Weekly LOG
On a mission towards openness and sharing the process this is the weekly documentation on the progress of PRESENT and the life of its founder.

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May 2024
Week 21

I’m currently writing a bunch of scripts for new videos and continuing writing on my guide book. I keep on working in the early mornings on upcoming products with fellow creators in mind. It’s tough at times to keep it all up next to everything else, but I try to stay consistent and proceed with small steps!

We went with a couple of friends to Bar du Moulin to celebrate the release of Pauline, the fantastic new series co-written and co-directed by my friend Alma, now available on Disney+ and Hulu: highly recommended.

I took a trip to Germany to spent some time with my Newcoin team, then off to a pre-wedding weekend for Carlo with many friends at a get-away in the countryside. It was very lovely and one of my highlights was sharing a yurt with my old buddy Johannes. Good times :)

This Week’s Wisdom from Marcus Aurelius: “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Input
✺ Rose Glass’s newest film Love Lies Bleeding is an gripping, gun-toting, neo-noir love story
Are you ready to put yourself out there? is an essay from the great Things Worth Knowing by Farrah Storr
✺ Check this snippet from an interview with Francis Ford Coppola about Megalopolis, the most ambitious project of his career, at Cannes last week

Week 20

I had troubles sleeping, my thoughts were constantly jumping from ruminations of the past into irrational future worries. When it became way too much my mind suddenly came to the conclusion: Leave the past and the future where they belong and rest where you are now! I felt much better immediately. This was the cure. This is always the cure! Giving-in to the moment and simply falling into being. I finally fell asleep.

One of my best friends Matthias came to visit Sarah and me in Paris. We walked for miles and miles, talking and dreaming and fueling ourselves with ideas and delicious food. We went to Frank Elbaz (which is always worth a visit) and Palais de Tokyo, laying in the grass at Buttes-Chaumont and ended the day at one of our favorites Ama Siam.

Carlo and Hannah were also in town and we all went to Senegalese restaurant Waly-Fay. Next day apéro and dinner at Martin with the crew, including our new friends Loft and Pernilla, which was wonderful.

This Week’s Wisdom from Maya Angelou:“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Input
✺ Back in 2001, before her child was born, photograper Annie Wang started the long-term project titled The Mother as a Creator documenting herself and her son growing up for 17 years
Support System and Essential Tools for Modern Makers: Present Community is a Resources Hub, where we explore and exchange with 150+ fellow Present People from around the world

Week 19

Planning, compiling, writing every day a little bit on my upcoming book. It will be a guide/workbook for my friends and community on a concept I’m passionate about called Ikigai.

I’m deep in the post-production of two upcoming podcasts. It’s a lot, but thanks to having made all important mistakes in the first episode, it’s overall a little less time-consuming than before!

I’m currently reading the book Do Nothing: Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing and Underliving by Celeste Headlee, which is super interesting so far and came at a good time, after I was feeling a bit overwhelmed last week.

We had a lovely dinner at Amatxi with S, Jonas, Tereza, David and Tahnee.

This Week’s Wisdom from Isamu Noguchi:
“We are a landscape of all we have seen.” (a reminder that each and every one of us is an extension of the places we’ve been to, the people we’ve known, the conversations we’ve had, the hardships we’ve endured, the wins we’ve celebrated, the food we’ve eaten, the books we’ve read, the things we’ve done.)


Input
✺ Actor Mike Faist (Challengers) on tackling feelings of self-doubt and allowing yourself to look like a fool
✺ Keep on coming back to DâM-Funk in his Los Angeles pad playing his record collection: 80 minutes of pure funk and soul bliss

Output
✺ Published: Logo rework and a new star for MUGLER in collaboration with Casey Cadwallader. Thank you to the entire team at @muglerofficial

Week 18

I had to deal with some negative thoughts creeping in several times this week resulting in a little downer due to overwhelm. I have so many dreams and goals and ideas. Trying to do it all can be a lot at times.

Sometimes it feels like I hardly get any feedback on what I’m building and doubts appear. But that’s just my brain producing thoughts, trying to distract me with worries. All I have to do is to focus on my craft in the present. The important reminder here is: You can control your output, not the outcome. I simply have to keep on with my own rhythm, and focus on what I can control.

I recorded a new podcast with Kareem Ali, an amazing musician from New York, now living in Tucson, Arizona. We talked about his upbringing, his daily rituals, and his process in recording a new album. I’m excited to share it with you as soon as I can!

This Week’s Wisdom from Maya Angelo:
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Input
✺ I’m glad I rediscovered hip-hop legend Bahamadia through her classic Uknowhowwedu, currently listening on repeat to her dnb fueled Pep talk
✺ I enjoyed Luca Guadagnino’s documentary Shoemaker of Dreams about the fascinating life story of the great Salavatore Ferragamo

Output
“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.” ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (link)
✺ Fluid Meditations: Interview Excerpts from PRESENT Issue 3: Self-Care with DJ Gigola (link)
✺ A Public Note To Myself: Essential Reminders For When You Just Don’t Feel Like It (this felt so good to share) (link)
✺ Cleaning the slate with Rick Rubin (link)

April 2024
Week 17

Finished and shipped Why PRESENT ~ to record this video I went out of my comfort zone to answer this question in depth. It’s an exploration on the foundational reasons this project exists and an invitation to come grow PRESENT with us.

I recorded an extended conversation with Adam Barnard of Otto Resource for an upcoming Present Podcast episode. It was the remote recording with the unavoidable small technical hick-up’s but overall fulfilling and fun!

I went with Sarah to Sadarnac which is run by young chef Lise Deveix — great experience. Also one of my best friends Carlo was in town for a night and we had apéro and burger’s at Dumbo. Bliss!

This Week’s Wisdom from Haemin Sunim:
“The world is experienced according to the state of one’s mind. When your mind is joyful and compassionate, the world is, too. When your mind is filled with negative thoughts, the world appears negative, too. When you feel overwhelmed and busy, remember that you are not powerless. When your mind rests, the world also rests.”

✺ Watched the 3-Body-Problem as I’m intrigued by the Fermi Paradox and previously read the book by Liu Cixin: the series didn’t disappoint!
✺ Yohji Yamamoto’s advice to young makers during his great interview with SHOWstudio from 2011 (full conversation

Week 16

Had a weekend alone and got pretty much into monk mode. Just working on my thing and recharging with long runs, lifting weights, sauna.

Sitting in a quiet spot, writing, brain dumping. Always helpful. One important regular practice for me is asking: What am I missing? Listening to myself undistracted to understand the areas in life that deserve more of my attention, that might have been distracted by busyness.

Finishing up my upcoming solo-video. As always, more work than expected, but I’m learning a lot! Hope it’ll be worth it. Thankful for Sarah’s feedback.

Dinner in the 18th with our friends Andrea & Benoit and met the gang at Gila’s vintage sale. Went with S to see a live jazz and salsa band…loved it!

This Week’s Wisdom from Kyle Boggeman:
“Sometimes you don’t need a stronger breeze, but to adjust your sail..”

Output
Various Stages of the Making of Present Issue 3

Input
Dune, Islam & Religion: exploring the fascinating world of Dune and the religious themes that we can find in the books and movies
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s effortless flow: five rituals from the artist’s creative process and powerful work ethic

Week 15

Long walks with Sarah through our neighborhood of Belleville. Soaking in every ray of sun we could get this week.

Since January we are in Paris and I moved with almost nothing, only one suitcase. We’ll get our things from Berlin later. It just dawned on me this week how much it doesn’t effect me not having my stuff. Don’t miss anything. Good feeling!

Thinking about my Why and tinkering on upcoming scripts, preparing podcasts, and writing for my community. Also worked more deeply this week on new graphic design explorations. This feels so good.

We went to the Hybrid Visions event organized by my friend Trang, then dinner at Bambino which is one of my favorite spots.

This Week’s Wisdom from David Bowie on how to produce your best work:
“If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

Radio Garden is a spinnable globe of the Earth where green dots represent radio stations. Click a dot and you are suddenly listening to live radio in that part of the world. Right now I’m listening to Rádio Beija Flor in Brazil
What Miles Davis is to Jazz, LTJ Bukem is to Jungle: I keep on coming back to the work of legendary jungle and drum&bass producer LTJ Bukem, which I often listen too when working

Week 14

Met with my buddy Felix and godson Bruno before heading back to Paris. Welcoming Spring with morning runs at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont!

Thinking about the best practices that helped me in the past to find clarity and purpose. I’m working on a guiding tool for fellow creators. I have a lot of those kinds of favorite unrealized projects in the pipeline and try to progress every day in the early morning hours, before the world comes rushing in.

One of my oldest friends Magnus was in town and we went on a beautiful rampage of favorite restaurants, drinks in the sun and a big picknick with many lovely friends. Feeling blessed. Shout out’s Sarah, Gila, Alex, Cata, Alma, Luca, Aggy, Ira & Stan :)

PRESENT: Letter ✺ 012

“The more you produce, the more your character, your talent will emerge.” (Rick Owens’ advice to creatives and designers)

✺ Check out the full Rick Owens interview by Sofia Tchkonia (2013) from the quote above
✺ Guilty pleasure: the new season of Top Chef France ~ always fun, fascinating and weirdly relaxing
Eric Jeng is exploring humanity through **wonderful street interviews that make me miss NYC!

March 2024
Week 13

I was struggling at the beginning of the week with having too many things to take care of, too many small tasks and deadlines. The solution was hitting the gym, then sitting down with a blank paper and radically reduce to the essentials, breaking everything down into clearer and smaller tasks, tackling one-by-one.

Preparing new podcasts and while publishing four Dojos on our website. I feel there are so many hidden gems in our three PRESENT print issues that need to reach a wider audience! I’ll keep on producing and building our Active Archive.

We went to AFIKARIS gallery and visited Matthew Eguavoen’s Ukhurhę exhibition. This was inspiring and impressive as we were lucky to listen to Matthew explain his work.

Sunday I took the Eurostar to Cologne. Stayed for a few days over Easter with the family and to celebrate my fathers birthday. Watching football with my buddy Simon and his dad—our beloved 1. FC Köln is struggling but we remain hopeful—and hanging with my Alaaf and Kickin’ gang.

I live in the moment, and I reflect later.” (Action Bronson)

Present Post: Portraits of Issue 3
Present Post: Breathing Pause

✺ We finally watched Dune 2 which lived up to the hype, insanely good and the cinematography by Greig Fraser was breathtaking
✺ Finished and loved the newest Delta-v novel by Daniel Suarez: it’s high-tech fiction exploring the causes and impacts of rapid technological change
✺ Action Bronson’s epic FINAL MEAL finale of From Paris with Love <3 (also recommend the extended cut of the whole trip)

Week 12

First signs of Spring! A rush of energy. Taking-in all the sun walking through Belleville and my beloved Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Feeling a new sense of urgency, in a good way. I’m fighting to do the right things, work on meaningful stuff and enjoy life every day to not have any regrets later.

Ultimately, PRESENT is about self-development. In a way that is hopefully motivating and attractive in order to inspire more people to get started. Even if it might turn out as a “mistake”: in life you have to do do do stuff. Make decisions and go for it! I’m truly believe this is key.

I recorded a new video, but might have to do it again. Doesn’t matter, I keep on learning. Working on the next Newsletter. Started designing new merch, because it gives me joy! Preparing gifts for my fathers 70th birthday next week.

We met Alma, Gila, Ilias, Ira for apéro, and Saturday dinner at the great Ethiopian restaurant Habesha, shout-out to my friend Trang Le Bozon.

PRSNT Post: Things That Aren't Doing the Thing

Input:
Live to 100: Lovely and fascinating documentary on the Secrets of the Blue Zones
✺ Guy Ritchie’s new series The Gentlemen is recommended for every Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fan (even got Vinnie Jones in it!)

Week 11

We've tried some light fasting this week. I did 36 hours and it was a very good experience. I’m doing intermittent fasting for years, but this was another level. The clarity and energy after 14 hours was astonishing.

I’m writing the script for a video on Why Present? which will be a solo-video before the next podcast release. In the PRSNT Community we recently talked about sleep, taxes, and movies: join the conversation, it’s free and everybody is welcome!

Friday night we met our friends Nathan and Harry Sevi (check out Harry’s new app Hani) Saturday with Alma to Reyna and Lao Siam with Fanette und Angélique for dinner. Sunday we checked out the Château de Vincennes and walked at Bois de Vincennes.

PRSNT Post: Samma Samādhi

“I knew that the confidence I’d managed to develop didn’t come from a perfect family or God-given talent. It came from personal accountability which brought me self-respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward.” ~David Goggins

Input:
✺ My homies Aroma Pitch released their new EP Millennium Surfer with Public Possession
✺ We watched Cruella and The Holdovers and both were surprisingly great
The Future Is a Dupe: Sora, Vision Pro, and the Blurred Lines Between Truth & Fiction

Week 10

This week I published the first PRESENT Podcast. I’m glad to have finally shipped it and hope someone out there will find it valuable. Obviously it’s not perfect yet, but you have to start somewhere! This is a prototype kicking off more to come.

We had a group call in our PRESENT Community, getting together with a few fellow members to chat about how we can make it easier for people to share. Creating true community engagement is a challenge, but we’ll figure it out. PRESENT is a long-term project and we are just getting started.

I met my buddy Tony Wang from NYC for coffee who visited Paris for Fashion Week. Always inspiring. Friday with some good friends at new favorite Chez Francis, Saturday market in Chatou.

“Strangely, life gets harder when you try to make it easy. Exercising might be hard, but never moving makes life harder. Uncomfortable conversations are hard, but avoiding every conflict is harder. Mastering your craft is hard, but having no skills is harder. Easy has a cost.” ~James Clear

PRSNT Post: Podcast 001: I, II, III

Input:
✺ We watched Perfect Days, the new Wim Wenders film playing in Tokio: it was wonderful
✺ Had a long walk with this album by East-London artist dialE on repeat, so good!

Week 09

I took the week off and went skiing in Austria with three good friends from Cologne. Soaking in the mountain air and riding everyday! Felt very thankful for this experience.

Came back to Paris and went with Sarah to Matter and Shape, a new design salon in the heart of Paris at Jardin des Tuileries. It was beautiful and very well curated. We chatted with the ever-inspiring Ana Kraš, who is about to launch her Teget brand. Exciting!

I worked on new contributions and features for the Community and wrapped-up the Podcast episode to be published next week, can’t wait to share with you all.

“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every red light, every traffic jam, every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” ~Charlotte Joko Beck

Input:
✺ Watched La Sociedad De La Nieve which was gripping and very well done
I loved every minute of it, however hard it had been: Andrew Wiles on his long journey solving one of the most impossible mathematics problems
If You Want to Build, You Have to Believe by Simone Stolzhoff via Every

February 2024
Week 08

For my birthday on Tuesday I enjoyed a slow and sunny day with Sarah. In the evening we met with a dozen good friends at La Chope des Artistes, which was wonderful. Simply one of the best feelings to bring together friends from different parts of your life to one table and see what happens :)

I’m still finalizing the PRESENT Podcast: preparing YouTube thumbnails and Spotify covers. I also recorded a new intro, which took me quite a few attempts. I’m already organizing the next episodes — I have a long list and big ambitions!

I continued many new designs for our upcoming Newcoin releases and delivered some work for Mugler’s upcoming FW 2024 show. Went to the launch of 90antiope at Lafayette Anticipations with Sarah & Ricarda, and we met Natacha there, which was lovely and inspiring.

Saturday I took a flight to Berlin and relaxed the whole afternoon with Magnus, Carlo, Taylor & my sister, and DJed for a few hours at 60HZ at night.

Input:
✺ Came for the summer vibes, stayed for the performances: Une fille facile by Rebecca Zlotowski
✺ Mike Tyson about crying before every fight
✺ Will Welch: Death, Sex and Money: The Tom Ford Exit Interview

Week 07

Clarity Creates Energy. When I’m stressed or worried I just make a list: What are you afraid of? And start jotting down in bullet points. It seems so banal, but it’s always helpful. Everything becomes more clear. And clarity is power. Once what’s troubling you stands clearly in front of you you are reminded that everything is figureoutable.

I published the Samma Samādhi by Frank Berzbach on our website. Samma Samādhi means the “right collection”, the ability to concentrate, which is the main engine for a creative life.

Sunday we went to the Bastille market with our friends Alex & Gila, and to the Fondation Louis Vuitton for the Mark Rothko exhibition. Being in this building and staring at Rothko paintings was a meditative experience.

One of the rules artist and educator Corita Kent often shared with her students: "There is no win and no fail. There is only make." ~ What are you making today?

Input:
✺ Trung Phan on the Psychology of Apple Packaging
✺ Loved the Six Nations: Full Contact Rugby documentary on Netflix
✺ Moshe Kasher on the fascinating History of Sign Language

Week 06

Happy Lunar New Year! We celebrated the Year of the Dragon with a lovely group with people from all over the world at Opéra Mandarin organised by my friend Trang.

Worked on many fronts this week. Podcast is in review now. Designing covers and thumbnails. Writing for the Community. Writing for my friends. Cleaning and planning. Designing website and platform improvements.

Café Pimpin 20 is one of my favorite places in Paris! Super lovely staff. Great music. Perfect for working a few hours in the afternoon. There are so many fantastic stores in Paris. Two that I recently loved and recommend are The Archivist and Seconde Vue where I bought 90s vintage Mugler sunglasses.

“Say no to anything that prevents you from sitting in silence for some time, every day.” ~James Altucher

PRNST Post: Learning from Lina

Input:
✺ I salute Sébastien Haller from Ivory Coast and one of my personal hero's: from defeating cancer to scoring the winning goal in the Africa Cup of Nations
✺ We went to see Poor Things in the cinema and it was a great experience, magnificent film with insane performances!
✺ Still loving and listening to Sainté’s EP Local Mvp from 2021

Week 05

Thankful for a great week with good energy in Paris. I have a powerful rhythm going on here and enjoy our day-to-days. Waking up early, trying to get in some hours of deep work. Meetings with good people and exploring the local gyms and cafés. I couldn’t name any other city at the moment that makes me so happy.

Just show up ~ sometimes when I feel not ready: one trick is to simply open whatever file I'm working on. Put yourself in front of your canvas. Just be in the gym. Everything then comes automatically. Simply putting your thing in front of you will make you magically begin more often than not.

Saturday we went to Imperial Raviolis and Lolo cave à manger with some friends. Afterwards to the Edging party with Crystallmess, one of my favorite DJs. So good! Sunday we visited the house of Agnes Varda, the Giacometti Institute, and the Fondation Cartier for Studio Mumbai.

PRSNT Post: Resist the urge to worry about the future
PRSNT Post: Portraits from PRESENT Issue 3 ~ Part 1

Input:
✺ Finally watched Anatomie d'une chute and it’s as good as people tell you!
✺ Integrity and vulnerability: Jürgen Klopp on Why he made the decision to leave Liverpool
✺ One of my favorite gospel funk mixtapes is back online: Dam-Funk’s Spiritual Flight

January 2024
Week 04

My vision of what I want and how to get there becomes clearer every week. I arranged my goals slightly: this year I will be more flexible, agile, free. I want to simplify life for new piece of mind and clarity. This will also help me unlock new energy for making and creating more value, and getting closer to my favorite unrealized projects.

Speaking of: my first podcast, a long form conversation on video with designer Jasmin Truong is almost ready for release. After a detour to Descript I’m back to Adobe Premiere, fighting to figure it all out. I failed many times. But needed to make sense of it for myself, next time it’ll be easier.

I met with my sister and had a dinner with a group of good friends at my place. Saturday just chilling with my homie Taylor. Sunday I took the train to Paris with Sarah. We’ll be here for a while and I’m ready for it!

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Input:
✺ Wonderful interview with the legend Manfred Thierry Mugler by Loic Prigent and documentary about the house of MUGLER (one of my favorite clients)
Larger Than Life is the new album by American R&B singer Brent Faiyaz and it gives me nostalgia in the best way possible

Week 03

Immersing myself fully in the moment, trying to focus solely on the one thing in front of me. With everything going on this can be difficult. But concentration is a muscle that can be trained. Dare to focus completely on the now like nothing else matters. Then move on.

I continued PRESENT website updates and published two essays and a long interview from past issues, now online for free for the first time. Explored a new look with updated icons for the Community and started writing longer texts and posts to be published in the coming weeks!

Two big birthday parties of two good friends this weekend with lots of love including karaoke at Ergün’s Fischbude which was much fun and weirdly relaxing.

PRSNT Post: From the Community: New Year Reflections

Input:
✺ Respect for Amelia Dimoldenberg of Chicken Shop Date ~ fascinating interview with Colin and Samir
✺ Digging Music 4 Tesla Vol.2 by young Parisian musicians Kaba & Hyas (via RinseFM, thanks Manolo)

Week 02

We took a long night train back to Berlin, which was a nice adventure.

I spent some days to reflect on the past 12 months and plan and dream about the future. I shared all questions I use for my reflections at the beginning of each year in the self-care space of our Community.

Finally finishing to edit the PRESENT Podcast. I filmed with three camera’s and it was trickier than I thought to figure out technical difficulties and the right way to cut it, but I’m getting there.

I’m tinkering with how to make PRESENT more engaging and sustainable. I plan to expand my output in more directions to bring more helpful input and ideas to my community through more writing, tutorials, podcasts.

”What questions guide your life and work? What a powerful question.” ~Sari Azout

Input:
✺ Great podcast with one of my all time favorite humans Thierry Henry about dealing with childhood trauma, depression and success
✺ Are you ready to put yourself 'out there'? by Farrah Storr (thank you S!)

Week 01

Welcome to the New Year! I thank you for reading and joining me as I’ll continue with the weekly updates sharing with you my progress and process in life and work.

On the 30th I drove with Sarah from Cologne to Paris where we rented a van with a group of friends and headed off to a chalet in the French Alps. We relaxed for a few days with lots of walks in the snow, good food and reading in by the chimney.

We passed by Geneva on our way back and visited the MAMCO. I particularly enjoyed the works of Tania Mouraud, Emma Reyes and Shizuko Yoshikawa. I loved the detailed behind-the-scenes and background info all artists. Very inspiring. Great museum!

HH Post: Weeks 47–52

”Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every traffic jam, every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” ~Charlotte Joko Beck

Input:
✺ I’m still enjoying New Blue Sun the debut flute album by André 3000
✺ Ijoma Mangold, arts and culture editor of DIE ZEIT wrote a fantastic book about Bitcoin which is a perfect starting point

December 2023
Week 52

Family action deluxe! It was a lot, but I certainly can’t complain. I’m lucky to have such a big, patch-worked, crazy, funky, and loving family!

I was DJing on the 25th at JAKI club with my old friends. The next days lots of movie watching, hiking in forests around the city, endless cakes and cookies…

I also met my 2-years old godson Bruno, the kid of my old of my buddy Felix. Very proud of this young daddy!

