Posts in Category: happiness

Bandol & Sanary

When I took these picture I wasn’t sailing yet but I made all the agreements to bring my boat to the Mediterranean and splash it in Bandol.

Just wanted to make sure that you have a first impression why I am so excited to start my journey here.

kilimanjaro

I am finally done planning the Kilimanjaro Tour 2019.
While I already communicated the idea and the rough dates before, the planning has finished now.
The Kilimanjaro Tour 2019 will take place from June 1st to 16th 2019.

Not only the summit of Kilimanjaro is this tours special to offer. We will hike for 10 days in total with a 2 days break in between. On the first 4 days we will summit the neighboring Mt Meru followed by 6 days on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Why now?

You might wonder why I am planning to offer a Kilimanjaro tour in 2019 and haven’t done that much earlier.

The simple reason is that I received my initial inspiration and advice while becoming a coach from a friend who did Kilimanjaro tours himself. For me it was crystal clear to not interfere with a similar product as long as he is offering the same. I never tried to become a copy and never did. I had to go my own way and learned my lessons in Sahara over the last years. As my friend suddenly announced to discontinue his Kili tours, I was asked by people who planned to go with him in the first place if we wouldn’t go together. After all had I several years of experience in Tanzania by now, visited the Kilimanjaro region before and flew multiple times just across the rim leaving me questioning when I will stand on that rim myself. Due to my experience in Tanzania I have a pretty good team to rely on by now.

When I was a child I was amazed by Africa. When I thought about it,  three things came to my mind:

  •  Serengeti
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Kilimanjaro

When I traveled South of the Sahara for the first time in my life, I visited Zanzibar, saw Mt Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru, went to Serengeti & Ngorongoro and knew immediately that I will be back. Especially summiting Kilimanjaro has been on my bucket list ever since.

Why also Mt Meru?

Because it is the prettier route. While Kili is more abut the size and being the largest in Africa, the Meru is nicer to climb and offers the more spectacular view, especially a cloud free view on Kilimanjaro at sunrise. It is also less traveled, as well as a perfect acclimatization, for the altitude as well as for the culture. Even for me it is a culture clash, every single time that I visit East Africa.

Almost everything is different and I believe it would be a shame to let all that fascinating cultural experience be waisted by joining the very touristic Kili ascendent ride away. Let us enjoy land, people, culture and scenery some more days and get accustomed to the altitude on a slightly lower mountain. We will have better focus, concentration, joy and breath when starting the summit of the big one?

one tour or each year?

I don’t know yet if it will be the spiritual journey that I am expecting. I am not and I will not be a travel agent. I do extraordinary self awareness seminars and I choose special places as the seminar place. 

If I won’t feel a vibe as strong as in Sahara or if I am not at my best, I won’t do the tour again. 

This is the main reason for the special price which will only be available this time. Either the price will go up to reasonable amount for a two week, life changing double summit coaching seminar or it will remain the only one.

As I write this I am only accepting two more applications for the trip. So if you are thinking about it, hurry up.

special facts about this years team

We will go with a very experienced and nice guide Philemon on both tours, we will have a medical doctor with us who has experience in high altitude medicine and tropical medicine. She is also a fluent swahili speaker. I have several years business experience in Tanzania and we will have local backup support by my long time local manager and business partner.

I am sure it will be a blast. Let me know when you want to be on the team.


corsica

Have you ever traveled with high expectations and where amazed to find everything much more beautiful than you expected?

I visited Corsica at the end of September. My plan was originally to be on my tiny wooden boat somewhere in the North Sea and sail due South in September. But as it wouldn‘t swim yet, due to the cracks in the hull, I had to postpone my plans a bit. The main problem turned out to be, that I couldn‘t work at the marina where it is located at the moment.
Therefor I need a trailer to move it…
That turned out to be a bit tricky and the one I ordered is not finished as I am writing this.

Since I have to move the boat anyway, I thought about bringing it directly to the Mediterranean as winter is coming soon in the North. As I love France and especially the Provence I thougth about launching the boat there and start my journey towards Corsica as soon as the boat is fit.

