Influencer Ruthlyn Martina: one million dollar woman

In this week’s blog (15th – 21st of November): an interview with Ruthlyn Martina. Furthermore, we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation on the 21st of December; also we invite you to our next Personal Journey in January 2022. We will also share some short videos on Reiki, healing stones massages, and herbs. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our page.

Born to serve and help people

Could you share with us some information about your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and grew up with my other 3 sisters and 2 brothers. I have a son of 29 years old that after his graduation as an engineer, decided to stay and live in Holland. My father is still alive and he is 92 years old and he lives with us at home, we take care of him. I grew up in a well-structured loving family and my father always put family first. My father used to work at ‘Landsradiodienst’ and he used to work a lot of shifts so my mother always was home and she did all that was needed to run the household including any small repairs needed. So we as her children we were taught so many things that needed to be done with our own hands. My mother was a very intelligent woman, who could do anything. I am more like my mother, I would say. My mother modeled to all of us, as her children, what it is to be multi-facetted in having multiple income sources. Because of her, I can do work as a seamstress, I make handcraft art, I play the guitar and can sing, I can be into the buying and selling of goods, like coconut oil and herbs, I am a good cook and some call me the one million dollar woman. All of this is because of my mother and the upbringing my parents gave me. So I am very grateful for that.

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
After primary school, I started in the health care sector as a trainee and I didn’t like that, that wasn’t my calling. So I decided to become a beautician and went to Holland in 1985. I went to Heerlen, Zuid Limburg to study and worked after graduating as one. After a while, I came back to Curaçao and started with my beauty salon “Rumaria Beauty Parlor” offering massages, manicures, and pedicures. But I also offered my services to people in their own homes, their environment and got to know a lot of people living all over the island. My clients are very satisfied with my services and based on referrals I get new clients.

We know you to be a Reiki practitioner and a massage practitioner. We know you use healing stones to treat your clients. Can you tell us more about how this all started?
I started doing Reiki in 1994. I was initiated in Reiki by a Dutch clairvoyant lady. She was impressive as she could look right through you. After I experienced Reiki myself, I helped organize some other beauticians in Curaçao to attend a course this lady would offer, so that they could add Reiki to their treatments of their clients. I didn’t make it to Reiki level 3, as this lady passed away, but I have gained enough experience after following Reiki levels 1 and level 2, to offer Reiki now to my massage clients. What I offer, enables clients to relax deeply, making to forget where they are.

Can tell us more about your massage treatment?
During my career, I have helped a lot of clients. I remember vividly my first client btw. This lady was assaulted at gunpoint in her own house and working at BioSpa close to Burger King, I treated her. After my treatment she could, after long, sleep very deep. This released the trauma and this initiated my career where I would offer treatments to clients at their own home, as these positive experiences from clients via mouth-to-mouth referrals, lead me to build up my client base, making me decide to leave BioSpa and start on my own. I had a lot of clients from the Indian community on the island for 10 to 15 years. I have also worked of late at the Hilton Hotel for 6 months, but I didn’t like that stint as there were not enough clients, tourists to give me the satisfaction that I was working enough. So I decided to quit and stay home with my father and now I am offering my services at our house and planning to see how to fit in the Golden Village network.

I am always in a mode to help people and teach…

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I was born to serve and help people as much as I can, I would say. I am always in a mode to help people and teach. I am always telling people in situations what could be the solution. I am very good at finding creative solutions, people approach me and ask me: “What and how would you do this?”.

I am a client of yours too. I can testify about this unique experience as if you pass out. And I also love the treatment of the healing stones.
I bumped into the healing stones by coincidence. I tried it out on my own and liked them so I ordered these healing stones online years ago and my clients love this treatment. It activates your energy and blood flows and it is relaxing.

You offer healing stones in your treatment; you have healing hands and you are always thinking of solutions. Are you clairvoyant?
I have a gift in a way, I can sense things. Someone once told me that in my past lives, I was the leader of a tribe once and a medicine man once. Maybe that explains my interest in herbs. I offer my clients refreshing herb water. I have learned this from my mother and my grandmother. In our family, we rarely went to a doctor because we used herbs to cure whatever disease we had. 

You are a very active person and we have met at Tai Chi at Golden Village. Apart from Tai Chi what more do you do?
Apart from Tai Chi, I hike 4 times a week and I go for a swim once a week. I spend almost the whole day in our garden. I do anything necessary in the garden.

But I am also involved in handcraft arts and I will organize a bazaar before the end of this year to sell my products. I am a guitarist and now I play and sing in the church services on Sunday. In the past, I used to be a member of a cultural group and we would perform serenades during birthday parties. I don’t do that anymore. 

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say five years from now?  
Five years from now, I will be working in a holistic center together with Dr. Ursula Marchena. On retiring, as long as God gives me health and strength in my hands, everything else will just flow. I will still be involved in this work for sure.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I don’t feel I have challenges, I am a very happy person. I don’t need to spend a lot of money on buying clothes, going to restaurants, and not wanting a lot of material things. I feel happy when I am making my handcraft arts, that are unique with my hands.

I love nature, I love what God has created, I love seeing birds each morning in our garden, our plants…

I treat my body like it is a temple. I also am perfectly happy with my God-given body and I don’t crave material possessions. I don’t need to re-engineer any part of my body, neither my hair, eyebrows,..etc…I am a very down-to-earth kind of person and I love myself for who I am. I love nature, I love what God has created, I love seeing birds each morning in our garden, our plants, I love myself and I love other people.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
I need to listen to my inner voice otherwise things will not work out for the good of me. I listen and feel my inner voice. Like I know in advance when people are going to cancel an appointment or I would think of somehow and that person would call.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
YouTube, I google herbs a lot to study what effects it has. Because of YouTube, we don’t necessarily have to buy a book or attend a workshop. Just pick up your phone and there is so much out there that you can learn if you choose to do that of course, instead of watching TikTok or so.

