Kickstart 2020 with resolutions you can keep, doing a past year review and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
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TUESDAY 31 DEC 2019 | EDITION 47
Did you know that Ecuadorian men crossdress to celebrate New Year’s Eve? It’s believed that sporting clown make-up, colorful wigs, and hairy legs in minidresses is the most appropriate way to show respect to the passing of the last year’s “widow”. Sounds like a typical Saturday night to us here at Zoku Amsterdam.
THING OF THE WEEK
THIS IS A GOOD GUIDE

THIS IS A GOOD GUIDE

Nifty book about sustaining sustainable lifestyles

Trying to live a more sustainable life can be full of pitfalls and lose-lose trade-offs. Fortunately, long-time Zoku member Marieke Eyskoot has distilled years of her sustainability expertise into this slick book. You can also swing by and pick up a copy from the ‘Almost Everything Store’ in the Zoku Social Spaces.

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HOW TO MAKE (AND KEEP) A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

HOW TO MAKE (AND KEEP) A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

3-minute read | New York Times

Do you always fail at keeping New Year’s Resolutions? This article offers a more strategic way to think about how to change your life next year. It was originally published in 2018, but as far as we’re aware nothing groundbreaking has changed in the world of New Year’s resolutions over the last 12 months… Unless everybody’s resolution for 2019 was no new resolutions?!

FORGET NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, CONDUCT A ‘PAST YEAR REVIEW’ INSTEAD

FORGET NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, CONDUCT A ‘PAST YEAR REVIEW’ INSTEAD

2-minute read | Tim Ferriss

OK, so just in case everybody has given up on New Year’s resolutions, here’s another idea: Past Year Reviews. Instead of making a loose commitment to change something about your life next year, why not take the time to sit down and reflect on what worked and didn’t work in the year just gone? This simple blog post offers tips on how to start thinking productively about what you want from 2020.

MEET THE COMMUNITY
Each week, we profile a Zoku community member - hit reply if you'd like to be featured!
Laura Alburquerque
Laura Alburquerque is Costa Rican and Dutch and works as an Executive Personal Assistant at Nike European Headquarters in Hilversum for the VP of Category Merchandising. Laura is also a core team member of the Women's of EMEA network at Nike which focuses on breaking down the barriers that prevent so many women from reaching their full potential. They believe in the power of diversity to unlock personal growth, innovation and a better world. Laura is also the founder of Eat Whole with Lau which she founded in 2018 and focuses on personal health and fitness coaching. Laura also works as a nutrition coach in her free time.
What path has your career taken?
Fitness and nutrition changed my life. I had to recover after going through two surgeries: heart surgery when I was 15 and and scoliosis back surgery when I was 17. I was overweight and not happy with my body image and struggled with it until I decided to pay attention to my health when I was 21. I started to learn more about nutrition, started to workout and I noticed the physical and emotional changes and I started loving everything related to fitness. Three years ago I got certified as a nutrition coach and started spreading my passion and story through social media on how fitness changed my life with the intention to inspire others. Eat Whole with Lau was then born in 2018. My mission is to educate my clients and a wider community on the benefits that fundamental nutrition practices and movement can have on all areas of our life. This is the most exciting moment of my career and I know great things are ahead. I believe I can dream big, work hard and make it happen because I can do anything I set my heart and mind to.

What is your relationship with Zoku Amsterdam, and what are your thoughts?
Zoku Amsterdam is a place I truly love. I've attended 2 fantastic Feel Good events (Zoku's booker appreciation event) with great speakers, one where we learned about work life balance and this year where we learned how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I've also organized Nike meetings for my leadership team colleagues at Zoku Amsterdam and they love it to. The staff is wonderful, always makes us feel at home, they have delicious food and a super cool atmosphere that inspires me to work and meet new interesting people.

What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
The best books I've read this year are called: Attached by Amnir Levine and Rachel S.F Heller and This is a Good Guide by Marieke Eyskoot. I'm trying to be more mindful on this topic, it’s a goal I have for 2020. I also went to the Women Ted Talk Conference this year in Amsterdam and I definitely recommend these types of events, to learn about different topics.

What’s your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others and why?
My go to product is the Nike Training Club App. Its an app I use every time I travel to do my workouts and have a balanced time off, while I enjoy food, I can stay active with no need to plan my workouts.

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
I would tell my 20 year old self that health is the most important thing we have in life. Prioritizing our health is a form of self love and probably the most important thing we can do. Putting yourself first matters, taking care of yourself is so important and it's not needed to compare yourself to others, we are all unique with different qualities and we should learn to accept who we are and make changes where needed. I would tell her that the reason we should eat, train and sleep is to keep our body healthy and strong, and that a healthy body leads to a happy mind and that having a spiritual life is very important as well.


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