My name is Tatjana and I’d like to welcome you to Dancyfood!
Dancyfood is a platform filled with everything you need to help you live a healthier, happier & mindful life. As a TV host, model and former Miss Netherlands I’ve learned a lot about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In order to live our best lives we need to nourish our mind, body and soul.
Why I started Dancyfood
I’ve started Dancyfood in 2013 to share all that I’ve learned with you. Back then there weren’t that many online places for women to learn about a healthy lifestyle, so I decided to create such a place myself! Also, a lot of young girls send me messages with their unhealthy diets in order to lose weight and asked me for even more unhealthy tips. I’ve never supported an unhealthy diet nor do I wish to be an example of such diets. I believe everyone should be able to get the most out of themselves and be as happy in life as possible. No matter where you come from or who you are, there are always options (big or small) to improve your life for the better.
Now, I’m not saying that my way is law, but I’d like to share my journey and all that I learn during it with you. Obviously I am also still learning every day!
Going to America
So, let me tell you a little bit more about myself.
At the moment, I live by the beach in a beautiful city called The Hague in The Netherlands. I was born here, but I was fortunate enough to have traveled a lot throughout my life so far.
I have studied ‘European Studies’ with a major in International Business Management. During this study I have lived in San Antonio, Texas in the USA where I went to ‘The university of the Incarnate Word’. I love Texas with all her southern charms (read: especially the food) so much. When it was time for me to do my internship I wanted my intern time to be spend well with purpose and therefore I decided to do my internship at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF), where I met the most incredible, kind-hearted people.
At the moment I am studying Naturopathy. I find it super interesting to learn about traditional medicine and I hope to one day be able to help people with their health even more!
Winning a Global Modelling Contract
In 2011 I entered an international modelling competition and won! One of the prices was a huge global modelling contract with Next Model Management. An absolute dream come true. I had been modelling since I was 16, but after the competition I could do it full-time professionally. It allowed for me to travel the world to the most beautiful places, learn about other cultures and meet the most amazing people.
Because of my modelling career I also had to move to Miami, Florida. Here I lived right on South Beach! A complete different experience from Texas, but also absolutely amazing! I Loved it!
After having experienced both college and working life in the USA, I can say for sure that I love the country and its people so much! America will always be another home to me and I can’t wait to go back!
Becoming Miss Netherlands
In 2013 I got crowned Miss Netherlands which was also an amazing life-changing experience! My mom used to do beauty pageants. So ever since I was a little girl I used to play with her crowns and trophies. Then one day I decided to give it a try and sign myself up for the Miss Netherlands competition. I won and again this felt like an absolute dream come true!
After the first year the Miss Netherlands organisation sat me down and asked me how I’d feel to be Miss Netherlands for another year! I loved it so much so of course I immediately said yes! This makes me the longest reigning Miss Netherlands so far. In 2015 my reign had to come to an end and I handed my crown over to the next gorgeous Miss Netherlands.
Going into Politics
After my reign as Miss Netherlands I felt like doing something completely different than all that I’d done before that. So… I went into politics! I grew up in the political capital of The Netherlands and always wondered what it would be like to actually work there. Also, I didn’t want my study to become a complete waste and felt like I needed more work experience in life; other than modelling. If you have never seen the Dutch parliaments building, it looks beautiful! Straight out of a Harry Potter movie!
Anyway, I worked for the first immigrant party of Europe and when I started working there, they had just begun. I have learned so much during my political career, and I am very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given, but after a while I felt like I wasn’t in the right place anymore. There were many unfair things happening in politics that made my heart sad and I became very unhappy. So I decided to quit. Who knows, maybe one day I will return to politics again, but right now I can definitely say it’s not the right time for me.
Working as a TV Host
After politics, I went back into the entertainment business and started working as a TV Host! I was the main TV host for two TV shows on RTL4 in The Netherlands. One of them was a travel show ‘Welkom in mijn stad’ (Welcome to my city) where I showed the viewers the most fun things to do; where the hotspots were; and which other best places to go. I was the editor-in-chief for this TV show and by doing so I have learned how to create and put together a whole TV show. The other TV show I hosted was ‘Van Passie naar Droombaan’ (From Passion to Dream job) where we followed people who worked at their dream job or we helped people find their dream job.
I’ve done that for more than two years and I am thankful for all that I have learned during these years. I gained so much experience, which has helped me grow! To create something behind the scenes and then bring it to life in front of the camera to ultimately watch it succeed in a positive way is an awesome feeling! A LOT of work, but an awesome feeling. I was great at my job! However, due to circumstances – that I am legally not allowed to talk about – I quit this job.
And so here we are
During the last few years, I had to neglect Dancyfood to focus on my other pursuits. And even though I missed it a lot, I had to stay sane and allow myself some sleep. I simply didn’t have the time for it.
However, after working very long and hard on renewing this blog, I am very proud to say that Dancyfood is back! I plan to use all that I have learned in the past few years for new upcoming adventures. Adventures that I will hopefully be able to share with you. And I can’t wait for all the amazing things that are coming!
Thank you so much for reading my story and I hope you are just as happy to be back at Dancyfood again!
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(Most photo’s are by Joshua Rood)