Thoughts

op 15/03 door | schrijf een comment

The Future Is Now

20100429-105421-CVAThe people from Urban Station in Buenos Aires asked me to write a column for their eMagazine. A sneak peak below…

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Most people want to be rich. Not so much because of the money, but because of the freedom it brings along. We’d like to be able to work where and when we’d like. To travel to far away places, to count experiences instead of paychecks, to live rich & create boldly. Read the rest of this entry »

op 01/03 door | schrijf een comment

Slow down, you move too fast

via joke

op 28/08 door | schrijf een comment

Inspiration Series – o2



In this video – that has been around for a few years now – Steve Jobs shares 3 stories from his life. He talks about the importance to believe everything will turn out fine, to follow your intuition & inner voice instead of blindly following the well known paths. About how negative experiences & failures can end up to be the best thing that ever happened to you. And about ‘death’ being the single best invention in life.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, go and watch it – it’s more than worth it!

Don’t loose faith when life hits you in the face. But continue to try to find what you love. Keep looking. Don’t settle. Remembering that you are going to die, is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Have the courage to follow your heart & intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything is secondary.

op 06/08 door | schrijf een comment

Manifesto

Being an urban nomad, my standards are clear.
I want quality. Quality of life.
A well-balanced mix of experiences.
Not the most expensive stuff, only the most interesting.
An unexpected thing from time to time.
Unique experiences without living the same over and over again.
I want design, but not without meaning.
Good food and nice places to hang out.
One day I might sleep in a luxurious design hotel.
The next one on a free couch.
Not one without the other.

op 22/02 door | schrijf een comment

About life and travel and other stuff

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There are many different reasons for people to go travel, and a myriad of available choices when it comes to scheduling these adventures. People often tend to talk about the beaten track; getting tourists to follow the same path and visit the same old familiar sights seems to be the general philosophy for tour operators. But these days, there is a growing awareness developing among people to get away from that beaten track as quickly as possible.

Personally, I believe that this rejection sterns from a desire in many of us to discover some authenticity. After all, it’s not really an authentic experience to savor a Thai curry at Kao San Road in Bangkok when you are surrounded by French, German and American tourists everywhere.

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op 14/02 door | schrijf een comment

About leaving…

We have been preparing this trip for months, and now this crazy journey is becoming a reality.
Crazy? Yes! The last month has been crazy. While many of our clients already knew we’d be leaving, some of them really wanted us to have certain jobs finished before we left. Utterly crazy, as we had to prepare all kinds of stuff for this trip: vaccinations, administrative stuff, emptying the house, booking trips, and seeing family before we left…
While I really planned on doing things differently, in a more relaxed way, it turned out to be one of the heftiest months I’ve ever had. And I think Catherine feels the same. (Remind me, if we do this a second time, to quit working two weeks before we leave, and not to tell anybody! We tried something similar, but only took four extra days – four days is not enough…)

So last week we were sitting on a plane. Yes, there were some glitches; unfinished work, things not packed or forgotten, and stuff that “‘still needs to be taken care of” by our mums… But the plane didn’t drop out of the sky, and we were gone :)

We definitely need this break. After running a crazy two years, both of us need some inspiration. Both of us need time for ourselves. Some people wonder if we are running away from something. I don’t believe we are. We’re running towards something, not away.

I can only speak for myself, but this ‘running’ is the only option I see to get myself  ‘focused’. The fact that the internet will not be ‘active’ all the time, is a hard way to teach myself to disconnect; or to realize how addicted I am. :)
I love Gwenn Bell’s post on ‘unhooking from the email box‘. And while she’s writing about how to achieve it, I’m happy that the first two weeks of our journey were “internet-poor”. I’d rather opt for cold turkey, and hopefully, the unbearable withdrawal symptoms will have gone by the time we arrive in Cape Town.  ‘Checking mails twice a day’ will be the default setting.

I admit that unhooking is a lot easier in a beautiful, sunny country than in a rainy, snowy and cold country such as Belgium is right now. :)

I hope this environment gives me the strength to set my goals well; to focus on the stuff I want to do, rather than trying to run before I can walk.
I want to “learn to walk” again, to see what’s around me, to breath, to take pictures, to behold… and then spend time on the projects I carefully select, and make the absolute best of them.
I really want to grow in my work. Somehow, I had the feeling that while the business was growing, I wasn’t able to take time to develop my skills, and enhance my output. For both myself and my clients.

This is what the year will be all about; finding a balance between personal life and professional life. I’m absolutely sure the result will be the best possible for everybody; for us, for our family and friends, and for our clients, who’ll get more than before.