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Maruja Retana

How to schedule your week

How to schedule your week (or: a spoonful of ‘sugar’) Do you ever feel… No, not like a plastic bag. Do you ever feel like your days are superhectic and busy, but then when you lay in bed at night, you can’t help but wonder: ‘Uhm…what have I actually done today?’ You start thinking about […]

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Los Angeles hotspots: Restaurant Granville

Dear readers, I…am an adventurer (*dramatic voice*). Always have been, always will be. If I don’t explore new places in the world and collect unique experiences on a regular basis, I get extremely grumpy. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles, and wow… do I have a LOT of exploring to do. As a true foodie, […]

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banana protein pancakes

Banana Protein Pancakes

Ever since I was a little girl, I had this romantic idea of me in the kitchen, impressing dinner guests with complex culinary creations. Unfortunately, this dream died slowly but surely, since I realized I’m way too impatient for the whole process of preparing food. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Actually, great chefs got […]

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Maruja Nutella

Maruja’s Awesome Sugarless Diet

I broke up with my boyfriend Nutella some time ago. For a while I was heartbroken, but most of all, I was ‘hangry’ (a weird combination between ‘hungry’ and ‘angry’… A term I was convinced I had coined, but apparently has been around for ages), but now I am drowning my sorrow in healthy food. […]

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Maruja Says

Maruja Says

I present to you: the first episode of Maruja Says! On my Youtube show Maruja Says, I will share with you what it’s like to be a singer/songwriter/performer. I will give you a behind-the-scenes look into my life, and you will get a glimpse of how I write, sing, produce, perform shows and teach music. […]

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Why smiling is healthy

A well known song of Charlie Chaplin (performed in a very moving way by Jermaine Jackson, at the memorial service of MJ) has the following passage: ‘Smile! What’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.’ Laughing is healthy, they say, but why? For many reasons, actually! Purely physical […]

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Save ink with Ecofont

Hi! While reading Jason Mraz’ blog (not only an amazing singer-songwriter, but also a good writer!) I discovered the EcoFont. This font was developed by Dutch communication agency SPRANQ to create awareness on our overly developed ‘printing behavior’. Because there are tiny little holes in the font, you will save up to 50% of ink […]

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Jojoba oil

Before I decided to focus on music, I worked as a psychologist and gave trainings on the subject of personal effectivity. I would give people advice on how to reach their goals better, and 2 terms I used a lot were ‘efficiency’ (how you reach a goal) and ‘effectivity’ (IF you reach a goal). If […]

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Workout playlist: 12 songs that make me push a little harder

Music is essential to my daily workout (ok, almost daily)! I picked some of my faves for you, these always get me running a little bit faster… What are your favorites workout songs? Burn, baby, burn from MarujaRetana on 8tracks.

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Style Recycling

In my transition from psychologist to superstar I have come across a TON of challenges.  Some are tremendously boring, like administration (although i do get a nerdy feeling of satisfaction when I’m done with it, or – oh, who am I kidding – when I even so much as hold a stapler).  Others are incredibly […]

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The other day Lonneke, Joey, Ross (English editor of the latest OYL magazines) and I had a VERY productive and fun brainstorm session! We are all entrepreneurs and for those of you who are as well, you know how easy it is to get lost in all the small details of your business and forget […]

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Music and the brain

If this is not proof that music is a powerful thing… Just like smells, sounds can bring back very distant memories and evoke deep emotions. For more stories and information on how music affects the brain, read one of my all time fav books: ‘Musicophilia’ by Oliver Sacks!

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