Slowly wrapping up 2023 for myself and reflecting on where I want to be in the coming year. Looking forward talking to you all in 2024. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there and following me on my journey <3

“The world rewards those who are courageous enough to stop waiting and start.” ~Mel Robbins

Input:
✺ This one-hour introduction to language models by OpenAI researcher Andrej Karpathy is a fantastic primer no matter your level of technical knowledge
✺ Learn from the Greek OG! Great video essay about Marcus Aurelius, author of Meditations and one of the founding fathers of Stoicism

Week 51

Thankful for good energy and stable health in this last week before Christmas.

I finished writing a new version of Why PRESENT? ~ This manifesto is a personal guideline and hopefully also serves as a useful background on the intentions of this project as a whole.

Bottom line: PRESENT is built with the mission in mind to empower, encourage, and inspire every person in the world who is crazy enough to take the risk to get started on their favorite unrealized project (more)

Last action this week: finishing Christmas present preparations and taking the train to my hometown Cologne for celebrating with my family.

Post: XMAS PRESENT(s)
Post: PRESENT Glow Journey
Post: Why PRESENT?

Input:
✺ Tuxedo’s Tiny Desk (2017) is my kind of Xmas vibe
✺ Kobe Bryant: The Power Of Sleep & Meditation

Week 50

Busy weeks so close to the end of the year! Toomuchness was troubling me, at times I simply didn’t know where to begin. I’m sure you can relate. If everything gets too overwhelming I’m putting all task somewhere I can’t see them and just pick one. One task. Full focus. Nothing else. Then the next.

I’m grateful I haven’t been sick in a long time. I didn’t have less stress, so it must be thanks to the daily cold showers, pretty consistent exercise habits this year, and good supplements. Whatever the reason, this makes me so happy. Never not healthy again!

I went to visit my buddy Adam Barnard’s Otto Resource event on Friday, Saturday I was DJing for 8 hours straight at legendary Spiegelsaal in Berlin for my friends of Volée.

“I live in the moment, and I reflect later.” ~Action Bronson

Input:
✺ I’m a Action Bronson fan: start with From Paris With Love from the great F*ck that’s Delicious series and listen to his recent Tiny Desk Concert
✺ Finished reading The Circle by Dave Eggers, which was great. Heard the movie is bad but I’ll try it next
✺ Hooked on London's p-rallel’s Garage tribute I Know

Week 49

I went with Sarah to Milano this week for some quality time and new inspiration.

Our highlights were Spazio Maiocchi with its current Sara Sadik exposition, 10 Corso Como the OG concept store with one of my favorite visual identities, the Saint Francis of Assisi 'al Fopponino church, Terroir a small but incredibly curated delicatessen store. Risotto allo zafferano ossobuco at Trattoria Masuelli San Marco, mortadella sandwich at Princi for afternoon snack, and the recently reopened Chifa and it's lovely young crew. Also Sunnei, Slam Jam, plus the many fantastic vintage stores. And not to forget Bar Basso and Fondazione Prada :)

Friday back in Berlin was the vernissage of the first solo show I dreamed of Mama again by my sister Marina. It was perfect and I’m very proud of her.

Sunday I went ice bathing in a lake outside of Berlin with some of my good friends. It was cold af and wonderful!

HH Post: Present Event I
HH Post: Present Event II

Input:
Unleashed Invites Silent Noise by French DJ and producer Crystallmess is one of my fav mixes at the moment, so masterful, so refreshing (every episode of her show on NTS is killer)

Week 48

The year is coming to an end and there are still many things to do for me. This week I had to remind myself to take a break and simply begin again. What helped for prioritization in the morning was asking: If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?

One thing I’m currently working on is improving our community space. I’m taking this project seriously because I believe it can become a really helpful resource for fellow creators. We need more spaces to share tipps, thoughts, and struggles to help each other out.

I worked on streamlining some areas and simplified the channels structure to hopefully make engagement a bit easier and wrote a bunch of new content. There is much that can be still done there, but I love that our little corner on the web is slowly developing into a helpful content hub and hopefully inspiring space for all kinds of makers!

“The real measure of any time management technique is whether or not it helps you neglect the right things.” ~Oliver Burkeman

HH Post: Present Covers
PRSNT: Newsletter ✺ 11

Input:
✺ A new independent movie I really liked: Fremont by Babak Jalali
✺ A quick but profound read: The Past Is Not True by Derek Sivers

November 2023
Week 47

First snow in Berlin! Winter is here and I'm reflection on what a ride the last months have been. I keep documenting and try to be as insightful and honest as possible. People tell me that it helps them, and this inspires me to keep going.

I put PRESENT GLOW online so our limited edition natural wine is now ready for ordering. I'm working on further improving the online store to hopefully make some progress in our sales. I'm also preparing new content and editorials to be published soon.

Went to see The Sound of Cologne in the cinema with my friend Magnus, and to the launch of music magazine zweikommasieben with my old buddy Johannes <3

HH Post: Present Issue 3
HH Post: LOG Reflection Aug–Nov

“Everything that you want is on the other side of hard.” ~Chris Paul

Input:
✺ Enjoyed indulging into the masterful FX series The Bear this weekend
✺ Still hooked on the eternal groove of Skyy Can You Feel Me by Raphael Saadiq

Week 46

This time of the year I always feel a push to make a clean overview of all things I still want to accomplish ~ and reprioritze what can wait until next year. The goal is to look back knowing I tried my best to have done what I was scared of/aimed for in the beginning.

I had much more energy this week, which is needed in those grey Berlin days. Started going to the gym again which made me feel better. Weights and swimming in addition to the calisthenics I usually do in the mornings.

I picked up the work on my goal of introducing a full PRESENT Members program in the near future. There is still some more research and experimenting to be done, but I’m getting closer!

“Mortality makes it impossible to ignore the absurdity of living solely for the future.” ~Oliver Burkeman

Input:
✺ Rediscovered Parallel Life by The Starseeds (1997) “ambient techno, distinctly summery, with the feel of a Balearic haze, or a fusion of Enya and Ecstasy”
✺ Intriguing and relaxing: The beauty and joy of living in the countryside in rural Japan

Week 45

Slow start into the week dealing with some annoying worries and inertia. What helps me when everything is overwhelming: Running, then sitting with a blank piece of paper and get it all out. Redefining priorities. Starting again.

I’m currently working on the next steps for PRESENT. At first we will upgrade the website, publishing new content and features. I also work on breathing new life into our Community Space, which I couldn’t as much as I wished for in the last weeks. Stay tuned!

I fixed and painted my kitchen with the help of S. It felt good to do some work in the apartment and office. Also chilling with my sister and meeting old friends this week.

"I must change my life so that I can live it, not wait for it.” ~Susan Sontag

PRSNT Post: Event Recap: Part III
PRSNT Community: 5 books that can help with stress

Input:
Call My Agent! (original: Dix pour cent) is an incredible series starring personal favorite Camille Cottin and many more fantastic actors
✺ “The bigger the dream, the bigger the shadow.” Sensei Steven Pressfield (author of my beloved The War of Art book) about Resistance at Rich Roll

Week 44

Thankful to have a mission. Thankful to have Sarah as a partner by my side. Thankful for my friends and community. I’m blessed to be able to do what I’m doing.

We started the week with disassembling the event, lots of driving back and forth. Note: Our front installation will remain for a few more weeks on display for the public at BAM/Ritterstrasse 8!

I was very k.o. and love-stoned after the last weeks. We gave it all. Grateful that everything went smoothly. This week I took as much time as I could for reflection and planning next steps.

This Sunday, November 5, was the birthday of my mum, who would have been 67 today. She remains my greatest inspiration.

PRSNT Post: Event Recap: Part I
PRSNT Post: Event Recap: Part II

Input:
Sha’Carri Richardson on the Meaning of Time in Running and in Life by The New Yorker ~ shout-out’s to my friend and fellow sports documentary buff Lukas Korschan

October 2023
Week 43

I made another tour to the warehouse to get more magazines. Storage is expensive, so I’m glad every time I’m going and reduce the pile. We also had a nightly screen printing session at my place printing on top of the vintage t-shirts we hand-sourced in Bangkok, Istanbul and Paris.

Finished preparing the location, drilled the last holes for our t-shirts installation, arranging all New Tendency shelves for our Shidō presentation, hanging the PRSNT towels, placing the magazines…getting there! This all took a lot of work, especially with everything else going on.

Friday arrived and the event was a blast! We were absolutely lovestruck by the inspiring, heart-warming, beautiful mix of people. Thankful for everyone who came. It made us very happy! What a night!

PRSNT Post: PRESENT GLOW Unveiling

“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.” ~Kobe Bryant

Input:
Whole Earth Index website launched with a mind-blowing full archive of its legendary print magazines
✺ Season 2 of Welcome to Wrexham is out and continues to be a unique documentary I love

Week 42

We are still busy organizing our launch event and Friday is getting closer! I designed a huge banner that we than installed in the entryway display with the help of our friends. There is a lot of things to plan and take care of. Shout-out’s to the BAM and Volée crews, whom I had so many calls with this week.

I shipped the next edition of my Newsletter this week. My main goal remains: being able to give more love to PRESENT, develop more products and more value for my community. I need to find a way to be able to dedicate even more time to the future of PRESENT.

PRSNT Post: PRESENT Issue 3 Launch Event
PRSNT: Newsletter ✺ 10

“On the meaning of life: There is no answer. The real answer is 'because.' You get to make up your own answer is the beauty. If there was a single answer, we would not be free. We would be trapped. We would all have to live to that answer. Luckily there is no answer.” ~Naval Ravikant

Input:
✺ RIP Jamie Tiller, one of my favorite DJs💔 (Listen to the wonderful tribute show by John Gómez on NTS)
Why You’re Not Doing Creative Work by Dan Shipper from Every newsletter

Week 41

Finally some good runs in my dear Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Last week in Paris for me...we visited the Tove Jansson exhibition and had apéro with friends at the canal <3 (three sandwich spots I recently loved: Sôma Sando, Le Favori and Chez Aline)

We went to more stores to deliver (or introduce) Issue 3. It was great to go in-person, much more effective then e-mailing. It’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do sometimes, but it always feels good afterwards!

Good progress on Newcoin as well this week. Still working on Newlife v2, in the meantime check Newlife Research. I also met with the team at the new MUGLER offices which was very nice and productive. Exciting things in the making.

PRSNT Post: Tareet Cover

"People didn't believe me when I told them I practiced harder than I played, but it was true. That's where my comfort zone was created. By the time the game came, all I had to do was react to what my body was already accustomed to doing." ~Michael Jordan

Input:
✺ Still listening to the masterpiece that is When I'm in Your Arms by Cleo Sol (2020)
✺ Rediscovered: Breathe (In the Air) by Pink Floyd from The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Week 40

We went to the MUGLER show at Caroussel du Louvre on Monday evening: it was truly mind-blowing and very inspiring. What an energy! So proud of Casey and the whole team.

I’m preparing the next Newsletter and we keep on working on our upcoming PRESENT event: Save the date! October 27, 6pm at BAM in Berlin Kreuzberg.

What I’m struggling with: despite likes, which I appreciate, I hardly received as much real feedback on Issue 3 as I had wished for yet. Thought about how good it is that as an athlete you constantly get feedback, data, after each match. I miss this in my profession sometimes.

I’m often wondering how I can make my life more simple. Maybe I got to be even stricter with my priorities. I always have so many ideas, ongoing projects in my head and on my plate … paradoxically, at the same time I often have the feeling that I’m not doing enough.

“Wonderful things can happen when your brain is empty.” ~Maira Kalman

Input:
✺ As sports documentary fanatic I loved David Beckham on Netflix (ManU-Beckham-7 was my first international jersey I got when I was 10 ◕‿◕)
✺ We enjoyed watching Jeanne de Barry by Maïwenn

September 2023
Week 39

I struggled with toomuchness at the beginning of the week and had to fight my way back to good energy and more clarity.

Took the train to Paris to see Sarah, which felt good. We dove right into the PFW madness and went to the Marfa Journal party. We also visited the space of Simon Stanislawski & Kasia Kucharska, plus Yara Flinn’s Nomia showroom. All inspiring stuff. Excited for the Mugler show on Monday!

We hand-delivered PRESENT Issue 3 to some of our favorite Paris stores, which was fun. We continued contacting potential partners for our upcoming launch event. Our friends Alex, Gila and Luca arrived in Paris and will stay for the next six months. Another good reason to spend more time here :)

Walking through the streets here I can’t help but feel flashes of sadness at times, imagining how nice it would be to do this with mother, who loved Paris as well <3

PRSNT Post: Dashi Diner teaser
PRSNT Post: SUEA teaser

“Mistakes don’t exist.” ~Virgil Abloh

Input:
✺ An amazing track and music video is Nouveau Western by MC Solaar from 1994
✺ Watched The Covenant by Guy Ritchie and No Hard Feelings ~ two very different movies that I both enjoyed!

Week 38

Grateful for this summer! Back in Berlin now and ready to tackle the next challenges. We had a great call with Phil from BAM, planning and brainstorming our upcoming PRESENT event in Berlin...

I prepared and shipped more packages. We also hand-delivered 30 copies to our beloved doyoureadme?! ~ happy to have the first store in Berlin with the physical copies of our magazine.

We received our PRESENT GLOW wines: a highly limited edition of Riesling Cuvée, combining the aromatic funk of Muskateller and the crisp acidity of the Riesling, an exciting combination of two different characters merging into one, can't wait for you all to try it :)

“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.” ~Kobe Bryant

Input:
✺ Alicia Keys reading from her book More Myself
Three questions to help you get unstuck when you're feeling frustrated
✺ I’m longtime Lex Fridman fan and his latest conversation with Neri Oxman was inspiring

Week 37

We went to Türkiye with a bunch of friends to recharge. We flew to Bodrum and drove down to Datça until Ovabükü. Good times and lots of meze :)

Sarah and I went up to İstanbul for a few days afterwards. Mainly just strolled around, spend an afternoon at the Grand Bazaar and visited the beautiful mosques! Met our friend Meral and her gang for dinner and treated ourselves at Çukurcuma Hamamı.

I’m working on the PRESENT Library, which is essentially a hyper-customized Notion database I built over the years which includes every book I read, with summaries and marked highlights for each one. I aim to make this a resource for the upcoming PRESENT Members program that I’m still tinkering on.

PRSNT Post: Contributors Love

“Remember: The goal is not self-improvement. The goal is engaging more deeply with the World.”

Input:
✺ While driving through the Turkish night we listened to the classic Planet Caravan on repeat
✺ I’m rereading the great Grace Jones autobiography: I'll Never Write My Memoirs
✺ Ange Postecoglou's on mental health in football

Week 36

Back in Berlin. Thankful for feeling healthy and awake. I rented a car and drove to the warehouse were the printer send the physical copies of Issue 3 to. It took me half a day to pack the car as full as I could and drive back safely!

From then on I started sending out packages across the globe. Such great feeling to finally share the magazine with so many different people. New stickers arrived as well, and I included them in every box.

I also started to tackle our list of international stockists. Check out our page if you need to find a store in your area!

My sister visited and we went through the magazine page-by-page. She did an incredibly sensible and masterful job as the photographer of several stories in the issue. I’m a very proud brother!

PRSNT Post: i3 Stories Preview

What is something wonderful about your life that you rarely appreciate as much as you should?

Input:
✺ I enjoyed Rick Rubin in conversation with Jay Shetty
✺ A great DJ set by Victor at Nachtdigital 2023
✺ Yeah, science! Brain-reading devices allow paralysed people to talk using their thoughts

Week 35

We officially launched PRESENT Issue 3 this week. Didn’t expect this to get me so emotionally. Maybe it was because of the pressure I put myself on. I’m just happy it’s out there now and ready to ship!

We are currently preparing to send out the first orders and keep on planning the release events. And we designed and ordered some funky new stickers :)

This week Sarah and I finished the wine labels for our collaboration with GLOW GLOW. We used BLO Pen’s which is a kids-game-tool where you blow into a special pen that creates an amazing airbrush effect. We uniquely numbered every bottle this way!

Powerful calls with my Newcoin team’s. We keep on building. Currently working on a new version of Newlife and more exciting apps at the intersection of fashion, culture, finance and technology to PowerUP makers and creators in the future.

"Start before you're ready. Don't prepare, begin.” ~Mel Robbins

PRSNT Post: Issue 3 Cover 1: Hung La
PRSNT Post: Issue 3 Cover 2: Tareet

Input:
Girl by Stratus from 1977 (remastered) is a beautiful song I played a lot in the last weeks
✺ Derek Sivers on the benefits of a daily diary is a good starting point if you need a push
✺ Idris Elba was great in Apple TV series Hijack ~ I watched the whole thing in one go! ¯\(ツ)

August 2023
Week 34

Started into this week by finalising the next PRESENT Newsletter which I shipped on Wednesday afternoon, announcing big news: Issue 3 is ready to pre-order!

I'm excited for the next month as we will preview much more of the magazine for you and work on organizing all upcoming launch events 👀

Worn out from the last weeks we felt the need to recharge. I took a flight to Paris to join Sarah. We woke up at 5:00 the next morning to catch the first train to Marseille and from there to La Ciutat, an incredible little town, birthplace of the cinema and pétanque ☀️

We stayed at a beautiful little house that Sarah discovered, surrounded by massive calanques and lush forrests. In flightmode for days. Laying in the sun and reading. But the best was the smell of pine trees mixed with warm summer air. Heaven! I felt grateful.

”How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience and, therefore, the quality of our lives.” ~Sam Harris

Input:
✺ We watched Past Lives by Celine Song, which is a masterfully directed movie with incredible acting
✺ I’m reading Make Something Wonderful a book with collected texts and interviews from Steve Jobs which I found quite beautiful and inspiring. Whatever your view on this man, give it a try here
What happened last week? is a great weekly newsletter by Sham Jaff curating news headlines from Asia, Africa and Latin America with the goal to help you burst your Western-centric bubble

Week 33

Monday morning we finished the final files of PRESENT Issue 3 and shipped the 300-pages PDF to the printer. Afterwards we refined the covers: we’ll have two this time! ~ it was tight, it was tense, but we made it.

Feeling exhausted but happy. We had lunch in my backyard in the sun. Afterwards simply cleaning. Finished overdue taxes...it felt weirdly relaxing.

Wednesday was printing day. Pretty nervous when we drove there. We inspected all sheets coming out of the Heidelberg and made small color corrections before giving the printer the final green light. Everything looked good in the end and this was the moment when I was finally truly relieved!

Close to the finish line self-doubt creeps in occasionally: “is it actually good what you are producing?” I try to be aware of the Resistance, of my lizard brain talking. The main achievement was to get this thing done. I know we did our best. Everything that comes now is a bonus, more or less out of my control. I try to make peace with it.

We went to have some drinks with friends. Simply felt thankful. The rest of the week I spent having some me-time, preparing upcoming teasers and the PRESENT Newsletter for next week.

Input:
✺ I watched Rheingold about the life of legendary German-Kurdish rapper and entrepreneur Giwar Hajabi aka Xatar
✺ Rediscovered the Tourist album by St Germain from 2000 and still love it! Remembering pumping it on my bike as a teen while vizualizing my future life…

Week 32

Spent two days in the countryside outside of Cologne with my dad and sister. We stayed in a cabin and spend our days hiking in the sourrounding forrests. I woke up super early to get some work done, but otherwise off screens!

The train ride back to Berlin was intense. I felt pretty exhausted about the endless e-mails and last-minute refinements to take care off, and I arrived feeling sick.

That was bad timing and quite stressful tbh, but I managed to push through. When Sarah arrived on Friday I was much better. We then had some crazy 72 hours of hardcore magazine finalising for the printer’s deadline Monday morning!

I felt so relieved and proud that we brought it home. We tweaked this beast until the last minute and gave everything we have. Fingers crossed now that the printing will go smoothly. I’ll keep you posted <3

"Focus on the present and leave the rest to fate." was a very helpful mantra for me these last days.

Input:
Wana by nour, a young musician from Cairo, is a track I played on repeat the last weeks. Here's a video about the process behind (also check out: مش حقيقة)
✺ Fascinating interview with Jürgen Klopp, one of my all-time favorite people in football business: Was treibt dich wirklich an?
I’m Not Sorry for My Delay: What if we just stopped being so available? via The Atlantic

Week 31

We are still in Paris, energy is good and we are just excited to finish this thing. We re-arranged and improved the page plan one last time more from the last version. Now it feels right!

Started the week with organising issn number, barcode and last-minute ad’s. We keep on finalising layouts, refining and coordinating with our copy-editor Henry.

We met our friends Jonas and Alma for dinner, and went to yoga class on another evening, which both were great for recharging.

Friday I took the Thalys train via Brussels to Cologne, lovely and productive ride. I worked on Saturday morning, in the afternoon we had our yearly get-together with my Alaaf and Kickin’ crew and lots of old friends in Cologne.

Sunday I worked as best as I could, but was mostly relaxing with my dad and sister: burgers and watching King Richard.

"Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest."

Input:
✺ One of our magazine-finishing-soundtracks this week was The Color of Sound new album by Kareem Ali
The Deepest Breath is a brutal but fascinating free-diving documentary
✺ Tim Urban’s book What's our Problem is a fun and deep analysis of our modern times, in the classic style of Wait But Why

July 2023
Week 30

Same procedure as last week! Writing, layouting, daily reviews with Sarah. We also got back the color proofs we made with the printer and happy with the results so far. Getting there.

I’ve printed all 320 layouts in small size so we can physically finalise our page plan: always crazy but rewarding when you see the work in its entirety!

Unusually tough start to the week overall though. Fought my way through, but felt exhausted most afternoons. Power naps to the help.

Took a flight to Paris on Friday night to join S <3. We will finish the magazine here in the coming week.

Saturday we pushed and worked, Sunday we enjoyed the city and just walked the stress away, mainly in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Cimetière Père Lachaise. Grateful to be here.

“If you’re procrastinating on something because you’re worried you won’t do a good enough job, you can relax — because judged by the flawless standards of your imagination, you definitely won’t do a good enough job. So you might as well make a start.” ~Oliver Burkeman

Input:
Strawberry Skies by Kwaku Asante on COLORS is a great song and performance (thanks S for sharing)
✺ A DJ set that powered me up was Kikelomo at Primavera Barcelona
✺ I always enjoy Oliver Burkeman’s The Imperfectionist (read the latest), honored to have him contributing again in our upcoming issue

Week 29

Fully focused on finishing the magazine. Designing, writing, reviewing. So many things in my head…

I visited our printer in Berlin this week for a few hours to discuss and the upcoming production dates and all necessary preparations. This was good. More clarity and a final timeline!

It was my mothers 15th deathday this week. I miss her a lot. She her gave me strength and confidence. She inspired massively and will forever. I’m so grateful.

Running every single day this week. It helped me maintain good energy and deal with pressure.

