I’ve been running Tracking Happiness for well over 2 years now, and it’s about time that I introduce myself properly.
This post will cover who I am, what I am passionate about, what I am proud of, and why I started this website about tracking happiness.
It’s also a way for me to get closer to you: the audience.
I’d love to hear more about you in the comments!
So who am I exactly?
I’d like to rephrase that question. Here’s another way of asking basically the same thing, but in a way that’s much easier and more interesting to answer:
What am I proud of?
So what am I proud of? What things in my life am I proud of?
Let me list a couple of things that come to mind:
- I once ran a marathon under 4 hours!
- I love and feel loved by my family, girlfriend, and friends.
- I recorded an album of songs I wrote myself and published it on Spotify
- I visited some amazing countries in a spectacular fashion
- I get to write about happiness on this website, and I think I can grow it into something much – MUCH – bigger
Woah, hold on there, cowboy…
Let’s take this whole introduction of yours one question at a time.
I once ran a marathon under 4 hours!
I once finished a full marathon under 4 hours. Really!
Don’t believe me?
See for yourself!
My result on the Nottingham Marathon in 2016
That brings me to the first thing I am proud of. And that is my passion for running.
What once started as a nice little boredom-killer slowly transformed into something I actually enjoyed. Over time, this running hobby turned into one of my biggest passions. And when I finally signed up for and finished my first marathon, it was true love.
Also not my second…
My third marathon was in Nottingham, and I finally finished this monstrous distance under 4 hours, with 2 seconds left on the clock.
The last 5 minutes of that race were quite blurry (which is a huge understatement…)
This is what I looked like 30 seconds before finishing. I was in full panic mode at the time, and could only think about that 4-hour mark.
My legs are killing me here but I’m only focused on that finish line
So there you have it, the first thing that comes to mind that I’m really proud of.
I love and feel loved by my family, girlfriend, and friends
Even though I consider myself to be an introvert, I really value spending time with the people I love. So when it comes to my girlfriend, family or close group of friends, I really like to spend my time with them!
With that said, I’ve never told anyone besides my girlfriend about this website and this entire idea. I’ve always been kind of hesitant about sharing this very personal project to the people that are close to me.
But I feel like it’s time to let my guard down a little.
So if you’re reading this and know me personally: Hoi! (That’s Dutch for hello!)
Let me refer you to some of the most personal articles that I’ve published on here, for example:
- One of my worst days ever
- Or that time when I felt like shit while working in Kuwait
- Or how much I hate/love my engineering job
I hope you like it. 😉
Even though I feel semi-comfortable sharing all this stuff about my life, I am actually NOT very outgoing. I tend to do pretty well on my own. People who know me would describe me as quite a “loner”. I actually need some alone time every now and then. And I’m more than okay with that!
Anyway, my friends, family, and girlfriend all have a very positive effect on my happiness. Therefore, I am very passionate about spending quality time with these people!
I recorded an album of songs I wrote myself and published it on Spotify
When I was 18 years old, my biggest passion was music. I had learned to play the guitar and tried to sing as best as I could (even though I’m not the biggest fan of my voice…)
I invested quite a lot (at the time) and built a mini home studio.
Playing, writing and recording music dominated my mind for more than a year, and in that time, I managed to finish an album that I am extremely proud of.
You can listen to it right here on Spotify: the album is called Life’s Oddysey.
It’s a mix of very relaxing, laid-back rock and psychedelic riffs. I always envisioned it to be the perfect album to listen to during a long drive in the rain. Be careful though, as you might fall asleep!
I only later found out that I misspelled “Odyssey”. LOL.
Ah well, it’s still one of my proudest achievements! 🙂
I visited some amazing countries in a spectacular fashion
When I was 20 years old, I entered a period in my life I knew was going to be very interesting. It was my final year of my Bachelor’s degree, and I somehow managed to find a company to intern at in New Zealand.
It was a very exciting time: I was going to live on the other end of the world, all by myself. I was about to do a lot of growing up. I had to make new friends, finish my dissertation, and make my long-distance relationship work.
This was also the moment when I started to track my happiness.
I found out that traveling is something I really enjoy (like every goddamn millennial!)
I have traveled to a lot of different places, like:
- A road trip on the South Island of New Zealand
- Working in Costa Rica as an Engineer
- Spending a month on the road traveling and wild-camping through Norway
- Backpacking in Vietnam in 3 crazy weeks
- Working my ass off in Kuwait
- And quite a lot more!
- And certainly, many more to follow!
Some of these trips have been definitely been happier than others, but I still feel very proud to have traveled to these different places!
Here’s a couple of pictures from some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
I get to write about happiness on this website
This is arguably the thing I’m most proud of: this very website you’re on right now!
What once started as an idea has slowly transformed over the years into something that’s much more than that.
And I believe this concept – the idea of tracking happiness – can grow into something MUCH bigger.
Here are some fantastic milestones of Tracking Happiness.
- Inspired over 500 people to also start tracking happiness
- Happiness Essays read by over 100,000 of people
- Readers from every part of the world, and over 80 countries!
- Collaborated with, interviewed and brainstormed with countless happiness experts
And this list is growing rapidly!
I’m planning on growing this website – and the idea of Tracking Happiness – into something that’s much bigger.
I’m absolutely certain that Tracking Happiness can have a positive impact on this planet!
And that brings me to the last part of this article – this crazy introduction of who I am.
Now, I want to meet you!
You see, Tracking Happiness can only grow with the help of people like you!
I don’t want you to pay or donate! No!
All I want is that you consider your own happiness for a moment.
Are you happy? Are you unhappy? Do you think you could be happier?
No matter how you answer these questions, I guarantee you will benefit from Tracking Happiness. Why? Because I strongly believe in what gets measured gets managed.
The only thing I ask of you is to let me know in the comments who you are, and if you want to give this happiness tracking a shot.
I promise you won’t regret it.
Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 6 years.