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Our Youtube channel grew with 1000% in views and 200% in followers 🔥

Hi All, yes I know it’s a long time ago I wrote an article but the kids are just taking all my time and I need to do my yoga etc as well huh hihihi. I wanted to write something because I really like what happened a few weeks ago with Didi. I saw that Didi was feeling bored staying in one place during lockdown in Thailand what probably sparked the fire in him to start and make daily videos. I am really happy he is doing this as we and the family really needed a YouTube break after making so much videos without seeing result. Now in 28 days time we are finally able to monetise our channel and start to use the profit to share it with the people that need it. Since Didi has been making these daily videos our channel has been growing tremendously. We grew from 1800 subscribers to 4500 subs and from a few thousand views a month to more than 60,000 views per month.

He has set his next goal to 10,000 subscribers and 111,000 views per month so let’s see if he can do it, to be honest I am not even doubting he will because when he starts to run he hardly stops hihihi!! It’s unbelievable to see how Didi is now fully focused on making these video daily but it I also need to stop him now and then and tell him joehoe you also have a family hihihi. We will still make some family videos as well of course. Tonight we will post a video of a amazing day at the Koh Phangan Challenge. That was really fun, even when I hit that red ball with my face hihi. I will list a few videos Didi created that I watched and really like as he combined life, nature and bitcoin into them which makes it easy watchable content for everyone.

Enjoy watching them !!

Sunny Greets and positive vibes

Romaine


In todays video I will Talk about Bitcoin price and if we can make this move to $ 75,000. Also showing why people expect Ethereum to go to $750 and how chainalysis crashed Dash and Zcash Privacy. Also sharing this new decentralised social media platform that incentivises you in crypto. TEMPLE and Retreats: https://www.kowthamcenter.org

 


In Todays video I show you the nearest place on Koh Phangan where I can pay with bitcoin while I talk about the BITCOIN, LITECOIN and ETH price. Yes a bitcoin member had an urgent luxury problem but was a very humoristic situation. How I manage our portfolio.

 


In todays video I will Talk about Bitcoin short term move. Will we go to 7,000 or will we go to 11,000 ? Happy 15th Birthday Joli and I will share a story that really happened 15 years ago. Also will speak about India where Bitcoin trading is growing very fast and about a Picasso artwork being sold for BTC. Also sharing an indicator that predicts huge rally!

 


In todays video I will Talk about the Bitcoin price and we would be able to reach a 2,1 trillion dollar market cap and what it takes to hold that level. Looking at bears and Bulls while I also take a look at Thailands tourism and will show you an amazing beach where locals fish manually to provide foor for their family!

And as if that was not enough he took the time to start an online T-shirt shop on our website. I don’t know where he gets the energy from but it will probably have something to do with the Sean, sun and Koh Phangan as he really likes that combo. I will just support him and now and then remind him to me and the kids before he leaves to the moon without us hihihi. It’s just amazing to see him busy as a bee with something he really likes to do.

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It’s important that our children experience other cultures

Respect someone for who he/she is.

This is not always easy since there are so many different people on this planet and not everyone thinks like you do. Although we can be so different, first try to understand why before you judge them. But how can you understand someone when you have no idea what his or her motivations are for acting in a certain way? 

A large part of one’s motives comes from his / her culture. There are many different cultures and by experiencing these cultures yourself it will be more easy to understand. By letting your children experience other cultures now, we believe that this will contribute positively to the rest of their lives. They will know why someone does or doesn’t do something in a certain way. Through this knowledge, understanding arises and this creates respect. You do not always have to agree with each other, but we can give each other the respect that everyone deserves.

Different countries different religions

When we travel through Indonesia our kids will discover the Islam religion, when we travel through Thailand they will meet Buddhism religion, In India and Bali, they will learn many things about Hinduism. In Australia, they learned which values the aboriginals religion has and in new Zeeland could see the Maori religion. Yes, there are many more religions but what the kids discover by taking them there is that they are all people and all the same. They just believe in different things and in our opinion that’s positive and we teach our kids what the positive things are of every religion instead of the negatives things because it’s only negative in your eye’s but not in theirs. Mutual respect is very important in life.

