Yet, again business cards

At the beginning of July, I launched my website Niksmetcijfers.nl. All the research, Excel and data visualization offerings and blogs will be on this website.

Studentendrukwerk

So I had to get started with promoting this website. And it was also a good reason to make new business cards because I forgot to put my e-mail address on the last business cards made.

Business card

I was already looking around for business cards when I received an email from Studentendrukwerk to create 300 cards in exchange for a blog on my website. That was a great opportunity!

The process of making the cards

The process of making business cards on the website of Studentendrukwerk turned out to be very easy. Which was great, so I didn’t have to spend much time designing my cards. On the front was my Databeet logo and on the back my websites, e-mail address, my name. I also saw a new feature for me, placing a qrcode on your cards. So why not try it? So on my card there is also a qrcode.

the package of the cards

And then the most important thing to check that I didn’t forget anything and that everything is spelled correctly. Because yes the last time I noticed the mistake after printing 500 business cards: my e-mail address was missing. At the time, this resulted in 500 cards without an email address. A essential thing on a business card.

Business card

Everything is possible with the styling, but I kept it limited to thicker paper and rounded edges. I like that myself.

Another check and the order was sent. I received the cards within three working days and they looked great! So I am satisfied with the easy ordering process and the result, beautiful cards. I have enough cards for a while now, but will definitely consider studentendrukwerk for my next business cards or flyer.

Do you already have a business card from me?

Business card

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vegetarian food

Varied vegetarian food
The book consists of a diversity of vegetarian recipes for 4 weeks with even a shopping list per week. I did not stick to the weekly schedule, but chose a number of recipes to try. The choice was not easy, because there was a lot that seemed tasty. The recipes vary from soup to making your own veggie burgers. So no lack of variety.

vegetarian food

I have tried the following recipes:

  • I liked the naanbread so much that I also combined it with other dishes. And how easy it is to make. I still make these after my experiment.
  • Lentil soup –> How tasty and easy to make. I’m going to make it more often. I paired it with the naanbread mentioned earlier.
  • The Vega burgers were also a great success. I even really liked this one. Better than meat burgers. These too go into my repertoire to eat more often. I combined them naanbread. Yes again that naanbread.
  • I also made the tacos with beans and were very popular. I did not miss the meat at all.
  • I also tried the noodles with omelette. Very tasty. Lots of vegetables.
  • I wanted to eat the naanbread again so I made the pea spread. I will make my own spread more often. So easy and much more delicious than those from a jar or from the fresh section of the store.
  • I also tried the wraps with cauliflower and chickpeas. Another variant to eat more often.
  • I also tried the spaghetti with poached egg. The poached egg failed unfortunately, but was otherwise tasty. I think I’m just going to make it again.

vegetarian food

What I’m still going to make:

  • What I haven’t gotten to yet is to make my own falafel, but I’m going to try that recipe too.
  • The nacho dish seems tasty too. So it will be on the menu soon.
  • Pasta with arugula pesto also seems like something to make once.
  • I will also make the lentil curry.
  • The corn cakes will also be served.
  • Gnocchi with creamy sauce is also on offer.
  • The potato salad is also different from what I know, so I’m going to try that too.
  • The snacks also seem very tasty so I’m going to make tortilla chips from wraps, cheese sticks, bell pepper dip and chive dip.

I really enjoyed the week of vega that I did. And was surprised by the diversity of vegetarian options. I will definitely make recipes from this book more often. Do you also want to eat vegetarian now and then or are you vegetarian, then the book 4 Weken Vega is definitely recommended with the diversity of recipes and handy shopping lists. The recipes are easy to make and don’t take much time. With the code Guiselaine I can offer you a 10 euro discount on the e-book 4 Weken Vega.

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2nd quarter and charity 3rd quarter turnover

Business is starting to pick up again in terms of work. The second quarter turnover was better than the first, but still feeling the Coronameasures. Everyone is working with some kind of new normal (corona rules) to get back to work. And also I’m going to do some exciting new projects in the 3rd quarter so follow me on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and my blog for the announcements.

Niks met cijfers

One of the new projects I am working on is Niks met Cijfers (Nothing with numbers, a Dutch project). It was therefore launched at the end of the 2nd quarter. The website is there and the first blogs and online courses as well. You can expect a lot of Excel, Big data, research and data visualization on this site in terms of blogs and online courses. There is still a rhythm to find so that I will post once a week on this website, but that will be fine in the near future. Niks met cijfers can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On Social Media I will also share tips & tricks besides the blogs and offers. You can also register to receive the Niks met Cijfers Newsletter (Dutch only) once a month from August 13, 2020.

