Databeet verhaal

Databeet verhaal

Het Databeet verhaal begint op 13 augustus 2012, op de dag van de linkshandigen. Ik ben zelf linkshandig wat deze dag dus extra betekenis geeft. Voorafgaand aan deze datum heb ik een naam bedacht en een logo laten maken. Oja en ik had ookal mijn eerste opdracht!

Afkomst naam Databeet

De naam databeet in een woordspeling op Alfabeet en goed met data. Het idee kwam tot mij tijdens een yogales. We lagen in rust positie aan het einde van de les toen eens de naam als gedachte binnen vloog. Je begrijpt ik ben na de les naar huis gerend en heb de Naam opgeschreven.

Blij met naam

Ik heb zeker geen spijt van de naam, want in het begin dekte het alles wat ik deed. Ook nu nog ben ik er blij mee ondanks dat mijn activiteiten verder zijn uitgebreid buiten de scoop van de naam Databeet. Ik blijf wel de naam Databeet als bedrijfsnaam gebruiken.

Intro video

Omdat ik in de toekomst veel met video zou gaan werken heb ik video intro laten ontwerpen. Ik had een idee en zocht een professional omdat voor me uit te werken. Het resultaat mag er zijn. De intro vertelt het Databeet verhaal. Inmiddels gebruik ik dit herkenbaar in al mijn video uitingen aan het begin en einde. Ik ben er erg blij mee net als met mijn logo.

Logo Databeet

Toen ik mijn naam had bedacht ik dat ik geen idee had hoe wat ik voor me zag als logo te ontwerpen zelf. Ik ben opzoek gegaan naar ene ontwerper en kwam met een heel specifiek idee, maar gelukkig begreep ze me en was de logo zo gepiept. Ook mijn logo vertelt het Databeet verhaal.

Kleuren Databeet

De eerste kleuren van Databeet waren groen, grijs en wit. Deze combineren goed met elkaar. Later kwam daar een oranje bij die ik soms in uitingen gebruik als ik een vierde kleur nodig heb.

Zo nu weet je hoe mijn bedrijf aan haar naam komt. Ik ben nieuwsgierig naar het verhaal achter jouw bedrijfsnaam.

 

 

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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.

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Reisverhalen inspiratie

Inspiratie

Ik volg een Reisverhalencursus op Instagram. Daar werd gevraagd wie inspireren jou met hun schrijven over reizen. Ik moest er even over nadenken, want zat meteen aan boeken te denken, maar ik lees meer over ondernemer zijn dan over reizen als het om boeken gaat. Tot ik bedacht blogs zijn ook verhalen en zo kwam langzaam aan naar boven borrelen wie me inspireren.

Claudia van My adventures accross the world

My adventures accross the world van Claudia. Claudia inspireert me door dat ze de stap durfde te zetten van academic lawyer tot blogger. Ze noemt zichzelf een niet succesvolle backpacker, maar is wel een succesvolle reisblogger geworden in een bestek van een paar jaar. In 2013 ontmoette ik haar op Cuba niet tevreden met haar leven op dat moment en het klikte en we bleven in contact en ongeveer een jaar later hadden we beide gekozen voor verandering en was ze reisblogger. Claudia beschrijft uitgebreid de locaties die ze in haar reizen bezoekt en natuurlijk ook Sardinië, haar eiland.

Suzanne van Vrije meid

Een ander blogger die me inspireert is Suzanne van vrije meid. Ook zij heeft een rechten carrière achter zich gelaten om meer vrijheid te hebben om te kunnen reizen. Zij inspireert weer op een ander manier doordat zij streeft naar een carrière naast het reizen.

Esther van Esther Jacobs

Toen bedacht ik me dat ik toch een ‘reisschrijver’ heb die me inspireert namelijk Esther. Bij haar is het thema vrijheid ook erg belangrijk. Zij inspireert omdat ik in haar het in actie komen herken.

Wonderlijk Werken

Een nieuwsbrief die over vrijheid gaat maar dan in het doen van wat je zelf wilt is van Wonderlijk werken. Ze verrassen steeds met hun invalshoeken op een onderwerp. Daarom kijk ik uit en word ik erg blij van mail van Diana en Steven van Wonderlijk Werken.

Kitty van De Blogacademie

Ik heb gehoord dat je altijd voor een oneven aantal moet kiezen in je blogs dus nog eentje dan. De blogacademie van Kitty. Nee, nee zij heeft het niet zo op reizen en is nu met het klimaat bezig. Wat mij aanspreekt is haar eigenzinnigheid en hoe ze zich verliest op een goede manier in een onderwerp. Ze wil er alles van weten en deelt dit dan ook met iedereen tot ze genoeg krijgt van een onderwerp.

