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Compassion & Caring In Holland!

Jan van Beelen, D.C.

The famous Gandhi saying is ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ and recently I have met so many people who are literally being the change and Holland is no different.

I have been here just four days and I have come upon a chiropractor that wants to be that change. Having come from the States I have heard so many people say that ‘No one helps us when we need them too’ but I am here to say to you ‘Open your eyes’ because there are plenty of people out there in the world who help us. Just because our news likes to report negativity and doom and gloom doesn’t mean that that is what is actually out there all the time. That’s just what sells unfortunately. I can’t for the life of me understand why but it just is but what I can tell you is that there are wonderful people all over the world who want to help us when we need the help.

There is a local chiropractor in Holland named Jan van Beelen who is making a difference. Upon hearing about the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused he decided that something needed to be done to help and he wrote a letter to everyone on the DCF (Dutch Chiropractic Federation) for support. Below is his letter:

“Hi Everybody,

What would America do if somewhere in the world a disaster such as Sandy happened? I know. There would be massive aid. What do we do here in Holland? As far as I know nothing.

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and others are having a benefit concert. That solidified my determination to do something to help also.

My entire lifestyle, my passion, and my purpose I thank America for. So on Thursday, November 22nd I will work for free in my practice and every euro will be for whatever organization in America that I think needs it the most. Maybe the ICA may know a fellow chiropractor in the coastal area of New Jersey that has lost everything due to the storm. Or maybe the Red Cross needs money. It doesn’t matter as long as I do something.

I invite you to do something similar. You may have ideas that can propel this project into something greater than an individual action. Why the 22nd of November? That’s Thanksgiving in America. To me always the greatest family holiday.

I personally dodged the bullet with this storm. As an investment I own an oceanfront home on the Outerbanks of North Carolina together with some friends and family. The house is under contract to sell on November 30th. Last year Hurricane Irene hit the Outerbanks hard and this year Sandy did major damage where my house is. My house survived intact though.

They have always given to others (otherwise I may be speaking German now). If you have any suggestions how to maximize our efforts or how you plan on raising money then call, email or visit me. On Saturday, November 10th at 1 p.m. I will be hosting a lunch for whomever wants to help. Please let me know if you plan on coming so I can plan the seafood buffet accordingly.

Yours in Chiropractic,

Jan van Beelen, D.C.”

I was so deeply touched that this individual so far from where the devastation is happening would care enough to actually do something about it that I contacted him for his permission to tell his story and he agreed.

Dr. Beelen stated that he worked as a chiropractor on the Outerbanks between 1981-1993 and because of this experience it has made him acutely aware of the damage to people’s lives and property in the event of a hurricane. He also said that his family has been lucky so far and it’s heartbreaking to him to see the havoc in New Jersey and New York right now.

Dr. Beelen also stated that he found it shocking that so many people (100+) lost their lives because of Hurricane Sandy because he really didn’t think that it was going to be that bad. I think a lot of us thought that way too. I mean after all it was only a category 1 storm. Usually that doesn’t do anything really but the conditions were right and everything lined up for a major disaster.

So here’s my call to action to all of you. If you want to help and you’re in Holland then by all means please go to Dr. Beelen’s office in Katwijk, Holland on the 22nd of November and get your spine checked out. You’ll be doing yourself some good (because let’s face it we all need a chiropractor these days) and you’ll be helping so many in America too. It’s a win-win situation. CLICK HERE to go to Dr. Beelen’s website.

If you’re not in Holland and can’t see Dr. Beelen then please donate some other way. If you’re in the area affected then help someone else that’s worse off than you are. If you’re not in the affected area than donate some money to the organization of your choice or volunteer your time and energy in some way to help out.

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross then you can CLICK HERE to do that too. The cool thing about donating via that link is that for every dollar that you donate your money will be matched dollar for dollar. So if you donate $100 it will actually be $200! Sounds like a great deal to me!

Help Long Islanders Recover From Hurricane Sandy!

If you want to donate more locally then I was also just made aware of The Great South Bay Brewery Hurricane Relief Donation Hub. This is a local pub that is collecting donations of items as well as money to be directly distributed to local people on Long Island, NY that need help. CLICK HERE TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO PEOPLE ON LONG ISLAND!

Please note that you can either mail in your donations to the address on the above webpage OR you can directly donate using the PayPal button at the bottom of the page OR you can CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO PAYPAL TO DONATE!

So dear friends, family and blog followers – go forth and be the change! Go make a positive difference in the world! Let’s show the world that there’s more good in this world than negative! I’ll keep you updated on Dr. Beelen’s progress to in a future post!

A little reminder for us all!

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The Adventure Begins…Atlanta…Vampires…and Holland!

Behold….Atlanta where vampires, friends, and planes await me!

Well the time has finally come to begin my adventure to Holland. Matt has been there for almost four months now and I am now heading there. But first a quick stop in Atlanta…to meet some vampires and see a few friends. Yes, you heard me right…vampires!