Saturday I kept working the whole day and went to UDK in the evening to check out the fashion presentations and support my friend Aimée. Sunday brunch with some good friends in my backyard ☼

Present Post: Towel in the wild
HH Posts: LỰU ĐẠN I, II

“Whether you think you can or you think you can't: you're right.” ~Henry Ford

Input:
✺ One of my mother's favorite songs that remind me of her is Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack
✺ I enjoyed this impressively vulnerable interview with Matej Mohorič after stage 19 of the Tour de France
✺ Watching this was refreshing: Man Embraces Radical Simple Living in Japan

Week 28

Back in Berlin and thankful for a fresh start into the week. Lots of layouting still. Lots of writing. Making progress on the upcoming newsletter as well.

Finishing the magazine is stressful. We are at around 300 pages again, with only Sarah and me producing this beast! But we just need to keep going, one day at a time. We are doing our best and I’m proud of how far we’ve come.

We watched a longer documentary on Simon Jacquemus. This guy always inspires and motivates me. Maybe because I can relate to his mission and background, losing his mother and her being his main inspiration, and the overall personal approach to his work.

We went to Bar Sway and Obermaier (two favorites in Berlin) with a few good friends and also passed by the opening of Blow Shop, which sells beautiful products from upcoming German designers, worth checking out.

“May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful.” ~Mary Oliver on the value of small contributions

Input:
Computerjockeys: My Golden Boy (still love this theme song for a crazy anime I used to watch)
Arnold on Netflix (incredible human being, great documentary)
Apple has a shot at solving the mental health crisis (from the Every newsletter which is one of my favorites)

Week 27

We went to Marseille for a night and drove from there to the house of Sarah’s parents, where we stayed for one week.

We were working on Present while enjoying the sun, the water, and the cricket sounds in the trees. I loved my long runs in the fields and forests and felt very thankful to be in the countryside, to recharge and prepare for the upcoming weeks.

I took my notepad out and continued sketching ideas and writing the off-voices and the editor’s letter. Sent out some more e-mails to potential partners to support us handling printing costs.

I released the revamped Present website with the aim to push our online platform more and more towards being an Active Archive, regularly publishing new essays and contributions alongside material from our back issues.

“It’s human being, not human doing, for a reason. Moderation. Being present. Knowing your limits. This is the key. The body that each of us has was a gift. Don’t work it to death. Don’t burn it out. Protect the gift.” ~Ryan Holiday

Input:
✺ One of the best non-fiction books to read on holidays (and in general) is Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
✺ Mo Gawdat’s podcast Slo Mo with Vikas Shah on how to embrace pain to give life beauty and why success can be deceiving

Week 26

I flatswapped my apartment for a week and went with Sarah to Barcelona to get some sun and finish some work. I’m thankful to be here. I love this city and everything is a little less complicated here🌞

We worked on the terrace outside finishing layouts and organising last minute shoots and stories. And we finally found an idea we love for the wine label designs. I’m feeling very grateful that my profession and technology allow me to work from places like this. Swimming, writing, running, designing, reading.

We met with our friends Octavio Barrera und Ampi Aristu, who you know from Present Issue #2, at La Polla, which was super lovely. Good people <3

Some recommendations in Barcelona:
✺ Favorite place for a morning run is Parc de la Ciutadella
✺ As a huge sandwich lover I believe the best ones in BCN you’ll get at Narciso
✺ Fantastic tortilla and great wines at El Pollo
✺ Unpretentious and very delicious tapas spot is La Violeta

"Clear Is Kind. Unclear Is Unkind." ~Brené Brown

Input:
Series: After Life
Music: Paco de Lucia: Entre Dos Aguas Live (1976)
Book: Status and Culture by W. David Marx

June 2023
Week 25

Refreshed start into the week. First morning runs in a while after an injury hindered me for two weeks. Realizing again how helpful running is for my whole system <3

New rounds of funding mails to support our printing costs, more designing and tweaking, lots of in-depth layout reviews with Sarah.

We got some new quotes from printers: everything got more expensive due to increased wood/paper prices, inflation etc. but we’ll figure it out!

This week was Sarah’s birthday and we had beers in the sun outside at the our friend Violaine Toth’s atelier. Afterwards went for dinner Barra. Feeling thankful for Sarah, my love and my partner in crime.

On Sunday we celebrated with a bunch of friends at Cocodrillo. It was a perfect ending for a great week and I was filled with gratitude for all the good people around me.

For me, success is not a public thing. It’s a private thing. It’s when you have fewer and fewer regrets. ~Toni Morrison

HH Post: When in Paris…

Input:
Video: Pep Guardiola and Thierry Henry in-depth chat (two men I love!)
Film: Air: Courting a Legend
Music: LTJ Bukem: Journey Inwards

Week 24

Another week of layouting, trying to get funding, and organising last-minute shoots. So many e-mails and dm’s! But we are slowly seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

My motto this week: Don’t overthink. Start before you’re ready. With so many things on my plate this helped to not get pulled in too many directions but to just pick one task and get started with it without too much preparation.

Whenever I had some energy left I tried to improve the new version of the PRESENT website. I have big plans for it! I want it to become an active archive and a powerful platform for all Present People. Speaking of: I’m very happy for the newest members in our Community Space :)

Thursday I went to the vernissage of my homie and Issue 2 contributor Hannah Kuhlmann’s exhibtion at Forma Gallery to check her amazing work and pick up lamps from her that I got for my birthday by my friends <3

The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something. ~Seth Godin

PRESENT Post: What we talk about in our Community Space
HH Post: Grateful for another summer
HH Post: Weekly Log

Input:
Series: Tour de France: Unchained
Video: Nataly Aukar: Escaping War and Pre-Marital Sex
Music: Ghost… album by Ayrtn

Week 23

Too many busy construction sites at the moment. Sometimes this makes it pretty difficult to stay focused on one task at hand. But I have my tactics. And I’m fighting everyday.

Sometimes I’m wondering why I always put so much on my plate. Am I too ambitious? I’m put myself constantly outside my comfort zone. For that I’m proud. But I also need to take care of myself.

We are still layouting. This is what’s crucial now: that we finish our layouts to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and finish PRESENT Issue 3. I’m trying to not get too distracted by all other tasks screaming in the back!

We also started working on the label design for the upcoming PRESENT wine in collaboration with GLOW GLOW.

For Newfoundation we launched the new version of newcoin.org that I designed and developed.

You have to do hard things to create your own meaning in life. ~Naval Ravikant

Input:
Series: McGregor Forever (as a sports documentary fanatic I had a blast. Thankful for the rush of motivation!)
Text: How Graphic Designer Milton Glaser Made America Cool Again
Music: Robert Glasper: Black Radio III

Week 22

Monday was a holiday in Germany and we went to a park and were just laying in the sun, in the grass, relaxing and reading.

I’m doing my best not to get discouraged by the funding situation. It’s really tough to get enough support to finance the magazine. To relieve my stress I was working out hard and ran three times this week. It helped!

We are working hard on finishing Issue 3. It’s only Sarah and me. I feel pressure, because we need to finish this beast soon. I’m juggling my other work for Newfoundation and Mugler as best as I can.

We are layouting every day. When it’s finally finshed I believe this will be the best magazine ever. I’m thankful for having Sarah by my side.

I helped my sister moving on Saturday and in the evening we had BBQ with friends in my buddy Matze’s beautiful backyard. I’m grateful for my friends and my family.

The truth is that every challenging event you've experienced, each toxic person that you've encountered and all the trials you've endured have been perfect preparation to make you into the person that you now are. Nothing was an accident. Zero was a waste. ~Robin Sharma

Present Post: Never Give Up
Present Post: Insomnia 2 (1997) by Massimo Vitali
Present Post: Massimo Vitali Interview from Issue 2

May 2023
Week 21

Layouting issue 3 with Sarah while continuously reviewing our work together. I’m trying to take as much time in between everything else to progress on the designs.

I had to work myself out of toomuchness this week. Still trying to secure funding for the magazine, still coordinating with contributors and editors every day.

I finally did a complete health check-up. I haven’t been to the doctor in years and it felt great to have clarity: everything is looking good!

I started to work on the next Present Newsletter. This may sound paradoxal (as I’m writing this in a weekly log) but I feel I need to communicate more to the outside world about all the things we are building.

A great, quick excercise to understand what’s going on: Write down your loudest thought.

I met my old buddies Johannes and Claudio this week and also met up with the London crew of W/ (a music project I’m advising for, founded by my friend Carlo) who were visiting Berlin.

Resist the urge to worry about the future, focus on the now and leave the rest to fate.

Input:
Music: Mordechai by Khruangbin
Video: Marc Rebillet on Lafayette & Spring
Text: Can creatives break the mold and still find success online?

Week 20

Back in Berlin, feeling grateful for the beautiful and productive past month in Paris!

This week I kept on shipping funding outreach e-mails like a mad man. It’s quite rough at the moment. Felt pretty stressed at several points this week. Gotta watch out.

We are in intense layouting phase and we’re making good progress everyday! I’m currently listening back to St. Germain’s Tourist album from 2000 while designing.

In the upcoming Issue 3 of PRESENT and we will have a Present People section again, this time we want to ask you: When you feel lost, overwhelmed or unfocused, how do you reboot? You can participate from the Present Community or shoot me a DM :)

For Newfoundation we launched a new research platform that I designed and developed, focusing on emerging practices at the intersection of fine arts, fashion, philosophy and culture.

”You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something you bring to your work that no one else could.” ~Todd Henry

Input:
Series: Beef (imdb)
Film: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (imdb)
Album: Okra by David Versace (spotify)

Week 19

I’m having troubles falling asleep these days, even after a good night routine, just way too many things and ideas in my head, a never ending stream…

The work in issue 3 is intense, but it’s all coming together and this is very exciting. We are working a lot on layouts and organizing and editing last contributions. Had good calls with our editor Henry, with Nea-Kosma, and with my friend Eosmin in South Africa.

A really nice place to work from in Paris is Pause Café in Bastille. Big up’s to the wonderful team there! One of the best sandwich spots in Paris is Chez Aline.

A feature about my work has been published this week by JOIA magazine from Chile.

I’m working on a new product for Newfoundation called safe.energy, which will be out soon. Good conversations and progress with the team, and promising demo sessions.

We went to a neighbourhood bar in our street to see a Bossa Nova concert and to the amazing Chez Janou for lunch on Saturday. I really enjoyed that and we finally had some sun!🌞

Inputs:
Film: Caché by Haneke (1997) [imdb]
Film: The Hot Chick (2002) [imdb]
Reading: I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones

Make envy your enemy. ~Jerry Saltz

Week 18

We started layouting a lot of stories for PRESENT issue 3. It’s this time of the year now! It’s getting intense ~ and I’m so glad Sarah is with me on the journey. She’s a force and on top of everything: a great designer, giving so much quality and love to each layout💫

There are very loud construction works next to our current litle apartment in Paris, so I’m working most of the time from a café around the corner. It’s spring in Paris and this helps!

I soft-launched the new present.xxx website. There is still areas that are getting refined, but it’s coming together! I rebuilt the CMS from the ground up and we will publish many more articles online in the coming months. Let me know what you think!

I ran and worked out more heavily this week. Clearing my head, shaking of pressure. At the end of the week I felt proud that I finally shipped so many funding e-mails. This is not an easy task for me, I think it never is.

We met with our friend David Kaltenbach who living between Berlin and Paris at the moment as well. Saturday we walked the whole day, then had apéro at our favorite Jean Nicot and the dinner at Fro. Paris Est.

Present Post: You're not failing. You're just in the middle of succeeding.

Input:
Film: The Scent of Green Papaya (imdb)
Film: Close (imdb)

Every time you compliment someone in your head, try saying it out loud. even if it's a stranger. do it for the rest of the day and see what happens. ~WNRS

April 2023
Week 17

I’m thankful to be able to be in Paris at the moment. I feel so good here, despite such intense times. This was another very busy week. I tried to squeeze every minute, and it felt pretty non-stop!

On Monday I to the home and  atelier of Etienne Diop aka Tareet. We had a photo shoot with Pauline Scotto Di Cesare for PRESENT issue 3. It was fantastic! I had a great time with the whole team and it’s super excited seeing everything coming together.

We had a call with editor Henry Levinson who will help us out in the coming weeks. Excited to have his support! Still, I feel nervous about our printing deadline. I feel a lot of pressure at the moment to get everything done. But I managed these situations many times before, and I will also figure it out now!

I’m trying my best, despite hectic times, to take a concious break in the afternoon to go over my Principles and Wisdom lists. This always makes me feels good. Principles are notes from myself about things I’ve learned and noticed so far in my life. Wisdom are my favorite quotes and texts from other people.

The Pareto principle points us in a very clear direction: the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do. ~Gary Keller (From his The One Thing book)

Post: MY DOJO: Hannah Dunkelberg

Week 16

Monday morning I met with Madeleine, Sofiane and Tony at Full Node where we booked a space and recorded a podcast the whole day. We talked about our backgrounds, projects at Newfoundation, and our hopes for culture and new technology.

Next to all the PRESENT and NF tasks, I continued delivering updates for various Mugler projects this week.

On Thursday night we landed in Paris. I feel thankful that Sarah found such a nice and calm apartment for a low price. For the first days our friend Matthias joined us as well. It feels right to be back in Paris.

PRESENT: Working on a massive e-mail wave to activate potential partnerships and ad opportunities for the upcoming issue. Reached out to printers to get offers. Continued editing texts, coordinating tasks, designing layouts.

We wrapped the week up with having beers in the sun, then headed to Bambino for dinner. Saturday we met with our friends Jonas Vahl, Tereza Mundilova und Lucas Christiansen. Later Carlo, Hannah and Fanette joined us as well. We had dinner at Chez Robert. Sunday: Walking the whole day, Pain de Mie Carré for Japanese sandwiches, Marché des Enfants Rouges for brunch, Ramen Tsukiji for dinner.

Input: Currently reading The Creative Act by Rick Rubin. I also watched new episodes of Succession and The Mandalorian for relaxation.

There’s a tremendous power in using the least amount of information to get a point across. ~Rick Rubin

Week 15

Back in Berlin! Fighting overwhelm. I’m pushing through. I’m thankful that my health is stable. Procrastinating on finishing the podcast editing. I’m nervous about issue 3. But I remain ultimately more optimistic and hopeful than ever. And I know we are able to solve and finish it all. And I have to remember that I can figure out everything as long as I manage to put my energy and full attention into it.

We had a great in-depth session with Sarah where we reviewed and analyzed Present issues 1 & 2 and made a list of what we loved and what we want to do differently. To explore what we have achieved in the past gave us a crucial positive push to move forward. Fresh hope for the next weeks of the adventure of finalizing the next issue.

I continued and shipped updates on several projects for Mugler. Thankful to have the opportunity to support another brand close to my heart.

I met with my friend and past Present contributor Erkin Karamemet. And I had another FIFA night with some good buddies. Thankful for my friends. On Sunday night I had dinner with my colleagues who where in town for a few days: Sofiane, Madeleine and Tony. We also recorded a podcast together. It was inspiring!

"I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become what I know I am." ~M. Jordan

Week 14

Sarah and I met with our friend and artist Dennis Buck to discuss ideas for his contribution, which was really nice.

Lots of mails and back and forth with many contributors for the new issue. Worked on editing some upcoming interviews and providing feedback on photo shoots and essay contributions.

As always, trying my very best to juggle everything, trying to figure it all out, without going nuts! Continued building the Present website, while working on the issue 3 page plan and socials. Good call with Nea-Kosma discussing their upcoming contribution.

Started running again. Preferred in the early evening which clears my head from the work hours before and gives some extra energy for a last session in the night.

One good journaling prompt I picked up in the WNRS newsletter: Write down your loudest thought.

Saturday morning I took the train to Cologne for my father’s birthday and easter with the whole family🌷

A winner is just a loser who tried one more time. ~George Moore

Article: The Imperfectionist: Urgency doesn't exist
Series: Welcome to Wrexham

March 2023
Week 13

I could smell the spring this week for the first time and it gave me an exhilarating rush of motivation. This might by my favorite times of the year, when you feel that Spring is finally arriving: it always gives me fresh energy and new hope!

And it’s really needed right now. Overwhelm is creeping up on me. Lots on the plate. Juggling more than ever. Next to writing and designing and coordinating contributions, I still need to finish to edit the podcast. And to launch the updated website I’m still building, which I need to be able to tackle funding once more.

Productive Present team call. Issue 3 is in the making. The iron is hot. Lots of organization, but getting closer. We are still a tiny team, so it’s a shitload of work: it’s very intense but we keep it fun!

I took on two additional projects: Working on secret project for Mugler and helped out the Luudan team for a quick job.

Thousands of thoughts in my head, my head is blown away by the daily advancements of AI. What a time to be alive.

A thought: When you think you are at your limit (mind and body) you are not even at 30% of what you are actually capable of. We are much stronger than we think.

“Disregard your rejections. They vanish from history and years from now, you’ll appear to be an overnight success.” ~Markus Almond

Post: Jiu Jitsu Poetry

Week 12

Monday we met our good friend Carlo who was in Paris for one day. Went to one of our favorite easy apéro spots Chez Prune and had dinner at Onii-San!

Back in Berlin. Still building the new Present website, which should be a big step forward. And will hopefully bring some partners on board! We are still searching for support to handle the upcoming issue and beyond.

I’m thankful my cold is gone and I can work out, make runs, and feel fully alive again!

Thursday night I went with a bunch of friends to the concert of Nu Genea, a band from Napoli that I love. It was amazing. Congrats to my friend Magnus for making this all happen.

Friday I had a call with Casey Cadwallader in Paris for an upcoming Mugler project I’m excited about.

Saturday I met with my Content Boys gang, good talks, good times. Later that night I was DJing a few hours at the birthday party of two of my best friends at Anita Berber club. Bliss!

Podcast: Lewis Hamilton talking with Jay Shetty
Video: Paco de Lucia - Entre dos aguas (1976)
Series: Liaison (not as good as I thought but still entertaining)

Recognize a truth embraced by the most productive and important personalities of generations past: A deep life is a good life.” ~Cal Newport

Week 11

On Monday I participated in a Newfoundation/Newforum panel on Defining Transmedia Fashion with my friend Tony Wang and Sam Walker. Thankful for an inspiring and insightful conversation!

Tuesday we met with photographer Pauline Scotto Di Cesare in her studio to talk about her upcoming Present Shoot with fashion designer Tareet. It was great! It’s so good to see contributors in IRL, even if only once.

For the upcoming upgrade of the Present website I indulged myself in technical explorations, building a new and highly adaptable cms system, subtle animations and a dark-mode-switch, which was fun. I’m getting closer to soft-launching it👀

On Friday we went to see the Faith Ringgold black is beautiful exhibition at Musée Picasso ~ and it was really phenomenal. Afterwards we headed to Belleville and went to a small gallery for the vernissage of Hôtelissimo.

I never had better ramen than on Saturday night: Kodawari Ramen Tsukiji ~ amazing experience and highly recommended.

Sunday we went to the 1997 Fashion Big Bang exhibition revolving around the most important year in fashion, shaping the business and aesthetics until today. It was so fascinating, we read every single text of the whole exhibition.

My Paris Tipps from me and Sarah:
Jah Jah By Le Tricycle (fantastic Jamaican food, vegan)
Haikara (another great izakaya)
• A Jean Nicot (our favorite original bar-bistro, ran by a really lovely older couple)
Fréquence (dance bar)

Other input this week:
Film: Le monde est à toi
Film: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Vocation at its deepest level is: ”This is something I can’t not do, for reasons I’m unable to explain to anyone else and don’t fully understand myself but that are nonetheless compelling.” ~Parker J. Palmer

Week 10

I took a flight to Paris on Tuesday night and went straight with Sarah to the Ciccolina party at Folies Pigalle, marking the end of Fashion Week. Good times and amazing music by Bearcat.

We met with Liselotte Girard who reached out to the Present team with a great contribution idea. It was nice meeting IRL and making further plans. I wrote a bunch of posts in the Community and recorded my monthly video update. We also had another fireside chat. (The next one will take place on March 23)

What I’m struggling with: I’m making good progress on a lot of things, but: severely procrastinating on the edit of my podcast. But I’m aware, and I’ll get there. Still battling with taxes stuff. When will AI solve this pain?

Had a great call with my friend Moritz Gottlob, amazing producer, moving to Japan next week, who might be able to help coordinating and connecting when it comes to future Present Products.

I’m thankful to be in Paris. I always love to be here. I’m thankful for encouraging messages from my friend Lars. I’m thankful to be completely fit and healthy again.

Film: Call Me Chihiro (lovely!)
Podcast: Jay Shetty: Ex-Monk and His Hell (these guys!)
Book: I’m reading Delta-V by Daniel Suarez, a near future sci-fi novel, and I like it a lot. I think I’m just really enjoying finally reading fiction again for a change!
Post: Junko Tabei🏔

February 2023
Week 09

I was struggling to get completely fit again this week, but now finally I’m back 100%. Simply the best feeling. The only positive thing about beinging sick: The contrast once you feel better again. Feeling fully alive again. Realizing that being healthy is by far the biggest gift.

I continued working on a new, upgraded version of the Present website I have in mind since a while. I’m drafting in Figma and Webflow and build something that I find exciting. I caught myself feeling like a kid on Christmas building a new Lego set. Thankful to have something that is challenging and at the same time giving me so much fun and satisfaction!

Every day we are working on Issue 3. Lots of coordination, planning and e-mails. What I'm struggling with: I’m very happy seeing more new members in our Community. But I’m stuck in how to engage everyone more. How can we change this, and inspire more engagement?

Helped my brothers with their birthday party flyers. It’s been like this since I’m 15. And it’ll probably always be like this, I love that I can help with my craft :)

I’m thankful for my apartment. I’m thankful that I can be hopeful for the future. I’m thankful that I have a longterm vision.

Recognize a truth embraced by the most productive and important personalities of generations past: A deep life is a good life. ~Cal Newport

Input I enjoyed this week:
Movie: Ad Astra
Documentary: Rhythm Is It!
Essay: How to Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

Week 08

I turned 35 on Monday. I’m not one to freak out over numbers, but this one felt a bit different I have to admit. But my 30s were so damn good so far and I feel so thankful for everything in my life, so let’s fucking go✨

I celebrated with family and friends in my hometown Cologne. It was beautiful to hang out there for a few days, and it was in the middle of the carnival! I was DJing on Saturday and we celebrated the Rosenmontagszug on Monday before heading back to Berlin.

On Thursday we had our first live event in the PRESENT Community with Pauline and Carl Baumberger, founders of GLOW GLOW wines. It was a super insightful and fun 1.5 hour conversation, where we talked about the joys and struggles in the life of a wine maker, family dynamics and much much more. I’m grateful it worked out so well and I’m looking forward doing more of those events.

