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

Exploring around sparks

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Have you ever felt the meh? You know, that feeling when things are good but they’re not great. They’re not terrible either. You feel like you have nothing to complain about but you find yourself meandering through life without any real intention or purpose. And all of it feels meh. The only thing that’s missing in those moments are the sparks. Blame it on last weekend celebration of Bastille Day, but I see these sparks like a firework: something that is going to take you higher and make your heart…read more

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

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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