As part of my new years objectives (who’s still speaking of “resolutions”), I thought it was about time I resumed talking to my English-speaking friends. I know, I have been adressing a French-speaking audience a lot lately, but it felt important to ground myself before I can spread my wings again.
And then a pandemy hit us and grounded us all, whether we liked it or not. It served its purpose, as far as I’m concerned, and it’s time. It’s time for me to reconnect with my nomadic self. I’m well grounded, now. I can reach for the sky.
Here are some tidbits from the past years, months, weeks and what to expect in 2022.
1. Holi-what ?
What happened to the Holiday season ? I don’t know why I still hope for a little Christmas spirit but I have to come to terms with the fact that I do not have the family for that. Early December, I made a list of things I wanted to do like go see the December 8th lightshow that Lyon is world-famous for, read a classic Christmas story (this year I went for Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!), attend Holiday parties or watch The Holiday and Love Actually. And I did most of it. But even with that, it didn’t feel like Christmas. Note to self for next year : it’s probably time I start creating my own Christmas tradition.
2. Chasing waterfalls
Although the advice is generally to stick to the rivers and the lakes that we’re used to, it was lots of fun to visit the southern Jura over New Years Eve and to discover a region filled with waterfalls. And, if you know me, you know I can’t resist a good waterfall. Furthermore, since it had rained heavily prior to our visit, they were raging. Just a kind of magic.
3. 2021 wrapped
This year, I experimented with a lengthier process to wrap-up the year and transition into the new one. It was three simple steps :
- Reflect on last year and remember what mattered. Great things I was pretty diligently journaling every day.
- Create my vision board and define my word for the year to come.
- Choose how I’m going to be expanding my mind in 2022 (books to read, workshops to take, documentaries to watch,…)
4. A new addition to the family
My family went through a rough patch early November. First, as I was visiting my parents, our family dog, Elba took her final breath. It was a very hard night for all of us. Then, only a couple of weeks later, it was Flora‘s turn, my sister’s dog, to pass away. To say we’re animal lovers is an understatement (I’m more of a cat person myself but I never say no to a good dog cuddle). And, as they always do, my parents, took a new one in rapidly. That’s when Tosca entered our life and melted my heart.
5. Opening Untied
Not being constantly giving lectures, conducting workshops or evaluating projects, like the past three months, allowed me to sit down and decide what I wanted to do with the Untied community.
Today, I have a group of 10 amazing women sharing and supporting each others in a dedicated Slack Channel with challenges, events, coachings, masterminds,… It was an experiment, it was free, and it gave amazing results. So, I’m working on opening it up to 10 new candidates on a pay-what-you-want subscription. Right now, the community is all in French, but if you’re interested in me running one in English as well, shoot me a line and if I have enough of you interested, I’ll definitely give it a go !
6. Back to basics
In 2019, I traveled Myanmar with a bunch of photographers and all I brought with me was my iPhone. I wanted to travel light. Except, my iPhone started acting up and I realized that a real camera would take my photography to the next level.
In 2020, I invested in a Sony Alpha a7II and started shooting in Automatic mode. My reasoning was the following : I did not want to have to think, I felt my creativity was mostly expressed in the composition of the image, and it was easier to let the camera do the heavy lifting. But something was missing.
So, in 2021, I took four workshops and learned all the basics of photography. And I had a blast. And I did things I never thought I could achieve. Now I can’t wait to put more photography workshops under my belt and create new images.
7. Now let’s make some room for 2022
While I wish I had traveled a little more (at all) outside of France in 2021, it was not a bad year. Looking back, there were many accomplishments that I feel very proud of. And now, I’m really looking forward to seeing what the new year has in store for me. My number one priority will be to start traveling again. There might still be a virus raging, but, with every precaution taken, it won’t keep me from moving around. Being grounded doesn’t mean being a prisoner. I’ll be sharing my travel plans very soon. Stay tuned !