Travelling Light

« Unpacking»

What does travelling light mean? Just a carry on?  Just a suit case filled with technical clothing that I will end up not wearing while in Senegal?

Travelling light means something quite different for me: it literally signifies that I will NOT carry any excess of unnecessary baggage. Personal and spiritual baggage, that is.

I actually started “unpacking” 7-8 months ago when I decided to apply for the PULSE Volunteer Program, GSK’s skills-based volunteering initiative.  It felt like the only obvious, almost vital, next step following a few months of deep down and difficult reflection about “what I wanted to do with the rest of my life”.   The past 3 years have often felt like a roller coaster or a tsunami, depending on who reads this blog, so I can just imagine my dear ones smile at this image.

However it was during that time that I grew spiritually and found new resilience and the “power of now” (don’t laugh). Literally.  While I grasp the sheer concept of that, I know I need to make conscious efforts to apply it daily.

Keeping that in mind and releasing energy will be essential in the next few months as I settle in Dakar, Senegal, ready to embrace a different culture and environment. Ready to meet new people, make new friends, learn new things and grow. Ready to let go of control, welcome the unexpected, and trust what I already know.

Next stop: Dakar, Senegal.


  1. Helene: I know that you will discover new things about yourself during this exciting time and that you will be a rock star for the NGO that you are supporting. As lucky as you are to be taking this wild ride, they are very lucky to have you in their corner. I’m so excited for you and this next phase in your life. I can’t wait to live vicariously through your experiences. Take care and be safe my friend. Keep us posted on your journey. Bonne chance!

  2. I look forward to reading about your adventure over the coming months. Safe travels, Helene!

  3. I love your introspection, Helene! I also really appreciate and respect your quest to determine exactly what it is you want to do with the rest of your life. I hope this PULSE experience provides you the opportunity to do just that or at least give you some clues! No doubt you will leave an impression wherever you go and your assignment will leave an impression on you too. I look forward to hearing more about your adventure in Senegal!

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