet up with a friend, bake a banana bread or just relax and contemplate life sitting in our beautiful garden.

PERSONAL

What makes you really happy?

Spending time with (my) animals. They always remind me to live in the moment, to not care about what other people think of them and to just BE. Chocolate also makes me very happy, as well as yoga, feeling the sun on my skin and spending time with my loved ones.

What irritates you the most?

People who complain about everything.

Who inspires you and why?

Wende Snijders. When she sings, she always moves me to my core. Her strength and vulnerability, and the perfect balance between those two, is what I love most about her. She is a phenomenal singer, songwriter and performer.

What is your favourite place in the world?

My backyard. Last year we moved into a cute little house with a huge garden and it is our little piece of paradise. We are “living on vacation”.

VITALITY

What is vitality to you?

Having a healthy, fit body and mind and feeling positive energy flow through me.

How do you take care of your own vitality?

Next to the obvious things as a healthy diet and plenty exercise, there are so many small things that make a difference. I put my desk in front of my window and air my house regularly, because daylight and fresh air are key to feeling fit. Taking regular small breaks is a must for me as well. And when it’s a super busy day, I remind myself to just put a smile on my face. It always helps!

When I don’t work, I like to shift my attention to something completely different. For example, going to a rock concert, organizing a bbq party or taking a long walk through the forest. It’s essential to be away from the daily things in order to recharge the battery.

Furthermore, I find it important to surround myself with people who give me positive energy. My loved ones, clients, suppliers, other freelancers I work with, everyone. I’ve said goodbye to or minimized contact with people who don’t. Life is too short to deal with other people’s negativity!

Which must read/see/follow do you highly recommend?

  • The book Voor een echt succesvol leven (For a truly successful life) by Bas Haring. It’s basically a ‘plea for an unsuccessful life’, arguing that happiness and success are not the same thing. I realized after reading this book that I was successful at my corporate job, but it didn’t make me happy. And happiness means more to me. I quit my career in relocation and became a freelance translator, which was the best move ever. Now I have two business, doing what I truly love and giving it my all. I am so much happier – and successful as well.

What is (are) your best tip(s) to share with others?

Adjust your work to your energy level. When you know you’re always sleepy after lunch, do some easy admin then and plan that complicated analysis or demanding team meeting for a moment you feel fit. Monitor your fitness levels so you know how to attune your tasks to your own energy rhythm.

Yours Sincerely provides yoga & lifestyle shirts for women. Sustainability is the main core value: all shirts are ethically made, from organic cotton and bamboo and 5% of the proceeds go to Dutch animal rescue organization Stichting DierenLot. I started this company to add an affordable brand to the slow fashion market. Fair fashion, fair price! Click on the logo to visit the website.

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