10 in 1000 Posts

August 16, 2017

I'm not sure where to start with this one. The second book struck off my reading list was one I had high hopes for. "Mind over Money" promises to explain the psychology of money and how better to use it. It's author – Claudia Hammond – presenter of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind, seems well placed to cover…

August 15, 2017

After cycling through a range of diets (5:2 diet, microbiome diet, paleo, juice diets…), I think I can safely say they pretty much, well, suck. Either they are too restrictive, downright unhealthy or really impractical. More importantly, none of the diets out there incorporate the established scientific knowledge about food. Granted, nutritional science is a young field with gaping holes,…

August 14, 2017

Loosing 8 kilos and shaping up is nothing I can do on my own. Believe me, I’ve tried. While I can take responsibility for a new diet, I need someone to push me and design exercises that fit my many excuses and ailments. Found someone I think is up to the task. At 55 euro a session, it’s not easy…

August 5, 2017

So, I stupidly injured my foot last weekend (out with the Stan Smiths, no matter how fashionable!). Was prescribed painkillers and 5 days of rest. But I’m ready to kick off the 1000 day challenge. I decided to read Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever. Very easy read, taking up all…

August 2, 2017

Ok, so technically, I want to increase our Nett Worth by 50,000 euros. That is just my contribution to the finances, not my partner's. Our Nett Worth should go up by a lot more all combined. But me personally, I want to cause a 50,000 euro increase in Nett Worth over the next 1000 days. I plan to do this by:…

August 2, 2017

In the next 1000 days, I want to engage in 20 experiences that are enriching to me or us a family. To help myself achieve my first goal (losing 8 kilos and becoming healthy again), I want 10 of these experiences to be sportive events, in which I participate. Here’s the ones I’ve chosen: The 10 Sportif Events Tour des Trappistes…

August 2, 2017

The challenge for the next 1000 days is to read the following 42 books (in no particular order): The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain by Mark Twain Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom Atlas Shrugged by Aynd Rand Catch-22 by Joseph Heller A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Animal Farm by George Orwell Little History of the World by Erich Gromblich The…

August 1, 2017

I’m writing this on August 1st, 2017, and if all goes according to plan, I will have completed 10 personal goals 1000 days from today. The dates are arbitrary, but it’s roughly around my 40th birthday.  With that milestone looming, I spent the last few months evaluating my values and figuring out what’s important to me. Ultimately, it all boils down…

July 11, 2017

What are the biggest actions you can take now to create the biggest results in your life? To eat healthily and moderately. To exercise. To minimize time at PC/TV and reconnect with the outdoors, finding time to think, read and write. To take photos again. To draw and create. How should I begin to develop self-discipline, so that I can…

July 10, 2017

If you die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret? What can you do now to make sure that doesn’t happen? My biggest of course would be that I wasn’t careful enough to avoid such an untimely death. Whether it was because I didn’t look after my body and health well enough, or didn’t look left or right before crossing…

July 9, 2017

What does it mean to lead a good life? To me, it means to live an authentic life, in harmony with others, in a high integrity manner, where you contribute as much as you take out. It means to actively seek understanding, knowledge, truth and to keep growing till your last breath. What are your values? Respect, care and recognition for…

July 8, 2017

Who inspires you the most? How can you be like them? People with an independent, unique (even quirky) mind and strong moral compass. There are many that come to mind: Noam Chomsky, Paul Bach-y-Rita, Douglas Adams, JK Rowling, Erich Fromm, Murray Gell-Mann, … What they have in common is that they stood or stand apart from the crowd, and were passionately…

July 7, 2017

Are your decisions driven by value or money? I would have to say, on the whole, I’m driven by value. When I started my first job ever I decided to write down how much money I felt I needed to earn to be happy in life. I would keep this figure in a drawer, and vowed to let it be…

July 6, 2017

What is your ideal self? My ideal self is woman who exudes confidence and mental strength. Someone whose words and actions always reflect her values and beliefs, and who is not afraid to voice and defend them. Someone who lives healthily, eats well, stays physically fit, and who takes time out to think and reflect. Someone who actively engages with her…

July 5, 2017

The saying goes that every Belgian is born with a brick in their stomach. We Belgians do like to build houses. I’m the exception that proves the rule, of course. I’ve an aversion to project managing. So, project managing the build of my own house, with all the financial insecurities and endless decision-making that entails, would probably finish me off…

July 4, 2017

What do you fear most in life? Three things. On entirely different levels. First, I fear a life controlled by fear. A life in which I shy away from things that scare me, or that cause me discomfort. Because I think that if I don’t shy away from them, those things ultimately lead to all the best that life has…

July 3, 2017

What is your “Who I Am” Statement? Mother First. Wife Second. Daughter-Sister-Friend After. Rational Optimist. Nighttime Worrier. Broad-Spectrum Scientist. Big Picture Thinker. Critical Mind. Lazy Procrastinator. Impatient. Efficient Professional. Eternal Multitask-er. Voracious Bookworm. Creative Tinkerer. Atypical. Solo Player. Hermit. Starter-not-Finisher. Creative Problem-Solver. Food Lover. Amateur Cook. Fair Weather Hiker-Biker-Skier. Self-Conscious. Body Awkward. Queer. Contrary. Empathic. Intuitive. Debate Enthusiast. Confrontation Avoid-er. Facilitator. Appeaser. Wannabe…

July 2, 2017

Day 1 of my 4-week Quest for a more Truthful Life, quite simply has to start with a career assessment. Because it’s the easy, lazy thing to do. I always get predictable answers on the free ones, so I’ve decided to splash out on MAPP™ by assessment.com. Get to know yourself through a best-worst scaling-based evaluation. 71 questions for the price of…

July 1, 2017

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”. It’s a question to which my answers were once so confidently forthcoming. (Farmer! Writer! Einstein! Astronaut! Scientist!). I used to wonder when that magic moment of being “grown up” would arrive. At first, I thought it’d be when I graduated university. But what arrived was, mainly, a paralyzing fear. Maybe a…

June 1, 2017

First month down, I am making steady progress on a few of the goals: I’ve lost 1.9 kilos, am eating much better and my fitness levels are improving. The savings slowed down due to summer follies, but managed to save 3521.75 euros in the last month. Read 3 books, working on my fourth. Onwards and upwards.   GOAL 1 –…