While I can’t sail at the moment and have to wait for the trailer anyway, I decided to go to Corsica and have a look myself. I figured it would make a wonderful place for the joined sailing trips with my supporters in 2019. Be exited!

As you can see below, it looks remarkable and about the plan to splash the boat in Provence… I‘ll write in another article.

And now have a look at that beautiful island:

jango is back

Nooo. Of course not. Django our “African Coconut Retriever” 😉 who was with us for our year in Zanzibar will stay in our memory and will/can never be replaced. But as life goes, you move on.

And other than stuff your collection of memories will never be full. You don’t have to get rid of one memory to add another. Maybe that is what life is all about. Making as many experiences as possible and collecting memories to create a meaningful life. Leaving the past and working on the future by living here and now. 

So we decided to get another four leged companion for our adventures and decided on a kind of dog we want to have. Since we didn’t want a dog to be bretd for us we hoped to find one that resonates with us that is already grown and need a new home.

I went to the online and the first side that popped up was a breeder in Switzerland who just got a 2 year old dog back that couldn’t stay with the current family and needed a new home. A beautiful 2 year old Australian Kelpie with a very special expression in his face called: JANGO.

So be it we thought and now Jango is with us and will be our “adventure dog”.

Let’s see how he does on the boat…

simplicity – an approach of a maximalist

I am a maximalist, that’s why I became a minimalist.
What? How does that make sense?
I think it does, although it took me more than 30 years to realize. As long as I can remember I could not get enough. It did not matter whether it was playing a game, a vacation I was on, a mountain I was hiking, stuff that I owned.
I just couldn’t get enough. I wanted more and got frustrated easily when I couldn’t get it.
I believe that a major reason for me to get frustrated was, that I never focused 100% on one thing. I could do everything in life, right? The older I grew the more I realized that I could also own everything that I was longing for.

others had it all

After all… I knew people who were coming from nowhere and who owned all the fancy stuff now.
What I didn’t see back then, is that they where paying a price for everything. A day has only 24 hours and each moment can only be spend on one thing at a time. So even if you have enough money to buy almost everything, you will have to take decisions to do either this or that with your time. Even owning a motorbike, a sportcar and a sailing boat, you can only use one at a time. The more you add to your possessions the more you have to limit your time for that.
Apart from that, most people I know had to earn their money somehow. When I had a closer look at the job they needed to do in the first place, it was nothing that I ever wanted to do. At least not for more than a week.

everything comes with a price

That is the problem about comparing yourself with others. Compare and dispair. You only see the result and not the work they put in the previous years. You also don’t see the unfulfilled dreams they secretly have.
Everything comes with a price. Maybe they are in a bad relationships, maybe they don’t see their kids, maybe they would love to have more time for themselves, maybe their success comes with the price of bad health.
Furthermore we tend to compare ourself mostly to multiple other people and see the different things they achieved, all of them coming with another price and each one of them lacking the others achievements.
Now one remains unhappy and feels unsuccessful as long as you don’t own everything that others do.
Well that is the perfect ingredient to become and remain unhappy for the rest of your life.
That’s what I did for the longest time. Looking back, I already did a lot of fun things, but kept focusing on what I did not have yet… and I felt miserable.

three steps

I came to I realized one day that three steps are important for me:

First:
I need to focus on myself. What do I really want? I mean really want. Next I needed to find out what was the underlying motivation of this and then prioritize for which one I want to go first. Sometimes I found out that I could satisfy the needs completely different or combine two or three of the needs with a different action.
Knowing what you really want, knowing your basic desires for happiness.

Second:
Stop doing things that you don’t want to do. Do things that help you be the one you want to be. Focus on your desires and prioritize. Work on the things you love most, first.

Third:
Compare myself to one person only: to myself yesterday! Comparing to others is the perfect way towards an unhappy life, no matter how much you own. If you know what you really want and who you want to be, check daily whether you are one step further today than you were yesterday. If you are not. Adjust.

Sooner that you think you will have changed your life 180°. Stay focused and thankful with what you already have and go on from there.
Because I wanted to have everything and couldn’t get enough of what I already had, I started to focus on what I wanted most. All of a sudden I became l much better and had more of what I desired most. Therefor I had go get rid of all the distractions in my life that where not helping me to fulfill my dream of living the life I love.

