March 27, 2021- Doing something new for 30 days, day 3

Hello March,

yes, I am looking for something new today, while I start working on a presentation I have on Tuesday. And yes, I still learn the rules to play the “Isle of cats”, my new board game.

So, what new? Learn something I have never heard of?

After reading lists, soul-searching and wondering if I should learn something new, or declutter and put some order in my closet, … I end up deciding to check and declutter old magazines, and to cut out inspiring pictures.

This combines a physical aspect and decluttering because I can throw away the rest.

A few hours later:

It feels somehow exhausting, but at least I got something out of these fashion magazines I opened once and then I wasn’t sure what to make of them… wait for the day I will appear as a civilised female, ready to go to work -not at home-?

Apparently loose trousers are fashionable, but while working from home I prefer stretch and comfy.

In any case, I just HOPE that my effort to declutter the pile of magazines today will make me feel better sometime in the near future!

Right now I am moderetaly satisfied with this idea …

ELLE est chez vous ! 

January 12, 2021- Post-a-day, 8 out of 66- the charm of Arsène Lupin

Hello January,

yes, I woke up early, at about 5.30 and felt sleepy for most of the day; was I more productive? I couldn’t say, but it also felt good to have done something already by the time I used to have my first morning coffee.

We will see how it goes… now I had promised a chapter, but in reality, it only exists in my mind. That, and my teaching, make it look improbable…

Another episode of “Lupin”, based on the character of Arsène Lupin, created by the author Maurice Leblanc, a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes.

Very interesting, it takes the story to the present, where social class, race, Paris, art, beauty and even Marie Antoinette get together. It persuaded me to visit the original Arsène Lupin books, and to reflect on why this type of man is so attractive… the adventurer, difficult to reach, Arsène, Bond, or …

Amazon.fr - Arsène Lupin, gentleman-cambrioleur - Maurice Leblanc - Livres

July 19, 2020- Day 8 out of 66 for new self love habit- reading on French theatre

Hello July,

yes, I haven’t reported the last couple of days… something nice and unexpected happened, but I will tell you tomorrow if you keep being so cool! Pause or not, I am going to be flexible and continue to count the days towards a habit change from the 15th of July:-)

Where am I regarding self-love habits? I woke up early, had a walk, read and wrote, and read about L’Aiglion, meaning the young eagle. This is another play written by Edmond Rostand, the author of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and performed in Paris by Sarah Bernard. My good friend Equinoxio21 (https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com) suggested it.

It is about the son of Napoleon, who died at the age of 21, a romantic hero. Interesting that the role was performed by the great act rice Sarah Bernhardt, and looking forward to learning more about it and the artistic “ambiance” at the time.

Sarah Bernhardt dans l'Aiglon

Looking forward to reading it!

 

July 14, 2020- Day 6 out of 66 for new habit

Hello July,

big celebration in France since we celebrate the French Revolution which brought the end of monarchy and the beginning of Constitutional Democracies!

The idea of Equality, Freedom, Fraternity are born there!

How do we implement them today? How do we respect them?

We can or not, like Revolutions, but a personal Revolution is what we need to shake things up!

Have I shaken things up today?

To be honest, I have worked from home, marking something my students did.

But I feel there is more space to it.

I feel I need a holiday, but with the pandemic and everything, it is difficult to decide what to do, and where to go far from our village.

Get up and dance could be the thing to do!

Zoom with friends who also dance and celebrate!

April 3, 2017- Anniversary decisions

Dear April,

I was wondering if I will continue this blog in this form. And the first answer that comes to my mind is yes, for questions of facility. Let’s face it: my London stay has given me extra work, and the rhythm is more intense than in Paris.

But some kind of update seems necessary.

Here is what I know you want to ask me:

a. how are you doing dearest one, how do you feel?

I am feeling well, but a little bit stressed. I know this is an illusion; do you hurry a flower to blossom? Take the time an orchid needs for the flowers.

b. Do you like being in London?

I do, I have come to love this city, although it doesn’t feel home yet. Although I am in touch with a lot of talented people, I miss a group of like-minded crazy individuals.

So, are you going to do something about it? Or just pretend this is fine?

I think I will do something about it. I will take initiatives.

c. Someone told me to ditch friend-enemies too. They cost energy.

How are you doing this?

By sending them love and not letting them to get into my space.

d. How are we doing in the love department?

I am kind of in love and I date a few people.

e. How are your projects?

They are doing well, I have been productive. But I need something to have more fun and relax.

What would do for my best friend in this case? I would take me out to do something beautiful.

And I would tell her all the nice things I believe about her.

Ok, I am doing it.

f. How about the different resolutions you have had? Cutting Sugar, etc?

For now I have limited sugar apart from a small bar of chocolate daily and one teaspoonful in the morning and I am happy with it.

g. Any specific project for the future?

Yes, to prepare for a Big Leap.

