Words have the power to touch and stories have the power to connect. Writing stories to make a positive change is what I love to do most.

Krista Nieuwstraten

I’m a language lover, using the art of writing to share my views with the world – and to convey your message to your audience.

But I wasn’t always this. My professional background is in the social sciences – I spent years working in the educational and juvenile mental health care system in The Netherlands. This fit me: I loved working with children and had a knack for working with ‘difficult’ teenagers. I was co-owner of a private practice, and worked at a high school for special education, which offered me plenty of independence and variety. All in all, my career seemed satisfactory and life was comfortable. Maybe a little bit too comfortable…

Because at some point I started to feel like something was missing. There was no more challenge, life had become too predictable, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether there wasn’t more to it than this. So when the time was right, I quit my job and home and bought a one-way ticket to Asia. I left on an open-end trip, without any plans, and let the road take me wherever it wanted to take me. As it turned out, the journey led to beautiful places, people, and life lessons, that inspired me to start a new career!

Once I realized I wasn’t going back to my old life, deciding on a new career path was easy. It was clear from the start it would have to be connected to languages and writing. Believe it or not, as a child one of my hobbies was writing stories, and combining them into little storybooks. Languages have always been my best subjects, and I’ve learned several new languages living abroad. In my former jobs, my writing skills constituted one of my strongest assets.

Writing for me is the ultimate way of expressing myself and my creativity. There’s something magical about the process of creating. I love seeing a piece of writing come together, transforming thoughts into a story. Words have the power to touch and stories have the power to connect. Writing stories to make a positive change is what I love to do most. I’m at my best when I can do meaningful work.

My areas of expertise include travel, education, personal growth and development, conscious living, and sustainability. These areas are closely tied up with my personal journey so far. After I quit my regular job (and leading up to that) I didn’t just embark on a physical trip, but on a journey towards a more fulfilling life as well. Through the stories I write, I hope to inspire others to live a more meaningful life too.

In my ideal world I have the freedom to travel while writing about subjects I’m passionate and knowledgeable about. At the same time, I don’t mind stepping out of my comfort zone, and I enjoy taking on new challenges. I get energized by learning and am driven to develop myself. Besides writing, I also do translation and transcription work. And I’m always looking for new opportunities to broaden my horizons.

If you think my values and skills match your needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch! I'm happy to have a talk and see if I'm the right person to write the story your audience needs to hear. Do you want to know a little bit more about me first? Have a look at my resume.