November 6, 2017-Birthday month and how you got to be ;-)

Hey November,

for me it’s like a beginning of a New Year, so it is time for an update: am I taking the path of self-development?

Because this is independent of age, in my eyes.

Hm, more fun? More interaction with significant people?

And all the practical questions that go with it.

But first and foremost, let’s face it:

My heart’s desire is writing.

Creating.

So, no matter what, the day should include this.

Every night.

And then, sharing!

How do you meet your practical needs if you follow your heart’s desire?

It should be automatic shouldn’t it?

Let’s see how it goes.

 

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May 23rd, 2017- Don’t be so hard on yourself! Dance!

Hello May,

with a list of to-do things I feel overwhelmed!

How do I get back my concentration, feel good and motivation?

Dancing is the best thing so here it is, fun time because it is spring and because, we deserve it!

Be it by myself, with friends, or on the dance floor, a little dance with a few steps is enough to get me back to track!

And you know what, I start a 21 day writing challenge where I will post every day 🙂

November 17, 2016-how to feel good no matter what- ladybug day 2

Dear November,

I had a piece of unpleasant information today, related to my performance with an artistic group. I got a negative evaluation from some clients although my new boss seems to see some potential in me.

How do I transform this into a good feeling?

Well, to begin with, because I have had time with bad feelings, so I am kind of bored. Why not change?

It is so banal to feel bad because someone gives you a bad report. How about feeling good, even elated?

Oh, you didn’t appreciate my style, you don’t want me?

Thank you for letting me concentrate on other things. I might learn something out of it. I asked around to see how I could give a better performance. On the other hand, style is sooo personal…

Maybe someone else does appreciate my style.

I could appreciate my style, to begin with.

I think I am pretty cool.

When I doubt.

When I stumble

When I fall.

And when I get back on my feet and dance!

P.S. I contacted some editors today and my former school teacher who thought I rock!

October 19, 2015- On new habits and taking risks

Hi there October,

am I the only person who doesn’t know how to use a gas stove? And is this a reason to laugh at me? Of course gas stoves exist in France. But I had never been faced to one.

And now, I found myself in my new flat, where everything is different somehow. I need to think :

a. how do I open the window?

b. how do I use the gas stove without causing damage…

c. how do I use the washing machine?

d. is this the way you turn on the shower?

Anyway, it is not a question of a cultural change, no. Here, I simply admit that I am not very handy with machines and objects. I spend twice as much time to do the simplest thing.

But still, this is fun.

Not that I don’t have any fears. Last night I had a nightmare. I was telling my best friend that I didn’t know if I was destroying myself and others with my risks:

To come to London and spend some of my last economies in order to be create in a different artistic Platform. A place that seems dynamic and welcoming.Will I be up to their expectations?

To rent a flat with two bedrooms without really affording it. Couldn’t I just start small, with a tiny room? Will I find soon the right flatmate?

Somehow it was easier to persuade a real estate agent than a group of people for a flatshare.

So here I am. With my autumn cold. Sneezing.

But still, daring to dream and cook around the clock 🙂

June 21rst 2015- The Istanbul artistic event is approaching

Dear June,

here I am, responsible of a small artistic project in Istanbul, whereas at the same time I am looking for funding and a job. Oh, and not to forget, today is the “fête de la musique” in Paris. How do I put myself together?

Yesterday I had a meeting with an agent from the States, who had risen my hopes. He was interested in my project but could only suggest sources of funding to contact. Ok, this is already something.

And I haven’t finished preparation for the artistic event I organize in Istanbul. But have made progress in the right direction.

How about taking a break and “lose myself to dance”?

Vive la fête de la musique!

November 4 – Second day of challenge: have fun!

Dear November,

I was to have a meeting with the big boss this morning, but something came up and he postponed it to tomorrow morning.

This is ok, but he also added I need to discuss the details of my project with the wannabe boss, the no 2, and this is what I have been trying to avoid. The wannabe boss has been very hard on me last year, and I want to go around him, let him be in a parallel universe to mine. Like two planets with a different orbit…

At the same time, there is the funding proposal for the end of the week. The deadline could be useful to concentrate and come up with something clear that can be communicated to other people…

I have advanced with that last night, however, there is more 🙂

After some moments of self-doubt and questioning, I went to the nearest park and watched the trees, the grass and birds. It was an inspiring moment. If I am going to convince anyone, I have first to be convinced of my ideas. And enthusiastic about them! Isn’t it great!

The most important thing is to have fun with the whole process 🙂

So I am going to pump up the volume of fun!

