The Story Behind
Renzo and "Gone Mellow"
Hi, I'm Renzo!
Hi! I’m Renzo, a smiling fella from the Netherlands who loves a good chat, the road, to be active and to write from time to time. I’ve always been captured and fascinated by the mechanism and the possibilities of the human body and mind. With a background in teaching various kinds of (adventure) sports and as an orthomolecular epigenetic therapist and personal (boxing) trainer I’m moved to create more awareness around our wellbeing, lifestyles and human potential.
A student of life
Since my early 20’s a backpack has been my toolkit and my essential. Travelling has helped me to shift perspectives and interact with humans from different backgrounds and cultures. The road teaches you how to cope with surprises, how to trust and how to let go. It’s shown me that trusting and being vulnerable is rewarded with the most beautiful and unexpected experiences. Rather do I trust and fail than be a cynic and be right.
What Is Vitality?
We’re constantly bombarded with information around health and lifestyle about what to do and what not to do. From the media, to the internet, to our social circle; everyone is saying something else. But, what do you believe?
I don’t believe there’s one truth. There’s a saying that the average person has one testicle and one boob, which means: there is no average person. Every human is different and unique. Of course, there’s overall guidelines which are helpful to the majority. But from there you’ll have to tweak, adjust and experiment to find the right balance and harmony for yourself. Vitality is rather a journey.
I want to optimise your health rather than merely healing health issues and disease. So, what is health in my eyes? I believe health is to feel strong enough to go that extra mile, to have the energy to face your fear, dive in the unknown and to live with purpose and a spark. Health starts within and it’s my mission to spark your engine and help you find your juice of life.
Have questions, need help or wanna share?
Me And My Articles
There will be some grammatical slips here and there. So here’s my apologies in advantage (that was a joke), but as long as I’m getting the point across I’m pretty stoked.
What I share and write about only goes as far as I’ve expended my own mind, body and soul. You need to think about what is right and holds true for ya’self. I’m merely sharing what I’m seeing and experiencing through the lens of my eyes, shaped by my lessons, studies and experiences, along with the research and studies of professionals in the particular field. I’m here to share but have no means of taking others’ credit or claiming to provide you with ‘the truth’.
I’m always open and interested to hear your perspectives, even — or especially — if my content is not in alignment with yours. But more importantly, I’m here to reach out a hand — or actually, I’m a little scroll up …
"Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures"
The Birth Of My Blog
Around the world with a dream
In 2015 I slung a pack on my back and didn’t return until 1,5 years later. Along the road I’d been writing and sharing about my experiences, lessons and adventures. Back then I used to keep a blog called Mellow Nomadic. Writing about my experiences felt like, and still is, a wonderful way to share what I have experienced, but not less to self-reflect and process the chaos on the road. I found travelling to be a teacher like no other. It teaches you more about yourself again, and again, and again. You learn what you like, how you react to situations, what you don’t like, what you’re naturally gifted with, and so on. It helps you shift perspectives. It shows you that the world is your oyster, mentor and a home.
Returning home after my round-the-world-trip I found myself in the white Alps of Austria. It was early December 2017 and snow fell out of the sky like it was never gonna stop. One of those nights I hiked up a steep, dark slope to get a breath of fresh air. Alone, but with an unstoppable monkey mind which was the driving force behind a fast pace. As soon as I strapped my board under my feet and followed the light of my head torch down the dark slope my racing thoughts slowed down and I forgot about my endless mental search. An idea came to mind after I drove back to my apartment: “lose your mind, find your soul”.
It’s always been my dream to become a ‘travel/adventure writer’ and to make a sufficient amount of finances so I could travel and adventure full-time. I wanted to make it work and live out my dream. To not be in my head, and doubting myself, but lose myself in the things I love doing most.That night, I took out a pen and paper and gave birth — The Platform Gone Mellow was born: “a place where chaos and peace meet, in the search of balance, driven to create a tribe of story tellers, which we all are.” Along the road of uncertainty, fuelled by passion, purpose and an evergreen desire to explore, to learn and to play.
Around the world for love
But, returning back to Holland after that snowy winter I fell into a lesser exciting period of my life. Reality struck pretty damn hard after returning to the Netherlands. My mind was stretched and things in Holland went upside down. I simply felt disappointed and upset. I pushed myself through the summer until one of the biggest opportunities of my life fell right into my lap.
I took off. My destination was one of the most beautiful places somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After a few months I had fallen in love. Hawai’i and an island girl stole my heart. This became a chapter of 2 beautiful years. I didn’t write. I didn’t pursue writing dreams apart from living it out and taking everything in.
COVID around the world
Until, COVID-19 mercilessly shook the world and put us all between walls, isolated and quarantined. I went all in on studying vitality, ortho- molecular epigenetic therapy, natural medicine and teaching sports. When I started doing lifestyle and vitality consultations I changed Gone Mellow to the current (www.renzokaashoek.com). With Gone Mellow (The Journal), and Mellow Nomadic, still running through my veins I’m on a new mission to combine my love for adventure and passion for vitality.
Thank you for your time. I’d love to hear from you and/or connect!
Keep exploring, dancing and playing, and always loving.
Grand wishes, Renz