Let’s give an example. If you are eating in a restaurant in China you might hear people burping and making a lot of other sounds while they eat. In the western part of the world, we teach our kids that burping or slurping is not done and really rude. So your kids might end up thinking that for example, Chinese people are rude people but as strange as it may sound, burping is not considered rude in parts of India and China. Burping after a meal shows a sign of appreciation, satiety and being well fed. In Japan, slurping is considered polite. It’s also an indication that the food is good. You’ll look weirder for not slurping your noodles. Can you imagine how much fun it is to go and eat with your children and allow them to slurp and burp, hahaha. In some religions, it’s not ok for different genders to hug and in others, man kiss each other on their cheek when they meet. Kids need to understand why they do it like this and respect those people for it instead of making fun of it. The more people they see doing it all over the world the easier it becomes for them to understand it’s totally normal. These are just a few examples and we could name many more of them but maybe you could mention some in the reactions below this article.

Why we visit temples?

This is one of the reasons why we visit temples and many other religious spots with our children. This time we were in Koh Phangan in a very nice small temple, Wat Paa Sang Tham which we would recommend visiting with kids. You will get some free bananas and water and of course, in return, they love you to buy a lucky bracelet or do a donation etc. The kids were dressed in sarongs to hide naked shoulders and they got to light up incense sticks and offer them. They learn that they always need to use three sticks when offering. In Thailand, it’s often said that the three incense sticks pay homage to the Triple Gems: Buddha, Sangha, Dhamma. They learned that in Buddhism, incense acts as an offering to Buddhas, or enlightened ones, as well as a symbol for various aspects of Buddhist belief and an aid to positive thoughts and actions. So basically they learned that these sticks are not just used to give your house a nice smell, hahaha.

So we had some fun while they learned some things and that is in our opinion the best way to educate kids while traveling and again teach them that yes we all have different believes and live by them but at the end, we are all just humans which need to respect each other.

RESPECT

Schoestress, how to get rid of it ?

So…..

Didi and I have come to the conclusion that we have far too much and indeed our girls too. Because of this insight, we started ‘the big cleanup’ a while ago. Let’s  get rid of all that materialistic shit !!!

Welcome MINIMALISM

Because we are currently staying at a campsite, makes this process considerably easier. That materialistic stuff does not fit in our chalet of  52 m2. Certainly, relinquishing all your stuff is a big change and it does something to you. To give an example:
Mother of the house (I myself :-)) had quite a big shoe collection. I had a special shoe cabinet in our house. One that reached up to the ceiling, with pull-out drawers. The cabinet was overfilled. The thing is that when the shoe cabinet was sold (all shoes had to be removed), I came to the realization:

Damn, why so much?

I quickly put the shoes in trash bags and took them to the campsite to sort my shoes in peace and quiet. I put them neatly pair by pair and this was the result:

On this picture are about 40 pairs of shoes. Afterwards, it turned out that I had more (15 pairs in a closet in the attic).  My idea was to keep 10 pairs of the 55 pair of shoes and that’s it! The beginning was easy. I certainly did not wear half of all the shoes I had, so within no time I only had 22 pairs left. So now to the next step of 1o pair of shoes.

Wow, now it was getting more difficult.  Well, I had to make very conscious choices;) and that was not easy, but I succeeded and check only 10 pairs of shoes. To be honest, when I am writing this I still think that this is a lot because I know many people in the world are happy if they would own 1 pair of shoes. But again we are taking step by step and the 10 pair will probably be reduced some more when I am used to the idea.

And now?

I can say that the first week I had to get used to it but now it feels normal or even lux to have 10 pairs of shoes. Most of the shoes are already sold so again some extra money to live.  The huge amount of shoes I needed to select out of every day, was gone. I can still remember that I visited my mother that week and stood in front of her closet with shoes (my mother has so many shoes, my collection was nothing, hihihi). The temptation to borrow shoes from her was huge, but I did not do it. Shoulder pat for myself.

Now, again a few weeks later, it turns out that I really like this; so much less choice. It is now much easier. No more shoe stress :-). And I know: I can buy new shoes, but I want this: NO. The shoes that I have now are more than enough. It can probably be done with even less, but Rome is not built in a single day either.

