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.

A good and healthy 3rd quarter!

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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.

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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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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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I have been to Spain before and every time I discover new things that I would like to do. That’s why I like to share the 7 things I would definitely like to do in Spain.

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.

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The time hiker

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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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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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Busy Ubud

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The hike

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The feet

The feet are the most important thing for the hiker. You realize that when you buy shoes and practice for the Camino, but the real importance only gets through to you when you walk the Camino. You are going to feel them in ways you didn’t know you could. You will develop rituals to protect the feet like:

  •  Taking off your shoes and socks immediately after walking
  • Washing and drying your feet after a hike
  • Rub your feet with petroleum jelly to keep them supple
  • Feet up after a hike
  • Rub your feet with Vaseline in the morning against blisters.

You will be in awe of those feet that are having a hard time during such a hike. Your feet become such a Saint that you treat them with a lot of care. They determine the rhythm and the length of your path. Unfortunately you forget that after a while when you are not hiking so often anymore and they become holy off those feet.

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Camino de Santiago, Why?

Why I wanted to hike Camino de Santiago? I don’t really know the main reason anymore. It still has an appeal to me after walking it. However, I would take a different route.

Life on the Camino is so simple. All you have to think about is eating, drinking, walking and sleeping. You get into a rhythm of eating, walking, eating, walking, eating, sleeping, eating, walking, etc. This rhythm is so nice. You will walk, eat and sleep, back to the basics of human existence.

While walking you are talking, contemplating or looking around, so you are never bored. The real world seems to get further away the more you get into the rhythm of the Camino. The everyday worries of real life no longer exist.

The only thing not nice is walking in the outskirts of large cities, you walk along the main road where cars and trucks whiz past and you have to watch out. For the rest, it is nature and authentic villages that strike the clock.

The people you meet will always be remembered as a caricature of the character trait that has stayed with me the most.

I would love to walk Camino El Norte, sometime, sometime.

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Long distance walking

Together with a friend I did a parachute jump and looking for the next challenge we ended up at the 4 Days of Nijmegen, long distance walking. It is a beautiful event, but the crowds both along the side line and in it is not for me. I finished it in 2009 and in 2016 I was watching in Cuijk. What a rush, but also nice to see the pain on the faces of the participants and the determination to walk it out, beautiful. You recognize the fight of your own hiking. It was certainly a fight. It is tough to walk 40 km for 4 days in a row.

I still find training better than walking an event, because the event also involves the decibel of music. For me as an introvert, the hustle and bustle is a bit too much. In comparison, walking the Camino de Santiago is an oasis of peace where you have time to turn inside. At least the Portuguese route I walked.

Both require persistence and going beyond your physical limits of fatigue to walk them out. Time and again I am amazed at how deep you can go physically to draw strength to cross the finish line. There is always a spare energy to draw from when you think the barrel is empty. It is no longer about fitness, but about moving forward step by step.

At the end you are tired, satisfied, proud and you feel all the aches of suffering. Wonderful to experience, definitely recommended to do once in a lifetime. You against the kms.

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Why I can walk the Camino, but not learn to program

When it comes to walking, tennis and a few other things, I can apply the focus, concentration and motivation to achieve my goal. Then Gladwell‘s 10,000 hour rule is doable. While if I intend to learn to program, I spend no more than 1 hour behind my computer and then I have lost my motivation.

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Will the difference lie in the interest you have in something? You are willing and able to do more if something interests you. I can walk for hours to practice for the 4Daagse or the Camino, but to program I can’t motivate myself to get behind the computer. It has nothing to do with computing, because figuring out for a trip I can get behind it for hours. So that 10,000 hours is only achievable if it is in your area of interest, I think.

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Noise everywhere

I am waiting for the bus at the bus station of Utrecht Central. I get on the bus and it drives away. As we leave the station, I notice it gets quieter. Sitting at the station you are not aware of the decibels that are produced there, but if you leave it. There is noise everywhere, strange or not?

The whole world is full of noise: The murmur on the train of everyone who seems to be talking to each other at the same time. The noise in the morning announcing that the elevator is arriving in my apartment building. How loud that ping sounds in the otherwise quiet morning. But the most annoying sound is the sound that announces that the doors of the bus in Eindhoven will close. Is that possible at a lower decibel?

