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    Merel van der Wouden LL.M
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We didn’t win, but we still had fun during the #viva400 awards. 
Congratulations @lovestoriesintimates for the win in the category Business Wonders. Totally deserved, what a company you’ve build💞⚡️! Onto more events with inspiring female founders✨.
We didn’t win, but we still had fun during the #viva400  awards. Congratulations @lovestoriesintimates for the win in the category Business Wonders. Totally deserved, what a company you’ve build💞⚡️! Onto more events with inspiring female founders✨.
"Wat zonde dat je niks met je rechtenstudie doet". Toen ik in 2011 afstudeerde voor de Master Privaatrecht aan de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam wist ik niet zeker of ik in de advocatuur wilde werken. Wat ik liever wilde: de wereld 🌍 afreizen, culturen ontdekken, meer in contact met de natuur 🌴 komen en nieuwe mensen leren kennen. Ik was op zoek naar geluk en een groter doel in het leven. Na mijn studie besloot ik 6 maanden naar Zuid-Amerika te gaan om daar vrijwilligerswerk te doen en rond te reizen. Dit werk leverde mij zoveel waardering en voldoening op 🌈. Fast forward naar 2017🔛: het jaar waarin ik mijn consultancy baan in Toronto, Canada vaarwel zei en de sprong in het diepe waagde! Ik verhuisde naar Bali en richtte mijn bedrijf "Blackbird Negotiations" op. Met mijn bedrijf coach ik vrouwen om succesvol te onderhandelen over tarieven, salarissen en pakketprijzen". Gerechtigheid zit nog steeds in mijn bloed. De ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen, het glazen plafond en de loonkloof zijn onderwerpen waar ik mij graag voor inzet en ik draag mijn steentje bij met mijn bedrijf. 
Zonde dat ik niet de advocatuur ben in gegaan? Nee hoor, ik ben gelukkig, haal voldoening uit mijn werk, volg mijn hart en heb de vrijheid om te wonen waar ik wil. Hoe mooi is dat? Ik hoop dat jullie ook het leven leiden zoals jullie dat willen! ❤️ #ikbepaalzelf #viva #womenempowerment.

ENGLISH "Don't you think it's a pity that you're not working as a lawyer?" The best decision was to quit corporate life and start a company where I can coach women to successfully negotiate their salaries and fees. 
Justice is still in my blood. Equality, women empowerment and the income gap are subjects I'm passionate about and with my company I hope to speed up change!

So, no it's not a pity: I'm happy, follow my heart, get satisfaction from running my company and have the freedom to live wherever I want. I hope you're following your heart as well❤️
"Wat zonde dat je niks met je rechtenstudie doet". Toen ik in 2011 afstudeerde voor de Master Privaatrecht aan de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam wist ik niet zeker of ik in de advocatuur wilde werken. Wat ik liever wilde: de wereld 🌍 afreizen, culturen ontdekken, meer in contact met de natuur 🌴 komen en nieuwe mensen leren kennen. Ik was op zoek naar geluk en een groter doel in het leven. Na mijn studie besloot ik 6 maanden naar Zuid-Amerika te gaan om daar vrijwilligerswerk te doen en rond te reizen. Dit werk leverde mij zoveel waardering en voldoening op 🌈. Fast forward naar 2017🔛: het jaar waarin ik mijn consultancy baan in Toronto, Canada vaarwel zei en de sprong in het diepe waagde! Ik verhuisde naar Bali en richtte mijn bedrijf "Blackbird Negotiations" op. Met mijn bedrijf coach ik vrouwen om succesvol te onderhandelen over tarieven, salarissen en pakketprijzen". Gerechtigheid zit nog steeds in mijn bloed. De ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen, het glazen plafond en de loonkloof zijn onderwerpen waar ik mij graag voor inzet en ik draag mijn steentje bij met mijn bedrijf. Zonde dat ik niet de advocatuur ben in gegaan? Nee hoor, ik ben gelukkig, haal voldoening uit mijn werk, volg mijn hart en heb de vrijheid om te wonen waar ik wil. Hoe mooi is dat? Ik hoop dat jullie ook het leven leiden zoals jullie dat willen! ❤️ #ikbepaalzelf  #viva  #womenempowerment . ENGLISH "Don't you think it's a pity that you're not working as a lawyer?" The best decision was to quit corporate life and start a company where I can coach women to successfully negotiate their salaries and fees. Justice is still in my blood. Equality, women empowerment and the income gap are subjects I'm passionate about and with my company I hope to speed up change! So, no it's not a pity: I'm happy, follow my heart, get satisfaction from running my company and have the freedom to live wherever I want. I hope you're following your heart as well❤️
Today I’m starting with my Five Hour Workday trial⚡️⚡️⚡️and I will try it for 2 (!) weeks. It’s suppose to boost efficiency and happiness. 
I’m documenting my experience for @jenniefromtheblog who will write an article about it. “The Five Hour Workday” is about one company that simply asked why we’re still using the 8-hour workday concept which was invented by Ford during the industrial revolution. 
Tower Paddle Board had the courage to try an experiment, toward re-inventing a more sensible, productive, and healthy workday for today's knowledge workers and its one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. 📷 @roadbliss 
Who has tried this method? 👇🏽
Today I’m starting with my Five Hour Workday trial⚡️⚡️⚡️and I will try it for 2 (!) weeks. It’s suppose to boost efficiency and happiness. I’m documenting my experience for @jenniefromtheblog who will write an article about it. “The Five Hour Workday” is about one company that simply asked why we’re still using the 8-hour workday concept which was invented by Ford during the industrial revolution. Tower Paddle Board had the courage to try an experiment, toward re-inventing a more sensible, productive, and healthy workday for today's knowledge workers and its one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. 📷 @roadbliss Who has tried this method? 👇🏽
Lately my eyes have been painful and I think its caused by too much screentime😫. Who has the same issue?  Do you also feel a little dizziness? Any tips?

