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Dancing on the waves of life

I’m Lau, short for Laurien and I’m here to help you to reclaim your creative self.

From my life experiences as a pedagogue, teacher, mother, surfer and artist I’ve become an expert at being guided by my heart. I believe whole-heartedly in the power of your heart and I think that making time for your creativity is as necessary as fresh air.

Some things you might want to know about me:

I’m forever curious and a life-long learner. I love surfing, open-hearted conversations, books and music. I’m married to Martijn, we enjoy our son Erwin, and we currently live in Tilburg, the Netherlands. I’m blessed with two sisters and a whole bunch of surf sisters around the globe. I’m also a proud aunty of my nephews.

So what brought me here?

I grew up in a warm and loving family. I spend most of my childhood playing outdoors, surrounded by horses and cats, which is where my deep connection with nature and creativity is rooted.

Living in San Sebastián for 5 years with the ocean on our doorstep introduced me to the world of surfing. Chasing waves triggered me to reclaim my creative self and it transformed my life completely. Surfing, creativity, motherhood, and life inspire me endlessly. They bring me joy, adventure and connection, which is where my heart lies. From the intersection between my knowledge and passions, I try to shape a (personal) world of peace, creativity, freedom and love.

Please know, that with each LAU illustration purchase you support the Dutch foundation MAMAS. They support local projects in South-Africa that help building a safe, healthy and loving place for children.


Creativity Coach


My background

I studied pedagogy and education at the Fontys Hogeschool in Tilburg, the Netherlands. I have experience as a mentor for children with special needs and as a social worker in the Netherlands. I taught English in Spain and also studied Spanish and English there. 

Every year I attend online programs about creativity, entrepreneurship and personal development. In 2017 I did Marie Forleo’s B-school. Since 2019 I work with my mentor Marianne Oude Nijhuis and in the same year I attended two online programs of Hiro Boga.

Work with me

If you feel that I’m the right person to help you, I’d be honoured to work with you.

Here you can read more about 1-on-1 coaching.

I look forward to catching waves with you! All my love, Laurien