Er zijn er vast meer die me inspireren maar deze zijn de belangrijkste. Ik lees deze vijf super graag en ik ben een klein beetje jaloers op hun schrijfstijl.

Deze blog schreef ik voor de opdracht wie inspireren je met hun Reisverhalen van de Instagram cursus Reisverhalen schrijven. Het is een reeks van drie opdrachten. De 2 andere opdrachten kan je hier terug lezen: Opdracht 2 beschrijf je omgeving en 3 beschrijf een heftige of bijzondere moment in het reizen van je.

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Zenuwen voor mijn reis

Zenuwen voor mijn reis

In februari 2013 stap ik in de vliegtuig voor een soloreis door Cuba van drie weken. Ik ben zenuwachtiger dan normaal. Sinds de fatale reis in 2010 met de Trans Siberië Expres (met de trein van Moskou naar Beijing) heb ik geen lange reizen meer gemaakt alleen.

De vlucht

Ik kijk een film en spreek wat met mijn buurvrouw in de vliegtuig. Ik word nog zenuwachtiger van het gesprek, want zij gaat in een resort blijven en durft niet alleen te reizen op Cuba. Juist wat ik ga doen! Vroeger had ik erook geen moeite mee, maar die ene reis die mis ging speelt nog door mijn hoofd. Ik slaap wat en denk ik heb alle guesthouses en bussen al gekocht dus route staat vast dus zo moeilijk kan het niet zijn.

Cuba

We landen midden in de nacht, mijn transfer naar Havana staat klaar. Na een ritje van een uur kom ik aan bij een super mooi hotel in een van de oude historische gebouw. Ik check in en maak me klaar om te gaan slapen. Ik verzet de tijd naar de lokale tijd en val in slaap.

Havana

De volgende dag ben ik vroeg wakker en ga uitgebreid ontbijten. Ik raak in gesprek met een Nederlands stel die net drie weken met de auto door Cuba heeft gereisd. Ik krijg nog wat tips en kijk op mijn klok. Het is tijd om mijn lokale agent te ontmoeten om mijn vouchers voor hotels en transfers te ontvangen.

Er gaat iets mis

Ik neem plaats beneden in de salon. Iets later komt een vrouw op me af, de agent. Ze zegt dat ik te laat ben. Ik heb bij het verzetten van de klok me vergist in de tijd en nu moet ze naar een andere afspraak eerst. Ojee er gaat al iets mis! Rustig adem in en uit!

Komt toch goed

Ik kan met haar mee naar de twee andere hotels waar ze heen moet en terwijl ze met hun spreekt kan ik de omgeving verkennen en na afloop zal ze me mijn vouchers geven en wat kleine dingen uitleggen. Prima deal, ik ga mee en verken een stuk van Havana waar ik waarschijnlijk anders niet zou zijn geweest.
Eind van de middag word ik met mijn vouchers en wat tips weer bij mijn hotel afgezet door de agent. De volgende dag verken ik Havana wat meer. En daarna gaat het avontuur pas echt beginnen, want dan ga ik met de bus door Cuba heen tot het andere eind van het eiland.

De rest van de reis

De transfers gaan goed en de guesthouses zijn gaaf en ik raak overal in gesprek met locals. Mijn vertrouwen groeit weer. Als de bus van Santiago naar Baracoa onderweg een klapband krijgt moeten we allemaal uitstappen. Ik raak in gesprek met 2 Italiaanse zussen die net aan hun reis zijn begonnen. Ik spreek met hen af om een cocktail te gaan drinken na het eten. Het worden 3 diners en een vriendschap met een van de zussen.

Cuba

Baracoa

We hebben niet alleen gesprekken over Cuba, maar ook over het leven. De revue passeert vooral dat we maar weinig vakantiedagen hebben om alles te zien wat we willen zien van de wereld. Dit is het plek dat voor mij en een van de zussen een verandering in gang zet, want aan het eind van 2013 hebben we beide ons baan opgezegd en zijn op reis gegaan. Zij haar baan als academicus aan de faculteit rechten en ik focus me meer op mijn bedrijf dat ik in 2012 had opgezet. We hebben samen een correspondentie blog voor 6 maanden, delen hiervan zijn nog te lezen op mijn website en haar website. Zij vanuit Zuid-Amerika en ik vanuit Oceanië. Dit alles wisten we toen nog niet in Baracoa bij de diners en cocktails.