Listening to the sound, I think about noise that I had to get used to. I arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Every time you walk out of your hotel you have to get used to the street noises and especially the motorbikes and the honking. I compare all those sounds in my head and still arrive at the sound that announces that the doors of the bus in Eindhoven will close as the most annoying noise. It hurts your ears.

But actually I long for silence, not the silence of my loft, but the silence that you encounter while traveling in nature. I am again on the Camino de Santiago on nature pieces and on the deserted beaches of Australia and New Zealand. Oops, I’m traveling again in my head! This time looking for silence…. But Chile is a bit higher on the schedule to put the desert there and Patagonia must be wonderfully quiet. Book now?

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The pace of walk

The Camino had always appealed to me not for religious reasons but for spiritual one. I always thought I would go to get some closure and before starting a new chapter. I thought I would go in 2014 in fall, then in spring 2015 I started arranging but didn’t go till this year. It was time! Two routes always spoke to me the coastal route in Spain and the Portuguese route. Both because of the coast and more nature and less people.

My preparation went mostly in looking for accommodations I could book up front with single room to ensure a good night sleep. And trying to walk as much as possible along the coast. Also I walked every day for 1,5 hour to get in the rhythm. Till Golenga it was what I thought it would be solo walks with some chats.

But a cold and the interactions on the Camino caught up with me. Although I enjoyed it a lot it was too much for me. And then I thought I can make my own Camino walking a few stages shorter. Taking the train/bus when the route didn’t appeal. Also making sure I didn’t walk in the industrial suburbs. Also making sure I walked the last 100km. Still it was around 660 km walk without the training and walks to touristic landmarks and supermarkets. Oh and not to forget the getting lost parts.

The Camino has a lesson for everybody mine was that I needed to be more in touch with what my body is telling me when it needs to rest. Something I will never learn I think, looking at my track record walking the ‘4Daagse van Nijmegen’ and playing too much tennis tournaments in the Summers.

So I still need to slow down my pace more in sports or maybe in life too sometimes. Follow my own pace in life instead of taking the pace of the people on my path and then I will be ok and I will enjoy life more is something I learnt after slave labor was over and I started being an entrepreneur. I think it would be easier for me to get the slowing done part right in entrepreneurship and working for a boss than in sports.

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Pearls you meet!

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I walk around with an ereader full of blogs I wrote that would suite on here or on Databeet. But due to an unplanned encounter I had in Brisbane with the writer of Boots to bliss. I decided to write another one about encounters that just happen in my life.

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This something remarkable that has been happening to me since 2011 when I started to open up for answers to change my life. Before 2011 I was already looking for answers, but they were hard to find. But at the moment and for quite a while they have been thrown at me. Which is kind of nice!

Playing with mirrors

It happens in the form of people I meet, chats I have, books I read and art I see. It’s not exactly, precisely the answer at that moment. But mostly something in the story of that person gets me thinking and I come with a solution or an idea.

It’s like the universe is helping me to shape a better me than the one  before. Remember the blog ‘A glimpse of a possible future?‘ that was also one of the pearls I met that led to some small changes in my travel plans.

The pearls aren’t all shinning sometimes they enhance lessons to be learn, like my encounter with myself during wwoofing. But mostly this pearls are beautiful people who enter my life and remember me of something. I will give you two examples to make it more understandable:

  • My encounter with a Japanese roommate left me thinking about being playful and laugh a lot. I forgot how playful you could be with words and we had lot’s of fun about silly things.
  • From a Taiwanese roommate I learnt to be graceful to life and what is possible in it. I like the way she looks at the world and the grace she has for everything in it.

I can go on and on with more examples, but I guess with these examples you get the idea.

I am also learning through books. One of the books I read ‘The monk who sold his Ferrari’ says about this subject:

‘You meet and get the things you need when you are on the right journey for you and not busy with the result or how fast you can get the result’.

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I kind of agree with this. It feels like at this moment I am at the place I have to be to learn more about myself.

I am enjoying both journeys profoundly. The most I got out of it till now is that I am learning to be kinder to myself. Still have a long way to go in that department, but It’s work in progress I guess.

See you pearl!

Playing with mirrors

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