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Doctor of Science (Math) -Lecturer for Math and Computer Science- Coach. I write about self-development, relationships, and finances!
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The rise of online courses and online learning, in general, makes it more important than ever to have a good study routine.

The online education market is estimated to almost double in size until 2025 compared to 2019, as you can read here.

Online education has many benefits. Finally, you can study on your own terms and create the learning environment that you need. This is a great chance to finally find out your own unique way of learning and how you can study in a way that best suits you.

On the other hand, if there is no actual…


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When I watch all these super financially savvy Youtubers or listen to the nth inspiring podcast about investing and retiring early, I feel highly inadequate. Here I am, 30 years old, and I fear that I will die alone and poor with nothing to my name because I didn’t start investing in my teens. But, for real, when I was 18 I didn’t even know what an ETF was, and saving for retirement was the last thing on my mind. To be honest, even though I don’t have a million dollars invested somewhere I still think I am doing pretty…


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The day has finally come. I am turning 30 tomorrow and I don’t know if I am happy or sad about it — or both.

For the past weeks, I have been feeling some sadness and inadequacy. I have no idea where these feelings come from.

The coach and scientist that I am, I sat myself down in front of my diary and tried to reflect what the reasons for these feelings might be. Where am I in life? Is there something I would like to have achieved by now but haven’t? What are my future goals?

And, even though…


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Being a scientist, I love to find patterns and rules for how things work. Hence, I try to figure out why my past relationships went down the train. The one thing that I cannot seem to find a list of rules, or to write an instruction manual for “the perfect relationship”. Where is the pattern? Was it all coincidental? Why is my current relationship going better? We all know, there is no one fits all “solution” even though some gurus might try to convince us otherwise.

Many of us, myself included have been through heartbreak and failure when it comes…


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It’s 5:30 am. My alarm clock is making its sharp ringing sound and my iPhone alarm app is making this awful noise called “crystals” while I peel myself out of my nice, warm, and cozy bed. Yes, you read that right. I get up. Immediately. No snooze, no turning around one more time. I just simply get out of bed.

The funny thing is, I need two alarm clocks in the morning. I simply don’t trust the alarm on my phone to wake me up on its own. I have no idea why. …


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The writer’s block. I have been there many times before. But for some reason, this one seems different to me. Heavier.

One sentence that really got me thinking the other day was, “If there is another lockdown, you can at least earn money writing online on Medium.” Well, yes, that is true. Somehow. The thing is, I haven’t managed to write a single word in the last couple of weeks.

I have a strange feeling of inadequacy when I start writing. The things I usually love to write about seem pointless.

Who cares about my productivity hacks if people have…


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Is it just me or do we have too many rules on what “eating healthy” means? I must admit, I myself have tried uncountably many diets and followed all the eating rules I could possibly find on the internet, just to make my stomach pains go away. But, they didn’t. But somehow right now I feel like in a very healthy state when it comes to eating and my relationship with food.

Why should you listen to me for advice on ‘healthy’ eating? Well, maybe because I understand. I understand how it feels to have digestive issues and not knowing…


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This is one of the top questions I get asked as a teacher at school and university. When I was a teenager or in my early twenties, I would ask myself the same exact question. Funny, now as an adult I try to learn as much as possible. I read about politics, science, and history, even about programming, every day on Medium. I never question if I actually ‘need’ what I read about or question the relevance of an article. Now, I consider learning and education a privilege that I am highly grateful for.

“I want to become an entrepreneur…


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I work as a counselor/life coach and go to coaching seminars regularly. In a previous training seminar for coaches, one participant needed help and advice with a difficult conversation at work. The situation he described had many different people entangled, and it seemed doable but difficult to find a solution.

After several minutes of coaching him, the therapists who led the seminar asked him to specify.

“When are you going to have this conversation at work and how much time do you have?”.

5 minutes.”, he replied.

The moment he said “5 minutes” out loud, he started laughing. And everyone…


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For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of and romanticized writing blog posts on the internet. Not because I was a great writer but because I felt like I had something to say. In my opinion, many more people should put their voices out there but are afraid. We need more diversity on the internet.

However, having a full-time job, I never had the courage to start. I didn’t even know how to buy a domain for a blog. Anyways. Come May this year I stumbled across a YouTube video about making money as a writer for Medium.

Vik, PhD

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