To hike

I have also made many new hikes and I am making progress on the Pieterpad. Soon some blogs about the Pieterpad will come. For now there are videos  about the stages of Pieterpad I hiked to get an impression of the surroundings of the Pieterpad.

Charity

This year I started on January 1 to donate 1 percent of my turnover per quarter to a Charity. In the 1st quarter a nice amount went to Food Bank Curaçao and for the 2nd quarter I will send a nice amount to Wegloophuis Utrecht. In both quarters, turnover was somewhat disappointing due to Corona measures, unfortunately.

Charity 3rd kw

In the third quarter, which runs from July 1 to September 30, 2020, 1 percent of the turnover will also go to charity. This time for research into ALK a genetic mutation that causes lung cancer, shortly said. I found out about this charity a few weeks ago because a former colleague of mine is suffering from this. So let’s hope that the upward trend after corona measures continues in sales for a good donation. If you want to donate directly, you can do this here and if you want to know more about ALK, you can read here more.

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Instagram cooking class

Normally, Kespi’s Kitchen’s Instagram cooking class lasts 3 months and you get 13 recipes and bonus recipes. The course is done on the private Instagram account Recipe Week13 to 27. You buy the course through the website of Kespi’s Kitchen and then you send a friend request and you have access within 24 hours.

The recipes

Every week on Monday, a number of recipes were shared by Kespi’s Kitchen. This was shared by a written recipe and videos in which you can see how something should be done. Often the videos were the occurrence of a cooking technique. And of course pictures of the dishes. This way of teaching makes it accessible and easy to follow. Every week there was something I liked, so I made one or two of the shared recipes every week. Unfortunately I am not a food photographer as you will see from my pictures, but I can tell you that the dishes I made were delicious.

Result

I made the following:
• Snack peppers with goat cheese
• Roasted potatoes with harissa
• Egg wrap with salmon
• Chicken with pumpkin
• Asian chicken soup
• Salad of grilled asparagus tips
• roasted pepper spread
• Noodle salad with soy basil dressing
• Shrimp cocktail

There were more recipes, but these ones I tried successfully. If you follow the recipe it doesn’t just tasted good but you also learn to make something new. I can therefore wholeheartedly recommend this course and maybe a food photography course 🙂 , because yes my photos of the dishes are not beautiful. But they tasted all better then the pictures are! You can also book a spot in the Instagram cooking class of Krespi’s kitchen via there website.

Krespi's Kitchen Instagram Cooking class

If you didn’t notice already I took the course as a barter deal with Krespi’s Kitchen and I am very happy with the cooking and recipes I learnt.

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Harriet tubman

Harriet Tubman is a brave woman, who liberated herself from slavery. And after that dedicated her life to free more slaves and fight for rights for black people. There are books and movies about her. So you can choose to read about her or watch the movie.

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Known world

This book the Known world is about the former slave and now farmer Henry Townsend. It is about slavery in the south of USA and also black people owning slaves. Something not so common. It is a special story and needs to be read with attention.

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Mijn zuster de negerin

Mijn zuster de negerin (My sister the nigger) is a book about slavery and the misbehaviors of slave owners which results in complicated relationships for his kids. This book I read in high school for my booklist. We had to read some books from writers of Curacao. And this book was one of the favorites when I was in school, because it was easy to read although the subject is heavy.

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Tula – The Revolt

There are a few different books about the slave Tula who fight for the freedom of slaves on Curacao. This one, Tula, the revolt is in Dutch and English available. It tells the story of the life of Tula and his bravery and dead. A good read to read about something very important in the history of Curacao.

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Slave and master/ Katibu di Shon

The slave and master (slaaf en meester/ Katibu di shon) is a book turned into an Opera about slavery. Opera singer Tania Kross took the initiative to make this opera. The opera toured through the Netherlands and Dutch Caribbean.

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7 lessons I learned from the finance course on Instagram

Because I would like to reach FIRE (Financial independent and Retire early) in a few years and want to get rid of my student debt as soon as possible, I took part in the PorteRenee financial course. In this week long Instagram course I learned the following 7 things.

Demotivator

The first assignment was to keep track of all your expenses for a month and how you feel when you spend them. The idea behind this is that there is an emotion behind a certain purchase that makes you buy things that are not needed.

In my student days I kept track of exactly what I spent and at what. So now again I am doing it for a month for even the smallest expenses.

A nice tool is the Demotivator. With this tool you enter the amount for a purchase and your income and then the tool calculates for you how many hours you have worked for this purchase. If you do this before you buy something, you will not buy anything anymore.