Most of the week I was fighting off a gnarly cold and trying to get fully fit again. This was annoying me, I hate nothing more than being sick. Also, I had to do my taxes which didn’t necessarily lighten up my mood. But it was all ok in the end :)

Saturday I was having dinner with some buddies and we ended up playing FIFA22 which we borrowed from another friend. I haven’t played in 15 years and it was incredibly fun and my thumbs were swollen afterwards🥹

Never underestimate the degree to which people crave clarity and respond positively to it. ~Ken Segall

Article: The Cup of Coffee Theory of AI
Video: How This Mushroom Savant Identifies Fungi by WIRED

Week 07

What a week! It started with a personal highlight on Monday watching Rihanna’s phenomenal Superbowl performance and discovering she wore the Salomon x Margiela sneakers with the logo I designed❤️�.

I finally booted up Adobe Premiere for the first time and got started on cutting the first PRESENT Podcast. While editing I decided for the next guest and could confirm already!

On Wednesday we had a video call and interview with artist and food stylist Suea in NYC. We talked for almost two hours and it was really lovely and insightful! This will published in PRESENT Issue 3.

I helped Sarah to develop her new website (check it out!) and then had some organizing and packing to do for my upcoming birthday and travels to carnival in my hometown Cologne. (I’ll DJ there and go as Ace Ventura🦜)

I talked to my friend Pauline Baumberger to plan the event next week and to clarify some open question for our upcoming collaboration and published the announcement🍇

Recorded a new welcome video for the Community Space. Hope this makes it a bit easier for new members! Additionally I shared a community update via video to keep everyone in the loop about recent developments. We also had our first fireside chat test. Nice!

We went to MIBAP on Friday night for some delicious Taiwanese food and then to Cologne on Saturday morning. It was a wild and beautiful trip!

Input: Break Point (I just love sports documentaries. Always motivates me to improve my craft!)

Post: GLOWGLOW Wines Live Event in the PRESENT Community

Week 06

Week’s Highlight: We launched the PRESENT Community to the public! Grateful for the first new members, and grateful for all beta testers so far! I’m excited for how this space will evolve and how we’re going shape it together🌿

A revelation this week: You don’t need more time, you are just scared. Some tasks sat on my to-do list way longer then they should, and I blamed all the “small tasks” that I needed to get out of the way before. But I was just procrastinating out of fear of failure. Which was of course just a cheap trick of my monkey mind aka Resistance trying to hold me back. It didn't succeed😌

Present team calls and follow-up’s with contributors for Issue 3. I’m also reviewing past Chapters and Present Principles and writing new ones. Would love to write more again in general.

Great work sessions with Sofiane and Daša, building new intro and outro sequences for Newforum, new profiles and diagrams for the Newfoundation ecosystem.

Then I was struck down by food poisoning for 24 hours. That wasn’t nice. But I watched Last Of Us and Wakanda Forever, which I both enjoyed very much.

Friday night I went to ORA with Sarah, Saturday I had a dinner with friends at my place. Recharging<3

Input: The Story Of Sean Paul "Get Busy"

Post: An excerpt from Louise Friedlaender in PRESENT Issue 1

January 2023
Week 05

This week I got caught up too many times in that feeling of toomuchness. Struggling with not being able to do enough work for Present. Just felt I have too much other shit that I need to eliminate before I can’t get to the important stuff ~ the classic old struggle. I did my best to push through, and in the end just accepted for how this week unfolded.

Not complaining though: I had productive team calls with Sarah and Paz, mostly about Issue 3. Wrote many e-mails to clear things up with contributors. Made overall small progresses here and there, keeping the ball moving.

Lunch meeting with Sofiane, Madeleine, Rafa the Builder, and Victoria Camblin (032c) to talk about web3, publishing, AI and everything in between. Lovely!

With Sarah and Gila I visited Schinkel Pavillon for the opening of EVERYTHING BUT THE WORLD by dis. Afterwards we went to “Zentrale” for another funky exhibition. This was inspiring.

Saturday I went to St. Bart for some great pub food with some good old friends, and Sunday to Cocodrillo (both highly recommended✨)

Input: Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story
Input: What Discipline Really Means - Jocko Willink

Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. ~ David Foster Wallace

Week 04

On Monday night I recorded the first Present People Podcast episode with my friend Jasmin Truong. We talked for four hours!✨ It was a special situation and we had to get used to it in the beginning, but then we found a great flow…it was really fun. A first episode wouldn’t be real without a technical problem. One of the cameras overheated and stopped recording multiple times, so we had to restart a few passages. I don’t think it’s a big problem, it’ll be just a bit of extra work for me in post-production.

I’m quite on the edge of my capabilities at the moment, trying to squeeze in time here and there to cut the episode ~ can’t wait to publish it and share it with you!

I’m thankful how the beta version of the Community Space is evolving. There is already so much valuable content in there. Thank you to everyone helping out so far. We are working on launching it for the rest of our community next week.

I finished my work for Mugler, the show took place on Thursday in Paris and was mind-blowing! Congrats to the whole team.

On Thursday night I went to Rome with some old friends of mine. We spend most of our days walking around and eating tons of pasta and Birra Moretti (also Trappazetti Roma and Focacceria Roscioli were heavenly!)

Input: How I Became The Worlds Best DJ With Only One Arm: Black Coffee
Input: The Power of Routine, Intuition & Ayurveda With Thomas Tuchel

Imagine all your responsibilities and obligations vanish overnight. What would you miss doing? What would you choose to add back to your life? If you're searching for more time this year, start with a clean slate and choose what to add to your days rather than starting with a full schedule and trying to figure out what to eliminate.

Week 03

I finished and shipped my interview for JOIA magazine from Chile🇨🇱

I made last preparations for recording the first PRESENT Podcast beginning of next week. I’m nervous and excited. Fingers crossed!

Next to pushing projects at Newfoundation, I was supporting the team at Mugler this week with producing graphics for their fashion show on January 26th in Paris.

New smoothie recipe I’m loving at the moment: açaí, banana, frozen berries, oats, cinnamon, coconut water. (I’m mixing in one scoop of AG1 as well).

Went to Kadewe with Sarah (she’s starring on the massive billboards outside!). We met Carlo there and our buddy Jakob had a stand for his Avaa/Verjus drinks. Afterwards we went to the Bubble Crew’s pizza event by my friends Taylor and Raoul. Really enjoyed that🍕

This week I watched an amazing documentary about the life and mathematical vision of Maryam Mirzakhani who became the first woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. It moved me to tears. → Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

The goal of adulthood is to let go of the other possible existences and to make the best of the one. A successful adult is one who understands that it doesn't matter which life you ultimately pick, only that you live it well. ~ Chris Ballas

Week 02

I feel grateful that I had such good energy this week. Finally, after a tricky December. I felt a new clarity in general, which is always and simply a main energy boost! Life and work are much better once you see cleary what you want to do and what you have to do, short-term and long-term. Clarity is power.

I took time to clean up my priorities for the next weeks and months and worked on building a much clearer PRESENT Dashboard (in Notion) for me and the team, so everyone know exactly what to focus on.

I continued working on getting the PRESENT Membership program off the ground. It’s technically tricky, as I want to avoid Memberstack and build it directly with the Webflow Memberships Beta. I’s seems it hasn’t been done so far in the way I want to do it. But I’m getting there.

I adapted the podcast equipment one last time. Got different cameras, which work much better now. I continued writing my answers for my upcoming interview with Joia magazine.

Thursday night we went to Sameheads for the Banoffee Pies records party. Really enjoyed the proper UK sound. Good vibes. Friday I attended the playlist call with my W/ crew and played a track from Little Simz’s new album (Who Even Cares) and an old Nelly classic (Luven Me)🥹

Input: How to Create More Clarity in Your Life

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity. ~ James Clear

Week 01

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a fulfilling 2023. Health and strength to get started on whatever it is that will make you happy in the longterm. I believe in you.🤍

I took it slow in the first week of the year. Really didn’t feel like rushing into the new year. That was a good decision.

Lots of reading and running. I did some reviewing and planning ahead of the next months. Here are some questions I asked myself:
• What do you want out of life?
• It's one year from now. December 2023. The habit you were hoping to build during the year didn't stick.
• Fill in the blank: I’ll be upset with myself if I'm still ______ next year.

I continued testing a refining the setup for the upcoming podcast recording ~ I’m excited about it!

Met my old friend Max (Vallot) of District Vision who was visiting from L.A. for a tea at Château Royal. On Sunday I went with Sarah to the exhibtion Let’s See What We Find curated by my friend Sebastian Peter at Museum für Fotografie, recommended!

Input: Everything had a first version, find them here.
Input: Questions to ask before giving up: https://www.dropbox.com/s/52yhkp4897o1608/9ad5a624-0481-48f2-8e44-0c3729e854a3.jpeg
Input: Simplify via Alex Tan
• One of the most intelligent case studies in design is the Chinese tea cup. They’re made without handles simply because if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to drink.
• Humans naturally want to add more. Add a cardboard sleeve, add a warning on the outside of the cup, add a handle. The result of all these things never cools down the actual contents. And in the end, you’ll still burn your mouth from drinking too early. It’s not that people don’t see the warnings, we’re just adding more layers of separation between us and the answer.
• Simplify until it's obvious.

Watched: The Menu (not as good as I thought!)
Watched: Amélie (a joy to rewatch again after so many years!)
Watched: The Banshees of Inisherin
Watched: Charlotte Perriand - Pionierin des Alltagsdesigns ~ for me personally, one of the absolute most amazing women of the 20th century

Week 21
May 20 – May 26, 2024

I’m currently writing a bunch of scripts for new videos and continuing writing on my guide book. I keep on working in the early mornings on upcoming products with fellow creators in mind. It’s tough at times to keep it all up next to everything else, but I try to stay consistent and proceed with small steps!

We went with a couple of friends to Bar du Moulin to celebrate the release of Pauline, the fantastic new series co-written and co-directed by my friend Alma, now available on Disney+ and Hulu: highly recommended.

I took a trip to Germany to spent some time with my Newcoin team, then off to a pre-wedding weekend for Carlo with many friends at a get-away in the countryside. It was very lovely and one of my highlights was sharing a yurt with my old buddy Johannes. Good times :)

This Week’s Wisdom from Marcus Aurelius: “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Input
✺ Rose Glass’s newest film Love Lies Bleeding is an gripping, gun-toting, neo-noir love story
Are you ready to put yourself out there? is an essay from the great Things Worth Knowing by Farrah Storr
✺ Check this snippet from an interview with Francis Ford Coppola about Megalopolis, the most ambitious project of his career, at Cannes last week

Week 20
May 13 – May 19, 2024

I had troubles sleeping, my thoughts were constantly jumping from ruminations of the past into irrational future worries. When it became way too much my mind suddenly came to the conclusion: Leave the past and the future where they belong and rest where you are now! I felt much better immediately. This was the cure. This is always the cure! Giving-in to the moment and simply falling into being. I finally fell asleep.

One of my best friends Matthias came to visit Sarah and me in Paris. We walked for miles and miles, talking and dreaming and fueling ourselves with ideas and delicious food. We went to Frank Elbaz (which is always worth a visit) and Palais de Tokyo, laying in the grass at Buttes-Chaumont and ended the day at one of our favorites Ama Siam.

Carlo and Hannah were also in town and we all went to Senegalese restaurant Waly-Fay. Next day apéro and dinner at Martin with the crew, including our new friends Loft and Pernilla, which was wonderful.

This Week’s Wisdom from Maya Angelou:“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Input
✺ Back in 2001, before her child was born, photograper Annie Wang started the long-term project titled The Mother as a Creator documenting herself and her son growing up for 17 years
Support System and Essential Tools for Modern Makers: Present Community is a Resources Hub, where we explore and exchange with 150+ fellow Present People from around the world

Week 19
May 06 – May 12, 2024

Planning, compiling, writing every day a little bit on my upcoming book. It will be a guide/workbook for my friends and community on a concept I’m passionate about called Ikigai.

I’m deep in the post-production of two upcoming podcasts. It’s a lot, but thanks to having made all important mistakes in the first episode, it’s overall a little less time-consuming than before!

I’m currently reading the book Do Nothing: Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing and Underliving by Celeste Headlee, which is super interesting so far and came at a good time, after I was feeling a bit overwhelmed last week.

We had a lovely dinner at Amatxi with S, Jonas, Tereza, David and Tahnee.

This Week’s Wisdom from Isamu Noguchi:
“We are a landscape of all we have seen.” (a reminder that each and every one of us is an extension of the places we’ve been to, the people we’ve known, the conversations we’ve had, the hardships we’ve endured, the wins we’ve celebrated, the food we’ve eaten, the books we’ve read, the things we’ve done.)


Input
✺ Actor Mike Faist (Challengers) on tackling feelings of self-doubt and allowing yourself to look like a fool
✺ Keep on coming back to DâM-Funk in his Los Angeles pad playing his record collection: 80 minutes of pure funk and soul bliss

Output
✺ Published: Logo rework and a new star for MUGLER in collaboration with Casey Cadwallader. Thank you to the entire team at @muglerofficial

Week 18
April 29 – May 05, 2024

I had to deal with some negative thoughts creeping in several times this week resulting in a little downer due to overwhelm. I have so many dreams and goals and ideas. Trying to do it all can be a lot at times.

Sometimes it feels like I hardly get any feedback on what I’m building and doubts appear. But that’s just my brain producing thoughts, trying to distract me with worries. All I have to do is to focus on my craft in the present. The important reminder here is: You can control your output, not the outcome. I simply have to keep on with my own rhythm, and focus on what I can control.

I recorded a new podcast with Kareem Ali, an amazing musician from New York, now living in Tucson, Arizona. We talked about his upbringing, his daily rituals, and his process in recording a new album. I’m excited to share it with you as soon as I can!

This Week’s Wisdom from Maya Angelo:
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Input
✺ I’m glad I rediscovered hip-hop legend Bahamadia through her classic Uknowhowwedu, currently listening on repeat to her dnb fueled Pep talk
✺ I enjoyed Luca Guadagnino’s documentary Shoemaker of Dreams about the fascinating life story of the great Salavatore Ferragamo

Output
“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.” ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (link)
✺ Fluid Meditations: Interview Excerpts from PRESENT Issue 3: Self-Care with DJ Gigola (link)
✺ A Public Note To Myself: Essential Reminders For When You Just Don’t Feel Like It (this felt so good to share) (link)
✺ Cleaning the slate with Rick Rubin (link)

Week 17
Week 17 (April 22 – April 28, 2024)

Finished and shipped Why PRESENT ~ to record this video I went out of my comfort zone to answer this question in depth. It’s an exploration on the foundational reasons this project exists and an invitation to come grow PRESENT with us.

I recorded an extended conversation with Adam Barnard of Otto Resource for an upcoming Present Podcast episode. It was the remote recording with the unavoidable small technical hick-up’s but overall fulfilling and fun!

I went with Sarah to Sadarnac which is run by young chef Lise Deveix — great experience. Also one of my best friends Carlo was in town for a night and we had apéro and burger’s at Dumbo. Bliss!

This Week’s Wisdom from Haemin Sunim:
“The world is experienced according to the state of one’s mind. When your mind is joyful and compassionate, the world is, too. When your mind is filled with negative thoughts, the world appears negative, too. When you feel overwhelmed and busy, remember that you are not powerless. When your mind rests, the world also rests.”

✺ Watched the 3-Body-Problem as I’m intrigued by the Fermi Paradox and previously read the book by Liu Cixin: the series didn’t disappoint!
✺ Yohji Yamamoto’s advice to young makers during his great interview with SHOWstudio from 2011 (full conversation

Week 16
April 15 – April 21, 2024

Had a weekend alone and got pretty much into monk mode. Just working on my thing and recharging with long runs, lifting weights, sauna.

Sitting in a quiet spot, writing, brain dumping. Always helpful. One important regular practice for me is asking: What am I missing? Listening to myself undistracted to understand the areas in life that deserve more of my attention, that might have been distracted by busyness.

Finishing up my upcoming solo-video. As always, more work than expected, but I’m learning a lot! Hope it’ll be worth it. Thankful for Sarah’s feedback.

Dinner in the 18th with our friends Andrea & Benoit and met the gang at Gila’s vintage sale. Went with S to see a live jazz and salsa band…loved it!

This Week’s Wisdom from Kyle Boggeman:
“Sometimes you don’t need a stronger breeze, but to adjust your sail..”

Output
Various Stages of the Making of Present Issue 3

Input
Dune, Islam & Religion: exploring the fascinating world of Dune and the religious themes that we can find in the books and movies
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s effortless flow: five rituals from the artist’s creative process and powerful work ethic

Week 15
April 08 – April 14, 2024

Long walks with Sarah through our neighborhood of Belleville. Soaking in every ray of sun we could get this week.

Since January we are in Paris and I moved with almost nothing, only one suitcase. We’ll get our things from Berlin later. It just dawned on me this week how much it doesn’t effect me not having my stuff. Don’t miss anything. Good feeling!

Thinking about my Why and tinkering on upcoming scripts, preparing podcasts, and writing for my community. Also worked more deeply this week on new graphic design explorations. This feels so good.

We went to the Hybrid Visions event organized by my friend Trang, then dinner at Bambino which is one of my favorite spots.

This Week’s Wisdom from David Bowie on how to produce your best work:
“If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

Radio Garden is a spinnable globe of the Earth where green dots represent radio stations. Click a dot and you are suddenly listening to live radio in that part of the world. Right now I’m listening to Rádio Beija Flor in Brazil
What Miles Davis is to Jazz, LTJ Bukem is to Jungle: I keep on coming back to the work of legendary jungle and drum&bass producer LTJ Bukem, which I often listen too when working

Week 14
April 01 – April 07, 2024

Met with my buddy Felix and godson Bruno before heading back to Paris. Welcoming Spring with morning runs at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont!

Thinking about the best practices that helped me in the past to find clarity and purpose. I’m working on a guiding tool for fellow creators. I have a lot of those kinds of favorite unrealized projects in the pipeline and try to progress every day in the early morning hours, before the world comes rushing in.

One of my oldest friends Magnus was in town and we went on a beautiful rampage of favorite restaurants, drinks in the sun and a big picknick with many lovely friends. Feeling blessed. Shout out’s Sarah, Gila, Alex, Cata, Alma, Luca, Aggy, Ira & Stan :)

PRESENT: Letter ✺ 012

“The more you produce, the more your character, your talent will emerge.” (Rick Owens’ advice to creatives and designers)

✺ Check out the full Rick Owens interview by Sofia Tchkonia (2013) from the quote above
✺ Guilty pleasure: the new season of Top Chef France ~ always fun, fascinating and weirdly relaxing
Eric Jeng is exploring humanity through **wonderful street interviews that make me miss NYC!

Week 13
March 25 – March 31, 2024

I was struggling at the beginning of the week with having too many things to take care of, too many small tasks and deadlines. The solution was hitting the gym, then sitting down with a blank paper and radically reduce to the essentials, breaking everything down into clearer and smaller tasks, tackling one-by-one.

Preparing new podcasts and while publishing four Dojos on our website. I feel there are so many hidden gems in our three PRESENT print issues that need to reach a wider audience! I’ll keep on producing and building our Active Archive.

We went to AFIKARIS gallery and visited Matthew Eguavoen’s Ukhurhę exhibition. This was inspiring and impressive as we were lucky to listen to Matthew explain his work.

Sunday I took the Eurostar to Cologne. Stayed for a few days over Easter with the family and to celebrate my fathers birthday. Watching football with my buddy Simon and his dad—our beloved 1. FC Köln is struggling but we remain hopeful—and hanging with my Alaaf and Kickin’ gang.

I live in the moment, and I reflect later.” (Action Bronson)

Present Post: Portraits of Issue 3
Present Post: Breathing Pause

✺ We finally watched Dune 2 which lived up to the hype, insanely good and the cinematography by Greig Fraser was breathtaking
✺ Finished and loved the newest Delta-v novel by Daniel Suarez: it’s high-tech fiction exploring the causes and impacts of rapid technological change
✺ Action Bronson’s epic FINAL MEAL finale of From Paris with Love <3 (also recommend the extended cut of the whole trip)

Week 12
March 18 – March 24, 2024

First signs of Spring! A rush of energy. Taking-in all the sun walking through Belleville and my beloved Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Feeling a new sense of urgency, in a good way. I’m fighting to do the right things, work on meaningful stuff and enjoy life every day to not have any regrets later.

Ultimately, PRESENT is about self-development. In a way that is hopefully motivating and attractive in order to inspire more people to get started. Even if it might turn out as a “mistake”: in life you have to do do do stuff. Make decisions and go for it! I’m truly believe this is key.

I recorded a new video, but might have to do it again. Doesn’t matter, I keep on learning. Working on the next Newsletter. Started designing new merch, because it gives me joy! Preparing gifts for my fathers 70th birthday next week.

We met Alma, Gila, Ilias, Ira for apéro, and Saturday dinner at the great Ethiopian restaurant Habesha, shout-out to my friend Trang Le Bozon.

PRSNT Post: Things That Aren't Doing the Thing

Input:
Live to 100: Lovely and fascinating documentary on the Secrets of the Blue Zones
✺ Guy Ritchie’s new series The Gentlemen is recommended for every Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fan (even got Vinnie Jones in it!)

Week 11
March 11 – March 17, 2024

We've tried some light fasting this week. I did 36 hours and it was a very good experience. I’m doing intermittent fasting for years, but this was another level. The clarity and energy after 14 hours was astonishing.

I’m writing the script for a video on Why Present? which will be a solo-video before the next podcast release. In the PRSNT Community we recently talked about sleep, taxes, and movies: join the conversation, it’s free and everybody is welcome!

Friday night we met our friends Nathan and Harry Sevi (check out Harry’s new app Hani) Saturday with Alma to Reyna and Lao Siam with Fanette und Angélique for dinner. Sunday we checked out the Château de Vincennes and walked at Bois de Vincennes.

PRSNT Post: Samma Samādhi

“I knew that the confidence I’d managed to develop didn’t come from a perfect family or God-given talent. It came from personal accountability which brought me self-respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward.” ~David Goggins

Input:
✺ My homies Aroma Pitch released their new EP Millennium Surfer with Public Possession
✺ We watched Cruella and The Holdovers and both were surprisingly great
The Future Is a Dupe: Sora, Vision Pro, and the Blurred Lines Between Truth & Fiction

Week 10
March 04 – March 10, 2024

This week I published the first PRESENT Podcast. I’m glad to have finally shipped it and hope someone out there will find it valuable. Obviously it’s not perfect yet, but you have to start somewhere! This is a prototype kicking off more to come.

We had a group call in our PRESENT Community, getting together with a few fellow members to chat about how we can make it easier for people to share. Creating true community engagement is a challenge, but we’ll figure it out. PRESENT is a long-term project and we are just getting started.

I met my buddy Tony Wang from NYC for coffee who visited Paris for Fashion Week. Always inspiring. Friday with some good friends at new favorite Chez Francis, Saturday market in Chatou.

“Strangely, life gets harder when you try to make it easy. Exercising might be hard, but never moving makes life harder. Uncomfortable conversations are hard, but avoiding every conflict is harder. Mastering your craft is hard, but having no skills is harder. Easy has a cost.” ~James Clear

PRSNT Post: Podcast 001: I, II, III

Input:
✺ We watched Perfect Days, the new Wim Wenders film playing in Tokio: it was wonderful
✺ Had a long walk with this album by East-London artist dialE on repeat, so good!