And I will use this blog for this purpose.

 

April 1rst, 2017: 3 Year Blog-Anniversary!

Dear April,

it has been three years since I decided to start a blogging adventure, as a form of a diary, addressing myself to the different months. I was living in Paris at the time, and I had to face a into my face wannabee boss and my unfullfieled artistic and love drives. I meant to write every day.

Ever since, a lot of things have changed.

I am in London.

I have published my first novel (to be translated in English soon).

My heart is still attached to Paris, but I am happy to have started new adventures here.

I would like to thank so much all of the friends who have accompanied me and offered feedback all these years.

Your advice has been valuable!

More precisely I would like to thank some of my oldest friends, but also those I havent’t mentioned with their wise comments:

pursuit of happiness WordPress

https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/paris-time-patrol-numero-four/

la bibliotheque qui ne brule pas wordpress

Eddietwohawks.wordpress.com

Time is Fleeting, Never Stop

https://kimberlyharding.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/born/

https://erikakind.me/blog/

The treasure we are

https://ceejaykayfit.com

https://1000dollarstartups.com

Crucial Inner Skills for Writers and Artists 

These are some of my first and very good friends, but I am grateful for all of you who read and interact with this blog.

Please feel free to give me a feedback, in order to grow also!

THANK YOU so much

Love

April

 

 

November 16, 2016: Ladybug challenge day 1

Hello November,

yes, I know, I announced a challenge but let some time pass… between the moment of decision and the moment of the execution there is a gap but it is always time for a good idea!

So here I am with lots of tasks, trying to be on top of my game and how should I respond to the challenges that arise keeping my purpose on sight?

It feels as if I have been busy, but not always with my no 1 purpose.

So it is time to define it.

  1. Writing a book on art this year
  2. Writing literature
  3. Finding a well-paid regular job
  4. Being found by the love of my life

Now, how do I keep my level of energy up and my optimism to the highest? Mind power? Super resilience? Top self-confidence?

I want to have fun on this also!

How about doing one unexpected thing a day!

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "success"

September 30, 2016: From Paris to London

Here I am September,

in London again, having tea, whereas there are still issues pending in Paris with my flat and the potential tenant …

It was great being in Paris, going out with my friends, running from one birthday to another…

Although I have almost a year in London, my social life is a bit pale, compared to the wonderful opportunities in the art world…

It is almost Friday night, the pubs are full and I haven’t even thought of contacting anyone I know, I am still writing on my computer, is this serious or what?

How about those madly in love with me, why haven’t they manifested themselves already?

To be honest, I might have some prospects, but I didn’t feel very enthusiastic. I gave a somewhat indifferent answer to a poor guy who was inviting me out, and I have been systematically late in my meetings with another one until he got angry. No, I wasn’t passionate about them. Although apparently, indifference is an important ingredient for a successful relationship, not passion.

I gave a somewhat indifferent answer to a poor guy who was inviting me out, and I have been systematically late in my meetings with another one until he got angry. No, I wasn’t passionate about them.

Although apparently, indifference is an important ingredient for a successful relationship, not passion. If you are kind of indifferent and cool, your brain functions more than your instincts. You give people a chance, and it is difficult to get angry at them.

I might exaggerate a bit, but it is the question of choosing with your brain or with your heart.

Probably both are important, what would you suggest?

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-kay/why-nyc-women-should-consider-flying-across-the-country-to-find-men_b_4894602.html

 

September 28, 2016: Interviewing future tenants in Paris

Hey, September

have you any idea how interesting it is to interview future home-sitters in Paris? There is a couch in my flat and I even felt as an analyst. Different people sat there and told me about their needs, love-life, reasons to separate or not from their former partner.

What they wanted, or not in a flat.

It is fascinating because there are still some personal objects in my flat: a book, a detail forgotten here and there. Someone told me he wouldn’t have people see his bedroom. Or he didn’t like the disposition of the kitchen. Or he wanted to cook and the oven is not big enough. They tried to picture themselves in a space that is new to them.

Some of them are confused about what they are looking for. Big flat in a remote area or small and central? Big family kitchen or small and close to action?

But in any case, it was so great to listen to life stories, aspirations, … well have I concluded?

Almost, but not quiet.

And it is time to get back to London. I will need your help on this one.

Résultats de recherche d'images pour « Paris home sitter »

https://www.nomador.com/blog/news/eat-this-dont-touch-that-establishing-house-rules-for-house-sitters

 

September 27, 2016: A Paris, … again!

Hello September,

or should I say , hello Paris! Here I am again, and it is a sunny beautiful day that I found myself in the Eurostar, taking me to the Gare du Nord. Because I need to find a nice person to sublet my cute place in Paris.

Yes, I still want to keep it. It has been one of the reasons I was resisting the idea of change: where do you find these cafés, Italian traiteurs, wonderful neighbours and fresh vegetables?

 

 

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