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About Me

My name is Monique van Ooteghem, born and living in the Netherlands, where I share my life with my partner and best friend Ramona and our cat Poemba!

Challenged with Chronic Fatigue for an extended period in my life, with not much energy left to live an active or much of a social life, I became housebound for most of the time. As I was forced to look within and deal with issues raising to the surface, I experienced a personal transformation process.

During this process, I discovered a joy in writing. A perfect way to bring my thoughts and feelings into perspective and at the same time create a new purpose in my life. Thanks to social media I found a way to connect with people. Soon I became part of a beautiful and inspiring community, enriching my life into a deep sense of gratitude and joy.

By growing as a person and expanding my potential, I felt an inner longing to create my own platform. A stage which enables me to share my personal insights, which have supported me to overcome my personal challenges. This was the start of the creation of my website ‘Practical Life Guide’, where I share blogs, led by the whispers of my soul, to inspire others to create a life in balance and authenticity.

The content of my writings is about Life Purpose, Health and Well-being in general. Basically, topics which have the potential to inspire you to create a meaningful and sustainable life, by taking responsibility for your own journey.

As I love sharing my insights with you all, I also encourage you to leave your comments, personal experience or questions you might have.

I love interacting with my readers and get to know you better.

Happy reading and soulful Blessings

Monique ツ


  • Carol Guenther

    This is beautiful Monique! so happy for you! I look forward to coming here often. Much love and light to you sweet friend.

    • Monique

      Thank You Carol, dear friend!! I look forward to seeing you here!! Loving Blessings!! xxx

  • Carol Guenther

    Oh this is a beautiful site Monique! so happy that you got it up and running! I look forward to coming here often. Much love, light and happiness to you shining star!

  • Janice Mackenzie-Fast in Berkeley, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

    {{{Monique}}} ~~
    Sooo very, very EXCITED for you dearHEART !!!!! 🙂
    Best o’ wishes….. I look forward with anticipation.
    You ALWAYz bring some SUNshine to start My day.
    warmest o’ HUGz from Janice

    • Monique

      Thank You beautiful friend for your lovely and encouraging words!! 🙂
      Warmest Hugs {{{{{ Janice }}}}}

  • gabriela

    Congratulations my dear Monique for putting your wonderful insights and wisdom on this beautifully designed Web Page ! I hope your Voice will be heard and appreciated by many ! I , for one am so happy to be considered as one of your Friends and i look upon it with gratitude and joy ! Best wishes for a long , long road on this blessed endeavor ! …and hugs , Gabriela !

    • Monique

      Thank You beautiful friend for your beautiful words of appreciation! It is a joy to walk this journey together with so many loving souls as yourself! Blessings Gabriela, and thank you for your joy, enthusiasm and friendship! Big Hug!! ♡

  • Monalisa Joshi

    Hi Monique…..I am so glad to see your website….it has a great look and the best part is that its has a positive vibe which touched my soul the very moment I entered here….I will look forward to read your articles….poetry and of course would love to add some of mine….if there is that provision. I wish you all the very best and much success in this journey and I will keep coming back again and again to check your newly written articles and more. Much love and blessings to you and Ramona <3

    • Monique

      Thank You Monalisa for your beautiful compliments!! ! I’m pleased to hear you like my site and experienced the positive vibes!! 🙂 I for sure will invite guest bloggers in the near future. This will be communicated through my newsletter!! Please subscribe if you are interested!! Love and Blessings from both of us xxx

  • Fay Prince

    Lovely! 🙂

  • Cathy Greer Gonzales

    Hi Monique,

    So extremely happy for you! Your light and your deep wisdom is profound and will help many and you and all of us continue on our path to healing and happiness!

    Sending you much love and light for this wondrous creation…Cathy G

    • Monique

      Thank YOU Cathy for your enlightening compliments and walking this journey of love and wholeness with me and all of us!
      Namaste Beautiful Soul _/|\_

  • Alain

    Another amazing step forward Monique… Enjoy your new journey and the outstanding Blessings it will bring along as you bless the World with your BEing. Much Love and many Blessings ♡

    • Monique

      Thank You so much beautiful friend, for your appreciation and your companionship!! It is a true blessing to share this journey with so many loving souls as yourself. Much Love ♡

  • Frances

    LOVE you, Monique, and SO looking forward to all you’ll be sharing with us! 🙂

  • Monique

    Me too Frances!! Big time! ♡

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  • Jacquie Garcia-Nespereira

    I’m so very proud to know you. In reading your “about me” I can’t help but find many similarities in our life’s stories. You my friend give me hope. Thank you for this and for all the amazing things you are and do. ♥

    • Monique

      Thank You Jacquie for your sweet comment!! Certainly our paths have crossed for a reason. I’m honoured to give you, or anyone in this matter, hope by just being me! Loving Blessings ♡

  • DottieJ

    So wonderful to see you spreading your wings and flying!!!!!!!!!!! Soar, my little dove! Thank you so much for sharing yourself so generously! Keep that Love Light shining, SiSTAR!!! I’m really enjoying your writings/thoughts/lessons! Lovely that you have this very cool platform to share with others and visa versa! Together we are able to make the world a better place, beginning with ourselves and then meeting others whose journey is similar along the way!… and the synergy begins! Beautiful!!! You are loved and supported!!!!!!!! I CELEBRATE YOU!!! I CELEBRATE ME!!! I CELEBRATE US!!! <3 Peace, Love, Light, Health, Happiness, Joy & Prosperity! <3 Love to you forever and ever! 🙂

    • Monique

      Thank You SiStar for your kind and generous words and your loving wishes! It feels indeed very good to share from the heart, being able to make a little difference in someones life… and by doing so, enhance my own, in a very beautiful and humbling way. I’m sure you know all about that, as you do that so well in your own unique way!! Thank you for visiting and leaving your footprint on my page!! Thank You for being you! Joining you in your Celebrations!!
      Infinite Blessings to you, with Love, Light, Joy, Health and Happiness> ((((( ♡ )))))

  • Carry

    Mooie site!
    Mooi van stijl en fijn van toon 🙂
    Net ontdekt en ik kom later nog terug om wat meer te lezen.

    ps. je Engelse schijfstijl klinkt helemaal niet Nederlands 😉


    • Monique

      Dankjewel Carry, voor je lieve compliment. Fijn om je hier te ontmoeten!

      Hartelijke groet,

  • Catherine DePino

    I wish you the best of luck with your latest venture, Monique. I’m sure your book will be very helpful to all who read it.

  • Lieve

    Thanks for sharing your story. You’ll make a difference in the life of many. Love Namaste!

    • Monique

      Thank you, Lieve for your very kind and encouraging words! It takes one to know one!!
      Much Love to you _()_