Welcome to Munching on a Dream! Here I document my exploration of the world. My main interests are personal development, spirituality and sustainability in its broadest sense. My personal aim is to gain a good understanding of and relationship with the world and to be able to share this with others. This blog is my experiment and playground where I practice writing.

My name is Nina de Haan, I am 26 years old, female and I am born and raised in the Netherlands. I am a biologist (BSc) and environmental scientist (MSc). First I chose Biology because nothing could be more beautiful and fascinating than Nature, with all its living organisms that miraculously came to existence and have managed to adapt to their ever-changing environment ever since. Now I want to treasure those living beings and take care of them. This is why I shifted my focus to our shared environment and to exploring ways of maintaining good environmental quality so to cause the least amount of stress.

One way of managing your environmental impact is through choosing a low-impact diet. I think this is one of the easiest and most fun ways to have a positive impact. Therefore, since I started this blog I have been sharing inspirations for vegan (and often local, in the Netherlands) food. Here my aim was to show that vegan food knows a great variety, that cooking vegan is not complicated and that the food looks ans tastes delicious. I have collected the pictures in the Food Gallery.

My interests in personal development and/or spiritual growth is also fueled by the realisation that true sustainability requires inner peace. The outer world reflects our inner worlds, and vice-versa. Working with our inner worlds will impact our environment. On this blog I regularly share my thoughts on related topics. I do this because writing helps me to create clarity, but also because I believe in sharing, in learning together and in community.

Why the name? – you may ask. Well, the name Munching on a Dream came to me in a hunch. I had been wanting to start a new, more serious blog for some time but did not decide on a name yet, when this one popped up. I liked it, because: to me the Dream represents being idealistic and wanting to create a better world, and Munching represents both the simple act of chewing food as a part of our daily and earthly lives, as well as being considerate and thoughtful. To me the name Munching on a Dream represents being conscious of the world we create through our actions.

Additionally, there’s the simple explanation of enjoying delicious vegan or otherwise environmentally- or animal-friendly food. I like this layer too, as it connects even more to our daily lives and actions and specifically the food-related ones.

More recently I started the rubric ‘Mulching on a Dream’ which I use for garden-related posts. I like how the blog title can also be used or adapted as such.

Note: I am currently re-structuring my work on this blog. I hope I can create more clarity and completeness this way. Please revisit later to see the progress I made in this.

Get involved: Suggestions or contributions are welcome. This blog is not intended as one-way communication. Instead I aim to keep the conversation going. So please get involved through writing comments. Alternatively, use the contact form if you have special requests or other comments.