Week 09
February 26 – March 03, 2024

I took the week off and went skiing in Austria with three good friends from Cologne. Soaking in the mountain air and riding everyday! Felt very thankful for this experience.

Came back to Paris and went with Sarah to Matter and Shape, a new design salon in the heart of Paris at Jardin des Tuileries. It was beautiful and very well curated. We chatted with the ever-inspiring Ana Kraš, who is about to launch her Teget brand. Exciting!

I worked on new contributions and features for the Community and wrapped-up the Podcast episode to be published next week, can’t wait to share with you all.

“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every red light, every traffic jam, every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” ~Charlotte Joko Beck

Input:
✺ Watched La Sociedad De La Nieve which was gripping and very well done
I loved every minute of it, however hard it had been: Andrew Wiles on his long journey solving one of the most impossible mathematics problems
If You Want to Build, You Have to Believe by Simone Stolzhoff via Every

Week 08
February 19 – February 25, 2024

For my birthday on Tuesday I enjoyed a slow and sunny day with Sarah. In the evening we met with a dozen good friends at La Chope des Artistes, which was wonderful. Simply one of the best feelings to bring together friends from different parts of your life to one table and see what happens :)

I’m still finalizing the PRESENT Podcast: preparing YouTube thumbnails and Spotify covers. I also recorded a new intro, which took me quite a few attempts. I’m already organizing the next episodes — I have a long list and big ambitions!

I continued many new designs for our upcoming Newcoin releases and delivered some work for Mugler’s upcoming FW 2024 show. Went to the launch of 90antiope at Lafayette Anticipations with Sarah & Ricarda, and we met Natacha there, which was lovely and inspiring.

Saturday I took a flight to Berlin and relaxed the whole afternoon with Magnus, Carlo, Taylor & my sister, and DJed for a few hours at 60HZ at night.

Input:
✺ Came for the summer vibes, stayed for the performances: Une fille facile by Rebecca Zlotowski
✺ Mike Tyson about crying before every fight
✺ Will Welch: Death, Sex and Money: The Tom Ford Exit Interview

Week 07
February 12 – February 18, 2024

Clarity Creates Energy. When I’m stressed or worried I just make a list: What are you afraid of? And start jotting down in bullet points. It seems so banal, but it’s always helpful. Everything becomes more clear. And clarity is power. Once what’s troubling you stands clearly in front of you you are reminded that everything is figureoutable.

I published the Samma Samādhi by Frank Berzbach on our website. Samma Samādhi means the “right collection”, the ability to concentrate, which is the main engine for a creative life.

Sunday we went to the Bastille market with our friends Alex & Gila, and to the Fondation Louis Vuitton for the Mark Rothko exhibition. Being in this building and staring at Rothko paintings was a meditative experience.

One of the rules artist and educator Corita Kent often shared with her students: "There is no win and no fail. There is only make." ~ What are you making today?

Input:
✺ Trung Phan on the Psychology of Apple Packaging
✺ Loved the Six Nations: Full Contact Rugby documentary on Netflix
✺ Moshe Kasher on the fascinating History of Sign Language

Week 06
February 05 – February 11, 2024

Happy Lunar New Year! We celebrated the Year of the Dragon with a lovely group with people from all over the world at Opéra Mandarin organised by my friend Trang.

Worked on many fronts this week. Podcast is in review now. Designing covers and thumbnails. Writing for the Community. Writing for my friends. Cleaning and planning. Designing website and platform improvements.

Café Pimpin 20 is one of my favorite places in Paris! Super lovely staff. Great music. Perfect for working a few hours in the afternoon. There are so many fantastic stores in Paris. Two that I recently loved and recommend are The Archivist and Seconde Vue where I bought 90s vintage Mugler sunglasses.

“Say no to anything that prevents you from sitting in silence for some time, every day.” ~James Altucher

PRNST Post: Learning from Lina

Input:
✺ I salute Sébastien Haller from Ivory Coast and one of my personal hero's: from defeating cancer to scoring the winning goal in the Africa Cup of Nations
✺ We went to see Poor Things in the cinema and it was a great experience, magnificent film with insane performances!
✺ Still loving and listening to Sainté’s EP Local Mvp from 2021

Week 05
January 29 – February 04, 2024

Thankful for a great week with good energy in Paris. I have a powerful rhythm going on here and enjoy our day-to-days. Waking up early, trying to get in some hours of deep work. Meetings with good people and exploring the local gyms and cafés. I couldn’t name any other city at the moment that makes me so happy.

Just show up ~ sometimes when I feel not ready: one trick is to simply open whatever file I'm working on. Put yourself in front of your canvas. Just be in the gym. Everything then comes automatically. Simply putting your thing in front of you will make you magically begin more often than not.

Saturday we went to Imperial Raviolis and Lolo cave à manger with some friends. Afterwards to the Edging party with Crystallmess, one of my favorite DJs. So good! Sunday we visited the house of Agnes Varda, the Giacometti Institute, and the Fondation Cartier for Studio Mumbai.

PRSNT Post: Resist the urge to worry about the future
PRSNT Post: Portraits from PRESENT Issue 3 ~ Part 1

Input:
✺ Finally watched Anatomie d'une chute and it’s as good as people tell you!
✺ Integrity and vulnerability: Jürgen Klopp on Why he made the decision to leave Liverpool
✺ One of my favorite gospel funk mixtapes is back online: Dam-Funk’s Spiritual Flight

Week 04
January 22 – January 28, 2024

My vision of what I want and how to get there becomes clearer every week. I arranged my goals slightly: this year I will be more flexible, agile, free. I want to simplify life for new piece of mind and clarity. This will also help me unlock new energy for making and creating more value, and getting closer to my favorite unrealized projects.

Speaking of: my first podcast, a long form conversation on video with designer Jasmin Truong is almost ready for release. After a detour to Descript I’m back to Adobe Premiere, fighting to figure it all out. I failed many times. But needed to make sense of it for myself, next time it’ll be easier.

I met with my sister and had a dinner with a group of good friends at my place. Saturday just chilling with my homie Taylor. Sunday I took the train to Paris with Sarah. We’ll be here for a while and I’m ready for it!

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Input:
✺ Wonderful interview with the legend Manfred Thierry Mugler by Loic Prigent and documentary about the house of MUGLER (one of my favorite clients)
Larger Than Life is the new album by American R&B singer Brent Faiyaz and it gives me nostalgia in the best way possible

Week 03
January 15 – January 21, 2024

Immersing myself fully in the moment, trying to focus solely on the one thing in front of me. With everything going on this can be difficult. But concentration is a muscle that can be trained. Dare to focus completely on the now like nothing else matters. Then move on.

I continued PRESENT website updates and published two essays and a long interview from past issues, now online for free for the first time. Explored a new look with updated icons for the Community and started writing longer texts and posts to be published in the coming weeks!

Two big birthday parties of two good friends this weekend with lots of love including karaoke at Ergün’s Fischbude which was much fun and weirdly relaxing.

PRSNT Post: From the Community: New Year Reflections

Input:
✺ Respect for Amelia Dimoldenberg of Chicken Shop Date ~ fascinating interview with Colin and Samir
✺ Digging Music 4 Tesla Vol.2 by young Parisian musicians Kaba & Hyas (via RinseFM, thanks Manolo)

Week 02
January 08 – January 14, 2024

We took a long night train back to Berlin, which was a nice adventure.

I spent some days to reflect on the past 12 months and plan and dream about the future. I shared all questions I use for my reflections at the beginning of each year in the self-care space of our Community.

Finally finishing to edit the PRESENT Podcast. I filmed with three camera’s and it was trickier than I thought to figure out technical difficulties and the right way to cut it, but I’m getting there.

I’m tinkering with how to make PRESENT more engaging and sustainable. I plan to expand my output in more directions to bring more helpful input and ideas to my community through more writing, tutorials, podcasts.

”What questions guide your life and work? What a powerful question.” ~Sari Azout

Input:
✺ Great podcast with one of my all time favorite humans Thierry Henry about dealing with childhood trauma, depression and success
✺ Are you ready to put yourself 'out there'? by Farrah Storr (thank you S!)

Week 01
January 01 – January 07, 2024

Welcome to the New Year! I thank you for reading and joining me as I’ll continue with the weekly updates sharing with you my progress and process in life and work.

On the 30th I drove with Sarah from Cologne to Paris where we rented a van with a group of friends and headed off to a chalet in the French Alps. We relaxed for a few days with lots of walks in the snow, good food and reading in by the chimney.

We passed by Geneva on our way back and visited the MAMCO. I particularly enjoyed the works of Tania Mouraud, Emma Reyes and Shizuko Yoshikawa. I loved the detailed behind-the-scenes and background info all artists. Very inspiring. Great museum!

HH Post: Weeks 47–52

”Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every traffic jam, every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” ~Charlotte Joko Beck

Input:
✺ I’m still enjoying New Blue Sun the debut flute album by André 3000
✺ Ijoma Mangold, arts and culture editor of DIE ZEIT wrote a fantastic book about Bitcoin which is a perfect starting point

Week 52
December 25 – December 31, 2023

Family action deluxe! It was a lot, but I certainly can’t complain. I’m lucky to have such a big, patch-worked, crazy, funky, and loving family!

I was DJing on the 25th at JAKI club with my old friends. The next days lots of movie watching, hiking in forests around the city, endless cakes and cookies…

I also met my 2-years old godson Bruno, the kid of my old of my buddy Felix. Very proud of this young daddy!

Slowly wrapping up 2023 for myself and reflecting on where I want to be in the coming year. Looking forward talking to you all in 2024. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there and following me on my journey <3

“The world rewards those who are courageous enough to stop waiting and start.” ~Mel Robbins

Input:
✺ This one-hour introduction to language models by OpenAI researcher Andrej Karpathy is a fantastic primer no matter your level of technical knowledge
✺ Learn from the Greek OG! Great video essay about Marcus Aurelius, author of Meditations and one of the founding fathers of Stoicism

Week 51
December 18 – December 24, 2023

Thankful for good energy and stable health in this last week before Christmas.

I finished writing a new version of Why PRESENT? ~ This manifesto is a personal guideline and hopefully also serves as a useful background on the intentions of this project as a whole.

Bottom line: PRESENT is built with the mission in mind to empower, encourage, and inspire every person in the world who is crazy enough to take the risk to get started on their favorite unrealized project (more)

Last action this week: finishing Christmas present preparations and taking the train to my hometown Cologne for celebrating with my family.

Post: XMAS PRESENT(s)
Post: PRESENT Glow Journey
Post: Why PRESENT?

Input:
✺ Tuxedo’s Tiny Desk (2017) is my kind of Xmas vibe
✺ Kobe Bryant: The Power Of Sleep & Meditation

Week 50
December 11 – December 17, 2023

Busy weeks so close to the end of the year! Toomuchness was troubling me, at times I simply didn’t know where to begin. I’m sure you can relate. If everything gets too overwhelming I’m putting all task somewhere I can’t see them and just pick one. One task. Full focus. Nothing else. Then the next.

I’m grateful I haven’t been sick in a long time. I didn’t have less stress, so it must be thanks to the daily cold showers, pretty consistent exercise habits this year, and good supplements. Whatever the reason, this makes me so happy. Never not healthy again!

I went to visit my buddy Adam Barnard’s Otto Resource event on Friday, Saturday I was DJing for 8 hours straight at legendary Spiegelsaal in Berlin for my friends of Volée.

“I live in the moment, and I reflect later.” ~Action Bronson

Input:
✺ I’m a Action Bronson fan: start with From Paris With Love from the great F*ck that’s Delicious series and listen to his recent Tiny Desk Concert
✺ Finished reading The Circle by Dave Eggers, which was great. Heard the movie is bad but I’ll try it next
✺ Hooked on London's p-rallel’s Garage tribute I Know

Week 49
December 04 – December 10, 2023

I went with Sarah to Milano this week for some quality time and new inspiration.

Our highlights were Spazio Maiocchi with its current Sara Sadik exposition, 10 Corso Como the OG concept store with one of my favorite visual identities, the Saint Francis of Assisi 'al Fopponino church, Terroir a small but incredibly curated delicatessen store. Risotto allo zafferano ossobuco at Trattoria Masuelli San Marco, mortadella sandwich at Princi for afternoon snack, and the recently reopened Chifa and it's lovely young crew. Also Sunnei, Slam Jam, plus the many fantastic vintage stores. And not to forget Bar Basso and Fondazione Prada :)

Friday back in Berlin was the vernissage of the first solo show I dreamed of Mama again by my sister Marina. It was perfect and I’m very proud of her.

Sunday I went ice bathing in a lake outside of Berlin with some of my good friends. It was cold af and wonderful!

HH Post: Present Event I
HH Post: Present Event II

Input:
Unleashed Invites Silent Noise by French DJ and producer Crystallmess is one of my fav mixes at the moment, so masterful, so refreshing (every episode of her show on NTS is killer)

Week 48
November 27 – December 03, 2023

The year is coming to an end and there are still many things to do for me. This week I had to remind myself to take a break and simply begin again. What helped for prioritization in the morning was asking: If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?

One thing I’m currently working on is improving our community space. I’m taking this project seriously because I believe it can become a really helpful resource for fellow creators. We need more spaces to share tipps, thoughts, and struggles to help each other out.

I worked on streamlining some areas and simplified the channels structure to hopefully make engagement a bit easier and wrote a bunch of new content. There is much that can be still done there, but I love that our little corner on the web is slowly developing into a helpful content hub and hopefully inspiring space for all kinds of makers!

“The real measure of any time management technique is whether or not it helps you neglect the right things.” ~Oliver Burkeman

HH Post: Present Covers
PRSNT: Newsletter ✺ 11

Input:
✺ A new independent movie I really liked: Fremont by Babak Jalali
✺ A quick but profound read: The Past Is Not True by Derek Sivers

Week 47
November 20 – November 26, 2023

First snow in Berlin! Winter is here and I'm reflection on what a ride the last months have been. I keep documenting and try to be as insightful and honest as possible. People tell me that it helps them, and this inspires me to keep going.

I put PRESENT GLOW online so our limited edition natural wine is now ready for ordering. I'm working on further improving the online store to hopefully make some progress in our sales. I'm also preparing new content and editorials to be published soon.

Went to see The Sound of Cologne in the cinema with my friend Magnus, and to the launch of music magazine zweikommasieben with my old buddy Johannes <3

HH Post: Present Issue 3
HH Post: LOG Reflection Aug–Nov

“Everything that you want is on the other side of hard.” ~Chris Paul

Input:
✺ Enjoyed indulging into the masterful FX series The Bear this weekend
✺ Still hooked on the eternal groove of Skyy Can You Feel Me by Raphael Saadiq

Week 46
November 13 – November 19, 2023

This time of the year I always feel a push to make a clean overview of all things I still want to accomplish ~ and reprioritze what can wait until next year. The goal is to look back knowing I tried my best to have done what I was scared of/aimed for in the beginning.

I had much more energy this week, which is needed in those grey Berlin days. Started going to the gym again which made me feel better. Weights and swimming in addition to the calisthenics I usually do in the mornings.

I picked up the work on my goal of introducing a full PRESENT Members program in the near future. There is still some more research and experimenting to be done, but I’m getting closer!

“Mortality makes it impossible to ignore the absurdity of living solely for the future.” ~Oliver Burkeman

Input:
✺ Rediscovered Parallel Life by The Starseeds (1997) “ambient techno, distinctly summery, with the feel of a Balearic haze, or a fusion of Enya and Ecstasy”
✺ Intriguing and relaxing: The beauty and joy of living in the countryside in rural Japan

Week 45
November 06 – November 12, 2023

Slow start into the week dealing with some annoying worries and inertia. What helps me when everything is overwhelming: Running, then sitting with a blank piece of paper and get it all out. Redefining priorities. Starting again.

I’m currently working on the next steps for PRESENT. At first we will upgrade the website, publishing new content and features. I also work on breathing new life into our Community Space, which I couldn’t as much as I wished for in the last weeks. Stay tuned!

I fixed and painted my kitchen with the help of S. It felt good to do some work in the apartment and office. Also chilling with my sister and meeting old friends this week.

"I must change my life so that I can live it, not wait for it.” ~Susan Sontag

PRSNT Post: Event Recap: Part III
PRSNT Community: 5 books that can help with stress

Input:
Call My Agent! (original: Dix pour cent) is an incredible series starring personal favorite Camille Cottin and many more fantastic actors
✺ “The bigger the dream, the bigger the shadow.” Sensei Steven Pressfield (author of my beloved The War of Art book) about Resistance at Rich Roll

Week 44
October 30 – November 05, 2023

Thankful to have a mission. Thankful to have Sarah as a partner by my side. Thankful for my friends and community. I’m blessed to be able to do what I’m doing.

We started the week with disassembling the event, lots of driving back and forth. Note: Our front installation will remain for a few more weeks on display for the public at BAM/Ritterstrasse 8!

I was very k.o. and love-stoned after the last weeks. We gave it all. Grateful that everything went smoothly. This week I took as much time as I could for reflection and planning next steps.

This Sunday, November 5, was the birthday of my mum, who would have been 67 today. She remains my greatest inspiration.

PRSNT Post: Event Recap: Part I
PRSNT Post: Event Recap: Part II

Input:
Sha’Carri Richardson on the Meaning of Time in Running and in Life by The New Yorker ~ shout-out’s to my friend and fellow sports documentary buff Lukas Korschan

Week 43
October 23 – October 29, 2023

I made another tour to the warehouse to get more magazines. Storage is expensive, so I’m glad every time I’m going and reduce the pile. We also had a nightly screen printing session at my place printing on top of the vintage t-shirts we hand-sourced in Bangkok, Istanbul and Paris.

Finished preparing the location, drilled the last holes for our t-shirts installation, arranging all New Tendency shelves for our Shidō presentation, hanging the PRSNT towels, placing the magazines…getting there! This all took a lot of work, especially with everything else going on.

Friday arrived and the event was a blast! We were absolutely lovestruck by the inspiring, heart-warming, beautiful mix of people. Thankful for everyone who came. It made us very happy! What a night!

PRSNT Post: PRESENT GLOW Unveiling

“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.” ~Kobe Bryant

Input:
Whole Earth Index website launched with a mind-blowing full archive of its legendary print magazines
✺ Season 2 of Welcome to Wrexham is out and continues to be a unique documentary I love

Week 42
October 16 – October 22, 2023

We are still busy organizing our launch event and Friday is getting closer! I designed a huge banner that we than installed in the entryway display with the help of our friends. There is a lot of things to plan and take care of. Shout-out’s to the BAM and Volée crews, whom I had so many calls with this week.

I shipped the next edition of my Newsletter this week. My main goal remains: being able to give more love to PRESENT, develop more products and more value for my community. I need to find a way to be able to dedicate even more time to the future of PRESENT.

PRSNT Post: PRESENT Issue 3 Launch Event
PRSNT: Newsletter ✺ 10

“On the meaning of life: There is no answer. The real answer is 'because.' You get to make up your own answer is the beauty. If there was a single answer, we would not be free. We would be trapped. We would all have to live to that answer. Luckily there is no answer.” ~Naval Ravikant

Input:
✺ RIP Jamie Tiller, one of my favorite DJs💔 (Listen to the wonderful tribute show by John Gómez on NTS)
Why You’re Not Doing Creative Work by Dan Shipper from Every newsletter

Week 41
October 09 – October 15, 2023

Finally some good runs in my dear Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Last week in Paris for me...we visited the Tove Jansson exhibition and had apéro with friends at the canal <3 (three sandwich spots I recently loved: Sôma Sando, Le Favori and Chez Aline)

We went to more stores to deliver (or introduce) Issue 3. It was great to go in-person, much more effective then e-mailing. It’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do sometimes, but it always feels good afterwards!

Good progress on Newcoin as well this week. Still working on Newlife v2, in the meantime check Newlife Research. I also met with the team at the new MUGLER offices which was very nice and productive. Exciting things in the making.

PRSNT Post: Tareet Cover

"People didn't believe me when I told them I practiced harder than I played, but it was true. That's where my comfort zone was created. By the time the game came, all I had to do was react to what my body was already accustomed to doing." ~Michael Jordan

Input:
✺ Still listening to the masterpiece that is When I'm in Your Arms by Cleo Sol (2020)
✺ Rediscovered: Breathe (In the Air) by Pink Floyd from The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Week 40
October 02 – October 08, 2023

We went to the MUGLER show at Caroussel du Louvre on Monday evening: it was truly mind-blowing and very inspiring. What an energy! So proud of Casey and the whole team.

I’m preparing the next Newsletter and we keep on working on our upcoming PRESENT event: Save the date! October 27, 6pm at BAM in Berlin Kreuzberg.

What I’m struggling with: despite likes, which I appreciate, I hardly received as much real feedback on Issue 3 as I had wished for yet. Thought about how good it is that as an athlete you constantly get feedback, data, after each match. I miss this in my profession sometimes.

I’m often wondering how I can make my life more simple. Maybe I got to be even stricter with my priorities. I always have so many ideas, ongoing projects in my head and on my plate … paradoxically, at the same time I often have the feeling that I’m not doing enough.

“Wonderful things can happen when your brain is empty.” ~Maira Kalman

Input:
✺ As sports documentary fanatic I loved David Beckham on Netflix (ManU-Beckham-7 was my first international jersey I got when I was 10 ◕‿◕)
✺ We enjoyed watching Jeanne de Barry by Maïwenn

Week 39
September 25 – October 01, 2023

I struggled with toomuchness at the beginning of the week and had to fight my way back to good energy and more clarity.

Took the train to Paris to see Sarah, which felt good. We dove right into the PFW madness and went to the Marfa Journal party. We also visited the space of Simon Stanislawski & Kasia Kucharska, plus Yara Flinn’s Nomia showroom. All inspiring stuff. Excited for the Mugler show on Monday!

We hand-delivered PRESENT Issue 3 to some of our favorite Paris stores, which was fun. We continued contacting potential partners for our upcoming launch event. Our friends Alex, Gila and Luca arrived in Paris and will stay for the next six months. Another good reason to spend more time here :)

Walking through the streets here I can’t help but feel flashes of sadness at times, imagining how nice it would be to do this with mother, who loved Paris as well <3

PRSNT Post: Dashi Diner teaser
PRSNT Post: SUEA teaser

“Mistakes don’t exist.” ~Virgil Abloh

Input:
✺ An amazing track and music video is Nouveau Western by MC Solaar from 1994
✺ Watched The Covenant by Guy Ritchie and No Hard Feelings ~ two very different movies that I both enjoyed!

Week 38
September 18 – September 24, 2023

Grateful for this summer! Back in Berlin now and ready to tackle the next challenges. We had a great call with Phil from BAM, planning and brainstorming our upcoming PRESENT event in Berlin...

I prepared and shipped more packages. We also hand-delivered 30 copies to our beloved doyoureadme?! ~ happy to have the first store in Berlin with the physical copies of our magazine.

