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Looking back on WDS 2018

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Another WDS has come and gone. For the eighth consecutive year, Portland, OR hosted the gathering of hundreds of beautiful minds for a week of conferences, workshops, meetups and… goat yoga! For the second time, I was lucky to be among them. For the second time, I missed the goat yoga… womp womp… I still did a photo walk and a took a tap class in the middle of the street and, I got a lot out of this year’s edition. Here are the highlights of my WDS 2018: Meet Suzy…read more

The Vagabond Monkey – Episode 3

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After reuniting with a friend in July of 2017 and deciding to venture together in something related to photography and travels (both our passions), the “Audrey & John want to create something together” project was born. In the second episode, we ironed out our vision and started to throw a few numbers on paper. In The Vagabond Monkey episode three, we are looking at competition. We’re fine-tuning our idea and we’re starting to think about branding. From idea to project Around the end of October, I found a few competitive offers simply by…read more

A sobriety challenge

Posted by in Life

I have always thought it would never be a problem for me to stop drinking. I’m a light weight: I get tipsy after a pint. I don’t do happy hour every day. I have the occasional glass of wine with dinner, or beer afterwork, or cocktail on a night out. But nothing too extravagant. So, I thought: how hard could sobriety be? Earlier this year, I decided to put that to a test. And I made it easy for myself. I picked April to be my dry month. I knew…read more

Milestones: 10 things you should do before you turn 20

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My older nephew is starting Junior High in September. It’s a brand new life for him. Soon his voice will change and he won’t be a little boy anymore. Somewhere between 10 and 20, life takes a strange new direction. As a professor in business schools, where some of my students are in their early twenties, I can really see how much of a difference the things you do before you turn 20 can make. In my book… There are a few things you should do before you turn 20……read more

A day (or two) in the life…

Posted by in Multipotentiality

A friend asked me recently: “but really, what do you do during a day?” We have been friends for almost a year and over the last few months, we shared a lot about our professional and creative endeavors. Still, somehow, she had no idea what I was doing for a living. I don’t find it surprising at all, I, myself, have a hard time answering that question. What do you do with your day? When I chose my career, early on, I knew I didn’t want a repetitive job.  That’s…read more

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Expedition Happiness: to be happy or not to be happy

Posted by in Books & Films

Selima Taibi and Felix Starck, two german artists, decide to turn an American school bus into a home-on-wheels called Expedition Happiness and drive, east to west, across Canada and down to South America with their dog. Will they find happiness in this nomadic and adventurous life? That’s the question this documentary is trying to answer. Nomadic life and “van life” have been indubitably romanticized over the past few years. The whole tiny houses, digital nomads and other minimalism movement has taken the front stage, and, I must confess, I’m one…read more

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Street photography: a 24-hour challenge

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Photography is a form of art I have always enjoyed. I never considered myself as anything close to a pro, but, over the past 10 years or so, I have enjoyed snapping a shot or two here and there. Mostly landscape photography like with this 7-day B&W challenge I joined a few months ago. It never occurred to me that, one day, I’ll test the waters of street photography. What is street photography anyway? Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features…read more

Spring review: how am I doing with my 2018 plan?

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Three months have passed since I planned for 2018. It’s time to review the beginning of the year and see where I am on track and where I’m falling behind. I had a very ambitious plan, with 11 different categories where I wanted to progress… How does that match with real life? Is it possible to go from written objectives to reality? Is it that easy? The answer is yes… and no. Spring review in action Looking back at my yearly objectives, I decided to evaluate them according to three…read more

You are grieving but love him anyway

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I learned something entirely new this week. I learn what it was to be grieving someone who chose to go. Loosing a friend is always heartbreaking. But facing sadness and hopelessness like you do when you deal with someone’s decision to take their own life brings a whole new perspective to grief. A perspective I had never had to deal with before this week. A perspective that opened new meanings to my relationships. Jean-Jacques and I went back almost 20 years. When he was my manager, before becoming my friend….read more

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Happy 10 years of freedom anniversary to me!

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Monday morning. You get to the office, head to the coffee-machine, pour yourself a cup and sit a your desk. You turn your laptop on, check emails. Another Monday. Same walls. Same conversations. Same people. 10 years ago, that was my life too. Until I was offered the best gift of all: I was given freedom. It was certainly not easy. One morning, I got called in the H.R. office where I was explained that I didn’t fit anymore with the company. It was time for me to go. First…read more