Weekly money

Work with weekly money instead of monthly money for groceries and fun things (Can also be used for gasoline, etc). As a result, you cannot spend everything at once at the beginning of the month. If you spend it immediately after you have transferred your weekly money, you will have a second chance the next week to budget more.

Open different accounts or jars

At Banks like MoneyYou and Knab you can open jars or different (savings) accounts without it costing more. As a result, as soon as your money is received, you can distribute it among these jars and then your money has a destination and then you can no longer spend it on things that you do not need.

Pay yourself first

I already apply this principle in my company, but now it should be done privately. So every incoming money I will allocate a percentage to fun stuff and investment jar in addition to a percentage of course for fixed expenses and other jars.

Patience don’t buy right away

Put together a list of things you want and then you can budget to buy them. But even more important if they are on that list, it will automatically become clear whether you really want them or not. Maybe you think later after 30 days I don’t want it anymore and then you have saved again.

Make it more difficult for yourself to make purchases

For example, remove your payment details from online web shops, so that you have to fill them in every time you want to buy something. You have to do more to get it, so you will think about the purchase and then you do it less quickly.

Create a mood board

Create a mood board with your big dream on it and hang it somewhere you pass frequently, so you are constantly reminded of your dream and saving money for it instead of spending it on things you don’t need.

Bonus with paying yourself first principle I managed to reach 60 percent of my investment goal already this year. Thanks to some investment profits.

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Groceries always come out more expensive than you had in mind and then you also forget some ingredients and you have to go back and take too much with you. Do you recognize this? Then these tips are also useful for you.

Make a weekly menu

By deciding in advance what you will eat, you only get the products that are needed for your meals that week in the supermarket. You no longer have to decide in the store what to eat and then take things with you for more than you can eat in a week. You can save even more by connecting the menus during the week, so that you can use ingredients that are left over from one meal into another one.

Create a shopping list

Having a shopping list and sticking to it keeps you in control of spending on groceries. Also take a look at what you already have at home and do not put it on your shopping list. Don’t be tempted to buy other things that aren’t on your list. Put some tasty things on your list so you don’t have to feel tempted in the store to buy something that is not on your list. Once caught something that is not on your list then you think oh that is also possible.

Shop for groceries once a week

The less you are in the supermarket, the less tempted you are to buy more. Pick a day and go with your list and buy everything you need.

Leave A-brands

Leave the A-brands and choose a good alternative house brand if you can. Saves a lot of money. A-brands are often at eye level, but if you look down or up, you see the house brands and they are often just as good. Sometimes they even come from the same factory.

Do not go shopping with an empty stomach or children

If you are hungry, you can buy everything that you like at the moment, because your stomach tells you that you need it. You don’t need them at all. Eat something and then go shopping and leave your children at home, because they often want something and that is not on your shopping list, so you spend more money than budgeted.

Eat leftovers

If you have food left over, you can easily eat it another day, so keep it. It is nice for lunch or sometimes you can freeze it. So storing leftovers doesn’t have to mean eating the same food for three days.

What amount to budget for groceries

If you have no idea how big you should budget for food, NIBUD has guidelines you can try out to see what your shopping budget will be. I took there guidlines and put my groceries budget at 49 euros a week including small groceries as a bottle of water and lunch out.

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Goal 1: Reach FIRE before I am 50

Fire stands for Financially Independent and retire early movement. A few years ago I had already thought that I wanted this and this year I discovered that there is a name for it, namely FIRE. To achieve this, I am accelerating my repayment of my student debt of 33,000 euros and I am building buffers for Databeet as a private of one year each. With Corona measures, I have noticed that a 3-month buffer, which is usually recommended, is too thin. So hence 1 year for both private and Databeet. I have also expanded my investment steps. I have been investing through Crowdfunding and bonds since 2013. That yielded quite a bit. So I expanded this in 2018 with Brightpensioen and this year even with shares and EFTs. So for the time being I am on schedule.

Goal 2: Lose weight

This is a tricky goal associated with my medicine use that needs to be tapered off in very small steps, but with every step it takes 2 kilos off. The medicine can be good for somethings, but have very unpleasant side effects for me such as gaining more than 20 kilos without eating more or more unhealthy food, liver values ​​that are too high, slower eye / hand coordination and some more I won’t bore you with. These are the ones that bother me the most, so I decided to take the risk and phase it out.

Goal 3: Passive income

Because of the Corona measures, I finally have time to do the things that were on my target list for a long time, namely building up passive income. So I am busy with Affilliates in my blogs, collaborating on barter principle, making ecourses from the lessons that I have been given for almost 8 years and eventually developing my book ideas into books.