We received our PRESENT GLOW wines: a highly limited edition of Riesling Cuvée, combining the aromatic funk of Muskateller and the crisp acidity of the Riesling, an exciting combination of two different characters merging into one, can't wait for you all to try it :)

“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.” ~Kobe Bryant

Input:
✺ Alicia Keys reading from her book More Myself
Three questions to help you get unstuck when you're feeling frustrated
✺ I’m longtime Lex Fridman fan and his latest conversation with Neri Oxman was inspiring

Week 37
September 11 – September 17, 2023

We went to Türkiye with a bunch of friends to recharge. We flew to Bodrum and drove down to Datça until Ovabükü. Good times and lots of meze :)

Sarah and I went up to İstanbul for a few days afterwards. Mainly just strolled around, spend an afternoon at the Grand Bazaar and visited the beautiful mosques! Met our friend Meral and her gang for dinner and treated ourselves at Çukurcuma Hamamı.

I’m working on the PRESENT Library, which is essentially a hyper-customized Notion database I built over the years which includes every book I read, with summaries and marked highlights for each one. I aim to make this a resource for the upcoming PRESENT Members program that I’m still tinkering on.

PRSNT Post: Contributors Love

“Remember: The goal is not self-improvement. The goal is engaging more deeply with the World.”

Input:
✺ While driving through the Turkish night we listened to the classic Planet Caravan on repeat
✺ I’m rereading the great Grace Jones autobiography: I'll Never Write My Memoirs
✺ Ange Postecoglou's on mental health in football

Week 36
September 04 – September 10, 2023

Back in Berlin. Thankful for feeling healthy and awake. I rented a car and drove to the warehouse were the printer send the physical copies of Issue 3 to. It took me half a day to pack the car as full as I could and drive back safely!

From then on I started sending out packages across the globe. Such great feeling to finally share the magazine with so many different people. New stickers arrived as well, and I included them in every box.

I also started to tackle our list of international stockists. Check out our page if you need to find a store in your area!

My sister visited and we went through the magazine page-by-page. She did an incredibly sensible and masterful job as the photographer of several stories in the issue. I’m a very proud brother!

PRSNT Post: i3 Stories Preview

What is something wonderful about your life that you rarely appreciate as much as you should?

Input:
✺ I enjoyed Rick Rubin in conversation with Jay Shetty
✺ A great DJ set by Victor at Nachtdigital 2023
✺ Yeah, science! Brain-reading devices allow paralysed people to talk using their thoughts

Week 35
August 28 – September 03, 2023

We officially launched PRESENT Issue 3 this week. Didn’t expect this to get me so emotionally. Maybe it was because of the pressure I put myself on. I’m just happy it’s out there now and ready to ship!

We are currently preparing to send out the first orders and keep on planning the release events. And we designed and ordered some funky new stickers :)

This week Sarah and I finished the wine labels for our collaboration with GLOW GLOW. We used BLO Pen’s which is a kids-game-tool where you blow into a special pen that creates an amazing airbrush effect. We uniquely numbered every bottle this way!

Powerful calls with my Newcoin team’s. We keep on building. Currently working on a new version of Newlife and more exciting apps at the intersection of fashion, culture, finance and technology to PowerUP makers and creators in the future.

"Start before you're ready. Don't prepare, begin.” ~Mel Robbins

PRSNT Post: Issue 3 Cover 1: Hung La
PRSNT Post: Issue 3 Cover 2: Tareet

Input:
Girl by Stratus from 1977 (remastered) is a beautiful song I played a lot in the last weeks
✺ Derek Sivers on the benefits of a daily diary is a good starting point if you need a push
✺ Idris Elba was great in Apple TV series Hijack ~ I watched the whole thing in one go! ¯\(ツ)

Week 34
August 21 – August 27

Started into this week by finalising the next PRESENT Newsletter which I shipped on Wednesday afternoon, announcing big news: Issue 3 is ready to pre-order!

I'm excited for the next month as we will preview much more of the magazine for you and work on organizing all upcoming launch events 👀

Worn out from the last weeks we felt the need to recharge. I took a flight to Paris to join Sarah. We woke up at 5:00 the next morning to catch the first train to Marseille and from there to La Ciutat, an incredible little town, birthplace of the cinema and pétanque ☀️

We stayed at a beautiful little house that Sarah discovered, surrounded by massive calanques and lush forrests. In flightmode for days. Laying in the sun and reading. But the best was the smell of pine trees mixed with warm summer air. Heaven! I felt grateful.

”How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience and, therefore, the quality of our lives.” ~Sam Harris

Input:
✺ We watched Past Lives by Celine Song, which is a masterfully directed movie with incredible acting
✺ I’m reading Make Something Wonderful a book with collected texts and interviews from Steve Jobs which I found quite beautiful and inspiring. Whatever your view on this man, give it a try here
What happened last week? is a great weekly newsletter by Sham Jaff curating news headlines from Asia, Africa and Latin America with the goal to help you burst your Western-centric bubble

Week 33
August 14 – August 20, 2023

Monday morning we finished the final files of PRESENT Issue 3 and shipped the 300-pages PDF to the printer. Afterwards we refined the covers: we’ll have two this time! ~ it was tight, it was tense, but we made it.

Feeling exhausted but happy. We had lunch in my backyard in the sun. Afterwards simply cleaning. Finished overdue taxes...it felt weirdly relaxing.

Wednesday was printing day. Pretty nervous when we drove there. We inspected all sheets coming out of the Heidelberg and made small color corrections before giving the printer the final green light. Everything looked good in the end and this was the moment when I was finally truly relieved!

Close to the finish line self-doubt creeps in occasionally: “is it actually good what you are producing?” I try to be aware of the Resistance, of my lizard brain talking. The main achievement was to get this thing done. I know we did our best. Everything that comes now is a bonus, more or less out of my control. I try to make peace with it.

We went to have some drinks with friends. Simply felt thankful. The rest of the week I spent having some me-time, preparing upcoming teasers and the PRESENT Newsletter for next week.

Input:
✺ I watched Rheingold about the life of legendary German-Kurdish rapper and entrepreneur Giwar Hajabi aka Xatar
✺ Rediscovered the Tourist album by St Germain from 2000 and still love it! Remembering pumping it on my bike as a teen while vizualizing my future life…

Week 32
August 07 – August 13, 2023

Spent two days in the countryside outside of Cologne with my dad and sister. We stayed in a cabin and spend our days hiking in the sourrounding forrests. I woke up super early to get some work done, but otherwise off screens!

The train ride back to Berlin was intense. I felt pretty exhausted about the endless e-mails and last-minute refinements to take care off, and I arrived feeling sick.

That was bad timing and quite stressful tbh, but I managed to push through. When Sarah arrived on Friday I was much better. We then had some crazy 72 hours of hardcore magazine finalising for the printer’s deadline Monday morning!

I felt so relieved and proud that we brought it home. We tweaked this beast until the last minute and gave everything we have. Fingers crossed now that the printing will go smoothly. I’ll keep you posted <3

"Focus on the present and leave the rest to fate." was a very helpful mantra for me these last days.

Input:
Wana by nour, a young musician from Cairo, is a track I played on repeat the last weeks. Here's a video about the process behind (also check out: مش حقيقة)
✺ Fascinating interview with Jürgen Klopp, one of my all-time favorite people in football business: Was treibt dich wirklich an?
I’m Not Sorry for My Delay: What if we just stopped being so available? via The Atlantic

Week 31
July 31 – August 06, 2023

We are still in Paris, energy is good and we are just excited to finish this thing. We re-arranged and improved the page plan one last time more from the last version. Now it feels right!

Started the week with organising issn number, barcode and last-minute ad’s. We keep on finalising layouts, refining and coordinating with our copy-editor Henry.

We met our friends Jonas and Alma for dinner, and went to yoga class on another evening, which both were great for recharging.

Friday I took the Thalys train via Brussels to Cologne, lovely and productive ride. I worked on Saturday morning, in the afternoon we had our yearly get-together with my Alaaf and Kickin’ crew and lots of old friends in Cologne.

Sunday I worked as best as I could, but was mostly relaxing with my dad and sister: burgers and watching King Richard.

"Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest."

Input:
✺ One of our magazine-finishing-soundtracks this week was The Color of Sound new album by Kareem Ali
The Deepest Breath is a brutal but fascinating free-diving documentary
✺ Tim Urban’s book What's our Problem is a fun and deep analysis of our modern times, in the classic style of Wait But Why

Week 30
July 24 – July 30, 2023

Same procedure as last week! Writing, layouting, daily reviews with Sarah. We also got back the color proofs we made with the printer and happy with the results so far. Getting there.

I’ve printed all 320 layouts in small size so we can physically finalise our page plan: always crazy but rewarding when you see the work in its entirety!

Unusually tough start to the week overall though. Fought my way through, but felt exhausted most afternoons. Power naps to the help.

Took a flight to Paris on Friday night to join S <3. We will finish the magazine here in the coming week.

Saturday we pushed and worked, Sunday we enjoyed the city and just walked the stress away, mainly in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Cimetière Père Lachaise. Grateful to be here.

“If you’re procrastinating on something because you’re worried you won’t do a good enough job, you can relax — because judged by the flawless standards of your imagination, you definitely won’t do a good enough job. So you might as well make a start.” ~Oliver Burkeman

Input:
Strawberry Skies by Kwaku Asante on COLORS is a great song and performance (thanks S for sharing)
✺ A DJ set that powered me up was Kikelomo at Primavera Barcelona
✺ I always enjoy Oliver Burkeman’s The Imperfectionist (read the latest), honored to have him contributing again in our upcoming issue

Week 29
July 17 – July 23, 2023

Fully focused on finishing the magazine. Designing, writing, reviewing. So many things in my head…

I visited our printer in Berlin this week for a few hours to discuss and the upcoming production dates and all necessary preparations. This was good. More clarity and a final timeline!

It was my mothers 15th deathday this week. I miss her a lot. She her gave me strength and confidence. She inspired massively and will forever. I’m so grateful.

Running every single day this week. It helped me maintain good energy and deal with pressure.

Saturday I kept working the whole day and went to UDK in the evening to check out the fashion presentations and support my friend Aimée. Sunday brunch with some good friends in my backyard ☼

Present Post: Towel in the wild
HH Posts: LỰU ĐẠN I, II

“Whether you think you can or you think you can't: you're right.” ~Henry Ford

Input:
✺ One of my mother's favorite songs that remind me of her is Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack
✺ I enjoyed this impressively vulnerable interview with Matej Mohorič after stage 19 of the Tour de France
✺ Watching this was refreshing: Man Embraces Radical Simple Living in Japan

Week 28
July 10 – July 16, 2023

Back in Berlin and thankful for a fresh start into the week. Lots of layouting still. Lots of writing. Making progress on the upcoming newsletter as well.

Finishing the magazine is stressful. We are at around 300 pages again, with only Sarah and me producing this beast! But we just need to keep going, one day at a time. We are doing our best and I’m proud of how far we’ve come.

We watched a longer documentary on Simon Jacquemus. This guy always inspires and motivates me. Maybe because I can relate to his mission and background, losing his mother and her being his main inspiration, and the overall personal approach to his work.

We went to Bar Sway and Obermaier (two favorites in Berlin) with a few good friends and also passed by the opening of Blow Shop, which sells beautiful products from upcoming German designers, worth checking out.

“May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful.” ~Mary Oliver on the value of small contributions

Input:
Computerjockeys: My Golden Boy (still love this theme song for a crazy anime I used to watch)
Arnold on Netflix (incredible human being, great documentary)
Apple has a shot at solving the mental health crisis (from the Every newsletter which is one of my favorites)

Week 27
July 03 – July 09, 2023

We went to Marseille for a night and drove from there to the house of Sarah’s parents, where we stayed for one week.

We were working on Present while enjoying the sun, the water, and the cricket sounds in the trees. I loved my long runs in the fields and forests and felt very thankful to be in the countryside, to recharge and prepare for the upcoming weeks.

I took my notepad out and continued sketching ideas and writing the off-voices and the editor’s letter. Sent out some more e-mails to potential partners to support us handling printing costs.

I released the revamped Present website with the aim to push our online platform more and more towards being an Active Archive, regularly publishing new essays and contributions alongside material from our back issues.

“It’s human being, not human doing, for a reason. Moderation. Being present. Knowing your limits. This is the key. The body that each of us has was a gift. Don’t work it to death. Don’t burn it out. Protect the gift.” ~Ryan Holiday

Input:
✺ One of the best non-fiction books to read on holidays (and in general) is Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
✺ Mo Gawdat’s podcast Slo Mo with Vikas Shah on how to embrace pain to give life beauty and why success can be deceiving

Week 26
June 26 – July 02, 2023

I flatswapped my apartment for a week and went with Sarah to Barcelona to get some sun and finish some work. I’m thankful to be here. I love this city and everything is a little less complicated here🌞

We worked on the terrace outside finishing layouts and organising last minute shoots and stories. And we finally found an idea we love for the wine label designs. I’m feeling very grateful that my profession and technology allow me to work from places like this. Swimming, writing, running, designing, reading.

We met with our friends Octavio Barrera und Ampi Aristu, who you know from Present Issue #2, at La Polla, which was super lovely. Good people <3

Some recommendations in Barcelona:
✺ Favorite place for a morning run is Parc de la Ciutadella
✺ As a huge sandwich lover I believe the best ones in BCN you’ll get at Narciso
✺ Fantastic tortilla and great wines at El Pollo
✺ Unpretentious and very delicious tapas spot is La Violeta

"Clear Is Kind. Unclear Is Unkind." ~Brené Brown

Input:
Series: After Life
Music: Paco de Lucia: Entre Dos Aguas Live (1976)
Book: Status and Culture by W. David Marx

Week 25
June 19 – June 25, 2023

Refreshed start into the week. First morning runs in a while after an injury hindered me for two weeks. Realizing again how helpful running is for my whole system <3

New rounds of funding mails to support our printing costs, more designing and tweaking, lots of in-depth layout reviews with Sarah.

We got some new quotes from printers: everything got more expensive due to increased wood/paper prices, inflation etc. but we’ll figure it out!

This week was Sarah’s birthday and we had beers in the sun outside at the our friend Violaine Toth’s atelier. Afterwards went for dinner Barra. Feeling thankful for Sarah, my love and my partner in crime.

On Sunday we celebrated with a bunch of friends at Cocodrillo. It was a perfect ending for a great week and I was filled with gratitude for all the good people around me.

For me, success is not a public thing. It’s a private thing. It’s when you have fewer and fewer regrets. ~Toni Morrison

HH Post: When in Paris…

Input:
Video: Pep Guardiola and Thierry Henry in-depth chat (two men I love!)
Film: Air: Courting a Legend
Music: LTJ Bukem: Journey Inwards

Week 24
June 12 – June 18, 2023

Another week of layouting, trying to get funding, and organising last-minute shoots. So many e-mails and dm’s! But we are slowly seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

My motto this week: Don’t overthink. Start before you’re ready. With so many things on my plate this helped to not get pulled in too many directions but to just pick one task and get started with it without too much preparation.

Whenever I had some energy left I tried to improve the new version of the PRESENT website. I have big plans for it! I want it to become an active archive and a powerful platform for all Present People. Speaking of: I’m very happy for the newest members in our Community Space :)

Thursday I went to the vernissage of my homie and Issue 2 contributor Hannah Kuhlmann’s exhibtion at Forma Gallery to check her amazing work and pick up lamps from her that I got for my birthday by my friends <3

The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something. ~Seth Godin

PRESENT Post: What we talk about in our Community Space
HH Post: Grateful for another summer
HH Post: Weekly Log

Input:
Series: Tour de France: Unchained
Video: Nataly Aukar: Escaping War and Pre-Marital Sex
Music: Ghost… album by Ayrtn

Week 23
June 05 – June 11, 2023

Too many busy construction sites at the moment. Sometimes this makes it pretty difficult to stay focused on one task at hand. But I have my tactics. And I’m fighting everyday.

Sometimes I’m wondering why I always put so much on my plate. Am I too ambitious? I’m put myself constantly outside my comfort zone. For that I’m proud. But I also need to take care of myself.

We are still layouting. This is what’s crucial now: that we finish our layouts to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and finish PRESENT Issue 3. I’m trying to not get too distracted by all other tasks screaming in the back!

We also started working on the label design for the upcoming PRESENT wine in collaboration with GLOW GLOW.

For Newfoundation we launched the new version of newcoin.org that I designed and developed.

You have to do hard things to create your own meaning in life. ~Naval Ravikant

Input:
Series: McGregor Forever (as a sports documentary fanatic I had a blast. Thankful for the rush of motivation!)
Text: How Graphic Designer Milton Glaser Made America Cool Again
Music: Robert Glasper: Black Radio III

Week 22
May 29 – June 04, 2023

Monday was a holiday in Germany and we went to a park and were just laying in the sun, in the grass, relaxing and reading.

I’m doing my best not to get discouraged by the funding situation. It’s really tough to get enough support to finance the magazine. To relieve my stress I was working out hard and ran three times this week. It helped!

We are working hard on finishing Issue 3. It’s only Sarah and me. I feel pressure, because we need to finish this beast soon. I’m juggling my other work for Newfoundation and Mugler as best as I can.

We are layouting every day. When it’s finally finshed I believe this will be the best magazine ever. I’m thankful for having Sarah by my side.

I helped my sister moving on Saturday and in the evening we had BBQ with friends in my buddy Matze’s beautiful backyard. I’m grateful for my friends and my family.

The truth is that every challenging event you've experienced, each toxic person that you've encountered and all the trials you've endured have been perfect preparation to make you into the person that you now are. Nothing was an accident. Zero was a waste. ~Robin Sharma

Present Post: Never Give Up
Present Post: Insomnia 2 (1997) by Massimo Vitali
Present Post: Massimo Vitali Interview from Issue 2

Week 21
May 22 – May 28, 2023

Layouting issue 3 with Sarah while continuously reviewing our work together. I’m trying to take as much time in between everything else to progress on the designs.

I had to work myself out of toomuchness this week. Still trying to secure funding for the magazine, still coordinating with contributors and editors every day.

I finally did a complete health check-up. I haven’t been to the doctor in years and it felt great to have clarity: everything is looking good!

I started to work on the next Present Newsletter. This may sound paradoxal (as I’m writing this in a weekly log) but I feel I need to communicate more to the outside world about all the things we are building.

A great, quick excercise to understand what’s going on: Write down your loudest thought.

I met my old buddies Johannes and Claudio this week and also met up with the London crew of W/ (a music project I’m advising for, founded by my friend Carlo) who were visiting Berlin.

Resist the urge to worry about the future, focus on the now and leave the rest to fate.

Input:
Music: Mordechai by Khruangbin
Video: Marc Rebillet on Lafayette & Spring
Text: Can creatives break the mold and still find success online?

Week 20
May 15 – May 21, 2023

Back in Berlin, feeling grateful for the beautiful and productive past month in Paris!

This week I kept on shipping funding outreach e-mails like a mad man. It’s quite rough at the moment. Felt pretty stressed at several points this week. Gotta watch out.

We are in intense layouting phase and we’re making good progress everyday! I’m currently listening back to St. Germain’s Tourist album from 2000 while designing.

In the upcoming Issue 3 of PRESENT and we will have a Present People section again, this time we want to ask you: When you feel lost, overwhelmed or unfocused, how do you reboot? You can participate from the Present Community or shoot me a DM :)

For Newfoundation we launched a new research platform that I designed and developed, focusing on emerging practices at the intersection of fine arts, fashion, philosophy and culture.

”You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something you bring to your work that no one else could.” ~Todd Henry

Input:
Series: Beef (imdb)
Film: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (imdb)
Album: Okra by David Versace (spotify)

Week 19
May 08 – May 14, 2023

I’m having troubles falling asleep these days, even after a good night routine, just way too many things and ideas in my head, a never ending stream…

The work in issue 3 is intense, but it’s all coming together and this is very exciting. We are working a lot on layouts and organizing and editing last contributions. Had good calls with our editor Henry, with Nea-Kosma, and with my friend Eosmin in South Africa.

A really nice place to work from in Paris is Pause Café in Bastille. Big up’s to the wonderful team there! One of the best sandwich spots in Paris is Chez Aline.

A feature about my work has been published this week by JOIA magazine from Chile.

I’m working on a new product for Newfoundation called safe.energy, which will be out soon. Good conversations and progress with the team, and promising demo sessions.

We went to a neighbourhood bar in our street to see a Bossa Nova concert and to the amazing Chez Janou for lunch on Saturday. I really enjoyed that and we finally had some sun!🌞

Inputs:
Film: Caché by Haneke (1997) [imdb]
Film: The Hot Chick (2002) [imdb]
Reading: I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones

Make envy your enemy. ~Jerry Saltz

Week 18
May 01 – May 07, 2023

We started layouting a lot of stories for PRESENT issue 3. It’s this time of the year now! It’s getting intense ~ and I’m so glad Sarah is with me on the journey. She’s a force and on top of everything: a great designer, giving so much quality and love to each layout💫

There are very loud construction works next to our current litle apartment in Paris, so I’m working most of the time from a café around the corner. It’s spring in Paris and this helps!

I soft-launched the new present.xxx website. There is still areas that are getting refined, but it’s coming together! I rebuilt the CMS from the ground up and we will publish many more articles online in the coming months. Let me know what you think!

I ran and worked out more heavily this week. Clearing my head, shaking of pressure. At the end of the week I felt proud that I finally shipped so many funding e-mails. This is not an easy task for me, I think it never is.

We met with our friend David Kaltenbach who living between Berlin and Paris at the moment as well. Saturday we walked the whole day, then had apéro at our favorite Jean Nicot and the dinner at Fro. Paris Est.

Present Post: You're not failing. You're just in the middle of succeeding.

Input:
Film: The Scent of Green Papaya (imdb)
Film: Close (imdb)

Every time you compliment someone in your head, try saying it out loud. even if it's a stranger. do it for the rest of the day and see what happens. ~WNRS

Week 17
April 24 – April 30, 2023

I’m thankful to be able to be in Paris at the moment. I feel so good here, despite such intense times. This was another very busy week. I tried to squeeze every minute, and it felt pretty non-stop!

On Monday I to the home and  atelier of Etienne Diop aka Tareet. We had a photo shoot with Pauline Scotto Di Cesare for PRESENT issue 3. It was fantastic! I had a great time with the whole team and it’s super excited seeing everything coming together.

We had a call with editor Henry Levinson who will help us out in the coming weeks. Excited to have his support! Still, I feel nervous about our printing deadline. I feel a lot of pressure at the moment to get everything done. But I managed these situations many times before, and I will also figure it out now!

I’m trying my best, despite hectic times, to take a concious break in the afternoon to go over my Principles and Wisdom lists. This always makes me feels good. Principles are notes from myself about things I’ve learned and noticed so far in my life. Wisdom are my favorite quotes and texts from other people.

