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Weekends are dead, hurray for weekends

Posted by in Life

Last summer, I was approached by Blend Web Mix to give a short talk. For a moment, I thought very hard: what can I talk about that hasn’t been discussed many times before? What do I have a strong opinion on that I can illustrate with stories and data? And the lightbulb moment happened: the end of weekends as we know them. In the end, BWM was more interested in me speaking about social media, but the question stayed somewhere in the back of my head. Do we still need…read more

The Vagabond Monkey – Episode 2

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In the previous episode of The Vagabond Monkey creation, I was explaining where the idea came from: a mix of strong desire to travel more, my skills in trip organisation and John’s skills in photography and the observation that people were looking to travel differently. This is an idea. But is it a business? Not yet. We’re at the end of October 2017. John and I have settled on our objectives, ironed out the concept, and we’re ready to put that baby out in the world. Where do we start?…read more

Side Hustle, from idea to income in 27 days [Book review]

Posted by in Books & Films

In the late weeks of 2016, I (re)discovered author Chris Guillebeau. Once upon a time, I had read The $100 Startup : Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More. But, somehow, I had never paid much attention to its author. Until one day I landed on Chris’ blog: The Art of Non-Conformity. One thing leading to the next, I was soon a regular listener of his podcast Side Hustle School, and I had signed-up to attend his event that summer in Portland, OR. Needless…read more

Working remotely for a week: pros & cons

Posted by in Digital nomad

Very often I found myself explaining that I choose this life because “I can work from anywhere”. For many years, “anywhere” meant: my house, the dance studio, the shared office space, my friends’ houses or offices, the teachers lounge in one of the various school I teach at, a nearby coffee-shop. I used to joke I was a small business owner with office space is various neighbourhood of the city. And, a few years ago, I ramped this working remotely thing up a notch and took my office to Hamburg,…read more

Milestones: 10 things you should do before you turn 10

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I don’t have children. Probably never will. Of my own anyway… But I have two nephews and one niece, all between 5 to 10 years old. I love spending time with my smurfs, and witnessing them lay around all day playing video games just makes me sad. I, certainly can’t give parenting advice to my sister, but I almost as certainly can give life advice to her children. One of them being… There are a few things you should do before you turn 10… Roll in the grass: my sister…read more

TheVagabondMonkey – Episode 1

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Among the many projects I am working on, TheVagabondMonkey holds a special place in my heart. It’s my traveling hustle, and I get to build it with a very talented special someone. I have always had a knack for traveling. I remember loving it when my grand-mother would take me on her senior club bus tours. With her, I visited Brittany and Austria. I was barely a teenager, generally the only person under 6o and I had a blast. Not only was I seeing new things every day but I…read more

What a relief, I’m just a multipotentialite!

Posted by in Multipotentiality

In my life, I have been many things professionally: a project manager in a design agency, a marketing manager for a pharmaceutical company, a media buyer/strategist, a dance instructor (twice), a professor, a journalist, an entrepreneur… Some would say “unstable”. For a while I believed them. With great sadness but acceptance. Until I discovered Emilie Wapnick‘s TEDTalk and I realized: I’m just a multipotentialite. With great enthusiasm and great pride.   When did I become a multipotentialite? In my life, I have always been interested in art. When I was…read more

On the agenda for 2018

Posted by in Productivity

After giving a good look at what happened in 2017, it was time to sit down and decide what I would like to see happening in 2018. Truth is, I did that in one day. I took a day off in December and spent it reviewing and planning. It came to my attention that some people spend weekends on it, sometimes more. I try to manage to put it all in one day. It was a jam-packed one but it gave me a good idea of what to put on…read more

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2017 review: next year starts now

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Pretty much every year, for as long as I can remember, I have conducted all sorts of reviews and resolutions. A few years back the “resolutions” trend wore off, and people started talking about “objectives”, “bucket lists”. I like to call it a look ahead, a plan of sorts. It is a mix of many things, but more than anything, it is an opportunity to look back now at 2017 and think: “wow, I really did all that last year? What a year it’s been!” I have used many tools…read more

Do you need to know Photoshop to be a designer?

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Let’s put it this way: my entire life, I have had a love-hate relationship with design. Well, no, actually. It was more of a love-hate relationship with the designer. Truth is, I love design. I crave design. I thrive when I design. “Wait, what? You design? But you’re not a designer…” Or am I? First of all, what is a designer? Let’s ask Merriam-Webster! “Creates and execute plans”: I can do that. “Creates and manufactures a new product style”: I can do that. So much for my graphic artist friends……read more