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.

November: restarting and fighting the cold

Monthly experiment: a month in shorts

I did it: while the temperatures went down in November I conquered the cold in my short pants. It was a more light experiment without any pretensions aside from the challenge. It motivated me everyday to keep doing experiments and challenges. Many people reacted positively to this more visible experiment. Read more about my writing progress, filming progress and milestones.

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October: Failure and fragmentation

October was a month full of failure and fragmentation. The clear goals were shattered, the days got darker and colder. There were some beautiful moments and I finished a bunch of projects but this month wasn’t representing my life as I want it to be. I want to learn from this failure and change course while taking in account the lessons I’ve learned this month.

Failure of yearly and monthly experiment

First my experiments: the yearly experiment was to ambitious. I had a few depressive moments and weeks in which I had no time at all to spend on writing. Also, while working on my filmprojects, I couldn’t find the energy to work on my writing. Third, my new house was to distractive for me to be really productive.

The monthly experiment failed too: ”a month of giving.” The main reason for my failure is the distraction and the business that also caused me to fail on my yearly goal. But aside from that, the goal wasn’t specific enough. If I would have narrowed it down to giving a compliment each day or ”doing something small for someone” it would be easier to follow up. What have I learned? Make smaller and more specific goals. Share them with everyone to make sure you follow up.

 Writing and filming progress

Almost without any new writing my income skyrocketed. This month was good for almost 160 euro’s. I have to continue with internetmarketing and adsense. Had some great ideas for niches to launch my own website. I’m running out of money too so there is some urgency concerned. I have to finish my big filmproject ASAP. It’s been the major cause of stress for me the last month. My plan is to finish the project and then focus on my Internetmarketing. Find a place, for example Stolwijk, from which I can stay and focus for a couple of days and have small retraitres in which I try to spend all my time on one or two projects.

Fighting with failure and depression

This month included 7 days in which I was quite depressed and couldn’t get anything done. I want to analyse why. First I became restless and the passion for my projects dissapeared. I have to do something, a whole day without a planning is a recipe for disaster. For positive energy I need at least one project on which I work everyday that I really enjoy. The filmmaking this month was more like work, also because my own creativity was limited because we were continually told what to do. My new house is also a cause of distraction. When I’m feeling depressed it’s more tempting to walk between different rooms and harder to just sit and rest in my room. I drink way to much coffee. But maybe most important of all: my discipline and habits are decreasing. Good habits make me feel better and are stimulating for the effort I need for continuing my projects.

Writing this month:

Onderhuur van kamer

(only one article in one month, terrible progress, the habit was destroyed so I didn’t write more)

Filmprojects this month:

  • 5 films of 5 minutes for a university
  • a promotional video for a kickstarter fundraiser
  • personal evalutation of the month in an experimental film: fragmentation

Milestones

  • 160/month passive income
  • Largest film project until now
  • Two new niches

Lessons learned

  • Idea to create an elite of entrepeneurs
  • The importance of routine and habits
  • The danger of alcohol / the speed in which you can get an addict (The Drinker – Hans Fallada)
  • Freedom is a word the human dream feeeds on,
    that no one can explain or fail to understand. (Isle of Flowers)
  • It’s possible to write a paper of 2500 words within 24 hours
  • So it should be possible to air a website in 24 hours
  • And to write 4 articles in 24 hours
  • The meaning in life has to be found in art and beauty

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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