I am Yvonne van Galen, born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I was born in 1977, in a household with a lot of animals: 14 cats and 2 dogs. Not for eating of course, I do not eat animals and have been a vegetarian since I was 7 years old. As a child I was cheerful and energetic, living within the limits, on the verge, that’s where I experienced the most. I had a preference for beautiful stories and was drawn to the invisible: the imaginary world of my mind. I still remember very well how creative I was. Sexual abuse was not something I saw coming, but it did happen to me. It hit me hard and I jumped over a border into a dark world. Everything went black. I became involved in drugs at a young age and also pushed limits there. I got kicked out of school and partied and rebelled my ass off. Everything was a daze. I only expressed myself in a negative way. I had lost sight of the positive me. At the age of 18, I started working and left my family home so that I could learn to stand on my own two feet. I quickly mastered that principle. So when I was fired by the Dutch Navy, where I was working, at the age of 20, I just started working somewhere else again, this time in a bakery. There’s a solution for everything. In the following years I had plenty of jobs, from security officer to administrative assistant in the contracting and legal professions. Been there done that. And now don’t think I was fired everywhere, because that’s not how it went. After working somewhere for a while, it lost my interest and I wanted to learn something new. I started looking for another challenge. I am very easy when it comes to certain things: if you are not enjoying yourself in whatever aspect of your life, you just need to make a change. I left the drug scene when I was 24 years old. That was also the moment I started to attract more positive things in my life.