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

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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. …


It hasn’t in a long time and I doubt it will be of significance in the future.

Withering white flowers on branches
Withering white flowers on branches
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood via Pexels

I sped home, filled with joy and excitement. Today, the other kids and I were assigned to craft the most important woman in our lives something special. It was Mother’s Day, and as always, the school wouldn’t let us go home empty-handedly.

Handcrafts were my favorite primary school occupation. This year, we were making a coupon booklet. I filled out each page with a special activity the recipient of my gift could redeem. Think of coupons for a homecooked meal or a walk to the park.

Once I got to the last page, I had run out of inspiration. So…


How I went from ‘trying’ to go to therapy to ‘going’ to therapy.

Orange leather couch in an empty room with sunbeams and shadows of a plant on the white wall
Orange leather couch in an empty room with sunbeams and shadows of a plant on the white wall
Photo by Martin Péchy on Unsplash

So we’re really doing this”, I thought to myself.

After some back-and-forth pacing, I took a deep breath and rang the doorbell. No answer. Maybe I was at the wrong address? I rang once more.

A calm, friendly person welcomed me in. We sat ourselves down. Then they dropped The Question.

So. Why did you come here today?

I had braced myself, but the Train of Tears already accelerated into fifth gear. Weeping, I looked up. They met my eyes with confirming nods. To this day, I don’t know what this nodding meant. …


At least for the time being.

Drake meme-to-illustration saying “no” to News break and substack, and “yes” to Medium
Drake meme-to-illustration saying “no” to News break and substack, and “yes” to Medium
Illustration by author, Medium logo from Canva, News Break and Substack logos from their websites

A few months ago articles started popping up on Medium like fresh spring blossoms. A new load of writers had started testing the News Break Creator Program. They seemed to be over the moon because of what seemed like “easy money”. Some admitted they copy-pasted articles already written on Medium. What remained was to grow the follower and view count, and you’d earn your 1K.

Tim Denning did an elaborate analysis of News Break from the perspective of a six-figure write with six years of experience. …


Stop complaining and do the work.

Small tortoise with withdrawn head, sitting on a someone’s stretched out hand. Flowery grassy fields in the background.
Small tortoise with withdrawn head, sitting on a someone’s stretched out hand. Flowery grassy fields in the background.
Photo by Hogr Othman on Unsplash

I believe you can get where you want to get. That is, if you work at it regularly, with intention, over a prolonged period of time. It doesn’t necessarily need to be every waking moment of your day. Of course, you’ll get there faster when you do. At the least, there needs to be some regularity.

Think of the same number of times you’d need to hit the gym to notice a difference in your body and mind. Once per week will be a great start. Less often won’t cut it. You’ll be nothing more than a casual practitioner. You’ll…


I was looking for a mental escape.

An illustrative figure showing the virus the middle finger. A rectangular comic screen on the right shows a happier figure behind a Banana laptop writing on Medium
An illustrative figure showing the virus the middle finger. A rectangular comic screen on the right shows a happier figure behind a Banana laptop writing on Medium
Illustration by author, Medium logo from Canva

Two years into freelancing, and it’s starting to go somewhere. The funny thing is, I had no idea I’d end up writing once again. As a matter of fact, I was trying to get away from writing.

Not too long ago I held a fulltime job as a translator and copywriter. You’d think it ain’t that bad. However, the nature of the work at this particular position was quite monotonous. Due to legacy software, around 70%+ of the time was spent copy-pasting data between systems.

When you’re at the bottom of the corporate food chain, it’s unlikely that folks higher…


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.

Table of Contents#1 Write articles with free templates attached to them #2 Set up a Medium publication to house articles about Google Sheets #3 Add newsletter signups below each article #4 Add a lead magnet (free download) to a newsletter signup form #5 Add…

Gracia Kleijnen

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

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