what I learned the past 6 months, 2 important lessons…

We’re almost halfway through 2017, so it’s time for a check in on the #1yearchallenge and a review of the past 6 months. These are the two biggest things I have learnt; so you can take these away and don't make the same mistakes… Highlights... In looking back there...

Other People’s Side-Projects 4: Creating your own app

Maybe I've told you before, but I have a passion for dashboards, pretty dashboards with charts and graphs that illustrate stuff I need to feel empowered. Cushion is one of those dashboards for freelancers. I've had it on my radar for quite a while, particularly...

Dear solopreneur, you need a side-business…

I read a lot of blogposts on how to go about getting more clients as a freelancer/solopreneur. Though this is a good starting point, I find its misses two key-factors if you want a sustainable business. When I was a freelancer/solopreneur, I relied on my own efforts...

What can you achieve and learn in 13-Weeks?

I was lucky enough to be a part of the Road Tester group of Day by Day, so have been using the journal for quite some time; in fact, I've finished one journal and am now onto my second - it's something that I keep with me pretty much ALL the time: and remains on my...

Other People’s Side-Projects 3: Coaching

I had never met Theodora Voutsa (@voutsa and instagram.com/theodoravoutsa/). It was just pure luck that our paths crosses; and I’m grateful, because what followed was an inspiring and fascinating conversation. What's your background Theodora? I'm Greek and I went to...

Other People’s Side-Projects 2: Paper Toys

Gratitude… that is what I felt for being fortunate enough to be able to interview an another inspiring person like MCK: Matthijs Kamstra about his side-projects. But, where to begin… You may know MCK from his paper-toys projects. This all started with his fascination...

20 second rule to break bad habits

A while ago I read about the '20 second rule', it states: "If you can make the positive habit 3 to 20 seconds easier to start, your likelihood of doing it rises dramatically. You can also flip this for negative habits by doing the same thing. Watching too much...

What side-projects can teach you

What I have noticed is that most of us have a lot of ideas and a passion for completing side-projects; but, we just don't know how or where to start. The first thing you need to figure out: why you want to do this side-project? What is your desired outcome? Define...

Other people’s side-projects: 1. writing a book

This week I spoke with Marrije Schaake, who with her partner owns a internet agency in Utrecht, Eend. Marrije is no stranger to side-projects as some years ago Eend & friends created onzelootjes.nl. A “secret Santa” website that has become quite popular in the...

Should you type or write for journaling?

Paper journals are definitely on the rise. Guided journals, just like the 13-week journal are becoming more popular. So, this begs the question – should you be journaling by paper and not with a keyboard? Let's face it: paper is not interactive, not intelligent; and...

Are you waiting for the right time to start?

A good friend of mine once said: "there is no such thing as the right time for anything". And it's true, if you are waiting for the right time to buy a house, change job, have kids, write a book, start a business (etc) you can wait a long time: in fact, you could be...

4 steps to get your side-project done, even with limited time

In the past I have struggled with my side-projects and time-management. I just never felt that I had enough time and was always too busy for anything. Don't get me wrong, I had a clear vision for my side-projects; but I just found it too hard to keep focus. Between...

Insights after two months; an improved design!

I have now been using the 13-week journal prototype for two months and still have one month ahead of me until the first cycle completes; but I've seen enough improvements to be able to go ahead with v2.2 - this journal is currently in print. What is the 13-week...

hardcover Yea or Nay?

Using Day by Day; the 13 Week Journal is so much fun for me, especially as it is my very own production. It makes me proud, and reminds me daily of my focus, abilities and perseverance! As a passionate user of notebooks, in all shapes, sizes and sorts; I have a...

The power of thoughts

"Everything starts with a thought", my mentor said. "Your behaviour, your actions and the outcome; is all dependent on the quality of your thoughts". I already know how devastating negative thinking can be.  After being depressed for many years, I've managed to change...