Goal 4: Walking, Walking, Walking

I walk two to three times a week, long distances from 15 km and up at a time. I like to share these beautiful areas with my followers so soon I will launch my special Hiking website. Then my hiking adventures abroad in the past and my future hiking adventures will also be on display.

Goal 5: Travel even more

Yes my travel bucket list is long. And my work allows it to travel again so San Francisco, Seattle, Bhutan, Chile, Chernobyl, Auschwitz, etc can expect me. Hopefully the Corona measures will ease soon.

Goal 6: Tiny house with mini vegetable garden

My ultimate bucket list item is to live in a Tiny house with a vegetable garden around it. Where I don’t know yet, but the tiny house I already know which model I want. And the vegetable garden is also going to be okay since I already took two wild picking courses last year and will be following another one next year.

What are you looking forward to when relaxing the Corona measures? And what do you still want?

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Last week I took part in the student debt challenge of Maaike van fuck that student debt (fuck die studieschuld). I have been following her for a while and saw the challenge and thought Lets see. The challenge consisted of 7 assignments in 7 days. Here are the challanges and how I did them.

Challenge 1 No spending

The first day was immediately a tough challenge. You weren’t allowed to spend that day. Neither cash, nor debit cards and not via internet. That day I had to send a registered mail to one of my clients. So I had to get out of the house and to the mall. I did it. I only paid for it that day (That was allowed).

I am not someone who buys, buys and buys. Still, it was difficult not to go to supermarket and get something that day. I survived the first challenge.

Challenge 2 Pocket change

Find small amounts that you spend on your account and choose one and don’t spend it for a whole week. This was a little easier now with Corona measures than usual, because when I work on location I sometimes buy lunch. Those are small amounts, but quite often. This also worked more or less this week, because on Thursday when I was working on location my water bottle broke and so I bought water. Little cheat 😊.

Challenge 3 Repayment goal

On day 3 you had to come up with a repayment goal. So I have thought that of every part of an invoice amount that goes to private (this is a fixed percentage per invoice), 2 percent of that will go to my student debt. I opened a special redemption savings account in Knab for this, because you can transfer a minimum of 5 euros to Duo. And since it concerns every invoice that I get paid, it can be large or small amounts. Every time there is 5 euros on it, I will transfer it.

I also have a nice thermometer hanging to visualize my goal. I am curious how much will be gone by the end of 2020. You can help😊 by buying my Excel ecourses or making your purchase at bol.com and booking through my website. On the side you see the banners to make your purchase.

Challenge 4 Sell something

Sell ​​one thing. I already had a stand for the laptop on Marktplaats (Dutch ebay) and I added a large storage box. I no longer need both, because the first does not fit my laptop and the second I have cleaned up and put away those things, minimizing remains a goal for me. This assignment was a breeze for me.

Challenge 5 Tell about your student debt

Tell someone about your student debt. Most people around me know that I have a student debt, but not how big it is. Until 2012, I paid more than the minimum amount each month. That was easy with my salary back then. When I started for myself, it did not seem wise to me, because I first had to look and have a buffer. After that, I went on a trip and paused the payoff or paid off the minimum so far. I have over 33,000 euros left to pay off. So I told someone, you the reader 😊.

Challenge 6 Less ads

Make sure you get less advertisment. Because I adhere to minimalism, I receive little to no advertisment. I went through my email anyway and canceled two more newsletters. I already had a Yes / No sticker so no problems there.

Challenge 7 Pay a small amount to your student debt

Transfer an amount to Duo. Okay, I didn’t expect that. Do I really have to transfer an amount to Duo right now? I have not sold anything through Marktplaats so that money was not there to transfer. Oke, I will transfer 5 euros! So my first repayment in years has been done! Although the minimum that is allowed, but a start.

The challenges were nice challenges and got me thinking about my student debt. It is my own fault that I still have it. And it has to go, because otherwise the capital that I am building with investing has no value. So Duo can expect a lot of 5 euro transfer from me.

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I also love the stories behind the chocolates. Every chocolate there has its own story and the people displaying their chocolate are more then willing to tell the story. Most of these stories is about what they are doing for the people harvesting the chocolate and envirement. The chocolates sold on the fair all are into improving the lives of the farmers and workers. Not only the working condition but also higher income.

I can’t wait till my favorites are sold here in stores. I am looking forward to buying the chocolate fruit juice and some dark chocolate with nuts but without sugar. The last one you can buy in every supermarket in Portugal, why not here?

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Not one but two walking related conferences just before spring starts

This year I went to the Mountain climbing conference in Nieuwegein as well as the Walking & Cycling Fair in Utrecht. Both fairs brought inspiration and insights into what I want in terms of walking.

