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Wood for thought

More than a year ago I wrote a post about my travels in Portugal and my search for a new home. Until recently I've been thinking that if only I can find that one country or city then things would fall in place. However lately I've come to realise that where I am based isn't the solution nor the…

Gratitude and meditation

I started BloomUp in December of last year and that was also the first time I got into gratitude journaling. Part of the inspiration for BloomUp came from the fact that I had started meditating using the Headspace app a few months prior to that. In those first months of meditating I learned that…

I love you, I hate you…

…technology. As technology keeps creeping more and more into our lives I feel like I’m in a love-hate relationship with it. On one hand technology has given me a job, which at times I really love, but it also increasingly worries me because the changes in my own and other’s behaviour are so clearly visib…

The new and last year

Right around this time last year I laid down some goals for 2016. I’m happy that my non-programming related goal of filming, editing and putting out a skate video came to fruition. On top of that I also made an edit of my dad doing his thing, sailing. When the year started I was still feeling the e…

Social media rant

I recently launched a new side project called BloomUp. It’s a simple service which allows you to start a gratitude journal. Users who sign up to BloomUp receive an email every day at a time which they can specify themselves and the email always asks ‘What are you grateful for today?’. To actually use t…

Blogging dilemma

Photo by: Michael Vallejo When I started this blog my goal was to write at least one post per month. In April I failed to do that. There was just no post in me that month. This month however I went through a lot of thoughts and emotions while I was in Lisbon. I wrote a lengthy piece about an aha…

In search of a new home

In my previous post I mentioned that one of the advantages of working as a freelance web designer is that I can work from almost anywhere. As long as I have my laptop and internet connection I'm pretty much good to go. It was this freedom that originally brought me to The Netherlands. However now…

Doing it my way

I enjoy it whenever I have a chance to have in-depth conversations with regular people. By regular people I mean people who are not entrepreneurs. Obviously I often get along the best with my fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs but talking with regular people gives me perspective and appreciation…

The past year and onwards

One of my goals for this year and for the years to come is to do and ship more stuff. I took some baby steps towards this direction already in 2015 but this year I'm determined to make some real steps happen. Last year the first dab at this was Musicticker, a project that me and my friend Joona…

Don't shoot us beginners

Photo by: Andrew I recently went to developer meetup and encountered some behaviour that I thought was a huge turnoff for going to any of their future events. As the presentations started rolling I couldn't help noticing these snarky and opinionated 1-2 word comments in middle of people's talks.…

Just learn javascript, man

For the last few years this is what many people have told me. Just learn javascript. Just, that easy, that simple, right? Many times I wished it really was but in reality learning any new language is not matter of just. It takes a real motivation to take on something as challenging as learning a…