CÉLINE CORDONIER


 

How beautiful: you're 19 years young and already care so much about mother earth and sustainability. What made you aware of this topic at such a young age?

I think everything started at the age of 18, when I did my Thesis about the Bohemian lifestyle. You may think it has nothing to do with the topic, but discovering this whole new world of people, who have real values and awareness about nature, made me find mine. I re-discovered a part of myself which I had probably given up in my early teenage years: my sensitivity. When I say I am a sensitive person, it means that once I’m aware of something, I cannot ignore it anymore! When I started seeing news about what was happening to our planet, I had no choice but to change. I decided that I don’t want to be part of a society that destroys Mother Earth. I started doing my own research and learnt that it’s not difficult to live differently and I finally found myself very passionate about the topic.

What is your biggest dream in life? 

My biggest dream is to live a simple life by the seaside and stay connected with nature. I want to continue educating myself and people and encouraging them to live more consciously. I think once you truly appreciate Mother Earth, you respect and want to protect her.

You know, I read a book about minimalism and this changed the vision I had of my future. I realized that one can be fulfilled with little in life and that accumulating things won’t make you feel happier. I’m very passionate about fashion, so I thought it would be hard for me to buy less, but I found out that having a few but beautiful and high-quality pieces (like yours!!!) is way more valuable than having tons of clothes from fast fashion brands ! 


strong, sensitive and independent. How do these words resonate with you?

First of all, I love the fact that you put the words strong and sensitive together! For a long time I thought that sensitivity is a weakness: I was so wrong.

I grew up around very strong women who always pushed me to have goals and never give them up. My mother is my biggest inspiration in terms of independence. Being independent, financially and mentally, is the first thing I remember her telling me. Also, one of my closest friends always proves to me that no matter what you’ve been through, no matter how down you’ve been, you can ALWAYS get up and become stronger - I admire her so much ! 


Independence is very important to me  when it comes to the idea of having a boyfriend. I see so many girls putting pressure on themselves thinking « I absolutely have to find someone » and I totally disagree with that. I think you should love yourself first, before you are be able to have a strong and healthy relationship with someone else.

And anyway: who said women need men? I saw a quote the other day «Women don’t need men, they need art » and I kind of like it haha!


What are your daily struggles and how do you work on overcoming them?

Being conscious about the environment had such an amazing impact on my life but also created insecurities. My problem is, that I want to do everything perfect ; living plastic free, being minimalistic etc. Obviously it is a step by step journey and I can’t change everything at the same time. However, I’m extremely frustrated to see that I still use plastic packaging, products with microplastics and so on. What really helps me, is to write down a list of every change I want to make in my daily life. With this, I’m sure not to forget anything and when one point is completed I can go on to the next one.


I also feel a lot of pressure from “being an adult and having responsibilities”. It’s hard to choose a career at such a young age, especially when you have a lot of different interests! Therefore, I started writing/saying daily affirmations like “I have time” or “I am confident”.

 

Remember to be kind to yourself. Do not compare yourself with others as everyone is different. Last but not least: I write down 3 things I’m grateful for every evening, which makes me appreciate what I have and reminds me of how lucky I am.


you have your own handmade jewelry brand, where do you take your inspiration from?

 

Nature ! I’m so lucky to work with nature’s creations, and as every shell is different I have special ideas for each of them. I always try to highlight the beauty of them and stay as natural as I can. Otherwise, Instagram and Pinterest are my favorite sites to look for inspiration. However I always have an idea before, but 5to be sure I’m not too much influenced by someone else’s work.


your favorite quote or poem is….

I do have a lot of little quotes I like to remember, but I think the one that says everything is : « The universe wants you to succeed » by Tatiana Ringsby. I’m slowly getting more and more into self-development and this quote resonates so much with me. I know that everything happens for a reason and you can grow and learn from a situation. I just trust my journey ☼




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