Mountain climb congress

Indeed, it was mainly about hiking and climbing in the mountains. Climbing is not for me, just like walking in the cold and rain. Still I went there with a purpose to see if I could find information about the 88 temples route in Japan. Unfortunately they did not have anything about this trail. A lot of other walks, but less the walks that I find attractive. A lot of walking at height and many routes that must be covered with special climbing equipment. I would like to walk a life a little longer so I leave these trails to others.

Walking & cycling fair

Look this is more my thing. Almost every stall had a route that I would like to walk. I got overflowed by inspiration and did not see anything of the bicycle part of the fair. The multi-day hiking trails in the Netherlands and beyond attracts me. I heard them call my name at the fair :-).

Trained through Corona time

The first goal is to come from the corona era with many local walks in the legs. So I am walking all the ns hikes in the province of Utrecht. There are 12 in total. I also bought a booklet with 11 walks in the province of Utrecht. This book contains shorter walks in terms of kilometers, but well worth mixing them up. I also found some walking routes on the internet near my house. So I am going to try them out too.

But when we can then….

When we finally have our freedoms back, I would like to finish the Pieterpad, hike the Utrechtsepad and Westerborkpad this year. And if we can go abroad, then I would like to take a route where the sun is still shining, so walk to Rome via Assis, for example, or take a train and walk at Lece (southern Italy). But there are more ideas. So first wait and see what will happen to our freedom in the comming months.

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I know we have to keep a distance of 1,5m. And I do that on my hikes, which are mostly on empty routes, because I hike during the week not in the weekend mostly.

If you would like to start with hiking I can recomand you to hike short distances first or maybe take a hiking course. I found this online hiking course that Wanda gives. It is a good way to prepare yourself for hiking.

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Hiking between Cascais and Sintra

Cascais is the escape city for Lisbon, Portugal if you want to be by the sea. I traveled twice to Cascais. The first time for a hiking week with Wandelen naar Inzicht and the second time when I started the Camino Portuguese, coastal route in Lisbon.

The beaches are beautiful along the coast. Some are dramatic with the sea beating op the rocks. The sea blasts against the coast with lot of force. A beauty for the eyes to see.

And other beaches are secluded between rock formations. You see these beaches only when you climb the rocks and look down at the sea. These are the hidden gems and not populated with people because of the not easy access to them.

When you leave the coast behind you, you get to another gem, more inland. The mysterious city of Sintra. Sintra has a lot of castles and woods. It is surrounded by the mystical woods according to most people.

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No, I am not eating more

Unfortunately, was it that easy. That I started eating more and by eating less I could regain my normal figure. I even eat less than before, because I am quite afraid of gaining even more weight. It seems that every time I eat something I gain a kilo.

No, I don’t exercise less

I certainly do not exercise less. I walk an average of three long walks a week (17 km or more at a time) and a few shorter 1-hour walks at speed. I still do this during Corona era. Outside of Corona I also swam once a week. But the pounds are from before Corona.

No, I do not eat less healthier

At least I eat like you if you don’t count not eating rice, because I don’t eat that. I eat quite a few vegetables and a lot of fruit. I love fruit. I’m not such a bread eater so it often becomes a salad, soup or fruit. I also don’t eat a lot out or on the road, because I find it expensive in the Netherlands.

Then what?

I take medication that makes you fatter as a side effect. Yes really! Since 2017 I started taking antipsychotics (Risperidone, 1 mg) again and saw with my own eyes how my body changed without being able to do anything about it. Now 80 kilos and I was 56 kilos !!!!

Then why do you keep swallowing?

Yes, I already take the lowest dose in which this medication comes. The tapering went off overnight last time. And therefore went wrong in my opinion. There is little study on how to reduce this medication, because people used to think that you have to take this medication your whole life. I would like to phase out this medication gradually. Maybe swallow 1 pill less in a week in 3 months and then the next 3 months 2 days less in a week, and so on. Whether this could work? No idea? But being so fat is not an option for me either! I refuse to buy new clothes (read 2 sizes bigger; from small to large; 34/36 to 38/40), because this is not my size.

You don’t believe me?

I would say take this medication for six months yourself and then we will talk again. As your belly grows and the rest stays muscular. Yes as if you are pregnant. I am not the only one with this problem with antipsychotic medicine.

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No reason Retroprints

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Actually yes, I wanted to print some pictures for my house. So the retroprints seems like a good idea.

