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In 2010 I left the corporate world and embarked on a lone journey to the other side of the world. I flew all the way from Europe to Auckland in New Zealand. I was on my own and I quickly realized that my trip was a reflection of my state of mind. If I was feeling and thinking negative, I would find myself in miserable circumstances. When I was consciously choosing my thoughts and always picking a better-feeling one, I quickly made that trip the adventure of a lifetime. In Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland children can learn just that. I not only managed to make friends in Auckland, I met my husband on a cruise from Auckland to Sydney.

In Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea you can taste my love for cooking and teamwork. I participated in an on board activity called “Junior Chef at Sea” and saw how much fun the kids were having and how working together got them closer to where they wanted to be. Oh and when you read that one, you'll see how important chocolate is in my life!

Maya & Filippo Look for Happiness in Tauranga reflects my attitude towards - you guessed it - happiness. The children explore the port of Tauranga to realize that true and profound happiness can only be found inside themselves.

The above were the first three stories I wrote and the ones that started the award winning Maya & Filippo Series.


In 2013 my husband, my 1-year-old daughter and I cruised all summer in Alaska. That gave me the opportunity to explore this beautiful part of the world but I never managed to see any whales! The captain kept announcing that there were whales to the left and whales to the right and one just jumped and I was either on the wrong side of the ship or I just couldn’t spot one. Finally I figured out how to make my dream come true and that’s described in Maya & Filippo Look for Whales.

Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier describes the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. This story is about the beautiful wildlife and appreciation for our wonderful world. It also offers my view on where luck comes from.

Maya & Filippo Separate in Skagway continues the theme from Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland and again shows how our thoughts shape our reality. Sometimes we need a reminder. Don’t we?

The port we were always sailing from was Seattle and I observed in awe the Farmer’s Market and the various businesses in the area. Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle goes into various occupations and what results from that.

So, my story is in my books.

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