I have a confession to make: I thought Let’s Sandbox was over.
I was almost convinced it had expired. Over the past six months, I have been focusing on a number of projects and was thinking how to officially announce the end of it and the start of a new big project I am going to launch soon.
But I never quite got around to saying goodbye. I never quite managed to have my Sandbox-exit.
What’s up with it? What’s up with me? What have I been up to?
During those six months of non-sandboxing:
- I did an intense fitness experiment and studied the human anatomy, practically living on broccoli.
- I wrote success stories for the Entrepreneurs Institute and futurist and social entrepreneur Roger James Hamilton.
- I reorganised my teaching business, doubling my income.
- I coached a bunch of entrepreneurs, helping them transform their businesses and lives through writing.
- I travelled to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and ended up relocating to Amsterdam for three months.
Yes, I just packed up my bags, gave up my house in Bali, and jumped on the plane. Well, why not – why not try it, why not risk it, why not play it?
And last weekend, as I was walking in the fields of Holland and admiring windmills on the horizon, my partner – who, by the way, was one of the reasons for my speedy relocation to the old continent – said to me:
But aren’t you still sandboxing? Aren’t we sandboxing? Isn’t my coming to Bali for you and you coming to Amsterdam with me what Let’s Sandbox stands for: play, courage and spontaneity of life? Aren’t you still living out the ideas of Let’s Sandbox? Have they really expired?
In that moment, I learnt the reason I had not been writing as much on this site was simply because I had been living my life just as I was preaching on Let’s Sandbox. Bali had been my sandbox – eventful, full of adventure and lessons in life. My sandboxing and playing, however, have matured and I have become confident in living this way. It became clear to me:
- Sandboxing will continue in my personal life – in relationships, decisions and beyond – regardless of how much I write on here.
- Sandboxing will continue in every business and project I undertake, becoming its foundation.
- Sandboxing will also become stronger and more buoyant in my own life if I share it with others , simply because it will pick up momentum, become more prevalent and somehow tangible.
I have decided to continue Let’s Sandbox, posting here monthly – or more often, if I have a personal life lesson to share. While my new big project will focus on practical tools to help you create a more fulfilling and meaningful life, Let’s Sandbox will remain the record of my own journey the way that is: hopefully not only inspiring but of value to whoever is reading it.
And just as I didn’t go through with my Sandbox-exit, I don’t think I will ever go through with my Bali-exit either: the island will always reside in me and I will keep returning to it – for shorter or longer periods of time. Forever, I hope.
Meanwhile, you are probably curious to hear what my new big project is, so be the first to find out here!