February 17- Blog writing as a compensation or a work of art :-)

Hello there February,

would you say that blog-writing is a form of compensation? For something missing? This is what a friend just told me. And I would easily agree with that. It is here to fill in a void. A creative void.

A need to express and communicate, to give form to feelings, ideas, moments. Much more ephemeral than other forms of art. Oops, could it be a form of art? Is our everyday expression taking us to the next level, making out of us artists?

To miss something, is the essence and definition of desire. And creating without desire is not possible.

So let’s compensate some of our desires right here. In the blog-sphere

And the rest of them, out there 🙂

In the concrete, material and face to face world.

Executive Compensation 185

http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Em-Exp/Executive-Compensation.html

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February 16- Mid-February and 2015 goals :-)

Hello February,

Is it a bit hard on myself after all these chocolates, love talk and on top of that seasonal virus to watch this video? The author, Mastin Kipp says that if you watch it end of january and you have been lazy, it could be difficult. So imagine what happens in mid-February. For those who are not the first of the class.

The question is: how do we become the first of our class no matter what? How does reality change? Where is the balance between having objectives, goals and not biting oneself up if they come out a little bit differently than imagined?

Hmm, it is a little tricky, but I will give it a try.

What is the courageous thing I will do in 2015?

I need to get out of my bubble “sortir de ma bulle” from time to time, contact people. Show my work and dare to ask for their support.

Dare to put myself out there and take the risk to … grow and succeed 🙂

February 15- A message for Saint Valentine

Dear February,

if you happen to see Saint Valentine please thank him on my behalf because I had a wonderful day! I will not give you details because it is as if I were telling you the end of a mystery story. You will not care to go through with it.

So a Big Thanks to both of you!

Love

April

P.S. In the link, an article on great chocolate-maker addresses, for a treat if you care for something sweet 🙂

Les «Coeurs Chocolat» de Carette (DR)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris/2010/02/05/03013-20100205ARTFIG00664-des-plaisirs-sucres-a-offrir-pour-la-saint-valentin-.php

February 13- A project as a patchwork of past experiences

Dear February, alias Valentine,

I did some serious work today, but I had to find tricks to motivate myself: read inspirational blogs, have coffee, chocolate, listen to the music. Working alone from home can be challenging.

Home alone. With my thoughts. Some go in the right direction, others don’t.

I might look around from time to time, let my mind wander. I might doubt about myself and the quality of my work. What will the others think of it?

There is a deadline for my funding submission on March 13. Before, I need to pull myself together and unite a team that would be unbeatable! A team that could be invited to Beaubourg for an exhibition!

One of my challenges is that I might need to ask for help H, my first love. H, who hurt me a lot. He was an aspiring artist at the time. He is a producer now. We met again at an exhibition, and he hinted that he could give me a hand.

Why run into the same people? Isn’t there anyone else I can ask?

Actually I did, I have asked half a dozen.

And you need to understand that in the artistic world, we are like a family. Or better, a mafia family. It’s a small world. You might quarrel with your parents, or siblings. They might hurt you. You go away and decide not to talk to them again. And then something happens, a marriage, a family dinner and you have to meet them again.

The only way to completely change circle is to change your field. Or change country.

If I stay in Paris, I need to find a way to embrace my past, and feel cool about it.

I need to embrace the difficult moments and love all the inspiring, creative thoughts I had.

And upgrade them into something better.

Like a patchwork 🙂

http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.fr/2014/01/free-pattern-day-hearts-and-valentines.html

February 12b- Another Parisian mystery with Victor Legris

Dear February,

Victor is having a hard time dating an independent woman. Victor Legris, the Parisian detective. I just finished the third book of the series. And I know who the murderer is. In terms of psychology, the third book seems to me more interesting than the first one. Or is it that I become familiar with the ambiance? Once you know the people, they grow on you. Even imaginary characters.

But Victor’s love life seems more important to me. He met Tasha in book no 1. He was following her around and finally kissed her at the third part of the book. When the mystery ended, they were a couple.

I don’t know what happened in book no 2.

But I found them again together in book no 3, and the passion seems to be well and alive. Victor is jealous because Tasha doesn’t want to marry him, neither live with him. She has male friends who flirt with her, and is very passionate about other topics than Victor, p.ex. her art.

How does he cope? He resolves murder cases.

But seriously, he seems to have evolved from a relationship perspective, because he found a balance between his insecurities, his will for control and his passion. From this point of view, he is an ideal man 🙂

How about Tasha? We learn less about her, and her inner struggles, but she appears to me a little bit insecure too …

It is so important to learn from experience and evolve… I would also like to evolve as a character.

And as a writer 🙂

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http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/i/claude-izner/montmartre-investigation.htm

February 12: Over 1000 followers: thank you so much dear friends!