Another vintage song:

 

 

 

 

October 25- Rain at the Paris Opera

October hi,

Have you been at the Garnier Opera in Paris? Have you watched the wonderful Chagall ceiling? Isn’t it amazingly beautiful? It has been painted in 1960, and it is just an enchantment for the eyes… please, since you are not Parisian, buy an Opera ticket as high as you can, it should cost about 10 to 12 euros no matter what it is performed, just to admire it! Oh, I am sorry, as a month, you don’t need to bother with trivialities like tickets…

Wait a second April, you might say, is it for the ceiling that you went to the Opera or to watch a ballet?

Yes, but since I was at the fourth flour, I was closer to the ceiling than the scene. But for a ballet,this is not a problem of course, especially one where the architecture of the choreography is so impressive, as “Rain” of the choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Steven Reich’s music made me think rain was falling, but it was a festive, rain.

Despite the music that is so intense and the crazy rhythm of the dance, you get out with a lively, happy feeling. It is youth, it is love, it is movement 🙂

I was there with some friends and we got lucky not to have rain as we returned home, in this way we walked part of the distance and did again some Paris by night. The ponts illuminated, the people on the streets, talking, … we ended up at a small bar where we philosophised about life, relationships, wine…

I decided to leave them before the clock strikes 12 and my carriage is transformed into a pumpkin 🙂

https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-2014-2015/ballet/rain-anne-teresa-de-keersmaeker

October 16- Habits and change

Hello October,

Continuing on habits, I have started the day with a little dance, -thank you Kimberly for suggesting it in your comment. It feels good!

( http://kimberlyharding.wordpress.com/)

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/habits

rain, wallpapers, animated, wallpaper, flower, red, beautiful, colorful, flowers, walls

October 1rst: Make Fashion, not War!

Welcome October!

You arrived in a festive mood in Paris, could it be related to the fashion week? It is important, that gives us ideas for next spring and summer outfits 🙂 It keeps us focusing on spring and sunny days to come…

Chanel’s defilé de mode was even political: “Make fashion not war”!

This is a great message, because we can interpret fashion as art and creativity, LIFE after all!

Creativity, dance, celebrations, getting together is important for relationships to start, friendship, love, …

I have offered a drink in my Platform spot today, to celebrate the success of my summer artistic event;

Well, it was my idea in order to put some positive energy by gathering some of my favorite people;

It all went well, but still, there were some “challenges” to overcome here and there: the wannabe boss, who smiled to me from a distance, but didn’t approach 🙂

This is the new season starting, let’s bring something new and creative this month!

Make Fashion, not War!

The site Satisfashionug.com has posted a series of photos from the Chanel March :http://www.satisfashionug.com/chanel-staged-a-feminist-march-for-its-spring-show/

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July 22- How to be both the Cricket and the Ant?

Do you know this story July?

“The cricket had sung her song
all summer long
but found her victuals too few
when the north wind blew
Nowhere could she espy
a single morsel of worm or fly.

Her neighbor, the ant, might,
she thought, help her in her plight…”

Well, you probably have no idea about the north wind. You listen to the cricket sing and enjoy it, but according to this story and its morale, singing is not “working”. How about blogging? Painting? Dancing?  Should artists be in the cold during the winter time? Is there only one type of work that should be rewarded?

Anyway, I have been both during the winter time: a cricket and an ant; had both fun and also worked for different projects.

Now it feels like I need a small vacation. To sing close to the seaside, close to nature, to dance, to love and be loved. We need to let go a little bit and just enjoy the fact of being alive, sing because the weather is good (I am not talking about Paris today), or because we had something nice to eat or drink. Or because we saw a beautiful person; etc, etc, etc.

Does singing and dancing involve intimacy? Eh, maybe they serve to attract someone in the first place.

How do we transform attraction into intimacy? Where we meet in all the possible meanings of the word?

By sharing the same lifestyle and the same values? An ant that lives with an ant, a cricket with a cricket?

Or a cricket with an ant? It could be a better match in my opinion. In this way, the cricket would have food and shelter in the winter. And the ant would loosen up a bit and learn to enjoy life in the company of the cricket. And even dance.

But neither should be judgemental of the other.

I thing this could be a happy marriage.

Also when it comes to ourselves: we could let our “cricket-side” embrace our “ant-side”.

And become more complete 🙂

 

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue209/cigale.html

Yin or yang are complementary opposites. Together they make a whole.

http://www.spotlight-online.de/language/vocabulary/opposites-attract