Don’t postpone that dream or idea for sometime in the future.

Female with short dark brown hair sitting in field in hilled area with sunset in the background.
Female with short dark brown hair sitting in field in hilled area with sunset in the background.
Photo: Edu Grande/Unsplash

I was twenty. The median age was seventeen. Many of the dancers were even younger. I had wanted to explore this sport much earlier, but I was afraid of sucking through the initial stage of picking up a new hobby.

At twenty, a classmate from one of my project groups in uni helped me muster up the courage to start taking dance lessons. Even then, I felt behind. Purely because of my age. In comparison, I did start “late”. Many dancers started years earlier, sometimes as young as six, and most of the instructors were younger than I.

A few…


Use this Google Sheets Editorial Calendar 2021 template to plan Social Media posts across all your Social Media channels.

Screenshot of the template showing the Jan ’21 tab with random dummy data.
Screenshot of the template showing the Jan ’21 tab with random dummy data.
The Social Media Editorial Calendar 2021 with some dummy content.

Table of Contents

· Why this template was created
· Use cases
· How to get your free template
· How to customize your template
· Downsides

Why this template was created

As just one person, it can feel challenging to be present in many places at the same time in the glorious online landscape. Through creating a few core pieces of content, and repurposing these for different Social Media channels, post planning, batch creation, and scheduling, it can be done. I just hadn’t yet figured out how.

Drowning like a kitten that accidentally fell in the family pool and hadn’t yet learned how to swim, I scooped…


Writer, spreadsheet & tooling nerd, amateur filmmaker, personal development junkie (aren’t we all), language lover, introvert.

Gracia Kleijnen in Prague
Gracia Kleijnen in Prague
Image of the author in Prague, Czech Republic (long before Covid) — Taken by a friendly stranger

My name is Gracia Kleijnen, and I came here to write *aggressively chugs down a cup of coffee and slams it on the table while placing fingers back on the home row*.

Professionally, I freelance in copywriting. That implies I write a lot. And the production of streams of words does not end there.

I’m an introvert with a lively inner world. The results of taking the Myers-Briggs test yearly confirm this. Here, I retrieve past experiences, and evaluate them through the lens of the current me. …


Here are the exact steps I took to earn some extra cash in my sleep.

Dollar bills as background image. Overlayed are the most important stats. Surrounding the stats are the Etsy, Medium, Pinterest and YT logos, with hand-written annotations.
Dollar bills as background image. Overlayed are the most important stats. Surrounding the stats are the Etsy, Medium, Pinterest and YT logos, with hand-written annotations.
The accidental spider web — Background image and logos from Canva, annotations by author

I must warn you, if you’re looking for a quick fix, this won’t be it. It got molded into its current form over time. The motivation was not to make extra bucks. That idea came much later. Nonetheless, I’ll share with you what I did to make an extra $317.97 (€265,48) on autopilot on Etsy.

#1 Write articles with free templates attached to them

Everything started after I shared the first Google Sheets template with the public, which also is my first ever Medium article. It’s about an expense tracker that helped me go from broke to more in control of my finances.

Why still a Google Sheets spreadsheet?

Where I live, even in 2021…


Pandemic Reflections

Toilet roll illustration with tail on a light pink background
Toilet roll illustration with tail on a light pink background
2020’s most valuable currency & a symbol of “safety” — Artwork drawn by me, tutorial by Gal Shir

At the end of our shared workday, my friend and I exchanged our thoughts on this newly discovered virus that was on a destructive spree in Wuhan. It all felt far away from home, even when the first few dozens of cases were discovered in Europe.

This was spring 2020. I wasn’t worried much. Then the WHO declared it a pandemic.

Pre-global lockdowns, I had already been working remotely for months. I spent most of my days in front of the computer in a tiny town in Spain.

In March, I had to fly back home to get some administrative…


Winning won’t feel as good if you cheated your way there.

Hands holding a phone in landscape, playing a first person shooter game.
Hands holding a phone in landscape, playing a first person shooter game.
Photo by SCREEN POST on Unsplash

This evening I picked up Nicolas Cole’s book “The Art and Business of Online Writing”. No better way to learn the ins and outs of the online writing game than from someone who’s beaten it, right?

Not yet in too deep, I read a short passage about how gamers need to fail continuously before they reach the next level. It triggered a memory, namely that of my own gaming obsession from earlier years. I played that game a little differently.

The World of Warcraft craze completely bypassed me. I never got any invites to one of the world’s largest gaming…


Create a comfortable home office space that supports your productivity and health.

Work from home setup with wooden desk, sat directly at a small window, with minimal appliances, several small plants, a macbook on a standard, a keyboard and a mouse. On the wall there is a cork board with pinned images into it.
Work from home setup with wooden desk, sat directly at a small window, with minimal appliances, several small plants, a macbook on a standard, a keyboard and a mouse. On the wall there is a cork board with pinned images into it.
Photo by Samule Sun on Unsplash

The daily commute used to be rewarded with a cozy office, free coffee and fruits, a desk, a comfortable chair, and a complete, ergonomically correct desk setup. At the beginning of the pandemic, the masses were ordered to stay at home and continue their work from there. Since the pandemic commenced, we improvised desks in our closets, on ironing boards, at the corner of the family dining table, or in the separate bedroom. That temporary working from home solution is starting to seem permanent.

We’ve made ourselves comfortable at the office. Per year added to your employee loyalty, ten quirky…


Your Social Media “5 Seconds of Fame” aside, experimenting with video can support various of your personal growth goals.

White iPhone lying on table with YouTube icon in red and white.
White iPhone lying on table with YouTube icon in red and white.
Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

What started as a plain item on the bucket list that had to be ticked off evolved into something a little more extensive. A couple of years back Hello Fears-founder Michelle Poler did a 100-day graduation project on a topic of choice. She chose fear and thus tackled one fear per day, documenting it all on video.

Seeing her enrich her life with all these new experiences, the Light Bulb of Inspiration above my head flicked on and started flickering brightly. What followed, was making a bucket list of my own. Only one of those list items were related to…


“Nothing wants to stand in front of anything that is relentless.”

David Goggins running through Death Valley, California. He’s running on the paved road, wearing a grey tanktop, black shorts and white sneakers. In the far back there are two runners. The landscape is mountaneous. A row of cars is visibible.
David Goggins running through Death Valley, California. He’s running on the paved road, wearing a grey tanktop, black shorts and white sneakers. In the far back there are two runners. The landscape is mountaneous. A row of cars is visibible.
David Goggins running 135 miles through Death Valley, California during the Kiehl’s Badwater Ultra Marathon — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Rogers, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

An accidental read that shifted my thinking towards better is David Goggin’s book named Can’t Hurt Me. He has a reputation for being the world’s toughest man alive. Only a shallow dive into his story shows you why. Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL who holds some unreal accomplishments to his name. He endured three “hell weeks” in one year, finished an ultra-marathon while running on broken legs, with this the first of many races to come.

Goggins is no trust fund baby. He grew up in an abusive household during the disco era in Buffalo where he involuntarily worked…

Gracia Kleijnen

Writing my way to progress. Topics: personal growth, life lessons, tooling & (failed) ventures.

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