I got this question a lot of the during the most of my sabbatical, my honest answer was, ‘I have no idea’.

I had a whole conversation about it, a couple of months ago with a friend on my podcast.

However over the last months my answer has changed to, ‘I think I am’.

Maybe being happy is just as simple as taking care of yourself.

I started actively focus on myself on a few years ago and my sabbatical was actually a result of this.

  • I only drink water
    Never smoked or did any drugs. Stopped drinking alcohol at 17 but I used to go hard on sodas. …


A getaway that gets you ready for what’s next.

It is hard to make big leaps or meaningful changes, in our lives and career. We are so busy at all times, that we lose track of the bigger picture.

That’s why I took a year off to reset and reflect. And while I recommend it for everyone, it isn’t always an option. Inspired by my experience, I came up with UPnext : UPstate, a mini sabbatical that gives you a fresh perspective & a roadmap what to do next.

What's UP?

Get some fresh air and outside perspective.

Creating physical distance between you and the challenge is a great first step. Not only does it put you in a different mindset, it also removes you from the everyday hustle. …


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Found this work by Shepard Fairey while exploring.

It’s the first month into my year-long sabbatical and so far I have been pretty busy.

  • Sleeping and decompressing
  • Tying up some old projects.
  • Spend some time visiting friends in NYC & Toronto.
  • Started learning to make podcasts (recorded 3 in two weeks).
  • Trying to figure out with this sabbatical all is about.

Back home in Belgium I was contemplating my next mission, together with a pretty basic question, "where should I live?" Going to abroad by myself was one of the ideas that popped up.

I always said Berlin is the city was the only European city I would consider moving to. I gave it some thought and in the end of the day, I didn't find any reason to not do it, so I booked a ticket to Berlin 2 weeks later.


Ever since I left university, my life has been one big roller coaster ride. I had some great adventures and worked with amazing people all over the world — from a nowhere town in Belgium to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.

For years I have been promising myself that after this project I will be taking a break, but there was always another opportunity I couldn't pass up.

The longer I carry on, the more I realize going all-in on our your career throws the rest of your life out of balance.

I keep seeing those around me forced into inactivity by burnouts, so I’d rather take a break now while I can enjoy it. …


I only started a month ago exploring the world of the crypto currencies. Here are some practical things I learned on my journey.

This post is perfect for when you have no idea what is going on. All the information I wish I had before I started.

How do you buy Bitcoin?

First thing first right? The way to buy bitcoin is by using an exchange. Exactly like when you are traveling and buy the local currency.

I used one of the most popular exchanges, Coinbase/Gdax. …


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This was the envelope of the invitation we sent out. Funny story, we managed to spell Schuman wrong on it.

This post is part of my Behind The Scenes series. <<Start with BTS#1

Aloft, a hotel that is a part of the Starwood group, approached us to host an Instameet, a meet-up for Instagrammers, to meet the people behind the pictures at their hotel in Brussels.

Instameet was one of our many random projects and the last event was a big failure and rather traumatizing. Initially we agreed with Aloft to host one at their hotel, but as we kept having nightmares, we made them a better proposal.

Until that point Musketon was best known as an illustrator working in the music industry. He worked his way up from designing for local DJs and parties to making artwork for Steve Aoki and Nike. …


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Ticket to ride is actually a pretty fun game. Feel free to play it with me if you don’t mind losing :D.

For me winning is a state of mind, same as losing. If you don’t care about losing something small, you will also allow yourself to be ok with losing big.

I love winning. Doesn’t matter if it is a game, an important business deal or just a workout.

The fact that you get upset every time you lose, shows that you care.

Sometimes my friends are concerned, ‘If you love winning so much what happens if you lose?’

Every single time I lose, I’m bummed out, for about 5 seconds. …


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I think this is one of the few times ever I lifted weights, definitely not my thing.

This post is part of my Behind The Scenes series. <<Start with BTS#1

The first step towards having your dream job is to figure out what your “thing” is.

Your true passion, something you wouldn’t mind losing sleep over, that one “thing” you wake up for that keeps you motivated all day.

It’s only when you are that excited that you will have a shot at becoming better at it than anybody else.

Don’t get confused. …


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Me in front of the Berlin wall, just life happening.

Working as a talent developer gave me a lot of insight, and behind the scenes experience which I would love to share, as those insights also might be valuable for you.

  • It would show you magic doesn’t exist. It is just normal kids not giving up, and a lot of trial and error.
  • All the simple tricks and strategies you could also apply to your career.
  • Talk to you about mistakes and failures, so you can avoid those pitfalls.

This is certainly something I have been trying to do with my blog. …


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You can’t make a post about the future without a reference to the legendary ‘Back to the future’ movies, so I didn’t.

Let’s take a second to appreciate the fact, that the future is just a made up concept.

It’s a projection of what we think will happen, one of many possible outcomes, at best an extrapolation based on what happened in the past.

We gravely underestimate our power, to shape and influence the future.

The future is not what might happen tomorrow, but what you do today.

Still there are too many of us who get discouraged, by things that might or might not happen in the future. …

About

Toon Carpentier

Talent Developer currently at a one year sabbatical - Pushing people to make the most of their talent. Contact : toon@tooncarpentier.com

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