A Physical and Mental Change of Scenery

A physical and mental change of scenery

A physical and mental change of scenery

The last couple of days I had a change of scenery, both physically and mentally. I visited Terschelling, which is a “wadden” island in the Netherlands. And I have to say that it has been a journey of some sorts. 

Physical change of scenery

Physically, because I needed a change of environments. I think most people feel this way currently, because of the situation the whole world is in. Currently, some parts of the world are slowly transitioning out of this situation—but there are still parts of the world that are deep into the crisis. Here in the Netherlands, the vaccinations are starting to speed up and the world as we knew it is slowly opening its eyes again. But, because I haven’t been to a lot of places since the start of the crisis, it was amazing to be somewhere else. Somewhere out of my comfort zone. The comfort zone I’m in at home has grown in such a tight zone, that it needs more force to break out of it. So, that, in combination with moving my body a lot over there, resulted in my (stagnant) energy getting released. 

A physical and mental change of scenery

Mental change of scenery

And mentally, because I’ve had a conversation about meditating. The last week has been really overwhelming, emotion-wise. Part of this for me, has to do with the moon eclipse in Sagittarius that happened last week. What it did was resurfacing old and unprocessed emotions, all at once. I started to feel anxious, overwhelmed, frustrated and unsatisfied. I blamed this on external things: 

“I don’t have a degree and I should get one, then I’ll be okay.” 
“My business is not where I want it to be, if that were the case, I’d be okay.”
“I don’t have the financial situation I’m longing for yet, otherwise I’d be okay.”


This weekend, during a conversation, I realized something I knew all along: It has nothing to do with my external world. External circumstances have nothing to do with how I feel permanently—they only influence my short-term emotions. How I feel on a daily basis has everything to do with my internal world. The solution to my problems isn’t to earn more money, reach my goals or have the things I ‘want’. The solution to my problems is to be at peace with my thoughts, my emotions and fully embrace everything I am. And for me, being that vulnerable doesn’t come easily, but I’m working on it with meditation. I also highly recommend watching this Ted talk by Brené Brown:

Bèta-reading phase

On a lighter note: I send my book to beta-readers. This means that there is a group of people who are going to be reading my book over the next few weeks + providing me with feedback! I’m so, so, so nervous—but excited too. I can’t explain. I think it’s something you have to experience for yourself to understand.

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What I’ve been reading

Marrying Winterborne

The Ravenels #2 by Lisa Kleypas

So, I’m still very much into the historical romance genre. I look forward to reading it every night, before I go to sleep. Right now, I’m reading The Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas. I’m currently reading book 2: Marrying Winterborne. If you love romances and you haven’t given historical romance a try, please do. I never thought I would be this much into it, but I am. 

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Lots of Love,

Britt van den Elzen

Hi! I’m Britt, a 20-something creative entrepreneur from the Netherlands. I’m passionate about all things magic and can often be found dreaming about fictional worlds. The greatest love of my life is storytelling and I’ve been reading and watching stories ever since I can remember. ✨

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