Minimizing helped me to maximize what I love most!

now it starts getting serious

I knew I want to travel the world. I knew I want to go sailing. I knew I want to go South.
I recently found out that I want to travel as light as possible… even on the water. I was looking for a boat that is as small as possible and still be safe enough to do some serious sailing. After my experience with Emma, our 45 year old Mercedes Camper Van, I knew I want to travel with a boat that is easy to maintain, wherever I am on this planet.

My dream was and is to turn the whole project into an experience worth sharing. I have already done some great journeys and the most amazing has always been to share it.
Fun, joy and love are some of the very few things that get more when you share them. When I was on my own, I struggled to enjoy the beautiful sunsets, the incredible mountain range or the endless ocean as much as I did when I was able to share it.

Therefor I am will document the whole journey on Patreon where you join me, starting at a buck per month. That is basically an espresso every other month and therefor you’ll be part of trip and you’ll receive exclusive content as well.
AND I am going to take people with me. That might be friends, customers or patrons. As I wanted to see if anyone is interested in that project at all, I started the kickstarter campaign three weeks ago, maybe you remember.
Actually it will be online for another roughly 15 hours when this is published and I am so happy that it is fully financed. Nevertheless, if you want to leave a € or two, you are more than welcome. There is also the possibility to purchase a week with me on the boat in 2019. CLICK HERE
I call it camping on the water, as it is a tiny boat compared to all the huge plastic boats you see around, but I can guarantee you, you‘ll have as much fun as you possibly can and it will be an experience of your life.

Are you on board?

changes

Time changes! All the time!
As one second and one moment always connects to the next one, life feels like a constant flow.
On the one hand it actually is and on the other hand all we have is NOW. Decisions are always taken now. Although you can take the experiences from the past into account it remains the moment of now that you take your decision.
It is the combination of your past that will lead to a decision now, that can shape your future.
A coach of mine once told me that our unconscious mind is always protecting us and that decisions we take are always in our best intentions. No body really wants to hurt itself, at least not as long as there some more valuable secondary gain that it will take out of that action.

If you realize that, you will come to the conclusion that whenever you took a clear and congruent decision, it was the right decision. It was as good of a decision as it could possibly be in the moment you took it.
Has it ever proofed to be the wrong decision afterwards because you received feedback that showed you information, you didn’t have before?
Well, it remains the right decision for that very moment you took it. There was something that you didn’t know yet and which you needed to find out to become more aware.
While your heart/soul thrives for something, your mind will create the decision and circumstance for your body to experience it. Then your body will give a feedback of gained knowledge back to your heart and you can thrive for something else.

Let the grieve (about wrong decisions) go and focus on what you are going to do with the new knowledge for the rest of your life.

I myself planned this year to be different. I had plans and goals and dreams and wishes. Then life happened. Other people around me took decisions that I had not foreseen and as everything in life is connected one way or another it made realizing some of my goals impossible.
It was up to me to take this knew knowledge into account. Some blogposts back I told you that I was going to run across the alps by foot and that I wanted to document the journey of this summer. Then I went to Zanzibar and suddenly had to adjust all of my plans. A lot went wrong for me and I reprioritized, had to rearrange some things and had to focus on some other projects. These made running out in the mountains for some weeks not possible…

And… I took the new gained freedom to turn a dream of mine into reality. I always wanted to go sailing. Not around one bay for an hour or so, but for distant places and far away lonely beaches with no schedule to come back.
I needed my own boat and now I have one. I went for the smallest wooden boat that I could find and which is still safe enough to go for larger distances and now I am going to write and publish about this journey instead.

More about my folkboat in another post.

live the life you love – world tour

I was thinking about this project for quite a while. In fact it has been a dream of mine since I saw sailing boats for the first time and could feel a glimpse of the freedom that it would mean to travel the ocean.

I want to do it my way and still… I don’t want to do it alone. Therefor I decided to bring as many people on board this very special project and launch it on kickstarter.

Travel the world with me:

plastic-free around the world – on a tiny wooden boat

I plan to restore a 50 year old wooden folkboat and sail plastic-free around the world. I want to take you on that journey with me.

