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SOMEBODY, JUST NOT ANYBODY

In a nutshell, according to the standard old-fashioned way of how lives should be lived, I probably, most definitely, am way off track. Where my friends from Uni are trying to get their 4th kid out of diapers, I try to get barreled. Where they are thinking about 300m2 houses to accommodate the kids, the 2 cars, the jacuzzi, the trampoline and of course the dog, I live in a shared house without any hot water. Where they think about pensions, I calculated that I have enough money until I die, but then that should actually happen next Wednesday. My decision to choose the word old-fashioned is not completely fair though. It is their way of how they want to live their life, what they feel comfortable with, which values they have and what their priorities are. My priorities and needs just take a 360 degree different view on it.

For a 36-year old though, what most intrigues me though is relationships. Not only because each freakin’ day there is someone wondering why I am still single. It is mainly that I don’t understand why I witness relationships that in my opinion would not be worth sitting in. Just and only for the sake of being in a relationship, these couples just stay together and annoy the f%^# out of each other. Even though I also see relationships that do work really well and are inspirational for me, I feel for those that stay together because their fear of being alone is bigger than the hassle of the daily adaptation to someone that they do not love completely

The time has passed that I thought that I did not deserve love and I was “un-loveable”. That there was always someone better, prettier, faster, more intelligent or anything else with more or –er in front of it. I do believe that love in its most pure and natural form is out there for me. My needs are not far-fetched, I want somebody that knows he wants to be with me with all that comes with it. However I pass for just anybody. I know what I want but more importantly I know what I need. Not only for relationships but for my life as a whole. My needs are to be grounded & balanced, have an amazing time, if someone connects with me and wants to join me on this journey, come and join me. If not, I am happy to continue by myself.

So, even though I am where I am and my life does not meet perfect on that “old-fashioned”-view on the relationship-scale. I am more than content. I am surrounded by amazingly inspiring friends (some close some further away), I work hard, I smile, stay healthy, surf and try to be the best version of me. There is no biological clock that is capable to take that away from me or detour me with thoughts that I should do anything differently. Because I believe that stuff (yes just really stuff) happens for a reason. That we are on this earth just to follow the path that it has lined up for us and mine just doesn’t direct me into a boring relationship settling for less just because I hit an age where I am supposed to ensure that I don’t miss the family-boat. With my full soul, I believe that, that somebody is there. It will only not be just anybody.

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HAPPINESS is FEELING ALIVE

What is happiness? What defines happiness?
On board. About to take off to Sapporo, Japan. Going to hit the white powder and ski for a few days. Flying business. And feeling grateful. Humbly blessed.
However these questions keeping on popping up. I do know that all these adventures and material stuff bring a bunch of excitement and interesting encounters in our lives….
But going on a race – to the next – to the next. I just know that is not it!!
Wonderland, Niseko

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Pause…
I am writing now 2 days later. Immersed in the now. Feeling alive. It does not come from what I am doing. But from staying fully present and immersed in what I am doing. I am here. Not in the past, not in the future. Just here. And looking around in white wonderland enables me to achieve this state. It’s beyond a mind-state. It’s a wonderful presence. I am alive. Fully alive. And I want to encourage you to take a pause. Just stay present. Feel the presence. The awareness. That goes beyond the excitement. Beyond “what” you do – “what” you have.
Niseko, Japan

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Saturday Chronicles with Anne

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Oh My is an awesome initiative so go check out their website and Facebook-page to stay tuned on all the good stuff, new recipes or if you want to book a workshop. Next to that her freelance writing career is also going really well. Check out her website www.annedezeeuw.com to have a look at the projects she has been working on or to just book her for a projects yourself.

Saturday Chronicles with Dominique

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As you read, Dominique is wandering quite a bit, if you keen to follow her adventures check out her Facebook. And if you are ever in Holland and want to stay a couple of night on Texel, have a look at the hotel and restaurant of her parents over here. It’s right on the beach and just the perfect getaway.

Saturday Chronicles with Bonnie

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Bonnie has started a “fitspiration” blog on Instagram called @twofithapababes, with one of her best friends Jen. They will be posting exercise circuits, yoga pictures, health tip and motivational boost, so check it out as we really love it!!

Saturday Chronicles with Fran

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If you are keen to follow Fran’s wandering journey, check out her Facebook.