The Pareto principle points us in a very clear direction: the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do. ~Gary Keller (From his The One Thing book)

Post: MY DOJO: Hannah Dunkelberg

Week 16
April 17 – April 23, 2023

Monday morning I met with Madeleine, Sofiane and Tony at Full Node where we booked a space and recorded a podcast the whole day. We talked about our backgrounds, projects at Newfoundation, and our hopes for culture and new technology.

Next to all the PRESENT and NF tasks, I continued delivering updates for various Mugler projects this week.

On Thursday night we landed in Paris. I feel thankful that Sarah found such a nice and calm apartment for a low price. For the first days our friend Matthias joined us as well. It feels right to be back in Paris.

PRESENT: Working on a massive e-mail wave to activate potential partnerships and ad opportunities for the upcoming issue. Reached out to printers to get offers. Continued editing texts, coordinating tasks, designing layouts.

We wrapped the week up with having beers in the sun, then headed to Bambino for dinner. Saturday we met with our friends Jonas Vahl, Tereza Mundilova und Lucas Christiansen. Later Carlo, Hannah and Fanette joined us as well. We had dinner at Chez Robert. Sunday: Walking the whole day, Pain de Mie Carré for Japanese sandwiches, Marché des Enfants Rouges for brunch, Ramen Tsukiji for dinner.

Input: Currently reading The Creative Act by Rick Rubin. I also watched new episodes of Succession and The Mandalorian for relaxation.

There’s a tremendous power in using the least amount of information to get a point across. ~Rick Rubin

Week 15
April 10 – April 16, 2023

Back in Berlin! Fighting overwhelm. I’m pushing through. I’m thankful that my health is stable. Procrastinating on finishing the podcast editing. I’m nervous about issue 3. But I remain ultimately more optimistic and hopeful than ever. And I know we are able to solve and finish it all. And I have to remember that I can figure out everything as long as I manage to put my energy and full attention into it.

We had a great in-depth session with Sarah where we reviewed and analyzed Present issues 1 & 2 and made a list of what we loved and what we want to do differently. To explore what we have achieved in the past gave us a crucial positive push to move forward. Fresh hope for the next weeks of the adventure of finalizing the next issue.

I continued and shipped updates on several projects for Mugler. Thankful to have the opportunity to support another brand close to my heart.

I met with my friend and past Present contributor Erkin Karamemet. And I had another FIFA night with some good buddies. Thankful for my friends. On Sunday night I had dinner with my colleagues who where in town for a few days: Sofiane, Madeleine and Tony. We also recorded a podcast together. It was inspiring!

"I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become what I know I am." ~M. Jordan

Week 14
April 03 – April 09, 2023

Sarah and I met with our friend and artist Dennis Buck to discuss ideas for his contribution, which was really nice.

Lots of mails and back and forth with many contributors for the new issue. Worked on editing some upcoming interviews and providing feedback on photo shoots and essay contributions.

As always, trying my very best to juggle everything, trying to figure it all out, without going nuts! Continued building the Present website, while working on the issue 3 page plan and socials. Good call with Nea-Kosma discussing their upcoming contribution.

Started running again. Preferred in the early evening which clears my head from the work hours before and gives some extra energy for a last session in the night.

One good journaling prompt I picked up in the WNRS newsletter: Write down your loudest thought.

Saturday morning I took the train to Cologne for my father’s birthday and easter with the whole family🌷

A winner is just a loser who tried one more time. ~George Moore

Article: The Imperfectionist: Urgency doesn't exist
Series: Welcome to Wrexham

Week 13
March 27 – April 02, 2023

I could smell the spring this week for the first time and it gave me an exhilarating rush of motivation. This might by my favorite times of the year, when you feel that Spring is finally arriving: it always gives me fresh energy and new hope!

And it’s really needed right now. Overwhelm is creeping up on me. Lots on the plate. Juggling more than ever. Next to writing and designing and coordinating contributions, I still need to finish to edit the podcast. And to launch the updated website I’m still building, which I need to be able to tackle funding once more.

Productive Present team call. Issue 3 is in the making. The iron is hot. Lots of organization, but getting closer. We are still a tiny team, so it’s a shitload of work: it’s very intense but we keep it fun!

I took on two additional projects: Working on secret project for Mugler and helped out the Luudan team for a quick job.

Thousands of thoughts in my head, my head is blown away by the daily advancements of AI. What a time to be alive.

A thought: When you think you are at your limit (mind and body) you are not even at 30% of what you are actually capable of. We are much stronger than we think.

“Disregard your rejections. They vanish from history and years from now, you’ll appear to be an overnight success.” ~Markus Almond

Post: Jiu Jitsu Poetry

Week 12
March 20 – March 26, 2023

Monday we met our good friend Carlo who was in Paris for one day. Went to one of our favorite easy apéro spots Chez Prune and had dinner at Onii-San!

Back in Berlin. Still building the new Present website, which should be a big step forward. And will hopefully bring some partners on board! We are still searching for support to handle the upcoming issue and beyond.

I’m thankful my cold is gone and I can work out, make runs, and feel fully alive again!

Thursday night I went with a bunch of friends to the concert of Nu Genea, a band from Napoli that I love. It was amazing. Congrats to my friend Magnus for making this all happen.

Friday I had a call with Casey Cadwallader in Paris for an upcoming Mugler project I’m excited about.

Saturday I met with my Content Boys gang, good talks, good times. Later that night I was DJing a few hours at the birthday party of two of my best friends at Anita Berber club. Bliss!

Podcast: Lewis Hamilton talking with Jay Shetty
Video: Paco de Lucia - Entre dos aguas (1976)
Series: Liaison (not as good as I thought but still entertaining)

Recognize a truth embraced by the most productive and important personalities of generations past: A deep life is a good life.” ~Cal Newport

Week 11
March 13 – March 19, 2023

On Monday I participated in a Newfoundation/Newforum panel on Defining Transmedia Fashion with my friend Tony Wang and Sam Walker. Thankful for an inspiring and insightful conversation!

Tuesday we met with photographer Pauline Scotto Di Cesare in her studio to talk about her upcoming Present Shoot with fashion designer Tareet. It was great! It’s so good to see contributors in IRL, even if only once.

For the upcoming upgrade of the Present website I indulged myself in technical explorations, building a new and highly adaptable cms system, subtle animations and a dark-mode-switch, which was fun. I’m getting closer to soft-launching it👀

On Friday we went to see the Faith Ringgold black is beautiful exhibition at Musée Picasso ~ and it was really phenomenal. Afterwards we headed to Belleville and went to a small gallery for the vernissage of Hôtelissimo.

I never had better ramen than on Saturday night: Kodawari Ramen Tsukiji ~ amazing experience and highly recommended.

Sunday we went to the 1997 Fashion Big Bang exhibition revolving around the most important year in fashion, shaping the business and aesthetics until today. It was so fascinating, we read every single text of the whole exhibition.

My Paris Tipps from me and Sarah:
Jah Jah By Le Tricycle (fantastic Jamaican food, vegan)
Haikara (another great izakaya)
• A Jean Nicot (our favorite original bar-bistro, ran by a really lovely older couple)
Fréquence (dance bar)

Other input this week:
Film: Le monde est à toi
Film: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Vocation at its deepest level is: ”This is something I can’t not do, for reasons I’m unable to explain to anyone else and don’t fully understand myself but that are nonetheless compelling.” ~Parker J. Palmer

Week 10
March 06 – March 12, 2023

I took a flight to Paris on Tuesday night and went straight with Sarah to the Ciccolina party at Folies Pigalle, marking the end of Fashion Week. Good times and amazing music by Bearcat.

We met with Liselotte Girard who reached out to the Present team with a great contribution idea. It was nice meeting IRL and making further plans. I wrote a bunch of posts in the Community and recorded my monthly video update. We also had another fireside chat. (The next one will take place on March 23)

What I’m struggling with: I’m making good progress on a lot of things, but: severely procrastinating on the edit of my podcast. But I’m aware, and I’ll get there. Still battling with taxes stuff. When will AI solve this pain?

Had a great call with my friend Moritz Gottlob, amazing producer, moving to Japan next week, who might be able to help coordinating and connecting when it comes to future Present Products.

I’m thankful to be in Paris. I always love to be here. I’m thankful for encouraging messages from my friend Lars. I’m thankful to be completely fit and healthy again.

Film: Call Me Chihiro (lovely!)
Podcast: Jay Shetty: Ex-Monk and His Hell (these guys!)
Book: I’m reading Delta-V by Daniel Suarez, a near future sci-fi novel, and I like it a lot. I think I’m just really enjoying finally reading fiction again for a change!
Post: Junko Tabei🏔

Week 09
Feb 27 – Mar 05, 2023

I was struggling to get completely fit again this week, but now finally I’m back 100%. Simply the best feeling. The only positive thing about beinging sick: The contrast once you feel better again. Feeling fully alive again. Realizing that being healthy is by far the biggest gift.

I continued working on a new, upgraded version of the Present website I have in mind since a while. I’m drafting in Figma and Webflow and build something that I find exciting. I caught myself feeling like a kid on Christmas building a new Lego set. Thankful to have something that is challenging and at the same time giving me so much fun and satisfaction!

Every day we are working on Issue 3. Lots of coordination, planning and e-mails. What I'm struggling with: I’m very happy seeing more new members in our Community. But I’m stuck in how to engage everyone more. How can we change this, and inspire more engagement?

Helped my brothers with their birthday party flyers. It’s been like this since I’m 15. And it’ll probably always be like this, I love that I can help with my craft :)

I’m thankful for my apartment. I’m thankful that I can be hopeful for the future. I’m thankful that I have a longterm vision.

Recognize a truth embraced by the most productive and important personalities of generations past: A deep life is a good life. ~Cal Newport

Input I enjoyed this week:
Movie: Ad Astra
Documentary: Rhythm Is It!
Essay: How to Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

Week 08
Feb 20 – Feb 26, 2023

I turned 35 on Monday. I’m not one to freak out over numbers, but this one felt a bit different I have to admit. But my 30s were so damn good so far and I feel so thankful for everything in my life, so let’s fucking go✨

I celebrated with family and friends in my hometown Cologne. It was beautiful to hang out there for a few days, and it was in the middle of the carnival! I was DJing on Saturday and we celebrated the Rosenmontagszug on Monday before heading back to Berlin.

On Thursday we had our first live event in the PRESENT Community with Pauline and Carl Baumberger, founders of GLOW GLOW wines. It was a super insightful and fun 1.5 hour conversation, where we talked about the joys and struggles in the life of a wine maker, family dynamics and much much more. I’m grateful it worked out so well and I’m looking forward doing more of those events.

Most of the week I was fighting off a gnarly cold and trying to get fully fit again. This was annoying me, I hate nothing more than being sick. Also, I had to do my taxes which didn’t necessarily lighten up my mood. But it was all ok in the end :)

Saturday I was having dinner with some buddies and we ended up playing FIFA22 which we borrowed from another friend. I haven’t played in 15 years and it was incredibly fun and my thumbs were swollen afterwards🥹

Never underestimate the degree to which people crave clarity and respond positively to it. ~Ken Segall

Article: The Cup of Coffee Theory of AI
Video: How This Mushroom Savant Identifies Fungi by WIRED

Week 07
Feb 13 – Feb 19, 2023

What a week! It started with a personal highlight on Monday watching Rihanna’s phenomenal Superbowl performance and discovering she wore the Salomon x Margiela sneakers with the logo I designed❤️�.

I finally booted up Adobe Premiere for the first time and got started on cutting the first PRESENT Podcast. While editing I decided for the next guest and could confirm already!

On Wednesday we had a video call and interview with artist and food stylist Suea in NYC. We talked for almost two hours and it was really lovely and insightful! This will published in PRESENT Issue 3.

I helped Sarah to develop her new website (check it out!) and then had some organizing and packing to do for my upcoming birthday and travels to carnival in my hometown Cologne. (I’ll DJ there and go as Ace Ventura🦜)

I talked to my friend Pauline Baumberger to plan the event next week and to clarify some open question for our upcoming collaboration and published the announcement🍇

Recorded a new welcome video for the Community Space. Hope this makes it a bit easier for new members! Additionally I shared a community update via video to keep everyone in the loop about recent developments. We also had our first fireside chat test. Nice!

We went to MIBAP on Friday night for some delicious Taiwanese food and then to Cologne on Saturday morning. It was a wild and beautiful trip!

Input: Break Point (I just love sports documentaries. Always motivates me to improve my craft!)

Post: GLOWGLOW Wines Live Event in the PRESENT Community

Week 06
Feb 06 – Feb 12, 2023

Week’s Highlight: We launched the PRESENT Community to the public! Grateful for the first new members, and grateful for all beta testers so far! I’m excited for how this space will evolve and how we’re going shape it together🌿

A revelation this week: You don’t need more time, you are just scared. Some tasks sat on my to-do list way longer then they should, and I blamed all the “small tasks” that I needed to get out of the way before. But I was just procrastinating out of fear of failure. Which was of course just a cheap trick of my monkey mind aka Resistance trying to hold me back. It didn't succeed😌

Present team calls and follow-up’s with contributors for Issue 3. I’m also reviewing past Chapters and Present Principles and writing new ones. Would love to write more again in general.

Great work sessions with Sofiane and Daša, building new intro and outro sequences for Newforum, new profiles and diagrams for the Newfoundation ecosystem.

Then I was struck down by food poisoning for 24 hours. That wasn’t nice. But I watched Last Of Us and Wakanda Forever, which I both enjoyed very much.

Friday night I went to ORA with Sarah, Saturday I had a dinner with friends at my place. Recharging<3

Input: The Story Of Sean Paul "Get Busy"

Post: An excerpt from Louise Friedlaender in PRESENT Issue 1

Week 05
Jan 30 – Feb 05, 2023

This week I got caught up too many times in that feeling of toomuchness. Struggling with not being able to do enough work for Present. Just felt I have too much other shit that I need to eliminate before I can’t get to the important stuff ~ the classic old struggle. I did my best to push through, and in the end just accepted for how this week unfolded.

Not complaining though: I had productive team calls with Sarah and Paz, mostly about Issue 3. Wrote many e-mails to clear things up with contributors. Made overall small progresses here and there, keeping the ball moving.

Lunch meeting with Sofiane, Madeleine, Rafa the Builder, and Victoria Camblin (032c) to talk about web3, publishing, AI and everything in between. Lovely!

With Sarah and Gila I visited Schinkel Pavillon for the opening of EVERYTHING BUT THE WORLD by dis. Afterwards we went to “Zentrale” for another funky exhibition. This was inspiring.

Saturday I went to St. Bart for some great pub food with some good old friends, and Sunday to Cocodrillo (both highly recommended✨)

Input: Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story
Input: What Discipline Really Means - Jocko Willink

Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. ~ David Foster Wallace

Week 04
January 23 – January 29, 2023

On Monday night I recorded the first Present People Podcast episode with my friend Jasmin Truong. We talked for four hours!✨ It was a special situation and we had to get used to it in the beginning, but then we found a great flow…it was really fun. A first episode wouldn’t be real without a technical problem. One of the cameras overheated and stopped recording multiple times, so we had to restart a few passages. I don’t think it’s a big problem, it’ll be just a bit of extra work for me in post-production.

I’m quite on the edge of my capabilities at the moment, trying to squeeze in time here and there to cut the episode ~ can’t wait to publish it and share it with you!

I’m thankful how the beta version of the Community Space is evolving. There is already so much valuable content in there. Thank you to everyone helping out so far. We are working on launching it for the rest of our community next week.

I finished my work for Mugler, the show took place on Thursday in Paris and was mind-blowing! Congrats to the whole team.

On Thursday night I went to Rome with some old friends of mine. We spend most of our days walking around and eating tons of pasta and Birra Moretti (also Trappazetti Roma and Focacceria Roscioli were heavenly!)

Input: How I Became The Worlds Best DJ With Only One Arm: Black Coffee
Input: The Power of Routine, Intuition & Ayurveda With Thomas Tuchel

Imagine all your responsibilities and obligations vanish overnight. What would you miss doing? What would you choose to add back to your life? If you're searching for more time this year, start with a clean slate and choose what to add to your days rather than starting with a full schedule and trying to figure out what to eliminate.

Week 03
January 16 – January 22, 2023

I finished and shipped my interview for JOIA magazine from Chile🇨🇱

I made last preparations for recording the first PRESENT Podcast beginning of next week. I’m nervous and excited. Fingers crossed!

Next to pushing projects at Newfoundation, I was supporting the team at Mugler this week with producing graphics for their fashion show on January 26th in Paris.

New smoothie recipe I’m loving at the moment: açaí, banana, frozen berries, oats, cinnamon, coconut water. (I’m mixing in one scoop of AG1 as well).

Went to Kadewe with Sarah (she’s starring on the massive billboards outside!). We met Carlo there and our buddy Jakob had a stand for his Avaa/Verjus drinks. Afterwards we went to the Bubble Crew’s pizza event by my friends Taylor and Raoul. Really enjoyed that🍕

This week I watched an amazing documentary about the life and mathematical vision of Maryam Mirzakhani who became the first woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. It moved me to tears. → Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

The goal of adulthood is to let go of the other possible existences and to make the best of the one. A successful adult is one who understands that it doesn't matter which life you ultimately pick, only that you live it well. ~ Chris Ballas

Week 02
January 09 – January 15, 2023

I feel grateful that I had such good energy this week. Finally, after a tricky December. I felt a new clarity in general, which is always and simply a main energy boost! Life and work are much better once you see cleary what you want to do and what you have to do, short-term and long-term. Clarity is power.

I took time to clean up my priorities for the next weeks and months and worked on building a much clearer PRESENT Dashboard (in Notion) for me and the team, so everyone know exactly what to focus on.

I continued working on getting the PRESENT Membership program off the ground. It’s technically tricky, as I want to avoid Memberstack and build it directly with the Webflow Memberships Beta. I’s seems it hasn’t been done so far in the way I want to do it. But I’m getting there.

I adapted the podcast equipment one last time. Got different cameras, which work much better now. I continued writing my answers for my upcoming interview with Joia magazine.

Thursday night we went to Sameheads for the Banoffee Pies records party. Really enjoyed the proper UK sound. Good vibes. Friday I attended the playlist call with my W/ crew and played a track from Little Simz’s new album (Who Even Cares) and an old Nelly classic (Luven Me)🥹

Input: How to Create More Clarity in Your Life

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity. ~ James Clear

Week 01
January 01 – January 08, 2023

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a fulfilling 2023. Health and strength to get started on whatever it is that will make you happy in the longterm. I believe in you.🤍

I took it slow in the first week of the year. Really didn’t feel like rushing into the new year. That was a good decision.

Lots of reading and running. I did some reviewing and planning ahead of the next months. Here are some questions I asked myself:
• What do you want out of life?
• It's one year from now. December 2023. The habit you were hoping to build during the year didn't stick.
• Fill in the blank: I’ll be upset with myself if I'm still ______ next year.

I continued testing a refining the setup for the upcoming podcast recording ~ I’m excited about it!

Met my old friend Max (Vallot) of District Vision who was visiting from L.A. for a tea at Château Royal. On Sunday I went with Sarah to the exhibtion Let’s See What We Find curated by my friend Sebastian Peter at Museum für Fotografie, recommended!

Input: Everything had a first version, find them here.
Input: Questions to ask before giving up: https://www.dropbox.com/s/52yhkp4897o1608/9ad5a624-0481-48f2-8e44-0c3729e854a3.jpeg
Input: Simplify via Alex Tan
• One of the most intelligent case studies in design is the Chinese tea cup. They’re made without handles simply because if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to drink.
• Humans naturally want to add more. Add a cardboard sleeve, add a warning on the outside of the cup, add a handle. The result of all these things never cools down the actual contents. And in the end, you’ll still burn your mouth from drinking too early. It’s not that people don’t see the warnings, we’re just adding more layers of separation between us and the answer.
• Simplify until it's obvious.

Watched: The Menu (not as good as I thought!)
Watched: Amélie (a joy to rewatch again after so many years!)
Watched: The Banshees of Inisherin
Watched: Charlotte Perriand - Pionierin des Alltagsdesigns ~ for me personally, one of the absolute most amazing women of the 20th century

Week 52
Dec 26 – Dec 31, 2022

Beautiful but quite an intense Christmas break. Felt good afterwards to have a few days all by myself in my Dojo in Berlin before New Years.

Long calls with friends. Long runs in the snowy rain. Continued to write and assemble the 8th issue of my Newsletter — and finally sent it out on the 31st. In the last afternoon before the New Year.

Looking back at the year, one thing I’m happy about is that I jumped over my shadow more than once, silenced the “monkey brain” and got started on tackling new projects. I see this year in many ways as a foundation year for the upcoming one.

I continued to write my answers for a long upcoming interview with an international magazine. This always takes me quite a while!

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a fulfilling 2023. Health and strength to get started on whatever it is that will make you happy in the longterm. I believe in you🤍

Present Post: Imagine this year as a blank slate for your life. What would you want to change?

Watched Emily the Criminal
Watched Kill Tony (it’s a weekly live podcast/comedy show and I love it)

Week 51
Nov 19 – Dec 25, 2022

Feeling better again! Seems like even the last bits of the annoying cold are gone. Now I’m trying to give it all in the last days before the Christmas break.

Worked on portfolio updates that I want to share in the upcoming Newsletter. Worked on adding new works and building the timeline/archive section.

Wrote for the upcoming Present Newsletter. It always takes me quite an effort and time, but it’s important for me to do it. And I want to send it out this year still. Went on two Christmas markets and to the cinema with Sarah.

Designed the UI for our app store on the new version of the Newsafe wallet for Newfoundation. Good, longer calls with Sofiane.

Took the train to Cologne. Worked on the whole train ride. Group zoom call for my friend Taylor’s birthday, who’s in Sicily right now. Went to go to Manufaktum und Muji for some last minute gift shopping. I’m in a great mood. Looking forward to Christmas and family!

Glühwein and bar with my old buddies from my neighborhood. And I was DJing at Jaki club for our annual Christmas Groove party.

Present Post: Insomnia 2 (1997) by Massimo Vitali from PRESENT Issue 2

Watched WeCrashed

Watched All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

Week 50
December 12 – December 18, 2022

I got sick, like everyone around me in Berlin. Always the worst feeling. Hate it so much. The first day I was still trying to work, the second day there was no chance. Spent an entire day in bed.

On Wednesday I felt a bit better. Foggyness is mostly gone. Thankful. Only forward.

I packed myself with so many things to do before Christmas, I had to backpedal. Need to focus and put a few things to January and tackle them with fresh energy! Now I’m back to the feeling of: I’d just love to freeze time. To be able to have more time for finishing all my shit.

Lots of work for Newfoundation. We’ve launched nco.newcoin.org, among others.

I organised a Christmas dinner at my place with some good friends. Jasmin was cooking phenomenally. It was beautiful. I wasn’t back at 100% but happy we could do it at all!

On Saturday we spent the day at my sisters place with a bunch of friends. Baking Christmas cookies and watching a bad romcom ~ cozyness! Saturday afternoon I watched the worldcup final with Sarah. What a ride. What an amazing game!

