Born in Amsterdam the Netherlands, always been a shy boy due to the way I was raised and family problems that go too deep to bring up. At age 16, I volunteered to go into the military so I could get away and be on my own. At age 19, I left the Netherlands to be even further away so I could live my life the way I wanted to, and live it feely so that I was happy.
I moved to Spain where I turned from a shy boy into a womanizer, not something I’m proud of or condone, but it was so good to be free, and I never really understood the process of how to ‘find the right one for you’. Although I was happy as can be, I don’t approve of how I was living back then, which was drinking, partying, drugs, and more. Neither was it going to be a lifestyle I would be able to sustain.
One day on my usual womanizer days I made it my goal to conquer someone who is now my loving wife and with whom I share a beautiful 18-year-old son. Had she not fought for me and later on not got pregnant, things could have been completely different now. Because she fought for me and because I was not going to be the same type of loser my alcoholic and drug-abusing father was before he killed himself, I decided to take responsibility and make things work.
I spend about 7 years in Spain, running my own IT business, with the last 2 years no longer womanizing but still doing all the rest of the stuff. When our son was several months old I decided that I had to get away and change my life completely, no better place than the other side of the world right!? We moved to where my wife is from, Australia, and spend 13 awesome years there. I quit smoking the day I set foot on Australian soil, no more drugs, drinking in moderation. From there I was working to get everything improved in regards to health and fitness. I went to the gym more than before, from there things grew, and due to my wife also being into fitness things just naturally progressed from us running boot camps and personal training to running a gym, that gym turned into two gyms, we developed our own style of training and discovered the kettlebell, or rather re-ignited our passion for them. I wanted to share the awesomeness of kettlebells with the world and decided to create a YouTube channel, that channel now has over 38,000 subscribers and 6 million views which is one of the highest in its niche.
We worked extremely hard but never saw the monetary returns and always remained on the same level, it was then I knew that no matter how much harder we worked or how many more gyms we opened, we were not going to get ahead, at least not when it came to money, which I know now isn’t everything. After many years of hard work we decided it was time to settle down and grow our own food somewhere nice. We moved to Vietnam. As always, we change our minds from day to day and just do what feels good for us, so we opened another gym over there, this on its own could be a whole book. Vietnam is certainly different, and definitely not as natural and clean as we imagined it to be. Needless to say, with my wife and son being sick most of the time, us dodging the craziest traffic you can imagine every day, and me having to deal with territorial expats, it was time to move on again after 1 year. We sold everything, we’re quite good at that now, and we moved on. We moved to Thailand, which was really our preferred destination, but unless my wife agreed I marry some Thai girl, that idea was never going to work, either way, we tried one more time, since we were practically next door, so why not. As great as Thailand is, with all the rules and things we would have to do to ‘possibly’ live there we would never feel free. So we bailed on that one.
We went back to the place we knew best, the place we could live without worries, Spain. The day we landed in Spain we said we would not get on a plane for a long time, and we kept our word, it’s been 4 years and we’re leaving Spain this week. First Amsterdam, then the UK for a workshop we’re running, then on to the US for 3 months, after that we’ll enter Italy and give that a go, we don’t know how long we’ll stay there, could be a month, could be a year, could be more, for all I know we could find somewhere else that we fancy in between. This is one of the great things that I share with my wife, we live day by day and just do what sounds/feels good. One of the benefits of not owning a lot is that you can pack up and leave. The world is our oyster. Our plans after Italy are Romania, Hungary, and Greece, and again, we don’t know how long we’ll stay in each country, it all depends on what place we find to live in and how easy it is to find. From there the plans are to return to Asia and travel between countries every 3 months, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc. After that, who knows, maybe back to Australia.