I’m still in full on hibernating mode this week.

And I can’t even begin to describe how deeply happy that makes me.

Which reminded me of something I fleetingly thought about last year, and then never acted upon: to schedule one appointment free week per month.


I know that if you don’t make space for it first, it won’t happen.

So this Monday morning I took out my diary and put ALL my Hermit Weeks for 2017 in it:



It feels REALLY good to give myself this space, and to know it’s already on my schedule.

That way, my calendar can’t sneakily fill up with appointments anyway.

Because I HONOR these empty hermit weeks.

They are NOT negotiable; I do NOT compromise on them; and I do NOT erase them from my schedule.


I honor my agreements with myself as much as I honor the agreements I make with my clients.

(And honestly? Probably even more.)


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How much space & time for yourself do YOU want & need?


Maybe it’s not possible (YET!!!) to create that for yourself right now.

It wasn’t possible for most of my life for me either – for practical reasons first (waaayyyy back when I still had a job), and after that, because I didn’t know HOW to create this much space and still grow my business at the same time.



If you don’t DECIDE you’ll find a way to give yourself the space you need, you’ll sure as hell NEVER get it.

So decide first. Schedule in AS MUCH space for yourself as you possible can right now.

And work your way up from there 😉

Then: HONOR that empty space and KEEP IT EMPTY!!!

Remember: you matter AT LEAST as much as other people do.


So don’t give your time to others at the expense of yourself.

To more space and time for you this year!


© Brigitte van Tuijl


P.S.: Want to do EVERYTHING in business & life YOUR way, too, without compromising, sacrificing or changing who you are?

Give yourself all the space YOU need?

My 1-1 coaching can help.

You can read all about it here.  


 P.S.: A couple of years ago I decided to completely honor my hermit nature for 100%, and build my business around it for 100%.

Which I successfully did.

And NO: making that decision a couple of years ago was NOT easy. A years long – or better yet, lifelong – struggle preceded it. 

I wrote a blog about that process and decision. You can read it here

UPDATE 2022: 

I wrote a book about it!

The Happy Hermit – how to thrive as an introvert entrepreneur

In it, I share my journey in more detail and, more importantly, how YOU can create a business that’s 100% ideal for YOU, too!

Expected: summer 2022

You can read all about it here. 


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