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.
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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 “Digital Household Booklet 2021” to set spending and saving budgets, stick to them and keep a good overview of your expenses with Google Sheets.

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Updated for 2021: Digital Household Booklet, with section for “Budget” per non-fixed category for each month, and a “Planned” savings section where you can write out how much you plan to save per month.
Table of Contents· Background info
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Reasons I use this Google Sheet
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Is this template a good fit for you?
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Free Links to this template
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How to use: Fast version
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How to use: Elaborate version
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Mac Desktop shortcuts & doing calculations
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Final steps for easy access to your template

Background info

The article first introducing the template has gained a lot of views and reads over time. Since people seem to like it, here we are with an updated template for the upcoming year, with some minor adjustments. And budgets and savings goals.


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 seems to evoke strong emotions in readers and bring subtle fears to the surface.

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Blond, pale-skinned female wearing hat and camouflage blouse with stripy shirt underneath holding a yellow flower, standing outside in a forest and field with flowers faded in the background.
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The article being received so well really got me thinking. Of course, getting it published in a larger publication helps to get exposure. It increases the chances of getting your writing read in the first place, especially if you haven’t built up a substantial audience of your own yet.

Your 20s are seen as a defining decade. The decade where you build a foundation of your life and where you make important decisions that affect you years thereafter. …


How we typically progress from randomly encountering the platform to chasing the title of “Prolific Writer” who earns a five-figure monthly income.

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Light-skinned woman wearing white blouse with brown bob carrying a pile of 10+ books in a library or book shop.
That feeling when you first get your Medium Membership — Foto door cottonbro via Pexels

Level 1: Using Medium as a Reader

Stage 0: The Discovery Phase

You have a burning question that you need to get answered, so you consult your mom. Her name is Google. You enthusiastically insert your question in the search field and hit enter. The URL points to Medium.com. Looks legit, even though you’ve never heard of the platform before. Scanning the headline and preview text, you might be able to solve your problem using the information in this article. In good faith, you click and start reading. You book success! You find the information you seek and leave the website feeling satisfied.

Stage 1: The Information Seeker

You ask Mother Google more questions. After some quick…


I think about this a lot. What do I value most? What do I not care about at all? Whatever is on the latter list I want to omit from my life or otherwise spend as little time, energy and money on as possible.


It served as a reminder that I have some internal work to do.

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When a piece is well received by the audience, the attention spike it gets is probably temporary. Behind the scenes, an army of fellow writers is putting final touches to their pieces before they schedule or hit the publish button on theirs. They cross their fingers and hope that this one will be a hit too, whether for the greens, the personal recognition they seek, or for the intensity to share a story they feel the world needs to hear.

What happened when I wrote about regret

My recent piece that did well is named “My 20s Are Over — These Are My 11 Regrets”. I wrote…


Attending as many in-person workshops, events, and meetups as possible is not always the best approach to learning how to code.

Toddler touching the Apple mouse, looking up at a computer screen. The young one barely reaches over the tabletop.
Toddler touching the Apple mouse, looking up at a computer screen. The young one barely reaches over the tabletop.
Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

The magic of the Black Box

She pulled the door closed behind her. Awoken from his afternoon nap, he met her in the hallway. “I got us some Club Mates”, she tells him and hands him one of the bottles. He stares at it and recognizes his favorite flavor. “Nice.” Still lethargic, he slouches toward his ergonomic chair and drops himself on it. Here complex queries are crafted to exist in harmony like the chords of a catchy song. Just a few test runs in, and all bugs from the day before have ceased to exist. He exterminated them. Because that’s what programmers do.

Hello World

Mystery attracted…


Multipotentialites want to be everything when they grow up. Not just one thing.

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Smiling women wearing light makeup, golden ear loops and black shirt in field of orange flowers with open palms pointing upwards, looking up. She seems content about life.
Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you’d grow up? The big, ever-returning question. Does your answer to this question today differ from what you would’ve said as a child?

So, what do you do?

As a kid, I’ve wanted to be different things. The only constant factor in these options was always: change. What I wanted to be morphed into something different at different stages of my life.

If you’d ask me the question today, I’d respond: Whatever piques my interest now. And I don’t know if this will look the same five years from now. There are fields I am naturally…


Life doesn’t end at 25.

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Female in red dress in a forested area with two golden balloons, one 3 and one 0. She’s airkissing the 3.
Photo by Gean Montoya on Unsplash

Until 21 or so, I looked forward to my birthday each year. I’d make sure to nudge my friends on social networks and prepare to be showered in birthday wishes.

In my young adulthood, my friends and I wished for fine lines to appear under our eyes. The night before a party badly slept was appraised, as it equaled a face that looked more worn out, possibly by the years. This increased the chances of not getting asked for an ID at clubs where the minimum age was 18 or 21. …

Gracia Kleijnen

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

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