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The 10 Purchases That Most Improved My Life in 2017

As part of my yearly review process, I looked back at my credit card statements to see what I bought this year. As a self-proclaimed minimalist I don’t buy a lot of stuff in the first place, but nevertheless there were a few purchases that did significantly improve my daily life this year. I hope they’ll serve you well too, if you decide to try them out! (PS: As part of the annual review process, I’ve also listed my top 10

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The 10 Best Books I Read in 2017

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” – John Locke As part of my yearly review, I’ve looked back at the 46 books I read this year to find out which ones I’d recommend others read too. Capping this to just ten books was difficult, because so many of them were great – so I’ve added a shortlist of “honorable mentions” at the bottom as well. Happy reading! (PS: As part of the annual review process,

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The Year in Photos: My 12 Best Photographs From 2017

“Looking back at the year” sounds like a very visual process, but for me it mainly consists of texts, bullet points and abstract reflection over how the last 12 months of my life have unfolded. Yet, a photographer at heart, I do love visuals and aesthetics, so here is my attempt at bringing flying colours to the yearly review – my 2017 in photos. (PS: As part of the annual review process, I’ve also listed my top 10 books from

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My Top 10 New Habits and Life Hacks From 2017

A great year is coming to a close, and it’s time to look in the rear view mirror with the Annual Review Glasses on. 2017 has been a very good year for me, featuring big life decisions, interesting travel, loads of learning, starting this blog, teaching entrepreneurship, and having loads of fun in the process of all this. As part of my yearly review, I ended up with a few lists outlining the year’s best new habits and life hacks

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Why Travel? The Good, Bad and Ugly Reasons for Seeing the World

The quality of your life is defined by the quality of your questions. Ask a lousy question, and you’ll get a lousy solution with ditto results – and vice versa. So I’ve come to enjoy asking myself and others some good questions. It helps me learn a lot about a new person very quickly. And my favourite question is deceivingly simple – what do you REALLY want to do with your life? A big question indeed, but the answers I get

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Notes from Everything That Remains by The Minimalists

The Minimalists share their story of transition from suit'n'tie corporate guys with priorities out of whack, towards living an intentional, well-curated life with less stuff and clutter. This book led me down the life-changing path of minimalism a few years ago. Afterwards, I went to work on getting my own priorities in order. I absolutely love this book and recommend it for just about everyone. It's one of very few books that fundamentally changed my life for the better.

I No Longer Want to Buy Things – And That’s Incredibly Liberating

Hong Kong by night

A few months ago I was strolling through a fancy shopping area in Hong Kong, when a realisation hit me: I don't want to buy anything at all! After embarking on a journey into minimalism a few years ago, everything has changed. The least visible benefits are the most important ones. My priorities have changed. My psychology has changed. I no longer feel the consumerist urges to buy things, which feels incredibly liberating.

Photografree Inc. – Why I’m Giving My Art Away to Anyone (and Where You Can Find It)

I've been running around with a camera since I was 15. Thousands of hours, and hundreds of thousands of photographs later, I've developed (pun intended) quite a knack for it. But 99,9999% of my photographs end up in the digital darkroom of doom: neatly organised in a folder somewhere on my hard drive. There, my art resides on life support, hidden away from anyone's eyes to see. How sad. Here I explain why I now have decided give away all

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