Today I took a day off to meditate, run and spend some time with friends🖤. How do you unwind? 📷 @sabinevanzeijl
Lately my eyes have been painful and I think its caused by too much screentime😫. Who has the same issue? Do you also feel a little dizziness? Any tips? Today I took a day off to meditate, run and spend some time with friends🖤. How do you unwind? 📷 @sabinevanzeijl
So happy right now🐆! Just launched my second Negotiation event at @spot_amsterdam and the tickets are going fast⚡️ Can’t wait to meet you all in Amsterdam ladies🙌🏼 Magic happens when women come together! 📷 @karlijngoudriaan 
Who will I meet in Amsterdam?👇🏽
So happy right now🐆! Just launched my second Negotiation event at @spot_amsterdam and the tickets are going fast⚡️ Can’t wait to meet you all in Amsterdam ladies🙌🏼 Magic happens when women come together! 📷 @karlijngoudriaan Who will I meet in Amsterdam?👇🏽
That feeling when women support women💞

This afternoon I received a call from the inspiring (business)woman @celinecharlotte ⚡️ Charlotte: “I have an idea: I know you teach women how to negotiate what they’re worth,  so if you want to host a Negotiation Event in Amsterdam I will donate my newest location @spot_amsterdam for free”

Me: “YES, let’s go”

On November 26th 2018 I will host a Negotiation Event at the newest location @spot_amsterdam 
Do you want to learn what you’re worth? And do you want to successfully negotiate that much deserved salary or fee? I’ve got your back💪🏼. 💡Another part of the deal is that I will give away 3 tickets, so keep an eye on my Stories to get a chance! 
Join us! Link in bio🙌🏼. 📷 @jessbaumung

Wie zie ik de 26e?👇🏽
That feeling when women support women💞 This afternoon I received a call from the inspiring (business)woman @celinecharlotte ⚡️ Charlotte: “I have an idea: I know you teach women how to negotiate what they’re worth, so if you want to host a Negotiation Event in Amsterdam I will donate my newest location @spot_amsterdam for free” Me: “YES, let’s go” On November 26th 2018 I will host a Negotiation Event at the newest location @spot_amsterdam Do you want to learn what you’re worth? And do you want to successfully negotiate that much deserved salary or fee? I’ve got your back💪🏼. 💡Another part of the deal is that I will give away 3 tickets, so keep an eye on my Stories to get a chance! Join us! Link in bio🙌🏼. 📷 @jessbaumung Wie zie ik de 26e?👇🏽
One of the things I love most in life is connecting with people✨. While surfing in Bali 🌴 this year I met an inspiring lady from the US who asked me to shoot some surf pictures with her. 
Jo @jo_savagephotography visited me in Rotterdam last August and taught me how to skateboard while taking some amazing shots. @jobdeibel I borrowed your skateboard🙈

On the way to the skatepark I met this older man and we spoke about the meaning of life❤️. Treasure these special moments of connecting with people in your life. 📷 @jo_savagephotography 
Share me your story of connecting with people👇🏽
One of the things I love most in life is connecting with people✨. While surfing in Bali 🌴 this year I met an inspiring lady from the US who asked me to shoot some surf pictures with her. Jo @jo_savagephotography visited me in Rotterdam last August and taught me how to skateboard while taking some amazing shots. @jobdeibel I borrowed your skateboard🙈 On the way to the skatepark I met this older man and we spoke about the meaning of life❤️. Treasure these special moments of connecting with people in your life. 📷 @jo_savagephotography Share me your story of connecting with people👇🏽
✨EQUAL PAY DAY✨ 
Did you know that in 2018 men still get paid more than women for the same job?

