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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Not a noob (Sweden part I)

Hi!

A couple of weeks ago one of my biggest dreams became reality. As promised, a recap of my wonderful survival journey to Sweden.

I've always loved traveling. When I look back now, I've been offered so many great chances to see some parts of the world. I went on camps abroad with youngsters that I didn't know yet, participated in a couple of student exchanges, performed on an international dance festival, left with my great friends group and also my family took me a couple of times past the border. And then came Sweden.

A friend of mine who lived for two years in the same building in my student city, was the key to all this luck. When we were walking in the hills during a weekend in February, he came up with this topic. He told about how he went to Sweden a year ago. He guided a group of youngsters and their leaders during a 7-day canoe trip. Each night they would find another spot to spend the night and afterwards they would cook over a campfire. I was impressed and when he told me that they searched new guides, I became really excited.

Two months later I called the responsible to get some information. Little did I know that after this short call everything would already be arranged. As easy as that. That's in my opinion one of the biggest charms of the organization Drakkar. There are no unnecessary formalities, everything is handled really spontaneous. There ain't no recruiting advertisement of any kind. The experienced guides just bring up friends who (in their opinion) are capable of fulfilling the job in a motivated way. I'm really thankful for my friend Jasper to have seen some potential in me, yay.

So there was it, the big step. A day before leaving, I suddenly realized how yolo this all was. I didn't know any person there, never set foot in Scandinavia myself and my job would be to learn these youngsters all about survival. The 'not knowing people' was no issue, I've done that lots of times. The Into the wild skills were trickier, but hey, I wasn't a noob?

Next posts will tell you all the great details of my journey.
Here is already a little sneak peek. Amazing to wake up with this view, right?



Lots of love
Celien

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Friday, 26 August 2016

How to be a human being

Hi guys!

Describing how I feel in one word, won't completely explain the thoughts in my head but I'll try to be accurate. Relieved is the best pick, I guess, since I just came back from a great outdoor survival in Sweden. I cannot wait to tell you all about it and show some really awesome pictures. I'm still super excited about all the things I've seen and done and I'm extremely glad to be given the opportunity.

This morning, my excitement was even bigger when I opened up my Spotify. I was in the mood to listen to Glass Animals again and when clicking their name, suddenly their new album appeared.
TODAY IS THE RELEASE DATE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM!
Kind of embarrassed that I had forgotten about it, I discovered the songs on How to be a human being. Next to the previously released singles, there are a lot of great pieces of music on it. Check them out!

source: glassanimals.eu

What I discovered next, is that they are having a concert in Belgium in three months! A friend of mine (who became a big fan of the band after I mentioned them) is already enthousiast, so I guess I'll be seeing them live soon.

So much luck. Life can be really good.

Lots of love
Celien


Friday, 12 August 2016

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Iron Sky

Well hello, the big black hole is back.

Last week, I felt so alive again. I went with a group of youngsters and a phenomenal team of leaders on a camp. Being able to express yourself in the most enthusiastic way possible, feels so incredible. Or, what about convincing cool motor dudes to make bracelets, with success?

It's a pity actually that I'm not always able to be like this during the year. Even if I try not to, I care a bit about what others think of me. I know I shouldn't, but each time this little devil voice inside of me appears and tells me that I'm less than others.

My mind works overtime. It keeps trying to be rational about things but I honestly don't know how anymore. I feel like there's lots of love to give but there's not that one person yet to accept it all. I just want to follow my heart, if only I knew whereto.


But hey, I just got to hold on.



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