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YOUR version of life

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“You deserve the life you desire.“ Those words are staring at me in the face every day. They’re written on a note card, pinned in front of my desk at home. I grabbed it during my first WDS. At the time, they came as mantra I sorely needed. But what I didn’t realize then is how long it would take to finally figure out what was the life I actually desired. Life: what do you actually want out of it? In the quest of always coming closer to a firm…read more

Commitment: in or out?

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Spring is in the air. People are coming out of hibernation and everywhere you hear about love and relationships. I recently discovered the work of Wednesday Martin and her book: UNTRUE: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Adultery is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free in which, among other things, the author “asserts that monogamy is a tighter fit for the fairer sex.” I was never the cheating type. But I’ve rarely been the long-term relationship kind either. So, I had to wonder:…read more

Hello, I’m Audrey and I’m a workaholic.

Posted by in Multipotentiality

Me: “I love to work!” Them: “What? Why?” [cue eye-roll] Me: “Work is fun!” Them: “…” Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius Check. Mission accomplished. But, of course, it’s not always sunshine and roses. It took me a 20+-years career to understand the difference between “a job” and “working”. And while sometimes I’m bored with my job, that doesn’t mean that I’m not still in love with the concept of working. I’m a workaholic and proud to be…read more

Social medias: friends or foes?

Posted by in Life, Productivity

Saturday night, bar conversation with a friend who refuses to give in to technology. She doesn’t use contactless payments with her credit card. Not only I do, but I now often pay directly from my phone. She doesn’t have apps on her phone. Not only I do, but I use app-based services on a regular basis. She doesn’t have any social media accounts. Not only I do, but I made a living out of it. We live on the same planet. Country. City. But our approach to digital couldn’t be…read more

Bucket List: 10 things you should do before you turn 30

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Day in and day out I meet a lot of twenty-something. They’re attending lectures or workshops I’m giving in various schools, they’re taking their first steps as freelancers or entrepreneurs, they’re traveling the world… Sometimes, I try to remember myself before I turned 30 (and moved to the U.S. but that’s a whole different story). I was a very different person back then. I’m like wine, I get better with age. Had I known what I know now, had I had a little bit more self-esteem and self-confidence, I would…read more

“Show me the money”, or how to set the price you’re really worth

Posted by in Business

Pricing is a question that comes back over and over again, whether I’m coaching students working on an entrepreneurial project, chatting with freelancer friends or building a marketing strategy for a client. Last week, on The Kameleon Collective, a group of French freelancers and entrepreneurs who want to break free from cultural conventions, I asked participants to talk about a moment of pride and excitement. Super-talented graphic designer Sophie Spéciale, told us about the time two of her clients requested to pay her more for her services. How much better…read more

Lean In [Book Review]

Posted by in Books & Films

I have made a commitment with my 2019 plan to read 12 books. I failed at the same commitment last year, reading nine out of 12, so, it was important that I tackled things heads on this year, starting with Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. This read was long overdue. I have been a member of not one but two Lean In Circles for over a year now and I often had to (somewhat shamefully) confess: “Didn’t read the book just yet.” Well,…read more

Un-tour: 3 tactics to travel off the beaten path

Posted by in Digital nomad

In August of 2016, I was in one of the most beautiful place I have ever been to: Dubrovnik, Croatia. I loved it and I hated it. I was traveling with a few friends, and after visiting the not-so-touristic city of Belgrade, Serbia with a bunch of locals, I found myself pretty much waiting in line with other tourists to enter the walled city of Dubrovnik. I remember watching the flow of people in the streets, half of them wearing cruise-badges, and wondering why I decided to come at the worst moment ever:…read more

Let’s get this planning party started!

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If you know me, you know that after reviewing 2018, letting go of the bagage and setting an intention for 2019, we’re entering my favorite part of all: planning for the year to come! Final step in the Sacred Bow process designed by Leo Babauta, this last part is all about putting abstract notions into concrete actions. My all time favorite! Create a Plan: Now we’re going to make a monthly, weekly and daily plan. It doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed — just create structure so that we can…read more

2019: a matter of Balance

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We’re almost done with 2018 and this last month was, for many of us, a period of reflection on the year that passed and preparation for the year to come. I have chosen to follow the path led by Leo Babauta, inspired by his article Sacred Bow: An Intentional Way to Close Out the Year & Start the New Year, and divide my December into four week. Now that I’ve closed the 2018 chapter by letting go of guilt as I enter the new year, it’s time to look at…read more