Nieuw avontuur met vertrouwen

Terug in de vliegtuig kon ik tevreden terug kijken op een mooie reis. Mijn fatale reis in 2010 waar ik in Mongolië in een lokaal ziekenhuis belandde en psychose werd geconstateerd wekt geen angst meer op voor het reizen. Er is zelfs weer sprake van mijn reisverslaving die weer opsteekt. Op 18 november 2013 vertrok ik naar Australië als digitale nomade, nieuwe avonturen te gemoed.

Deze blog schreef ik voor de opdracht beschrijf een heftige of bijzondere moment in je reizen voor de Instagram cursus Reisverhalen schrijven. Het is een reeks van drie opdrachten. De 2 andere opdrachten kan je hier terug lezen: Opdracht 1 wie inspireren je met reisverhalen en opdracht 2 beschrijf je omgeving.

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Even terug

Even terug

Het is eind 2017 ik zet na bijna 7 jaar weer voet aan de grond op mijn geboorte-eiland Curaçao, ik ben even terug. Alles en niks is veranderd. Mijn moeder woont nog in het huis waar ik de laatste deel van mijn tienerjaren heb doorgebracht voor ik ging studeren.

Honden

We komen met de auto aan in de garage. De hondenkennels staan er nog, maar de honden uit mijn jeugd zijn er niet meer. Wel andere die me enthousiast groeten ookal kennen ze me niet.

Zwembad

Ik loop naar binnen door de porch het huis in. Door de grote raam in de huiskamer zie ik de pool waar ik vele baantjes heb gezwommen en toen mijn vader nog leefde veel gebbqd werd door hem.

De Tuin

De volgende dag maak ik een rondje in de tuin. Alle vruchtenbomen staan er nog. De mangoboom heeft vruchten. Ik pluk er een, was het en begin te eten. Dit brengt me terug naar mijn jeugd waarin er kneppa’s (Spaanse appel), sorsaka, granaatappel, cashewvrucht, appeldam, mango, etc uit de tuin zo in je mond belanden. Tja daar kan zelfs geen balcon of tuintje met aardbeien en tomaten in Nederland tegenop.
Deze blog is geschreven als opdracht voor de cursus reisverhalen die ik op Instagram volgde. De vraag was beschrijf je woonomgeving/verblijf. Het is een reeks van drie opdrachten. De 2 andere opdrachten kan je hier terug lezen: Opdracht 1 wie inspireren je met hun reisverhalen en 3 beschrijf een heftige of bijzondere moment in het reizen van je.
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Dealing better with money

Since I work for myself I earn less, but it seems like I can do more. Not only do I have more time for fun things, there is also money for it.

Earn less and do more

I started to work more and more with the profit first idea. I already appeared to do it in part without knowing the term. I started making a budget for my company. At the time I knew what I had to earn to cover my fixed costs for Databeet. By also making a budget for private and including it in the Databeet budget, I had an idea what my fixed costs are for both private and Databeet and how much I have to earn.

Put aside

I didn’t leave it at that. I also started saving how small the amount was at the start of my career as an entrepreneur. That is why I built a buffer for myself and my company, Databeet.

Paying yourself

After reading profit first I also started paying myself a salary. I did not leave it at that I started a savings account for each type of cost I had. Every invoice that I sent and was paid, I divided the invoice amount among the various saving accounts according to a fixed percentage per cost category. So I made one regular business account, 1 private account and 7 savings accounts. The 7 savings accounts I gave the following names:

  • Study: From this account I pay all the studies I want to do.
  • Marketing: With this I pay all the marketing stuff for my company.
  • VAT and Taxes: This account pays all my VAT and taxes
  • Travel costs: I sometimes travel for business. This is paid by this account.
  • Crowdfunding: With opening this account I am trying to work on my retirement money. I invest in crowfunding and bonds to make more money.
  • Profit: This account is my profit account. I am building a buffer with this account. So my company can survive difficult times and also buy special things.
  • Fixed charges: All the (fixed) cost of my company are paid from this.
  • And the Account named Guiselaine is my private account. The money in this account is to use on my private costs and savings.

As you can see in the picture each cost has a fixed percent of the invoice I earn going to it. I tried this for a year. I liked it and changed the fixed percentages till I found the right one for me. And when I noticed this was working I wanted to do this also for my private account.

