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Creativity, Yin Yoga and Becoming a Drone Pilot by Nelli Arnth


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One of the things I love about running my own company is being able to develop and educate myself. Being able to try out new directions. I don’t have a long-term business plan for my company. I like the flexibility and uncertainty. Perhaps it will change over time. But right now, I really feel that I am in a good place.

November came with a lot of new knowledge!

I started out the month attending Creativity World Forum (read more about it here). It gave me a great boost of motivation and inspiration.

Then I participated in a 50-hour Yin Yoga instructor education at Yoga Collective in Aarhus. How great it was doing Yin Yoga with my favourite instructors again. Digging deeper into the theory behind Yin Yoga and learning more about our nervous system (especially the parasympathetic nervous system) and connective tissue.


Finally, November was the month I became a certified Drone Pilot. It required a 3-day education at Drone Solutions. Well, it was a bit technical and I had to focus. But I passed the exam with a good result. So now I can finally start flying professionally with my Mavic Pro.


I am often asked if I’m not tired of all the driving to bigger cities to attend events, courses and so on. But I’m not. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the countryside and driving a car has always been a natural thing for me.

What matters most is having nature and tranquility just outside my door. Even though it means that I must spend some time in my car every now and then.

I always make a good cup of coffee to bring along and listen to podcasts or audio books when driving. Right now, I am listening to “The Thorn Birds”. I know. So 80s. But I guess that’s just a book every woman has to read/hear at some point of her live ;)

So, this morning when I drove towards Vejle in clear frosty weather with that kind of sunrise that paints the whole sky red. And with the love story of Meggie and Pastor Ralph de Bricassart in my ears. I sipped my coffee and thought about how good life is.



Kreativitet, Yin Yoga og Dronebevis

Én af de ting jeg holder særligt af ved at være selvstændig, er at kunne udvikle og uddanne mig. At kunne afprøve nye retninger. Jeg har ingen klart definerede langsigtede planer (udover at være glad og passioneret). For jeg kan lide fleksibiliteten og ”uvisheden”. Jeg kan lide tanken om at det er mig og min mavefornemmelse der har styringen over min virksomhed. Måske jeg ændrer mening en dag og begynder at arbejde mere langsigtet. Men lige nu føler jeg, at jeg er et ret godt sted.

November måned har i den grad budt på ny viden.

Jeg startede måneden ud med at deltage i Creativity World Forum (som I kan læse lidt om her). Det var det vildeste boost af kreativitet og nye ideer jeg længe har fået.

Så har jeg deltaget i en 50 timers Yin Yoga instruktør uddannelse hos Yoga Collective. Skønt igen at dyrke en masse Yin Yoga og lære meget mere om vores nervesystem og bindevæv.


Og sidst men ikke mindst er jeg blevet dronepilot. Det krævede et 3-dags kursus hos Drone Solutions. Det var lidt teknisk og jeg måtte holde tungen lige i munden. Men jeg afsluttede eksamenen med et godt resultat. Så nu kan jeg for alvor komme i gang med at flyve min Mavic Pro.

Jeg bliver ofte spurgt om jeg ikke er træt af altid at skulle køre efter arrangementer, kurser og lign. At skulle køre 2 timer til Aarhus eller godt 3 timer til København. Men det gør mig egentlig ikke noget. Måske er det fordi jeg er opvokset på landet og det at køre i bil altid har været en ret naturlig ting for mig.

For jeg foretrækker at have naturen og roen udenfor min dør. Og så må jeg tage køreturen til byerne når jeg har brug for eller lyst til det. Jeg laver altid en god kop kaffe til at tage med og lytter til podcasts eller lydbøger på turen. Lige pt. er jeg i gang med Tornfuglene. Rimelig 80er. I know. Men er det ikke bare en historie enhver kvinde skal læse/høre på et tidspunkt i livet? ;)

Så i morges da jeg kørte afsted mod Vejle i klar frostvejr med den type solopgang der maler hele himlen rød. Og med kærlighedshistorien om Meggie og præsten Ralph de Bricassart i ørene. Ja, så sipper jeg til kaffen og tænker at livet er ganske godt…


Creativity World Forum 2017 by Nelli Arnth

Just returned to a good friend's apartment after attending Creativity World Forum here in Aarhus. While drinking tea and wearing comfortable clothes, I kinda try to digest what I've learned these last two days.

First of all, I must say that the conference exceeded my expectations. There was something about the vibe, the people and the whole set-up that made it really satisfied to be part of. 

The program consisted of free breakfast (always a winner), keynote talks and breakout sessions. Among the keynote speakers were:

  • Stefan Sagmeister talking about why beauty matter. He was pretty much the reason why I bought the ticket in the first place.
  • Steve Vranakis (Google) that made me cry talking about the refugee crisis and how we all are (or can be) creative activists. That talk was pretty amazing.
  • Tom Kelley teaching us to use empathy and storytelling in the design thinking process
  • Indy Johar on how to rethink society and democracy through creativity
  • Jan Gehl on how to design today's cities
  • SNASK being awesome as always

I attended two breakout sessions. One at DesignIt learning about design thinking and one with Innovation Lab about artificial Intelligence.

I really recommend you to go check out some of the names. Most of these people have done TED talks or something similar. They were all really inspiring.

My head is completely bombed. All of this new inspiration, ideas and people I met is almost too much to accommodate. I guess it will take some weeks before my brain grab hold of it all. 

From there it will take months before I know what ideas and what inspiration I can actually implement into my own company. 

Now I will enjoy my tea and finish off the notes in my notebook. After that I will go to bed early. Because tomorrow starts another adventure. I am doing a 50 hour Yin Yoga education at Yoga Collective starting tomorrow at 10 am  <3

New York City by Nelli Arnth

Been enjoying 10 amazing days in New York City with my best friend. No other city inspire me as much as New York. The creative vibe is overwhelming. 

Sometimes New York feels like another home to me. But it gets me every time I come back to Denmark and drive towards the west coast - that this, without doubt, is where I belong. While I was gone the eggs hatched and now we have 10 small chickens. They are absolutely adorable 🐣 

B u d a p e s t by Nelli Arnth

Travelling is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. Getting out of office and breathing in new air is always a good idea. Today I returned from Budapest. The city fully lived up to my expectations. It was an inspiring and romantic trip walking around the Hungarian streets with big coats and a coffee to-go. Especially the ruin bars and thermal baths impressed me. 

Also theres quite nothing like eating brunch for two hours at a local jazz cafe.