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Hei! Welcome to my blog! 

 

My name is Ellen. I was born in Ghent in 1991, but the countries in the north have stolen my heart. When I was 26, I moved to Iceland, where I lived in the Westfjords of Iceland. A place I still consider my second home and that changed my life completely. 2 years later, in July 2020 I moved to the most beautiful fjord of Norway, close to the country's West Cape.

I have a background in Geology and Marine Biology and my greatest accomplishment is becoming a whale watching guide. Right on the frontline of Mother Earths battle to create a deeper relation with its people. Giving a guiding hand in meeting, learning and caring about the ocean's mythical inhabitants and forging a a promise. The promise of taking better care of our home.

The wild landscape of the North, with its big contrasts and unapologetic weather, is an endless source of inspiration for me. The biggest metaphor, the largest mirror of life.

I want to show that big life changes do not happen without a million small changes. That there are days that it goes easy, but as many days that it is not. That physical changes require mental changes. 

 

I want to show realness. Because there are already enough perfect lives out there on the internet. There is not enough talk about the mental mess that accompagnies chasing big dreams. I want to close the gap between the people living their dream and the ones with 'normal lives'. I want to show that life can be different. I want to show that there is a path from here to there. What I can do, you can do. 

 

I'm a passionate (amateur) artist and creator. I'm on a journey into myself and out into the world.

Find my collaborations here.

Read my latest diary entry here →

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My artwork is inspired by

the waves and spirals

of life and the oceans. 

You can find and purchase my work on the BLUE SELKIE webshop.

I also take on commission work!

Find more about that here.

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What I enjoy the most, is writing magical little stories. Inspired by the tiniest detail in the world around me. 

However, life has given my writing journey a different focus right now.

It is my hope to circle back one day and create short fantasy stories, illustrated with my own artwork.

 

Read my latest fantasy story here →

When I started this website in January 2018, it was originally intented as a travel blog.

 

My focus moved away from that pretty quickly. However, living in the great landscapes of the North, I'm sure my journey here is not done.

 

Read my latest Norway entry here 

And if you still can't get enough, I vlog my life in Norway.

So if you're curious to our house renovations for example, head over to my YouTube channel!

I'm also dedicated in helping other people fulfill their dream of moving to Norway. Head over to find these videos full of tips!