Raising the awareness for sustainable living

In 2012 I took the decision to go for my childhood dream of sailing the world before the year 2021. At that time I had no idea how to ever do that. I wasn’t able to sail, I thought all boats cost 250.000,- upwards and I was afraid when I couldn’t see land or was alone in the dark.

Still I gave my unconscious mind a very clear task.

Sailing the world before I’m forty and somehow that thought stuck around all that time. In the rearview, a lot of the decisions I have taken since then make sense now.  I went alone to Sahara, passed my sailing license, went on regattas, lived in a camper for 8 months, built up my coaching business, left my corporate job, built up a Lodge in Zanzibar, minimized my possessions…

Most of these gave me either a great deal of personal freedom, the experiences I needed or both.

By now I am just missing roughly 3.000,- to achieve that goal of restoring a historic wooden boat. Unfortunately I lost my Lodge in Zanzibar due to fraud and greed. This took me a bit off the financial planning for this and the next year… On the other hand did it give me the opportunity to plan even more freely than before.

Since I never planned to just go sailing on my own, but turn it into an experience that I wanted to share with others, that I want to share with you, I came up with the idea to sell some of my ideas for next year upfront to kickstart the project in 2018, to be ready for you in 2019.

Therefore I need your help and your trust!

I am going for a nordic folkboat, because it is one of the smallest boat categories that can make it across the Atlantic ocean. It is the most popular boat class and it has been around forever (75 year). That leaves me with a good price range to be affordable.

Furthermore is it small enough to be maneuvered completely without an engine. The construction is simple enough, wooden planks, tiller steering, simple rigging, to be maintained and repaired by myself while traveling. I am planning to go without a build-in-engine since it is my goal to travel the world without using (plastic) or burning (petrol) any fossil carbon.

I am not looking for the best comfort, but for the greatest experience. Which I am going to share with you.

I created this project with a pledge of 3.000,- but have plenty of room to improve. If I make this minimum amount I can finish all needed projects. Everything above will also be invested in the project and will go into further improvement of the boat, water desalination, solar power, better anker, new rigging. That leaves me hoping for a multiple of the original amount asked for.

You have the possibility to join me on parts of the voyage or you can follow me on my blog & podcast: simplicity of happiness or through Patreon!

While traveling I have a mission to work on:

I want to help people to LIVE THE LIFE THEY LOVE. 

I believe that each one of us has a deep rooted desire to live life in a way that feels good and won’t hurt or harm anyone else.

True love is always sustainable. Therefore I believe that raising the awareness for an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle as well as a life worth living belongs together. I signed, respect and live the pledge of the United Nations Clean Seas Organisation with their Slogan: turn the tide on plastic!

If you want and are willing to help me to realize the: “LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE – world tour”!

Thank you for making this possible, Floh

Support me here!

what is patreon?

Now that I kept talking about Patreon in the last blogposts, podcasts and elsewhere, I think that I should at least give you an overview about what Patreon is all about. The short version and official description on their platform is this:

Patreon is a service that allows to collect ongoing financial contribution for projects.

My longer version is this:
Patreon is a social media platform very similar to Facebook. You can create you own profile and post content: texts, links, audio and video. Just like facebook, the content can be uploaded to Patreon itself or linked to another source.

Other members at Patreon can access your timeline and subscribe to it (just as liking a page on facebook).

Here comes the huge difference: Subscribers to a certain page, can financially contribute. There can be different contribution levels with different benefits attached to it. The creator on the other hand, can decide who is allowed to access which content. Free for all, for all Patreons or for a certain contribution (pledge) level only. The contribution will be due each time that the Creator decides to upload a paid content. Each subscriber/contributer can decide how often per month he wants to pledge maximum.

Furthermore Patreon has a community platform, which is comparable to writing on somebodies timeline on facebook. Once again this may be limited for contributing Patrons only.

I also use Patreon and the different contribution levels to grant different access to my website at Happylife.Coach.

And as an important side affect, I am using Patreon to collect money for our education project in Zanzibar. 50% of all my pledges will go to K-I-D-Z.org and finance education for undepriviledged children.

Interested?

Support me & KIDZ on Patreon, patreon.com/flohjoe

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