photo by Mirjam Schut

In 2014, I was working on a highly stressful project that demanded long hours which depleted me completely, and that was when my body said ‘THIS IS ENOUGH’! I suffered a severe shoulder injury, underwent surgery, and couldn’t work for 3 months. During this time I realized I was totally overworked, stressed out and it was time to make changes.

Health, nutrition and sports have always been my passion and I’m a good listener too, so I figured I could be a good Health Coach. I enrolled at IIN and became certified. 

I have had my ups and downs and especially in the last couple of years where my body didn’t respond to me as it did before. I have had a back injury for about four years and only for the last year I’m seeing the light. Menopause didn’t do any good either but I refused to fall into the trap of giving in. Giving into weight gain, not being able to do what I want, and to give my power away.

I love to help people become the best version of themselves and to support them in taking action. You are always in the driver’s seat, although it doesn’t seem like that sometimes. Does this resonate with you?

I get my clients back on track in many areas, looking at the person in a holistic way, knowing that all different areas of the body and mind are interconnected and the person has to be treated as a whole.

Taking care of my own mind and body is crucial for me. I start the morning by working on myself first, so I’m able to take good care of others afterwards. Before starting work, I follow a protocol that includes exercise, meditation, journaling, reading and learning. This way I start the day with the right mindset. I make conscious choices for myself before I let the world take over.

My food choices are optimal so I have a lot of energy to get through the demanding day and do my work in the best possible way without getting stressed out.

My purpose in life is to get women healthier, especially the ones having difficulty with menopause and to be more conscious about their wellness. To help them to be happier, happy with their body and their life, more balanced and to feel more fulfilled.

My vision is a world with less sick people. Seeing more people being happy again. Having a world where the little things are appreciated and where gratitude has a big place. A world with less stress and more balance.

Monique is passionate about healthy eating, taking care of herself in every possible way and caring a lot about other people. She knows how important the above mentioned things are and by giving the example she creates a ripple effect on the people surrounding her. Nevertheless this didn’t feel enough, so that’s why she embarked on her journey into health coaching because of her great empathy with people and their diseases. Furthermore she’s fully aware of the diseases of modern times, working in a big company and being exposed to pressure and stress. After going through a tough time and being able to cure herself, she is now able to help other people get healthy, unstressed, balanced and happy again.

Why would you work with me?

I love helping women who deal with (peri)menopause, to become happier and healthier through great but simple tools, so you can make the necessary changes in your lifestyle.

When you work with me you will have a safe space to express your worries and feelings, both in your private and professional life. The two are interconnected so a problem in one area can impact the other.


6 years ago I changed my life and lifestyle and went from being overly stressed and not having a good work/private balance, to being in a good and relaxed place. I am not stressing out anymore although my plate is full of work, or things to do. 

At this moment in time, I’m living consciously, fully aware of the things I want and more important, I DON’T want in my life, and therefore I prioritize a lot. I know what is important to me and together we will figure this out for you too.

Also, I want you to know that menopause isn’t necessarily a bad moment in your life. Of course there will be some inconveniences but together we can lower the impact as much as possible in your life. We will focus on what’s bugging you and get you in your most optimal state!

Taking my responsibility and not giving my power away to anyone, was a huge step on my journey and I will teach you how to do this too.

Furthermore you will learn how to take action, have discipline, love yourself, your mind and body and how to take your life into your own hands. I won’t tell you it’s going to be easy, but it definitely will be worthwhile.

If you want/need guidance and support and you’re not afraid of putting some work into it yourself, schedule your menopause discovery session with me.