Cost savings accounts for Business

Private Account

So now I am the proud owner of several private accounts, so that I also have a better grip on my money there. The accounts I made for the different costs look like this:

  • Fixed charges: Cost like rent, municipal taxes, water, electricity and heat, etc are paid from this account.
  • Savings: On this account I save to have a buffer and also special things I want.
  • Groceries: With this account I pay the groceries.
  • Travel: Yes I love to travel so I make sure an fixed amount is going to this to me important item.
  • Clothes: Yes, I need some clothes during the year so I make sure I have to money for it when needed by having a account for it.
  • House & Balcony: The house needs stuff like plants or when things break. With a separate account for this I know that when I need the money for it, it will be there.

In the table below you see how I a located the percentages. This works for me, for you it might be slightly different.

Private account

With doing this I am a proud owner of retirement money, a buffer and money to dedicate to my costs. I know what I have and what I spent. And I think I spent it smart.

If you whant to do this too. You can download the Excel Sheet I made especially for this. There is an English and a Dutch version!

Try it for yourself and be happy!

Using the Excel

Excel sheet for dividing money

As you can see I made an example for you in the picture above. If I earned 100 euros with my invoice I fill it in the yellow box below earnings and Excel divides the money for me to the different accounts with the fixed percentages I decided before.

The only thing left for me to do is transfer the money from my regular account to the different accounts. I do this with each invoice that is paid to me. You can also do this once a month if that suits you better.

In the second part of the picture you can see how the money is divided on my private account to my private costs and savings.

Have fun using this Excel. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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Leaving 2019 behind and starting 2020

2019 was over before I could blink. I hope 2020 last longer. WHat happend in 2019? And what am I looking forward to in 2020?

Winning 5.000 euro for Stichting Verloren Jaren

I am on the board of NGO Verloren Jaren (Lost Years). With this NGO we won 5.000 euro for the things we are doing with peersupport and working on combatting Stigma.

From 3 websites to 1 website

I had 3 website for each thing I did , but found it a hassle. So now back to one website with everything on it what I do, my blog and interviews with interesting people. You can find it on wanderingguiselaine.

Interviews with interesting people

This year I talked with a few interesting people about what they do and how they want to change the world. You can find these interviews on https://wanderingguiselaine.nl/interviews/ .

Wandelen naar Jezelf

Wandelen naar Jezelf means walking to yourself. It means getting to know yourself better by doing workshops and hikes. Last year we organized a midweek on Ameland and this year on Terschelling. The group particpated in workshops about getting to know what you want and we made 3 hikes in which we had one on one conversations about what the participants wanted with their lives, working on dreams. I organized this together with Herstelreizen.

Hiking the Pieterpad

In Spring 2019 I started hiking Pieterpad. I am on 1/4 of the route. Because of dead of my grandmother and moving I could hike more. I hope to finish the route in 2020.

4 Days Marbella Hike

In the fall I went to Marbella to hike for four days around there. It was nice to do. I walked places I would see on a normal vacation to Marbella. A look if that part of Spain is a place is I would like to setup my tiny house with a garden. No it is not THE Place, but I will keep doing other 4 Days walk of 20K in Southern Europe to find the perfect spot for my Tiny house with garden.

WordPress Conference in Berlin

At the beginning of the summer I went to Berlin for a WordPress conference. There I got to know more about the future of WordPress, blogging and SEO. It was a nice trip and I got to see a bit more of Berlin. It was my third visit to the city.

Christmas Market

Seeing a Christmas market in Germany was on my to do list. So I went to Koln in November, but it was one day too early for the Christmas market. So I have to go to another city in Germany again next year to experience the German Christmas market.

Night of the refugee

At the beginning of the summer I walked 40k through the night from Rotterdam to Den Haag for the NGO refugees. It was hard, but a nice experience. This year I will walk again 40K but then from Utrecht to Amersfoort if possible. You can support the cause.

What will 2020 bring

Next year I want:

  • To have a higher revenue. I hope to earn with my blog, writing articles, selling books, investing in crowdfunding and bonds and online courses as passive income.
  • Also I want to read 52 books 2020. I have a list of more than 300 books I want to read.
  • I would love to go on 1 workation in 2020. Last year I went on workation to Berlin and Curacao.
  • It would be fun if I could also develop furtther earning from hiking workation/vacations.
  •  Not work related wishes for 2020 are: I would love to loose 20KG, play tennis again, make a few travels and put more money a side.

Opportunities

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40 km once but never again or again?

In 2009 I walked the Vierdaagse van Nijmegen (The Walk of the World), 4 days 40 km every day. Afterwards I said 40 km is too far and too tiring, never again. I stayed with this thought till the beginning of 2019. In the meantime I did a lot of walking, even the Camino de Santiago in 2016. I tapped the 35 km a number of times there, but remained below 40 km each day.