What are your strengths?
I am a very responsible person and strive to be perfect in the things I do. I like being on time and complying with things I promised and I appreciate other people that have the same. Where ever I go, positive things happen. I look at the world always as if the glass is half full.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love working in the garden, I love gardening, I spend a lot of time in our garden, taking care of the plants in all its aspects that taking care of plants requires.

If you as Ruthlyn would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in New York or Bogota Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
I am from Curaçao, a friendly multi-cultural island where one can find anything for any culture, like a hamburger for someone from New York, to different types of music from all over the world that you can hear. I would tell them that I am a beautician and if they would visit the island that they are most welcome to visit my beauty salon “Rumaria Beauty Parlor” and enjoy a massage.

How would you describe Ruthlyn in one word or one sentence?
One million dollar woman, I am a do-it-all.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life?
My mother taught me so many things. I became just like her, she could do anything she put her mind to.

My father is also a do-it-all. He is a musician and he had his band. He also made his musical instruments like the contrabass, tambu, maracas and he could play so many instruments. Now at 92 years old he still plays the keyboard at times.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Getting better at my craft as the better I am the more I can help and share this with other people.

What was a defining moment in your life?
Well, I would say in 2013 I went back to Holland and just decided to sell everything and move back to Holland for a change in my life that I aspired to that moment in time. But that didn’t last long as within 5 months, I came to Curacao. My lesson learned yes I could visit Holland but on a vacation not to work and live there anymore. I learned that my home is here and that there is no better place than home. In Holland, I am a foreigner, and living it is not easy for foreigners.

 Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your life/career?
I would be enjoying my retirement and enjoying my garden, the birds in the morning, and all the other benefits my garden offers, making my handcraft art and selling my handcraft art to tourists. Still working occasionally offering massages.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Ruthlyn is a good human being that helped a lot of people and she works hard. She gives great massages and shares great helpful tips with people. They will miss me if I am not alive anymore.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I am optimistic about what the new government is going to offer. We should pray for the best for the country and have a positive mindset. Things will improve, I am convinced of that.

Do you believe that Curaçao is well underway to becoming a wellness island?
Yes, sure. In one of the fields, I am involved in, I am noticing an increasing interest in the plantation and the use of herbs. I am noticing that on Facebook people plant and share information and this is driven by the drive to live a healthier life and more conscious use of local herbs. This is what I am noticing.

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Ruthlyn Martina is a multi-faceted, “do it all”, down-to-earth, happy, nature-loving, caring, humble healer that uses healing stones and her healing hands to offer excellent massages to her clients. Her reputation as the “million-dollar woman”, is related to her handcraft art, her artistic part as a musician, her knowledge of herbs, her work as a healer, and her work as a beautician, to name a few. Her quiet demeanor and her role as part of the network of healers related to the Golden Village, make her stand out. For all this, we deeply love and respect Ruthlyn and we consider her one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing the wellness sector. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021

The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense, we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st-century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:– Create an inspiring vision of the future;– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;– Manage the delivery of the vision;– Coach and build a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. 
As we will progress towards this goal, we will update you on the progress.

Next MYM-platform session via Zoom

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of December (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “Meta Human”.

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 9 and 10 of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.”

It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill’s thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential
Is it possible to venture beyond daily living and experience heightened states of awareness? Deepak Chopra says that higher consciousness is available here and now. 

“Metahuman helps us harvest peak experiences so we can see our truth and mold the universe’s chaos into a form that brings light to the world.”

— Dr. Mehmet Oz, attending physician, New York–Presbyterian, Columbia University 

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. How does one do this? By becoming metahuman. 

To be metahuman, however, isn’t science fiction and is certainly not about being a superhero. To be metahuman means to move past the limitation constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness where we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people’s lives from the inside out. 

Humans do this naturally—to a point. For centuries the great artists, scientists, writers, and many so-called ordinary people have gone beyond the everyday physical world. But if we could channel these often bewildering experiences, what would happen? Chopra argues we would wake up to experiences that would blow open your body, mind, and soul. 

Metahuman invites the reader to walk the path here and now. Waking up, we learn, isn’t just about mindfulness or meditation. Waking up, to become metahuman, is to expand our consciousness in all that we think, say, and do. 
By going beyond, we liberate ourselves from old conditioning and all the mental constructs that underlie anxiety, tension, and ego-driven demands. Waking up allows life to make sense as never before. To make this as practical as possible, Chopra ends the book with a 31-day guide to becoming metahuman. Once you wake up, he writes, life becomes transformed, because pure consciousness—which is the field of all possibilities—dawns in your life. Only then does your infinite potential become your personal reality.
“Metahuman” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Date: 21st of December
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free

Subscribe by emailing us: or ivan@upliftingCuraç and we will send you the Zoom link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book. 

New workshop of 15 weeks in Papiamentu on Emotions start after the second week of January 2022

Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.

Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 
• maestría di bo emoshonan;
• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;
• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;
• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i
• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Watch our promo for more info on Facebook

Nos lo kuminsá awor despues di e di dos siman di Yanuari di 9 – 12 pm, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848. E-mail: soulgardenCuraç

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409. E-mail:

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437. E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraç

Website: www.upliftingCuraç

Personal Coaching tips

This week we will share some short videos on Reiki, healing stones massages and herbs. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our page.

What Is a Reiki Massage? – YouTube

Spa Mysteries Solved: Healing Stone Massage – YouTube

Herbs for Memory and Brain Health – YouTube

What Is Hot Stone Massage Therapy? | Hot Stone Massage – YouTube

Hot stone therapy – YouTube

What is Reiki? | A Short Film – YouTube

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