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“Writing a book is like looking into a mirror, even with your eyes closed”

My next book will be published a short decade after the first one. However, to me it feels as if a lifetime of events has happened in the meantime. Not in a million years could I ever have imagined while writing ‘Vechten tegen Verveling’ that ‘Because They Ask’ would be my next. If I had the chance to speak to my younger Self, I would tell her to never underestimate the power of being ready and prepared to change and evolve. To follow your Soul’s voice, no matter what. And in case you do get distracted from your original path, show some sympathy to yourself, be grateful for the redirection and everything you’ve learned along the way. One day, a book might come forth from it.

Cover of the book entitled Vechten tegen Verveling, written by Frouke Vermeulen and published in September 2015 by Houtekiet. The cover shows an illustration of a Sanseviera or snakeplant in a purple plant pot.

Vechten tegen Verveling

2015, Hautekiet

This book was published in Dutch only.

Frouke is 31, hoogopgeleid en aan de slag in haar eerste job in de privésector als ze instort. De diagnose: een bore-out, na een maandenlang gevecht tegen intense verveling. Door het zware taboe dat rustte op verveling op het werk hield ze al die tijd de schijn hoog voor haar collega’s, vrienden en familie. Maar op haar werk telde ze elke minuut van de dag af en haar vrije tijd bracht ze vaak apathisch door op een stoel. Tot haar lichaam voor haar besliste. In Vechten tegen verveling vertelt Frouke openhartig over de jaren voor de instorting en de maanden van ziekteverlof die erop volgen. Ze deelt de immense schaamte, de frustratie vanwege het taboe en de invloed van verveling op haar lichaam en manier van denken. Op basis van wetenschappelijke literatuur en haar eigen ervaring licht ze de (potentiële) oorzaken, het verloop en de symptomen van een bore-out toe. Ze vertelt ook over haar herstel en de hulp die ze moest zoeken. Frouke hoopt met dit boek mensen in gelijkaardige situaties de herkenning en erkenning te bieden waar ze zelf zolang naar heeft gezocht en die absoluut noodzakelijk zijn in het herstelproces. Frouke Vermeulen (1981) studeerde biologie en behaalde een doctoraat in de wetenschappen. Na haar bore-out maakte ze een grondige carrièreswitch

Because The Ask

Expected when the time is right

This book is being written in English.

It is not a fairy tale, but if might just as well be one.

The plants are singing to us, in many different voices. Deep, nourishing sounds, high pitches and squeaky tjirps, heart soothing and gentle soft whispers. They only wish for us to hear them. Because of them we are here. Together with them we are here.

They asked me to make their songs to be heard by everyone. Anyone. Including you. It may take a little practice. Maybe you’ll need to listen to their songs through my voice, or others’, first. But know that just around the corner lies your ability to hear them sing directly to you. Through you. I’ve agreed to write this book for them and I am not the only one. Many others have done so before me and plenty of others will do so for a long time after me. I’ve agreed to listen to their messages and to translate them. Why? Because they ask.

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