Brand New Start

I’m transforming and re-activating this blog. Before the posts were in Dutch and mainly focused on forging habits and productivity experiments.

From now on, it will be more radical. Together with my cousin, David, I’ll be doing all kind of experiments. More social, more uncomfortable.

We want to break the comfort zone of ourselves and of others. We want to lose the shame and fear attitude that’s dominant throughout the Western world.

Enstrangement will make us more creative and self-confident. Our social challenges will improve our skills for connecting with almost every human being.

Finally our willpower and meditative challenges will give os a stronger spirit.

We sincerely hope this blog will inspire others to do the same, break free and explore your borders.

September: 31 days without sugar, a year of writing

It’s september. The most intense month of the year.

I’ve decided to take this blog more seriously. I will review my progress on this blog on adventures, experiments and writing monthly.

A new appartment, a new beginning, a yearly experiment

This month I’ve moved into a new house together with 7 students (3 girls and 4 guys). It’s a huge student appartment and I live on the 15th floor. It’s quite fun but it’s really hard to concentrate on my work. That’s why for next month I also want to implement the habit of spending 1 hour per day on writing. This will be a yearly goal. I want to publish at least 25 articles (on whatever medium) per month and spend at least an hour a day working on my platforms (Infonu, Plazilla, Watstudentenkiezen, Everydayexperiments) . If I miss a day I have to catch up one of the next two days.

Why? To do something big and meaningfull I need to spend a huge ammount of time on it. It’s better to do every day a little chunck than one day a lot. In this way, writing and publicing will become a habit. In a year time I will have an enormous passive income and many new writing skills.

 

Monthly Experiment: 

A month without sugar. I’ve started this experiment the 13th of August and I’ve failed several times so far. Anyway I’ll keep the deadline on the 30th of september so I can start a new experiment next month: ”a month of giving away everyday” propably.

The experiment was great: I gained an enormous amount of energy and peace: no more sugar highs but continually a stream of peace fluctuated by planned coffee intakes. Quitting sugar is the main reason the last month was one of the most productive regarding writing and publicing. The times I failed was mostly under pressure: I visited an old acquaintance and she offered me all kinds of sweets she had bought especially for me. I found dissapointing her more unethic than breaking my experiment-promise. I also found out I ate some refined sugar in bacon (sugar – in – bacon? ) and one weak moment I had a piece of cake for a friends birthday. I won’t continue living without sugar but it will be highly exceptional. Sugar is very dangerous and should be used with care. Many illnesses and disorders are coupled with a high sugar intake while it also highly affects your stress levels.

Writing progress

I’ve been writing a bunch for infonu.nl. My income is heading towards 120 instead of 95 euros a month (total income of august). I’ve written all these articles on Infonu:

  1. Suiker is slecht voor kinderen
  2. Geld besparen door het mileu te helpen
  3. Is pindakaas gezond of ongezond?
  4. Hoe volg ik gratis online colleges aan een universiteit? 
  5. De gevaren van spirulina
  6. Goedkoop en gezond eten
  7. Wat is Kundalini Yoga
  8. Schrijftips: 7 onderwerpen voor schrijvers zonder inspiratie
  9. Advertenties blokkeren op de iPad, iPhone en iPod
  10. Wim Hof Cursus: Mijn ervaring
  11. Advertenties blokkeren in Safari
  12. Geraffineerde suiker is slecht voor het hart
  13. Hoe werken .srt ondertitels?
  14. Lichamelijke klachten door stress
  15. Stress door te veel suiker
  16. 8 tips tegen stress tijdens werk en studie
  17. Hoe voorkom je stress? Symptomen, klachten en oplossingen.
  18. Hoe werken eiwitshakes? 
  19. Zo beluister je podcasts op een android smartphone
  20. Is sucralose gezond of ongezond?

I’ve also written some testcases on another website called Plazilla. Watstudenkiezen.nl however isn’t going that well. For some reason it’s hard to put some effort into gathering interviews. I really should push myself on implementing it in my social interaction with other students.

Milestones

  • 125 euro + per month Adsense income
  • Introduction weekend with survivalsport society
  • New house in Delft
  • Course with Wim Hof
  • Great and productive weekend in Nijmegen
  • Started 3 courses on the university and 1 online

Lessons learned

  • The power of a gift (inleggen)
  • To stand out is less risky than to do what everyone else is doing
  • How hard it is to concentrate in a students home
  • Hiding your emotions is a key to power
  • How to be a better listener
  • The obstacle is the way
  • Most event are random and can’t be explained

30 Days without sugar

Tomorrow, Augustus the 13th, I will start a new 30 day challenge. Living 30 days without refined sugar.

From wikimedia commons

From wikimedia commons

I guess living healthy is quite easy: sleep more than 7.5 hours per night, move for at least 20 minutes everyday (cycling and walking is good enough) and eat healthy. Healthy food is a dangerous research zone however, a lot of companies want you to buy their ”superfoods” like chia seeds or goiji berries, which are total scams. If my research taught me one thing it is there are no superfoods and no other magical healthy potions that will cure you from your bad habits.

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Cold showers

We both want to feel stronger and harden against the cold. I, Sven, will do a course by Wim Hof alias the Iceman for his Innerfire methWim_Hofod: a scientifically proved method to control your autonome nervous system and improving your imune system. Aside breathing techniques he strongly recommends cold showers and ice baths.

We both succeeded forging the habit of showering cold everytime we take a shower. Sometimes cold-hot-cold, most of the times entirely cold. For me it also solved the problem of feeling sleepy, hours after waking up. Cold showers give you a wake-up schock like 3 cups of coffee would.

A link to the official site of Wim Hof: http://www.innerfire.nl

Sit or Stand

Comfort Challenge: Sit or Stand

De uitdaging: op een vervreemdende manier op een publieke plaats stilstaan of zitten gedurende 5 minuten.

Het doel: het verbreden van je grenzen en gêne, vervreemding creëren in het leven van anderen en uit het niets iets scheppen.

Ik beet het spits af en stond op opdracht van mijn neefje op de rand van een bruggetje op de Heemraadsingel, met mijn hoofd tegen een lantarenpaal aan, ogen gesloten gedurende 5 minuten.

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