Hi, I'm Richard

I'm a creative front-end developer from the Netherlands, and this is my blog. I write about code, cycling, and everyday life.

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The most important two minutes in your life

Two minutes here and there rarely matter very much over a day, a week, a lifetime. But there are two minutes you could spend, right now, that would have a significant impact on your life. I’ll save you the suspense: it’s two-minute meditation. And it’s straightforward: take

The practice of letting go

There are several times when our mind clings to something tightly, and it is rarely helpful: I am right, the other person is wrongThat person is living their life in the wrong way, they should changeMy preference is the best way, others are wrongThis is the thing I want, I

All about Stillness

I’ve heard from many people who say, “I overthink,” or “I can’t get out of my head.” This is pretty common. Thinking isn’t the problem, but the struggle comes when we’re continually spinning stories in our heads and getting caught up in them. Our minds jump

Four antidotes to procrastination

Lately, I've been procrastinating a bit more than usual, and of course, it doesn't feel great. The truth is, though, that there are several good reasons for my procrastination: 1. I've had some severe health and sleep issues, which means my mind is tired and needs rest. So I am

Pairing down your life

Our lives are overfull. There’s not a single one of us who is free of that trap, in my experience. We say yes to invitations and commitments; we answer as many emails and messages as possible; we join courses and groups, buy books, take on new hobbies, get involved

Developing a more flexible mind

I believe that a flexible mind helps us deal with chaos, loss, significant life changes, small frustrations, and all that life throws our way. A flexible mind leads to more peace. You’re not as stuck in your ways and can adapt to change. You don’t always think you’

Small actions, huge impact

The problems with these everyday situations are that we take the big picture, the overwhelming nature of it all, and use it not to do anything. Instead, I’ve found it useful to pick one tiny action. It can change everything. Photo by Jason Hogan / UnsplashSome examples: I have too

Smile

We should all smile more often, in general. Just the simple act of smiling or laughing can make you happier. But even better: smile at a stranger. Too often, we brush past strangers without a glance or a straight or scowling face. At best, we might give people a tolerant
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