Want to know more about the reasons, bias, gender issues, facts, figures and more? 
WorkJuice interviewed me about my company @blackbirdnegotiations and how I teach women to succesfully negotiate their salaries and fees in an unequal world⚡️⚡️⚡️. Link in bio👇🏽 Shot in Canggu, Bali 🌴 by the amazing 📷 @jo_savagephotography
✨EQUAL PAY DAY✨ Did you know that in 2018 men still get paid more than women for the same job? Want to know more about the reasons, bias, gender issues, facts, figures and more? WorkJuice interviewed me about my company @blackbirdnegotiations and how I teach women to succesfully negotiate their salaries and fees in an unequal world⚡️⚡️⚡️. Link in bio👇🏽 Shot in Canggu, Bali 🌴 by the amazing 📷 @jo_savagephotography
While I’m waking up in The Netherlands, I’m looking back on an amazing year which I’ve spent in different countries all over the world.

Today I’m grateful for change⚡️. It’s one of the most scary, but also most exciting thing in the world.

I’ve met so many people along the way. You’ve all brought and taught me something. Mostly good, sometimes painful, but always just what I needed. 
7 more weeks to finish 2018 with a bang⚡️🌈 Did I meet you this year as well?! Share a memory 💜👇🏽
While I’m waking up in The Netherlands, I’m looking back on an amazing year which I’ve spent in different countries all over the world. Today I’m grateful for change⚡️. It’s one of the most scary, but also most exciting thing in the world. I’ve met so many people along the way. You’ve all brought and taught me something. Mostly good, sometimes painful, but always just what I needed. 7 more weeks to finish 2018 with a bang⚡️🌈 Did I meet you this year as well?! Share a memory 💜👇🏽
Remember why you started.... Attending the Growth Masterclass of  @nadjavanosch_ @aranka.world @carolineglasbergen today. Triggered to go back to my why and make some changes within my company⚡️⚡️⚡️ What’s your why? 📷 @belleblanche
Remember why you started.... Attending the Growth Masterclass of @nadjavanosch_ @aranka.world @carolineglasbergen today. Triggered to go back to my why and make some changes within my company⚡️⚡️⚡️ What’s your why? 📷 @belleblanche
How I feel about coffee☕️, cool co-workingspaces💻 and meeting people from all over the world❤️. I’ll be back Las Palmas 🌴 📷 @andressmonroy
How I feel about coffee☕️, cool co-workingspaces💻 and meeting people from all over the world❤️. I’ll be back Las Palmas 🌴 📷 @andressmonroy
Do more of what makes you happy!

One of my core values for a happy life is FREEDOM💜. The freedom to live and work from anywhere in the world is what I love the most about my digital nomad life. 
What are your core values in life? And are you living your life like this? 
If not, what’s holding you back? Let me know👇🏽
Do more of what makes you happy! One of my core values for a happy life is FREEDOM💜. The freedom to live and work from anywhere in the world is what I love the most about my digital nomad life. What are your core values in life? And are you living your life like this? If not, what’s holding you back? Let me know👇🏽
Nature is my happy place🌲. Time to charge my battery for city life and work. 
Are you a city or a nature person?
Nature is my happy place🌲. Time to charge my battery for city life and work. Are you a city or a nature person?
Halfway through the workation and totally focused on growing my company @blackbirdnegotiations 
Today the founders of @boundless.we.are facilitated an insightful Growth Marketing Workshop! 📷 @roadbliss
Halfway through the workation and totally focused on growing my company @blackbirdnegotiations Today the founders of @boundless.we.are facilitated an insightful Growth Marketing Workshop! 📷 @roadbliss
Whenever I see plants🤩! Workation mode is full ON🔥. This morning we worked from a small co-workingspace @coworkingc in Las Palmas and finished the day with a Mastermind session in the co-living villa. 
And how was your day👇🏽?
Whenever I see plants🤩! Workation mode is full ON🔥. This morning we worked from a small co-workingspace @coworkingc in Las Palmas and finished the day with a Mastermind session in the co-living villa. And how was your day👇🏽?
Checked-in to the co-living villa in Las Palmas today🌴. Can’t wait to start the workation week with yoga, surf, co-workingspaces, masterminds and growth hacking workshops 💥. Would you go on a workation?!
Checked-in to the co-living villa in Las Palmas today🌴. Can’t wait to start the workation week with yoga, surf, co-workingspaces, masterminds and growth hacking workshops 💥. Would you go on a workation?!
When everything starts to fall into place✨ . 
When I quit my 9-5 consultancy job in Toronto, I had no idea how my life would look like now. 
Pretty happy how life is unfolding and especially that I’m not walking this road alone. Thanks ladies for inspiring me every day to think big  @hashtag_workmode 🌈.
📷 @larissakaashoek
When everything starts to fall into place✨ . When I quit my 9-5 consultancy job in Toronto, I had no idea how my life would look like now. Pretty happy how life is unfolding and especially that I’m not walking this road alone. Thanks ladies for inspiring me every day to think big @hashtag_workmode 🌈. 📷 @larissakaashoek
Pretty excited for another workation: surf, work, yoga and learning new skills while staying in a villa with other entrepreneurs🌈💻🌴🌊. 📷 @sophiamolen
Pretty excited for another workation: surf, work, yoga and learning new skills while staying in a villa with other entrepreneurs🌈💻🌴🌊. 📷 @sophiamolen