Mid-year rear view

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Early January, armed with the wise words of Leo Babauta and Gretchen Rubin, I devised a plan for 2019. I set my intention, this year, on the idea of Balance and I planned actionable items, divided into 12 categories from Vitality & Health to Business & Work, or Art & Leisure. Finally, I chose 19 of theses items to put on my 19 for 19 list. As August begins, marking the mid point of France’s summer, I thought it was a good time to sit down and see where I…read more

A matter of choice

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Left or right? Up or down? Morning or night? Work or fun? It’s all a matter of choice. Or is it? More often than not, we are faced, all day long with choices. Some of them are conscious: “should I order dessert or not?”, others… not so much. My favorite example of a choice we’re free to make, although it doesn’t always feel like that is forgiveness. I want to be big and let goOf this grudge that’s grown oldAll this time I’ve not known How to rest this bygoneI want…read more

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

Social medias: friends or foes?

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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

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

This too shall pass…

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After publishing last week’s post about the 2018 yearly review, I shared it with some of my friends feeling quite guilty. I realized that as I was looking back at this year, I skipped over one major event. Something that shook me to the core in the Spring: the loss of one of my old friends. This was very important. Did I forget about it? Not at all. I actually think about it very often, but one cannot grieve forever. This too shall pass. The action of letting go can…read more

Yearly Review: Looking back at 2018

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2018 is coming to a close and it’s time to start the process of looking back and looking forward. We always love to start anew with the iconic January 1st, filled with hopes and dreams about new beginnings and goals to achieve. And, as the months go by, motivation dwindles and we tend to move on from one thing to the next, forgetting all that seemed to matter so much during our annual planning session. A Yearly Review is a good way to remember what the objectives were and to…read more