Why I started blogging

Writing Blogging Lifestyle Why Mindful

I started blogging to become a better thinker and a better writer.

Writing down my thoughts forces me to think deeper about them and to organize them. By thinking deeper about who I am, I aim to live a more intentional & meaningful life.

Blogging – just like journaling – is a healthy habit that requires time, concentration, discipline & commitment which are all great things. Blogging is also an occasion to reflect back on my personal growth and articulate the changes I am experiencing.

I love to meet new people (one reason I go to Mundo Lingo events every week) and blogging seems to be a great way to get in touch with like-minded people. Also, contrary to publishing, blogging allows me to get direct input from the readers, either through comments or direct contact. I love positive feedback but I’m also always willing to improve.

I hope to provide recommendations & add value to my readers and perhaps even inspire them with my writings.


This post was greatly inspired by Joshua Becker’s 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog, Props to him for fueling my motivation to blog.


On Neckties – Why you should wear a tie & How to wear one

Ties Neckties

I often get asked by people if I wear ties because I have to and how to wear them.

My opinion on ties

I find it too bad that some people view neckties as a symbol of servitude.

Of course if one’s only interaction with neckties is to randomly grab one in the morning and tie it on (or worse, not even tie it!) because they think they don’t have a choice, it very unfortunate.

One should rather consider neckties for what they are – a scarf – and see it as an indispensable element of the lounge suit. Not because of social constraints but because neckties provide vertical structure, colours, textures & patterns that will bring balance to the whole outfit. It’s fluidity and asymmetry (both from the knot and from the blades) can also add some life to an attire.

How I wear neckties – The only two knots you need to know

I wear both ties & bow ties: ties at the office and when out in the town, bow ties when I work from home and at black tie events.

And for each of them, you only need to know one knot.

Why Less Is More When It Comes to Tying Your Tie

Friends often ask me if I know all the (crazy) knots that are out there: the Eldredge, the  Van Wijk, the Trinity, the Murrel, the Balthus, etc.

Similarly, I’m asked about my opinion on the formality of each knot. Is the Double Windsor more formal than the Windsor? And where does the Half Windsor fit into that?

To all these questions, I answer with three words: Less is more Four in Hand.

While the crazy knots can seem very impressive, they seldom look good in my opinion. Also, they are quite complicated and hard on the tie.

Regarding the infamous Windsors, they should first get a proper nomenclature and second lose some bulkiness.

There is beauty in simplicity and brevity is the soul of wit. For tie knots, it doesn’t get any simpler than the Four in Hand.

Here is I think the best video tutorial about tying a FIH:

It is explained by some of the most dapper gentlemen that I know of. They also present two variations: the Pratt/Albert knot and the Victorian knot, which are basically double FIH knots. They can be useful with thin ties or with very long ties.