Dear February,

my blog has over 1000 followers! Isn’t this a reason for a celebration?! It all started on April 2014. Thank you dear friends, passers-by, curious, or forgetful to disengage fellow blogers! And thank you WordPress and all the people who work on this platform that make it possible to have a tangible sign of progress with our blogs!!!

Ok, now, don’t tell me, February, I understand there aren’t 1000 people getting up in the morning with the first thought: what has April written today? I want to know, I am dying to read her post! And so much the better they have other important things in their life! Yes, they could have found something interesting and then forgotten to take another look for several months. I just try not to get the “grosse tête”, meaning keeping my foot on the ground.

But still, I thank you all, those who took a look and continued your way, those who smiled because you read something, those who recognized something from yourself.

Especially, and wholeheartedly, I thank those who with your comments, have become friends and made me feel part of a wonderful community!

Thank you for providing a mirror that is helping me reflect on life. Blogging has been to me like the message in a bottle, that I release, in a sea of questions and wishes. Some people open it and give me a feedback!

So, celebration day: I promise to wear something nice, fix my hair and throw a party.

A real, or a virtual one 🙂

1,000 Follows!

Congratulations on getting 1,000 total follows onapril4june6: A journal of self-tranformation!

 

February 11- Don’t cry over spilt coffee, get another one :-)

Hello again February,

here I am after having spilt my coffee on my bag- but ok, no big deal; just a sign that I had enough caffeine on my system and my bag needs some -now you see the reason I was searching for a black one 😉

The garçon of the café was adorable coming to help me clean up the mess.

Sorry what did you say? How is the project going? Great, I should finish this step today. It is so nice to be out in the winter sun, there is a feeling of spring around, dogs are happy, people of all ages walk around. At least those who don’t have to be in their office the moment we speak.

And I remembered this song for some self encouragement that I dedicate to all those who work and play looking for their own path and hoping that somehow, we will all meet there.

In the winter sun.

February 10- Victor Legris is back: The Montmartre Investigation

Hello February,

Victor is back, no, I am not talking about my date, but Victor Legris, the Parisian detective-librarian. At the end of the 19th century.

The friends who offered me the “Murder on the Eiffel Tower“, had also gifted me his next two adventures, but “hélas”, as we say in France, I can’t find the second one. So I start reading the third, also translated in english under the title: “The Montmartre investigation“.

Now, as I have mentioned, I decided to read the books I have been offered now and then, which, for some reason, I have neglected. As I want to put some order into my place, taking care of these books is one of the first things to do.

So, here we are again, in the Paris of the “Moulin Rouge”, at another “hot spot” of the city, Montmartre. The novel starts with a scene at a boarding school, where young ladies of a certain social standing are supposed to get some education.

But, but, outside, there are big bad wolves, such as Gaston, the 20 year-old predator, who only has sex in his mind, and a fate worse than death for them: disgrace. He is bringing Elisa, one of the students, in a very delicate situation: she abandons herself to him, after the shock of  witnessing a train accident.

And Victor in all this? Where is he? Shouldn’t he jump in and save the damsel’s honour?

Patience! This is just the first chapter, and the link with Victor for the time-being, is Iris, Elisa’s friend who is also the god-daughter of Mr. Mori, Victor’s adopted father.

Anyway, things don’t look good for Elisa for the moment, and women in general.

It is a relief to live in the 21st century somehow…

http://www.amazon.fr/The-Montmartre-Investigation-Victor-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003OUXE6A

February 9- From a bumpy to a dynamic mood

Hello February,

have a nice week! On my side, I started with a bumpy mood: is it because I need to blow my nose every once in a while, or that I couldn’t work on my favorite café because of a demonstration or ?

I don’t know.

Anyway, I will stop complaining because of my imaginary difficulties. It is just the feeling that my concentration was running away from me. My strategy for the last two weeks has been to do what is the most important thing, and let everything else be.

But in this way, I started stressing and expecting too much from my goal no 1.

So, what is the solution?

Eat a profiterol with chocolate? Ok for today, and yesterday, but I this could become a backlash.

Relax? Instead of feeling guilty that I haven’t answered emails and contacted colleagues with all sorts of demands, I can say, guys, first things first. I have to start taking care of me, finding my balance, and then, I will get back to earth and to you.

 

Right now I am busy staring at the Eiffel Tower. Reading my second favorite book.

 

Or, I will put this important task into the bigger picture: like this is a great job, but because I want to work in this huge project that involves a lot of actions. So this is just one of them.

 

 

February 8- love poem by Khalil Gibran

Hello February,

I could have gone out on a date, had I not this terrible cold -sneezing is not very agreeable- so I found a love poem I like to share with you. It is written by Khalil Gibran, inspired poet of Lebanese origin.

Love One Another
BY Khalil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

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