Watched: Triangle of Sadness (great!)

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self." ~ Ernest Hemingway

Week 49
December 05 – December 11, 2022

Still figuring out the podcast setup. More work than expected. Borrowing equipment from my sister. Buying additional new (used) equipment. Cameras, Microphones, Lights, Cables. My buddy and DOP extraordinaire Julian Schmitt came over for coffee and to give me some tipps.

Feeling a bit exhausted mentally these days. Stressing myself because I want to get so much done before Chrsitmas. But it feels simply too much right now. Too many open options and tasks, struggling to focus. This week the pressure seems to make me feel stressed and creates sadness.

In the middle of the week I was seriously asking myself: Where did my joy go and how do I get it back? I will find back to joy if I have less tasks, very clean priorities and plan, and then finishing the right things.

Some powerful sprints and good longer calls with Sofiane and the Newfoundation team. Thankful for the positive feedback I got. Updated the UI of a bunch of apps, mainly the Newsafe wallet and its upcoming App Store.

Had a few quick run’s in the dark and in the rain this week to counter stress.

Dinner at my place with my buddies Matze and Basti. We got deep into a rabbit hole discussing the recent AI development and tools, which are simply game-changing…

On Saturday we celebrated the whole my friend Carlo’s birthday and I was on the turntables until late…

Week 48
November 28 – December 04, 2022

In our last days in Bangkok we visited the Reclining Buddha, went up the Maha Nakhon (tallest building in Thailand and highest I’ve ever been to). Rounded up by enjoying the Jodd Fairs at night with my friend Karl, who’s living in Bangkok since several year.

Back in Berlin and feeling surprisingly fresh after the long flight. Next day: a lot in my head. Trying to make clarity…

Can’t deny a strange gloomyness on my mind these last days. Why is that? Too much pressure? Too many things I want to do until Christmas? Or simply the contrast from sun/beach/thailand to cold/grey/berlin?

Went to the Rosalía concert with Sarah and Berin. Amazing show. Such an amazing artist, I was blown away. Bliss! Thanks to Sarah for making it happen <3

Input: The Art of Fermenting Great Ideas
Watched White Lotus (such good entertainment!)
Watched Happy Old Year

Week 47
November 21 – November 27, 2022

Thailand is treating us well. Thankful for the phenomenal food and my daily beach runs.

That’s it for now for this week :)

Reading Stillness is Key by PRESENT contributor Ryan Holiday. It’s a perfect vacation read, highly recommended.

Week 46
November 14 – November 20, 2022

Lots of communication with Present contributors. Send the mediakit to more potential partners. Also worked intensily on launching the updated Newcoin website.

Felt under pressure because I want to get so much done before my travels...

I worked tirelessly those last months. Hope to be able to recharge in Thailand🇹🇭

We woke up very early on Wednesday to head to the airport and fly to Bangkok. It was a long flight, but I found it enjoyable :) Got a lot of reading done.

Mission now: relax and enjoy. Bye for now!

”Find out WHO you are. Not what you do, not what you are, or where you want to be. It took me way too long to realize who I am and what I want out of life. Explore and push your boundaries. Try new things and learn what you like. Meet new people, challenge your own beliefs and understanding, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and then share your knowledge with others. Become YOU.” ~Unknown

Week 45
November 07 – November 13, 2022

Energetic start into the week. Designed decks and graphics for a series of Newfoundation events at gallery and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London this week.

Finished the new PRESENT mediakit and started sending it out to potential partners. Excited for that. It was a lot of work, but a useful challenge.

We recorded an interview with Tareet, one of our favorite upcoming fashion designers from Marseille, who we will feature in the next issue.

Triying to get everything done before my trip to Thailand next week! Feeling pressure to finalise unfinished things before, trying to push!

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” ~Charles Kingsley

Input: The Diary Of A CEO with Scott Galloway

Week 44
October 31 – November 06, 2022

At the start of the week I needed to first get rather unexciting things out of the way (taxes, admin work), but combined it with more joyful errants afterwards (getting new plants for my Dojo).

Finally carved out some time to get back to designing new Present Products and merch ideas. Challenge: too many ideas floating around. More focus needed to make decisions. But it will happen!

Quick simple thing helping me at the moment: Setting a Daily Highlight. Each morning, ask yourself "What's the most important thing I want to do today?" and then make sure you do that thing. (Or at least get started!)

Trying to get everything ready for the podcast recording, figuring out all equipment needed. Taking more time than expected. I know I shouldn’t be too perfectionistic about it, but I will do video as well, so this adds complexity to the whole operation.

Met with one of my oldest friends from Cologne for running and intense late night football practice at the pitch by the canal to counter stress.

Friday evening ritual: sending a thorough audio message about my week to my friend Carlo. This is a good habit. Afterwards for dinner to Sorrel with Sarah and Matthias, later we ended up at Bar Sway. Good night, great talks <3

Sunday for recharging. Took a walk with Sarah, we watched The Humans and Agnes Varda’s The Gleaners and I which I thought was really great!

“This is all you need in life: a computer, a camera, and a cat.” —Agnes Varda

Present Post: Log: Week 43

Week 43
October 24 – October 30, 2022

Good start into the week with a good Present team call. Cherishing the conversations with Sarah and Paz! They are both amazing. I’m thankful for them and for the chance to open up this project more and more.

On Tuesday I had a feeling that I need a real break soon. I felt real overwhelm with everything. Too many tasks on my plate and on my mind. And it stressed me out. But this was then a chance to recalibrate. A chance to clean.

On Wednesday I was much better again. Maybe I just needed more sleep. The power of being well rested. I reduced and reprioritized and put myself into monk mode…

Finally got started on the next Present Newsletter. Hopefully ready to ship it soon. The mediakit proceeds slowly. Got a tough time finishing this one. Have to let go of perfectionism. It’s never going to be perfect, so just get it done. Still working on integrating Memberstack onto our website. My head was steaming from navigating all possible options, but getting there!

Went with Sarah to the vernissage of our friend Felix Rank in collaboration with Apartamento. Met some friends there and ended up at Tom Król and Klara’s new place where we had some glorious pasta! Good times.

Friday we spent the night with our friend Lesha Berezovskiy who was visiting from Kiev. Thankful to hear all his stories. He is a great guy and great photographer. He is also volunteering in the war in his home country. I’m impressed and heartbroken and thankful for people like Lesha. Respect.

Saturday we were at the 60th birthday of Regina Schilling, one of the coolest and kindest women I know. Afterwards a Halloween party with the gang, which was a fun, wholesome, and drunken reunion. A long Sunday run in an attempt to cure my foggyness and hangover, but felt blessed for the last days and for my friends and family.

Week 42
October 17 – October 23, 2022

After last weeks’ slight under-the-weatherness I’m back to life. And back to cold showers. This core habit makes me feel alive, alert and powerful. Several energizing runs this week to have a clearer mind.

Present: Drafting, planning, making. Research and communication with contributors. Happy to have received some really great content! Can’t wait to share it with you. And we’re organizing our first online live event. And I’m currently researching and testing how to build the upcoming membership login and dashboard for the website.

I got excited towards the end of the week when I brainstormed and took action on the upcoming Present Podcast. I finally got around taking the first step and secured the first guest. I was procrastinating on this project for a while now, because it scares me. But I know that once I take the jump it will be worth it and I know will be glad I did.

Rediscovered the afternoon nap. 20 min is usually already enough. Makes a huge difference: better energy and more positive mindset afterwards.

I went to the opera with Sarah to see LAB_WORKS | Half Life by Sharon Eyal. It put me in quite a meditative state. It was the second piece I’ve seen from her, and I loved it again.

I visited my friend Marius who is a masterful craftsman and got myself a fresh haircut. Those visits are always combined with deep conversations and I feel thankful for that.

On Saturday we went to Siegessäule and participated in the big demonstration: Jin-Jiyan-Azadî. It was good to be there.

Present Post: Breathing Techniques by Shuaitong Zong

Input: The Playlist gripping series on the birth of Spotify

Week 41
October 10 – October 16, 2022

Rising brutally early to get everything done. It’s a battle at the moment to have a day job and trying to push my passion project to the max.

I’m fighting my way back. In need of fresh motivation. Cleaning up. Starting again and again. Everyday is a new attempt to get important stuff done and achieve more clarity.

Worked out a new timeline for Present. Trying to make all tasks more visible to my team to allow for more support. We are getting more structured with our operations via Notion. Feeling thankful to have Sarah and Paz’s support and fresh ideas!

I’m still working on the mediakit. It’s much more directed now to what we actually need and looking for. We are still trying to figure out the Community Space. The aim is to make this public as soon as possible for Present Members.

Friday we went to the newly opened Bar Sway, which was fantastic. Felt lucky to have such an amazing new spot in my neighborhood. We connected with the great Anna Santangelo there and that was really nice!

New rule: Alcohol is fine, but just don’t get a hangover. I had enough hangovers in my life. I’m drinking conciously, so I can enjoy it, and also enjoy the next day.

Felt fresh on Saturday morning. Spontaneous visit from Carlo. Brainstorming on future magazine and publishing ideas … fun! Sunday we cooked brunch at my Dojo with our good friend Matthias. Afterwards we walked at the canal, then ordered pizza and finally watched Kwaidan, the 1964 classic from Masaki Kobayashi.

Input: Rick Rubin in Conversation with Lex Fridman (Podcast #275)

Week 40
October 03 – October 09, 2022

Last week was intense and I woke up on Monday physically tense. Pretty much under the weather. Put up the fight to not get sick.

This was the first week in a while that was not so great. Because I didn’t feel fully healthy. And it frustrated me. I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. Towards the end of the week it became a bit better.

Got me some new and needed early-rising motivation via Jocko content (go through the motions) and thanks to an old principle of mine: You’ll never regret having risen early.

Great call with Nea-Kosma and afterwards with Paz and Sarah for PRESENT. I was giving in to my vulnerability. Sharing doubts and dreams with full transparency.

Newfoundation action: Newforum website updates, documentation website start, new brand kit, new pitch decks for next funding round.

Sarah’s brother Anthony was in town for the weekend. We went on a kanu tour in the Spreewald. Lovely! Afterwards dinner with our friends Sebastian und Klara. Later we went to Phantom, a new bar from my buddy Silvan, who’s also running Bar Brutal, another favorite spot.

Saturday: Pizza pop-up by my buddies Taylor and Raoul (Bubble Crew) and afterwards Beuster Bar. Sunday: long walk through Kreuzberg, ending on Tempelhofer Feld, then checked the Jon Rafman and Anna Uddenberg exhibition at Schinkel Pavillon. Cooked and watched Bullet Train.

Rather than choosing a life in which you do nothing for fear of making a mistake, choose a life that improves through failure and pain. And shout out loud to your struggling self, “I love you so much!”  Haemin Sunim (from: Love for Imperfect Things)

Week 39
September 26 – October 02, 2022

This week’s tactic against Toomuchness: strict 5min-timer-sprints to battle procrastination and hack my overthinking brain.

PRESENT website: working on new content to be published soon. Plus experimented with new design directions for a future version. Lots of planning and drafting for funding: still building the new media kit to reach out to potential partners soon.

I took more walks to clear my thoughts. Too much in my head. Running against Brain Fog. Some goals and timeline realignments.

My old homie Felix Bold came to visit from Cologne and I met my friend Oskar Lingk for lunch. Was really nice to reconnect with both!

Friday I took a train with Sarah at 6:00 in the morning to go to Mandel where we spent the weekend at Glow Glow wines with the Baumberger family. Level 1 on our journey of producing our own PRESENT wine! Harvesting in the steep wine slopes in stunning nature. It felt so good to do outdoor work in sunshine and in rain. We also helped with bottling, labeling and packing of this year’s stack … and gave it all at Karaoke :)

Sunday evening back in Berlin: time for burgers and watching Blonde.

Present Post: Present Readers

Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.Charlotte Joko Beck

Week 38
September 19 – September 25, 2022

Wave of thankfulness at the start of the week. Grateful for last week and the weekend. So much love! Feeling blessed.

Thinking a lot about how to scale all PRESENT operations, in general. There is simply too many ideas and goals to pursue, and I feel I need to open it up much more and allow for more outside help.

Started designing a new edition of the PRESENT mediakit to accelerate my funding efforts and to sharpen up the overall mission and vision. Plus more brainstorming on additional contributor’s briefings for PRESENT Issue 3.

Clarity and Simplicity is Power. Finally took some time to clean up some of my core lists, visualisation and work files, and general priorities. This always gives me a boost of energy. New clarity!

This week I noticed once again how most “hard tasks” we tend to procrastinate on, are usually only a matter of a (often surprisingly) small amount of effort — once we finally get around to do them. Also, hard tasks tend to suddenly be really not hard at all once we tackle them in the morning after a good night’s sleep and with renewed energy.

I designed and developed the next iteration of the upcoming Newfoundation website and had some great calls with my colleagues on various topics and side missions.

Monday: Cooked my favorite soul-food: Pasta Puttanesca🍝 Thursday: Pizza and beers with Sarah<3 And for the first time in years I went to the football pitch alone, just to “train” by myself, getting blissfully lost in shooting, juggling, dribbling. Felt real good.

Friday I went to Cologne for one night to celebrate the birthday of my friend Mitch. Good times :) On the way back I watched the Julia Child documentary, which I enjoyed and recommend.

Present Post: Tricia and Terry Jones interview (Read it here!)

Week 37
September 12 – September 18, 2022

Lots of juggling this week. Working my ass off to get everything done in time and with the utmost quality.

I started my week with preparing for the official launch of the new Salomon logo I redesigned. Super pumped to finally share it! Launched it on Tuesday (1,2,3,4) and was really grateful for all the nice reactions. Felt relieved and happy!

Recorded my first podcast with my colleague Jordan Duclos, Shuya Gong and Selim Imoberdorf for Newforum. I also worked on the upcoming platform Newocean, and a website for all documention of Newcoin.

Friday night I cooked at my place for Sarah<3, and my sister, and my old friend Luisa who’s visiting Berlin. Sebastian Peter joined as well and we all played We’re Not Really Strangers which is always intense but always good:)

My homie Carlo convinced me to go to his spinning class with him in on Saturday morning. I had a blast. It was one of the most exhausting activities I’ve done in a while and I felt great afterwards. Really energized. Talked about our habits and inspirations afterwars, grateful for this!

In the afternoon we went to the ARMA block party, organised by my buddies from NoService. The great Niklas Wandt was playing in the afternoon I took over afterwards and we had a proper dance! I was in heaven. I had such a good time mixing! Need to do it more again…

What is something wonderful about your life that you rarely appreciate as much as you should?

Week 36
September 05 – September 11, 2022

Thankful for the productive last week and the beautiful weekend!

But now: pretty restless sleep the last nights, still figuring out why. I guess I have too many open task, too much unclarity on certain challenges. Gotta fix that asap.

Excited about our great call with wine makers Pauline and Carl Baumberger and Johannes from Frohnatur to discuss our upcoming collaboration 👀

Working on the next Present online contents. Happy to be able to give the website some love again. And for Newfoundation we’ve soft-launched the new Newforum website!

Friday night I went with Sarah to the exhibition opening of our friend and PRESENT contributor Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg

Another highlight of the week was a conversation with my friend Mubi from Yemen about the island of Socotra, the history of the Arabic language and the discovery of coffee, which I’m fascinated by since I watched Michael Pollan on a podcast.

Building habits in the present helps you to do more of what you want in the future. —James Clear

Week 35
August 29 – September 04, 2022

Rough start into the week. Gotta push through. Struggling to get to bed earlier. So many projects and balls to keep in the air. And more work for my archive experiment. (Hope it’s worth it.)

Pushing our experimental Community Space but realizing I need different onboarding strategies. Had a good call with Paz and Sarah how to tackle it. More work on our timeline and upcoming contributions and collaborations.

I met with Dennis Buck to gave him some back issues for research, he’s going to work in Italy for the next weeks and starts his upcoming contribution from there.

Long calls with Sofiane and Madelaine regarding all ongoing Newfoundation projects. (Finished a new identity for NF and continued finalising the upcoming Newforum website.)

Went for Schnitzel at Obermaier with some old friends, afterwards to Ricarda’s birthday, which was very lovely.

Played football with my homies for the first time since a while. My feet were a bit fucked afterwards but I felt great overall. Planning to do this twice a month now.

Went to Chateau Royal a new hotel and restaurant in Berlin, ran by my friends. It was a really nice night. And the next day: Wedding of my buddies Lea & Ricky on the countryside: big fun!

Present Post: Present People

Input: The Rescue (Simple incredible. Moved me to tears.)

Week 34
August 22 – August 28, 2022

What can I achieve this week? Working on website updates. Building a PRESENT People sub-page to finally properly have all contributors and team united. More e-mails to more potential contributors and collaborators. Also good progress on building the upcoming Newforum website for Newfoundation.

Working on a new way of showing my work archive: I’ve beta-launched @officehugohoppmann 👀 I will continue to post more of my work on there for the rest of the year.

I’m getting dangerously close to toomuchness — again. I’m thinking a lot these days about how I can manage to make everything I want to make still until the end of the year…

On the weekend I went to Cologne, which gave me new energy. On Friday we celebrated my sister’s birthday, on Saturday I was playing records on the Alaaf and Kickin’ boat with my old gang. We had such a blast, there were just so much friends and family around, I had to shed tears of joy <3

Relationships are the currency of life.

Present Posts: Sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself

Input: How Action Bronson Conquered Media By Being His Most Authentic Self

Week 33
August 15 – August 21, 2022

Another fresh week. Feeling thankful for being alive and healthy. Let’s go!

Now that it’s beta-launched I’m working on how to make our new PRESENT Community space alive. We’ll see how it goes. I’m still a bit nervous wondering if the people are actually as much up for it as much as I am…

Working on pushing on all fronts and projects for Newfoundation. I love the variety of tasks I have there as Creative Director and Head of Design: from research and consulting, to branding and strategy, to logo and icon design, to mentoring and briefing, to website design and development. And it’s flexible and remote so I can still work on PRESENT. I took on this job as I think both projects can feed each other in a really interesting and powerful way.

Present Posts this week: Standard Clothing, Doing things that scare you will make you happier

Week 32
August 08 – August 14, 2022

Back in Berlin! On Monday I launched the PRESENT Community by inviting ~15 beta testers aka good friends. I’m a bit nervous if this works as I envisioned it. Keep calm and carry on.

This week I’m aiming to make solid progress on my missions for Newfoundation. Priority 1: building the Newforum website, then improving Newlife.

Besides, big push for PRESENT Issue 3: Writing more e-mails, make more layout tests, talk with Sarah about some new ideas I had. And: Preparing and shipping the next posts for Socials.

I’m currently (finally) reading The Power of Now by Eckhard Tolle. And I’ve finished reading Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning.

Quick note on tools: Highlighting book passages in the Kindle app, connect to Readwise, get a weekly e-mail with 5 past highlights. Loving this.

Watched Touching the Void: **“You gotta make decisions. You gotta keep making decisions, even if they're wrong decisions. If you don't make decisions you're stuffed.”

My dad came to Berlin for a few days. I cooked dinner for him, Sarah, Marina and David. Bliss!

Present Posts this week: Ben Roth: Enchanted Embodiment

Watch: Preposterous, Poignant, Dubious | Harry Mack Freestyle

Week 31
August 01 – August 07, 2022

We are at the end of the holidays. We’ve just been to Seravezza for two days to interview Cynthia Sah and Nicolas Bertoux of ARTCO for the next PRESENT issue. My sister Marina came by to make portraits. It was really fun!

Random tip: Il Fuso from Ciacco in Lucca: one of the best sandwiches I've ever had :) 🥪

Tuscany was so dreamy. What crazy beautiful spot on earth. So grateful for having made this trip with Sarah <3

What I wrote down this morning: Let go completely. Let your ego pass. Fully relax. See your truth. Be. Fall into being.

Present Posts: Ryan Holiday, MY DOJO Hannah Kuhlmann, RIP Issey Miyake

Video: Rick Rubin - Advice on How To Stop Overthinking

Week 30
July 25 – July 31, 2022

I’m sitting in bar in Florence, having a cold beer, after I walked for two hours in 37 degrees around town. This is my next attempt to start maintaining my LOG again. Everthing just got in the way. But it’s like meditation: the goal is to notice you’ve drifted, and to simply start again.

I travelled with Sarah to Tuscany a few days ago for a two week trip. Wine and Olive Oil and Pasta. We rented a small car and travel from town to town. It’s crazy hot (no day below 37°) but it’s glorious!

July 26: Another hot day in Florence. We visited the Uffizi Galleries. Strangely, only a few works really touched me. A great spot in Florence for a drink at the end of the afternoon is the rooftop bar of Hotel Palazzo Guadagni. In the night we watched Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, Oggi, Domani).

It’s hard for me to switch off. I somehow want to be productive, even in my holidays. I just feel so much drive in me and/or pressure to deliver what I promised myself to.

We watched Human Traffic (so good!)

Present Posts: Ghost Dog

Video: Evolution of the office desk

Article: When the Money's Just Too Damn Good

Week 29
July 18 – July 24, 2022

I’m still trying to get the Present Forum beta launch off the ground. I’m pondering a lot if it should be build on Circle or Discord. I decided for Circle (for now).

I’m currently reading Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday:Being present demands all of us. It’s not nothing. It may be the hardest thing in the world.

I’m also currently reading Someday by Matthew Dicks.Make every decision count by looking ahead at the one-hundred-year-old version of yourself and asking that version of yourself for some wisdom and perspective. Stop making decisions for the current version of yourself, and ask your future self what they want from you.

Present Posts: Open Call, Makers Portrait Mathis Eßer

Video: A powerful message from Paddy the Baddy

Week 28
July 11 – July 17, 2022

An insight: Just really be present: best “trick”. ever. always. This project is really my reminder. Of what I need most.

I have a deep long for emptiness. Everytime I feel closer to emptiness a rush of contentment comes over me. I feel satori.

Growth is often uncomfortable. Whether it’s getting up in front of an audience, processing tough emotions, or pushing your physical limits: embracing discomfort can boost motivation and strengthen resolve. The next time you feel that resistance, lean in. Or as David Goggins put it: embrace the suck.

Week 27
July 04 – July 10, 2022

Thankful for my new place in Friedelstrasse. It feels so good. It is such an upgrade to where I’ve lived and worked before!

Prepared the image selection of the upcoming DOJO of David Zilber. And more Issue 3 planning. And a call with Johannes von Frohnatur, a nature wine company from Cologne, for a potential collab.

I went to Kadewe with Sarah to document her being on the massive billboards! Very proud of her.

Long calls with Sofiane and Madeleine for Newfoundation/Newlife and Marina for Newmoon. Finished and launched the new Newmoon website. (Built it with Webflow and had much fun doing it! Love this tool.)

Had a few nice runs this week. (Follow me on Strava😎)

The longer you wait to take that step, the shorter the future will be when you get there. ~Brooke Le Blanc