What if you could live your most preferred lifestyle and make your dreams become a reality? Wouldn’t you just do it? What ever that dream lifestyle is? For us it is sailing around the world and searching for our home somewhere on this amazing planet while inspiring and enabling others to live their most preferred lifestyle & follow their dreams too.
And what if we told you, almost anyone can do it? Would you believe us?
Well we are here to tell you how we do it now (see part 1 of this series) and how we plan to keep on doing it for the rest of our lives (read further). And let’s be honest if we can do it, why shouldn’t you be able to do it?
We hope that we ignite your creativity to find ways to live more in line with what you really want from life as being an employee, stay at home dad or mom, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, a bankruptcy thriver or……whatever it maybe.
This is part 3 of our blog series ‘How do they do it? And plan to keep doing it?’
Money & personal growth
If we make it very clear and straight forward, we see two main drivers behind making sure we can keep on living our most preferred lifestyle and realizing our dreams:
personal growth and
financial independence - money.
We believe life is all about duality, without light there is no darkness, without grief there is no happiness, without the bad there is no good, without setback there is no success. And with writing this blog we even realized that we unconsciously probably even took this believe into our plan to keep on living our dream life. Because if we look at our first driver it is all about spending money and the other is about earning money. And the first one - maybe you will not believe it, - spending money was an enormous challenge for us at the beginning of this year.
As you know if you read part 1 - the biggest part of this year 2020 we were living from the earnings from the sale of my (Rianne) apartment in Amsterdam. I roughly made a EUR 180.000,- profit in 4 years - not a bad investment if I may say so myself :) And from part 2 you know that we had some financial struggles and stress before we sold the apartment. This made that we actually were afraid of spending the money to end up with nothing again. We had it with everything, it didn’t matter if it was just € 10,— or € 5.000,-. As long as it didn’t concern our primary needs it was an expense we hadn’t made for a long time and we unconsciously programmed ourselves to not make them. I remember that it took me 4 weeks to make an appointment with the hairdresser and 2 months to buy new clothes (all second hand in a marvelous vintage shop in ‘de Pijp’ in Amsterdam with a total amount € 40,- and then to think of the time when I was a lawyer I spend easily € 200/300 per month on brand new clothes).
So you could say we had to invest in our money mindset ;) Especially since we are strong believers of the law of attraction and therefor if we want to make money, we have to have a good relationship with money - and there we have it: personal growth.
Investing big time in personal growth
A majority of the people doesn’t have personal growth high on their agenda, but for us it is. We believe and know by experience that by investing in personal growth by developing new skills and transforming ourselves we can create more, bring more value and live in abundance and have a more fulfilling and happy life.
For that reason after we paid off some debts 25% of the profit of the sell of the apartment I reserved for investing in our personal growth for 2020 & 2021. This was one of the expenses I did not have any trouble with making.
I actually consider personal growth one of my primary living needs, even when we did not have any money I bought books about personal growth like ‘Rich dad, Poor dad’, ‘The power of vital force’, ‘The richest man of Babylon’, ‘The miracle morning’ etc. (see for more info our favorites pages here) and invested in, for that moment, a very expensive course. Amen for credit cards and amen for making it possible to earn money online. I invested € 1.970,- in an in-depth personal branding course in 2018, with no money left on the bank to pay the mortgage, I used my credit card, followed the course and shortly after I launched my first online course which payed the credit card bill - I couldn’t believe it.
Now with not having a money issue we invest big time in personal growth from online courses about vlogging, youtube SEO, in-depth pricing course, stock trading and photography & filming masterclasses to all the events of Tony Robbins, a 7 week intense coaching program about your Cosmic team & cosmic energy, meditation retreats, couples love therapy and a Ayahuasca ceremony (last one is on the agenda but postponed because of Corona unfortunately).
These books, courses and programs costs thousands of euro’s but in each of them we gain at least three really valuable insights or skills which we can directly implement in our lives and make a huge difference. Next to that all the things we learn, we share in our online content (see also the next part) to bring more value to others.
And if you are wondering how we select our courses, we always choose to invest in and be coached by people who have learned by experience rather than the ones who primarily learned it from the books. If a coach doesn’t invest in coaching for him- or herself we don’t believe in their approach and their ability to teach and inspire us. But this is just our opinion.