Retroprints Printfabriek

Pick out photos

It’s always a lot of work figuring out photos. I was allowed to have 2 sets of 8 retro prints printed at the Fotofabriek (Photo Factory). Okay it turned out to be some pictures of family, friends and nature.

Retroprints Printfabriek

Upload and prepare for print

The system is very simple, you upload the 8 prints of a set and then you can do everything with the white borders around the photos and the photos themselves. I try it out, but decide to only color the edges around the photos and have one of my company Databeet‘s logo placed on the white border.

When you’re done the system asks to save and then you can press order and they will be uploaded. Pay close attention to these steps if you have made several sets that you order the right one.

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Waiting rewarded

Then I have to wait and within 2 working days I had the photos at home. They were successful and cheered up my house the retro prints. If I were not a minimalist I would also have a photo album printed. Maybe a nice gift idea that photo album? I will think about it.

Thanks you Fotofabriek to let me try the Retroprints.

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I don’t earn any money with the links in this blog. I was allowed to try two sets of 8 Retroprints for free.

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Caracasbaai peninsula

I would like to take a long walk on Curaçao. In the meantime, there are about three organizations that offer this, but all their walks are on the other side of the island. Without a car you will not get there at 7 am the starting time. In addition, there are no marked routes, so walking alone is not an option in unknown nature reserves. And then I come across one on the peninsula of Caracasbaai.

Caracasbaai Peninsula

I know that there is a building there, the Leper House and I have also dived there twice at directorsbay in the past, but apparently there is more. I’m curious. The start is on Saturday morning at 7 am a short half hour walk from my mother’s house where I am staying.

Caracasbaai

To the starting location

I leave on time. The walk to the starting location is not so interesting, because you walk along a road with houses and then along the beach and parking places. The starting location is the parking spaces before a restaurant on the beach. The last one before there is nothing else. I see a small group and that turns out to be the group.

Fort Bekenburg

The hike

We first start on asphalt, but soon we walk on a beautiful stretch at the fort. Fort Bekenburg, you can climb it and see remnants and enjoy the view. We visit the fort and walk in the mondi (forest) around it. A few weeks later, the surrounding of Fort Bekenburg is the place where I conduct an interview with artist Avantia. It is one of the places that inspire her and I can see why.

Leper house

Leper house

We walk further up to the leper house. The house or hospital where people who were infected or had to be quarantined were taken care of. The building is full of graffiti and in poor condition. So watch where you walk.

Nature

Nature

After the leper house we go into nature. We walk past directorsbay, which has that name because the directors of Shell were only allowed to swim here, because nets were placed against sharks. Sharks are not common on the south side of the island, but they were still afraid of losing the directors.

Back to the hike with now a view of the Spanish water we walk through a mangrove forest. It is low water so we keep our feet dry. From there we walk back to the entrance of the peninsula. In total we walked 3 hours with a short break at a few rocks.

This area, Caracasbaai peninsula is definitely worth a visit, very beautiful. Go during the day and do not take valuables with you.

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This year 1 percent of my turnover goes to charity. A different charity each quarter. In the first quarter, 1 percent went to the Food Bank Curaçao. From 1 April to 30 June 2020, 1 percent of the turnover will therefore go to the Wegloophuis (Runaway House) in Utrecht.

Introduction to Wegloophuis

At the beginning of 2017 I had a psychological relapse and my anti-squatting contract in Arnhem expired. There were also few assignments due to my health condition. I was told that the Wegloophuis in Utrecht could guide me from the dip. So I called and I was able to drop by immediately for an intake and the next day I moved into a room in the Wegloophuis. At the same time it also became clear that I could get a home in Eindhoven in exactly one month.

Who are the Wegloophuis

The Wegloophuis was a warm bath of volunteers and social workers who talked to you, helped you with everything you needed to get in order. I was helped to get my finances back on track and my life and also with moving. I am eternally grateful to them.

De Wegloophuis

De Wegloophuis is for people who experience temporary psychological problems and prefer not to go to “normal” psychiatry or can’t be helped there. They help you get your life back on track psychologically, physically and financially. It is different from psychiatry. It is more about activating people from within the person.

In any case, if you purchase a service or product from me this quarter, 1 percent will go to the Wegloophuis in Utrecht.

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The first quarter of 2020 started with me as a digital nomad working on Curaçao. That means a lot of work on own projects such as my website and digital cleaning. Besides of course enjoying the sun and company of my family. There were also three paying assignments, namely:

  • Check Laudius Big Data course homework. This is a course that I developed in collaboration for Laudius in which the basis of Big Data is explained. Students can choose to hand in their homework and then I or the other teacher will check it.
  • A website of my former colleague that was pulled out of the dust.
  • Coding a question in a French survey. in emotions
  • Coding a Dutch questionnaire about emotions.