Now some of you might not know this but I’ve been reading vampire novels and watching vampire movies since I can remember. My favorite show right now is The Vampire Diaries. So imagine my excitement when I learned that they film the show just outside of Atlanta, Georgia in a town called Covington and that a bunch of the stars of the show were going to be at a celebrity convention called EyeCon Halloween weekend. It fit in perfect with my plans to fly out of Atlanta!

Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) of The Vampire Diaries – EyeCon Oct 2012, Atlanta, GA

So I drove to Atlanta and got pictures of myself with my favorite vampires from the show, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley).

Me and Paul Wesley (A.K.A. Stefan Salvatore) of The Vampire Diaries!

Being a vampire fan (and a real fan of the actors, particularly Ian who has a great foundation called aptly enough The Ian Somerhalder Foundation) I thought it would be really cool to have photos of me with them. When else would I have the opportunity to meet them? Seize the day is what I say!

Me and Ian Somerhalder (A.K.A. Damon Salvatore) of The Vampire Diaries!

Well I met them both and am very happy to report that both Ian and Paul are extremely nice people. Also, Ian is an extremely good hugger. If you ever have the chance to get a hug from him definitely do it. It’s worth it. Also during that weekend I met Ian’s older brother, Bob Somerhalder, who is also extremely nice.

Me and Bob Somerhalder of Built of Barnwood

Bob has a business with his son, Peyton, and his brother, Ian, called Built of Barnwood that is fantastic. With this business they take wood from old buildings and recycle it by making furniture and all kinds of artwork from it all. Beautiful stuff! Also a portion of the money they make goes to great causes as well so definitely check them out at www.Builtofbarnwood.com (also, ‘Like’ them on Face Book by clicking here and Tweet them on Twitter by clicking here.)

Here is an excellent little video with Ian talking about his brother, Bob, and  Built of Barnwood.

After my vampire adventures I headed to our friend’s house to hang out for a few days before getting on my flight to Holland. BTW, I was told that when they were looking for a home to use as the Salvatore’s house in the Vampire Diaries they actually came to this house to check it out. Turns out they wanted something that looked a little darker and a little more like it had been around for hundreds of years so they passed on this house and went to Covington, Georgia instead. Still pretty cool!

Our new travel companion (Gordon…the Gecko) and I arrive at our friends’ house!

I always enjoy visiting with Scott and Cyndi. They have a beautiful home, four polite boys and they are always so hospitable. Thank you all for letting me invade your home. We’ll visit you again on the way back!

This is what controlled chaos looks like…trying to repack my bags for the flight!

Now many of you may not know why we’re heading to Holland so I’ll explain here. Matt, my other half, is helping another chiropractor over there to set up some chiro offices so we’re going to live there for a bit while that’s happening. And of course, we’ll be visiting other countries while we’re over there too. I know England, Switzerland and probably Germany are definitely on the list and who knows where else but then that’s what this blog is about, isn’t it?

So my adventures begin tonight and tomorrow when I arrive it will be Halloween and Matt and my 11th anniversary! Holy cow! How did that happen? I doesn’t seem like that long ago we met and started dating! Time flies!

Here I am in the limo on the way to the airport…

Oh and one more thing I want to mention from this side of the pond. The new international terminal at Atlanta Airport is actually LEEDS certified! For those of you who do not know LEEDS certified means the building is the best as far as being green and conserving energy.

Cool lights and decor at ATL airport’s new LEEDS certified International Terminal!

It was built to be energy efficient! I think that’s fantastic and more buildings should be created like that. We’ve only got one earth. Let’s do what we can to make it healthy for everyone and everything.

Another photo of ATL’s new International Terminal!

Well the next time I talk with you I’ll be in Holland with my adventures from the other side of the pond! I hope you’ll come back and read all about it.

So stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the box at the upper right hand side of this blog. I promise you won’t get spam. The only thing you’ll get is an email from me when I post a new travel adventure! Go on do it. You’ll make me really happy if you do. 🙂

Categories: Alphen aan den Rijn, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Georgia, Marietta, Netherlands | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s Nearly Summer and There’s Babies Everywhere!

Beach, South Florida – May 2011

So I was realizing that I never write about things that happen around where I live and I was wondering why I wasn’t doing that. Isn’t where I live (Florida…vacation capital of the U.S.) a viable destination that could be included in my travel blog? Of course it is!

So although I’ve promised you more about my recent travel to Victoria, BC (which I loved by the way) I am going to take the liberty to divert to my home happenings today.

You see here in South Florida it’s already nearing what most of the country would consider a hot summer but let me tell you that by South Florida standards this is spring and in the spring time everything is having babies and it’s so fun to watch.

We’ve had little baby rabbits and squirrels and mocking birds and, most recently, a nest full of ospreys being born. We’re having a thrill watching the ospreys learn to fly and catch their own fish and just learning to let go of the security of mommy and daddy osprey.

But just the other afternoon I was delighted to see a new family of Sandhill Cranes come visit our backyard, mommy, daddy, and two little Sandhill Crane babies. Inspired by that and the beauty of it all I made a little video of their visit with us. I hope you like it.

Categories: Florida, Florida, Stuart, United States, Video Tours | 1 Comment

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