New Year’s Resolution 2020

My new year’s resolution for 2019 was learning to do the splits—as in drop down to the flow while keeping the legs extended.

I didn’t succeed (due to consistent lack of exercise). I’m okay with that and improved my physique in other ways. I still have 80 years to practice—decided today that I’ll live to see the year 2100—and will post a picture once I get them.

My new year’s resolution for 2020 is to have as many smiling moments with my family and friends as possible. And learn French…

— Nik

2020 Here We Come

fireworks showing in iPhone

2020 is approaching quickly. We’re an hour away from welcoming the new year and with that a new decade.

As I’m lounging on my bed, swiping through my newsfeed—because that’s what you do on New Year’s Eve—seemingly everyone had just posted an article titled What I did in 2019 or some such.

I don’t seem to have done much the past year to speak of (publicly). I’ve done a bunch of woodworking projects and learned a lot which is cool and all but nothing to write home about. This part of my life is still to shake out.

It would have been an unspectacular year if not for that one development that might shape the rest of my days: I fell in love for the second time in my life. And I fell in love with the same girl I fell in love with for the first time in my life. And until September of this year, we hadn’t seen each other for three years. But this is a story for another day. I only mention it because it leads me to the meat of the potatoes and also this post. Here are my plans—if you can call’em that—for 2020:

boy wrapped in Canada flag

  • Sorta move to Canada to live and create a life with my partner. I say sorta, not because I’m not sold on the idea but because I’ll technically be a tourist for the time being. I’ve been living the life of a nomad for half of the decade, my partner likes her freedom and we are consciously taking it slow. But mostly we don’t want to bother with all that bureaucracy at this time. I won’t be taking on any jobs in Canada and I will be leaving the country before my visa runs out. Just in case you were wondering.

  • Build a career for myself that doesn’t involve being employed. That’ll be interesting. Hopefully, I have more to say about this in the future.

  • Build a cozy place to live in. We’ll be living in a gorgeous space but it’s not genuinely ours and we’d like to create our own. We won’t be building a house or anything that grandiose but rather work on ideas on what a comfortable and most importantly private living space for us could look like. More on that after the ice melts.

  • Help my partner live her dreams. She recently started a business of her own which I’m super excited about. It’s hers and I want it to stay that way but help to the best of my ability. And I can’t think of anything more valuable to do then helping a loved one realize their dreams.

2020 marks not just a new chapter but an entirely new part of my life. I hope I’ll have the strength to cruise through it smiling and meet every challenge with high potential.

I’m grateful I found a person I can share this time with and who’s dreams align with mine. Needles to say, this won’t just be another year.

— Nik

I Realized That I Am The Magic

Will Myers on workshops.

I realized that I am the magic […] The most beautiful, well equipped, inspiring work space is nothing without the person or persons that occupy it. It is just a structure, empty space, inanimate. The space can make nothing.

I‘ve been occupying the corner of a one car garage for a year or so. Low ceiling, shitty light, freezing cold in winter. It‘s my happy place.

It is Not The Place; It’s You – Eclectic Mechanicals

To live like a tree individually and free but brotherly like a forrest that is our desire. — N.H. Ran

Eating Kebab somewhere in good‘ol 🇩🇪. Haven’t been much in the workshop lately. This is all I have for today. Oh, and love, always love. Don’t forget.

Costa Rica 2017.

While on a three months martial arts retreat in late 2017 I had a few hours downtime each afternoon… All we had at hand was a machete, a battery drill, one drill bit, a dull chisel and a hammer. I managed to make (a) the wooden training dummy with freshly cut bamboo harvested from our backyard (b) a driftwood/ bamboo legged table for our daily tea ceremony and eastern philosophy sessions and © a weight lifting/ nap time bench from a board of unknown origin I found on the property.

Daily harvested bananas and coconuts helped supply energy. Weekend trips to the beach cleared the mind. And the view…well I had never seen so many shades of green in my life.

Good times. Indeed.

Write Always, Publish Happy

You might have read the following quote before:

Write drunk, edit sober.

A long, long time ago a gentleman named James attributed it to Ernest Hemingway, went on to write an interpretation and published it. This interpretation was followed by Janine who had a different take on said quote, followed by many others. And then there were space ships. Never mind, I’ll spare you the details.

I came up with you my own version:

Write always, publish happy.

With the intention to leave small footsteps, at best, I’m hereby promising that I won’t publish a single post while being in a lousy mood. Nothing good ever comes out of sharing your thoughts while being in a bad state of mind.

Writing always helps—I noticed—hence the first half. However I don’t wish to publish everything I ever put on paper, especially while troubled with negative thoughts. In case it turns out there was a lesson to be learned I might want to edit my writing and conclude on a positive note. Once I’m in a sunnier place, that is.

In short, this blog shell never serve as a space for moaning or barking.

I value my readers and want you to leave here with a positive mind.

stay wonderful & use your hands

A screenshot of the new video I’m uploading right this moment.

It documents the adventure I had building the sawhorse in the background. Stay tuned.

At last. Snow has fallen from the heavens.

The door in the background leads to the garage wherein my tools reside. Haven’t been in there in a while. Money trumps passion these days.

Goodbye Auckland

Discovered the following lines I typed into my notebook while in New Zealand last year. Bought my first ever car to travel at my own pace. I owned it for two months. Don’t intend to buy my second car anytime soon—unless I’m moving in, of course.

Here I’m sitting on the brink of Auckland. Ordered my last meal a moment ago: BBQ ribs and fries. Concluding a week of eating out. Burgers, Pizza, Burritos. Leaving for the country side—camping gear onboard—I’ll be going back to cooking my own meals out of the back of my wagon. A 1999 Toyota Vista Ardeo. Not that you cared, a funny car nonetheless.