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1st quarter 2020

1st quarter 2020

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

I would love to visit Gibraltar. It seems unique to me. And well it is actually a piece of Great Britain in Spain. Must be unique to be in a Mediterranean Great Britain and see Africa across the ‘street’.

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

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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.

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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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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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Lesson 1: Investing is possible in anything

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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1 percent gross turnover to the Food Bank

1 percent turnover to the Food Bank

This year I want to donate 1 percent of my turnover to charities chosen by me. I am fascinated by PayItForward system and think it is something super! Every now and then someone does something unexpected beautiful for me and I want to give this back. This time I do this by giving 1 percent of my gross turnover to a good cause, namely the Food Bank. In the first quarter, 1 percent goes to the Food Bank.

Food Bank

The Food Bank is really a PayItForward to me. It was a charity far from my bed show until February 2017. By living anti-squat I ended up without a home after six months and a small debt of about 2500 euros. Due to illness it was also quiet around the income.

At the end of February I pick up work again and I have a house in Eindhoven. I don’t like debt and want to get rid of it as soon as possible. So make a deal with a debt collection company. This means that I will be off debt within six months, but have no room for groceries besides fixed costs and debt. As a result, I end up at the Food Bank and I can pick up groceries there once a week.

Pick up groceries at the Food Bank

It is very nice that it is possible. I get more than enough groceries to buy almost nothing. So save a lot per week. The messages are super, it consists of everything. Lots of eggs, bread and vegetables. But there is also toothpaste, coffee, tea, butter and sweets in the package. And once in a while you can get extra meat. I never did, but it was possible.

The walk to the Food Bank

I must say that I was ashamed that I used the Food Bank and hardly told anyone. Every Friday morning at 10am I stood in line with the same people waiting to fill my bags with groceries. More groceries than I would buy per week or buy now per week.

Farewell Food Bank

In October 2017, I was able to say goodbye to the Food Bank by paying off my debt and being rich in assignments again. I was grateful to them, but also happy that I could now get my groceries myself again. I was only dependent on it for six months, but many people longer. So that’s why I transfer 1 percent of my gross turnover from January 1 to March 31, 2020 to the Food Bank. It is a small contribution compared to their other donations, but I also support them in their good work.

Learned from the Food Bank

The walk to the Food Bank was a lesson in humility, gratitude and vulnerability:

  • Humility, because you get so much and don’t have to do anything for it.
  • Gratitude I was able to pay off my debt very quickly.
  • And vulnerability, because no matter how big your buffer is, with some major setbacks and illness you can get through it and then….

Databeet story

Databeet story

The Databeet story begins on August 13, 2012, on the day of the left-handers. I myself am left-handed, which gives this day extra meaning. Before this date I came up with a name and had a logo made. Oh and I already had my first assignment!

Origin name Databeet

The name data beet in a pun on Alphabete and good with data. The idea came to me during a yoga class. We were in a resting position at the end of the lesson when the name once came in as a thought. You understand I ran home after class and wrote down the Name.

Happy with name

I certainly don’t regret the name because at first it covered everything I did. Even now I am happy with it, despite the fact that my activities have expanded beyond the scope of the name Databeet. I will continue to use the name Databeet as the company name.

Intro video

Because I would work with video a lot in the future, I had video intro designed. I had an idea and was looking for a professional to work out for me. The results are impressive. The intro tells the Databeet story. Meanwhile I use this recognizable in all my video expressions at the beginning and end. I am very happy with it as with my logo.

Logo Databeet

When I got my name I thought I had no idea how to design what I saw as a logo myself. I went looking for a designer and came up with a very specific idea, but luckily she understood me and the logo was so done. My logo also tells the Databeet story.

Colors Databeet

Databeet’s first colors were green, gray and white. These combine well with each other. Later an orange was added that I sometimes use in expressions when I need a fourth color.

So now you know how my company got its name. I am curious about the story behind your company name.

 

 

Ubud, Hiking through the rice fields

Ubud, hike through the rice fields

Back in 2014 I was fierless and went on a Hike through the rice fields of Ubud. Ubud is a very busy city, with lots of tourist. Also it is the centre of religious Bali and art community. Back then it was also the place to be for digital nomads.

Busy Ubud

But I was looking for rest and quietness. That is when I discovered that
there was a hiking track surrounding Ubud. You start at the end of Ubud and
hike through the rice fields and the art villages. Each villages had its own
speciality in art.

The hike

It was a great walk. I loved the views and the art I saw on the way. The
path is not marked well so be aware of where you have to go. Have a coco in the
fields and a talk with the locals.