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Edgar’s Blog: Halloween

The origins of Halloween

Modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and sweeties. However, Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

People gathered with the druids to build bonfires and to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

 

The Romans arrived and their ceremony to remember the dead, also in October, was incorporated with the Celtic one of Samhain.  After that with the arrival of Christianity, All Souls Day was also absorbed. This ceremony was celebrated in a similar fashion to Samhain; bonfires and dressing up as saints, angels and devils. This ceremony was also called All Hallows and finally the Celtic and Christian ceremonies merged into All Hallows Eve and eventually Halloween.

 

With the movement of European immigrants into America the traditions of Halloween were transferred across the Atlantic. Today the Americans celebrate Halloween big style. Try a trip to New York around this day. Great to get involved!

Don’t want to dress up like a ghost? I made a special Halloween sock box! Bloody red and pumpkin orange socks. You can still celebrate but just a bit more subtle.

Buy the Halloween sock box! 

 

Cheers and pumpkins Edgar

 

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Edgar’s Blog: Live like a stockbroker

How would it feel to live like a stockbroker?

Well lately i have been feeling like a stockbroker! And it’s fun! I almost doubled my money but then I bought 5 million pounds… The fun ended.

No, I wasn’t really a stockbroker. But I found this app called 500Plus. This app allows you to do a demo version of there stock exchange application. When I started they gave me €20.000 of fake money. First I started buying shares I know like KLM, KPN, Shell. Those had green numbers and were going up. Too bad they dropped when I just bought them! I started to panic and sold them right away. Before they dropped even more. After I sold them they went up again… Dammit!

I had a better idea. I started looking at shares that dropped dramatically and bought those. I simply thought that if they drop like 15% it’s most likely they will go up. And this tactic worked quite well. I changed from shares to currencies. Currencies can be traded 24 hours 5 days a week. And they fluctuate more rapidly. I was doing very well. In two months I changed the €20.000 into €38.000 of fake money. Woohoo!!

The app allows you to buy on margin. This is a small loan to buy more shares or currency. buying on margin gives you the opportunity to make a lot more money. If you can buy $50.000 instead of $5.000 and make 1% profit in one day the margin is great. But it can also go wrong very quickly because if you make a loss on your shares you also need to pay your margin… And you never sell when you’re loosing a little bit. Before you know it your whole Equity is paying for the lost an margin.

That happened to me last week. The pound was going down and I immediately started buying pounds. I even made €1.200 profit on one buy in five minutes. Then I became greedy and bought £5.000.000. One day later I was kicked out of the app and had to start all over again.

Pretty terrifying to realise I got that greedy with fake money. But it was a fun ride! I can’t imagine how much money professional stockbroker make or loose each day. For me I prefer fake money. Doesn’t make you rich but neither poor,

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Edgar’s Blog: Face your fears

What do you fear?

Let’s face it, we all fear something. It can be a simple thing or something important. But fear works as a limiter for our own body. The limit created by fear protects us from getting hurt. This can be physical or mental. We do not want to feel pain, so we even fear the fact of getting hurt!  That’s weird because on the other side it can also bring more joy.

Why do we fear if it can bring us joy? Yes, we like where we are, what we are doing or who we know… but are we truly open for new things, new places or new people? Well for everything there is a first time! Changes happen all the time. That means you have faced a lot of fear already. Of course it’s not that scary if you know it will have a positive outcome. Making the change by yourself not knowing what the outcome will be is a different story and especially when the change you are making might hurt someone else. Maybe someone you love. In the end you will never know until you have faced your fears!

So let’s face our fears and make a change!? It can bring us interesting situations. We might learn something new, make new friends or even better, get to know ourselves better. Make a list of the fears you like to face and start today! This is my list of fears I would like to face :)

  • Swimming without keeping my eyes closed
  • Cleaning my closet
  • Talking to a stranger
  • Ring up an old pall that I haven’t spoken for a long time
  • Ask for a promotion. Hey, you can always ask…
  • Taking dancing lessons
  • Last but not least! Applying for the mud masters obstacle run!

 

Edgar's Blog: Positive feedback

Edgar’s Blog: Positive feedback

It works, it works, it really works! What works? The button system!

Last week I ”ran” into a customer and he told me that he used the button system all the time. Even his lady friend was very happy with my sock solution. It was nice to get positive feedback like this. After spending a lot of time developing and selling it feels very good to meet people that enjoy using something I created.

Lately I also receive a lot of positive comments on my tea. People like the flavours and they like to tell me which one is their favourite Edgar tea. Very cool to hear peeps talk like that. Just over a year there wear a lot of friends and family tasting tea to help me develop the flavours that are now sold in stores. Time flies when you are having fun right. Well I just love to get feedback from you all. It doesn’t matter of it’s positive or negative, as long that I can learn something about my own products.

For all of you that have supported me, thank you, thank you. Thank you very much!

Cheers,

 

Edgar