I will buy only buy new shoes when the old ones are worn out.

CONSCIOUS LIFE, HALLELUJAH !!!!!!

Love Romaine, minimalist in the making.

Acro yoga with, for and by kids.[:nl]Acro Yoga met kinderen

Acro yoga with, for and by kids.  ( Also in Dutch  )

I had heard of acro yoga a few times, but every time I thought: all of those crazy poses, I’m not going to start doing that. But then the situation occurred that I had to face it and say yes.

We stayed for 10 days at family, Lance, and Jodi, in Australia, Kurnell. From there we will discover a part of the east coast of Australia. During our stay, it appears that Jodi is totally hooked on Acro Yoga. The first evening she challenges my 3 daughters (Joli 12 years, Juna 10 years and Jessa 7 years) to do acro yoga with her. Joli and Juna find it exciting, but in the end, Joli is the first to do it.

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Jodi is on the ground and balances Joli over her in the air in different positions, incredible. I am stunned about how much power Jodi has. Joli is ready and Juna also wants to try. She also likes it. Jessa is all about watching from a distance, along with me, hihihi.

After Jodi has done some exercises with the girls, they start themselves. They lay their mattresses on the ground and the rest of the evening they practice acro yoga. Jessa also joined her sisters. From now on, the girls don’t stop anymore. In parks, on the beach, in the garden everywhere, an acro exercise is done. The kids combine it with some yoga and gymnastics exercises. They invent everything.

Beach day

The next day we go to the beach with Lance and Jodi. They bring a lot of things: paddleboards, fishing tackle, tennis rackets, ball, picnic equipment etc. That promises to be a nice day. Jodi starts working on the beach with the girls. And again new acro yoga exercises to learn. It looks great, but then, mommy’s turn. Jodi calls and asks if I want to practice with her. I find it scary!!! Okay, that Jodi can lift the girls, that’s one thing, but I’m somewhat heavier, hihihi. Jodi wins my trust and I undergo the exercises. She carries me so easy, incredible. But then, well, I have to do it and use/find my strength and balance. I have to admit I did well for the first time.

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Further …. now Jodi wants me to lift her, uhhhh, what, but I cannot, I thought. But yes, yes, with some tips and the right balance, I managed to balance Jodi over me. Hey, I was amazed at my skills, hihihi. The day at the beach was super cool and I’m glad I tried acro yoga.

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Conclusion

Through YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, I find fun and challenging exercises that I practice with the kids and some they can practice themselves. Almost every day my girls are doing it and I see many positive effects. It’s good for their bodies, they work together, it’s challenging and last but not least they have fun. What does a parent want more?

Romaine Taihuttu-Smits

P.s.We found a nice book on acro yoga with kids on bol.com

What about yoga ?

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First of all: I love Yoga!!!  It’s good for your body, mind and soul.

How did I get in to yoga?

When I grew up I did all kinds of sports. At the age of 5 I started with ballet as I grew older I also got into jazz dance and modern dance (dancing was my life, I loved it and still do) while I was a dancer I also tried tennis for a few years. I did aerobics (I learned it and became an instructor, but only for a short time). I have done fitness and not to forget Tae bo. Do you remember that one or maybe it’s new to you. Well, I really liked it. Billy Blanks was on fire, hihihi. So as you can read I tried all kinds of sports, but dancing was the one sport I never quitted.

At the age of 24 my body was starting to give me signals. I needed to take better care for myself. Ha, that’s what I know now. But when I was 24 I was like:

I am dying, I can’t breathe, something is really wrong with me, am I depressed?, somebody help me!!! and even the love of my life, Didi (now a days he is my husband) couldn’t help me.

I went to my doctor. She called it anxiety attacks and hyperventilation. She advised me to stop working for a while. In the mean time I needed to go to a psychologist, a physiotherapist and she gave me some pills, only to use if I felt really bad. So, I did what she told me. Took time from my work, I weekly went to a psychologist  and a physiotherapist for 6 months and once in a while I needed to take a pill, because at some moments I didn’t know what else to do. Sometimes I just couldn’t keep it together and the only way out seemed to take a pill.

