Fall is finally slowly starting to kick in here in Quebec City. It’s been such a great summer with lots of warm morning jogs in Central Park and coffees on the Grand Allee terrace. I’m suffering from a sinusitis. It’s forced me to slow down and take time to rest. I try to see lesson in everything so now I’m tending a listening ear to the message this quieter time can deliver me. It’s definitely about trust. Believing that my company will continue its happy life even though I’ve had to cancel a few days.
When feeling physically low I go to things that soothe me. I start wanting to take baths. I walk in the city and pay more attention on details. I write to friends that I haven’t connected with in a while. I study some Bible, pray and mediate on the verses I read. It seems that just as my body is weak, my heart is ever more open during these days. All distractions are gone. Just the essential – the lesson in learning to accept life as it comes.
Here’s a blast of beach vibes. The last one before fall kicks in. Lake Champlain on the Vermont side. How cool it feels to be taking in the rays of sunlight knowing that it’ll be a long haul before it all returns.
Seasons change and teach us how to live in the moment, and also how to find beauty in all times of the year, all times of our journey here on earth. I’m in a continuos process of accepting the changes that take place in my life, as well as the ones I love. I feel that I was put here to learn some important lessons. One of them is knowing when to go with the flow. Not trying to change the unchangeable.
As for fashion, here is a very neat recap of all the 2016 fall and winter trends that will be out there. Take what suits you.
We spent an awesome time visiting Burlington, Vermont. In these pics you can see the University of Vermont campus. The city seems very young, lots of college kids out and about. I like the vibes that come with that.
The first thing I did was savoring a yummy coffee at Muddy Waters. Subsequently, we strolled down Church Street – the main street around which everything is centered. We went to the Farmers Market that takes place on Saturdays 10-1pm in the park behind the City Hall on Church Street. It was a fun experience with lots of tasting opportunities. I sampled some delish cheddar. Like any self-respecting college kid, for dinner we had pizza at Junior’s Downtown. Their basil-tomato-garlic number did the trick as we sat on the terrace and people-watched.
I’ve let myself be carried away by life this summer. Now that August is winding to its end, I think I’ll be more present on my dear blog. Writing out here gives me a unique kind of pleasure. Since I’m doing this for fun, I impose myself no schedule whatsoever.
I have a new idea for the blog. Since I am very active in the English-speaking community of Quebec City, I want to write more about those events, along with my personal trend experiments. I’m a very sociable person so connecting online and outside is pivotal for my wellbeing. That’s why I’ve created many events around town.
The newest of them: a free fitness class that takes place every Saturday 10-11a.m. at my church Chalmers-Wesley United Church of Canada. We had our first class last Saturday and six people came. It felt nice to be teaching aerobics again after a decade long break. The next class is on September 10. On Labor Day weekend I’m heading to Burlington, Vermont.
Europe was fun. Paris was interesting. Not the same as I used to know it. Still recovering from its wounds. Trying to go on with life. Yet not that different. I saw friends. I hung out where I used to hang out when I lived in Paris. I drank champagne. I went jogging and observed tense looking faces parade in front of me. I guess that big city makes you less smiley. Yet I now am used to smiling faces in my daily life. Just the little changes I noticed in myself as well as Paris.
I have been back to work for a week. It all went well. I love what I do. I feel there’s a purpose to my efforts. I love to inspire and encourage. Life seems very clear and clean now. I know what I want to concentrate on.
In the meantime then, I’m embracing every day. Today I’m meeting other English speakers at a Starbucks gathering that I put together every month. Summer is very much here in Canada. The dulcet evenings keep me smiling.
So my sister’s visit came and is now over. I instagrammed some bits of it. Our Fourth of July weekend in Portland, ME, was just awesome. A rock concert, a picnic by the ocean, lots of coffee and cookies for me – lobsters and cream pies for others – and a mail boat ride in the Casco Bay. I started every day with a fitness session at the hotel gym, followed by a dip in the pool. It had been long while I hadn’t touched weights. I did some upper body strength and loved seeing my shoulders get defined. (Maybe just in my imagination.)
Now I’m already thinking about my European vacay that starts on Saturday. I’ll be back in Paris, my hometown for ten years. The place where this blog started. My bags are packed. I’ve got one more workday to go. Tomorrow evening at 3pm I’ll kick off my teacher shoes and relax… Talk to you from the other side of the Atlantic next time!