Februari

In February I was back in the country and soon started working on a website for a customer and fieldwork. February ended with a nice question if I wanted to supervise a project for the part for which Antilleans would be interviewed. The first online course had been successfully completed and on-site training was already planned when the Corona measures came into effect.

Unfortunately, that was not the only project that was postponed or canceled. Suddenly my entire agenda was empty again. Except for three projects. It was shifting gears, but then you pull out all the ideas you ever wanted to do. So I started working on:

  • Make my website including the blogs bilingual. That is now completed.
  • Preparing to convert my workshops into online training. I will be working on this this week and hope to put them online soon. In any case the first up will be Excel, Word and PowerPoint training.
  • Setting up Affilliate and then received a request for Affilliate via mail.

In addition, I have an application for another WordPress website so it would be nice.

Turnover first quarter

First quarter turnover was okay, as I had taken it easy the first month and in March’s Corona measures went into effect and almost everything was canceled. I promised that 1% of first quarter turnover would go to the Food Bank (Voedselbank). So that’s going to happen, unfortunately a lower amount than I had hoped for is going to the Foodbank of Curaçao (Voedselbank Curacao).

Second quarter

Quarter 2 runs from April 1 through June 30 2020. The first month the Corona measures will certainly still be in force, so there is enough time to set up the online courses and affilliate. I hope that the affiliate and online courses will run and that if the measures disappear, my agenda will become fuller again. In any case, I also thought that this quarter 1% of my turnover will go to charity, namely Wegloophuis Utrecht. Hopefully some sales have been made, otherwise it is not much they will get.

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Visit Gibraltar

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Visit Seville

Visiting Seville is still missing on my list of major cities visited in Spain. I liked the other big cities in Spain so I want to see this one too. Plus the environment must be very beautiful.

Camino Ingles walk

The shortest route of the Camino routes. Yes you must have walked it. So I like to walk this piece of Camino soon. It is not a difficult route, but it seems to rain more than elsewhere in Spain.

Camino del Norte

This is one of the toughest Camino routes, but also one of the most beautiful I think. Especially the views from the rocks. A lot of climbing on the way and certainly not done without training and preferably in dry season.

Visit the Canary Islands

I have heard a lot of good things about these islands. A mother of an elementary school friend also came from Lanzarote. I was and still am curious about the islands. Who knows soon.

Visit the Balearic Islands

Another island group from Spain that has my curiosity. As an island girl I am curious about other islands. And these islands seem to have beautiful vegetation.

Live a winter in Spain

I would love to be a whole winter in the country. Preferable on the coast of Spain or the south where the weather is reasonable in the winter. I imagine Spring temperatures in the winter. What a beautiful winter it would be.

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The fun hiker

The fun comes first for this hiker. This person prefers to chat with other walkers all the time. As an introvert, these walkers are the most dangerous for me :-). Although a chat is occasionally quite pleasant.

The fitness hiker

This hiker almost runs to keep his or her fitness level. Time is not important. The motto has been sporting for another day. These walkers walk at a nice pace, but also have an eye for the environment and fellow walkers.

The environment observer

The environment is the main reason that this hiker walks here. This hiker enjoys the environment. Nature or the district / city are of interest to this walker. You can recognize this walker because he or she often walks with a camera and occasionally stops to discover and view things.

The cheater

This hiker sends husband / girlfriend / friend to the highest / furthest post for stamp at checkpoint and waits with a drink. This walker wants a medal, but does not want to hike the entire route.

Which walker are you?

Which of the 5 hikers are you? I am the environment observer. I thoroughly enjoy my surroundings and definitely stop for photos on the way. I always have a camera with me.

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Speak Spanish

I am fluent in Spanish. There is certainly room for improvement and I am working on that. But I wouldn’t have to leave it for the language. And yes, if you live in the country, you will learn the language faster because you are required to speak it.

Spring temperatures in winter

In southern Spain, lovely temperatures prevail in winter, namely spring temperatures. During the day, take off the jacket and sit in the sun. Can be much more outdoors without shivering from the cold.

Rain

The rainy season is mainly in the spring, so during the winter you will not be bothered by that. Sounds heavenly after an autumnal winter this year.

Delicious food

This may be my idea, but I think fruit tastes better in Spain and South America than in the Netherlands. And also in winter there is still fresh fruit there in Spain. It is not only about the fruit, but also the olives and fish. The whole food culture is different and delicious!

Pace of life

Life is just a bit calmer in Spain than here in the Netherlands. It is between South America and the Netherlands. And I think I would like that.

