A user guide to… me!

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I first heard about building a “user guide to me” on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast “Happier”. I immediately found the idea enticing. Charlotte have been working with me for something like five years now, and she knows me. She knows that I’m not a morning person when it comes to running meetings or teaching classes but that I’ll often power through my inbox before 8:00 am. She knows not to bring up anything that might aggravate me right before lunch time (or to find a way to feed me first). She…read more

Born for This [Book Review]

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I share many of the values that Chris Guillebeau writes about. It all started with reading The $100 startup, several years ago, continued with attending WDS for the past two years, and I’m now going down the list of his books with Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days first and now Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do. I initially bought the book as a gift for a friend who…read more

Once upon a time when I worked in Corporate America

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Once upon a time I had a “real” job. I had “real” jobs until 2008. The one that made my parents most proud was Marketing Manager for a small French pharmaceutical company. I was 30 and I was living the Corporate America(n) dream. In these times of Halloween, Facebook keeps sending me back to those days when we had an office celebration, and everyone would wear a costume. It doesn’t really make me nostalgic, but it pinches my heart a bit. A freelance person has recently posted something on a…read more

The Vagabond Monkey – Episode 4

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The Vagabond Monkey adventure started in October 2017. Reunited with an old friend from the U.S. that summer, we decided to launch into a side-hustle adventure together. After exploring options around our idea of travel & photography, and figuring out a name that represented who we are, The Vagabond Monkey episode 4 tackles our missions and values as well as our objectives for the project. Missions & Values In November 2017 we were making progress. Our first landing page was almost complete and I was gathering testimonials from friends who…read more

Set up a life you don’t need to escape from

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“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~Seth Godin This is me, in the green dress on the picture above. Little old me, walking the Red Carpet at the Dinard Film Festival last month, and thereby living a childhood dream. And, guess what: the woman on my left is a client. I got to do that FOR WORK! Of course, all my days at work are not fancy gowns and red carpets, but all the time spent…read more

How to live a good life [Book Review]

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The first time I heard about Jonathan Fields was when, in 2017, Chris Guillebeau mentioned attending Camp GLP. He got me curious. I then found out that the author of How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom was going to give an Academy at the 2017 edition of WDS and I started listening to a few episodes of his podcast: Good Life Project. Very soon, I was hooked. The New-York ex-lawyer, ex-yoga studio owner, turned writer and science geek has very deep and meaningful conversations with…read more

(500) Days of Summer Review

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Although, if you look at temperatures around here, summer is still around, September is well advanced now and it’s a good time to look back at the past few months and put my summer review on “paper”. I recently finished reading Jonathan Field’s How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, and I like the way he organizes life key elements into three buckets: Vitality, Connection & Contribution. I thought it would be a good template to do this summer review. Vitality Bucket This has…read more

Finding my strength with the VIA character survey

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Have you ever wondered what’s best in you? Where your strength resides? What you could build upon, and what you could work on, in order to be more fulfilled with your life? I have. And since I came back from WDS, I’ve been on a quest for meaning. So, following a suggestion from Jonathan Fields, in this book How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, I decided to take the VIA character survey. VIA character survey, what’s that? Created under the direction of Dr….read more

The Value Map, an exercise

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About a month ago, I decided to ask the dreaded question: “Am I fulfilled with what I am doing?” To many, from the outside, I live a dream life of freedom and travel. I can name drop international brands as clients and still work with startuppers and solopreneurs. I can share a cool office space and enjoy good time with my coworkers, and work remotely from solo road-trips in foreign countries. You’d think I have it all… But I’m still questioning the meaning behind all this and the contribution I’m…read more

The Artist’s Way [Book Review]

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I was still living in Philadelphia the first time I read did The Artist’s Way. At the time, my roommate, Kate, suggested that we do it together. She felt that she was in some kind of a creative slump, I tagged along, mostly for fun. I ended-up seing several exhibitions that I would have never would have gotten tickets to, attempting at pole dancing and starting singing. The latter, I never quit. In 2011, The Artist’s Way changed my life. When I found myself in a creative slump last year, I went…read more