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The Ruhr Area in Germany: My Top 1 Place for a Day Trip

The Ruhr Area in Germany: My Favorite Place for a Day Trip

Despite the industrialization of the area my favorite place to go was the Ruhr area in Germany. When I still lived in the Netherlands, it was a car journey of 1,5 hours from our house.

My husband Tom and I are not allowed to travel at the moment (in fact not even allowed to leave the village, unless for an emergency), but as soon as things are normal again we intend to visit our hometown. And we might go to the Ruhr area again.

The area became the “European Capital of Culture” in 2010. This meant a face lift for a region that had been a dirty, neglected orphan since the mines and steel industry slowly came to a halt.

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Review: iThemes – The Best WordPress Security Plugin in my Opinion

Review: iThemes - The Best WordPress Security Plugin in my opinion

Whenever I get the dreaded message that someone’s site is hacked, I thank my security plugin. 🙂 Most hosts take care of security as well of course, but in the end it’s our own responsibility to make sure their efforts have effect.

The number of WordPress plugins I use is not big, although I don’t meet the recommended maximum of 5. Most of these plugins are free versions, but the one I am paying for – and with love – is iThemes.

In my opinion iThemes Security Pro is the best wordpress security plugin. I also use iThemes Sync and iThemes BackupBuddy. And especially that last one has saved me on several occasions.

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My Affiliate Marketing Experience as a Beginner – First 6 Months

My Affiliate Marketing Experience as a Beginner - First 6 Months

When I sold my house in the Netherlands I retired from my 35-year old graphic design studio as well. Most of my clients were my age and retired in about the same period, so I didn’t let down anyone. I passed on the remaining few to a former colleague and went traveling.

My husband Tom and I had an amazing year with everything we needed in the car, renting houses or apartments along the way. In hindsight, I should have been an affiliate partner then as well, so I could have built on my affiliate marketing experience. We both wrote every day on our blog about our adventures and discoveries. How well that would have fitted with the right links.

At the time I considered myself retired and even more so when we found our dream house in the south of Spain and resettled. LOL, after 2 months I had enough of retirement.

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Review: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. What is the most Important in Life?

Review: Left Neglected - Lisa Genova. What is the most Important in Life?

Do you like to read? I love it. There is not a day I don’t read. Sometimes there has been going on so much, there was only time for half an hour before bed. Other days I read every time I walk my rounds in the house (which I do twice an hour in order to prevent sitting too much).

When one reads that much, a book must either be very well written or have very valuable content to stand out. Left neglected by Lisa Genova is such a book. Better yet, it is very well written and has content full of life lessons.

What is the most important in life?

What matters in life? Is it the big shiny car? The fact you can brag about your 7-figure business? Or do other values give meaning to our lives?

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The 5 major Tourist Attractions in Breda, the Netherlands

The 5 major Tourist Attractions in Breda, the Netherlands
ChassĂ©park and the “Grote Kerk” in the background.

Since we can’t travel at the moment, I am traveling virtually. I made a dreamboard the other day which was a lot of fun. And as another replacement I am making reviews about travel destinations. Sounds like a good second best plan, don’t you agree?

Breda is the hometown of both Tom and me. It is a cozy, provincial town with a beautiful historic center. In the months before we left Breda to emigrate to Spain, I wandered around a lot, already feeling like a tourist, taking loads of pictures.

Dutch sensitivities

Most Spanish people give a sign of recognition when they hear that we are from Breda. The town was under siege during the 80-year war between the Spaniards and the Dutch. Our new friends know because Diego Velázquez made a painting of the surrender of Breda.

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How about Starting a Business after 60? Dream or Delusion?

How about Starting a Business after 60? Dream or Delusion?

Now and then I hear someone say “Oh, I am too old for that”. Mind you, these are not only people over 60. I also hear people in their thirties and forties tell it. I always cringe when I listen to such a remark.

If you start practicing a certain type of sport at the age of 50 with the intention of winning gold at the next Olympics, it might be a bit unrealistic. Depending on the sport of course. But it won’t stop you from having tons of fun if you do it anyway. And you’ll be working on your health as well.

Instead of saying “I am too old for that” it is way better to say “what are the possibilities to make this happen?” So if you are wondering whether you could be starting a business after 60, this question is a great starting point.

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Do Women love Money? Or do we have a Love-Hate Relationship with Money?

Do Women love Money? Or do we have a Love-Hate Relationship with Money?

Who handles the money in your household, you or your husband? If you have answered that question, ask your friends as well. You will find out that more often than not the man is responsible for the finances and the woman has no clue.

Don’t women love money? Or are we afraid of the responsibility? 

Excuse me?

When I was in my early twenties I met a woman who owned a knitting store. She told me she was in the process of selling the store, because she was 29 now and she had worked hard enough and now her husband should provide for her. Excuse me??

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Earn a Side Income as a Pensioner – Become an Affiliate

Earn a Side Income as a Pensioner - Become an Affiliate

Is it necessary to earn a side income as a pensioner? Maybe.

Usually we only find out after retirement whether we have a good pension or not. Unless you were a specialist in the field of pensions or have had a very good financial education. Then you probably knew exactly on forehand what you would get after being pensioned, and for how long.

Also, sometimes the agreements about pensions are changed in the meantime, as happened to Tom and me – and all other Dutch people in our age group. Instead of getting a state pension at age 65, we got it at age 66 and 4 months. 

Neither Tom nor I were financial wizz kids, but we were lucky to have made at least some good decisions during our working life. That way we could survive those extra 16 months on our savings.

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Selling Pictures Online? What are the Possibilities and Problems?

Selling Pictures Online? What are the Possibilities and Problems?

One of the ideas in 20 Ideas on how to make money after retirement is to sell your digital pictures. Can you start selling pictures online just like that? What are the options you have? And equally important, what are possible problems you can encounter? I’ll elaborate on these in this article.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer nowadays to sell your pictures. Although it helps if you know what you are doing and if you maintain a quality standard in composition, use of color and format.

In my working life I was a graphic designer and I hired photographers all the time for my clients’ products. Before it was easy and accessible to buy stock photos on the internet, I bought CD’s with theme based pictures. In both cases the issue of copyright had to be dealt with.

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DIY: The Technique and Format of an eBook

DIY: The Technique and Format of an eBook

NoGeraniums gives – among other things – information how you can make money out of your hobby. Today’s article explains the technique and format of an ebook. Once you have written a book you can outsource the process that comes after that. But if you are like me, you want to do a lot of the process yourself in order to make your e-book as perfect as possible.

There are many eBooks on offer that are not – strictly speaking – an eBook. At some time I made a PDF for one of my websites – 20 Tips: How to get the most out of a Museum Visit. And during that same period I was commissioned to make an eBook in EPUB and MOBI format of the English version of The Story of Amnesty International that my husband wrote with a friend. Then I really became aware of the differences between an eBook and a PDF document.

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