I hate taking pills, but if I took one, I calmed down and got tired. I would mostly fall asleep and after I woke up my anxiety attack was over. So the pills helped, but I knew they were not THE solution. The anxiety attacks and the hyperventilation got less. So I started working again and tried to pick up my old life. I thought that I was doing great. I had my job, a boyfriend, a house, a cat. Everything seemed perfect and I would have an anxiety attack or hyperventilation only once in a while. That wasn’t so bad. I learned to live with it.

Lives goes on…..

At the age of 26 I got pregnant. Wow, I felt really good. That’s the first time I went to a yoga class. It was a class full with pregnant woman. I Iiked it and I learned a lot. Especially the breathing part. A few months after I gave birth to my first beautiful daughter I went to a hatta yoga class. I tried it for a few weeks, but at that time it wasn’t my thing. So I kept on dancing, but instead of 5 times a week dance class, I now just went 3 times a week. That was more than enough for me at that moment.

At the age of 29 I gave birth to my second beautiful girl and at the age of 31 I gave birth to my third beautiful girl.  Until that point my life seemed perfect. I thought I had it all. But then, when I was 32 years,  my hyperventilation got worse again and I needed to quit dancing. Somehow I didn’t have the strength anymore and I had trouble with my breathing during dance class. I tried other sports, but every sport was too heavy for me. So I decided to do no sports at all for I while.

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In the meantime I lost a lot of weight, even though I ate a lot, I got cranky (moodswings), I had hair loss, I felt tired, but was restless, etc. Well let’s say: it wasn’t the best time of my life. But still I kept going. I thought: well, I’m a mother of three, I work part-time, I do my housekeeping, etc. Maybe it’s too much for me and that’s probably the reason why I’m feeling so shitty.

What the bleep is a thyroid?

Then, one night, when I was sitting on the couch with Didi just watching a movie, I felt really restless. So I measured my heart rate and it seemed really high. I told didi and we measured it together. It was 130 beats a minute and that just in relax mode when I was sitting on the couch. That didn’t seemed right. I measured it later that evening again and the day after, but my heartrate didn’t get lower. The next day I made an appointment with my doctor. She wanted me to check my blood. So I did.

The result was: an overactive thyroid which is also called Graves disease. WHAT??? Never heart of it. What the bleep is a thyroid? My doctor explained me what it meant; a tiny little butterfly-shaped gland (the thyroid) located in the middle of the neck is overactive and that’s causing all of my symptoms.

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My doctor send me to an internist and one thing lead to another. The internist described me some pills and I needed to visit her every month for a year for check-up. After a year of taking pills my thyroid was working again as it should. Sadly A year later I got the symptoms back and my thyroid was working to fast again. I was like, no pills again so I searched the solution in the alternative circuit. I tried a lot of treatments but they all didn’t work and so I decided to try the pills again and start living a bit more relaxed. After a few months I was able to quit taking pills and I just needed a check-up once a year.

In the meantime I started to think more about myself and decided to live my life instead of all the other people’s lives. I also started with Hatta yoga, because I was feeling bored, I needed to do some kind of exercise and a lot of people where telling me how good yoga would be for me. It was no coincidence that one of my best friends is a yoga teacher so when she invited me for her class, I went. This time I loved it. It felt really good doing something for myself, that’s good for my body, mind and soul.

And now ?

Now I’m 39 years and still practising yoga as much as I can. The beautiful part is that I can practise yoga everywhere. There are no boundaries (in my house, in the garden, in a park, on the beach etc.). If I practice yoga it’s about me and exactly that gives me so much satisfaction. I love stretching my body, it makes me agile and flexible. Not only my body, but also in my mind. Yoga gives me energy and

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it quiets down my mind. I haven’t used pills for some years now, so I think it’s true that if you just take care of yourself and you listen to your body you will feel better.

By the way: my kids love it as well. At the moment they love acro yoga and often we do the sun salution (sūrya namaskāra) together. I really love that one. So, I used to be hooked on dancing, now I’m hooked on yoga. Yoga is the way of life for me at the moment.
Maybe you are already practising yoga. Maybe you are considering on taking a yoga class. All I can say is: try it!!!  If you don’t try it, you don’t know it. If you live in Venlo I would reccomend Yogahuis Venlo.

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