Born Muslim, raised Catholic…
From an orphanage to diplomatic family…
From humble meals to three course dinners with silver cutlery…
Born in Pakistan, raised in Europe…
Every day having to defend myself at the school yard: "Is that blond, tall, gorgeous-looking woman picking you up really your mother?"
All of us have been spoon-fed or pressured into conforming by the people closest to us. Out of the conformities, our adversities are often born. You can overcome both, break free of constraints, and become proud of your own diversity.
Stay true to who you are!
Be YOU and PLEASE don’t apologize for being you!
This was truly an inspirational story. It tells of one woman’s strength and courage to overcome adversity. It’s hard to grow up being stereotyped and not being able to truly express who you are because of fear of retaliation. However, Gabriella shows that it can be done.
I thought that the way this book was written was very interesting. It was actually a set of interviews with Gabriella and a Dutch journalist named Mark.
Gabriella shared her true inner beauty with us. There were so many things that touched my heart.
In the introduction she has a section called Dare to Live. I have typed this out, printed it on a nice piece of stationary and hung it in my room to remind myself to Dare to Live.
I dare you to read this book. Because when you do, you will feel yourself realize that you can live life freer and do things you didn’t think you could do before.
Gabriella van Rij has developed a unique experience in the field of communication during the last two decades with a huge capacity to adjust to different cultures while moving through many countries and many different communities. She speaks fluently 3 languages (English, Dutch and French) and has worked with large multinationals as well as Small Businesses. She knows better than anyone the secrets of negotiations between individuals and groups. She is a born leader able to develop real team spirit, but she is also committed to volunteer work to give her best to people in need. She looks happy, she is happy and she can make you happier in your life by providing the ultimate gift. The will to achieve and the joy to do it!
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