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7 reasons to walk a 4 Days hike

 

While walking my 2nd Four Days Marche I have thought of 7 reasons why you should walk a 4 Days hike in your life.

The feeling of the 4 Days

You must have experienced the feeling of the 4 Days in your life. It is a separate feeling of togetherness. We do this together and we will all reach the finish. It is uplifting each other when necessary, sharing stories and especially walking and enjoying the environment.

You see more of the environment

You see more of the environment when you walk than when you are in the car. Especially if you walk in the area for 4 days. You see the details and get in touch with locals and other hikers.

Group protection

You walk protected by the walking group. You don’t have to feel alone or fear, because everyone walks the same route in the same time frame. You walk alone, but not alone.

Get more out of yourself

It takes a lot of you to walk long distances for 4 consecutive days. You build a condition, but you also need perseverance. Especially during the moments of pain or not seeing the further walk.

Route is fixed in advance

The route is mapped out in advance for you and on the way you do not have the choice to take another street. You hardly have to think about the route. Just follow arrows or other signs. And sometimes the crowd like at the 4 Days of Nijmegen.

Enjoy Burgundian food

If you walk 20 or more kms, you burn enough energy to eat extensively without fear of gaining weight, because you will certainly burn some energy along the way. Especially if there are some hills and mountains in it.

The medal

Afterwards you always receive a medal. I usually want a chair and never walk again after completing the walk. The appreciation of the medal comes later when you realize that you have walked the entire route and that you have conquered that one mean climb.

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Farewell to Strijp-S in Style

How do you say goodbye to Strijp-S in style?

I lived in Strijp-s, Eindhoven for 2.5 years and saw the marathon runners and runners passing by, but never organized walkers. After my move I found out that the Eindhoven marathon has a walking edition the Saturday before the marathon. The perfect farewell in style!

Walking edition marathon of Eindhoven

So I registered for the 20 km. The perfect farewell in style, because with the 20 km you mainly walk in the area where I lived. So I went to Eindhoven Strijp-s for the start and walked there through parts of Eindhoven that I knew, but also pieces that I did not know. Even though I had lived very close to those places.

Farewell to Strijp-s in style

The weather was good, read dry. It was already autumn, so we needed a coat and sweater. This walk was also a perfect preparation for the 4 Days of Marbella that I would walk later in the year. The weather was not comparable, but the distance of 20 km was. Even though I would walk 20 km 4x in a row in Marbella.

The finish

The finish was great, because it was almost at the door where I had lived. So the perfect farewell to Strijp-S in style. What more could you want in the same street where you lived received a medal as a farewell to Strijp-s.

Bye, Bye Torenallee & Eindhoven!

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I share 5 lessons with you that I learned from the book Blondies Invest Better (Dutch book Blondjes beleggen beter). Well, I am far from blonde, but a woman so this title appealed to me. Plus I am looking into investing so this book came at a good time. The book contains many good tips and explains many terms from the investment world. So a must for beginners to read.

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You can invest in:

  • Own company
  • Antiques
  • Art
  • Classic cars
  • Holiday home
  • Crypto Currency
  • On the stock exchange: Shares, bonds and other securities.

This book is about investing in the stock market. I have been investing in crowdfunding since 2013 and with savings you get very little return in Europe. So the next step is to invest appropriately on the stock market. The book discusses the different ways of investing on the stock exchange.

Lesson 2: You can practice investing

The book lists a number of “games” with which you can practice investing on the stock exchange. A good step as a first time investor to invest with fictitious money. Note that the games are mainly about short-term profit, while in practice investing in investing is long-term profit.

Lesson 3: Diversification is the magic word

I will continue to save to have a buffer for unexpected events. I am thinking of having a constant 3 months income on my savings account. So if you use it immediately replenish. Furthermore, I have now set up crowdfunding quite nicely and I earn from it. So I will continue to do that. Now it is time to start investing, there too I go into investing for diversification. For example, I let Brightpensioen invest for me and I will invest myself through Degiro. I will seek diversification in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. So a mix of these.

Lesson 4: Map your finances

For years I have been making a budget for my company Databeet as well as for private use, so I map out my finances. In addition, I set goals. In the book, the writer gives the tip to set both 5-year goals and 5-10-year goals, because you have to take this into account when you make your choice in what you invest.

Lesson 5: Set a limit for buying and selling and check your order

You can set for how much money you want to buy a certain share and how much and then the system automatically executes this assignment for you when that price is reached. It is also useful to set a limit on which you want to sell. And a very important tip is to check your order before sending it, so that you don’t buy too many / too few or weird things.

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