Night of the refugees

Night of the Refugee

A few years ago I saw the night of the refugee passing by and I thought I would like to participate. I forgot about it until this year. Someone I knew registered. I asked her about it and she said walk with us. I registered and thought I am walking 40 km again?!

40 km

In 2009 I was 25 kg lighter and in shape. I played tennis at least twice a week on average and I walked long distance once a week. Yet I found the 4x 40 km in 2009 very tough.

Well then what?

I said Yes to walking and the first sponsor money came in. And I occasionally walked the Pieterpad, on average 20 km each time. There were now 5 kg off again and I also made sure that the counter came to 6 km every day.

Oh, I’m going for it

The date was approaching. The weather was bad beforehand. The person with whom I would walk canceled a few days before. Yet I decided to go for it.

The night

On the day itself I tried to get some sleep in the afternoon. It didn’t work except for a 1-hour nap. I did rest though. I am not a night person so how am I going to keep going through the night? I took another bottle of coke cola and a banana.

Skyline Rotterdam

And then it was time!

It was a nice trip. It was very nice to walk at night and very different from walking during the day. I was entertained with beautiful skies and the sound of frogs and of course the skyline of Rotterdam. What was also very beautiful was the walking to the day.The predicted rain did not come and the pains stayed away too. I walked with breaks included from 0:00 to 10:30 the next day. I was a bit stiff, but it went well. I thought 40 km is a bit too far again.

The route

One day later

It was a super experience. Nice experience and route. And a goal that I support. Slowly the thought came to join again next year, because it is a beautiful goal and a spicy but beautiful challenge for your body. So next year I will walk one of the 3 other routes and hopefully then again 20 kg lighter.

Thank you this years sponsors!

The finish

Are you sponsoring next year? 

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My next home will have a garden or a balcony on which I can cultivate edible plants. Besides that it is hard to move in Holland my knowledge of edible plants besides fruits and veggies is none excisting. So to do something about this I joined two workshops this spring.

edible flower

Wild picking

On a grey Saterday I went to the Genneper parc in Eindhoven where Linda of natuurlijke verbinding gave a workshop about wild picking. We walked through the park and she pointed us to edible plants/flowers in the wild (parc). We tasted them and some of them were very good. She also gave some warnings about wild picking, like be aware of ticks, worms and pollution of cars.

Flower tea

Edible flowers

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Savory flower butter

Flower lunch

After a while we dived the group and everybody went about to make lunch of the flower harvest. We had two types of herb butter one with savory flowers and one with sweet flowers. Kind of a omelette pancakes with flowers, some more flower tea and flower lemonade. It was great to see what can be made of flowers and how to combine them in tea.

Preparing the flower

More edible flowers please

These two experiences were great and tasted of more. I can’t wait to move and experiment with flowers, but unitl then maybe a autumn workshop edible flowers.

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Insight into your money

Who does not want more insight into his or her money? Know what comes in and what costs are fixed costs? With this Excel you can make that very clear. Download here the Excel and read how you fill it in.

Debts

debt statement

On the debt overview tab you enter which debts you have. Name of the Debtor goes into Column B, Column C becomes the attribute if you have it, Column D Concerns, Column E attribute if you have it, Column F the balance of your debt, Column G the settlement amount, Column H the details and Column I the contact information. At the bottom, the total of your debts and the settlement amount.

Every debt gets its own row. Then you are ready to fill in this tab and we go to the next one.

Income

Income

On the Income tab you fill in your income Column A shows the type of income and in Column B you enter the amount. Supplements such as health care allowance are also part of income and are entered here. There is room to add income that is not mentioned in A9, A19, A28, A29 and A30. In column D you can give the income a characteristic. Do not forget your income to be able to make a good calculation.

In B34 you get the total income.

Expenditure

expenditure

In the tab Expenditure you indicate your expense per month. It concerns the fixed costs per month, the costs that come back every month. We have tried to be as complete as possible with the fixed costs, but if you miss a one you can add this on A17, A18, A37, A38 and A39. With attribute you can make comments, this is column D.

In B42 you see the total of your expenses.

Budget

Budget

This tab is partly filled out automatically from the other tabs. Here you see in B4 your total income. In B6 the total of your fixed costs. In B8 you see your total repayments per month. In B10 you can give the living money you need, B12 reservations: You can fill in the money you want to put aside. In B14 you will find how much you have left or are short.

I hope you continue with this to gain more insight into your income and expenses. If you have any questions, you can contact me.

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